Prayers & Updates

In The Midst of Covid-19

December 31, 2020 Update
Battle Plan

Week 38
Jan 10, 2021 – Jan 16, 2021

A new year, a new president –very familiar voices and circumstances. President Trump was elected in 2016 and the chorus of voices declared that he was “illegitimate and must be removed.” The chorus of voices is very similar today with regard to him as Washington prepare for a change of power.

Fortunately, the power under which we serve has not changed. Our assignment is clear. Our Helper is present. Our Lord is on His throne. Our God is actively watching over His people and His purposes.

The shaking continues. Our prayers are pivotal. Perseverance is required. Together we are seeing an unprecedented move of God throughout the earth.


Reading:
II Timothy, a short book—it is filled with emotion. Paul is in a Roman prison awaiting trial, anticipating condemnation. He is offering direction to a trusted friend and protégé. Much of his instruction is relevant for us today.

 

Morning Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Forgive us of our pride. We have imagined ourselves capable of securing our future. Our knowledge, our acts of obedience, our expressions of service, our possessions, our education, our relationships — all of these are inadequate to save us. Only you can secure our future. Forgive us. We turn our faces to you and yield our hearts to you. Open our eyes to see as we have never seen before. Open our hearts to receive. Grant us a willing spirit to sustain us. Guide us in paths of righteousness. You are our security, our provision, our salvation and the One to whom we turn. May the name of Jesus be lifted up for all the earth to see, in His name we pray, amen.

 

Mid-day Proclamation

A Reminder Of Our Core

The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried.

He descended into hades; the third day He rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

 

Evening Prayer

Heavenly Father,
You and you alone are capable of restoring us. We cry out to you. We pray for those in authority over us. May their choices honor you so that we might live in peace and godliness. May those who oppose your purposes fail in their schemes, may they stumble into the pits they have prepared for others. Awaken your church to faithfulness, humility and service. Grant us a boldness which reflects your heart and strength. Once again let truth be lifted up and justice be made evident. Be merciful to us Almighty God, apart from you there is no salvation. Amen

Battle Plan 35
Nov 30-Dec 6, 2020

The confusion and propaganda continue to wash across our nation. The fear and anxiety regarding Covid is resurgent—perhaps greater than at any time this year.

The election outcome remains confusing. We cannot afford to quietly yield to deception and fraud. We must call on the Lord until truth is made evident.

2020 is a gift from the Lord. He is shaking us from our slumber of comfort and convenience. We are being invited onto the stage of significance. Your persistent prayers, your expressions of humility –repentance & obedience—are creating an opportunity for God’s purposes to break forth! Do not grow weary. We are being trained in perseverance.

Despair is an enemy. The objective is to diminish and ultimately extinguish hope. Our hope is secured in a person, Jesus of Nazareth. Therefore disappointment and weariness do not steal our hope. He will renew our strength. He knows the outcome at the beginning and all we will need for the journey. GIVE THANKS!

Reading: Exodus  —a good reminder that God directs His people, the determining factor is not the strength of the opposition but the purposes of God

  • as you read, take note of the struggle the Hebrews had with cooperating
  • how often do they grumble, fail to understand, wish to go back
  • walking a new path is not easy or comfortable

Our points of agreement:

  • We need to see the Covid-19 concerns diminish.
  • The truth of the election to become plain for all and enacted.
  • The truth to be told, plainly & broadly.
  • Jesus to be welcomed into our schools & universities again.
  • God’s mercy upon us as a nation.

This week let’s meditate, think about, the goodness of God. He will address the things hidden in darkness.

Morning Prayer

Joshua 1:8 (NIV)
8  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving me and calling me out of darkness into your kingdom of light. Grant me an understanding heart, eyes to see and ears to hear that I may walk uprightly before you. Forgive me for seeing the world through eyes of unbelief, for looking but not understanding. I repent. I choose to walk in a new way, seeing each person as your creation, each life as valuable. My relationship with you brings status more than my color, wealth or any other affiliation. Give me a boldness to share the truth so that those around me might know your kingdom. May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven, amen.

Mid-day Prayer

Hebrews 12:1-3 (NASB)
1  Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3  For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Almighty God,

Thank you for calling us out of darkness and including us in your eternal kingdom. We choose to stand with those who have preceded us in declaring the truth of Jesus Christ, honoring your Word and serving your purposes. Renew our strength, grant us boldness and the discernment we need to finish the course you have planned for us. Teach us to encourage one another. May Jesus name be exalted throughout the earth, amen!

Evening Prayer

1 Samuel 30:6 (NIV)
6  David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.

Almighty God,

You are our strength and the one who sustains us. Our hope is not centered in politics or economics —our hope found in the one true living God. We rejoice today that our future is secured by the Creator of Heaven and Earth. The plans of our enemies are doomed to fail because the One Who Spoke the Universe into Existence is watching over his purposes. We rejoice in the grace and mercy of our God. Our hope is in you. You are our provider, our strength and the one who secures our futures. May Jesus’ name be lifted up and the glory of the Lord be made evident, in Jesus’ name, amen.

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