This post is very long in four books for the ACTS format of prayer. It is not meant to be read through at the same time but to select prayers from each book for worship daily. I will be adding as I create new prayers.
Worship and Praise God Daily?
Book 1– Adoration/praise
Praise God for His Atributes!
Praise God for His creation
Praise God for the Gospel
Praise God for His goodness
Psalms of Praise
The Lord’s Prayer & Philippians
Praise God for the story of redemption available to every person.
The Fruit of the Spirit defined for self examination?
Be thankful whatever the circumstances:
Go to the Cross Often
Prayers for times of suffering and fiery trials from 1St Peter!
Prayer for my family members each day of each month!
Bold Prayers for the United States of America
Book 5 Other Worship Help
Help For Effective Prayer
By God’s Grace My Daily Challenge
—————————————————————————————————————————– Worship and Praise God Daily?
By Bible study on selected scripture [often only one verse], meditation, listening to the Holy Spirit, application, memorizing scripture & prayer:
Adoration/praise, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication/petition/intercession! Praise motivates the other kinds of prayer & worship.
As I Praise God’s holiness, greatness, goodness, power and love, the more I recognize:
–my own sin, confess my desperate need for forgiveness & a changed heart;
–the tremendous blessings I have to be thankful for;
–the need to focus on God’s will, not mine in my petitions & intercessions for my self, other people and things.
Book 1–Adoration– To open my heart to Adoration/praise of God I begin with scripture such as:
Praise God for His Atributes! From “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Dr Heath Lambert except as noted.
God’s attributes of strength and His unmatched power.
- Self-Sufficient- God is self-sufficient and does not need anything outside of His Divine Triune nature. [Acts 17:24-30]a.
- God is sufficient in Himself with no needs outside of Himself vv.24-25
- The self-sufficiency of God creates our dependence on Him. v.25
- God demands that we acknowledge this dependence & repent vv.26b-30
- Infinite- God has no limitations
- God is not restrained by time in any way.
- God is not limited by any spatial consideration.
- God is infinitely perfect. That means He is infinitely self-sufficient, good & loving, etc. [1 John 1:5; Matthew 5:48]
- Omnipresent- God is always present everywhere with the fullness of who He is. He is present in the lives of all believers at the same time. [Ps 139:7-10; John 17:22-23]
- Omniscient- God has complete knowledge of everything; past, present and future. [Psalm 139:1-6–also see verse 7-10 above in C.]
- Omnisapient- God is all-wise and always knows what is best. [Romans 11:33-34; James 1:5]
- Omnipotent- God is all-powerful and is able to do anything consistent with His character as God. [Ephesians 1:11b]
- Omniattendant- God is constantly attentive to His children. [2 Chronicles 16:9a, Proverbs 15:3, Hebrews 4:13 ] From Dr Mac Brunson.
- Creator and Sustainer of the universe- Created in 6 days; 6,000 to 8,000 years ago. [By Henry Luke, Genesis 1-2; Colossians 1:16-17; God’s revelation of Himself in Creation! ]
God’s attributes of care
- Holiness– God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are 100% devoted to each other in faithfulness and loyalty and trust. A The separation of holiness for disciples is having complete devotion to God and being separated from a world that disregards God. [1 Peter 1:15-16]
- Faithfulness- What God knows and what He says are true. [John 17:17]
- Goodness-Everything that God is and does is the standard for what is best. [Ps119:68]
- Love- God gives Himself to benefit others. [John 3:16]
- Mercy and grace- God’s kindness to undeserving people who need help. Mercy is God’s goodness to those who are in trouble. Grace is God’s goodness to those who do not deserve it. [2 Corinthians 1:3; Romans 3:23-24]
- Wrath- His anger toward and punishment of wickedness. [Romans 12:17-19]
Footnote: A- From “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Dr Heath Lambert, Footnote 11 at bottom page 124.
Praise God for His creation– In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.A He stretches out the north over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing.B He created the heavens and stretched them out, He spread out the earth and that which comes out of it, He gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it.C
The Hebrews believed God hung the earth floating in space without a visible means of support. The book of Job in the Bible dates to around 2000 BC. It records this truth about the earth:
He stretches out the north over empty space And hangs the earth on nothing. (Job 26:7)
Hanging the earth on nothing in empty space was inconceivable 4,000 years ago. But today we know the Bible was right. Throughout the Old Testament, God repeatedly identifies Himself as the Creator, the One Who made heaven and earth. He is the One Who hung the earth in space on nothing, the One Who stretched out the heavens, and the One Who created the stars to shine. He is worthy of every man’s allegiance and worship.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth,
By understanding He established the heavens. (Proverbs 3:19)
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the span,
And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. (Isaiah 40:12, 21-22)
Thus says God the Lord,
He Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
He Who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it,
He Who gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it. (Isaiah 42:5)
Praise God for the Gospel–The gospel, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the ScripturesD Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.E God made Jesus Christ who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.F We need a Savior for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,G The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.H God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.HA If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”.I
Praise God for His goodness– A person in Christ is a new creature; the old things passed away; and new things have come.J Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;K The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.L You are a temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you.M But He gives a greater grace.N Those who wait for the Lordwill gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.O The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.P
Footnotes: A- Genesis 1:1; B- Job 26:7; C- Isaiah 42:5; D- 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; E- John 14:6; F- 2 Corinthians 5:21; G- Romans 3:23; H- Romans 6:23; HA- Romans 5:8; I- Romans 10:9,13; J- 2 Corinthians 5:21; K- Psalm 135:3; L- Joshua 1:9b; M- 1 Corinthians 3:17; N- James 4:6a; O- Isaiah 40:31; P- 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17;
Psalms of Praise
Psalms 146:1 Hallelujah! My soul, praise the Lord. 2 I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing to my God as long as I live. CSB
Psalms 147: 1Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; For it is pleasant and praise is becoming. 3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. 4 He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. 5 Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite. 6 The Lord supports the afflicted; He brings down the wicked to the ground. 7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, 8 Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. 9 He gives to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry. 10 He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. 11 The Lord favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His lovingkindness.
Psalms 148: 1Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!
3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all stars of light!
4 Praise Him, highest heavens, And the waters that are above the heavens!
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.
6 He has also established them forever and ever; He has made a decree which will not pass away. 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, Sea monsters and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills; Fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and winged fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins; Old men and children. 13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.
14 And He has lifted up a horn for His people, Praise for all His godly ones; Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the Lord!
Psalms 150: 1 “Hallelujah! Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise him in his mighty expanse. 2 Praise him for his powerful acts; praise him for his abundant greatness. 3Praise him with trumpet blast; praise him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and flute. 5 Praise him with resounding cymbals; praise him with clashing cymbals. 6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Hallelujah!
Psalms 135: 1 Praise the Lord! Praise the name of the Lord; Praise Him, O servants of the Lord,
2 You who stand in the house of the Lord, In the courts of the house of our God!
3 Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.
5 For I know that the Lord is great And that our Lord is above all gods.
6 Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps.
7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.
8 He smote the firstborn of Egypt, Both of man and beast.
9 He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, Upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
13 Your name, O Lord, is everlasting, Your remembrance, O Lord, throughout all generations.
14 For the Lord will judge His people And will have compassion on His servants.
15 The idols of the nations are but silver and gold, The work of man’s hands.
16 They have mouths, but they do not speak; They have eyes, but they do not see;
17 They have ears, but they do not hear, Nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.
18 Those who make them will be like them, Yes, everyone who trusts in them.
21 Blessed be the Lord from Zion, Who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the Lord!
A Psalm of David. Psalm 23: 1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NASB)
Psalm 141 (NASB) A Psalm of David.
An Evening Prayer for Sanctification and Protection.
1 O Lord, I call upon You; hasten to me!
Give ear to my voice when I call to You!
2 May my prayer be counted as incense before You;
The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.
3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
Keep watch over the door of my lips.
4 Do not incline my heart to any evil thing,
To practice deeds of wickedness
With men who do iniquity;
And do not let me eat of their delicacies.
5 Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me;
It is oil upon the head;
Do not let my head refuse it,
For still my prayer is against their wicked deeds.
6 Their judges are thrown down by the sides of the rock,
And they hear my words, for they are pleasant.
7 As when one plows and breaks open the earth,
Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
8 For my eyes are toward You, O God, the Lord;
In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless.
9 Keep me from the jaws of the trap which they have set for me,
And from the snares of those who do iniquity.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
While I pass by safely.
The Lord’s Prayer: Matthew 6: 9 Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. (NKJV)
Philippians 1:21-2:9 1: 21 For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 2: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4 Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
5 Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, 6 who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. 7 Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity. And when he had come as a man, 8 he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death —even to death on a cross. 9 For this reason God highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, CSB
Praise God for the story of redemption available to every person.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.a In the image of God He created male and female b to be joined together as man and wife and become one flesh.c They are to rule over all creation, be fruitful, fill the earth and subdue it.d God created the garden of Eden for them to cultivate and keep. They were told they could eat of any tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.e
After temptation by Satan in the form of a serpent, Eve and Adam ate fruit from the forbidden tree and were punished. However, Eve was promised that her seed would produce victory over Satan.f All creation was made slave to corruption and mankind was exiled from the garden of Eden until the 2nd coming of the Redeemer.g Adam and Eve had 3 sons Cain, Abel and Seth as well as many more sons and daughters. Cain rebelled against God and killed Abel. Cain was punished by God and began a family tree of unrighteous people while the descendents of Seth were righteous.h
Finally the righteous people begin to dwindle because of unfaithfulness in reproducing faith in future generations. God said I will give man 120 years to repent while Noah built the ark. In about 2350 BC only Noah’s family found favor in God’s eyes and escaped punishment of the worldwide flood in the ark along with representatives of the animal kingdom.l
After the flood Noah’s family of 8 people begin to reproduce and refill the earth.j Job lived about 2100-1900 BC and suffered greatly, but Job was promised a Redeemer and a future resurrection. jj About 2090 BC God made a covenant with Abram, a descendent of Noah’s son Shem. God said to Abram; “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Abram, later known as Abraham, obeyed God and went to the land now known as Israel. After 3 generations 75 members of Abraham’s descendant’s followed Joseph to Egypt where over 400 years they became a great nation of over 2.5 million people, but in slavery.l God sent Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. God sent 9 plagues on Egypt to encourage them to release the slaves but the Pharaoh refused. Finally the 10th plague was to be the death of all the firstborn in Egypt who did not sacrifice a lamb, and place the blood of the lamb on the 2 doorposts and lintel of their house. The Israelites complied and their firstborn were passed over, but the deaths of the Egyptians compelled them to send the Israelites out with the wealth of Egypt.L1 The Israelites have celebrated the Passover annually every since to worship God and commemorate this deliverance. m
Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt through the Red Sea to Mount Sinai where he received from God the Ten Commandments, the rest of the law and instruction for building the tabernacle. God provided water and manna to eat on their journey.n When they reached the promised land, Canaan, what we now know as Israel, God promised to provide the land to Israel, but the people were fearful and refused to obey. God punished them for this disobedience by wandering around in the wilderness until all the people over 19 years old died except for Joshua and Caleb.o Joshua in 1405 BC led the Israelites into Canaan where they mostly succeeded in conquering the land.p
Then, Israel was led by Judges for 300 years with recurring cycles of disobedience to God, punishment, crying out to God, repentance and restoration. Samuel was the final Judge. The Israelites demanded a King to rule them and God anointed Saul, then David and Solomon as king. q God said to King David “Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.” qq
After King Solomon the nation split into Israel, the northern kingdom with 10 tribes and Judah with 2 tribes in 931 BC. None of Israel’s kings were good and God sent Assyria to destroy them in 722 BC. Only 4 or 5 of Judah’s kings were good and God sent Babylon to capture and destroy Judah in 605 BC. r Persia defeated Babylon in 539 BC and as promised the Israelites were allowed to go back to Jerusalem. Some returned and they rebuilt the Temple and continued worship including the annual Passover celebration and awaiting the promised Savior/Redeemer.
God sent kings and prophets to warn the people of their sin and encourage His people that a Savior was coming. Just to name a few of over 300 Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by the birth, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus… Born of a virgin,s Born in Bethlehem,t Betrayed for 30 pieces of silver,u Presented as king on a donkey,v Buried in a rich man’s tomb,w Bones not broken,y Seed of Abraham,z Son of Isaac,a1 Would bruise Satan on the head,b1 Would be scourged,c1 Beaten beyond recognition.d1
In about 4 BC the angel Gabriel appeared to the young virgin Mary [a descendent of David and Abrahamd11] and told her she would be the women awaited since the promise to Eve to birth the Victor over Satan as a baby–the Son of God.d12 An angel also appeared to Joseph and said: 20 “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesuse1.
Jesus lived a sinless life.e12 He lived a private life for about 30 years and then God said about Jesus: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” e122 For three years Jesus performed many miracles and signse13 to prove that He was the Son of God.e14 In about 30 AD Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciplesf1, and then Jesus the Lamb of God was crucified,g1 buried, and arose on the 3rd dayh1. He was seen on 15 occasions by over 500 peoplei1 and after 40 days He ascended to heaven in the presence of His disciples. Then two angels said to His disciples, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” j1 This return of Jesus is still in the future when He returns for the righteous. j11
We are all sinners and cannot do anything to satisfy the wrath of God for our sin and become righteousk1. But, because of the love of God, Jesus satisfied God’s wrath for the sin of all people: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” l1 This exchange of “personal sin” for the “righteousness of God” is available to all who believe in Jesus.
Jesus said: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” m1 Are you ready to believe in Jesus as the Son of Godn1 and receive the “righteousness of God” and eternal life?
Timelines are from this link http://alwaysbeready.com/images/stories/alwaysbeready/Timeline%20of%20Biblical%20History,%208.5%20x%2011.pdf
Here is more information on how you can have peace with God: https://peacewithgod.net/
Footnotes: a- Genesis 1:1; b- Genesis 1:26; c- Genesis 2:23-24; d- Genesis 1:27; e-Genesis 2:15-17; f- Genesis 3:15; g- Genesis 3:17-24, Romans 8:20-22; Revelation 22:2; h- Genesis 4-6; i- Genesis 7-9; j- Genesis 10-11; jj- Job 19:23-27; k- Job 1-42; Genesis 12:1-3; l- Genesis 12:4-Exodus 1:22; li- Exodus 12:35-36; m- Exodus 2-13; n- Exodus 14-Numbers 12; o- Numbers 13-14;then through Deuteronomy 34; p- Joshua 1-24; q- Judges 1-1Samuel 1:37- 1 Kings 11:43; qq- 2 Samuel 7:16; r- 1 Kings 12-2 Chronicles 36; s- Isaiah 7:14; t- Micah 5:2; u- Zechariah 11:12; v- Zechariah 9:9; w- Isaiah 53:9; y- Psalm 34:20; z- Genesis 22:18; a1- Genesis 21:12; b1- Genesis 3:15; c1- Isaiah 53:5; d1- Isaiah 53:4; d11- Luke 3:23-38; d12- Luke 1:25-56; e1- Matthew 1:20-25; e12- 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, 1 John 3:5; e122- Matthew 3:13-17; e13- John 5, 6:1-21, 9:24-34, 11:1-45, 20:30-31; e14- Luke 22:70, John 10:36, 19:7, Matthew 16:15-17, 26:63-64, 27:43,54; f1-Luke 22:8-23; g1- Luke 22:24-23:56; h1- John 20:1-18;
15 Appearances of Jesus after His resurrection: i1- 1. To Mary Magdalene: Mark 16:9; John 20:14, 2. To women returning from the tomb: Matthew 28:9, 10, 3. To Peter later in the day: Luke 24:34; 1 Corinthians 15:5, 4. To the Emmaus disciples: Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-24, 5. To the apostles without Thomas present: Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-24, 6.To the apostles with Thomas present: John 20:26-29, 7. To the seven by the Lake of Tiberias: John 21:1-23, 8. To a multitude of 500-plus believers: 1 Corinthians 15:6, 9. To James: 1 Corinthians 15:7, 10.To the eleven: Matthew 28:16-20; Mark 16:14-20; Luke 24:33-52; Acts 1:3-12, 11. At the ascension: Acts 1:3-12, 12. To Paul: Acts 9:3-6; 1 Corinthians 15:8, 13. To Stephen: Acts 7:55, 14.To Paul in the temple: Acts 22:17-21, 23:11, 15. To John on Patmos: Revelation 1:10-19;
j1- Acts 1:1-11; j11- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; k1- Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-11,13,17, Ephesians 2:8-9; l1- 2 Corinthians 5:21; m1- John 3:16; n1- John 1:12, Ephesians2:8-9, Romans 5:1
____________________________________________________________________________________________Book 2–Confession– Since I tend to commit the same sins again I must not only Confess and repent, but find a way to change my heart so that over time my actions change. To find what I need to confess & repent I compare my actions or omissions to lists in God’s word such as: The Fruit of the Spirit [Galatians 5:22-23a] & etc.
The Fruit of the Spirit defined for self examination?
Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control;
The 9 fruit of the Spirit are free gifts to the believer “filled by the Holy Spirit”. However by God’s grace we should be examining the results in our lives. Psalms 139: 23 Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; Test me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any wicked or hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. AMP
As I review these nine Fruit how should I measure my response? The Bible answers this …Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, [1 Peter 2:21] The way I examine myself with each quality: I REVIEW my recent actions, motives, thoughts and words against each quality; CONFESS where I have sinned against God & others; REPENT of this sin, asking God for forgiveness and help [a] to change our heart and [b] in our persevering to turn from sin.
1st–3 qualities that express my relationship to God the Father, Son & Holy Spirit:
love– “agape” love, sacrificial love of Christ as He went to the cross. The love that the Holy Spirit produces in our hearts as we walk in the Spirit, enabling believers to love God and others, even our enemies, those that persecute us and people different from us. “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” [I John 5:3] REVIEW- Did I demonstrate my love by obeying God yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT
joy- emotion of great delight from total dependance on Jesus Christ. Jesus set the example “…Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame…” [Hebrews 12:2 NLT] Because I love and trust Jesus “rejoicing with a glorious, inexpressible joy” [1 Peter 1:8 NLT] REVIEW– Have I been filled with this kind of joy no matter what my circumstances are? CONFESS; REPENT [ A Life of glorious Inexpressible Joy! ]
peace- Then-At the time of salvation we “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” [Romans 5:1]; as a result now we can have ” the peace of God , which surpasses all comprehension,…in Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:4-7] The peace of God provides freedom of mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, bitterness; freedom from strife, grumbling or dissension. REVIEW- Did I have the peace of God yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT
2nd–3 qualities that reflect my relationship with others based on my relationship with Triune God:
patience– [perseverance–steadfastness–endurance]–handling the pressures, trials, tests and problems of life as I relate to other people. This requires God’s grace, faith one day at a time, while trusting and waiting on God, sometimes for years. REVIEW-Have I been patient recently? CONFESS; REPENT. [Here is an approach to problem solving that can be followed every time a problem, test or trial comes.] Problem Solving!
kindness– if we love Jesus we must also love and be kind to others. “In everything,…treat people the same way you want them to treat you,…” [Matthew 7:12]; 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; …5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,… 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. [Philippians 2:3-8] … REVIEW- Have I been kind to others? CONFESS; REPENT
goodness– [moral excellence– virtuous]— Jesus was good to people by helping, healing, encouraging, warning and telling the way to the Kingdom of God. Knowing God is good, be good to people and be a good person. “35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’ …40 Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.” [Matthew 25:35-36,40] REVIEW- Have I been a good person recently? CONFESS; REPENT
3rd–3 qualities that express my heart based on my relationship with Triune God:
faithfulness- 22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness…[Lamentations 3:22-23a] the Spirit empowers the believer to be thorough in the performance of duty to God and others. True to one’s words, promises, vows, and loyal, reliable, and trusted by God and others. REVIEW- Have I been faithful recently? CONFESS; REPENT
gentleness- Jesus said “learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart. [Matthew 11:29b] A gentle person is kindly, amiable; mild; polite; not severe, rough or violent. REVIEW- Was I gentle like Jesus yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT
self-control– The believer has the Power available to make a practice of controlling emotions, making righteous decisions, and dealing with the pleasures and temptations of life. REVIEW- Did my actions demonstrate that I gave up control of my life to the Holy Spirit yesterday? CONFESS; REPENT
Does my life reveal the glory of God to others, at my expense and without expecting merit from God or others?
————————————————————————————————————————————Book 3–Thankful– To help me be thankful I meditate on scriptures about being thankful below; and use a list of over 100 things I have to be thankful for & our list of divine appointments .
Be thankful whatever the circumstances: Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.Q Praise the LORD!
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.R Be filled by the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to GodS; Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.T Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.U Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.V Give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.W
Q- Psalms 105:1; R- Psalms 106:1; S- Ephesians 5:18b-20; T- Philippines 4:6-7; U- Colossians 3:15; V- Colossians 3:17; W- 1 Thessalonians 5:18
—————————————————————————————————————————————-Book 4–Supplication/Petitions– Since 1980 I have kept a journal for my daily quiet time. Here is a blank page I keep a prayer log for Petitions & Intercessions in God’s will & record answers. Here is a blank page .
Prayers for times of suffering and fiery trials from 1St Peter and related scripture!
Peter wrote during the time of Nero who burned Rome and blamed it on the Christians. Fiery trials then occurred>
I greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while I have been distressed by various trials. So that the proof of my faith, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the return of Jesus Christ.1 After I have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called me to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish me.2
It is written, you shall be holy, for I am holy.3 Your word is a lamp to my feet for today and a light to my path for the future.4 My faith increases from reading, understanding and applying the word of Christ.8 As a living stone, I am being built up as part of a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.9 Holy Spirit help me keep my behavior excellent among unbelievers, so that in the thing in which they slander me as an evildoer, they may because of observing my good deeds, glorify God in the day of their salvation.10
Help me as a person called by the name of Jesus, to humble myself, pray, seek the presence of God and turn from their wicked ways. Then You promise to hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.11 By your grace I will trust in the Lord with all my heart and I will not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge God, and He will make my paths straight. I will not be wise in my own eyes; instead I will reverence God and turn away from evil.12
Help me to be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, and be humble. That goes for me all the time, no exceptions, no retaliation and no sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s my job, to bless. I’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.13 Let no unwholesome word proceed from my mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from me, along with all malice. Let me be kind to others, tender-hearted, forgiving others, just as God in Christ also has forgiven me. Let me not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom I was sealed for the day of redemption. 14
Set apart Jesus Christ as Lord and Master in my life! Help me always be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks me to give an account for the hope that is in me, yet with gentleness and reverence.15 I know that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in me, whom I have from God, and that I am not my own?16 Jesus help me be controlled by the Spirit continually;17 and give me the fruit of the Spirit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.18
The end of all things is near; therefore, help me to be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. Above all, I will strive by God’s greater grace19 to keep fervent in my love for others, because love covers a multitude of sins. 20
Notes: 1–1 Peter 1:6-7; 2–1 Peter 5:10; 3–1 Peter 1:16; 4– Psalms 119:105; 5-7– not used; 8– Romans 10:17; 9– 1 Peter 2:5; 10– 1 Peter 2: 12; 11– 2 Chronicles 7:14; 12– Proverbs 3:5-7; 13– 1 Peter 3:8-9; 14– Ephesians 4: 29-32; 15– 1 Peter 3:15; 16– 1 Corinthians 6:19; 17– Ephesians 5:19b; 18– Galatians 5:22-23a; 19– James 4:6a; 20– 1 Peter 4:7-8
Prayer for my family members each day of each month!
Day of month/Prayer request
- Each family member be saved (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9)
2. Be filled daily with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18a; Galatians 5:22-23a)
3. By God’s grace walk with Jesus daily looking for the blessed hope
(Titus 2:11-13; Romans 5:2; Galatians 2:20, 3:3)
4. Pursue holiness by God’s grace (1 Peter 1:16)
5. Faith from abiding in God’s word (Romans 10:17; John 8:31-32)
6. Acquire God’s wisdom
7. Have Daily devotions & Quiet Time Journal
8. Surrender personal kingdom to God (Luke 9:23)
9. Love Jesus and others (John 14:15; 1 John 4:7-21; Matthew 5:44-47)
10. Glorify the Lord in all things (1 Corinthians 10:31)
11. God’s vision for each person
12. Be courageous without anxiety or fear (Philippians 4:4-8; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:16)
13. Prayer life that is continuous & in God’s will (1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 John 5:13-15)
14. Be thankful to God in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
15. Share the gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)
16. Be a disciple maker 1 to 1 (2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 28:18-20)
17. Produce fruit, then more fruit & then much fruit (John 15:1-8, Galatians 5:22-23a)
18. Do ministry God has for them
19. Protection from fleshly deeds (Galatians 5:19-21)
20. Tithe & save 10 percent minimum
21. Do all work as to the Lord (Colossians 3:23)
22. God’s wisdom to manage assets
23. Parents spend time with children
24. God to prepare His mate for each family member
25. Bible based marriages
26. No divorce in family
27. Under authority of God’s representatives
28. Physical exercise program
29. Finish strong
30. Biblical world-view values/beliefs
31. Graduate from college or technical college
Bold Prayers for the United States of America
For Governments:  Pray for local, state and federal governments to take positive actions that can reverse the decline of our country. This will take many more miracles. Pray for government leaders elected and unelected to be “of sound judgment and sober spirit”; and “to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God” Encouraging events. d
For Individuals:  Pray for equipping: 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. [2 Timothy 3:16-17]
 Pray and think miraculously; “Now all glory to God, Who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” a [Ephesians 3:20] NLT
 Pray for God to work among true believers/disciples in miraculous ways: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” [2 Timothy 2:2]
 Pray that 3 million in 2017 will be saved and discipled. “The Lord… is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” [2 Peter 3:9] Increasing the 3 million goal 5% per year and allowing for estimated deaths and attrition, evangelicals can increase from 7% c in 2016 to 20.5% of the population in 16 years by my estimate.e
 “pray without ceasing; “ [1 Thessalonians 5:17] The believers in Jesus Christ are vastly outnumbered today, but “nothing will be impossible with God.” [Luke 1:37]
 Pray that God by His grace and power will provide you and me the opportunity to evangelize and train in righteousness at least one person per year.
3 million new converts will require [a] each group of 7 evangelicals to lead someone to Jesus and [b] 1.0 to 1.5 million Paul’s and Naomi’s as disciple-makers or each group of 22 evangelicals to disciple one new convert. See next paragraph for how even more could be evangelized and discipled in 16 years.
We must not only pray for a miracle, but go in obedience and be the human instrument’s of God’s victory. Since the late 2000’s; with the efforts of Joe White, Dr. Mac Brunson, Dr. Heath Lambert, John Dickerson, Robert Gallaty, J. D. Greear, David Platt, the Navigators, and many others; the disciple-making movement is picking up momentum. If no disciple drops the baton the powers of multiplication in America could start dramatic spiritual change in 10 years or less. See the Multiplication Chart on page 50 of men’s One2Won and page 71 of women’s version. Both charts begin with only 2 disciple-makers, but we have several hundred at FBC and thousands in America.
Footnotes: a- What is possible through God’s mighty power! b- One2Won Discipleship at FBC https://thehlukejourney.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/one2won-discipleship-training-for-men-women-146/ c- John Dickerson in “The Great Evangelical Recession” Published 2013, estimates that only 7% to 9% of US population are evangelical christians or 22 to 29 million. d- They preach the gospel to President Trump e- us-population-change-2010-2016 This table includes evangelicals estimates to 2032
————————————————————————————————————————————–Book 5 Other Worship Help
Go to the Cross Often
Go to the Cross often! Make a decision (see “?” in chart—Goal: Live on the left half of this chart. Heat or Rain My Model )
Chose to be Jesus-centered rather than self-centered. Then you are prepared for Heat or Rain. God gives us everything we need to respond to life in godly ways 2 Peter 1:3. All believers are in the process of change to reflect the character of Jesus himself. God is employing every circumstance and relationship in your life to accomplish that goal. Pictures that I review often at the foot of the Cross Take up the Armor of God Daily The Armor of God
Heat–difficulty or Rain–blessing
When heat or rain comes throughout the day make a decision (see “?” at top in chart above)—chose the Jesus-centered fruit way or self-centered thorn way of life.
Thorns are about the biblical category of “fleshly wisdom,” those foolish behaviors that come all too naturally to us when hard things happen. Someone speaks unkindly to us, so we let our bitterness grow. Something unexpected happens and we respond by denying, avoiding, blaming, or seeking to take control. Negative things come our way and we allow ourselves to doubt God and let our participation in worship and ministry wane.
We are blessed with unexpected money and we spend it on ourselves. We don’t get the raise we thought we deserve, so we grumble. Scripture makes it clear that these behaviors are not forced upon us by the pressures of the situation. These behaviors flow out of the thoughts and motives of my heart. The things that happen to me will influence my behavior but never determine them.
Because of what Christ has done for us, we can respond to the pressures in a brand-new way from our heart. When blessed, we look for ways to bless others. In trouble, we run to God and not away from him. We don’t seek to avoid life, but move toward it with courage and faith. We don’t take vengeance but entrust ourselves to the only wise Judge. This is the life the presence of God and the grace of Christ make possible. These new behaviors produce good Fruit in our lives and in the lives of others.
Adapted from “How People Change” by Timothy Lane and Paul David Trippe pages 84, 92-93
Help For Effective Prayer
- Intimate relationship with Jesus that enables praying in His name and in His will
“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”(1) “These things I have written to you who believein the name of the Son of God, … if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” (2)
2. Unselfish Motives
“You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. (3)
3. Abiding in Scripture
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” (4)
4. Forgiving Hearts
“if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.”(5)
5. Family Harmony
“You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, …show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.” (6)
6. Lack of doubt
“But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.” (7)
7. Honesty, confession and repentance as in
Daniels prayer in Daniel 9:2-19, God’s answer is by His grace “…for we are not presenting our supplications before You on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.” (8)
8. Powerful petition as in this prayer by Daniel
“O my God, incline Your ear and hear!…. O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! … O my God, do not delay,” (9)
9. Planning & commitment to hard work
Planning includes a daily routine of prayer with a way to record specific prayers and their answer. “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret,…” (10) “So I gave my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.” (11) ” while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel,…came to me in my extreme weariness.” (12)
10. Persistence until stopped by God as Paul was
“Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,” (13) The parable in Luke 18:2-5 demonstrates the necessity of persistence in prayer. Never, never give up on a specific prayer request as you “abide in Jesus and His words abide in you”. (4) However, Paul prayed 3 times for his thorn in the flesh to be removed but God said no! 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (14)
Footnotes: (1) John 14:13-14, (2) 1 John 5:13-15, (3) James 4:3, (4) John 15:7, (5) Matthew 6:15, (6) 1 Peter 3:7, (7) James 1:6, (8) Daniel 9:18c, (9) Daniel 9:18-19, (10) Matthew 6:6, (11) Daniel 9:3… Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving & Supplication, (12) Daniel 9:21, (13) Luke 18:1 (14) 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
- Keep His commands & present my body as a living sacrifice? [Joshua 22:5, Mark 12:28-31 & Romans 12:1-2]
- Be controlled by the Holy Spirit with the fruit of the Spirit being demonstrated in my life each day? Ephesians 5:18 & Galatians 5:22-23a 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control;
- Longing for Him and trust in God for every circumstance of my life? Psalms 143:8 Let me experience Your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in You. Reveal to me the way I should go because I long for You. HCSB
- Obeying “go making disciples of all the nations” especially for the future generations. Psalms 71:18…O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your powerto all who are to come.
- Grow in the image of Jesus Christ each day? My growth being evident to those around me? Romans 8:29b be conformed to the image of His Son. HCSB
- Memorize scripture [at least 52 a year and rehearsing all regularily to remember]
- Taking up challenging activity that will increase my intimate knowledge of Triune God and obedience of Him; “to love the Lord your God, walk in all His ways, keep His commands, remain faithful to Him, and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.”[Joshua 22:5 HCSB]
–Have a 30-60 minute quiet time with God every day. I use this process including memorizing Best Verse of week & rehearsing all BV’s at least once a week:
–Disciple 1 or 2 people a year with One2Won Discipleship.
–Read a nonfiction or historical fiction book a week or month.
–Read/study Dr. Heath Lamberts suggested books [over 2-3 years].
–Reduce TV & other comfortable diversions, pleasures and just doing “nothing”.
–Work my brain. Make mine a life to remember for Jesus. Finish strong!
Henry Luke 8/23/2017, Revised 8/29/2017