Praying for the families and friends of those impacted by the 9/11 event. The tragedy that had me watching TV before work trying to figure out what was going on just as before my eyes the 2nd plane ran into the other tower. God be with them. God bless the USA. Help us to draw closer to you. Help us to humble ourselves and pray. Help us turn back to you. And Lord, allow people from around the world to turn to you too. Lord, Your Word promises…
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. — 2 Chronicles 7:14
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer…
Help us Lord to honor our mothers and our fathers that we may receive the promise from your commandments…
Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. –Exodus 20:12
and repeated as…
“Honor your father and mother”–which is the first commandment with a promise–“so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” –Ephesians 6:2-3
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer…
Help us to walk in your ways! Helps us to answer your call! Help us to be good stewards of the gifts and talents you have given us! Helps us to do what is right in your eyes!
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer…
Help us stay humble and walk with humility! Help us to not grow proud or haughty! Help us to serve and even when leading be servant leaders in Jesus’ way! Help us from being our own worst enemy and bringing judgment upon ourselves! Help us Lord to finish strong and serve you all the days of our lives!
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer…
Today’s reading begins in 2 Chronicles…
Uzziah Strengthens Judah’s Defenses
1Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was 16 years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah. 2He built Eloth and restored it to Judah after the king slept with his fathers. 3Uzziah was 16 years old when he became king, and he reigned 52 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah from Jerusalem. 4He did what was right in the eyes of Adonai just as his father Amaziah had done. 5He continued to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding through the visions of God. As long as he sought Adonai, God made him prosper. 6He went out and fought the Philistines and breached the wall of Gath, the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod. He built cities in Ashdod and among the Philistines. 7God helped him against the Philistines, against the Arabs who dwelt in Gur-Baal, and against the Meunites. 8The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread abroad even to the border of Egypt, for he became exceedingly strong. 9Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, the Valley Gate and at the Angle, and fortified them. 10He also built towers in the wilderness and dug out many cisterns because he had much livestock, and he had farmers in the foothills and in the plain and vinedressers in the mountains and in the fertile fields—for he loved the soil. 11Uzziah also had a well-trained army ready to go out to battle by divisions, according to the numbers mustered by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the official, under Hananiah, one of the king’s chieftains. 12The total number of family leaders over the fighting men was 2,600, 13and under their command was an army of 307,500 trained for war with mighty power to support the king against the enemy. 14Uzziah provided shields, spears, helmets, body armor, bows and slingstones for the entire army. 15In Jerusalem he made machines designed by skillful men to be used on the towers and on the corners to shoot arrows and hurl large stones. So his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped until he became strong.
Uzziah Usurps the Kohanim
16But when he became strong, his heart grew so haughty that he acted corruptly. For he trespassed against Adonai his God by entering into the Temple of Adonai to burn incense upon the altar of incense. 17Then Azariah the kohen with 80 valiant kohanim of Adonai followed him in. 18They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to Adonai, but for the kohanim, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the Sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully. You will have no honor from Adonai Elohim.” 19Then Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the kohanim tza’arat broke out on his forehead right in front of the kohanim in the House of Adonai, beside the incense altar. 20When Azariah the chief kohen and all the other kohanim stared at him, behold, his forehead had tza’arat! So they rushed him out of there. Indeed, he himself hurried to get out because Adonai had smitten him. 21King Uzziah had tza’arat until the day of his death. He lived in a separate house with tza’arat, for he was cut off from the House of Adonai. Jotham his son was in charge of the king’s house and governed the people of the land. 22Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from beginning to end, were recorded by the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz. 23So Uzziah slept with his fathers and they buried him with his fathers in the field of burial that belonged to the kings, for they said: “He had tza’arat.” Then Jotham his son became king in his place.
–from 2 Chronicles 26
Help us Lord to humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways! Help us Lord to take hold of the salvation You have offered and provided through Your Son Jesus! Help us Lord to have new hearts – clean hearts! Help us Lord to take hold of the truth that can set us free! Help us Lord to realize the power of forgiveness!
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer…
Judah’s Encounter with Adonai
1In the year of King Uzziah’s death, I saw Adonai sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the Temple. 2Seraphim were standing above Him. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3One called out to another, and said: “Holy, holy, holy, is Adonai-Tzva’ot! The whole earth is full of His glory.” 4Then the posts of the door trembled at the voice of those who called, and the House was filled with smoke. 5Then I said: “Oy to me! For I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I am dwelling among a people of unclean lips. For my eyes have seen the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot!” 6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, with a glowing coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips. Your iniquity is taken away, and your sins atoned for.” 8Then I heard the voice of Adonai saying: “Whom should I send, and who will go for Us?” So I said, “Hineni. Send me.” 9Then He said: “Go! Tell this people: ‘Hear without understanding, and see without perceiving.’ 10Make the heart of this people fat, their ears heavy, and their eyes blind. Else they would see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and return, and be healed.” 11Then I said, “Adonai, how long?” He answered, “Until cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, houses are without people, and the land is utterly desolate. 12Adonai will drive people far away. The desertion of the land will be vast. 13Though a tenth still be in it, it will again be burned. As a terebinth tree or as an oak whose stump remains when cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump.”
–from Isaiah 6
Lord, I stand in the gap! Lord, even as You had prophesied many years ago while I was yet a foreigner in the land, I lift up these people and I stand in the gap asking for Your wisdom, Your strength, Your courage, Your direction, Your discernment! As Jesus bridged the gap saving me and restoring my life to you through forgiveness undeserved by your grace and your mercy, I ask Lord that You will help to bridge the gap as I stand here to answer Your call for this nation. Lord, allow your reassurance bring a peace that goes beyond all understanding over all of our hearts that are drawn to you! Lord, allow your reassurance bring boldness to speak out Your love, Your hope, Your truth into this nation and world around us! Help us Lord to be salt and light! Help us to point people back to you in Jesus’ name!
I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. –Ezekiel 22:30
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer…
Reassurance Regarding a Threat
1Now it came about in the days of Ahaz son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that King Rezin of Aram and King Pekah, son of Remaliah of Israel, went up to Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. 2When it was reported to the house of David saying: “Aram is camped in Ephraim,” his heart as well as the heart of his people shook like the trees of the forest shaking with the wind. 3Then Adonai said to Isaiah: “Go out now to meet Ahaz—you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the aqueduct from the upper pool, in the highway of the fullers’ field; 4and say to him, ‘Keep calm and be quiet. Do not fear nor be faint-hearted because of these two stubs of smoldering firebrands, because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram, nor of the son of Remaliah, 5because Aram has plotted harm against you, along with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah saying, 6“Let us go up against Judah, terrorize it, divide it for ourselves, and appoint Tabeel’s son as king in the midst of it.” 7Thus says Adonai Elohim: “It will not stand, nor will it occur. 8For the head of Aram is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin. Within 65 years Ephraim will be broken and not be a people. 9The head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If you do not trust, you will not stand.”
The Sign of Immanuel
10Then Adonai spoke again to Ahaz saying, 11“Ask for a sign from Adonai your God—from the depths of Sheol or the heights of Heaven.” 12But Ahaz said, “I won’t ask—I wouldn’t test Adonai!” 13Then he said, “Hear now, house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men? Will you also weary my God? 14Therefore Adonai Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive. When she is giving birth to a son, she will call his name Immanuel. 15He will be eating curds and honey by the time he knows to refuse evil and choose good. 16For before the boy knows to refuse evil and choose good, the land of the two kings you dread will be abandoned. 17Adonai will bring—on you, on your people and on your father’s house such days as have never come since the day Ephraim separated from Judah—the king of Assyria! 18In that day Adonai will whistle for the fly at the source of the Nile of Egypt and for the bee in the land of Assyria. 19Then they will come, all of them— and will settle in the steep wadis and in the clefts of the cliffs and in all the thorn bushes and in all the watering holes. 20In that day Adonai will shave— with a razor hired beyond the River— with the king of Assyria— the head and the hair of the legs, and even clip off the beard. 21In that day it will be that a man will rear a calf and two sheep, 22and from the abundant milk they give, he will eat curds— for anyone left in the land will eat curds and honey. 23In that day it will be that every place where there were 1,000 vines worth 1,000 silver shekels will become briers and thorns. 24With arrows and bows one will come there, since all the land will become briers and thorns. 25As for all the hills that were tilled with the hoe—you will not go there for fear of briers and thorns. Instead it will be for grazing of oxen and roaming of sheep.
–from Isaiah 7
Don’t lose hope! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Trust in God! Hope in God! Give it to God!
Help us Lord to be who You created us to be! Help Lord to share what You have given to us! Help us Lord to be conduits of Your love into the world around us that others may come to see and know and hear of Your greatness!
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer!
1Yeshua was telling them, “Amen, I tell you, there are some standing here who will never taste death until they see the kingdom of God come with power!”
A Glimpse of His Glory
2After six days, Yeshua takes with Him Peter and Jacob and John, and brings them up a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them. 3His clothes became radiant and brilliantly white, whiter than any launderer on earth could bleach them. 4Then Elijah appeared to them with Moses, and they were talking with Yeshua. 5Peter responds to Yeshua, “Rabbi, it’s good for us to be here. Let’s make three sukkot—one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6(He didn’t know what to say, for they were terrified.) 7Then a cloud came, overshadowing them; and out of the cloud came a voice, “This is My Son, whom I love. Listen to Him!” 8Suddenly when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Yeshua. 9As they were coming down from the mountain, Yeshua ordered them not to tell anyone what they had seen, until the Son of Man rose up from the dead. 10They kept this word to themselves, discussing among themselves what it is to rise up from the dead. 11And they questioned Him, saying, “Why do the Torah scholars say that Elijah must come first?” 12Now He told them, “Indeed Elijah comes first; he restores all things. And how is it written that the Son of Man must suffer much and be treated with contempt? 13I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they wanted, just as it is written about him.”
The Secret of Prayer
14When they came to the disciples, they saw a big crowd around them and the Torah scholars arguing with them. 15Suddenly, when the whole crowd saw Yeshua, they were amazed and began running to greet Him. 16He questioned them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17And a man from the crowd answered Him, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a spirit that makes him mute. 18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, grinds his teeth, and becomes stiff. I told Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t!” 19And answering them, He said, “Oh faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring him to Me.” 20They brought the boy to Yeshua. When the spirit saw Him, immediately it threw the boy into a convulsion. The boy fell to the ground and began rolling around and foaming at the mouth. 21Yeshua asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” “Since he was a child,” the man answered. 22“It has often thrown him into fire or water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion and help us!” 23“‘If You can’?” Yeshua said to him. “All things are possible for one who believes!” 24Immediately the boy’s father cried out, “I believe! Help my unbelief!” 25When Yeshua saw that a crowd was gathering fast, He rebuked the unclean spirit, telling it, “I command you, deaf and mute spirit, come out of him and do not ever enter him again!” 26After howling and shaking the boy wildly, it came out. The boy became so much like a corpse that many were saying, “He’s dead!” 27But Yeshua took him by the hand and lifted him, and the boy stood up. 28After Yeshua came into the house, His disciples began questioning Him in private, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” 29And He said to them, “This kind cannot come out except by prayer.” 30They left from there and passed through the Galilee. Yeshua didn’t want anyone to know, 31for He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, three days later He will rise up.” 32But the disciples didn’t understand this statement, and they were afraid to question Him about it.
The Secret of Childlike Humility
33Then they came to Capernaum. And when Yeshua was in the house, He began to ask the disciples, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34But they kept quiet, because on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If any man wants to be first, he shall be least of all and the servant of everyone.” 36Taking a small child, He set him in the midst of them. And taking him in His arms, He said to them, 37“Whoever welcomes one of these children in My name, welcomes Me; and whoever welcomes Me, welcomes not Me but the One who sent Me.” 38John said to Him, “Teacher, we saw someone driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him because he wasn’t following us.” 39But Yeshua responded, “Don’t stop him! No one who does a miracle in My name will be able soon afterward to speak evil about Me. 40He who is not against us is for us. 41For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name because you belong to Messiah, amen I tell you, he will never lose his reward.” 42“But whoever causes one of these little ones who trust in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone put around his neck and to be thrown into the sea!”
The Secret of Salt
43“And if your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off! It is better for you to enter into life crippled than, having two hands, to go to Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire. 44[footnote: Verses omitted; some mss. read: where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.] 45And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off! It’s better for you to enter life lame than, having your two feet, to be thrown into Gehenna. 46[footnote: Verses omitted; some mss. read: where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.] 47If your eye causes you to stumble, tear it out! It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than, having two eyes, to be thrown into Gehenna, 48where ‘their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49“For everyone will be salted with fire. 50Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you flavor it? Have salt in yourselves, and keep shalom with one another.”
–from Mark 9
Let’s follow the pattern Jesus gave us to pray…
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name
Thank you God for your love and and this life! You are so awesome and my words can never bring to view your greatness for you are amazing! Lord may my life today glorify You and may in and through it all you receive the praise, the honor, and the glory.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
Lord, not my will, but your will be done today in and through my life. Grant me wisdom to know what to do and what to say, what not to do and what not to say, so that in all I do, you will be glorified on earth as you are in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
Lord, You know what this day will have need of and so I give my hands up to You asking for Your provision for this day. I ask Lord that You will provide for my needs, the needs of my family and friends, the needs of those You will bring into my life today. The earth and everything it is belongs to You so I know that You can help me with my needs and to use me as a good steward of all that you have given me. Help me today with wisdom and an obedient heart to do Your will and share Your love and grace to the world around me. I know Lord that You will provide even with the little I have for You can multiply even the little I have for Your glory
Forgive us our trespases
Lord, forgive me. You know my mind and my heart. You know the things I have left undone. You know the things I have left unsaid. Help me I pray to right my wrongs so that I don’t leave a foothold for the devil to try and trip me up. I ask that by the blood of Jesus it will be separated as far as the east is from the west. And help me Lord to be able to pass on this grace to those in my life.
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lord, I forgive them all. As You have taught me, as I forgive others, You will forgive me. As You have taught me, forgiveness is the key to true freedom. So that the bitter root won’t have a place to take root in my heart, I forgive them. So that the devil can’t get a foothold in my life, I forgive them. So that You will be glorified, I will forgive them.
Lead us not into temptation
Lord, grant me wisdom and discernment so that I will not fall into temptation. In this world we will have trouble but I will hold onto the fact that Jesus has overcome the world. I will consider it pure joy when I face trials of many kinds because I know it is working in me to help me be complete and lacking nothing.
Deliver us from evil
Help us Lord from getting tripped up or falling into the temptations of the devil. Help us Lord to not fall for his lies and deception. Help us Lord to have eyes to see and ears to hear so that we know Your voice and can rebuke him. Help us Lord to resist the devil for Your Word tells us that if we resist the devil, he will flee.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Thank you God! May in and through it all, You receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.