Give us faith, Lord … May Jesus be our Joy … Holy Spirit, we welcome You (prayers based on Ezekiel 35 – 37).

Ezekiel 35:1-15‘You will be desolate, O Mount Seir, you and all of Edom. Then they will know that I am the Lord’ (Ezekiel 35:15). The people of Edom knew You, Lord, as their Judge. We thank You there is a much better way of knowing You. We can know You as our Saviour. Those who …

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Help us, Lord, to put the past behind us and make a new beginning with You (prayers based on Ezekiel 23 – 24).

Ezekiel 23:1-49 ‘Because you have forgotten Me and turned your back on Me, you will be punished for all your sin’ (Ezekiel 23:35). Lord, help us not to forget You. Help us to remember You. Help us not to let Your Word ‘go in one ear and out the other’. Help us to be ‘doers …

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“Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36).

Doing the will of God wasn't easy for Jesus. It won't be easy for us. It's always better to do God's will rather than insisting on getting our own way. For Jesus, there was more than crucifixion. There was resurrection. Whatever may lie ahead of us, may we never forget this - God is our …

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Lord, we come to You as sinners. May we never forget our Saviour – the Lord Jesus Christ (prayers based on Ezekiel 29 – 31)..

Ezekiel 29:1-21 Lord, in Your dealings with Egypt, we see both Your wrath - ‘Egypt will become a desolate wasteland’ - and Your mercy - ‘At the end of forty years... I will restore the fortunes of Egypt’ (Ezekiel 29:9,13-14). Your wrath is Your response to Egypt’s pride - ‘Because you said, “The Nile is …

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Whatever the world may say, may we never forget this: ‘Without holiness, no-one will see the Lord.’

What blessings are given to those who draw near to You, Lord - ‘Your God… will come and save you’ (Isaiah 35:4). The Good News of Christ comes to us as a call to faith – ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved’ (Acts 16:31). We have been saved through faith in the …

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Nehemiah and his fellow-builders face determined opposition from their enemies …

Nehemiah and his fellow-builders face determined opposition from their enemies: “What they are building - if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!” (Nehemiah 4:3). When the enemies “heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were …

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Keep on believing that there will be a breakthrough – from the Lord.

2 Samuel 4:1-5:25 ‘…They came into the house… and slew him…’(4:7). What are we to make of this kind of thing? - ‘What’s the world coming to?’ Where’s it all going to end?’ It is difficult to maintain real faith in the Lord when this kind of thing is going on. What are we to …

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‘The Blood Of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Cleanses Us From All Sin.’

2 Kings 5:1-27How are we to receive God’s blessing? Are we to ‘do some great thing’? Are we to prove ourselves worthy of His blessing? No! The Word of God gives this simple instruction: ‘Wash and be clean’(13). Salvation is not something to be paid for or earned. It’s ‘the free gift of God in …

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Lord, You do not come to us because we are good. You come to us because You are love.

Lord, You do not come to us because we are good. You come to us because You are love. We thank You, Lord, that Your love is greater than our sin. We look at ourselves. We see our sin. We look at our Saviour. We see Your love. When we look at our sin, help …

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Paralyzed by fear – Where does this negativity come from?

"The Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them" (Numbers 14:9). Paralyzed by fear - where does this negativity come from? We are overwhelmed by fear when we take our eyes off the Lord, when we forget that "the Lord is with us." Let's cut our fears down to size - by remembering that our God is …

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Learning from the prophets and apostles, we build on God’s Foundation, Jesus Christ.

Joshua 10:16-11:15 God gives the promise. Believing His promise, we obey His command, pressing on to victory (25,6). This is God's way of victory: 'go in to take possession of the land which the Lord your God gives you to possess' (1:11). As we read of Joshua's military exploits, we must not lose sight of …

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Standing In Christ’s Strength Alone, We ‘Resist The Devil.’ Defeated By Christ, Satan Can Do Nothing But ‘Flee From Us.’

Numbers 11:1-35The people complained in the hearing of the Lord’(1) - Remember: All our words are spoken ‘in the hearing of the Lord’! There was ‘a rabble among them’(4): What problems there are when such people are mingling with God’s people! What are we to do when this happens? - Pray for God’s help (10-15). …

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In a spiritual wilderness …God blesses us …

Psalms 78:1-39- ‘Can God spread a table in the wilderness?’(19). We are living in a spiritual wilderness. We wonder, ‘Can God continue to bless us in this wilderness?’ How does God’s Word answer our question? - ‘You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies’. In the ‘wilderness’, there are many ‘enemies’. …

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Obeying the Lord’s Word and trusting His promise: “I am with you” …

HAGGAI 1:1-15 -  ‘“Why is everyone saying it is not the right time for rebuilding My Temple?” asks the Lord’. His reply to them is this: ‘Is it then the right time for you to live in luxurious homes, when the Temple lies in ruins?’ (2-4). God’s people had forgotten about God. They were pleasing …

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Lord, You are the Potter. We are no more than jars of clay.

‘The pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands, so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him’ (Jeremiah 18:4). Lord, this is what You're doing in our lives. You are ‘the Potter’. We are no more than ‘jars of clay’ (Jeremiah 18:6; Isaiah 64:8; …

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We think, Lord, about the future, and all we can say is this, “We don’t know what the future holds.”

2 Kings 2:14-3:27We think, Lord, about the future, and all we can say is this, “We don’t know what the future holds.” We turn to You. We ask You, “What does the future hold for us?” You give us Your answer to our question. It may not be the answer that we were looking for …

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Before You Can Be The Lord’s Servant, He Must Be Your Saviour.

“Whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant … For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43,45).Do you want to be the Lord’s servant? Remember that He is your Saviour. Do you want to serve the Lord? …

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We thank You, Lord, that Jesus is ‘the Way, the True Way, the Living Way’ – our Guide and our Saviour.

Jeremiah 31:21-40‘Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take’ (Jeremiah 31:21). Lord, it’s so easy, for us, to take a wrong turning. We lose our sense of direction. We get confused. We're not sure which way to go. We get lost. We're getting more and more …

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Thank You, Lord, for Jesus, our great Saviour …

Prayers based on Ezekiel 17 - 18 Ezekiel 17:1-24 To those who adopt a ‘rebellious’ attitude to You, Lord, You speak Your Word of warning - They shall ‘not escape’ Your judgment (Ezekiel 17:12,18). For those who abandon this attitude of rebellion, there is a way of salvation. We thank You, Lord, for the words …

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We come to Jesus – with our sins. We receive from Him – our salvation.

We read, in Matthew 9:2, of the forgiveness of sins. This is followed, in Matthew 9:6, by the words that brought healing to the paralyzed man. When we read about Jesus' healing miracles, we must also remember the healing that comes to us through the forgiveness of our sins. The healing of our lives begins …

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We’ve only just begun … There’s so much more still to come …

"Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him" (Romans 5:9). The forgiveness of our sins - this is just the beginning. God has so "much more" for us. He is leading us on to our full enjoyment of His salvation: eternal life. We look back to …

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From God’s First Word To Us – Our Sin – To His Final Word To Us – His Salvation

"How can mere mortals prove their innocence before God?3 Though they wished to dispute with Him, they could not answer Him one time out of a thousand." (Job 9:2-3)"Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world …

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