Morning Thirteen: Rejoice In The Lord Always.

28 Days Of Morning Prayer Focus

Morning Thirteen: A Daily Prayer that leads us to rejoicing.

Rejoice In The Lord

28 Days Of Morning Prayer Focus

“Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice!” Philippians 4:4

Lord God,

Thank you for loving us and caring for our needs as You do. For You know the plan ahead for us and know how to guide our steps to be in line with that plan. It’s not always easy to rejoice and remain hopeful in You when problems and circumstances arise, but we have to think back on the times we have been in similar positions and remember how You blessed us more than we thought possible. From big to little, we can count the blessings that You gave us before and discover they are more numerous than we ever thought possible. That is because You know our needs before we ask them, You know our heartaches before we have them, and You know what will grow us the most to be all we can be in Your eyes. So, let us rejoice and be glad as we give You our prayers, knowing when we least expect it, You will bring them into fruition. We give all of this to You in Jesus’s name. Amen.

As followers of Christ, we should rejoice always, in good times and bad. Easier said than done, right? Fortunately, in Paul the Apostle we have a steadfast model for finding joy in times of great struggle through trust in Jesus.

In his mission to spread the Christian faith, Paul endured persecution, imprisonment, threats to his life and ultimately death. Yet, his writings are full of joy and rejoicing because of Christ’s promise of salvation.

So, the next time you are seeking joy in the face of challenge, try turning to Paul for a bit of inspiration:

May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice! Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon. – Philippians 4:4-9

Now that we are God’s friends, how much more will we be saved by Christ’s life! But that is not all; we rejoice because of what God has done through our Lord Jesus Christ, who has now made us God’s friends. – Romans 5:10-11

Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances. This is what God wants from you in your life in union with Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13

And with joy give thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to have your share of what God has reserved for his people in the kingdom of light. – Colossians 1:11-14

Morning Twelve: Prayer for the joy of the Lord to be my strength

“The joy of the Lord is my strength” is a phrase we often hear, but what does it mean, really? Let’s take a deeper look at the context of Nehemiah 8:10 and discover what this phrase means for us as Christians today.

Ever feel like your strength is running out? I have. Some days, it’s all too easy to evaluate my current level of strength and measure it against the days ahead. I even have moments when I struggle with doubt at times, and wonder how I am going to make it through that day, let alone all the days in the future.

Today, let’s look at the Bible Verse “The joy of the lord is my strength”.

Where does the phrase “the joy of the Lord is my strength” come from? This bible verse is found in Nehemiah 8, where Ezra the scribe reads the words of God’s law to the people. They stand in reverence for hours as God’s word is read, and as they understand it, begin weeping.

For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:9-10)

When we feel sorrow – whether it be realization of sin or because of difficult circumstances – we often wonder where our strength is going to come from. But it is vital to remember: the joy of the Lord is my strength.

But what is ‘the joy of the Lord’?

We cannot conjure up this type of joy within ourselves, by our own power. It has to come from one source only – the Lord.

Thank goodness it’s not our human joy – it’s the joy of the Lord. Put another way, it’s the joy God has, or possesses.

Can you even begin to imagine the amount of joy God has?

What’s even more amazing is that God’s joy centers around us. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before Him” (a relationship with us). And Zephaniah 3:17 says that God rejoices over us with singing!

Have you ever thought about the fact that being in a relationship with you makes God happy? Knowing that God feels this way about you should spark the flame of joy within you, too!

As Christians, we have access to God’s boundless joy, a joy that does not come from our circumstances or within ourselves. It does not depend on how strong or spiritual we are.

This joy comes from God alone, and the relationship we have with Him.

This realization also enabled the apostle Paul. Here’s a sermon clip from my husband about how God’s strength enabled him:

How to Let God Be Your Strength (Like Paul)

You may be asking, “But how can I access God’s joy in my life?”

We have an example from Nehemiah 8. As Nehemiah read the words of the Law, the people wept and mourned because they were not obeying the law. But Ezra comforts them, telling them not to weep because the joy of the Lord is their strength.

Their joy was realized because, even though a knowledge of the truth caused sorrow (repentance), it also gave them direction. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

Changing their lives and following God’s ways gave them a deeper joy than they could have attained on their own.

It’s the same for us – when we study and know the truth within the pages of the Bible, we have the joy of the Lord!

Wishing you joy ten-thousand fold today!
Praying for you today that your joy be made full!!!

Father, thank you for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Morning Eleven: A Prayer to Seek God Throughout The Day

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

“You will seek me and find me when you
seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Morning Eleven: A Prayer to Seek God Throughout The Day

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

Scripture tells us that if we seek the Kingdom of God first, then all the things we need will be given to us. When we place God first in life, we see him working through all circumstances and events for our good. Whether you are just beginning to seek out God or you have been a Christian for years, we should never stop seeking to know God better!

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13

Father, Praise You for the sky and sun, for both remind us of a new day’s challenge and chance to chase You. Thank You for reminding us life is not always easy, but that we don’t have to carry the hard into each new day. Forgive us for dwelling on the past and for holding onto grudges. Bless our hearts to be held back by nothing as we seek You each day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Ten: A Morning Prayer For Courage

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

Morning Ten: A Morning Prayer for Courage

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don’t go my way. And give me the courage to do whatever needs to be done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage.” Psalm 27:14

Morning Nine: A Morning Prayer For Strength

28 Days of Focused Morning Prayer ~A Morning Prayer for Strength

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3

God I look to You. Pick up your cell phone. Read the above verse and then listen to the empowering words that remind us to look to Him to be our strength and your song! Spend a moment in pure and undistracted words of praise to tour Heavenly Father. Soak it all in and let the Lord’s presence lead you through this day.

Lord, I am weary and don’t know when this “race” will end in my life. I feel like I’ve been running forever, trying to outrun this trial. Help me to stop trying to outrun my pain but rather run with endurance the race you have set before me. I know that because of you I am ultimately a victor over the trials in my life. I know that nothing in this world can separate me from your steadfast love. Please give me a measure of your love today; give me the strength to endure this trial. Thank you for your love for me that never ends! And thank you for the crown of joy that awaits me forever in your Kingdom! Amen.

Where Do We Find Strength?

Where do we find our strength? In the Lord our God!

Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.”

Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Exodus 15:2 “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him— my father’s God, and I will exalt him!”

Psalm 9:9-10 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”

Psalm 34:10b “Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

Isaiah 26: 3-4 “Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.”

1 Chronicles 16:11 “Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!”

Psalm 32:7-8 “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”

Psalm 34:17 “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.”

Isaiah 30:15 “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

It can be so easy to give into worry, fear and despair, but with Him we can find strength, and look forward to wonderful things. He gives us hope!

“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord you God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43: 1-3

Morning Eight: A Prayer To Follow God Today

Morning Eight: A Prayer To Follow God Today

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

A Prayer to Follow God Today

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will,

for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground”.  Psalm 143: 8-10

I love this Psalm. David has a beautiful way with speaking His heart to the Lord. David’s struggle with sin was real but He knew that following God would be His greatest gift to the world. King David is asking for protection, and affirming his trust in God. Faith and trust are crucial as a follower of Christ.

He was saying here not only will I put my trust in You, every day God’s mercies are new. He was affirming His trust in all of who he was as well. Kind David affirmed that He considered himself a servant of the most high God. Laying down his fear and doubt, David knew he could walk without fear into the unknown of what a new day may hold. Words in this passage worthy of our focus today.

Dear Lord, I don’t know who or what will cross my path today. But I do know that You are my Rock and my Fortress. You are my Shield and my Strong Tower. Help me to anchor myself to You today. Teach me how to stand strong in You and choose only Your way today. Help me walk by Your truth and not my feelings. Help me to embrace anything that comes my way as an opportunity to see You at work and as an opportunity to point others to You. Thank You that You love me and nothing can ever take that away from me! Even if I fail today and fall short, You whisper Your unconditional love deep into my soul and remind me that Your mercies are new every morning. That truly amazes me, Lord. Thank You for meeting with me today. Would You wake me again tomorrow with the same sweet whisper of Your love? I can’t wait to meet with You again. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Morning Seven: A Prayer To Start The Day

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

Morning Seven: A Prayer To Start The Day

Hosea 6:3: “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

With this beautiful Scripture from Hosea, we can pray and proclaim God’s promises just like the prophet did.

-Just as sure as the sun rises, you will appear Lord.

-I will not fear anything this day may bring in my life, because You will be with me from the very beginning of the day.

Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you

and wait expectantly.”

This morning prayer focus reminds us to make communication with our Heavenly Father a priority in our lives.

In the morning before you get out of bed whisper sweet words of praise to the Father. He is right there waiting to put in place the beauty of the that only He can give!!!

Dear God, at the start of this new day, help me to exalt You above all else. Open the eyes of my heart that I might see you, and take it all in regarding how you are at work in my life. Give me wisdom to make the best choices, fill me with a desire to seek after you more than anything else in this world. Let your Spirit and power breathe in me, through me again, fresh and new.

Thank You that You are greater than anything that I may face today. Thank You that Your presence goes with me, and that my joy is never dependent on my circumstances, but it is my true and lasting strength, no matter what I am up against.

I ask that Your peace lead me, that it would guard my heart and mind in You. I ask for Your grace to cover my life this day. I love you Lord…I need you. In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Morning Five: Pray for moments of thanksgiving

Morning Five: Look for opportunities for Thanksgiving

“Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Power of a Grateful Heart

7 Things It Can Do

– It gets our eyes off ourselves, and helps us to focus back on God.

– It reminds us we’re not in control, but that we serve a Mighty God who is. It keeps us in a place of humility and dependency on Him, as we recognize how much we need Him.

– It helps us to recognize we have so much to be thankful for, even all of the little things, which often we may forget to thank Him for…but they really are the biggest, most important things in this life. It takes our attention off of our problems and helps us instead to reflect on, to remember, the goodness of His many blessings.

– It reminds us that God is the Giver of all good gifts. We were never intended to be fully self-sufficient in this life. A grateful heart reminds us that ultimately God is our Provider, that all blessings and gifts are graciously given to us by His hand.

– A heart of gratitude leaves no room for complaining. For it is impossible to be truly thankful and filled with negativity and ungratefulness at the same time.

– It makes the enemy flee. The forces of darkness can’t stand to be around hearts that give thanks and honor to God. Our praise and thanksgiving will make them flee.

– It opens up the door for continued blessings. It invites His presence. Our spirits are refreshed and renewed in Him. God loves to give good gifts to His children. He delights in our thankfulness and pours out His Spirit and favor over those who give honor and gratitude to Him.

Dear God, Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Morning Four: Fill me with Your Spirit today

“Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:3

Dear Lord, as we rise to meet each new day, please let us be filled with Your spirit. Wherever we go, let us spread love, joy, peace, goodness, and faithfulness. Let us desire to become more like you and to worship you in all we do. Help us desire these things so much more than the sin that entices us. Thank you for always going before us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The following words are a hymn written by Rev. Daniel Iverson after hearing a message about the Holy Spirit in 1926. This is one of the most long-lasting and widely used choruses in Christian worship. Every aspect of the song embodies a simple sincerity.

“The melody encompasses only five notes, with every pitch in its place. The harmonies can be played by a very modestly skilled pianist, and three of the four lines repeat the same nine words. Yet for many, the straightforward petitions of this song draws the worshipper into an attitude of prayer.”

May we find our own melody. May it be the song written for our hearts today.

Spirit Of The Living God, Fall Fresh On Me. Spirit Of The Living God, Fall Fresh On Me. Melt Me, Mold Me, Fill Me, Use Me, Spirit Of The Living God, Fall Fresh On Me.

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Morning Three: New Mercies ~Good morning Lord

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”’Lamentations 3:22-24

Prayer:

Good morning, Lord! Today’s a new day, a chance for a new start. Yesterday is gone and with it any regrets, mistakes, or failures I may have experienced. It’s a good day to be glad and give thanks, and I do, Lord. Thank you for today, a new opportunity to love, give, and be all that you want me to be. Amen.

Matt Redman -Mercies {New Every Morning}

Your goodness, like the dawn, will break again. All Your mercies rising
In this heart again
And my soul begins to sing. They are new every morning
New every morning
Great is Your faithfulness
Your mercies are new every morning
New every morning
Great is your faithfulness