Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; (Hebrews 3:12)
Father, we cry out to you for all those in the Episcopal Church who have departed from you in unbelief: rescue them.
but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13)
Holy Spirit, show me any that you are calling me to encourage and exhort today, and give me the courage to speak your word to them.
For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, (Hebrews 3:14)
Jesus, please help me be steadfast in you.
while it is said: “Today, if you will hear his voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (Hebrews 3:15)
Soften my heart, Holy Spirit; soften my heart. Set me free from the curse of rebellion and hardness of heart.
For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? (Hebrews 3:16)
LORD, we in the Episcopal Church are a rebellious people; have mercy on us.
Now with whom was he angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? (Hebrews 3:17)
Lord Jesus, many in the Episcopal Church have fallen in rebellion; have mercy on us and turn your just anger from us.
And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who did not obey? (Hebrews 3:18 )
Holy Spirit, please bring us to obedience to your word in Scripture so that we can enter your rest.
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (Hebrews 3:19)
Jesus, restore the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church to a true and lively faith in you so that we may enter into your provision for us. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for my people to enter into my rest. I long for my people to know my peace. I want to write my peace on their hearts. Come to me. Return to me. I AM waiting.
Wednesday: 119:49-72; Deuteronomy 9:13-21; Hebrews 3:12-19; John 2:23-3:15
Thursday: 50; Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5; Hebrews 4:1-10; John 3:16-21
Words received for a Sunday School lesson in March.
A word received: I want you to teach about my love. My Holy Spirit is a sign of my love for you.
“Now it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, that one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.'” (Luke 11:1) A word received: I want to teach all of my children to pray.
“So he said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven,'” (Luke 11:2a) A word received: I want each of you to know you have a father in heaven who loves you.
“‘Hallowed be your name.'” (Luke 11:2b) A word received: I want you to keep my father’s name holy. I want you to find the freedom that comes in being set apart for my purposes.
“‘Your kingdom come.'” (Luke 11:2c) A word received: I have taught you many times on the kingdom of heaven. I want every child to know their citizenship in my kingdom.
“‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'” (Luke 11:2d) A word received: Seek and desire my will in all things.
“‘Give us day by day our daily bread.'” (Luke 11:3) A word received: There is nothing you can call by right your own; every thing you need and have comes from my father’s hand.
“‘And forgive us our sins,'” (Luke 11:4a) A word received: You need to daily come to me for the cleansing fire of my Holy Spirit.
“‘For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.'” (Luke 11:4b) A word received: This is a choice I am calling you to make. My father has made a way by my cross and resurrection for you to be forgiven; I want you to forgive others as well.
“‘And do not lead us into temptation,'” (Luke 11:4c) A word received: Pray that you will not be brought to hard testing.
“‘But deliver us from the evil one.'” (Luke 11:4d) A word received: The devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour; pray that you will be delivered from his power.
“‘If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!'” (Luke 11:13) A word received: Just as the rainbow is a visible sign in the sky of my father’s love and care for you; the Holy Spirit is an invisible and interior witness of his love for you. You can only see a rainbow every so often; you can have the Holy Spirit in you all of the time giving you words of comfort and love.