Though Jill is currently doing a study on "Praying the Names of God" over at Forever n Ever n Ever, Crosswalk.com is currently sharing devotionals from Ann Spangler's "Praying the Names of Jesus" (Ann's words will be in blue).
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The study "Praying the Names of Jesus" is in its 11th week, and the Name of Jesus for this week is:
The Key Scripture, of course, is from John 1:14. On Monday, Ann shares "Understanding the Name" and how "His Name is Revealed" as the WORD (logos) ending with these words we can pray:
Jesus, You are the One and Only Word made flesh, speaking Your love and Your light into the world's thick darkness. Reshape my life through Your message of mercy. Give me ears to hear and a heart to do Your will. Make me eager and able to proclaim Your Word in season and out, confident in Your life-giving power and in Your enduring love.
On Tues., Weds., & Thurs., in both studies, we put into practice "praying the Name". This is the format that Ann uses to guide us in PRAYER as we:
Reflect On: John 5:24 - 26.
Praise God: For opening your ears to his Word.
Offer Thanks: For all the ways God has spoken through Jesus.
Confess: Any heedlessness of God's Word.
Ask God: To help you hide His Word in your heart.
Ann challenges us to memorize His WORD in John 5:24-26
This assurance is given to us by Jesus, the last, most perfect Word of God, who tells us that if you hear His Word and believe in the Father who sent Him, there is nothing you cannot survive — no tragedy, financial crisis, emotional problem, illness, betrayal, disappointment, or accident. Nothing can ever tear you away from Christ. Even death, the most final of all calamities, cannot destroy your hope, because Jesus, the all-powerful Word of God, assures you that he will call you out of your grave. His is the voice that spoke the world into being, that healed the sick and delivered those in torment. And His is the voice that you will certainly hear on the very last day calling your name.
We generally end our official prayers...in Jesus Name... so it only seems right to share this study as well with you to help us all "Praying in the Names of Jesus"
PRAISE YOU Lord, for opening my ears to Your WORD! You are the One and Only Word made flesh. In the beginning was the Word and You are the WORD! Praise You Jesus! Thank You Holy Spirit for making the Word of Jesus alive to me.
I confess any time that I was thoughtless of Your Word; inconsiderate of the value and truth it holds for my life. Forgive me Lord, for not always obeying Your Word. Forgive me for not living Your Word daily and sharing with others.
Thank You God for all the ways that You have spoken to us through Jesus. Thank You for speaking Your love and Your Light into the darkness of this world. Thank You Jesus that nothing can ever tear us away from You. Not even death can destroy our hope in You.
Help me to guard Your Word in my heart so I have Your Word ready to share when I need the sword of Truth; Your Word, You.
Continue to reshape my life through Your message of mercy. Give me ears to hear and a heart to do Your will.
I ask this in the precious Name of Jesus...
We all know Amy Grant's song "Thy WORD is a lamp unto my feet" so I thought I'd share another one new & a bit more upbeat. (but the link is to Amy & Michael W. Smith)
May HIS WORD be a lamp unto your feet and light your path! Pray in Jesus' Name.