Weekly Prayer Focus (27)

By Rebecca Clopp

‭‭MONDAY

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

‭‭“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭14‬-‭15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10‬:‭16‬-‭17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Do you believe the truth of the message about Jesus Christ?

If you do—live it! 

Ask God to help your helpless state and then get ready to Obey. 

Share His love by telling others what The Lord has done for you. 

PRAY 

TUESDAY‭‭

Complete version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” showing spelling and punctuation from Francis Scott Key’s manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection.

The Star-Spangled Banner

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,

What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,

O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,

‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,

That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion

A home and a Country should leave us no more?

Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand

Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!

Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Francis Scott Key

1814

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,”

Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Pray for those whose citizenship is not yet with The Lord. 

Pray for Thy kingdom come 

Thy will be done !

‭‭‭‭WEDNESDAY           

My Country,’Tis of Thee

1. My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!

2. My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills.
My heart with rapture thrills
Like that above.

3. Let music swell the breeze
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

4. Our fathers’ God, to thee,
Author of liberty,
To thee we sing;
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light.
Protect us by thy might,
Great God, our King!

Samuel F. Smith 

Thesaurus Musicus

1831

THURSDAY

Trust and Obey 

1 When we walk with the Lord 

in the light of his word, 

what a glory he sheds on our way! 

While we do his good will, 

he abides with us still, 

and with all who will trust and obey. 

Refrain:

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way 

to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey. 

2 Not a burden we bear, 

not a sorrow we share, 

but our toil he doth richly repay; 

not a grief or a loss, 

not a frown or a cross, 

but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

3 But we never can prove 

the delights of his love 

until all on the altar we lay; 

for the favor he shows, 

for the joy he bestows, 

are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

4 Then in fellowship sweet 

we will sit at his feet, 

or we’ll walk by his side in the way; 

what he says we will do, 

where he sends we will go; 

never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

John H. Sammis 

Daniel B. Towner

1887 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

‭‭Pray for the path of this country. Pray for the leaders of this country. Pray for the leaders of other countries. Pray for their souls!

FRIDAY

Jesus, Lover of My Soul

1 Jesus, lover of my soul, 

let me to thy bosom fly, 

while the nearer waters roll, 

while the tempest still is high; 

hide me, O my Savior, hide, 

till the storm of life is past; 

safe into the haven guide, 

O receive my soul at last! 

2 Other refuge have I none; 

hangs my helpless soul on thee; 

leave, ah! leave me not alone, 

still support and comfort me. 

All my trust on thee is stayed, 

all my help from thee I bring; 

cover my defenseless head 

with the shadow of thy wing. 

3 Plenteous grace with thee is found, 

grace to cover all my sin; 

let the healing streams abound; 

make and keep me pure within. 

Thou of life the fountain art; 

freely let me take of thee; 

spring thou up within my heart, 

rise to all eternity. 

Charles Wesley

Simeon B. Marsh

1740

SATURDAY

Take My Life and Let It Be

Take my life and let it be

consecrated, Lord, to thee.

Take my moments and my days;

let them flow in endless praise,

let them flow in endless praise.

2 Take my hands and let them move

at the impulse of thy love.

Take my feet and let them be

swift and beautiful for thee,

swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my voice and let me sing

always, only, for my King.

Take my lips and let them be

filled with messages from thee,

filled with messages from thee.

4 Take my silver and my gold;

not a mite would I withhold.

Take my intellect and use

every power as thou shalt choose,

every power as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will and make it thine;

it shall be no longer mine.

Take my heart it is thine own;

it shall be thy royal throne,

it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour

at thy feet its treasure store.

Take myself, and I will be

ever, only, all for thee,

ever, only, all for thee. 

Frances R. Havergal

Henri A. Caesar Malan

1874

“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ”

Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

SUNDAY

When the Roll Is 

Called Up Yonder 

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more

And the morning breaks eternal bright and fair

When the saved diverse shall gather over on the other shore

And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there

When the roll is called up yonder

When the roll is called up yonder

When the roll is called up yonder

When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there

Let us lay before the Master from dawn ’til setting sun

Let us talk of all his wondrous love and care

Then when all of life is over and our work on Earth is done

And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there

When the roll is called up yonder

When the roll is called up yonder

When the roll is called up yonder

When the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there

James M. Black

1893

“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;”

‭‭John‬ ‭11‬:‭25‬ ‭NIV‬‬