Then He began to speak to them in parables: "A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Mark 12:1 (NKJV)
Father, the hedges are broken down and anyone can enter the vineyard for any purpose.
Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers. Mark 12:2 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help yield up the fruit that rightfully belongs to the Father.
And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. And again he sent another, and him they killed; and many others, beating some and killing some. Mark 12:3-5 (NKJV)
Jesus, bring your peopoe back to you where they will hear your message.
Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying, 'They will respect my son.' But those vinedressers said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.' So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard. Mark 12:6-8 (NKJV)
Lord, so many church leaders have lost all respect for you and your words.
Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others. Have you not even read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD'S doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?" And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away. Mark 12:9-12 (NKJV)
Father, there is a terrible judgment coming on your church.
Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. Psalm 147:1 (NKJV)
Help us praise you, LORD, while we are able.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)
Jesus, heal the broken hearted in the nursing homes.
The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground. Psalm 147:6 (NKJV)
LORD, do this in our day.
He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man. The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy. Psalm 147:10-11 (NKJV)
Help us fear you so that you may take delight in us. Thank you.
A Word Received: Pray that I will take delight in my people.