Day Five: Yahweh

Exodus 3:13-14 (NIV) – Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

When the LORD says “I AM who I AM”, the LORD is revealing himself in terms of his presence and his actions. Therefore, just as the LORD refers himself as “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” he is revealing himself as the ‘I AM,’ whose presence will now also be known to the Israelites. Meaning, I AM the LORD who sees you, who hears you, who is concerned for you, who comes to rescue you, who covenants with you, who heals you, and who will be with you!

This is how we are to know the LORD forever, from generation to generation—Yahweh, the “I AM.” For God is forever our deliverer, our healer, our savior!

Today, spend time in worship as you call upon the name of the LORD—Yahweh, the I AM. As you worship, may you be filled with His presence. Worship with the song, There Is Name by Bethel Music.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you that you are forever to be known as Yahweh, the one who saves us with Your very presence. We pray today for a fresh awakening of love and passion for your kingdom. May your church be blessed today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day Four: Salvation Breakthrough

Exodus 3:9-10 (NLT) – “Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”

In this passage, the LORD comes to rescue all of Israel, including Moses. Both the Israelites and Moses were stuck in living in a foreign land as either slaves or as a fugitive, and neither could set themselves free. However, when the LORD comes to rescue, His salvation comes with breakthrough from whatever circumstances His people are in. For the LORD saves by His power, shaking the very foundation where our old chains and shackles have been set upon. What are the areas that you currently feel stuck in? May the LORD’s salvation come with His breakthrough power.

Today, spend time praying for the LORD’s breakthrough in the areas where you need to see the LORD’s rescue and power at work.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, we pray for the Spirit’s empowering in our lives. May your salvation breakthrough shake the very foundation of who we are. Breakdown any chains, habits, strongholds of fears and doubts in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

– GK

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Day Three: I will be with you!

Exodus 3:10-12 (NIV) – “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

When Moses hears the words “I am sending you to Pharaoh,” in his mind he probably thought he was going alone to Pharaoh, and do the saving work alone on behalf of God. How often do we also respond or have thought similarly? The LORD clearly responds to Moses by assuring that he is not being sent alone, for “I will be with you!”

Today, let’s receive the LORD’s assurance that He will be with us, alongside us, next to us, in front of us, behind us, on top of us, underneath us. “I will be with you!” says the LORD. Worship with the song, I Am Not Afraid by Jesus Culture.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, today we receive afresh your words “I will be with you!” Your nearness to us is our good. May we take steps of faith in obedience to your calling. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day Two: You Have Seen and Heard

Exodus 3:7-8a (NIV) – The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them.’

I have seen. I have heard. I am concerned. I have come down. The language in today’s passage shows that God’s rescue in our lives comes directly from the Lord. Our salvation comes with His very presence. How often must the Israelites have wondered during their misery in Egypt, does the Lord see, does the Lord hear, does the Lord care? How often have we also wondered and thought similar things? As we see in today’s passage, the Israelites are about to experience God’s rescue with His mighty power, thus assuring them that He has indeed seen and heard their cries.

Today, may we be assured that the Lord has indeed heard and seen us in our need, and has come to our rescue. Spend time today praying for specific areas of your life where you need God’s rescue afresh. Worship with the song, “Another in the Fire” by Hillsong.

Prayer: Father, we thank you that you have indeed seen and heard our cries. Your love and care for us is constant, and we pray for your blessing and rescue in all the areas that we are in need—jobs, relationships, health, and ministry. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day One: A People of His Presence

John 1:1, 14 (NIV) – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The theme of the presence of God is crucial to both the Old and New Testaments, serving in fact as bookends to the Christian Bible. It begins in Genesis 2–3 with the creator of heaven and earth being present in the garden with those he has created in his own image; it concludes with the marvelous pictures of the renewed heaven and earth and the renewal of Eden in Revelation 21:1–22:5, in which John says expressly, “I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb” (21:22 NRSV). Whatever else, the people of Israel understood themselves to be the people of the Presence, the people among whom the eternal God had chosen to dwell on earth. [Gordon Fee]

Today let’s be encouraged that it is God’s very presence that distinguishes us as God’s people!  Spend time today worshipping and inviting God’s presence as you worship with the song, “This We Know” by Kristian Stanfill.

Prayer: Lord we thank you that it is your very presence that distinguishes us as your people. We welcome your presence into every area of our lives today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day Five: Listening Prayer

Ephesians 6:19-20 – 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.

“There are many ways in which we practice being open to God’s presence and grow in hearing His word—Scripture study, worship, prayer, and meditation. When I speak of listening to God’s voice, I mean developing a practice of communion with the Father in which we are constantly asking, “Lord, what do you want me to do now? How do you want to use me? How should I pray? Whom do you want me to evangelize? Is there someone you want to heal?” Sometimes the Holy Spirit give me specific insights about people for whom I am praying. These come as impressions—specific words, pictures in my mind’s eye, or physical sensations in my body that corresponds to problems in their bodies. These impressions help me know who and what to pray for as well as how to pray.” [John Wimber]

The ‘how to’ in praying in/by the Spirit, is about the openness and willingness to hear and to obey the Spirit’s leading, which comes with His empowering. Hence, it becomes as much about listening as it is about praying/asking.

Lord Jesus, we pray for hearts that are open and listening to your Spirit’s leading and convictions. Show us of your heart and will over every area of our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

 

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Day Four: Always Alert

Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) – Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

1 Peter 4:7 (NIV) – Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 

“Paul considered prayer to be above all an activity empowered by the Spirit. It also indicates the crucial role the Spirit plays in our continuing ‘warfare’ against Satan. For Paul, the concern was not only that they be clothed with the armor that Christ provides in the gospel, but that they take the enemy on by Spirit-empowered proclamation and by Spirit-inspired praying. The context is one of conflict…only praying in the Spirit will suffice in such conflict.” [Gordon Fee]

We so often look at the Christian life only with a defensive outlook—that we have to guard ourselves against the enemy’s attacks. However, as this passage suggests, our lives of prayer in the Spirit is also about being empowered to ask the Lord to set the people free from sin, from bondage, from any and all things that keep them from knowing the Lord. This is what is happening when we evangelize, and when we decide to pray and engage our small groups.

Father, we ask for your empowering to pray for those in our small groups, that they will experience your presence, your healing, and your freedom. We also pray for the harvest that we are to gather. Ready us to go out, and also ready the people to receive your word. May your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day Three: On All Occasions

Ephesians 6:18 (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.

The words “on all occasions” is to describe time, situation, and place. The biblical imagination of Paul is to have God’s people so immersed in the Spirit’s presence and empowering, that in all occasions and circumstances we are filled and empowered by the Spirit to pray. We are not to be limited to certain situations or environment to be ‘filled’ and praying in the Spirit—i.e.: Sunday worship or ministry settings. Rather, every occasion, every situation, moment by moment, we are to be live by praying in/by the Spirit—always on!

Today let’s pray in dependence and expectation, where our prayers cross all places, all boundaries, every situation and occasion, and all issues that we daily face. From our need to grow closer to the Lord issues, to our lives together issues, to ministry issues, to family issues, to work issues. All these areas are to be dealt with and succeeded in and through the life of prayer. As you pray, worship with the song “More to Come” by Kristian Stanfill.

Lord Jesus, may your kingdom come into every area of our lives. We confess that we so often tend to compartmentalize our lives. Lord, have your way in our lives, in our homes, in our workplaces, in your church, and in the ministries that we are engaged in. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day Two: Praying On!

Ephesians 6:18 (NLT) – Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.

The praying ‘in the Spirit’ as mentioned by Paul has to do with the kind of praying that is inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit.  This is in contrast to the reactionary kind of prayers that comes out of our mouths in response to life’s difficulties and absurdities. “[W]e need to lean more heavily on praying in/by the Spirit…Prayer is not simply our cry of desperation or our “grocery list” of requests that we bring before our heavenly Abba; prayer is an activity inspired by God himself, through his Holy Spirit. It is God siding with his people, and by his own empowering presence, the Spirit of God himself bringing forth prayer that is in keeping with God’s will and his ways.” [Gordon Fee. GEP, 731]

So what prayer does is to take the matter out of our hands into God’s hands. As we pray in the Spirit, the issues that we felt were once ours alone, they are now placed before the Lord. The deeper we go in prayer, the more the Spirit brings forth prayers that are now in keeping with His ways.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we pray that we will be taken deeper into your presence, where our life burdens are no longer our own. As we surrender them to you, fill our mouths with prayers are that are in keeping with your will and your ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.

– GK

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Day One: Always On!

Ephesians 6:18 (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.

The exhortation of today’s verse to “…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests,” is not a stand-alone imperative/command, rather it is linked to the previous passages on the armor of God that all Christians need to put on. Hence today’s verses are not to be taken as a call for the lifting of casual/occasional prayers, nor the ‘on-off’ approach to the Christian life as the common Christian experience. Rather Paul writes with a sense of urgency and sober-mindedness (alert), that prayer in/by the Spirit is to be a constant daily reality (walk by the Spirit), for this is the way that we remain “strong in the Lord and in his mighty power (Eph 6:10).”

Let’s be encouraged today to put off any tendency that causes us to approach the Christian life with an ‘on-off’ approach. Rather, spend time praying today and being always on!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we pray for the Spirit’s presence and empowering today. Help us not be on and off when it comes to prayer. We pray for an increase of the Spirit’s activity to engage you as we pray for the churches. May your church be blessed and empowered today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Worship with the song “Hymn of Surrender” by Matt Redman.

– GK

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