2 Corinthians 2:14 (NIV) 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.
“One Thanksgiving morning a spirit of thankfulness began to rise up within me as I considered all that God had done for me. He spoke to my heart that day and said to me, ‘Joyce, you are a trophy of My grace, and you are helping Me get other trophies.’ Then I had a vision of a display case in heaven, filled with trophies… God is the Champion at bringing people from a place of destruction to a place of total victory. As they reach that place of victory they become trophies of His grace, and they are set on display as a fragrant reminder of God’s goodness…Through both tragedies and triumphs, I have learned that Jesus is my King, and He wants to be yours too. The kingdom He desires to reign over is our inner life – our mind, will, emotions, desires, and thoughts.” (Joyce Meyers, Trophies of Grace)
Prayer: Father, as you are taking me through the process of healing, help me not to lose heart. Instead, I surrender my life once again to you. Come and reign over every area of my life and lead me to that place of victory! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “Thank You Jesus For The Blood” by Charity Gayle (click here)
Romans 8:26 (NIV) 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
“Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what your real problem is and how you need to pray. Paul said that often we do not know how to pray as we ought. But the Holy Spirit prays in and through us, and makes intercession for us. Sometimes the Holy Spirit uses a temporary assistant in the form of a human counselor, who can help us to perceive what the real problem is. Sometimes the Spirit is able to do this through God’s Word or through some incident in life that suddenly makes us aware of our real problem. For it is important that we realize the true problem and know how we should pray.” (David Seamand, Healing for Damaged Emotions)
We are not alone in our weakness or in our infirmities. The Holy Spirit is our divine counselor leading us and helping us in this healing process. He is washing us, purifying us, transforming us, and making us more and more like Jesus from the inside out.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, wash me, purify me, and transform every part of me. Make me more and more like Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “More Like Jesus” by Passion (click here)
Luke 5:12-14 (NIV) 12 While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”
“God wants to heal you. He doesn’t enjoy watching you suffer. He loves you and wants you to be well, to be whole, to be cleansed, and be free. Try to take in all the ways this person is being healed. He’s probably been ostracized his whole life…When Jesus tells him to go to the priest, that’s because it’s the priest who verifies that you’re clean and gives you the public approval to be fully restored to the community. So, Jesus restores this man in every way—physically, emotionally, socially.” (P. Jason Park)
Jesus is willing and ready to touch the areas that seem untouchable. Let’s ask for Jesus’ loving touch today.
Prayer: Father, thank you that you want to heal me. I don’t want to suffer on my own. Touch me and restore me in every way! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “Living Hope” by Phil Wickham (click here)
Ephesians 3:16-17 (NIV) 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
“The main intent of Paul’s prayer is clear: He wants his readers strengthened by God’s Spirit so that they may know intimately Christ’s presence and love. If this happens, all else will fall in place…Paul’s prayer (v. 16) is for God to give power from his wealth of glory (NIV, ‘glorious riches’), and his doxology is about the One who has power to give more than we ask or think and to whom glory belongs (v. 20). ‘Power’ and ‘Spirit’ are so commonly associated in both Testaments that they are virtually synonymous. The Spirit is the power of God at work in people. Paul prays for his readers that the Spirit will be so strong an influence at the controlling center of their being that their lives will show it.” (Klyne Snodgrass, Ephesians, NIVAC)
Today is another day we can come to know Christ’s presence and love more intimately. Let’s get ourselves once again into his loving presence as we meditate on his word, pray, and worship him. All else will fall in place.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I want to know your loving presence intimately through your Spirit. Draw me closer to you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “Draw Me Close” by Kelly Carpenter (click here)
Let’s read aloud together the following passage and confession:
Psalm 103:2-5 (NIV) 2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
You alone I follow, Lord Jesus; You heal my wounds. For what shall separate me from the love of God, which is in You? Shall tribulation, or distress, or famine? I am held fast as though by nails […] Secure me in the bonds of Your love… Come quickly and make an end of my many hidden and secret afflictions. Open the wound lest the evil sickness spread […] I have found a Physician. He dwells in heaven and distributes His healing on earth. He alone can heal my pains who Himself has none. He alone who knows what is hidden can take away the grief of my heart and the fear of my soul: Jesus Christ. Christ is grace! Christ is life! Christ is resurrection! Amen. (Saint Ambrose of Milan)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are my life! Thank you that you came to make me whole in every way. I am yours forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “I Belong To You” by Elijah Oyelade (click here)