Preach Magazine Issue 1 - Creativity and innovation in preaching - Page 57

PRAYER 57 A prayer by W Trevor Nuttall Heavenly Father, we do not believe your word, and often think we know better than Jesus, the embodiment of Truth. In our pride we discount your miracles and seek worldly explanations at the human level. W e persist in limiting our minds to the concept of a God of love, and shut out the unwelcome demands of a righteous God, forgetting that, if we are to come to God at all, we will be drawn into the same spiritual warfare which caused Jesus to die on the cross. he who is King of Kings! We confine God the Creator to heaven, though you would be our true Father; and we pay scant attention to the Holy Spirit, who waits patiently to convict and convince, and to make us into new creatures in Christ, able to understand and live by, the precepts of our God. Forgive our church for losing its relationship with the Father of our Jesus. We undervalue the clear words of Jesus and persistently follow the imperfect reasoning of our own hearts (although the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; Jeremiah 17:9, KJV). Call us, and grant us no peace until we seek the way back to you. There is indeed no health in us. We grieve our almighty Father in all these things and we set ourselves up before a jealous God, at our peril! In the pride that is so abhorrent to you, we judge your word and your acts by our standards, limited by our minds and our sin, and so we prevent your working in and through us. We try to ignore what it cost Jesus in Gethsemene, as he faced out the Satan we dare to say does not exist; thus we despise the sweat and blood of his anguish and obedience. We think little of his promise that, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching; my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’ We do not deserve salvation because we do not value it. Forgive us, Lord Jesus. We do not try to understand your clear teaching, and the work of the three persons of the Trinity Godhead; we confine Jesus to earth; But praise be to God for sending Jesus, who ‘while we were yet sinners became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God’. We give heartfelt thanks for the forgiveness he has bought for us at terrible cost. May we praise and glorify him in the church and the world, until we cast our crowns before the throne of grace, and see him face to face! In Jesus’ name, Amen. FORGIVE OUR CHURCH FOR LOSING ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER OF OUR JESUS. WE UNDERVALUE THE CLEAR WORDS OF JESUS AND PERSISTENTLY FOLLOW THE IMPERFECT REASONING OF OUR OWN HEARTS. CALL US, AND GRANT US NO PEACE UNTIL WE SEEK THE WAY BACK TO YOU. LWPT8173 - Preach Magazine - Issue 1 v3.indd 57 17/10/2014 12:54:11