The Prayerful Word - October 13

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Daily blessings and prayers from Scripture.

Proverbs 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.


Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


James 1:12 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.


Jonah 3:3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh.


Jeremiah 29:11 "I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."


Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.


May you do what is just and right, rescuing from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed, doing no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, not shedding innocent blood, for if you are careful to carry out these commands, then God will honor you and sustain you, protecting and defending you from the destroyer. Jeremiah 22


May you be satisfied with what you receive from the hand of God, food and drink enough, clothing and shelter sufficient, and do what is right and just, defending the cause of the poor and the needy – for that is what it means to know the Father. Jeremiah 22


May you faithfully tend to the Lord's sheep that He assigns you responsibility for, to comfort them that they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing, for as He Himself gathers them and draws them, providing them pasture where they can be fruitful, He will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land, for He is the Lord Our Righteousness. Jeremiah 23


May you be overcome by the Lord and His holy words, though your heart be broken and you tremble in the fear of the Lord, lest you find yourself on the dark, slippery path of those who claim to speak in the name of the Lord, but encourage evildoers so no one repents of their wrong, speaking from their own understanding, not from the mouth of the Lord, proclaiming peace to those who despise the Lord, and safety to those who reject the the leading of the Spirit, causing ungodliness to spread to all who follow them, for the storm of the Lord's anger will burst out in wrath, whirling down on the heads of the wicked, not turning back until He fully accomplishes the purposes of His heart. Jeremiah 23


Do you debate Me, My child? Do you ask, “Why should I?” or “Why shouldn't I?” to the voice of My Holy Spirit, speaking to your conscience?

Though you could not imagine committing a “great” sin, do you find that you play with and entertain “small” indulgences, retaining your “right” to that which you enjoy although the quiet voice of My Spirit calls you away? Does not the little viper carry enough venom to bring death to those bitten as certainly as the largest of serpents?

Return to and remain at the foot of My cross, My love, where godly sorrow was given and genuine repentance was received in your heart by a work of grace through My Spirit. Let true mourning over sin make you jealous over the words that come from your lips; let the memory of previous sin cause you to shy away from any action that would offend just as the recollection of a burn causes you to fear the flame.

Let the sincerity of My Spirit and the genuineness of My Word be the goal of your striving, and not the building of an outward righteousness that is missing the true inward work which brings glad submission and humble obedience in immediate response to the gentle leading of My Spirit. 

You will reap as you have sown, My dear one. You will gather little if you sow little, and you will reap to the flesh if you sow to the flesh. Let My Spirit open My Word to you and reveal how to sow liberally to the spirit even as you persist in the daily routine in the world. In this way, you can remain unspotted by the flesh as you enjoy so sweet a bitterness as My acceptance and fellowship that is brought through the daily sorrowing and suffering of a repentant heart and a contrite spirit.


May you receive grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ that your faith may grow more and more, and your love for others may increase as you persevere in the face of persecutions and trials that you faithfully endure. 2 Thessalonians 1


May you be counted worthy of the  kingdom of God, for which you are striving and pressing in, for God is just and will pay back trouble to those who trouble you, and give relief to you when you are hard-pressed. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels, punishing those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus, shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of His power, punished with everlasting destruction, on the day He comes to be glorified in His holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. 2 Thessalonians 1


May you be counted worthy by God of His calling and may He fulfill by His power every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith, so that the name of the Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1


May you call upon God to arouse Himself on the behalf of His people because His enemies are astir, plotting and conspiring with cunning cruelty against those He cherishes, seeking to make their name, which was lovingly given by the Father, to no longer be remembered or known so they may claim the good inheritance which the Lord has given His chosen; may God make His enemies like straw and chaff, whirling away like dust in the wind, pursuing them with His terrifying tempest, covering their face with shame so that men will seek the name of the Lord, knowing that He alone is the Most High over all the earth! Psalm 83


May you seek the heart of God that He may give you His words of life for the needs of others, aptly spoken, bringing the treasures of encouragement and hope, life and strength, needed grace and sought-after mercy, desired direction and loving correction, giving refreshing and renewal to the soul and spirit of all who hunger to know God. Proverbs 25:11-12