Lamp Unto My Feet
Psalm 119:105

My Prayer For A New Year

SUNDAY

My Prayer For You

I have shared my prayers for the New Year, and today I want to share a prayer for you.  I appreciate those who take time to read these devotionals from day to day.  Those who send their thoughts to me through emails or on facebook and those who hit the Like button are very special and these kind gestures always send a smile and brighten my day.  So this prayer today is for you!  God gave Moses this prayer for Aaron and his sons to bless the Children of Israel.  I pray these blessings for you today. 

"24  The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
25  The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
26  The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."  (Numbers 6:24-26)

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MONDAY

A Prayer That We Know The Love Of Christ

Do you know that three weeks ago we were celebrating the birth of Jesus?  The first week of December when Christmas is three weeks away, it seems so close.  Now, it seems so far behind us.  My Christmas ornaments and decorations have been put away, in storage for most of the year.  The Nativity pieces which lined my mantle have also been carefully boxed up, out of sight, but hopefully not out of mind.  My prayer today is that we won't quickly forget the love of God which brought His Son to walk among men, and die on the cross to give us salvation.  Paul's prayer for the church at Ephesus was that they would be rooted and grounded in love and that they would be able to comprehend "the breadth, and length, and depth, and height" of the love of Christ.  What a wonderful prayer!

"14  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."  (Ephesians 3:14-21)

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TUESDAY

My Prayer For Us Is That We Can Take A Stand For God

Andrew Little taught a great lesson in Sunday school from chapter three of Daniel, where Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown into the fiery furnace because they didn't bow to King Nebuchadnezzar's gods.  My prayer today is that we, as Christians, will have the faith and courage to take a stand for our God.  The media and many of our nation's leaders are taking a stand against the law of God. Let's look at some of the excuses that these young Hebrews could have used to bow to the golden image.

1.  We are in a strange land and can't worship in our temple.
2.  Our parents are not here to tell us what to do, or see what we do.
3.  Who will be a witness for God if we are killed in the furnace?
4.  Our God has forsaken us in letting us be carried away to Babylon.
5.  Everyone else has already bowed to the golden image.
6.  It is the law of the land that we bow to the idol.
7.  We are leaders and it is expected of us.
8.  We can bow in our bodies, but not in our hearts.
9.  Times have changed, and serving the living God is old-fashioned.
10.  Our lives have changed.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did not use any of these excuses, but they stood for God.  "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up."  (Daniel 3:16-18)  How many of these excuses are being used by people living today?  My prayer for us is that we will be able to lay these excuses aside and put on the armor of God and stand up for God and His righteousness.  For these three Hebrew boys, the fire did not destroy them, but only freed them from their bonds and let them walk with Jesus and bring glory to God.

"10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"  (Ephesians 6:10-18)


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WEDNESDAY

My Prayer That God Will Send Laborers Into His Harvest

I was reading in the tenth chapter of Acts this morning which begins, "There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,"  (Acts 10:1)  This man was a Gentile who sought God and an angel appeared to him and told him to send for Simon Peter.  Meanwhile, Peter had a vision of all types of animals lowered to him in a sheet and a voice told him to rise and eat.  Peter refused saying that he had never eaten anything common or unclean.  "And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.  This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven."  (Acts 10:15-16)  This was done three times, then the men who were sent by Cornelius had arrived to take him with them.  The Spirit told Peter to go with them and God showed him what was meant by the vision.  "And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean."  (Acts 10:28)  Cornelius and his household were saved and the Holy Ghost fell on them, and they were baptized.  By the time I reached these verses, tears of gratitude fell from my eyes.  Salvation had been for the Jews.  But, praise the Lord, He opened up the way for the Gentiles!  Cornelius listened and sent for Simon Peter.  Peter listened and went with a group of Jews to Caesarea.  Do you realize that if salvation had not been offered to the Gentiles we would have no hope?  And if the Jews of the early church had not carried the gospel message to other nations we might not have access to God today.  My prayer today is that God will send us as laborers into His harvest.  We may be the only witness to cross the path of some lost soul who is seeking to know God.  Pastor Jack Tripp preached from the parable of the sower Sunday and reminded us that we are to sow the seed, and pray that God will bring forth fruit for our labors.  Hear the Words of our Lord, "Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."  (Luke 10:2)

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THURSDAY

Wash Me, Cleanse Me

I like to cook.  And that's a good thing, because we like to eat.  Every. Day.  In fact, we eat more than once, every day.  And that means we have lots of dirty dishes, every day.  But that's a good thing, because that shows that God is providing our needs.  Every. Day.  As I was washing my dishes this morning, I was thinking about what I read in the book of John, where Jesus was about to wash the disciples' feet.

"8  Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
9  Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.
10  Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all."  (John 13:8-10)

Jesus washed the feet of the disciples to teach them about serving others.  But we can also see from this example that we get dirty walking through this sinful world.  After David sinned he prayed, "Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin...  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow... Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."  (Psalm 51:2, 7 & 10)  God gives us this promise, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  (I John 1:9)  Only God has the power to forgive our sins and cleanse us.  My prayer today is, "Wash me and cleanse me."  Now, back to my kitchen.  I have dishes to dry, and I can even use one of the new kitchen towels I got for Christmas.  God is good!


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FRIDAY

Mold Me

God has given us His Word so that we are able to look all the way back to the beginning of man.  "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."  (Genesis 1:26-27)  We were made in the image of God.  And God walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the beautiful garden that He created for them.  After they sinned against God Adam and Eve were cast out from their home in the garden.  It is hard to imagine how far man fell in just a few short chapters.  "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually."  (Genesis 6:5)  We find our own state in Isaiah 64:6, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away."  Read a little farther...  "But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand."  (Isaiah 64:8)  In another place Isaiah said, "Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?"  (Isaiah 45:9)  My prayer today is, "Mold me and make me, into Your image."  I often fail and make mistakes.  But I want to be a vessel that God can use.  I don't want to work against God's plan for my life.  I want to live a life that brings glory to His Name. 



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SATURDAY

Use Me

Many, many years ago, in the 1970's, I sat under the preaching of Pastor Arthur F. Blackburn.  Even though I can't remember many of his sermons, I learned a lot from his Bible preaching and from time to time God will bring to my mind something he said.  One thing that he said as he got older was that he didn't want God to put him on a shelf.  He wanted to preach as long as he lived.  Well, I am not a preacher, but I do want God to use me as long as I live.  I want to be a vessel of honor, "meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work."  That is my prayer today, "Use me."  I know that I won't make much of an impact on the world, but I hope and pray that I can be a help to some.  I want my children and grandchildren to know how much I love the Lord.  And maybe these short little devotionals will encourage some along the way.  I want to be a faithful servant and give my all to the Lord, who gave His all for me.

"19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work."  (II Timothy 2:19-21)

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Devotional
Themes:
Scripture Reference Index:
Susanna's Music

3:16

A B C Memory Verses

A B C Verses - Light For A
New Year

A B C's For A New Year

A Little Farther

A Mother's Heart

A Time To Build

A Word From God

All Things New

Almost...

Amos

Animal Bible Stories

Are You Able?

Are You Listening?

Back To School

Be Followers Of God

Be Still And Know That I Am God

Be Thankful
Every Day

Bible Couples

Bible Places

Bible Study

Bible Text Messages

Biblical Choices

Books Of The Bible

But God...

Changes

Christmas Devotions

Christ In You, The Hope Of Glory

Christmas Songs

Christmas Writing Plan

Come Unto Me

Companions

Count Your Blessings

Disciples Of Jesus

Do You Suppose?

Easter Brings...

Encourage One Another

Enter Into His Gates With Thanksgiving -- Psalm 100:4

Fall

First Things First- Priorities For The New Year

Friends

Fruitful In Every Good Work

Gems From Genesis

Gifts

Giving

Go With God

God Is Love

God's Holy Word

Good Like A Medicine

Good Tidings Of Great Joy

Great Cloud Of Witnesses

Great Things In The Bible

Growing In The Lord - Book
Of I Samuel

Happy And Blessed

He Cares For You

He Knows My Name

Hindered On The Journey

Honey In The Rock

Honor Thy Father and Mother --
Eph. 6:2

I Know

I Want To Finish Right

I Will Lift Up My Hands In Thy Name

If... Then...

In His Image

In Like A Lion,
Out Like A Lamb

In The Lord

In The Time Of Trouble

Jonah's Journey

Joshua - A Servant Of God

Journey Through The Book Of Mark

Jude - Contending For The Faith

Laborers For Christ

Let Your Light Shine

Little Things

Live Life To The Fullest

Looking Ahead -- Studies in Exodus

Looking For Christmas

Major Lessons From Minor Characters

Make Me A Blessing

Making A Difference

Mary, Martha, And Lazarus

Messengers For The Lord

Miracles Of Jesus

Mixed Greens

My Heart's Desire

My People Doth Not Consider

My Prayer For A New Year

Name 3

Names Of Jesus

Near To The Heart Of God

On The Way... To Where Ever

One Of Them

One Way

Open And Shut

Our Daily Bread

Our Heavenly Father

People God Used

Ponder Your Path

Ponderings Of My Heart - Journals Of A Young Mother

Portraits Of Christ

Prayer Changes Lives

Precious Promises From God's Word

Psalms - Rivers Of Waters

Questions In The Bible

Quilting The Pieces Of Our Lives

Recipes For Life

Remember Now Thy Creator --
Ecc. 12:1

Revive Us Again

She Hath Done What She Could -- Mark 14:8

Ship Ahoy!

Singing With Grace -- Colossians 3:16

Songs In The Bible

Spring

Stepping Into A New Year

Stepping Stones Of Faith

Taters

Ten Year Anniversary Sample Devotions

Thanksgiving - From A To Z

That I May Know Him

The Appearances Of Christ

The Book Of Isaiah

The Lord Is...

The Sea Of Life

There Is A Place By Me

Things That Are Set Before Us

Things That Will Never End

Things To Consider

Things To Do From Deuteronomy

Things To Learn
And Teach

This Is The Day

Time To Every Purpose-- Ecc. 3

Timely Stories
by our Readers

Through The Eyes Of The Savior

Up...Up...Up

"W" Words Of Wisdom

Weary In Well Doing

What Are We Doing Here?

What God Did During Creation

What Really Matters?

What Shall We Have Therefore?-
Matt. 19:27

Who Is Worthy?

Wisdom From Proverbs

With God All Things Are Possible

Words Of Jesus

Ye Have Not Passed
This Way Before -- Studies in Joshua
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