Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thank You

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  For as the rain comes down , and the snow from heaven, and return not thither, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud , that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that go forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please , and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  Isaiah 55:9-12

Dear heavenly Father, 

It is an honor and privilege to come before You this day; this day that has been set aside to give thanks for all of your goodness unto us;  acknowledging Your sovereignty; giving You all the honor and glory for keeping us another day; for keeping us in our health and strength; having the use of our limbs and being in our right faculties.  This day is being set aside to honor You for allowing us a place with liberty and hope and freedom to worship You according to what Your word says. 

But most of all, dear Father, we thank You for a right mind; a mind to serve You and worship You in spirit and in truth for the ability to establish a right relationship with You!  

All blessings, honor and glory belong to You; it’s due You for You are the sovereign one; the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.

We thank You heavenly Father because You are our keeper, the lover of our souls, the comforter, the almighty, the great I AM. I thank You Lord for sticking closer than a brother. I thank You Lord because You've never failed us; You picked us up out of a world filled with sin and shame. You cleaned us up on the inside so that Your glory could be revealed on the outside. You replaced our stony hearts with a heart filled with a desire to serve You. You gave us a peace that passes all understanding. I thank You Lord because you said You’d never leave us nor forsake us. I thank You Lord because You've delivered us from our self. I thank You Lord because You are a mind regulator, You sustain our mind. You've kept us Lord, when we didn't think we could be kept. You hid us in Your secret place and protected us in the shelter of Your wings. When we thought we couldn't go on, You gave us Your word to encourage our self in, You give us shelter in the time of our storms, You are our strength Lord when we’re weak and worn.

We come to You heavenly Father with thanks giving in our hearts knowing that You and only You are able to supply our every need; to equip us to run this race, to defeat everything that comes up against us, everything that is not like You. Lord we thank You for the provision that You've given.

Dear heavenly Father, we thank You for one more opportunity to come together in prayer and supplication before You.

Lord we acknowledge that we just can’t do without You, we can’t win without You, we need Your power and Your strength. We realize that it is no goodness of our own but You Lord, in Your infinite grace and mercy, that keeps us and allows us to accomplish Your will in our lives. It is Your grace, mercy and good pleasure that we are here today. It is only with You Lord, that we have a promise of eternal life with You!

You said in your word because of Your glory and excellence, You've given us great and precious promises; promises that enable us to share Your divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human lusts. 2 Peter 1:4

You said You know the plans You have for us,” plans for good and not for disaster, to give us a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

You tell us in your word, that the battle is not ours, that it belongs to you. II Chronicles 20:15 So when we feel overwhelmed with the cares of this world, help us Lord to stand, when we've done all that we can possibly do, help us to stand with our faith rooted and grounded in You. Ephesians 6:13

My God, You promised us rest!  You said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and You’ll give us rest.  You said to take Your yoke upon us and learn from you, for You are gentle and humble in heart, and we’ll find rest for our souls.  Matthew 11:28-29

We thank You heavenly Father because you give power to the weak and strength to the powerless.  You promised new strength to those of us who trust in You.  Lord You said we will soar high on wings like eagles.  That we’ll run and not grow weary; that we’ll walk and not faint.  Like Paul, I trust and believe that I can do all things in Jesus name through Christ which strengthens me.  Isaiah 40:29-31

King David said, “I was young and now I’m old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.” Lord God, I thank You because we know you as a provider. I thank You because you favored me not to have to go without; when I didn't know how I was going to make it; but because of obedience to your word, you supplied all of my needs. And because I know that you are not a respecter of persons, I know that the same God who takes care of me will supply all of our needs from Your glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

Lord I thank You because through You, we don’t have to worry and fret, be depressed or have any other negative feelings due to the cares of this world because despite all these things, whatever negative thing that may come our way, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, because You love us.  We thank You Father because You loved us so much that You gave Your son as the final sacrifice for us.  We thank You God for the holy lamb, Jesus, who You sent here to save us and wash our sins away. John 3:16

We thank you heavenly father for Your wings of comfort and protection. You tell us in your word to be careful for nothing; but in everything we do, by prayer and supplication and with thanksgiving, we are to let our requests be made known to You.   Phillipians 4:6  We thank You because we know You hear our prayers and our supplications and that You will answer us. We thank You Lord, for we know that if we seek Your kingdom first and Your righteousness, that You will come down and see about us.  Matthew 6:13

We thank you Lord because when we heed Your voice and Your word, You said we will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.”   Proverbs 1:33

We thank you Lord for Jesus leaving us with a gift—a gift of peace of mind and heart.   Jesus said, “And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”  John 14:7  We thank you Lord, because You said if we confess our sins, You are faithful and just to forgive.    Teach us Lord to forgive and be forgiving even as You are.  Help us to walk in the fruit of  Your spirit.  We know that when we walk in obedience according to Your word that You will supply every need we have according to Your riches in glory.  John 14:27 

Dear God, we thank You for your great, everlasting faithfulness and unfailing love through Jesus Christ. We thank You for your goodness and for Your mercy. Lord, we want to say thank You for all that You've done and for all that You’re going to do.

And now, Lord we pray that even as You be within us that you be with us, that you lead us and guide us, give us wisdom and knowledge to speak and act according to Your will; that we may be worthy ambassadors for You; that your manifested glory be revealed through us dear God. 

We ask all these things and we thank You for all things, in Jesus wonderful name we pray, amen

In closing, I want to leave this final scripture with you:

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 8:37-39

We give God the glory; thanking Him for the comfort, love and strength that we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I pray that all minds are clear and that something was said to encourage us to go on in Jesus name. 

Be Blessed in God!

Elder C. L. Henry