Wednesday, August 09, 2017
2017 08 09
When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. Mark 8:34 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, show me what I must give up in order to follow Jesus (and help me do that).
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel's will save it. Mark 8:35 (NKJV)
Father, help me lose my life for the sake of the gospel. ["He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot, Martyr]
For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36 (NKJV)
Jesus, your accounting system is different from the world's; I chose your way of seeing and doing things.
And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." Acts 19:1-2 (NKJV)
Lord, this is true for so many today. Help the preachers preach the full gospel.
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:6 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, pour out your gifts on us today.
And this continued for two years, so that all who dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. Acts 19:10 (NKJV)
Help us all hear your word, Lord.
Now David said, "Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?" 2 Samuel 9:1 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, show us who you want us to show kindness to.
So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king's table. And he was lame in both his feet. 2 Samuel 9:13 (NKJV)
Jesus, show us who you want us to invite to our table.
Behold, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who by night stand in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. Psalm 134:1-2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me lift up my hands in praise of you.
A Word Received: Pray for my Spirit to come upon you with power.