Thursday, January 6, 2022

REC 100 Days Prayer Meeting Day 74 - No quarrel, but Sacrifice; Listen, Rewarded!

      



Silence

1.   Put on your “brakes” and stop for a moment of silence
2.   Wait for God. Breathe deep for God's peace and feel His presence. Exhale your worries.

Praise and Thanksgiving

1.   Think through your day, all the times that made you smile
2.   Thank God for all those moments, and for all those people
3.   Sing a song to praise God (you are welcome to use "Father, I adore you" which I have been singing every morning for the past 20 years or your own choice to praise God)

          Father, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Jesus, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
          Spirit, I adore You, lay my life before You, how I love You.
      

Confession and Repentance (Subjective Shifting Devotion Method https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/08/count-down-5-subject-shifting-devotion.html

1.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to shine on you that you are able to discover your sins and be willing to repent:


     “Dear Holy Spirit, shine your light into the places of darkness in my life. Show me my sins, everything that blocks me from encountering God and having Jesus as my Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”



2.  Through the Holy Spirit, examine yourself for a short silence and then pray:

     "Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and being victorious over death and sin. I confess my sins to you(pause, to tell Jesus what the Holy Spirit has shown you). Forgive my sins by your blood and help me follow you. Holy Spirit, fill me that I may be able to receive your gifts to love God and His people. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen."

3.  John Stott's daily prayer of Christlikeness (Christopher J.H. Wright, Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2017, 13)

(Please click this link to see how God used John Stott to change my life:https://bishopsilas.blogspot.com/2009/07/

           "Heavenly Father, I pray that this day I may live in your presence and please you more and more.

             Lord Jesus, I pray that this day I may take up my cross and follow you.

             Holy Spirit, I pray that this day you will fill me with yourself and cause your fruit to ripen in my life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."


    
    The link to today's Time with Abba passages:   http://api.pastoralcareschool.org/twa/
    Time with Abba passages: (Psalm 5:1-3, Genesis 13:6-15:21; Matthew 5:27-48; Proverbs 1:29-33)

    Today's key passages:
     So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives.Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”      Genesis 13:8-9

     17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom came out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
    Creator of heaven and earth.
20 And praise be to God Most High,
    who delivered your enemies into your hand.”
Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.      Genesis 14:17-20

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.     Matthew 5:43-48

but whoever listens to me will live in safety
    and be at ease, without fear of harm.”      Proverbs 1:33

Let's have a time to be still and give the Holy Spirit space to speak through the passage we have just read. Offer this time to Jesus as you listen to him. 
   
     My Listening
    The topic I received from Jesus is No quarrel, but Sacrifice; Listen, Rewarded!

    If you were Abram, would you make such sacrifice as to give the best pieces of land to Lot? Or, would you like those people to fight till death for wealth and land?

     If you were Abram, would you be willing to make such sacrifice as to give a tenth of everything after you experienced God is your shield and your King?

      If you are willing to listen to God like what Abram did, God will surely reward you as he rewarded Abram. He will reward you as what Jesus promised in today's Matthew 5:43-48 of not fight and love your enemies. He will reward you as the promise in today's Proverbs 1:33 that "you will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm."

         What kind of reward is better than you are more and more like God who is perfect!

   May we pray for our church on the 74th  day of our 100 days Prayer Meeting now:
 
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help use not to quarrel with people but willing to sacrifice. Lead us to be willing to listen to you and walk in the way you direct us to walk so that we can receive your rewards. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.


      Reflect on these questions:
     1. What inspiration have you received from today's catch and what have you heard from Jesus now?
      
      2.  What is your next step to be more closer to Jesus?
    
      Family Corner:
     Find an opportunity to share with your family the importance of today's message. 
     
Please click this link for the video version of this blog:   https://youtu.be/YXh-NJbiL-0 


     To know, learn and practice the method of Time with Abba, please click this link: https://www.pastoralcareschool.org

    

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