Day Five: The goodness that resets

Exodus 33:19
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

This is the reset that Moses and the Israelites needed, where the Lord speaks directly to the people, and causes all of his goodness to pass in front. As the name of the Lord is being proclaimed, the people are shown again the blessing of living under God’s mercy and compassion. How many of us need a reset today? That the Lord would cause all of his goodness to pass in front of us, where our old jaded thoughts, broken emotions, bitterness and anger are confronted by the goodness of the living God!

Today, let’s pray so that we will experience another reset, where the truth of the gospel will permeate and change us. Let’s also pray that any and all issues that we go through in life, in Christ we will see God’s goodness overtake, overhaul, and change the narrative to speak of God’s goodness shining through in the midst of life’s darkness and tragedies.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your supernatural goodness in our lives. We ask for another resetting moment of faith, where your goodness and love are what marks us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship the Lord to the song “Good Forever” by Matt Redman (click here).

-GK

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Day Four: The declaration of his goodness

Today, let’s read aloud the following passages and prayer together.

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. 
Ephesians 2:4-9 (NIV)

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
for those who fear him lack nothing.
The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Psalm 43:8-10 (NIV)

11 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, 12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
Psalm 30:11-12 (NIV)

Prayer: Lord we worship you, for in you we have received the incomparable, incongruous, incredible truth of your goodness shown to us upon the cross. We ask that we will grow in tasting and seeing your goodness in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

-GK

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Day Three: The goodness of his protective love

Psalm 91:1, 3-4 (NIV)
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the
Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

The goodness of God is known in our lives as we dwell (live in) in the shelter of the Lord God Most High. We need to be soaked and permeated with the gospel, at times for long periods of time as we live/dwell in the house of the Lord.

To belong to the Lord in His church is to know the goodness of God, as we are engaged in prayer, in worship. This is how we learn to deal with our life’s issues, where there is constant ministry surrounding us. When we get stuck as if we were trapped, or deal with deadly occurrences, this the heart of our God: he will save you, and cover you with his feathers and we will find refuge (safety under his wings). For the Lord protects us and we find refuge in the fatherly/motherly protective love of our God.

Prayer: Father, we thank you for your protective love and care over our lives as we dwell in your house. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Let’s worship to the song “All Praise” by Matt Redman (click here).

-GK

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Day Two: The goodness that connects

Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Perhaps you’ve heard about the supernatural goodness of God, but there are areas of disconnect where all you feel and see is through the lens of pain, darkness, anger and bitterness, and goodness is the last thing that comes to mind when you look at those areas/experiences.

Today, there is hope in God’s supernatural goodness—where there is to be no area in our lives where it is to remain broken, unresolved, in bitterness and anger. Rather, every part of our lives is to speak of God’s great salvation and goodness—for the Lord is good, and in him there is no darkness at all.

Today as you pray, ask the Lord to help you get rid of the disconnect that you’ve lived with. Ask for moments of healing and the experiences of hurt being overtaken by the experience of the gospel.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we ask for healing and for your supernatural goodness to wash over every area of our lives. We ask that there will no longer be any disconnect in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship with the song “Songs in the Night” by Matt Redman (click here).

– GK

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Day One: The goodness that follows us

Psalm 23:6 (NIV)
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Our lives as God’s people are marked by our knowing and experiencing his goodness and love following, chasing, and capturing our hearts. This means that the Lord does not leave us where we are. Instead, he comes after us into the very places where once we’ve only known hurt, disappointment, anger, and bitterness. It is in those very areas the Lord causes his goodness and love to be known, and when that occurs, we are never the same again.

This is the blessing that we’ve been given by the Lord, that as we continue to grow as his people, we will see the goodness of God invading, replacing, redeeming every area of our lives. This is how incredible the love of God is, that those who were once away from God—who did not belong nor know God, are now those who live knowing and tasting the goodness of God.

Today, let’s respond in thanksgiving for the Lord’s goodness that follows us all the days of our lives.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you that we will live in your goodness all the days of our lives. May the experience of your goodness bring healing, cleansing, and restoration in the broken areas of our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship to the song “God, You’re So Good” by Kristian Stanfill (click here).

-GK

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Day Five: History Making Prayer

2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV –  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Ephesians 6:18-20 NIV – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

In Ephesians 6, Paul invites those in the church to join with him in the work of God through prayer so that the gospel can be declared fearlessly to others. Prayer is key in how we can participate in God’s supernatural work of salvation in the lives of others, making history that lasts for an eternity. And God promises to answer the prayers of those who come with humble repentance.  

Pray for that specific person that is on your heart that needs God’s forgiveness and healing.

Prayer: “Father, you alone are the Mighty One who can save. I pray for _____. May you have mercy that _____ can receive your forgiveness and healing. That you would make history that lasts for eternity in _____’s life. In Jesus’ name. Amen”

Let’s worship to “Way Maker” by Leeland (click here).

– EK

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Day Four: humble, pray, seek and turn

2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV –  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

“Each of these words is theologically charged. The word ‘humble’ means to subdue one’s pride and submit in self-denying loyalty to God and his will (cf. Lev. 26:41). ‘Pray’ in this context is a shameless acknowledgement of personal sin and a plea for God’s mercy, much like that of David’s prayer of repentance (cf. Ps. 51:1-2). ‘Seek’ is often used in desperate situations in which God is the only possible hope for deliverance (cf. Deut. 4:19-20). ‘Turn’ is the Old Testament term for repentance and signifies a complete change of direction away from sin and toward God (or an ‘about face’ in military parlance, cf. Ezek. 18:30, 32).” [Andrew E. Hill, 1 & 2 Chronicles (NIVAC), p. 400]

“These expressions are best understood as four facets of one attitude that sinners should seek God himself in humble repentance, rather than as four separate steps on a long road to forgiveness. Interestingly, from this point on in Chronicles, these expressions are often linked with repentance.” [Martin J. Selman, 2 Chronicles (TOTC), pp.338-339]

Prayer: “Father, I want to pray the prayers that you would have me to pray. By your Spirit, help me to be humble, to pray, to seek your face and to turn from my wicked ways. May I walk in humble repentance before you each day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s worship to “Fire Fall” by Planetshakers (click here).

– EK

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Day Three: …called by my name…

2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV –  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

1 Timothy 6:12 NIV Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

In his book, Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce, John Piper says this of William Wilberforce:

“He was not a political pragmatist. He was a radically God-centered Christian who was a politician.”

“There was in Wilberforce, as in all the most passionate saints, a holy dread of losing his ‘reformed taste’ for spiritual reality. This dread gave rise to ‘earnest prayers . . . resolute self-denial’ and rigorous abstinence from anything that would rob him of the greater joys.”

Wilberforce’s life was not given over for a “cause” but was given over to the Lord. What fueled his heart was his faith in Jesus Christ and he found strength and joy in the Lord to endure 20 years of defeats before the abolition of the slave trade and another 26 years before the abolition of slavery. His life was oriented in faithfulness to how he was called for the Lord Jesus to “fight the good fight.”

Prayer: “Father, may I be faithful to you today in all the ways that you have called. Fill me with your joy and strength to ‘fight the good fight.’ In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s worship to “Surrender All” by Jesus Culture (click here).

– EK

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Day Two: if my people…

2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV –  if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

1 Peter 2:9 NIVBut you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

William Wilberforce is known for his work in the abolition of the slave trade in 1807 and the abolition of slavery in 1833, but what could be overlooked is how he was part of a people of God called by his name, during his time and for his generation.

God was moving and making supernatural history through his church. Right before Wilberforce’s time, there was the Moravian prayer movement that began in 1722 and had later established Moravian societies in England. Then, there was the Great Awakening revival from 1730 to 1740’s led by Charles and John Wesley and George Whitefield in Britain, who influenced the likes of John Newton. Wilberforce’s faith was greatly influenced by John Newton, his Aunt Hannah and Isaac Milner (an old school master). And later, he received great encouragement from his fellowship with the Clapham sect.

Prayer: “Thank you Father for calling me out of darkness into your wonderful light. Thank you that you have called me to be a part of your church and of what you are doing through your church. May we declare your praises more and more to all those around us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s worship to “We Praise You” by Matt Redman (click here).

– EK

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Day One: History Makers

Let’s read aloud together the following passage, confession and prayer:

1 Peter 2:9-10 NIV
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Cape Town Commitment IV.6.a – Discerning the Will of Christ for World Evangelism: Prayer
We will pray with unity, focus, persistence, and biblically-informed clarity: for God to send labourers into every corner of the world, in the power of his Spirit; for the lost in every people and place to be drawn to God by his Spirit, through the declaration of the truth of the gospel and the demonstration of Christ’s love and power; for God’s glory to be revealed and Christ’s name to be known and praised because of the character, deeds and words of his people. We will cry out for our brothers and sisters who suffer for the name of Christ; for God’s kingdom to come, that God’s will may be done on earth as in heaven, in the establishment of justice, the stewardship and care of creation, and the blessing of God’s peace in our communities.

Prayer: “Heavenly Father, thank you that you chose us to be your people called by your name. Thank you that you invite us to participate in your history making work. We ask that you stir and lead our hearts to love through fervent prayer for the lost to be drawn to you by your Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Let’s worship to this song, “History Makers” by Delirious. Click Here

– EK

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