FIRST OF MONTH PRAYER: JUNE, 2023
Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, this is a new bright day of the month and a blessed chance to experience more of your goodness and to drink of the river of life, powered by your grace and not of our power! To the days ahead we surrender all to you mighty Lord and wonderful Savior. We do not take for granted the gift of life for you are the source of our breath. We thank you for the work of our hands and pray that you water our lands to yield fruit in and out of season. We cancel any of the enemy’s weapon- for as you say, “ no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD” (Isaiah 54:17). At midpoint of 2023 help us to pause and renew our spirit for the next half of the year. Your rich word says, “those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” ( Isaiah 40:31). Help us in this amazing journey of life to be discerning of your will and in the midst of conflicting paths seize the right direction. Help us walk closer with you for where else to look but you alone the living God! Help us to know what to value most, which is knowing you more as our wonderful creator God. All around us are wars and conflicts raging on but in the midst of all we look up to you for shelter and guidance. Help us to walk in perfect obedience, for you say, “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country” ( Deuteronomy 28:1-3). So today as you part the doors of a new month and shower us with rays of life we walk out confidently in your blessing knowing that because of you, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” ( Romans 8: 37)! And all this we pray in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!
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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – ( Joshua 1:9).
Moses has been described by some as the reluctant leader. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him and he was given the task to finally lead the Israelis out of bondage in Egypt, he protested. “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” ( Exodus 3: 11). Knowing how the script played out we can be kind to him and say that his reluctance was based on a premonition how difficult the job that awaited him would turn out.
Once he set out, as a leader, it was constantly dragging a restless people, quick to find him at fault, and frustrate his job. When once he delayed up on the mountain, while seeking the face of God, the crowd was quick to throw him out. “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him” ( Exodus 32:1).
Aware of the challenges he faced, when the time came for Moses to pass on the baton to his successor, Joshua, he knew that that most important gift he could pass on to him was encouragement. “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” ( Exodus 31:7-8).
It has been said that it is lonely being at the top. When God gives us leaders, let us never hesitate to remember them in our prayers, especially where theirs is a special job of leading a restless people on to higher knowledge and experience of God.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I remember all the leaders you have chosen to lead your people to a deeper knowledge of you, that you refresh them with your abundant Holy spirit to be encouraged and remain steadfast, this I pray in Jesus’ name!