Psalm 28 Verses 8 & 9 ‘The Lord is the strength of His people. He is the saving refuge of His anointed. O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their shepherd, and carry them for ever.’
Two months now since all our lives were changed: all our norms upset. However, I am suddenly reminded how for many little has changed, except increased care for distancing and preventing infection from carers and visitors. So many people are housebound anyway, live daily with disabilities anyway, and do not enjoy freedoms which many of us are missing. So many are dependent on others for daily needs and provisions which sadly may be harder to access as people worry for each other’s safety. When these realities sink in, and we are left without the words – let us let the above two verses echo as a prayer and a statement of sure and certain faith; for us and for those we bring before God’s mercy today.
Lord, for me and my family and those in need who you prompt me to pray for now…I bring verses 8 & 9 to you as a prayer today.
2 Chronicles Ch 7 verse 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
During the Battle of Dunkirk, a National Day of Prayer was called for. The entire nation stopped and prayed. People were lined up at every church across the country and a miracle occurred. The Entire British army should have been wiped out but instead, it was rescued by God against impossible odds. When completed around 338,00 British, French & Belgium troops were successfully evacuated from the beach around Dunkirk.
We are part of that group of people who God is calling to pray today, we are both the people of God and the people of Britain. This verse is a tremendous verse and it contains a tremendous promise, if we will humble ourselves, turn from our sin and pray, then God promises to hear, forgive, and heal. The promise is simple, what God asks is simple but the history of the Church in this country in recent decades is that we have failed to respond as the corporate people of God. Individuals have sought God’s help for this nation, but maybe the time has come for all of us to respond.
This period of time between Ascension Day & Pentecost Sunday is when the Archbishop’s initiative for the Global Church to pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is being acted out across the world. Can I encourage you to respond to this verse and to Archbishop Justin’s Global initiative by crying out to God and praying in faith ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.
Dear Lord Jesus, may Thy Kingdom Come, may Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
More information about the Global initiative can be found at;
Phil Ch 2 verses 14-15 Do everything without complaining or arguing………..in which you shine like stars in the universe.
There is a Christian song in which there is a line about shining like stars in the universe. I always think that is such an amazing concept. There are billions and billions of stars in the sky when you look at night. Mark was looking in the sky last night and was really excited to see Mercury (which of course is a planet, not a star but still shines brightly). There is something awe-inspiring about the sight of the heavens which is beyond words.
Yet we too can be awe-inspiring and shine brightly like the stars because of how we live. Paul is asking us in these verses to be different from everyone else and to try not to complain and argue which seems to be a default setting these days, especially in the press. We will not always succeed but we can always try.
Let’s shine like stars today.
Father God thank you that we can shine like stars in the universe for your glory and praise.
Acts 2: 37-end Verse 38 ‘Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit…’
Peter here addressing the crowd in Jerusalem after the moment the Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles at Pentecost. I love how he responded to the question: ‘What should we do?’ (verse 37) so simply. You see, Jesus never meant His message of life, the Way back to the Father, the receiving of His love and mercy, to be complicated. It is that simple…’Repent and be baptised…’
It reminds me of the time I finished a Kayaking expedition – exiting the sea over mudflats …and covered in it! To then hear the words…’You’re not travelling back like that!’ In exhaustion, my reply was simple…’OK, what do we do then?’ In that moment I just needed a simple instruction. In our need, in our joy, in our questioning; Jesus meets us and offers to forgive and carry us home.
Lord, in surrender, we cry to you today. We pray for the forgotten, abandoned, and hopeless. May their cry come unto you. Come Lord Jesus.
Monday 1st June 2020
Psalm 23 v 5 You anoint my head with oil
Yesterday was Pentecost when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit upon those first disciples gathered together. It was a transforming experience for those who were there, probably something that they constantly referred to throughout the rest of their lives.
Anointing in the Bible is seen both as being a sign of Blessing, and as a sign of the Holy Spirit, which in His coming upon those first disciples was the ultimate blessing. God coming upon and infilling those gathered together.
It is unlikely that David was aware of any association with the Holy Spirit when he wrote this verse, but there is clearly the sense of Gods blessing being poured out upon him. This anointing was not just a drop or a dribble, but a liberal pouring out of oil, flowing down the head and onto the clothes.
There is a sense of the liberality of God’s blessing upon his people in many ways, but at this time we are reminded that God has in the past, and still in the present delights to give the Holy Spirit to any who will ask him. In John Ch 14 v 16 Jesus says, ‘I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—17the Spirit of truth’.
Have you ever asked for God to give to you his Holy Spirit? If not maybe today is the time to ask, and to receive the ultimate blessing, given liberally and with gladness.
Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that today the Father would send upon me the gift of the Holy Spirit, that I might be transformed to live out this life of faith that you have called me into.
Ephesians Ch 6 verse 18 Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints
I talked a little about daring to pray big prayers last week. This week I mention prayer again because in these days we have a little more time to pray and I think God is using this Lockdown to encourage us to do all sorts of things that we may never have done before. There is no prayer that is too big or little and no circumstance that we cannot lift to God in prayer. I think there is more prayer going on now than there has been for a long time.
Throughout our day today let’s remember that God cares about every bit of it and we can give it all to Him. Let’s also lift one another to God in prayer too that His will be done in all our lives and in this world in which we live.
Heavenly Father, enable us to pray in the power of your Spirit. Give us your heart of love.
Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Luke 8: 16-18 Verse 17 ‘For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.’
How often do we hear ourselves and others bemoaning the injustice and unfairness we see around us in the world and rightly so. This verse certainly gives me hope that one day, when Christ returns in glory, He will come to judge all mankind. I am so thankful that He is the righteous judge and that at that time all evil deeds will ‘come to light’. In the same breath, I know my and our need of that same judge’s total forgiveness, so that on that day of judgement we will hear Him say ‘not guilty’. As we await His return, let us let His light shine in us as Verse 16 suggests, that others might receive His light also.
Lord Jesus. Thank you that when you return, all things will be made new. We rejoice today in the gift of new life, for the safe arrival and gift of new birth and the blessing of families and homes. May you be close to those we bring before you in our hearts now.