Daily Prayer

Week 1 – Mar 23-29
The Attributes of God – Our faith is grounded in the Attributes of God, reminding us who God is, his nature and his ways. God never acts separate or independent of his nature, but always acts on the basis of who he is. Praying in light of whom it is that we pray to benefits us.

Monday, March 23   – The Goodness of God  

Psalm 119:66-68 

Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. 

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. 

You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. 

Mark 10:18 

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.

In difficult times we may not feel like God is good or we may question whether he is really good at all.  But it is in these times we must draw strength from the truth of who he is, as revealed to us in scripture and allow his goodness to lead us in ways that overcome our fears.

The goodness of God causes him to be kind, concerned and aware of us and our needs, as he demonstrates his goodwill towards all people.  He is tenderhearted and full of sympathy towards our situations and his nearness to us is the evidence of his goodness. By his goodness he is open and honest with us, teaching us his ways so that we might know him better.  

“Divine goodness, as one of God’s attributes, is self-caused, infinite, perfect, and eternal. He has never been kinder than He now is, nor will He ever be less kind. He is no respecter of persons but makes His sun to shine on the evil as well as on the good, and sends His rain on the just and on the unjust.”  

A.W. Tozer 

Our prayers do not place God under obligation or in debt to us.  He hears our prayers because he is good and for no other reason. Our prayers, by faith, reflect our confidence in God’s demonstration of his goodness to us for his good purposes.  

Allow the reflection of God’s goodness to guide you as you pray:

  • Acknowledge that God is good. 
  • Ask that His goodness would be demonstrated in your life as he teaches you his ways.
  • Ask God that your family would experience his goodness in the midst of your concerns.
  • Ask that God’s goodness would be evident to people in our community who are dealing with COVID-19.

Father, may we experience your goodness in the midst of uncertainty and fear.  You alone are the source of all goodness, may we live in the light of your blessings, today, tomorrow and always.  Amen. 

Tuesday, March 24  – The Sovereignty of God  – He is in control!

Psalm 145:13-16

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, 

and your dominion endures through all generations. 

The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises 

and faithful in all he does. 

14 The Lord upholds all who fall  

and lifts up all who are bowed down. 

15 The eyes of all look to you, 

and you give them their food at the proper time. 

16 You open your hand 

and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Matthew 6:33-34

 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. 

Isaiah 32:16-17

 The Lord’s justice will dwell in the desert, 

his righteousness live in the fertile field. 

17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; 

its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. 

When we are facing difficult situations, it is sometimes hard to believe that God is actually in control.  When we see troubles all around us, we can be prone to think that God is nowhere to be found, and we must somehow regain the reins of control. When our control seems to elude us then fear begins to grip our hearts and minds.  

But the truth is, God is always in control.  He is a good God who has sovereignty over all creation, including everything we now or will ever face.  There is absolutely nothing he cannot do. God is completely capable and nothing is beyond his dominion. He is a good God who demonstrates his reign and rule over all creation.  We can trust that his goodness will ultimately be demonstrated, even if we do not see how in the brief moments of our current experience.

We have the opportunity to trust in his righteous sovereignty and when we do we experience the blessings of his peace.  A peace that is demonstrated by greater confidence in him and empowers our strength to face whatever today, or tomorrow, brings.

Allow these scriptures above to guide your thoughts as you pray…

  • In your heart, acknowledge God is sovereign over all creation, including a pandemic.
  • In prayer, before God, release your control over your life, your family, your resources and ask God to help you trust him more fully.
  • In the quietness of this moment, ask him to give you his peace that is greater than any fear.
  • Pray for the healthcare workers in your community who are walking into difficult situations to experience his peace as they face their challenges.  

 

Father, thank you that your kingdom is greater, everlasting and stronger than any force on earth.  Thank you that in your kingdom we can find your protections, provisions and peace. Help me to live today trusting in your sovereignty.  Amen.

Wednesday, March 25 – The Omnipotence of God  – He is all-powerful!

Genesis 17:1

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty”

1 Samuel 17:37 

The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

Matthew 19:26 

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Revelation 19:6-7

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: 

“Hallelujah! 

For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 

 Let us rejoice and be glad 

and give him glory!” 

We live in a day where we say, and hear, “If you set your mind to it, you can do anything”.   At the same time we know there are some things that are beyond us; beyond what we can do or think or even imagine.  There are forces greater than we have yet to dream or experience and threats we have yet to overcome. We face illnesses that do not yet have a cure; we deal with challenges that are greater than our previous giants.  

The reign of God and the all-powerful nature of God go hand in hand.   To reign, God must have power, and to reign sovereignly, He must have all power. And that is what omnipotent means, having all power, over all things, seen and unseen, known and unknown.  God possesses what no creature can: an incomprehensible abundance of power, with a potency that is absolute. 

Abraham experienced God’s almighty power in the humility of his age.  A young and unlikely David relied on God’s great power in the face of the giant no one could overcome.  The disciples learned of God’s unlimited power in the faithless response of a rich young ruler. In the Revelation, we get a glimpse of the nature of God’s great power that rules over all creation to his eternal glory.  So, in light of this truth, we can know that no matter what we face today, God’s great power is not only fully capable, but unrestrained and limitless.  

Take a moment as you begin to pray and recognize you are praying to the most powerful being in all creation, and allow that truth to guide your time…

  • Thank God that there is no one, and nothing, that is greater or more powerful than he is.
  • Ask the God who holds all things in all places secure, to hold your heart and mind; your life and hope; secure in his great power.
  • Ask God to demonstrate his great power to protect your family, church and community from the effects of Coronavirus.
  • Ask God to demonstrate his power over the concerns of your life today and commit to trust him in how he responds.

Father, thank you that nothing is greater or stronger than you.  Thank you that you alone hold all things together by your great power.  Thank you that you hold my meager heart in the gentle strength of your power and I look only to you to keep me, my loved ones and this world together for your good glory.  Amen.  

Thursday, March 26,   God is Omniscient – He knows everything!

Psalm 147:5 

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; 

his understanding has no limit.”

Isaiah 46: 9-10

Remember the former things, those of long ago; 

I am God, and there is no other; 

I am God, and there is none like me. 

I make known the end from the beginning, 

from ancient times, what is still to come.

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

We live in the information age, we long for data and believe that the more of it we gain the better we will be equipped to solve our problems and avoid future ones.  We watch endless streams of news so we can be informed, read countless posts, and listen to many experts we have never heard of so we can develop strategies to respond to the challenges we face.  

We must remember that God alone knows everything that has, is and will ever happen.  He knows how everything is ordered and how creation is to work.  

God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell. 

Because God knows all things perfectly, He knows no thing better than any other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything. He is never surprised, never amazed. He never wonders about anything nor (except when drawing men out for their own good) does He seek information or ask questions.  

A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy.

 

Through prayer, we have the ability to come to God, not to inform him of what he already knows, but to discover how he would have us to think and respond to the challenges we face and the people we relate to.  By realizing that God already knows everything, completely and more fully than we ever could, how would our prayers to him change? How would you expect the answers to your prayers change?

In prayer, 

  • Thank him for already knowing everything about the concerns you carry to him.
  • Thank him for the people who are diligently working to find solutions to the coronavirus situation.  
  • Ask that they might look to him and that he might give them wisdom.
  • Ask that for those who do not even believe in him; that God would lead them as they care for the needs of people, and he would guide their understanding and direct their actions.
  • Pray for our media and newscasters to collect, disseminate and provide us with accurate and true information.

Father, you are the only one who knows all about all things.  We need your help to know how to respond to this crisis in ways that will help people and bring glory to you.  Help us hear your voice amid all the others, help us trust you and live in ways that reveal you and your love.  

Friday, March 27 – The Wisdom of God  – He does the right things in the right ways!

Romans 16:27

“to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.”

Proverbs 3:19

By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; 

Job 28:12-13, 23-24

12 But where can wisdom be found? 

Where does understanding dwell? 

13 No mortal comprehends its worth; 

it cannot be found in the land of the living. 

23 God understands the way to it 

and he alone knows where it dwells, 

24 for he views the ends of the earth 

and sees everything under the heavens. 

Trying to make life decisions in the midst of a challenging crisis is a difficult thing.  Our decisions matter and there can be many factors that influence those decisions. Ultimately we know it is important to make good and wise decisions especially in difficult times. 

The truth is, God is the source of true wisdom.   His wisdom is demonstrated as his truth is applied to the physical nature of our world and we are able to make decisions that ‘just work’ in a good and right way.  

All God’s acts are done in perfect wisdom, first for His own glory, and then for the highest good of the greatest number for the longest time. And all His acts are as pure as they are wise, and as good as they are wise and pure. Not only could His acts not be better done: a better way to do them could not be imagined. An infinitely wise God must work in a manner not to be improved upon by finite creatures.  

  A.W. Tozer. The Knowledge of the Holy 

Psalm 104:24 

How countless are your works, Lord

In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures

As you pray…

  • Thank God for being a God of wisdom who helps you make good decisions.
  • Ask God to give you faith to trust in his ways and to see his wisdom at work. 
  • Pray for our leaders: the president, congress, governors, mayors who are making decisions for our country and communities, to make wise decisions.
  • Pray for doctors and medical providers to make wise decisions that would help bring healing to people who are suffering.

Father, you alone are the source to true wisdom.  We need your wisdom to deal with this current crisis.  Please help our leaders, doctors and us make good, right and wise decisions that would bless others and bring glory to you.  

Saturday, March 28,    The Faithfulness of God   – God always comes through!

Deuteronomy 7:9  

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments

1 Corinthians 1:9 

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Timothy 2:13 

if we are faithless, he remains faithful, 

for he cannot disown himself. 

One of the things we have come to realize, especially in these recent days, is that things change; often, much and sometimes fast.  What we thought we knew yesterday is different today and in times like these it can become easy to loose our bearings, our center, our sense of stability.

God’s faithfulness is one of his strongest attributes – He is always constant in his motives and actions and he can never be anything other.  

God being who He is, cannot cease to be what He is, and being what He is, He cannot act out of character with Himself. He is at once faithful and unchanging, so all His words and acts must be and remain faithful. Men become unfaithful out of desire, fear, weakness, loss of interest, or because of some strong influence from without. Obviously none of these forces can affect God in any way. He is His own reason for all He is and does. He cannot be compelled from without, but ever speaks and acts from within Himself by His own sovereign will as it pleases Him.  

A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy 

Knowing that God is faithful to his Word, then his promises are always true.  

Knowing that God is faithful to his actions, then his ways are always right.

Knowing that God is faithful in calling us, then your place with him is secure.

Knowing that God is faithful and eternal, then your hope overcomes any fear.

Knowing that God is faithful gives us strength to live and pray in faith today.

Hebrews 4:14, 16

 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess

 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

Pray in faith…

  • Thank him for being a faithful Father who always acts in mercy and grace.
  • Thank him for bringing you into relationship with him through forgiveness of your sin.
  • Ask him to be merciful to the people in your life, community and country.
  • Ask him to restore life where people are suffering
  • Ask him to be faithful to the people who are living in the change of jobs and loss of security (food, shelter, medicines…)
  • Ask him to be faithful to the employers who are struggling to keep their people employed.  

Father, Thank you for being a faithful God who is not dependent upon my faithfulness.  You demonstrate your majestic strength by exercising your enduring faithfulness to yourself, to us and to all generations.  Amen.

Saturday, March 28,    The Faithfulness of God   – God always comes through!

Deuteronomy 7:9  

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments

1 Corinthians 1:9 

God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Timothy 2:13 

if we are faithless, he remains faithful, 

for he cannot disown himself. 

One of the things we have come to realize, especially in these recent days, is that things change; often, much and sometimes fast.  What we thought we knew yesterday is different today and in times like these it can become easy to loose our bearings, our center, our sense of stability.

God’s faithfulness is one of his strongest attributes – He is always constant in his motives and actions and he can never be anything other.  

God being who He is, cannot cease to be what He is, and being what He is, He cannot act out of character with Himself. He is at once faithful and unchanging, so all His words and acts must be and remain faithful. Men become unfaithful out of desire, fear, weakness, loss of interest, or because of some strong influence from without. Obviously none of these forces can affect God in any way. He is His own reason for all He is and does. He cannot be compelled from without, but ever speaks and acts from within Himself by His own sovereign will as it pleases Him.  

A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy 

Knowing that God is faithful to his Word, then his promises are always true.  

Knowing that God is faithful to his actions, then his ways are always right.

Knowing that God is faithful in calling us, then your place with him is secure.

Knowing that God is faithful and eternal, then your hope overcomes any fear.

Knowing that God is faithful gives us strength to live and pray in faith today.

Hebrews 4:14, 16

 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess

 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

Pray in faith…

  • Thank him for being a faithful Father who always acts in mercy and grace.
  • Thank him for bringing you into relationship with him through forgiveness of your sin.
  • Ask him to be merciful to the people in your life, community and country.
  • Ask him to restore life where people are suffering
  • Ask him to be faithful to the people who are living in the change of jobs and loss of security (food, shelter, medicines…)
  • Ask him to be faithful to the employers who are struggling to keep their people employed.  

Father, Thank you for being a faithful God who is not dependent upon my faithfulness.  You demonstrate your majestic strength by exercising your enduring faithfulness to yourself, to us and to all generations.  Amen.

Sunday, March 29  – God is Love

John 15:9-13

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

1 John 4:7-8, 16-18

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love

It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of” 

Love is so much more than an emotion or pleasant sentiment.  Love is the central and essential attribute of God’s very being.  God is the summation of all love and all that it means to love. Love comes from God himself and it conditions all his other attributes.  He is faithful because he loves. He is wise and good because he loves. His knowledge and strength are demonstrations of his love. His sovereignty is marked by his love for his people.  All that God is and all that he does is overshadowed by his great love for all his creation, like the multicolored rainbow that stretched over all creation as his promise after the flood. If God were somehow removed from this world, there would be no hint of love anywhere left to be found.   

Our world needs love.  People need to see God’s love.  Not as nice people getting nicer by doing nice things, but instead through the rich and multifaceted, deep and sacrificial kind of love that not only changes the world but sets the world right again.  

In this world, we are like Jesus.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.  Because we know the love of God that has not only redeemed our soul, but captivated our lives, we can love to the full extent of God’s love that is within us by the faith that we have in him.  Love seeks the good for all people. Love is faithful to the eternal end. Love seeks to do the right thing in the humility of wisdom. Love looks to God for insight and understanding. Love flourishes under the sovereignty of God and moves and acts in the unquenchable power of God himself.

As you pray, reflect on how God has demonstrated his great love to you…

  • Thank God for loving you, express to him what that means for you to be the recipient of his love.
  • Ask God to use you to be his hands and feet of love to the world around you.
  • Ask God to cause his people to demonstrate his love in all the extraordinary ways he would desire.
  • Ask that his love would bring him great glory and you great joy.

Father,  your love demonstrates the completeness of who you are.  The gentleness, compassion and kindness of your love lead me to repentance of the times I have not been willing to demonstrate the same kind of love.  Thank you for your grace that leads me back into your love. By faith, I long to live so the world would see and respond to your great love. Amen.