1 Corinthians 3:11-17

February 25, 2010

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11)
      Lord, all other foundations are shifting sand.

Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, (1 Corinthians 3:12)
      Father, please help each of us build with the best we have.

each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. (1 Corinthians 3:13)
      Holy Spirit, burn away the dross in our lives.

If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. (1 Corinthians 3:14)
      Jesus, you are the rock that does not move or shake: help us build enduring work with you as the foundation.

If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:15)
      Jesus, thank you for saving me.

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
      Holy Spirit, please come and dwell in me with your power.

If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (1 Corinthians 3:17)
      Lord Jesus, cleanse your temple, the Church, which is your body. Drive from it all strange doctrines which excuse and promote the defiling of the body. Bring those who teach such things to repentance. Thank you.

Thursday: [59, 60] or 19, 46; Genesis 39:1-23; 1 Corinthians 2:14-3:15; Mark 2:1-12
Friday: 51; Genesis 40:1-23; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Mark 2:13-22

Albany Intercessor

A Prayer of Penitence

February 25, 2010

Especially for pastors and those in ministry

O God,

I know that I often do your work without your power,
and sin by my dead, heartless, blind service,
my lack of inward light, love, delight,
my mind, heart, tongue moving without your help.

I see sin in my heart in seeking the approval of others;
This is my vileness, to make others’ opinion my rule,
when I should instead see what good I have done,
and give you glory,
consider what sin I have committed and mourn for it.

It is my deceit to preach and pray,
and to stir up others’ spiritual affections
in order to receive compliments,
when instead my rule should be daily to consider myself more vile
than anyone else in my own eyes.

But you show your power through my frailty,
so that the more feeble I am, the more fit to be used,
for you establish the presence of your grace in my weakness.

Help me to rejoice in my infirmities and give you praise,
to acknowledge my deficiencies before others and not be discouraged by them, that they may see your glory more clearly.

Teach me that I must act by a power supernatural,
through which I can attempt things above my strength,
and bear evils beyond my strength,
acting for Christ in all, and having his superior power to help me.

– The Valley of Vision (adapted)

From Trevin Wax at Kingdom People

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