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The Father’s Keeping Power

Scripture reading for November 15th: Daniel 1-3, Psalm 88, John 17

John 17: 11-16 “And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your Name, which you have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are One. While I was with them, I kept them in Your Name, which You have given Me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them safe from the evil one.”

Jesus closed His final message to His disciples with a prayer that had petitions for Himself, His disciples, and all who would believe in Him throughout the ages through their message. Jesus emphasized that He was returning to heaven. His disciples would still be in the world for a time but they were not of this world, just as He was not of this world. These disciples belonged in heaven. Jesus appealed to His Father for keeping power for these precious followers from the tricks and traps of the evil one. He had given the disciples His Father’s Word and His Name to use as major weapons against the powers of this world. The Holy Father would exalt His Name and His Word to sanctify them, protecting them from the fiery trials of this world and bring them to their heavenly home!

Daniel 3:24-25 “Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.””

Prayer: Holy Father, thank You for this prayer for us from Your Amazing Son! Thank You for Your powerful Word which sanctifies us and makes us clean and empowers us with the sword of the Spirit. Thank You for the Name of Jesus and heaven’s authority to ask You for help in the fiery trials of life in this world. As the men in the fiery furnace, walk with us and keep us from harm and evil! Amen!

Psalm 88:1-3 “O Lord, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.”

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Keep Me from Temptation!

Scripture reading for March 16th:  Joshua 5-7, Luke 11

Key Scriptures: Luke 11:1-4  “. . .one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”  And He (Jesus) said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be Your Name.  Your kingdom come.  Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.  And lead us not into temptation.”

Jesus was asked about effective prayer by His disciples.  Jesus did not give them some formula or magical incantation, but a simple pattern.  God was to be approached as our “Father” whose Name was holy.  As children, they were to ask that Father’s kingdom would come.  They then were to ask for daily needs and for forgiveness of sins.  The condition was forgiveness as we had forgiven others.  The conclusion was to ask for deliverance from temptation.

Joshua 7:20-21 “And Achan answered Joshua, “Truly I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel, and this is what I did:  when I saw among the spoil a beautiful cloak from Shinar, and 200 shekels of silver, and a bar of gold weighing 50 shekels, then I coveted them and took them.””  

Prayer:  Father God, thank You that you meet all our needs and answer prayers of Your children.  Keep me from temptation to grab all that shines and glitters and help me to be content with my daily bread. Amen.

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Thankful for praying prophets!

Scripture reading for September 20th:  Daniel 4-8

Key Scriptures:  Daniel 6:10-11  “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem.  Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.  These men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help.”  

Because of jealousy, the administrators of Persia set a trap for Daniel, now in his eighty’s.  They had the king make a decree banning all prayer except to him.  Daniel, however, lived a life of prayer and continued to honor God and give Him thanks for His wisdom and protection.  Daniel asked God for advice and help.  This infuriated the administrators who then went to the king and forced the king to bring the decreed punishment–the Lion’s Den!  We all know how that worked out–the administrators became breakfast after the lions fasted dinner (Daniel)!

Thankful for a praying Savior:  “After Jesus said this, He looked toward heaven and prayed:  “Father, the time has come.  Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You”. . . . .”I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to You.  Holy Father, protect them by the power of Your Name–the Name You gave Me–so that they may be one as We are One.”  (John 17:1, 11)


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