Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

My Daily Prayers and Readings for 5/03/2011

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“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Trust and understanding, come and go, but by faith I keep my eyes fixed on You with knowledge that even though I see it, it may not be as I see it, yet those things I cannot see become more real than that which I see. Then the more I trust in the unseen, the less I need to understand, and the less I understand the more I find myself trusting in the Spirit which I know lives within me.

Abba Father in the name of Christ Jesus who lives within me through the Holy Spirit I pray that You create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me, for my one walk in and with Jesus today. Asking that You bless me and mine in fulfillment of Your will and keep us from evil and pain; and if we get nothing else done this day, let us spend it loving You and others as You love us. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

< >< My Utmost for His Highest >< >

VITAL INTERCESSION

“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.” Ephesians 6:18

As we go on in intercession we may find that our obedience to God is going to cost other people more than we thought. The danger then is to begin to intercede in sympathy with those whom God was gradually lifting to a totally different sphere in answer to our prayers. Whenever we step back from identification with God’s interest in others into sympathy with them, the vital connection with God has gone, we have put our sympathy, our consideration for them in the way, and this is a deliberate rebuke to God.

It is impossible to intercede vitally unless we are perfectly sure of God, and the greatest dissipater of our relationship to God is personal sympathy and personal prejudice. Identification is the key to intercession, and whenever we stop being identified with God, it is by sympathy, not by sin. It is not likely that sin will interfere with our relationship to God, but sympathy will, sympathy with ourselves or with others which makes us say – “I will not allow that thing to happen.” Instantly we are out of vital connection with God.

Intercession leaves you neither time nor inclination to pray for your own “sad sweet self.” The thought of yourself is not kept out, because it is not there to keep out; you are completely and entirely identified with God’s interests in other lives.

Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to fault finding.

< >< Today in the Word Devotion >< >

You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slain. Revelation 5:9

Our relationship with Christ, the Lion and the Lamb, is an eternal paradox. He lowered Himself to lift us up. But in doing so, Jesus has risen, not just from the dead, but to the highest, most glorious position in heaven. While we enjoy a personal relationship with Jesus as a friend and guide, we should also recognize His majesty. Take time today to pray the praises found in verses 11 and 12. Proclaim that He is worthy to receive all praise, honor, glory, and power.

< >< Today’s Mass Readings >< >

1 Corinthians 15:1-8
Psalm 19:2-5
John 14:6-14

< >< Today’s Video Reflection >< >

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return. — Genesis iii, 19

< >< Today in the Word >< >

Revival: Alas!Listen now

As we continue our revival series, Dr. Havner looks at the word “Alas” and its meaning – Program Notes & Quotes

< >< Online Sources for Devotion Scripture References & Daily Mass Readings >< >

Link to Devotion Scriptures unless noted from New International Version BibleGateway.com

Links for today’s readings from USCCB using the New American Bible or

Links for today’s readings from EWTN using the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

For audio link to today’s readings from USCCB using the New American Bible click:

http://ccc.usccb.org/cccradio/NABPodcasts/11_05_03.mp3

For link to today’s video Reflection http://www.usccb.org/video/reflections.shtml

< >< Bible Online >< >

BibleGateway.com

just1word.com

YouVersion.com

< >< Other sources of inspiration on God’s Word >< >

Christianity – Faith in God and Jesus Christ

EWTN

Light Source – Christian Video Broadcasts and Ministry Television Online

Moody Ministries – From the Word to Life

Moody Radio Online

Sermon Index

Today in the Word Radio Online

Today in the Word

Today in the Word Devotional

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