Prayer, Promises, and Praise

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“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity,

whose name is Holy;

I dwell in the high and holy place,

with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,

to revive the spirit of the humble,

and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

Isaiah 57:15

Another word for repentant is contrite. There can be no repentance – changing of our mind and according to Isaiah, our spirit –  without a humbling – a coming face to face with our need for forgiveness of sin provided in the One whose name is Holy. The One who humbled himself in our stead. The One – Jesus Christ who took our sin on himself securing our forgiveness through dying our death on the cross.

The Prayer:

“But he giveth more grace.

Father, pour out your grace upon me.

Wherefore he saith, GOD RESISTETH THE PROUD, BUT GIVETH GRACE UNTO THE HUMBLE.

I know my sin separates me from you; from enjoying being in your Presence.

Submit yourselves therefore to God.

My soul is in your hands. You are Lord of all, including me.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Be my strength against temptation.

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

I come to you through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Asking you to wash me from sin and be my strength to use my hands to bless others in the name of Jesus and my heart to love others as you have loved me.  

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.” James 4:6-9

Help me remember the affliction, weeping, mourning and heaviness the Lord Jesus Christ carried to the cross for me. Help me remember the grief sin causes you and flee from it.

The Promises:

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up …

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;

and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”

James 4:10; Psalm 34:18

 A broken heart – that heart which grieves over the sin that separates us from our heavenly Father as it grieves his heart. To that one with the broken heart and contrite spirit He says –

“I dwell in the high and holy place,

with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,

to revive the spirit of the humble,

and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

The Praise:

As your word declares You have lifted us up –

“And hath raised us up together,

and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus;

That in the ages to come he might shew

the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness

towards us through Christ Jesus …

Ephesians 2:6,7

We are seated in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus – us in Him and He in us. He has saved us and revived our spirit and heart for –

“if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature;

old things are passed away;

behold, all things are become new …

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who hath blessed us

with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ …

Jesus answered and said unto him,

If a man love me, he will keep my words:

and my Father will love him,

and we will come unto him,

and make our abode with him …

Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:

if any man hear my voice, and open the door,

I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne …

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him,

to all that call upon him in truth …

My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD:

and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.”

2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:3; John 14:23; Revelation 3:20,21; Psalm 145:18,21

As our hearts and minds dwell on all our Savior and God have done to bring us into his presence, may we join as one to give him praise. May you have a blessed and joyous weekend praising our God.

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