In our own homes – let us give thanks to God for His amazing grace.

Amazing grace

Lord, we thank You for Your “amazing grace” – “I once was lost but now am found” (John Newton). We think about our life. Did we find our way back to You?  – No! You found us! You came looking for us – and You found us. We think about this, and we say, “Hallelujah!” We say, “Praise the Lord!” Do we say, “Hallelujah! We have found Him”? We do say this – but there is something more than this: “Hallelujah! He has saved me.” Thank You, Lord, for Your amazing grace.

Lord, we thank You for Your great love. There is no love like Your love. We think of Your Son giving Himself, in death, for us. We think of His suffering for us, and we say, “Saviour of the world, what have You done to deserve this?” We look at the Cross, and we see more than suffering. We see love, and we say, “Saviour of the world … what have we done to deserve You?” Beyond “the mystery of undeserved suffering”, we catch a glimpse of something else – something very, very wonderful: “the deeper mystery of unmerited love” (Common Order, Prayer for Good Friday).

O, the deep, deep love of Jesus

The Bible tells us about our wonderful Saviour. As I was thinking about the Bible – God’s written Word – and Jesus – God’s living Word, my heart rejoiced in the Lord. How great is our Saviour! We thank God for Him – and we thank God that the Bible tells us the Good News that we have such a wonderful Saviour.

Lord, we thank You for Jesus – There is no-one like Him. What a great Saviour He is! He does for us something that we could never – ever – do for ourselves. He forgives our sins – and He forgets them!

The forgiveness of all our sins – What a great blessing this is! We read the words, “I will remember their sins no more” – and we think to ourselves, “How wonderful is this?” We think of Jesus. We think of all that He has done for us. He was crucified for us. He has risen for us.

Our sins have been forgiven – and forgotten. Can we even begin to understand this? Do we need to understand all of this? We do not understand it all. How can we possibly understand all that You have done for us?  “Jesus Christ, we greet You! … risen from the grave … You have come: not to answer our questions, but to show us Your face” (Common Order, Prayer for Easter). Thank You, Lord, for Jesus – Your Son, our Saviour. Thank You for His love – Love is shining from His face. In His face, we see His smile. It is the smile of His love (“Still the night, holy the night!”)

Lord, we thank You for Jesus – He is the Rock of our salvation. Often, in our journey through life, we’re walking on shifting sand. As we walk along, we discover that it’s more than shifting sand – It’s quicksand! It’s sucking us in – and it’s dragging us down. Is there any hope for us? Is there any solid ground? Yes! There is! Jesus is “the Solid Rock” (“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness … On Christ, the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”) Lord, we thank You that You’ve not left us to fall down in our own weakness. You’ve given us Jesus, our Saviour. We stand in His strength. When we feel like we’re sinking, help us, Lord, to look to You, to find new strength in You. When we’re almost overwhelmed by the flood of unbelief that seems to be coming at us all the time, help us to come to You and receive Your strength: “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).

Here’s a link to the hymn, Jesus loves me.

May your heart rejoice as you listen to and sing along with this lovely hymn of thanksgiving for Jesus, our wonderful Saviour.

Lord, we thank You for the rainbow – It tells us that You love us!

Sometimes, we see a rainbow. Do we wonder about it? Does it have a message for us? We look at the rainbow. Help us to look beyond the rainbow – to the Cross. There’s a great children’s song about the rainbow (it’s sung to the tune, “Early one morning just as the sun was rising … “). Lord, it’s a song about Your love. “When you see a rainbow, remember God is love. When you see a rainbow, remember God is love. Yes, God is love. Yes, God is love. When you see a rainbow, remember God is love.” When the sun is rising … when the rainbow is in the sky … at all times of the day, help us to remember that You love us. Help us to look beyond the rising sun to the risen Son. Help us to look beyond the rainbow to the Cross: “upon the Cross we see, in shining letters, ‘God is love.’” Help us, when there’s no rainbow and there’s no sunshine, to keep on “singing the praise of Him who died, of Him who died upon the Cross” (Thomas Kelly).

Lord, we need Your strength.

Without Your strength, we fall. Without Your strength, we fail.

With Your strength, everything changes.

You lead us from our defeat into Your victory.

Help us, Lord, to trust You.

In ourselves, we are weak. In You, we are strong.

Where does this strength come from? – It comes from this: Jesus has risen – and He lives in us!

“Resurrect in our lives faith, hope, and love, as surely as You raised Jesus Christ from the grave” (Common Order, Prayer for Easter).

Lord, I lift Your Name on high

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

Are we travelling on a road that’s going nowhere? Sometimes, it feels like this. God’s Word says, “No.” Is there the glorious hope of an eternal future – with God? God’s Word says, “Yes.”

A voice, crying in the wilderness

When we feel like we’re in the wilderness, our cry can be the cry of anguish, and our voice can be the voice of complaint.

“John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea … The voice of one crying in the wilderness” (Matthew 3:1,3).

John was not preoccupied with the discomforts of being in the wilderness. His message was this: “Prepare the way of the Lord” (Matthew 3:3).

He was directing attention away from himself – to Jesus: “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

He pointed his hearers to Jesus – “He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

When we’re in the wilderness, may there be less of ourselves and more of Jesus.

Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus – this won’t be easy.

It wasn’t easy for John. When he faced determined opposition, he had his doubts about Jesus – “Are you (Jesus) the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” (Matthew 11:2).

It won’t be easy for us. Sometimes, our faith is strong. Sometimes, it’s weak.

How did Jesus react to hearing about John’s doubts? Did he dismiss John as a man who started well, but ended badly? No! This is what Jesus said about John: “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11).

From a prison cell, John sent his question to Jesus. When difficult circumstances make us feel like our life is a bit like being in a prison cell, we find it difficult to keep on confessing, with boldness, our faith in Jesus. What are we to do when, like John, questions about Jesus arise in our minds? Let us take our questions to Jesus. Let us ask him to keep us strong in our commitment to saying, with John, “I must decrease, Jesus must increase” (John 3:30).

In our world, there is so much unbelief. May God help us to continue to be “a voice, crying in the wilderness” – “preparing the way of the Lord” (Matthew 3:1,3).

Shine, Jesus, shine

Lord, You are more important than we are. We serve You. You save us. We preach – but we cannot save! It’s only You who can save. May we never forget that, without You, we are nothing and we can do nothing – nothing of any lasting value, nothing that will really count for eternity. If we are to achieve anything in Your service, it will only be when You are working in us and through us.

Lord, we thank You for your perfect plan of salvation. We thank You for the perfect obedience Jesus offered to You. We thank You for the perfect sacrifice Jesus made for us. Perfect – That’s the last word we would use to describe ourselves. We’re anything but perfect. We’re very far from being perfect. We thank You, Lord, that You’re so very different from us: You’re the perfect God, Your Son is the perfect Saviour and Your salvation is the perfect salvation.

“When the road is rough and steep, Fix your eyes upon Jesus, He alone has power to keep, Fix your eyes upon him, Jesus is a special friend, One on whom you can depend, He is faithful to the end, Fix your eyes upon Him.”

Here’s a link to this song of faith – When the road is rough and steep. May you be blessed as you listen to it, and sing along with it,

Lord, when we are tempted, help us to remember Jesus. He was tempted – but He was not defeated. He was not defeated. He was victorious. How did Jesus win the victory? How can we win the victory? Jesus took His stand upon Your Word. This is the way Jesus went. This is the way we must go. It’s the way of Your Word. It’s the way of victory. Thank You, Lord, for Jesus. In Him, we have the victory.

Lord, help us not to lower our guard. There are times when it seems like Satan is leaving us alone. Soon, it will change – he’ll be back again, and he’ll be more determined than ever. When Satan seems to be such a determined enemy, help us to remind him that he’s also a defeated enemy. When Satan comes to us, help us to be ready for him. Help us to face him in the all-victorious name and the all-conquering power of Jesus.

Lord, we thank You for Jesus, our Team Leader. Before the call to leadership, there’s the call to be led by the greatest Team Leader of all – Jesus. Jesus calls us to follow Him – to walk in His footsteps. It’s not about saying, “Jesus is our Team leader”, and then doing our own thing. It’s about following Him. It’s about praying, ‘Your will be done.’ Lord, help us to follow Jesus. Help us to look at how He lived – and to become more like Him.

Here’s a link to a song which will help you to worship the Lord Jesus – Sing to Jesus.

Lord, Your love makes us feel very special.

There are plenty of times when we’re down in the dumps – and we need some encouragement from You.

When we feel like this, help us to remember that Your love makes us very special: “I’m special because God loves me.”

How do we know that You love us? – You gave Your Son, Jesus, to be our Saviour.

What are we to say when we think of Jesus – crucified for us?

“Thank You Jesus, thank You Lord, for loving me so much.”

We look at ourselves – and we know that we’re nothing special.

We look at Jesus. We think of His love for us – and something happens. We begin to feel that we are very special – to You!

“Help me feel Your love right now, to know deep in my heart that I’m Your special friend” (Graham Kendrick).

Lord, help us not to get too big for our boots.

Sometimes, we get down in the dumps. When this happens, we need to get lifted up – by You!

Sometimes, we have a very different problem. We get too big for our boots – and we need to be brought back down to earth!

Brought down with a bump: How often this has happened to us – and it was just what we needed!

Bringing us down – We thank You, Lord, that this is only the beginning of Your work in us.

You never bring us down – to leave us there. You bring us down to build us up again!

Building us up – That’s what You do for us.

We’re broken down – and You put us together again!

Lord, this is so encouraging.

When we forget You, You never forget us.

When we feel like giving up, You say to us, “I haven’t finished with you yet. I’ll never be finished with You: What I have planned for you is nothing less than this – eternal life.”

Lord, sometimes, the things that happen to us don’t seem to make sense – to us!

We try to tell the story of our life. We try to make sense of it all. We try – but we fail.

Why? – We don’t know the full story.

Sometimes, we feel like we’re living on Dead End Street!

You say to us, “You’re missing the point! You don’t need to understand what it’s all about. You can leave that to Me.”

Help us, Lord, to know that we’re not alone – trying to make sense of our life. Help us to know that You’re with us. Help us to think of Jesus. He is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23).

When everything seems to be so confusing, help us to remember that Jesus understands us. He knows what we’re like – and He hasn’t stopped loving us. He never will!

He loves us – and He’s praying for us: ”We praise You, our glorious Lord and Saviour, and are for ever glad that now there is in heaven One who understands and intercedes for us” (Common Order, Prayer for Ascension).

Lord, sometimes, we feel like we’re stuck in a rut.

When we feel like this, help us to see that You’ve moved on ahead of us. You’re calling us on – into Your future!

Do we need to see exactly where You’re leading us? – No! We don’t! We just need to keep on following You.

The future may be unknown to us – but it’s never unknown to You!

“Face the sun and the shadows will fall behind you. Look to the One who can put your past behind you. Be the one you were born to be – Don’t you want to be free? … There ‘ll be brighter days ahead” (Garry Brotherston).

Lord, let there be no more fear of an unknown future. Help us to look to the Son. Help us to know that, with Him, we can never be stuck in a rut! Help us to move forward with Him and for Him.

When trouble comes our way…

When we “walk through the darkest valley” (Psalm 23:4), fear threatens to overwhelm us.

How do we get from being filled with fear to being filled with faith?

Can we pick ourselves up? Can we bring ourselves out of fear and into faith?

No! We cannot do this for ourselves.

As we wrestle with our fears, we become deeply aware of our own weakness.

We wonder, “Is our situation hopeless?”

Fear and weakness – Is this all that we can say about our situation?

No! There is more than this. God is with us when we’re in “the darkest valley.” He’s calling us to put our faith in him. He’s calling us to receive strength from him. Our life is still threatened by fear – but it is no longer dominated by fear. He shows us our weakness – and he gives us his strength. We face many difficulties, but we do not face them alone. We look to the Lord in faith,and we say, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

The Lord gives to us the faith that says, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).

Our troubled times will not last forever. Dwelling in the house of the Lord – this will last forever.

Shout to the Lord

Keep on praying for oir troubled world – and don’t forget to thank God for answers to prayer.

The old rugged cross

Lord, Your salvation is always Your gift. It’s never a reward that we earn. Salvation never begins with “I” – “This is what I have done.” It always begins with You, Lord. It begins with Your love: “God so loved the world” (John 3:16). We can never save ourselves. We can only be saved by You, Lord. Thank You, Lord, for giving to me Your salvation, so full and so free.

Lord, You are the great God. Your love is great. Your Son is great. Your salvation is great. You give us a great future – glory with You forevermore. Thank You, Lord.

Lord, we want to walk with You in the centre of Your will. Where does this desire to please You come from? – It comes from You, Lord. You put it into our hearts. Without Your Word, speaking to us, we would never think of walking with You. We would be too busy thinking about ourselves and what we want. Draw near to us, Lord. Keep us close to Yourself.

Lord, our life’s a battlefield. It’s a minefield. We never know when something’s going to blow up in our face. When the heat is on, help us to cool down with Your calm: “Do not be anxious about anything … with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Life is all about choices. Sometimes, Lord, we make bad decisions – and we have to live with them. We thank You, Lord, that You made the best decision. You decided to love us. You decided to send Your Son to us. We thank You, Lord, that You’ve never gone back on Your decision. Our love for You is often weak. Your love for us is as strong as it ever was. It’s absolute love. It’s “love that will not let us go” (George Matheson).

O love that will not let me go

God bless you all.

Charlie

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