Be A Responsible Christian by Pastor Dennis Greenidge on Sunday 18th October 2015 at Worldwide Mission Fellowship
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Arrogant/Smug – Jer. 48:29; Isa. 2:11, 17; 5:15
Self-righteous- Luke 18:11-12
Rebellious- l Sam. 15:23; Prov. 29:1
Prideful- Prov. 6:16-19; 28:25; Isa. 16:6
Contentious- Prov. 13:10
Strife- Prov. 28:25
Self-deception- Jer. 49:16; Obadiah 1:3
Scornful- Prov. 1:22; 3:34; 21:24; 24:9; 29:8
Obstinate- Prov. 29:1; Dan. 5:20
Rejection of God – Ps. 10:4; Jer 43:2
Idleness- Ezek. 16:49-50
Bind: Spirit of Haughtiness (Pride)
Loose: Humble & Contrite Spirit Prov. 16:19; Rom. 1:4)
Bondage to Sin – 2 Tim. 2:26
Fears – Rom. 8:15
Addictions (Drugs, Alcohol, Nicotine, Food, Etc.) – 2 Pet. 2:19; Rom. 8:15
Compulsive Sin – Prov. 5:22; John 8:34
Fear of Death – Heb. 2:14-15
Captivity to Satan – 2 Pet. 2:19
Servant of Corruption – Luke 8:26-29; Jn. 8:34; Acts 8:23; Rom. 6:16; Rom. 7:23
Bind: Spirit of Bondage
Loose: Liberty, Spirit of Adoption. (Rom. 8:15)
Sorrow/Grief – Neh. 2:2; Prov. 15: 13
Broken Heart – Ps. 69:20; Prov. 12:18; 15:3, 13; 18:14; Luke 4; 18
Inner Hurts/Torn Spirit – Luke 4: 18; Prov. 18:14; 26:22
Heaviness – Isa. 61:3
Excessive Mourning – lsa.61:3; Luke4:18
Bitterness/Unforgiveness – Heb. 12:15
Depression – Isa. 61:3
Self-Pity/Rejection – Ps. 69:20
Self-Condemnation/Guilt – Matt. 27:4-5
Suicidal Thoughts/Death – Mark 9
Despair/Hopelessness – 2 Cor. 1:8-9
This prayer can be prayed every day, or once a week. You can pray the whole prayer in 15-20 minutes, or over five days (in 3 minutes). You can use it as a guide to pray for the UK, or pray it as it is. Remember, God is not religious. But He expects us to have a spiritual discipline (I Timothy 4:8). We shouldn’t pray for the UK, only when we “feel led” – because He has already led us by His Word (inspired by the Spirit) to pray (1 Timothy 2:1), and to pray daily (Matthew 6:11). If God brought the sun out, every now and then, when He felt like it; our world would be in chaos. Similarly, the erratic prayer-lives of Christians can throw a whole nation into confusion.
Lord we bring this nation before You. We thank you for your abundant blessings upon this land. You have filled it with beauty – green pastures, forests, hills, mountains, valleys and streams. There is no end to the splendour of Your Majesty reflected on its shores. You have given it four seasons, and plentiful rain. You have made this land fruitful, and made this nation one that is honoured amongst the nations of the world. You and only You have done this. We look up to You with hearts filled with gratitude. Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.
We thank you for the fathers of this land, the many great men and women who laid down their lives to serve You, the Living God. Who left behind the comfort and security of their own homes, to fulfil Your commission to us the Church, to make disciples of the Nations. We remind You of their sacrifice, their many tears, their zeal and their love for You. Today the Nations know You, because of their work. Will You not look down from Heaven, and remember this land?
We confess that we the church have sinned against You in so many ways that words cannot describe. We have strayed away from Your arms of Love, and chased after false gods. We have been ashamed of Your name. We have become lukewarm. We have become complacent, and our complacency has nearly destroyed our nation. We have fallen asleep, when we were meant to pray, and given Satan the opportunity to sow weeds in our midst. We have chased after our own pleasures, and not sought Your Kingdom first. We have not given You the pre-eminence in our midst that You deserve. We have allowed the yeast of wrong teaching to spread in our midst, and tolerated the teachings of Balaam, that cause Your people to commit sexual immorality. We have not honoured You in our marriages.
We have tolerated people who have used Your name and the gifts of Your Spirit for profit, unlike Jesus who drove out the money-changers from the Temple. We have given ourselves to a little slumber, a little rest, and spiritual poverty has come upon us like a thief. To this day we have hardened our hearts, and refused to repent, fast and pray. We have held on to a form of religion, and denied You Power in our midst.
We have not grieved before You, as babies have been slaughtered, in their mothers’ wombs. Forgive us for the innocent blood that has been shed in our country. We confess that we have not cared for the many fatherless children in our nation, children who have turned in violent anger toward each other, children who have sought love by giving up their purity at a young age. Our children have turned to drugs and alcohol, for we have failed to raise them up in Your ways, or to teach them to fear You. Having preached to many, we seemed to have lost our way.
Today we come before You. We remind You of the Blood of Jesus that cries out on our Behalf, louder than the blood of Abel. We ask You to forgive the sins of our land, as You have promised to do, if we confess them; and to cleanse this nation of all unrighteousness. Today O God our eyes on You. Let us not be put to shame, and let not our enemy triumph over us.
Let Your mercy and Your grace flow to the UK, like an ocean broad and deep. Pour out Your Spirit on all flesh. Revive our souls, that we may praise You. Build Your church O Lord, and let the gates of Hades never prevail against it. Wake up your people from their slumber. Let the dry bones come alive, and become a vast army for You. We prophecy to these bones and say, “Blow wind blow….Roar like a lion, and let Your children come running to You” from this Western nation.
We pray for our all those in authority over our land, in the Church, the Parliament, the Supreme Court, the Royal Family, and the European Parliament. We pray that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. Destroy the sceptre of the wicked over our nation, for Your word says the wicked shall not reign over the righteous. Your word says also that when the righteous reign, the people rejoice. So today bring forth the reign of the righteous in our land. Touch the hearts of Your bond slaves to stand for elections in every constituency. Grant them wisdom, grace and favour. Bring Your people, the Josephs, the Daniels, the Nehemiahs, the Mordecais into positions of influence over our land. Remove from such position anyone who seeks to destroy Your Church, as Haman sought to destroy Israel.
We pray for those who rule over us. We pray that You will raise men and women of integrity who truly care for our welfare and not ones that exploit us, or abuse their power, for personal gain. We ask You, for leaders that we can look up to. Remove anyone within the Houses of Parliament who is a hindrance to Your gospel. Bring into places of Power those, who like Joseph, have the wisdom to administer the resources of this nation well.
We confuse any plans to promote euthanasia, or any other evil laws in our nation, in Jesus’ name. We nullify the laws supporting abortion, using the authority given us in Jesus name. You have said that with You all things are possible. Show us how to partner with You, to eradicate these murderous laws. If there are mothers who seek to abort their babies, cause them to have a change of heart. Grant them the grace to seek Your will, and make all grace abound to them in raising their children.
Blow Holy Spirit through our schools, our hospitals, our prisons, police stations, financial institutions, our music, and TV and film industry. Blow out the dust that has settled. Destroy the works of Satan in Jesus’ name.
We pray for Your church in our land. We sprinkle the Blood of Jesus on all Your people, and ask You to place Your armour over them – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Help us to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. Make us holy, for You are Holy. Sanctify us, set us apart for Your glory. Pour out a spirit of intercession. Build us up into a House of Prayer for all the Nations. Add to our numbers daily, those who would intercede fervently for our land. Let us lift You up through our Praises, and gladden Your heart with our love songs to You. Build up the Holy walls around our cities and our villages, repair the breaches, and restore Your church to its former glory.
Make us one in Your body. Let zeal for Your House consume us. Let us carry our cross and follow You. Let us never love anyone, or anything more than You. Let us seek You with all our hearts, and desire Your presence as the deer pants for living waters. Let us acknowledge You in everything. When we are faced with trials and temptations, let us turn to You for strength and wisdom, and not lean upon our own understanding. Let the flame of Your gospel burn brighter in our land.
We pray for our church leaders, that they would lead holy lives, and set a godly example for Your sheep. Make the church leadership effective in discipling Your people, into mature, bold, and zealous Christians, who are full of grace and wisdom. Deliver our leaders from presumptuous sins, and from leading Your people on the basis of their own understanding. Give us leaders like Moses and Joshua, who enquire after Your will in everything; who seek to build Your Kingdom, rather than their own. Give us Pastors and Preachers who know how to handle the Word of Truth, correctly. Expose and remove the false prophets, apostles and teachers from within our midst us, in Jesus’ name.
We bind the spirits of pharoahic oppression, the spirits of prayerlessness and of Amalek that operate against Your church in Jesus’ name. We cast out the mocker from within Your church, so that strife will end, in Jesus name. Grant us a spirit of wisdom and of revelation. Lead us to worship You in Spirit and in Truth.
Restore the unity within our homes, let marriage between a man and a woman be held in honour, and the marriage bed be kept pure. We pray against divorce, and strife in families, in Jesus’ name. Heal our children, their wounded and ravaged souls. Raise them up as a Joshua generation that will go in boldly to take the Land.
We pray for our children, their schools, for Heads of schools, and of Education, grant us honourable men and women to be the latter. Show us how to raise our children up in Your ways, so that they do not depart from them. Help us to set godly examples before them. Ordain praise from the mouths of our children; bring back daily prayer to our schools, in Jesus’ name. Let there be daily bible study in schools, for every child.
Teach us to make education a source of fun, and adventure. Let our education system be suited to meet the needs of every child, to identify and promote individual strengths. Let our children show proper respect to their parents and to those in authority. We bind the spirits of disobedience and rebellion operating over our land, in Jesus’ name. Deliver our children from every evil influence in the media. Expose and destroy all the evil influences over our children’s lives, in Jesus’ name.
We pray for the work of those who minister the gospel to our children. Let them preach it boldly, and live holy lives, that many children will be saved, daily, through their efforts. Lord of the Harvest, send forth the workers into our nurseries, schools and colleges, for the Harvest is ripe and the workers are few. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Remove the names of the false gods from our midst; let them not be heard in our land. We bind the spirits of the anti-Christ, the spirits of atheism, idolatry, New Age, deception and false religion; in Jesus’ name. We destroy the pagan altars in our land, in Jesus’ name. We bind the spirits that seek to destroy our children, in Jesus’ name. We claim every bit of the land in our nation, and declare it holy and consecrated to You.
We pray for our courts of justice – let Justice Flow live a river. Cancel out the unfair taxes we have levied on poor nations that have sought to trade their goods in our country. We pray over every ruling in the courtrooms of our nation, that it would be right in Your eyes. Let Your will be done in our Land, as in Heaven, so on earth. We ask You for judges who deal with integrity. Remove from this position of power, anybody who opposes Your gospel, or acts unjustly or corruptly; and who will not repent.
We pray for our entertainment industry – those working in the arts, music, TV, theatre and film. We thank You for the talented men and women You have given us. Let them turn their hearts to You in repentance, and make Your salvation known to them. Jesus, we crown You as King over our entertainment industry, and reject Satan’s dominion over this realm. We declare the Lordship of Jesus over the newspaper industry. Deliver it from the evil one. Let Your will be done through it, as in Heaven, so on earth. Let Your name be glorified through these media, and let it become an instrument to disciple the nations. We severe Satan’s hold over our nation, through the media in Jesus’ name.
We declare that we Your church will rise up and stand upright; and our enemies will bow down and fall, in Jesus’ mighty name. We pray for our athletes, let them compete for Your glory. Strengthen them to behave as worthy role models for our children, and preserve the honour of our nation.
We pray against paedophilia, child abuse, domestic violence, murder and financial crimes in Jesus’ name. Outlaw blasphemy once more, and preserve the glory of Your name. We pray against the growth of pornography, the sex trade, human and drug trafficking. Expose and dis-empower the leaders of these networks in Jesus’ name. Protect our nation from terrorists, and violent gangs.
We pray for those who commit grievous crimes in our land that they would repent, and turn away from their criminal activities. Bring repentance and salvation to these violent men and women, as You redeemed Saul of Tarsus, a violent man, who became Your bond slave. Expose and thwart every plan of Satan’s to bring confusion, and chaos to our nation, in Jesus’ name.
We pray for the police and the army. Restore law and order in Jesus’ name. We pray for men and women of courage and integrity who seek to protect our land and its borders. Remove every tendency toward racism, and discrimination within these services, and from our country. Protect these men and women, who work to protect us, by the Power of Your Blood. Let them turn their eyes to You, for help.
We pray for our hospitals, destroy the excessive bureaucracy that devours our health budget. Give us healthcare leaders who will administer public funds wisely, to benefit patients. Let healthcare workers enjoy, and find fulfilment in their work. We pray against plagues – the swine flu, and any other plague that Satan may petition You to send against our land. We counter-petition Satan, in the name of Jesus.
We pray for our scientists and our researchers. We pray for divine breakthrough in science, technology and medicine in Jesus’ name. Let these scientists seek Truth, and not promote falsehood, or their personal prejudices cloaked in science. Expose powerfully the pseudo-science that forms the basis of the theory of Evolution,”alternate” sexuality, abortion and euthanasia. Jesus, give us the wisdom to refute these arguments powerfully, as You once silenced those who sought to oppose Your Truth. Enable us to do this with great understanding, patience and respect for our opponents, so that Your name is glorified.
We pray for our financial institutions, the small businesses, the high street banks, and our stock market. Bless and prosper our economy, for in its prosperity lies ours. We pray for wisdom for our leaders in levying taxes, as You gave Joseph wisdom, give them wisdom. Let our system of taxation be fair and appropriate before Your Holy eyes. Let it not be a burden on anybody, let it not hinder enterprise, or hold people back from seeking employment. Let it not discourage anyone from working hard. Sieve through our benefits system, and expose those who commit benefit fraud. Give the British a hard-working working ethic. Give righteous men and women the power to make money, to feed their families, and to care for those less fortunate than them.
Give us hearts of compassion for the poor, and let us never turn a deaf ear to their cries. Let the wealth of the wicked come into the hands of the righteous. Cancel out the financial supply of those who use their money to bring unrighteous laws, or unholy lobby groups. Deliver our nation from the love of money that is a snare. Bless us for the generosity we have shown to refugees and poorer countries.
Teach us how to treat the alien in our land, in accordance with Your will. Where we have failed to deal with them in fairness, and mercy, forgive us. Protect our land from those who seek to exploit our kindness. In Jesus’ name, we bind the spirits of the anti-christ, the spirits of false religion, the demon of lust, the spirits of waywardness and prostitution. We release a spirit of repentance and salvation over this nation, in Jesus’ name.
We pray for the orphan, the widow, the disabled, and the poor in our midst. Remove our apathy. Fill us with a heart of compassion. Give us wisdom and the knowledge to care for them. Protect them from those who would seek to exploit them, in Jesus’ name. Teach us to honour senior citizens. Protect them from being exploited, or abused, in Jesus’ name we pray.
We pray for our roads, our waterways and our airways. We ask You to protect those who travel within, to and from our land, through the Power of Your name. Cause people to drive safely, and with consideration. We pray that we would all respect the traffic laws. We pray for our environment that we would be good stewards of this beautiful land, and preserve it for our children.
We remind You of Your promise, that You will hear us when we call. We remind You to deal with us in mercy and compassion, because of Jesus’ sacrifice on behalf of our nation. Remember our prayers on behalf of our nation. Protect us from the evil one, bless us for we have been faithful to pray. For we ask all this in the name that is above every name, in Heaven, on earth and below the earth, the Name of Jesus, Our Lord.
Jesus, we crown You as King over Britain, and proclaim Your Lordship over our land. Let us reign with You forever. Amen.
3:11 NLT “And now, O Lord, call out your warriors!” O Lord, call out Your warriors. Bring justice and peace on the earth!
3:13 Lord, the harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. Keep me mindful that those who are not harvested to salvation now will be harvested to judgement later (Revelation 14:19; 19:15).
Lord help us to walk in the fear of a God so all your rewards such as:
God’s friendship (Ps.25:14)
God’s abundant goodness (Ps. 31:19)
God’s mercy (Lk 1:50)
God’s compassion (Ps 103:13)
God’s help (Ps 115:11)
God’s guidance (Ps 25:12)
God’s provision (Ps 34:9; 111:5)
Wisdom (Ps 111:10; Pr 15:33)
Answered prayer (Heb 5:7, Neh 1:11)
Protection from evil (Prov 16:6)
Work blessings (Ps 128:1-2)
Family blessings (Ps 128:3-4; 112:1-2)
May they all be your portion in Jesus name.
Joel 3:16 Almighty God, when Your voice roars and thunders and the earth shakes,
may we remember Your love and praise You because You are a welcome refuge and strong fortress.
Joel 3:20-21“But Judah will be filled with people forever, and Jerusalem will endure through all generations.
21 I will pardon my people’s crimes, which I have not yet pardoned and I, the Lord, will make my home in Jerusalem with my people.”
What an awesome promise God over the Land of Israel and nothing or no one can change it.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem and throughout the Middle East. (Psalm 122:6).
7:59 As we remember our precious sister Pauline and her family today as her mum was promoted to be with The Lord on Friday morning the 5th September 2014 in her sleep.
Pray that your love for Jesus and your dependency on him will continue to grow until the moment of your death, that your heart will be close to His and that His name will be on your lips.
8:4-8 Praise God for the way He turns bad circumstances to good as He did when the early believers were scattered from Jerusalem into other regions of the world. Ask Him to turn a bad situation in your life into good.
8:9-24 On reflection of these verses and seeing Simon’s motive. Search your heart to see if you have any tendency to treat the blessings of God as opportunities for personal gain rather than gifts to be used in service for His glory.
God delights in whoever fears Him (Ps 147:11; Acts 10:35)
Godly fear must be learned (Deut 4:10; 31:13-13; Ps 34:11)
We should pray for the fear of God (Ps 86:11)
God is willing to place godly fear into our hearts (Jer 32:40)
The Holy Spirit conveys a spirit of the fear of God (Isa 11:2)
19:13-19 Think of friends and family members who have stood by you even through hard times.
Thank God for their love and faithfulness. We need each other.
19:23-24 Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument,
24 carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead engraved forever in the rock.
Think of what you would want your epitaph to say. Then ask God to shape and direct the rest of your life in a way that will justify that epitaph.
19:25-27 Yes, Lord, I confidently agree. I joyfully shout with Job: I know that You, my Redeemer, live and that You will someday stand victorious on the earth. I will see You for myself, with my own eyes! I am overwhelmed by that thought! I praise You with hallelujahs!
While we are on the subject this week of a Fearing God. In reflection of this book of Job what can we learn from the God-fearing life style from Job’s example?
Job 1:1, 8, 1:9-11, 1:22; 2:3; 2:10
May God bless you richly
Prayer Fuel from 1 Samuel 18-19; James 5:13-20; Psalm 120
Psalm 72:14 NKJ 14 He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; And precious shall be their blood in His sight.
Tehillim 72:14 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)14 He shall be the Go’el Redeemer of their nefesh from deceit and chamas; and precious shall their dahm be in his sight.
1 Samuel 18:3 David’s closest friend is Jonathan, the son of his cruelest enemy.
The Lord can provide allies in the most unlikely places. If your work place, neighbourhood, or city seems like hostile territory, ask the Lord to send you an ally in your Christian walk.
1 Samuel 18:12 How quickly jealousy destroys the jealous person. Lord, protect us from the destructive emotion of Jealousy. Guard our heart from dangers of comparison.
1 Samuel 18:28:29 It is naïve to think that everyone will like you because God is with you. In fact, many will not.
Ask the Lord to give you the strength of character to stand for Him rather than yield to peer pressure.
1 Samuel 19:4-6 Saul cannot find no wrong with David’s service. David is a faithful and loyal subject. Ask the Lord to make you faithful and loyal in every area you do service for Him. It gives Him glory.
1 Samuel 19:10 Despite Saul’s promise not to kill David (1 Samuel 19:6), he can’t resist the opportunity to get rid of his competitor.
Ask the Lord to free you from any traces of unhealthy competitiveness and desire for power.
1 Samuel 19:20 Even the most determined enemy cannot oppose God’s presence.
Ask the Lord to remind you of that whenever you sense the devil, your supreme enemy, attacking.
James 5:13 Offer your suffering today to God in a sacrificial prayer of faith. Or offer your joy as a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.
James 5:16-18 Father in heaven, how inspiring it is to know that You hear our prayers and that You are answering them even before we speak.
Psalm 120:2-3 Ask the Lord to rescue you from liars and deceitful people, and keep your tongue from deception.
Psalm 120:7 Tell God today that you are for peace, and pray for peace in the troubled and war-torn areas of the world.