“Promises of God”
The aim of this week’s daily prayers are to help us in understanding the Lord’s wonderful provision for our lives. Sometimes we take God for granted, and expect Him to do everything for us and not consider that the relationship is a two-way partnership. As we go through each of these prayers – stop and consider where we are in this relationship – do I do my part? Bernard Langford
Monday, February 8, 2021, – Tithing – Malachi 3: 8–10
Heavenly Father, please forgive us for not trusting You with the very money that You provide for us – everything is Yours. We thank You for the jobs that we are in, and the opportunities, challenges and security that this brings, but Lord, when it comes to giving You just one tenth of our income back to You as our tithe, our selfishness and lack of trust kicks in.
We are sorry for this lack of faith – please forgive us and help every single one of us to make that step as outlined in Verse 10 ‘Test me in this”, says the Lord Almighty “and see if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have enough room for it”. We pray that we will take up this challenge and see how Your promise will be fulfilled.
Other scriptures – Proverbs 3: 9-10, and Proverbs 11: 25-25
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 – Health – Proverbs 3: 7-8
Lord, we thank You for saving us through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ and bringing us into your wonderful Presence. We thank You too for all the wisdom and understanding that Your Word brings to us but we recognise that this transformation in lifestyle and changing attitude does not happen overnight. For some of us the journey can be difficult when it comes to changing our habits and lifestyle, and this is where we ask for a double blessing of Your Grace in Christ.
Following Your instructions is central to life, so forgive us Lord for our failure to read and meditate on Your scriptures. Reschedule our lives so that we find time for You and deal with any stubbornness that prevents us from inheriting Your promise i.e. “Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the Lord and shun evil. (Here comes the promise) This will bring health to Your body and nourishment to your bones.” Amen
Other scripture – Proverbs 4: 20-22
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – A Long Life – Psalm 91:14-16
Lord we thank You that in Christ You bring us into a new place of freedom now with the ability to choose that which pleases You – no longer like the people of the world coerced by the carnal nature, self and Satan to sin, a worldly mind-set most clearly seen in Autocratic regimes of China and North Korea.
When we accepted Your invitation to follow Christ it was done not knowing what our future would be – but we chose to trust Him. We are so grateful that You continue to hold our hand as we move forward with You.
Psalm 91 still holds as good today as when these words were originally written, and we thank You that You have showered us with Your abundant love. What more can we do other than to return that love knowing we have a wonderful God who provides life giving words that do lead to a longer life. May many more step into this abundant life in Christ. Amen
Thursday, February 11, 2021 – Hope – Psalm 42: 5-6 & V11: Psalm 43: 5
Even though life might be difficult at the moment, whether it be through illness, bereavement, family breakdown or the continued lockdown, Father, Your Word encourages us to put our faith and trust in You. Thank You that we have a Heavenly Father who we can depend upon.
Whilst our faith might be exercised at this point we have an assurance from You, our Creator, that we will see light at the end of the tunnel no matter how dark it might seem at the moment. Psalm 37: 5 makes it clear that if we commit our way to the Lord, and trust Him, He will bring us into a good place. Thank You Lord that You always keep your promises. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Other scriptures – Romans 5: 1- 5: Romans 8: 22-25; 1 Timothy 6: 17-19; 1 Peter 1: 3-9
Friday, February 12, 2021 – Character – 2 Peter 1: 3 – 8
Thank You Lord that You equip us to be able to live a life that helps us shine in the world around us (Philippians 2:15), and whilst this outcome is, more often then not, formed by difficult situations that come our way, You provide that divine power to help us cope.
Lord, You encourage us to make every effort to add to our faith, not just goodness but knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness and kindness. Thank You for the grace that You pour out and the encouragement of our brothers and sisters in enabling us to reach those goals. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Other scripture – James 5: 10-11
Saturday, February 13, 2021 – Everlasting Life – Luke 18: 29-30
Lord, making the decision to follow You and asking Jesus into our lives will have been prompted for a whole number of different reasons, but I want to thank You for getting me to the point where I realised that the life I was leading was really all very meaningless. Since accepting Christ as my Saviour my life is full of challenges, adventure and purpose, and I am so grateful for having such an exciting life.
Lord, in John 10: 10, You made a promise to those who come to You that they will have life, and have it to the full. Thank You, Lord that, for me, You have kept that promise, but how much more can I expect when we come into that eternal life? What wonders can we expect? Thank You Lord that we can look forward to spending eternity with You! In Jesus’ name. Amen
Other scriptures – John 3: 16; John 4: 13-14; John 6: 40; Matthew 19: 29
Sunday February 14, 2021 –
In every one of the above daily prayers God promises to give us financial security, health, long life, hope, character, and everlasting life, but in return God expects something from us. All these promises are conditional!
In the Malachi Scripture above – God accuses us of robbing Him by not bringing the whole tithe into the barn. When we do, we should do it willingly i.e. give 10% of our income (remember we still have 90% for ourselves), then God will provide sufficient finance for our needs. Opening the floodgates will depend on our heart and deeper motives. The other promises will also depend on our response.
Lord, we thank You for the abundant love and protection that You give us from the minute we lay our lives down and follow You. We give thanks for Your Son, Jesus Christ who made that choice to obey You and go to that Cross of terrific pain and suffering to provide a way so that we could be saved. Heavenly Father, we thank You that You keep Your promises even when we let You down. Forgive us for our weakness, Lord, and please continue to provide the grace that we need to follow Christ. Amen.