Day Five: Reliance On God

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

Ephesians 3.16-19 (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. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

“Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves
to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and
inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all
adversities that may happen to the body, and from all evil
thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.” (The Book of Common Prayer)

Prayer: Father, I need your power to grasp, experience and know your love for me and for others. Fill me once again today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “I Need You More” by Bethel (click here)

-DP

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Day Four: Goal Is Love

1 Corinthians 13:1-2 (NIV)
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

“Love must be the motivation for all we do in ministering to others. People are not a notch in our belt. People are not a testimony for us to share. People are not evidence of how spiritual or gifted or pleasing to God we are…Our primary goal in ministering to others is to show them how much God loves them. Whether they are healed or not, whether they experience breakthrough or not, they should always leave a conversation with us feeling more loved by God and more loved by us. How we treat people matters very much to Jesus. Our motivating factor and primary goal must always be love.” (Brian Blount, Putting Jesus on Display with Love and Power)

This week, when God gives us an opportunity to minister to someone, whether it’s through prayer, a word of encouragement, or service in various forms, let’s pray that the love of God will be experienced and made real through us.

Prayer: Father, we pray, may everything we do communicate your love for the person that you have brought in our lives to serve. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Build My Life” by Passion (click here)

-DP

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Day Three: Obey, Pray and Rely

Luke 7:7-8 (NIV)
But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

“During the ten-month period of ineffectual prayer I underwent many changes…This period of failure was a learning experience, a time in which I was purged of my pride and self-sufficiency… God had first to cleanse a vessel before it was fit to fill with his precious oil of healing. I believe God began healing the sick through me only after I came to a place of total dependence on his grace and mercy. I also learned about obedience to God’s word. In the past I had been able to get some good results without God’s help. But praying for the sick was different. I realized that I could get no results without God’s anointing. My job was to obey, pray, and rely on his sovereign mercy; his part was to heal.” (John Wimber, Power Healing)

As we seek God’s power wrapped in love, let’s humbly seek to obey God’s word and rely on his compassion and mercy.

Prayer: Father, help us to grow in obedience to your word, to pray and not give up and rely not on our resources but on your compassion and mercy that is always available. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “More Like Jesus” by Passion (click here)

-DP

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Day Two: Use-able

Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV)
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

“Now I wanted to love others. I wanted to minister to people. I liked the idea of leading a small group. But ‘wanting’ and ‘liking’ is altogether different from having the burning heart of compassion of Jesus. It was humbling and sobering to have that reality check. For a season I prayed ‘Lord, please use me.’ Every morning, the first thing out of my mouth ‘Lord, use me, use me, use me.’ But after some time the words began to change, the words became ‘Lord, make me use-able, make me usable.’ Now there’s a subtle but important difference between the two isn’t there? ‘Use me’ presumed I was somehow ready or worthy or capable of being used by Jesus. But ‘make me use-able,’ I was humbly asking the Lord of the harvest for more workers and Lord willing, let it be me. Let it be me, Lord. Let me burn with your compassion.” (P. Lee)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, make us more and more like you. Make us use-able to reach someone with your love and power for your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Unwavering” by Matt Maher (click here)

-DP

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Day One: People Ministry

Matthew 14:14 (NIV)
14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

“Some people talk about Jesus having a ‘healing ministry’ or a ‘deliverance ministry.’ But more than anything, Jesus’ ministry was a ‘people ministry.’ It’s out of his love for people that he demonstrated his power—to heal the man with leprosy, to deliver the woman from affliction, to restore a child back to their parents, to share a meal with people who were poor, tired and hungry. All healings, deliverances from demons, resurrections, signs and wonders were like hugs and kisses from a good God to the battered and broken ones standing before Jesus… Each manifestation of His Spirit was like an individually wrapped gift Jesus gave that went far beyond meeting the person’s immediate need.” (Brian Blount, Putting Jesus on Display with Love and Power, 171-2)

Jesus’ power to heal the sick was a display of his love for the people he saw. He saw each person and had compassion for them. As we go about our day, may God give us his eyes to see people as he sees them.

Prayer: Father, give us eyes to see people as you do. Use us to put Jesus on display as we minister to people you lead us to with your love and power. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “I Speak Jesus” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-DP

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