Great to have you here I’m really excited about the word that I’m going to speak on because it’s not something I would typically preach about. I felt the Holy Spirit tell me what He wanted me to do. So we’ve been in this series called Soar. These are principles that cause you to be elevated, principles that will elevate your life and it comes from Isaiah 40:31.
Isaiah 40:31 NKJV But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
We’ve been looking at different themes such as honour, humility and generosity. All of these great things and when I was praying about what to preach today, I was going to preach on something else but I felt the Holy Spirit tell me to preach on this. It’s probably the most basic kind of principles that will elevate our lives but I want to speak to us this morning about prayer. Some of you are thinking, duh, course, Christians, it’s what we do. But I just want to have a look at a pattern of prayer in particular.
Seeking God’s Presence
I want to look at the fact that many of us need to have our mindset about prayer adjusted. Because maybe like me, I used to treat prayer as a means to an end. If I do this for you, God, then, here’s my list. This is what I’m believing for. But I understood that God’s not a means to an end. He’s the ultimate end. That the prize is never the thing. It’s actually God himself. It’s actually His presence and that God is not a vending machine that if I press D-6, I’m going to get the can of Coke that I want. That if I do this for God and do that, then, God’s going to give me what I want. No, no, no.
Intimacy and Relationship
It’s not about some sort of formula, because he’s actually our Father. It’s about intimacy and relationship. I want to talk about a pattern of prayer that I’ve discovered. It’s something that I’ve been praying recently that God has spoken to me about and shown me and I want to share it with us this morning.
Maybe there’s a pattern of prayer that you follow. Many people will pray similar to the Lord’s prayer. You know, not just those words but what each line means, you know, our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. That’s honour. So, we start our prayers with honour.
Praying the Psalms
Or maybe I sometimes do this. I’ll pray the Psalms. I’ve been praying Psalm 61 recently which has been really helpful I’ll just read it through and I’ll pray it. I’ll speak it as a prayer. Hear my cry, oh Lord from the ends of the earth. I pray and when my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Maybe it’s Psalm 23 for you. I’m going through this valley of the shadow of death but I will fear no evil for You are with me. Your rod and Your staff comfort me.
Sometimes people journal their prayers. Sometimes I will write out my prayers. Sometimes just speaking them isn’t enough. Sometimes to get clarity. I’ll just write them out.
The Tabernacle Prayer
Or maybe you’ve heard of something called the Tabernacle Prayer. That Doctor Yongi Chow the Pastor of the largest Church in human history. Church of almost a million in South Korea and the Tabernacle Prayer is basically a prayer where you look at the Tabernacle that was built in the wilderness and every element it represents something.
Entering the Tabernacle
When you come into the Tabernacle and even before you get into the outer court, you’ve gotta bypass the tribe of Judah. All the tribes were gathered around the the the Tabernacle in the wilderness and it just so happened that it was a tribe called Judah that you had to pass by. That’s why we know that when we come into God’s presence, we come in with praise. We come in with thanksgiving and so you come past and the first thing you see is the altar and the altar speaks of the sacrifice that the priest would sacrifice the animals. They would prepare for that there and so the first thing we recognize is the ultimate sacrifice that Christ gave for us on the cross and so you go through all of these until you get to the very end in the Holy of Holies where the ark of the covenant is, which symbolizes the manifest presence of God.
Funnily enough, while I was praying the Tabernacle prayer I came across this prayer and it’s also the title of this message I want to talk to us about a prayer that I’ve called Crosswords. It’s basically the seven sayings of Christ on the cross. When Christ was on the cross, there are seven different times that he speaks and each one of these phrases, each one of these sayings has significance. It has special meaning and so what I do is I will write them out and I will pray specifically and so, that’s what I want to teach about today.
The Number of Fulfillment
When you look at the cross, there were seven sayings of Jesus and in the Bible, seven is the number of completion. It’s the number of fulfilment. We see this pattern repeated throughout scripture. When they took Jericho, they were instructed to walk around it for seven days and then on the seventh day, they had to walk around seven times. When Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. Pharaoh had a dream twice of seven cows eating seven other cows, seven grains of corn, eating other and what that represented was 7 years of abundance followed by 7 years of famine. So this is repeated all throughout scripture. When Jesus specifically speaks seven phrases from the cross. It’s something for us to take notice of.
I’m going to walk through each one of the sayings and I’m going to talk about how we are to apply it in our prayer life. Sometimes we come to have our devotions or we come to pray and after you’ve asked God bless you and bless your cat and bless your dog and bless your goldfish and help you at work and give you food. Sometimes you kind of run out of things to pray about. Do you know what I mean? And you think, well I ticked that box. I’ve done it. I’m on my way. But what I want to teach here is not a specific formula to follow but they’re basically touchpoints.
I know I don’t know about you but I love the church and sometimes you know it’s great to get you know, inspiration. It’s great to get encouragement. But I can get that on YouTube. Sometimes we need impartation. Sometimes we need application. We need handles. Give me something that I can grab a hold of and I can apply in my life. Because my life is hard and I need something practical. So if you’re like me and you want some practical things then I want you to really lean in today and take some notes and then apply this.
The first phrase that I want to talk about, is the first statement of Christ from the cross and it comes from Luke 23:34. Jesus speaks from the cross to those around him, he prays and he says, Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
Luke 23:34 NKJV Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Roman soldiers are gambling for his garments below him. Religious leaders are standing at a distance and scoffing. Passerbys are hurling insults. Even the people that are crucified with him are having a go at him. Jesus is unrecognizable at this point. He has been beaten and tortured so bad that the prophet Isaiah said that he was disfigured beyond human recognition. He basically looked like an animal. You could not determine whether that he was human.
Isaiah 52:14 NKJV Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;
Because not only did they beat him but they spat on him. They ripped out the hair from his beard. He was so tortured to the point where he was hanging there and on top of all of that people are hurling insults, ridiculing, and mocking him. In the midst of all of that, he turns and instead of condemning them instead of calling down a legion of angels but instead of all of that, he prayed and he said, Father, forgive them. Forgive them for they know not what they do. So, here’s the first point in the sayings from the cross. The first point is pardon.
Jesus told a story of a king who had a servant who owed him the equivalent of billions of dollars. There was no way this servant was going to pay him back. So, the king cancelled it, and gave him a royal pardon. That same servant went out and he met a colleague of him who owed him a couple of hundred bucks and he grabbed him around the throat and he said, you owe me, pay me now. The king had actually pardoned the servant who owed him billions of dollars because that servant cried out for mercy and the king cancelled his debt and gave him a pardon. But then that same servant went out and the guy who owed him a couple of hundred dollars demanded that he pay and when he couldn’t, he threw him in prison. Well, this scandal made its way all the way back up to the royal palace. The king heard about it, dragged that servant in, and he said, what is this that I hear? I forgave you of your debt. How is it that you are not able to forgive him of his? And so, the king actually had him in prison until he was able to pay that back. Jesus finishes this story by saying, so will it be for those of us who cannot forgive others, what God has forgiven me. What God has forgiven us.
Matthew 6:12 NKJV And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
You see I have a debt that I cannot repay. If at the end when I stand before God and it comes up on the screen, I am spiritually bankrupt. When they list all of my sins, all of my faults, I’m standing there and I’m swiping my card and it’s coming up with insufficient funds. There is no way that I can pay for that. But praise God that Jesus steps in and he says, no, no, no. I have covered that cost. I have paid that debt. He can’t afford it but because of his faith in me, I paid it for him. That’s actually what forgiveness does and so, in light of the fact that as believers, we have been pardoned by the king.
Here is the second part of each prayer point. We then pardon other people. In light of the fact that we have been forgiven. Now, because I’m aware of it. I can actually forgive other people. The hurt wasn’t right. What they did to you, that none of that was right. But God is saying listen, you cannot carry that load of unforgiveness. You cannot harbour that offence. John Bevere has got a phenomenal book called The Bait of Satan. That talks about how Satan sets traps for believers around offence. Then when he gets his hook in we actually give him a place. We know that a foothold in our lives ends up becoming a stronghold that ultimately ends up destroying our household. But it all starts with that one first foot. So Jesus is on the cross and the first thing he says is forgive them. He’s basically saying, devil, there is no way you’re getting any hold in my life. I’m near the end and so I’m going to forgive. That’s what forgiveness does and so, as we have been pardoned by the king, we now have the ability a pardon others. Amen.
Here’s the second point The second saying of Jesus from the cross is Luke 23:39-43. It says, truly I say to you, today, you will be with me in paradise. Jesus is hanging on the cross and there are two thieves, one on either side and at one stage, they’re both ridiculing him and accusing him but then, one of them turns and he says to the other thief, he said, what we are getting we deserve. We deserve this. But He’s done nothing to deserve this. So he turns to Jesus and he says Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus turns to him and he says, today, you will be with me in paradise.
Luke 23:39-43 39 Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” 40 But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” 43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”
The key to this promise is that the promises of God in Christ we know are yes and amen. This promise is actually for today. Sometimes when we think of a promise we think of the sweet by and by. We think of something down the road that one day. But Jesus is saying to the thief. He says today. This day, you will be with me in paradise. I’m saying to someone today, that God has already set promises for you. When you got up this morning, there was mercy already waiting for you because his mercies are new every morning.
Lamentations 3:22-24 NKJV 22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” When you walk, goodness and mercy are trailing behind you because that’s what it says in Psalm 23. Goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
Psalm 23:6 NKJV Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
Promise For Today
Well, guess what? All the days also means today. So, whatever has happened in your life, there is goodness and mercy that is following you. It is a promise for today. So, when I get to this part, I pray to thank you for today’s promises, Lord. There are things that I’m believing for in the future. There are things that I’m believing for the next generation but I thank you for today’s promise because I need something today. I’m going through stuff that I need your promise today and Jesus says, awesome. something for you and for every single person here, he has something for you. He spoke to the thief that was next to him and he said, today, not one day, not when you get your act together, not when you clean yourself up, no, no, no, it is today. When you place your faith in me, that promise is coming today. Amen.
Here’s the third one. John 19:26-27 and this one is preparation. Jesus says, looking at his mother Mary and she’s standing with John, the beloved disciple. He says to her, woman, this is your son. And he says to the beloved disciple, John, son, this is your mother.
John 19:26-27 NKJV 26 When Jesus, therefore, saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.
What Jesus is doing here? This is the amazing thing. Jesus is going through excruciating pain. There’s ridicule. There’s all of this carrying the weight of the sins of humanity and in the midst of that, he reaches down and tells two people that he has prepared something for them. He has made arrangements. For everyone here, you need to understand that God has prepared something that is specific for you. Before he went to the cross, he told his disciples, I’m going away to prepare a place but I will come back. In Psalm 23, after you get through the valley of the shadow of death, right on the other side, verse 5, there is a table prepared for you in the midst of your enemies.
Psalm 23:5 NKJV You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Jesus knows that you’re going to get through that valley. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have gone to the trouble of preparing a table but he has prepared something ahead of you for you to possess and to have. Because He knows you’re going to make it through. He knows you’re going to get through this. This dark time that you might be going through right now. The anxiety, the depression, the sense of overwhelming, dread, all of that stuff. He’s saying if you would just move if you would just keep going, understand that I have prepared something for you. So we pray and we thank God. I thank you, Lord, that you prepared something for me. I may not be able to see it. I may not be able to see the table because I’m in a dark valley. But I’m believing. I may not be able to see the place that you’ve prepared for me. But I’m believing that it’s there and I receive it.
The fourth thing comes from Matthew 27. The Bible says in verse 46 that Jesus cries out my God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?
Matthew 27:46 NKJV And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
This fourth one speaks of proximity. Because Jesus reached all the way back to the fall at Eden and all the way forward to the finale at Armageddon. He took every generation’s sin. Every generation’s guilt. He took all of that. The Bible says he didn’t just bear our sins, he became our sin. It separated him from God. That’s why Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden when they sinned because sin always separates us. So, in that moment of separation because he was handling the sin of humanity. He cries out, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? He was actually fulfilling a prophetic word that was spoken about that and he’s actually quoting it (Psalm 22). But he was separated for that time because he bore our sin. Do you know what I do when I get to this point? I thank God that I will never ever be separated from God. Because He was separated, I will never be separated because He promised, I will send someone to you who will never leave you and forsake you. He is the counsellor. He is the comforter. He is the paracletos, the One that is alongside me. There is nothing that will ever separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus. No created thing, nor height, nor depth, nothing in the past, nothing in the future, no angel, no demon. The Bible says, there is nothing that will separate you from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus. We will always have close proximity because, on the cross, he allowed himself to be separated.
Romans 8:38-39 NKJV 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The fifth one. It says in John 19:28, I am thirsty. This speaks of provision. Jesus realised that everything had been done in order to fulfil scripture. He speaks these words. I am thirsty. This is an incredible thing because only days earlier He stood up at the great feast and He said if anyone is thirsty let Him come to me and drink. Out of their belly will flow rivers of living water.
John 19:28 NKJV After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!”
Jesus allowed himself to be empty and thirsty. So that every single person will never know what thirst is. The promise that those that hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. They will always be satisfied. But because he emptied himself out and he thirsted, we will never ever have to experience that. He will always satisfy every need. There will always be water for us. There will always be sustenance.
And the next one is in John 19:30. And Jesus says it is finished.
John 19:30 NKJV So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
This speaks of purpose. Jesus is basically saying, mission accomplished. What I came to do, I have completed it. I have completed it and he says, it is finished. It echoes what the apostle Paul says when he gets to the end and he says, I have run the race. I have kept the faith. I have finished. I have finished well.
2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
I have done what you have called me to do. I have fulfilled the assignment of my life and that’s what Jesus is doing here. So, when I get this part, I pray for the purpose that God has given me. Every single one of us has been gifted and given in a specific assignment for us to fulfil. I can’t be looking at what other people are doing. I’ve got to focus on what God has called me to do and I’ve gotta fulfil that thing.
For the last few months, I’ve been helping my son after he got his learner’s permit to drive. Every parent who has been through that trying to help your child get their 100 hours on the road. You know the trauma and you know the stress that I’m talking about but when he first started one of the biggest challenges was actually just helping him stay in his lane. Because the tendency was sort of and I said don’t go into that lane. That’ll be destructive. Because there’s oncoming traffic. So it was always about being able to position the car. Being aware of the adequate amount of distance to the sides. Even when I was telling him, hey, stay in your lane. I could hear the Holy Spirit telling me the same thing. You, stay in your lane. Don’t worry about what other people are doing. You want to try and veer off into that. It’s going to end in a crash. Stay in the lane that I’ve put you in. Fulfil the assignment and do the thing that I’ve called you to I don’t know who this is for but maybe there is someone here and you’re thinking, I don’t know if I can do this. I don’t know if I’ve got the strength for this. I want you to know that God has grace for you and that God is to empower you to fulfil the assignment that he has placed on your life. It is the purpose, the unique purpose that he’s given us.
The final one is in Luke 23:46. Jesus knows everything has been completed. He prays this prayer and He says, Father, into your hands, I commit My spirit. Father, into your hands, I commit my spirit and so, this actually speaks of promotion.
Luke 23:46 NKJV And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ ” Having said this, He breathed His last.
It wasn’t a full stop. It was a comma. It was just Jesus saying, this is just transitioning and for every single person, every believer, the Bible says who dies in the Lord to be absent in the body is to be present with God.
2 Corinthians 5:8 NKJV We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
That when we go from this life to the next, we are just transitioning. We are stepping from one room into another and we are being promoted into glory. It is to receive the reward that is waiting for us and to hear those words. Well done. Good and faithful servant. In the end, it was about promotion but this point here in our prayer is also about the promotion that God has for us here and now. That it was never his will that we would stay stuck. That there is always something that God wants us to do. There is always upward movement. So it is praying and thanking God specifically for that thing. Amen.
Part 1 Thank You
Here’s the thing about this. These are the seven things that I go through and there are two parts to this. When I go through each point. The first part I call thank you. That’s where I thank God. Thank you for forgiving me and my sins. Thank you for the promises that you have for me today. Thank you that you have prepared something even though I don’t see it but I thank you for it. Thank you that I’ll never be separated. Thank you for the proximity that I have. Thank you for the provision that you have. That I will never be empty. That I’ll never be thirsty because of what you have given. Thank you for the purpose that you have placed me on earth. Thank you for the promotion that I have in store for me. That’s the first part thank you.
Part 2 I Do
The second part is called I do. So, after I thank God for pardoning me, I now pray, who do I need to pardon? Who do I need to forgive? What are the promises that I can help other people fulfil? What is the thing that I can help other people? What is something that I can participate in and partner with you in order to prepare for other people? What is another way that I can help bring people that are on the outside into closer proximity to you? What is the provision that I can give to help others? What is someone else’s purpose that I can sow into and help fulfil and how can I help other people be promoted? This is the part. It is thank you and then I do.
It’s twofold. We always thank God for each thing and now we listen. What can I do? What do you want me to do? As I go through all of that, there is this pattern in scripture that is just kind of freakish. It is a recurring theme with all sorts of things. I’ll give you an example. In the Old Testament, there was a guy named Joseph. He was sold into slavery and betrayed by his brothers for a handful of silver. In the New Testament, Jesus himself was sold into, arrested and betrayed for a handful of coins. In the Old Testament, there is a deliverer that rises up and at the time he rises, he’s rising up, the king is killing all the boys in that kingdom. He goes on to deliver a nation out of slavery. In the New Testament, another young man arises and at the time of his birth, that king is also killing the young boys in that area and so he rises and he delivers all of humanity out of sin.
There are always these patterns and they’re recurring themes. It’s like God is telling us, to take notice. Jesus is saying, do you want to know when I’m coming back? Here’s how you’ll know. Watch the times because just as in the days of Noah, just as in the days of Lot, so will it be at the coming of the son of man. Jesus is giving us these patterns and so, the reason I’m telling you this is actually part of a bigger picture. The seven sayings of Christ on the cross, also correspond with the seven days of creation in Genesis chapter one. Not only that but on the other hand, they also correspond with the culmination in Revelation and there are seven churches that God speaks of. Seven churches. So, watch how this works. On the first day of creation, God created light. To the first church in Revelation, the Church of Ephesus, God says, as you overcome, I will give you permission to eat from the tree of life. So, it’s the tree of life.
Watch what happens. Because I’ve been pardoned. When I pardon others. It creates light. It culminates in me eating from the Tree of Life. That’s how this works. It goes on for each point. Every time I do one of these things it creates something. But then it culminates in something else. This is actually a pattern in scripture that I believe that God is saying. If you would actually take notice. If you would apply this. Watch what will happen.
Every day for the next 7 days, we pray this. We go through and we pray these things. It’s going to culminate next week on resurrection Sunday. My belief is that as we do this, God is going to bring a turnaround. He’s going to bring a breakthrough. There are things in our lives that we’ve been waiting for, asking for. There are areas that we’ve been feeling bound in and I believe that God’s going to break those things off. This isn’t some magic formula.
All I recognize is that God’s hand is amazing in this that it’s like what it says in Colossians. It is that the fullness it pleased the Father that in him, Christ, the fullness should dwell and by him, he reconciled all things to himself. By him were the things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of his Christ.
Colossians 1:19-20 NKJV 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
That God through the cross has actually reconciled everything to him. Everything in the past and everything in the future That when we participate in this that it creates certain things but it also culminates in certain things that it’s God reaching all the way back and then all the way forward. Bringing it to the centrality of the cross. That in him everything is centred.
I want us to apply this right now. On the first day or the first saying of Christ, it was about forgiveness. On day one, God creates light. Nothing else. When we are ourselves light comes in and it dispels darkness. We are no longer walking in darkness but here’s a great thing, it culminates in being able to eat from the tree of life. Do you know where the tree of life is? It’s in Eden. It’s an invitation to go back to Eden. It’s an invitation to reconcile and restore the things that were lost through sin. We’re just going to do one point. Because it’s day one I want us to do the one. So, this is about forgiving.
We can just thank God for the fact that we are forgiven. That we don’t have to pay for our sins and we could never afford it anyway but because of what Jesus did, he paid for it but then, if you know that there is someone that has an issue with you or you have an issue with them, this is the time to pray for them as well or it might be that need to speak with them.
Actually, Jesus said something challenging one time. He said if you’re about to offer your gift at the altar and there, you remember that there is someone who has an issue, leave your gift and go and reconcile with them, then, come back and give your gift.
Matthew 5:23-24 NKJV 23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go your way. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Do you know what that tells me? The person we often have an issue with is in the same church service as us. Ouch. Because He’s saying, leave your gift then come back. It’s God saying, yeah, yeah, yeah, I love your worship but I need you to go and make this right. Worship’s awesome. I’ll receive it but before you do, go and reconcile. As I have forgiven you, forgive that person. Let’s be aware that we are a people that have been pardoned and if you are here and you have never received Christ as your saviour, the bad news is, you have to pay for every sin that you’ve committed yourself and let me tell you we can’t afford it. None of us can. We are all spiritually bankrupt. The good news is someone has paid for it for us. All we have to do is to receive that free gift. That’s the good news of the gospel. If you know yourself, you’ve actually never made that commitment. You’ve never made that commitment. This is the time. You don’t even have to try and work your way to pay that off. Someone has that debt. He has cancelled that. You never ever have to pay for that.
Let’s pray. Let’s thank God that he has pardoned us. We’ve all received a royal pardon, I want you as the Holy Spirit brings that person to mind. I want you to forgive them in your heart. I want you to speak about that right now. Father, I just thank you Lord God for your people. We just come before you Lord God and we’re just so grateful. Thank you that we have all been pardoned. That we have all received this royal pardon, that even at our very worst, Lord, you still chose to forgive your people. I just thank you, we receive that right now. But right now, Lord God, I thank you that you are speaking to your people about the person or the people, Lord God, that we need to forgive. Why don’t you just ahead and just pray that right now?
Whoever it is, whatever it is, just speak that right now. Father God, we just thank you Lord God that even as we bring those people up, Lord God, or that incident, that event, Lord God, whatever it is, I just thank you that there is healing in your name. Father, wherever there is hurt, I thank you, Lord God. You are the balm of Gilead, Lord God. That you are the anointing oil, Lord, that just applied, Lord will bring closure and healing, Lord God, to every wound. Father, I just you for reconciliation. I thank you, Lord God, that just as we have been forgiven, you have graced us to forgive others. Father God, I just thank you for your people. I just declare that over these next seven days, Lord God, as we pray these prayers. These crosswords, are the seven sayings of Christ, Lord.
I just thank you for the change to be broken. I thank you for clarity, and for provision. I just thank you for a deeper intimacy with the Holy Spirit. I just thank you Lord God that you would just take our lives and our life to a whole new level in Jesus’ name, Amen. Thank you, Lord, that this is who you are. You’re the God who forgives. You’re the God who gives purpose. You’re the provider and you’re asking us to trust you. For you are trustworthy. We thank you for this word. Lord, let it bring forth fruit that remains. in Jesus’ name. Amen.