Psalm 66: 16-20

Receiving God’s Mercy

Psalm 66:16-20

  • 16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
  • 17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
  • 18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
  • 19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
  • 20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me
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Psalm 66:16-20
Psalm 66:16-20

This Psalmist had been in trouble and he asked God for help. Following that, the Lord taught him how to confess his sins first and then led the Psalmist out of his trouble.

Many people, after their problems are gone, forget how the Lord helped them. This person did not forget. Instead, he shared his knowledge with others.

How To Cleanse His Soul

God taught the Psalmist how to cleanse his soul of sin and in his happiness, he wants to share his new found wisdom.

He puts out a call to every person who knows the Lord to come and listen to his words. He wants to tell the people the whole story of how he prayed for his sins to be taken away and then how God blessed him with answered prayers.

The most important point he makes is that sin must be cleansed from their souls for God to hear them. The cry for forgiveness must come from deep within them and not just off the tip of the tongue. If that were the case, God would not be listening nor answering prayers.

The Psalmist tells the people that when he cried out to God from deep within, asking for forgiveness, God did not hold back his mercy. But cleansed him and then the Lord answered the Psalmist’s prayers.

Psalm 66:16-20
Psalm 66:16-20

My Prayer For: Psalm 66:16-20

Heavenly Father

You are the King of all kings and so worthy of my worship. I pray that I will tell everyone about your greatness and how you saved and made me into a better person. All the glory goes to you Lord.

Even though I am a Christian, sin will still come upon me. Sometimes I am aware right away when I’ve done, said or thought something that is not pleasing to you Father. Other times I may be quite unaware of sin lingering in me.

If I Begin To Slip

I always want to be in line with you Lord, so I ask that you watch over me. If I start slipping in my walk with you, in any way, I ask that the Holy Spirit would convict me as they happen. And then reveal the sin to me, so I can confess them right away.

However Lord, there could be iniquities, buried so deep inside, that I may not even be aware they exist. Please Lord, bring these sins to the surface so I can confess them. I want to make sure that I am thoroughly cleansed because I know that I can’t be in your presence if I am carrying any type of sin.

When I come before you for forgiveness, I know my prayer must come from deep within my heart and soul. If I just rattle off a quick “please forgive me” then I will not be cleansed and you will not hear me.

In this age, I have an advantage over the Psalmist had in his time. And that is, because of the willing sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.

Jesus Is Now Our Advocate

Jesus is now an advocate for me. If I truly ask for your forgiveness and mercy, my sins will be covered by the blood of Jesus. That is to say that you will forgive me and draw me closer to you.

The Psalmist tells us that once he was cleansed, God you answered his prayers. I know Father that just because I’m clean and have prayed for something, it’s not a guarantee that you will answer my prayers in the way I want. However, I definitely have the confidence that you have heard me. Following that my prayers will be answered according to your will and timing.

Help me to relax in you, regardless of how (and even if) my prayers are answered. Help me to remember that you are always in control. Whether my prayers are fulfilled or not, help me to understand that it is according to your will, not mine. You see the entire picture, at all times and you know what’s best for me.

Sin Keeps Us Separated From God

Father, I do not want to be kept separate from you and that is what sin does. So, I pray right now and confess my sins to you, in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ…. (Confess)

Thank you for your mercy Lord. You have heard my prayers and I now consciously accept your forgiveness with thanks. I pray Lord, that everything that comes out of my mouth will exalt you.

Blessed be your name. I love you with my entire being and I thank you that you love me so much.

All the glory to You Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Search my heart and give me mercy PSALM 139:23-24 Stand Strong In Hard Times When We Are Burdened

When Chaos Comes – 2 Corinthians 5:7

2 Corinthians 5-7

We are placed in certain circumstances to grow and to learn. We don’t know the why’s or how’s but we need to accept that we will experience exactly what God wants us to learn.

This particular verse says that it doesn’t matter what our eyes are showing us. We need to be thankful (and keep smiling) whether we are in good or bad circumstances, remembering that our Holy Father is always in control of everything. If he has allowed certain situations to come into our lives, then there are very good reasons for them.

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Heavenly Father

If only it could be so easy to walk by faith and not by sight! When I am in a position where everything is going smoothly, I can easily walk by faith.

However, as soon as chaos hits, the enemy jumps in immediately and starts whispering to me. He loves to expand on my worries. Pretty soon I find myself in a place that is so very far from you; a place of sadness, fear and sometimes close to panic.

Father, help me to be prepared for times like these. Remind me instantly to block those satanic thoughts. Remind me to immediately go to the Bible and look up verses that “fit” with my situation and then read them aloud. That way the enemy can hear my voice become confidant as I am filled with the Word of God.

Thank you Father that I CAN stand solidly on your Word!

Thank you Lord that I can depend on you, to catch me when I’m falling. You will help me stand upright and I will walk in faith with you and not with what my eyes and situations are showing me.

You are awesome in power God! I will always trust you completely, despite what my eyes see.

In the precious name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

hallelujah

1 Timothy 2:1-4

1 Timothy 2:1-4 – Praying For Those In Authority

1 Timothy 2:1-4

  • I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
  • 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
  • 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
  • 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
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1 Timothy 2:1-4 Pray for All those in authority.
1 Timothy 2:1-4

In 1 Timothy 2:1-4 Paul has written a letter to Timothy.

Definitions:

Supplication

  • The action of asking for help in a humble way.
  • Also, with the spirit of reverence and devotion.
  • That is to say, it is a solemn prayer.

Intercession

  • Praying on behalf of another.
  • Especially, intervening on another persons behalf.
  • Therefore, it is a request concerning others.

Praying for those in authority! 1 Timothy 2:1-4

The author, Paul, is writing to Timothy, stressing, first things first. To begin with, pray different types of prayers on behalf all people, throughout the world! In the same way, pray earnestly for ourselves, for others and, give thanks to God. Paul is telling us in 1 Timothy 2:1-4, that it is also important to pray for governments, leaders and for all those in authority.

All people on earth have been given free-will by God to make their own choices. In addition, those who want a position in Government, have the choice of throwing their hat in the ring. However, I believe that we are now at the beginning of the end days. So, in this case, my opinion is that God’s will will take preference of the leadership positions of countries. And especially, of those in positions of authority. That is, there will be times when God will place the person that he wants into certain positions. For instance, had the Lord not wanted a particular man/woman to be in charge, that person would not be in the position they are in right now.

The rules and regulations are set by man, however, every high ranking official should also be living by Godly morals such as:

  • great respect
  • reverence,
  • wisdom,
  • knowledge,
  • goodness,
  • affection,
  • submission,
  • gratitude,
  • obedience
  • honesty

Should we be following the lead of a “bad” unrighteous leader?

Today in 2022, we are living in a world without rules and regulations for those people at the top. Furthermore, we find something “illegal” our Government and/or officials have done, almost everyday. Also when their deception has been found, there doesn’t seem to be a penalty to those in high positions. So, they continue on, without wavering.

Unfortunately many of those in position of authority do not know the Lord nor have any kind of respect for God. And, in some cases, even pretend they know the Lord, but everyone can see they don’t.

On the other hand, the general population now find ourselves in a quandary of not knowing whether to follow the authority in leadership or to follow God.

The Almighty can accomplish anything/everything on his own, without our help. However, he does not want us to be puppets at his beck and call. So, he has chosen to make Christians a part of the solution.

More importantly, it is still God’s desire that all men come before Jesus for salvation. So, regardless of whether a leader is deemed good or bad, we should be praying for them. And especially for the ones that do not know Jesus, that they turn to God. Furthermore, we need to pray they would start living by the ethics of Gods-will, and not their own.

In a case like that, what should we do?

Thankfully, God has created an order and usually it is our duty to follow the rules and regulations set out by our Governments. However, if we are in a moral or ethically based situation, Acts 5:29 says we must obey God, not men. Why? Because, if we want to live an orderly, quiet and peaceful life, we need rules and regulations. Consequently, we follow God’s golden rules. For instance, God gave people the 10 commandments and Jesus gave us the covenant of love. So, in my opinion, these are the best rules to follow.

What’s more, it appears that we are in a time when God’s end-time plans are beginning to take place.

By praying for those in authority and others, our hearts are opened. Which then enables us to feel love, joy and peace allowing our feelings to pour out to others. That is, just the way the Lord intended. Through the knowledge of truth, many leaders can find salvation. And, that may be just what is needed for people to lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. Just imagine! It all starts with a prayer!

1 Timothy 2:1-4 There is one mediator.  That is Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 2:1-4

My Prayer for 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Heavenly Father, Almighty God, the God who see’s (El Roi)

Thank you for the privilege of praying for others. It helps me to take the focus away from myself and place it on someone else and their needs.

I give thanks for the people in authoritative positions that already know you. We need strong Governments headed up with people that can hear your voice. Furthermore, those who can be willingly led by God, in their decision making and in the ways they run their countries.

At present, we are living in a world where everyone doesn’t play by the same rules. Government leaders today, run the country by their own agenda’s. Many of the leaders don’t know you Lord. Or, perhaps they worship gods who can’t hear or help them. Then, there are those top officials who pretend to be acquainted with you, but aren’t. All men need to recognize you Lord, as the one true God. Only submission and prayer can make that happen!

Prayer Scripture for Canada (and all other countries)

  • 1 Tim 2:1 Heavenly Father, your tell us to pray for all people. So, I now pray now for Canada’s government.
  • 1 Tim 2:2 I pray for all the men and women having authority over us in any way.
  • Prov. 1:23 Pour out your Spirit upon them and make your word known to them. Tell us what’s in your heart and what you are thinking.
  • Ps 25:21 Cause them to be men and women of integrity and obedient concerning us.
  • Prov 2:10 Let wisdom enter their hearts and let knowledge be pleasant to them.
  • Ps. 1;1 Make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel.

Lord, I ask of you:

  • 1 Cor. 4:5 Bring to light what is hidden in darkness and expose the secret aims of the hearts.
  • Rev. 2:5 Let this nation remember from where they have fallen. May they repent and return to doing their first works.
  • 1 Chr. 22:19 Setting their hearts and their souls to seek the Lord
  • 2 Chr. 7:14 Humbling themselves, praying and turning from their wicked ways.

Forgive us Father God

  • 2 Chr. 7:14 Then hear them, O Lord, and forgive their sins and heal our land.
  • Acts 26:18 Open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light.
  • Isa 49:22 Raise up a standard in this nation.
  • Isa 59:16 Raise up intercessors for this nation.
  • 2 Cor. 10:4 To pull down strongholds over this land.
  • Isa 40:5 And let the glory of the Lord be revealed. So that, all people together will see and know Jesus.

Father, I know that our days are running short before Jesus comes in the heavens. That means that many leaders (and their followers) may not turn to you in time. But, Lord, many will and it’s for those we pray.

Please bless me with the strength to always take a stand for you. I know that the enemy can work through me just as quickly and easily as he can anyone else, So please Lord watch over me, cover me with the armour of God and keep me close to you, as I work, and live and extol your name!

Praying In The Holy name of Jesus Christ who is my Lord and Saviour. Amen. Hallelujah!