The Prayerful Word - April 12

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Daily blessings and prayers from Scripture.

Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him.

 

Luke 9:23-24 Then He said to them all: “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for Me will save it.

 

1 Peter 1:21 Through [Christ] you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

 

James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

 

Acts 2:39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.

 

Matthew 5:6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

 

May you understand how the controlling powers of the inner land of your personal battleground no longer have the courage to face you when you stand in the name and the power of Jesus, for they have been defeated by the victory of Christ on the cross. Joshua 5

 

May you circumcise the flesh of your heart so that you can go into battle with the power of the Spirit of God. Joshua 5

 

May you walk in the newness of understanding, leaving behind man's thoughts of “us vs. them” or “good vs. evil,” and follow the Commander of the army of the Lord, receiving His message in humility and walking in holiness before Him. Joshua 5

 

May you rise early, seek God for direction, and follow His leading, for though He has given you victory and already defeated the enemy, you must walk in obedience to His Word and His Spirit in your actions and your intentions in order to destroy the enemy's strongholds. Joshua 6

 

May you present yourself before the Lord, listening to His Spirit, taking inventory and allowing Him to direct your attention so that He can point out to you that desire of the heart or pattern of thinking that seeks to steal His glory or retain His praise, allowing you to recognize it, isolate it, and consciously reject it, cleansing yourself of the sin that has kept His blessings from flowing in your life. Joshua 7

 

My child, when you find yourself at the end of your strength, do not blame yourself. When you cannot muster the strength to continue, do not condemn your heart. 

When you are wearied in the journey and have no enthusiasm for the next step, much less the next stage of your travels, rejoice, for that is the time and the point in which I can truly begin to be to you the One I have longed to be. 

As a parent brings their child to a place for a particular purpose, they know the child will be too excited to focus right away. Instead of listening, the child will run hither and yon, looking at everything new, excited beyond hearing, following their own fascination, investigating every different thing, caught up in the newness of all that is around them. Finally, worn out by all the distraction, they slow down and stop, exhausted, turning to look to their parent, ready to hear what they are told. 

Rest in Me, My precious one, for you are exhausted with gladness. I will be your strength in the joy of My ministry. Know that I have much to tell you, and will teach you bit by bit, without hurry, paced for your comprehension. 

I do not condemn you, My loved one, nor shall any other voice do so, for you are Mine, created, redeemed from the thief of your soul and returned to My embracing arms. 

You are Mine, and you are loved everlastingly. Walk with Me as I talk with you.

 

May the very thing that others complain of be the saving grace you receive from the Lord, for He welcomes sinners, and eats with them. Luke 15

 

May your heart be aligned with the Father's so that you can know the joy of discovering and returning that which was lost, understanding the value He places on, and the longing He experiences for, those which the world would disregard. Luke 15

 

May you sing for joy to God your strength and shout aloud to the God of Jacob for He has removed the burden from your shoulder and set your hands free from slavery because when you called in your distress, He rescued you. Psalm 81

 

May you listen to the Lord and hear the word of God as He warns you against having any god or desire that you bow down to or follow other than the Lord your God Who brought you up out of bondage. Psalm 81

 

May you simply listen to God and follow His ways, for then He would quickly subdue your enemies and turn your hand against your foes, causing those who hate the Lord to cringe before Him, and feeding you with the finest of wheat as He satisfies you with honey from the rock. Psalm 81

 

May you heed your Father's instruction, as wise sons do, and not be a mocker who does not listen to rebuke. Proverbs 13:1

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