VERSE OF THE DAY
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
Reference – THE EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS : Chapter 5 Verses 16, 15 ( NIV )
Abba Father, we thank you for giving us one more day in our lives to praise you and worship you. On this Palm Sunday , we hail you as our King , Lord and Saviour. Father, help us understand the great things you have done for us, the wondrous things you have in store for us. We rejoice in you and in the peace that you have given in our hearts, the peace that passeth all understanding. Lord, help us love you with all our heart ,mind and soul and strength. Help us understand that we are the Temple of the Holy God and we are His children and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. May we never grieve the Holy Spirit that the Father has gifted us because He loves us. The power of the Almighty God manifests in us because of His Holy Spirit . Abba, we are humbled by the knowledge that you have never left us alone ; you have given us Life, Your only begotten Son and the Holy Spirit. What more can we humans ask for ? How are we worthy of such wonderful gifts ? Your eternal love for us have been shown through all that you have done for us, through all that you are still doing for us ; through your provision and patience ; through your grace, mercy and compassion. Help us be more grateful to all your goodness ; to your everlasting kindness , though we have done nothing to deserve the same. We have indulged in desires of the flesh and forgotten the sole purpose of our lives i.e to follow Your Holy Will . We have been so caught up in the lies of this world that we were busy chasing for the things that would never fulfill our deepest needs and desires . We often chose to forget that all good things come from You , that you are our good Father , and everything will be given to us when we seek your kingdom and righteousness. Father, forgive us our sinful desires and greed ; forgive us our self centredness and lack of empathy ; forgive us our apathy and self righteousness. Forgive us all the acts of flesh that we indulged in , for all the sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. Lord, its clear that the enemy wants to steal our freedom that you got for us by hanging on the Cross of Calvary . Abba , may we choose to seek Your face, may the enemy’s veil get lifted . Lord, forgive us our sins . Abba , help us all your children receive the joy that you give to those who follow your words ; bless our hearts with the peace that you provide ; may the hope in you be like a lamp in our hearts . Lord ,strengthen us in this journey to our eternal home. Help us be sensitive to the conflicts between the flesh and spirit . Help us seek your face at such times and never fall for the temptations of the evil one. Help us to listen to the voice of the Shepherd who tells us which way to go, and be successful in every endeavour by the grace and blessings of the Lord. Father, teach us what true satisfaction is ,the enriching experiences that it brings forth . May we not be left feeling empty after all the foolish chases and choices we make. Lord, forgive us our iniquities . Give us wisdom and discernment. Help us to make wise choices by walking under the guidance of thy Holy Spirit. Lord, have mercy. Bless us dear Father. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
TODAY’S BIBLE READING
- The Old Testament – GENESIS : Chapter 6 . 9 – 22
- The New Testament – MATTHEW : Chapter 5 . 33 – 42
- The Book of Psalms – Chapter 11