Weekly Prayer Focus (28)

By Rebecca Clopp

‭‭MONDAY

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬-‭4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

By the time John wrote this letter, Christianity had been around for more than a generation. It had faced and survived sever persecution. The main problem confronting the church at this time was declining commitment; Many believers were conforming to the world’s standards, failing to stand up for Christ, and compromising their faith. False teachers were plentiful. ( Life Application Study Bible)

Spending time in God’s Word is an act of obedience that will bring positive personal change. 

TUESDAY‭‭

Light and Darkness 

Sin and Forgiveness 

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

1 John‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬-‭10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

‭‭‭‭What does light and darkness have in common?

N O T H I N G ! 

Light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil. The statement “God is Light” means that God is perfectly holy and true and that He alone can guide us out of the darkness of sin. When we spend time in His Word— when we ask for His help and forgiveness— when we confess our sins and repent—when we put our trust in Him. We have fellowship with The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. (Life Application Study Bible.) 

He walks with us and talks with us all along the lighted way. 

Praise Him !

Pray to Him!

WEDNESDAY           

Light of The World

Light of the world

You stepped down into darkness

Opened my eyes, let me see

Beauty that made this heart adore You

Hope of a life spent with You

Here I am to worship

Here I am to bow down

Here I am to say that You’re my God

You’re altogether lovely

Altogether worthy

Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days

Oh, so highly exalted

Glorious in heaven above

Humbly You came to the earth You created

All for love’s sake became poor

Here I am to worship

Here I am to bow down

Here I am to say that You’re my God

You’re altogether lovely

Altogether worthy

Altogether wonderful to me

Well, I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

Well, I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

Well, I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

Well, I’ll never know how much it cost

To see my sin upon that cross

Tim Hughes

Close your eyes —open your heart and ——

Pray 

THURSDAY

The Light Of The 

World is Jesus 

1. The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,

The Light of the world is Jesus!

Like sunshine at noonday, His glory shone in;

The Light of the world is Jesus!

Refrain:

Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;

Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;

Once I was blind, but now I can see:

The Light of the world is Jesus!

2. No darkness have we who in Jesus abide;

The Light of the world is Jesus!

We walk in the light when we follow our Guide!

The Light of the world is Jesus!

3. Ye dwellers in darkness with sin-blinded eyes,

The Light of the world is Jesus!

Go, wash at His bidding, and light will arise;

The Light of the world is Jesus!

4. No need of the sunlight in Heaven we’re told;

The Light of the world is Jesus!

The Lamb is the Light in the city of gold,

The Light of the world is Jesus!

P. P. Bliss

1875

Pray 

FRIDAY

JESUS CHRIST IS OUR ADVOCATE 

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them. I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.”

1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬-‭14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

‭‭Pray 

SATURDAY

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭15‬-‭17‬ ‭NIV‬‬

‭‭”But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us—eternal life.”

1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭20‬-‭25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

‭‭SUNDAY

God Sent His Son

God Sent His Son, They Called Him Jesus
He Came To Love, Heal And Forgive
He Lived And Died To Buy My Pardon
An Empty Grave Is There To Prove My Savior Lives

Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow
Because He Lives, All Fear Is Gone
Because I Know He Holds The Future
And Life Is Worth The Living, Just Because He Lives

How Sweet To Hold A Newborn Baby
And Feel The Pride And Joy He Gives
But Greater Still The Calm Assurance
This Child Can Face Uncertain Day, Because He Lives

Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow
Because He Lives, All Fear Is Gone
Because I Know He Holds The Future
And Life Is Worth The Living, Just Because He Lives

And Then One Day, I’ll Cross The River
I’ll Fight Life’s Final War With Pain
And Then, As Death Gives Way To Victory
I’ll See The Lights Of Glory And I’ll Know He Reigns

Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow
Because He Lives, All Fear Is Gone
Because I Know He Holds The Future
And Life Is Worth The Living, Just Because He Lives

I Can Face Tomorrow
Because He Lives, All Fear Is Gone
Because I Know He Holds The Future
And Life Is Worth The Living, Just Because He Lives

Gloria Gather 

William Gather 

1971

Pray