First Baptist Atlanta (FBA) is currently in a time of prayer. The church is calling it “Forward in Prayer,” and it is summarized as “Five minutes, Five Days, Five Weeks, Five Concerns.” Each Sunday at 5 PM, prayer points are emailed and for each day of the week, there is a prayer prompt to take before the Lord. Along with this, there is a short prayer and Scripture that FBA gives to help the prayer warrior along and it is really amazing how the Lord works when groups pray together! One can just feel the agreement from all across the world! We are in the second week and I have to tell you, there is power in prayer (Matthew 7:7-8)! We cannot see others in this fellowship of believers but Dr. Anthony George gave some details on our first week and it is certainly a boost in faith to hear of all the people who have joined together and committed to this special time of prayer.
I know that I put a post up yesterday and I try to space them out because I do not want to overwhelm the ones who do follow me. Most importantly, I do not want to write just to write. I want to be sure the Lord is supplying the right words at the right time. I pray the Lord guides each of us as we read His inspired Word and that He would highlight the Scripture that is applicable to our personal relationship with Him.
I just cannot help but write this morning because our FBA prayer point is a good one. They have all been good but this is especially good!!
In summary, FBA writes:
“Do you ever express to God the reasons why you praise Him…Make a list of five reasons why you want to praise God today. Then tell Him!”
I read this in bed, my eyes barely open, and immediately set down my phone, and started my list of praise to our Heavenly Father! When I did manage to roll out of bed, I sat at my desk and wrote it all down.
Before I start with my praise list, the featured Scripture for Monday is Psalm 145:1-9. I encourage you to read it. You will feel lifted and loved as you read, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Dear Heavenly Father:
I praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ, who died, was buried, and resurrected (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) for the sins of the world. As your children, we stand righteous before you because of the precious and powerful blood of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I praise you, Father, because as believers in the Lord, Jesus Christ, we are guaranteed to live with you forever (John 11:25-26). There will be no evil, no sorrow, no pain, and no tears (Revelation 21:4), only praise to you, Almighty God, all day, every day.
I praise you, Father, because our offenses have been forgiven, never to be remembered, forgotten, as far as the east is to the west (Psalm 103:12). We are a new creation in Jesus Christ once we have openly declared that Jesus is Lord and that you, Father, raised Him from the dead. We will be saved! (Romans 10:9). We are born again of the Spirit, purposed (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 2:10) to do all things pleasing to you and all for your glory. You will remove our heart of stone and give us a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:24-29), transformed, and tuned into you.
I praise you, Father, for your Salvation, faithfulness, love, patience, kindness, and gentle care of your people. You know every detail in heaven and in earth (Luke 12:7) and you provide every need (Psalm 145:16). I praise you because you are our Daily Bread (John 6:35). All our needs are met more than adequately by you, Father! Thank you!
I praise you, Father, because our lives are full when you stand at the forefront. We don’t have to succumb to oppression from the enemy: depression, anxiety, and fear; YOU are our shield and the lifter of our head (Psalm 3:3). You hear our cries and you answer (1 John 5:15). We can live in perfect peace and joy as our hearts are drawn to you by the power of the Holy Spirit! What matters most is our intimacy with you. We still feel those negative emotions because we are designed in this way, we are human, but it is through those deep-seated emotions that we can climb into your arms and get to know you better. It is a purposed need within us that gravitates to the inseparable and incomparable love of our Father. Praise be to God!! In those lowly feelings, we have the opportunity to lean into you and grow in our faith and, trust and in our love of you. What seems bad is not, it is wisdom and understanding of you, intimacy with you (Ephesians 1:17; Colossians 1:9-14). How truly blessed we are! We have a choice, so Lord, I praise you, that you give us a choice, we aren’t forced to spend time with you, worship, or praise you (Galatians 5:13; Deuteronomy 11:26-28) but it is by your beckoning that we run to you rejoicing! We know the voice of our Father (John 10:27), we know where our help comes from (Psalm 121:1-4)! Heavenly Father, you are always safe, secure, accepting, and steady! Our firm foundation (Matthew 7:24-27).
Thank you, Father, for your constant presence, especially in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank you for knowing our needs before we do (Matthew 6:8). Father, we pray for more of YOU and less of us (John 3:30) in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
All praise and glory be to you!
Scripture: In Order of Appearance
English Standard Version
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”
2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
Revelation 21:4 “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Psalm 103:12 “…as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”
Romans 10:9 “…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Ezekiel 36:24-29 I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.28 You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you.
Luke 12:7 “Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
Psalm 145:16 “You open your hand;
you satisfy the desire of every living thing.”
John 6:35 “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.'”
Psalm 3:3 “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.”
1 John 5:15 “And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”
Ephesians 1:17 “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him…”
Colossians 1:9-14 “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way that I am commanding you today, to go after other gods that you have not known.”
John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
“I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.”
Matthew 7:24-27 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.”
Matthew 6:8 “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”
John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”