Prayer Day 31

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father,

“how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.” (Ps 8:1–2)

May we praise your name forever.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer Day 31

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Believer’s Prayer

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Prayer Day 28

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Almighty Father,

We praise you for creating heaven and earth; creating all that is, was, or will ever be; and creating all things seen and unseen.

We look out on your creation and praise your name.

Keep us safe in your hands: seal our hearts; strengthen our minds; and shelter our bodies from all evil.

In our hour of weakness, may we ever turn only to you.

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Prayer Day 28

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Prayer Day 3

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father:

We praise you for creating heaven and earth; for creating all that is, that was, and that is to come; for creating things seen and unseen.

We praise you for sharing yourself in the person of Jesus of Nazareth; our role model in life, redeemer in death, and hope for the future.

We praise you for the Holy Spirit, who is ever present with us; who sustains all things; who showers us with spiritual gifts.

Open our hearts; illumine our minds; strengthen our hands in your service.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Prayer Day 2

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

Heavenly Father:

We praise you for creating heaven and earth; for creating all that is, that was, and that is to come; for creating things seen and unseen.

We praise you for sharing yourself in the person of Jesus of Nazareth; our role model in life, redeemer in death, and hope for the future.

We praise you for the Holy Spirit, who is ever present with us; who sustains all things; who showers us with spiritual gifts.

Open our hearts; illumine our minds; strengthen our hands in your service.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer Day 2

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Believer’s Prayer

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Prayer of Praise

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

God of All Wonders,

The heavens declare your glory and we are witnesses to it.

Our eyes have seen and our ears have heard of the splendor of your creation.

We give testimony to the love that you showered on us when Jesus died a cruel death in our place and for our salvation he rose from the dead.

How can our lips then be silent?

We are citizens of heaven and sojourners in this land.

Teach us, Lord, to testify in humility to your love for us; to abstain from the passions of this life that wage war on our souls; and to share your passion for our lives and salvation with gentleness and respect.

If we then should suffer, then may it be for your kingdom and your righteousness and not for our own sin.

In the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to be salt and light.

In Jesus’ precious name and for his glory. Amen.

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Believer’s Prayer

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Prayer of Praise

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By Stephen W. Hiemstra

God of all mercy and grace,

We praise you for creating the heaven and the earth, all that is, that was, and that will ever be; all things seen and unseen.

We look upon your creation, smile, and praise your name.

We praise you for the example of your son, our savior, Jesus Christ—who in life served others, who in death atoned for our sin, and who in rising from the dead granted us the hope of eternal life.

We see your son’s example and feel your love for us.

We praise you for your Holy Spirit, who draws us to you, grants every good gift, and provides all things.

We look upon your Holy Spirit’s power in the world and break out in praise.

May your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, today and every day, with us and through us.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Believer’s Prayer

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Chapter 19 of Revelation: Praise, Fine Linen, and Truth

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Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns (Rev 19:6).

Why do brides wear white?

Three great themes of the Book of Revelation come together in chapter 19: the destruction of Babylon, the marriage feast of the Lamb, and Satan’s army at Armageddon.

Babylon is not directly mentioned here, but the apostle John describes the celebration in heaven over her destruction. In v 2 God’s judgment is praised; He has judged the great prostitute; and the blood of God’s servants has been avenged. The smoke from her goes up forever and ever (Rev 19:3).

The immorality of Babylon (v 2) is contrasted the righteous deeds of the saints (v 7).

Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”– for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints (Rev 19:7-8).

The wedding feast is contrasted with a less-inviting feast. An angel calls out to the birds:

Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great (Rev 19:17-18).

The feast of the birds is prepared by the death of the Satan’s armies slain by the sword of truth from the mouth (v 21) of the one described as the Word of God (v 13; John 1:1).

The beast and the false prophet are captured and thrown alive into the lake of fire (v 20). The psalmist asks: Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? (Ps 2:1). Revelation 19 gives a word-picture of what plotting in vain looks like.

But what is John saying to the church? Two lessons stand out. First, the army of God is led by Christ who is the Word of God (v 21). God’s enemies are defeated with the sword of truth. Second, we are reminded that God is the one who clothes us with righteousness (v 8; Ezek 16:1-13). We are blessed to be invited to this wedding party; blessed to be clothed in white (v 9).

Questions

  1. What is the response in heaven to God’ judgment? (vv 1-3).
  2. The word, hallelujah, is used nowhere else in the NT (vv 1, 3,4). What does it mean? Where else in the bible is it found? (Hint: Psalm 104:35)
  3. Three major themes appear in Revelation 19. What are they?
  4. Verse 10 has an interesting lesson. What it is it?
  5. Verses 11-12 have a number of symbols. What comes to mind?
  6. What is the significance of the name in verse 12?
  7. In verse 8, what color does the bride wear? How do we know? (Hint: v 14)
  8. What is the weapon used to defeat Satan and his armies? (vv 15, 21)
  9. What is for dinner and by whom? (vv 16, 17, 21)

Chapter 19 of Revelation: Praise, Fine Linen, and Truth

Also see:

Chapter 18 of Revelation: Babylon Revisited 

Chapter 1: Alpha and Omega 

Christian Spirituality 

Looking Back 

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Prayer of Praise

October table setting of praiseBy Stephen W. Hiemstra

Lord Almighty,

All praise and honor be to your name,

the name of all names.

Lord of our comings and goings, our beginnings and endings, our good moods and bad ones.

For you have shared yourself with us graciously, the person of Jesus of Nazareth,

who lived as a good example to sinners,

died for our salvation from sin, and

rose from the dead that we might have life and hope eternal.

And in spite of our sinful state,

you gave us the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit,

who provides us with every good gift,

provisions and sustains our world, and

remains with us on good days and bad.

Accept our praise as we give ourselves to you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Prayer of Praise

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Prayer for Shalom 

A Place for Authoritative Prayer 

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Prayer of Adoration

Almighty God,

We will sing to you a new song, spreading out your praise throughout the world.

spreading out your praise throughout the world.

praising your name and telling of your salvation every day.

For you are most glorious and have done marvelous things that none can deny.

Your greatness abounds and we praise you for it,

none can compare and respect for you exceeds all things.

Your beauty and endless majesty form a temple for your worship.

Tell of God’s beauty and majesty, if you can.

Tell of God’s glory, if you can find the words.

Worship him and him alone for his glory and majesty and strength!

Tell the nations what is most obvious: God reigns!

Let heaven be glad, rejoice, let the waters rush and the sea foam; let it rage–

Let the fields praise you; let the forests sing of your glory.

Before the Lord, there is none other

For he will judge the earth in righteous and the people in truth (Ps 96).

Amen.

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Prayer Day 48: A Christian Guide to Spirituality by Stephen W. Hiemstra

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Almighty Father. We praise you for who you are and for being worthy of our praise. Draw us to yourself. Reconcile us with our neighbors. May we lay our crowns before you and rest only with you. In the power of your Holy Spirit, open our hearts; illumine our minds; strengthen our hands in your service. In the Jesus’ name, Amen.

Padre Todopoderoso, te alabamos por lo que eres y por ser digno de nuestra adoración. Atráenos a ti. Reconcílianos con nuestros vecinos. Que podamos poner nuestras coronas delante de ti y descansar sólo contigo. En el poder del Espíritu Santo, abre nuestros corazones; ilumina nuestras mentes; fortalece nuestras manos en Tu servicio. En el nombre de Jesús oramos. Amén.

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