Friday Evening Prayer

Silence and Centering    

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

Confession:

Holy God, when we confess our sins to You, when we don’t cover them up, we are joyful because You lift the burden of our guilt. When we come to You in need, You are our hiding place. You save us from trouble. You protect us with Your constant love. Teach us, Lord, in the ways we should go so that we can live as You intended and rejoice in Your love forever. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

Just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.
Romans 6:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
A new life. What would that be like? A do over. A get out of jail free card. What if you really could begin again? What would change? What would you do different? It seems so impossible, but Christ came to give us a new life. Jesus Himself used the word “born again” when describing those who decide to follow Him. Paul talks about how he was able to make it through all his struggles because his inner self was being renewed day by day. God knew us from the beginning of time and created us for His purposes and though our life may seem like one mistake after another, one wrong turn followed by another, God can change everything. This same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead, is the power He wants to use in helping you begin to live a new life. Today, come to Him. Surrender your life and ask Him to help you start afresh. He will. He will hear your prayer and give you the new chance you have been looking for. His love for you is boundless. His promise is sure. He promises that He will not reject your plea if you come to Him with a broken and repentant heart.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I need a new start. I ask, dear Lord, that You use that same power that You used to raise Jesus from the dead to help me live a new life. I surrender to You and ask for Your help today. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Here is a simple easy to remember method for praying for those around you, even if you don’t know their specific needs. The five requests are based on the word “B-L-E-S-S”.

B – Body – For health, safety, and physical needs.

L – Labors – For the success and prospering of their work and/or studies (Jeremiah 29:7).

E – Emotions – For peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew 10:13).

S – Social life – For family’s to function well together in their community.

S – Salvation – For each to understand salvation in Jesus Christ, and come to know Him personally and grow in their spiritual lives.

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

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