October 22 Prayer
“Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.” Thomas Aquinas
What makes a tree stand upright without falling over ?
What grounds you each day?
Paul’s Prayer in Ephesians 3:15-21 asks for the church to be strengthened in their inner beings, to be rooted and grounded in love.
To be filled with the fullness of God.
To allow His power to work in and through you.
“To know the love of Christ that dwells in you which surpasses knowledge.”
Now that is a thought.
How can we know something that is beyond knowing?
There is a power that works in us, thanks be to God and it is not in our self efforts but in our realizing that God is in us.
We cannot be separate from him but in our thinking that we are.
So I ask again, What grounds you each day?
Take a moment and see yourself as a tree with your roots going down deep into the earth until you find the running stream beneath you.
This stream is alive and it is the life source you need to survive.
Imagine this life source going up through your roots up the trunk into your branches until buds form and turn to blossoms that turn to fruit.
Love is the ground of your being.
Drink it in this day and be filled with the fullness of God.
Let him return to you a fuller version of yourself.
One that is without shame, or blame but one with a heart that is willing, supple, seeking and full of wonder.
‘May we all be like trees planted by streams of water, that yield fruit in due season, and their leaves flourish; in all they do, they give life.’ Psalm 1
October 21 Prayer
“Grace, Grace, all is grace”
There is a deep, deep well that never runs dry
A vast expanding ocean spread out across the sky
There are forests with tree lined trails that echo boundlessly
and endless ripples vibrating out upon the waters from one cast stone.
All is grace, if we look up and out to see it.
Grace is given freely to us all.
That is the great mystery of the cross of Christ.
We find it, a treasure so full of riches and we hide it to search for it again.
Grace is freely given to receive and we have full access to the mystery of Grace.
Here in us and through us is the diverse wisdom of God’s plan exemplified.
Now we have the mandate to humbly serve grace lived out through our lives.
Pause a moment and try to wrap your mind around this treasure you hold within you.
Better yet let your spirit take these thoughts in and respond to God in a silent prayer.
Breathe in his grace to cover every worry, concern and strife you carry.
Ask, how can I serve the grace in me and give this treasure to others.
Pray this day,
‘May your church exemplify the mystery of Christ's Grace here on earth by our love and service to one another.
Let us serve passionately with grace and strength so that in everything God alone will be glorified through Jesus Christ.
May we give our lives away and be that one cast stone of Grace in our world.’
October 20 Prayer
“I will hear what God proclaims, He proclaims peace.” Ps.85:9
Remember, that we were once far away, without hope and without God in the world.
Strangers, sojourners seeking our way until we met Christ and received his message of peace.
He is our peace and he has broken down the walls of hostility and hate to build a new humanity , a new building with the cross as the sacred stone holding us together to be a dwelling place for God.
“Together as one body, Christ reconciled both groups to God by means of his death on the cross, and our hostility toward each other was put to death.”
No matter where we are Christ meets us there. His cross becomes our meeting place.
“Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit through the cross of Christ.”
Fill us now with your spirit as we pray:
Turn our eyes to you, O Beloved and let us see the cross of Christ as that which unites us.
Where we see symbols of division and hate
May we see your face of peace.
Build us up spiritually.
We ask that we may be a sacred place of your peace.
Where our hearts are divided and weak
May your kindness and truth meet.
Where we see hopelessness and fear
May justice and peace kiss.
We cry out for you to heal our land
From sickness and division.
May the peace of Christ rule in our hearts this day,
And the wisdom of his message live within us as we proclaim peace.
Hear our prayers, and fill us with a new hope this day.
All Praise be to God, our glorious savior and redeemer for all.
October 19 Prayer
Where do my eyes turn this morning as the sky turns from clear to cloudy? I wait in silence and look inside my heart to see what my focus is upon .
Reading the words of Jesus, to guard yourself from all kinds of greed, and in Ecclesiastes; What profit comes from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which you work under the sun?
….Be rich towards God and not focus on storing up security and possessions for what will happen to the things you have prepared after your life is over? Luke 12
Where has my focus been?
What really matters to God?
What anxieties are in the forefront of my behavior?
Now I turn and see where God who is rich in mercy has placed me. He has brought me out of death into life , Raised me up into glorious perfection in the heavenly realm and co-seated as one with Christ,
So that I and that means we may fulfill our destiny that He has given to us, and grace abounds in the work to be completed through us. Eph.2:1-10
In this our eyes and heart may rest and take courage. Turn our eyes and thoughts on being rich towards God.
Whatever this day holds, if the clouds give way to blue skies once again or cover the earth with midst,
‘I will praise The Lord while I live’
Let our hearts be full of the riches of Christ and see ourselves as God sees us, where he has destined us for this very hour.
Breathe in life into the depth of your soul to be revived with his abundant grace.
Peace be still my heart .
“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.”
Jude 1:24-25 NLT
October 16 Prayer
““What is the value of your soul to God? Could your worth be defined by an amount of money? God doesn’t abandon or forget even the small sparrow he has made. How then could he forget or abandon you?
What about the seemingly minor issues of your life? Do they matter to God?
Of course they do! So you never need to worry, for you are more valuable to God than anything else in this world.”
Luke 12:6-7, Eph.1:11-14
How do I view my own Soul?
Do I value it and nurture the part of me that is unseen, the hidden in secret parts?
We each belong to God and have been marked by him, like a tattoo so to speak made by the Holy Spirit.
I wonder what that mark looks like to God?
I wonder if we each have a unique marking according to our heavenly name?
Maybe it’s the name that is written on the white stone given to us that only we recognize…or a symbol that only we know of.
He is that personal and we are truly His beloved.
Consider the state of your soul currently and let the Holy Spirit reveal to you the seal of hope that He has placed upon you.
Let a word or image come that you will know is just for you.
‘Creator God we recognize you as the One who holds all of our issues and struggles.
Everything that is hidden in the secret places of our hearts we let come into the light.
Because we trust you more than we trust ourselves and we have no need for fear. Everything matters to you, the big and the small.
May we know our hope-promise that is sealed upon us for the purpose of praise to your glory.
May our souls grow up into the very marking you have placed upon us and know how precious we are to You.
We relinquish every thought that is not real and the facade that we hide behind.
May your Holy Spirit release us into the freedom of who we really are and to know our own name. We belong to you.
All Praise be to the glory of the Three in One.
October 15 Prayer
‘Let nothing disturb you,
nothing frighten you,
all things pass away
God never changes.
patience gains all things
whoever has God
lacks nothing.’ Teresa of Avila
‘He has blessed us!
Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has been lavished upon us!
He has destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ!
It gave him great delight and pleasure to do this!
It is to the praise of his glorious grace
that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved!’ …
In the fullness of time, he will gather up all things in him, things in heaven
and things on earth.’ Eph.1:3-10
Ponder these words and let God's glorious grace wash over you as refreshing waters.
Let everything that disturbs you, everything that frightens you be gathered up into the arms of the Beloved.
Everything you need for living in this world has already been given to you.
Jesus is enough.
Now receive as a child all the grace, the strength,hope and provision you desire this day.
‘We hold up those that are just struggling to survive into your loving, grace filled arms.
May they know of your great love and delight to call them your very own children.
May they know that everything they could ever need is in you.
May the light of Christ break through each dark corner and transfer the heavenly realm of blessing there.
We say yes to your blessing being poured out on the earth.
GIve us patience to wait with You and know we have every spiritual blessing in You.
May we be a part of your unfolding mystery and plan to reveal your all encompassing love.
May You reign supreme in me!
All praise to the Creator of Life, to Jesus our redeemer, and to the Holy Spirit, divine presence of Love.
October 14 Prayer
“But the fruit produced by the Holy Spirit within you is divine love in all its varied expressions: joy that overflows, peace that subdues, patience that endures, kindness in action, a life full of virtue, faith that prevails, gentleness of heart, and strength of spirit. Never set the law above these qualities, for they are meant to be limitless.”
Galatians 5:22-23 TPT
There is something about waking up to a rosy pink sky kissing the sea that fills me with joy.
There’s this sense of God's Holy Spirit wrapped all around the world with arms waiting to be received, waiting to guide and lead whoever will dive into love.
There are two kingdoms within us. One that is lead by our sins, the attitudes of fear and control which leads away from love and the kingdom of the Spirit living within us to produce the fruit of divine love.
So it really isn’t so much about striving to be good by killing ourselves in the process but it’s about surrendering to love in every place we hide.
Come out into freedom and follow the spirits lead.
He desires to bring these beautiful gifts within you to give to others.
Revel in his peace and joy today!
Know that God is good and His Spirit will produce goodness through you.
Look for ways to be filled with grace to overflow into the world.
“ Loving Creator, we say yes to your Holy Spirit living in us today .
We choose to follow your leading and notice when we stray from love.
Give us the power to live in your divine love.
We love your presence and look for it everywhere.
May your glory fill the earth!
October 13 Prayer
“For freeedom Christ has set us free; stand firm and do not let anything enslave you,
...the only thing that counts is faith working through love.” Gal 5:1-6
God’s Grace is freely given, I know that, but when I do not experience grace and get caught up in the frustration of a broken down world I try to control it.
I try to find grace by making everything work again, to make right what is wrong, fix the broken appliance, the car, the router that all falls apart in one day. And then there are people that I try to fix and change to my liking and way of seeing things.
This is not living by grace!
This is not faith working through love!
We do not own grace, so we cannot control it by our own rules and guidelines.
Only through gratitude and acceptance will we return to a life of grace.
Pause now to surrender to him your anxiety, fear, frustrations and worries about the things that are not right for you.
Pray a prayer of gratitude from Ps. 71
“Giver of all good gifts, we return to you our gratitude for all that you have provided for us. For you have done wonderful things for us.
Even though I have gone through hardships,
Love was there and restored my life.
You lift me up from the depths and restore me to even greater honor.
You comfort me once again.
You are faithful to your promises.
You have ransomed me and will not abandon me as I grow old.
Thank you that I am created inside and out to be a container of your grace and glory.
May we all surrender to your grace in little things and the big things that come our way today.
Help us to see things the way they are and not as we are.
Change us to be people that give out grace and work out our faith through love.--
“May grace, mercy and peace be with you from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son in truth and love.” 2John:3
October 12 Prayer
“Lord, your love has poured out so
Many amazing blessings on our land!
You’ve restored Jacob’s destiny from captivity.
You’ve forgiven our many sins and covered every one of them in your love. Ps.85:1-2
What kind of sign are we looking for in this time of unrest in our world?
What is Jesus' heart for this generation we are living in?
He calls us to turn from injustice and turn our hearts back to God.
My heart is heavy from all the fear and conflict we hear about everyday.
We are people of the kingdom of hope not to worry and fear about rulers and leaders of nations that we are unable to change.
We can pray, we can voice our desires, we can speak truth in love and show kindness through listening to others.
We can work together with Christ in this generation to leave behind a future and a hope for the next generation.
We can offer a way that leads to life and goodness.
We can through Christ combat evil with good, harm with blessings, care for carelessness.
We can be people of hope no matter what happens!
Stop and sink into a grounded place with Jesus. He is your place of peace and a sure standing.
Pray Psalm 85;
“Bring us back to You, loving God and Savior.
Restore our hearts so that we’ll never again see you as an angry God of judgment.
Revive us again, O God! We know you will give us a fresh start.
Then all your people will taste your joy and gladness.
Pour out even more love on us!
Reveal more of your kindness and restore us back to you!
We will listen carefully to your voice and wait to hear whatever you say.
Let us hear your promise of peace, the message everyone longs to hear.
Do not let us in our ignorance turn back from following you.
May Your power and presence shine on all your lovers.
May Your mercy and truth kiss.
May Righteousness shine down from the sky
May you keep raining down blessing after blessing.
All glory be to the Three in One!
We open our hearts for You to shine through us this day!
October 10-11 Prayer
“Know that the Lord is God,
Who made us, to whom we belong.
We are God’s people,
The sheep of his pasture.” Ps.100
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
It starts with belonging,and responding to the invitation to come.
Come to the large vast spread of a banquet laid out for all to partake of.
Come and dine at this table of abundance. The table is God’s, his kingdom of love. And everything we need or could ever want is there for the taking.
Through Isaiah he speaks, “The Lord prepares for all peoples a banquet of rich foods, he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all nations, he will destroy death forever.
The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek; he will take away his people’s shame everywhere on earth..”
Imagine this banquet table laid out for all as we pray,
God, of merciful love and grace , we are so full of gratitude for all you have prepared for us to receive. Let us know deep inside how much you love us tenderly and desire to care for us.
Let us know that we belong to you so we may extend this merciful abundant love to others. May we see your invitation offered to all.
Let us live in a contentment that embraces everything that is before us in this broken world. We hold all things in grace, whether hard times or good times for you have given us all things.
May we learn this secret if kvining in every situation fully present to your grace within.
We pray for those who are in want and need today.
May they know your provision and may we know how to help them when called upon.
We offer up every hard situation to you today and ask for your touch.
We confess our wants and needs that keep us from desiring you.
Remove the shame of your people so we may be a people that loves abundantly and hopes fully in a good God all the time.
We thank you for your tender love and power to bring life out of death, and beauty out of ashes.
Come and dine at the King’s table of abundance.
The Lord is there