Weekly Prayer Focus (2)

By Rebecca Clopp

MONDAY

Anna B. Warner (b. Long Island, NY, 1827; d. Constitution Island, near West Point, NY, 1915) wrote this beloved children’s hymn text in 1859. It was published in Say and Seal (1860), a novel Warner wrote in collaboration with her sister Susan, author of another popular children’s hymn, “Jesus Bids Us Shine.” In this now-forgotten novel a dying boy, Johnny Fax, is comforted by his church school teacher, who sings to him the four original stanzas of this hymn. Warner and her sister Susan wrote popular novels under the pen names Amy Lothrop and Elizabeth Wetherell. They also taught Bible classes for the cadets at West Point for forty years. The cadets were ferried to the Warner home on Constitution Island. Anna and her sister Susan were both buried with full military honors at West Point in honor of this service. They are the only civilians buried in the military cemetery at West Point. Anna wrote devotional poetry and compiled two collections: Hymns of the Church Militant (1858) and Wayfaring Hymns, Original and Translated (1869).

Both Anna and Susan Warner’s writings are marked by what some judge to be “undistinguished religious sentimentality.” But those who are critical of the text’s simplicity may do well to remember what the great theologian Karl Barth once said when asked about his most profound theological discovery:

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

JESUS LOVES ME

1 Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong; they are weak, but he is strong. {Refrain}

Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so. 

2 Jesus loves me he who died heaven’s gate to open wide. He will wash away my sin, let his little child come in. {Refrain}

3 Jesus loves me, this I know, as he loved so long ago, taking children on his knee, saying, “Let them come to me.” {Refrain}  

Anna B. Warner 1860

“so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” ‭‭

Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭17‬-‭19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

                 Give Thanks…JESUS LOVES US 

TUESDAY

 IMITATING CHRIST’S HUMILITY 

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬-‭11‬ ‭NIV

Spend time with the our Father God just like Jesus Does!

‭‭‬‬ WEDNESDAY

BE A POSITIVE FORCE 

Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭12‬-‭18‬ ‭NIV 

‭‭Praise God, Pray to God , Please God 

THURSDAY

FORGET WHAT’S BEHIND 

ITS A NEW BEGINNING 

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

FRIDAY

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭15‬-‭21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Time in His Word , Time in Prayer 

Be transformed today ! 

SATURDAY 

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. 

And the God of peace will be with you.”

Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭4‬-‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Put into to your practice—time 

Time with the Lord!

SUNDAY

 WAIT 

“Yet those who WAIT for the Lord Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭NASB2020‬‬

  WALK

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Micah‬ ‭6:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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  SOW

“ Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.”

James‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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 PEACE

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 

BLESSING 

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 

REJOICE 

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

SALT 

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 

 LIGHT 

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬, ‭11‬-‭13‬, ‭15‬-‭16‬ ‭NIV‬‬