Weekly Prayer Focus (10)

Weekly Prayer Focus

MONDAY

Near The Cross 

1 Jesus, keep me near the cross,

There a precious fountain;

Free to all, a healing stream,

Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain. 

Refrain:

In the cross, in the cross

Be my glory ever,

Till my ransomed soul shall find

Rest beyond the river.

2 Near the cross, a trembling soul,

Love and mercy found me;

There the Bright and Morning Star

Shed His beams around me. [Refrain]

3 Near the cross! O lamb of God,

Bring its scenes before me;

Help me walk from day to day

With its shadow o’er me. [Refrain]

4 Near the cross! I’ll watch and wait,

Hoping, trusting ever;

Till I reach the golden strand,

Just beyond the river. [Refrain]

Fanny Crosby 1869

The refrain of this hymn echoes the words of the apostle Paul, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14 ESV) The stanzas are a prayer that the Christian would always remember the redemptive work of Christ on the cross, and live faithfully in that memory.( Hymnary.Org )

Remember and Pray 

TUESDAY 

DOWN AT THE CROSS 

1 Down at the cross where my Savior died,

Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,

There to my heart was the blood applied;

Glory to his name!

Refrain:

Glory to his name, 

Glory to his name;

There to my heart was the blood applied;

Glory to his name!

2 I am so wondrously saved from sin,

Jesus so sweetly abides within;

There at the cross where he took me in;

Glory to his name! [Refrain]

3 Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin,

I am so glad I have entered in;

There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean;

Glory to his name! [Refrain]

4 Come to this fountain so rich and sweet,

Cast thy poor soul at the Savior’s feet;

Plunge in today, and be made complete;

Glory to his name! [Refrain]

E. A. Hoffman 1878

Worship The Lord

WEDNESDAY 

At the Cross 

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sov’reign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For such a worm as I? [Alternate version: For sinners such as I?]

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His soul in anguish stood.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give myself away,
’Tis all that I can do.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Isaac Watts 

Ralph E. Hudson

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭18‬ ‭NASB

Remember and Pray 

THURSDAY 

In the New Testament the Cross becomes a symbol for Christ’s work of redemption and for an attitude of self-sacrifice and devotion to Christ on the part of believers. ( Life Application Study Bible. )

“And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10‬:‭38‬ ‭NASB

 “They *pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.”

Mark‬ ‭15‬:‭21‬ ‭NASB

‭‭ “And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”

Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23‬ ‭NASB

‭‭“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭5‬:‭29‬-‭32‬ ‭NASB

Remember-Obey-Pray 

FRIDAY 

The Wisdom of God

“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And the cleverness of the clever I will set aside.” Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭18‬-‭31‬ ‭NASB
                

‭‭ SATURDAY 

 CRUCIFIXION

The cross could be in the shape of a small or capital “T”, i.e. with the cross beam attached at the top of a vertical post or down a foot or so, to allow room for a sign. The victim’s wrists were nailed to the cross beam, which was then attached to the vertical post . His feet were bent together so they could be fixed to the post by a single nail through both of them. The victim rested some of his weight on a small wooden projection attached to the post, which provided him minimal assistance in breathing but also served to prolong his suffering. Breaking his legs would end the process, because he could no longer push himself up to breathe. (Life Application Study Bible).

“As Jesus was about to go up to Jerusalem, He took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and on the way He said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will hand Him over to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up.”

Matthew‬ ‭20‬:‭17‬-‭19‬ ‭NASB

‭‭Praise God for our Salvation 

SUNDAY 

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

Galatians‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬ ‭NASB

‭‭All Fear is gone !

You can face today and tomorrow. 

Because He Lives!

Praise Him and Pray to Him