Mar 14 – Jehovah Rapha: The Lord who heals. Father, at the heart of the Gospel message, throughout both the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation that You are the Lord who heals. Your Son is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people.
Thank You for Dorinda Asare reminding us, during Communion yesterday, that You are the Lord who still heals, and has made provision for healing. May our church be a body of people who not only proclaim You as our Saviour, but also the Cleanser of the soul, the Righteous One who shares His righteousness with us, and the Healer of body and soul.
Lord, when relationships are damaged, when defeat destroys our confidence, when mental anguish tortures our minds – we proclaim that You can heal our soul; when physical maladies and weaknesses afflict our bodies – we proclaim that You can heal our bodies and restore our rest, strength and energy.
May the spiritual gift of miracles, and gifts of healings – plural, the laying on of hands, the prayer of faith by the elders, the anointing of oil be exercised by our church. We ask for a divine visitation every time we pray for, anoint or exercise the spiritual gifts leading to many, many individual healings, and deliverances, in body and soul.
Lord, we proclaim that completeness in Christ and biblical wholeness will flow out like a mighty river from the ministry of Telford Elim, in person and online, leading to renewal in many Christians’ lives, revival in many churches, and a godly awakening of our society. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Mar 15 – El Shaddai: Father, You are the Lord God Almighty, the All Sufficient One. We give You praise that You are our Sustainer, our strength, and the Lord Almighty. No-one can thwart Your purposes, nor overturn Your decrees. You are God, You are all Your name says You are, and we worship You!
We proclaim You have supplied all we need in and through Christ Jesus our Lord. Your power is not diminished by our weaknesses, nor are You drained by our petitions. You are the All-Sufficient One who loves to give to us; You are able to supply all our needs according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
As I think about my part in the stewardship of the resources, riches, time, spiritual gift/s and responsibilities You have committed to my management – I commit to look to You first by committing everything to You. I would to be a love-inspired steward who takes seriously the responsibility You commit to my care.
I bring all my need to You, and commit to rely on You by reading Your word, to seek to follow Christ by obeying and practising Your word, prayer, fellowship with other believers, worship and service.
I pray that, in and through Telford Elim, in person and online, many will grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus by drawing on Your Spirit’s help, and the life that flows as we drink His living water and feed on the fresh bread of Your word.
I also pray that You will save, deliver and fight for Ukraine in its days of trouble. Heal its hurt and deliver it from its enemies. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Mar 16 – El Elyon: You are God Most High. Psalm 57:2, ‘I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me.’ You are sovereign over all, and Your majesty and radiance outshine the sun in all its brightness. As we come to You, thank You that in Your Son, You share Your glory with us so that the world may see You in us.
Teach us how to keep our spiritual armour burnished and clean. Enable us to radiate Your love by the fullness of Your Spirit in each one of us. Empower all in Telford Elim, in person and online, to be a good ambassadors seeking to live by Your Kingdom principles of love, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, purity and redemption. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Mar 17 – Father, 20 years ago today, Joan and I came over to England from Northern Ireland to see if I would be accepted to study at Regents Theological College, and whether it was right for us as a family to follow this pathway. I want to thank You for how You undertook over those 6 days of travel and exploring our future in You.
Thank You that in 3 days I was accepted to study, school for our three daughters sorted, our son’s school application well underway, and our accommodation all sorted. You blessed us beyond our wildest dreams, and had prepared the way for us. What You had birthed in us many years before – all started coming together on 17 March, 2002.
What You did for us, You can do for others. I pray that through the ministry of Telford Elim, in person and online, many will explore Your will for their lives, discover what Your call means for them, and be able to connect with Your timing. You birthed the desire in me 14 years before allowing me to step out in it.
Lord Jesus, I pray for any struggling to connect with Your will, purposes and timing for their lives. If it is because of a wilful attitude – forgive and discipline them into being those who are malleable and obedient to You;
if it is because of an area of personal sin – forgive and discipline them into a new place of grace, truth and freedom from that indwelling sin;
if it is because of fear: whether of failure, stepping out, an unsanctified fear, or of getting it wrong – forgive and discipline them into a new place of confidence in Your love and covenant commitment to them;
if it is because of a stronghold of darkness in their lives – forgive and discipline them into a new place of being able to receive deliverance, stand in Your freedom, and walk in Your light;
if it because they have not learned how to serve and live a life of submission to You and those You place in their lives with spiritual authority – forgive and discipline them into a new place of humility and grace;
if it is because they have accepted words of unbelief or negativity from others which You did not orchestrate – forgive and deliver them from those soul destroying words into a new place of hearing and sifting Your life-giving words. Amen
Mar 18 – Psalm 103:1-6, ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.’
Thank You for these wonderful words. They are Joan and my testimony over these last 20 years. We give You all the glory, thanks, praise and worship.
You have forgiven and renewed us on a daily basis – You have brought so much healing into our lives – You have redeemed us from the destroyer in so many ways – You have crowned us with Your covenant grace and mercy so that we stand in Your grace – You have provided all our need according to Your riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
We bless Your holy name, Jesus – we bless Your favour and goodness to us, Father – we bless Your presence and power at work in us, Holy Spirit. We declare Your benefits toward us, and glorify Your holy name, Lord Jesus. Amen
Mar 19 – ‘Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation’ (Acts 24:17). ‘Offerings’ is prosphora which is used for an offering which contains an element of sacrifice. It is the giving to God or to a person in need of something which requires an element of personal sacrifice by the one giving.
The word for ‘alms’ in Acts 24:17 is eleemosune. This was an offering to help the poor. It also was seen as an act which brought righteousness and God’s favour to the giver. Jewish thought was that to give to a person in need was considered a sacrifice offered to God based on Proverbs 19:17, ‘if you help the poor, you are lending to the Lord – and He will repay you!’
Father, we pray for all those in need today – particularly refugees, those caught in war zones, and all facing persecution for their faith, or race, or culture. Thank You for Elim Missions, and countless other Christian organisations that support the weak, afraid, bereaved, troubled, wounded, broken, foreigner, widow and orphan.
We pray for all such organisations – that they will be able to keep their mission Christ-honouring, their work Christ-like, and their impact Christ-glorifying. Amen
Mar 20 – ‘So two good things will result from this ministry of giving – the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God’ (2 Corinthians 9:12).
The word for ‘ministry of giving’ is leitorgia. This was a noble word in Greek society describing someone who voluntarily paid the expense of another or of the State. Thus in Paul’s use, it denotes a voluntary offering given to the household of God, and to be received as an offering which it was a privilege to receive.
Leitorgia described the weekly tithes, usually was 10-20%, and offerings made to the local church.
Father, thank You for the privilege of giving to You and Your work here in Telford Elim. I pray that we all will become love-filled givers. Such giving recognises You as our Creator and Governor, and the One who has given us everything in and through Christ. Fill our hearts with a generous, Christ-like attitude to giving.
We thank You for the ministry of giving. Just like any Spirit-inspired ministry rooted in Christ and built upon Your word – it has the power to transform us, those impacted by it, and the wider society as this good seed is sown. You love a cheerful giver – may all in Telford Elim, in person and online, enter into this ministry of giving with cheerful and generous hearts. In Jesus’ name. Amen.