Prayer Summary for December 23

Wishing you the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love this Christmas season.

We will be celebrating the holidays and will resume GPAN on Monday, December 30, 2013.


(1-2) By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. (3-5) There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! (6-8) Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. (9-11) Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah! (12-14) You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it. (15-17) Yet the rescuing gift is not exactly parallel to the death-dealing sin. If one man’s sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God’s gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do! There’s no comparison between that death-dealing sin and this generous, life-giving gift. The verdict on that one sin was the death sentence; the verdict on the many sins that followed was this wonderful life sentence. If death got the upper hand through one man’s wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides? (18-19) Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life! One man said no to God and put many people in the wrong; one man said yes to God and put many in the right. (20-21) All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.
(Romans 5:1-21 Msg.)

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (2) I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (3) Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. (4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. (5) Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; (6) Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. (7) A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. (8) Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. (9) Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; (10) There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. (11) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. (12) They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (13) Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. (14) Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. (15) He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. (16) With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
(Psalms 91:1-16 NKJ)

(22) What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. (23) For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: (24) And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (25) After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (26) For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. (27) Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (28) But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. (29) For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. (30) For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (31) For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (32) But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. (33) Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. (34) And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.
(1 Corinthians 11:22-34 NKJ)

Communion was taken during morning prayer.


We bow before You, this morning, Father
Giving all the glory, honor, and praise, to our King
You are our provider, healer, and way-maker
We love You, we love You, Lord
Thank You, Jesus!
Magnifying Your name, today, Lord
We have been set free by the blood that was shed on the cross
Precious healer, precious provider, precious life giver-Jesus!
Your presence makes us whole, and restores everything
Praying that we would continually be renewed, and continually be made whole
Bringing to our remembrance all that was done for us on the cross
Thank You, Father that You are good, and that Your mercies are new every morning
By faith, we are stepping over into some things that are brand new
We are coming up, and pressing through new doors of opportunity that You have set in our way
Thank You for the spirit of seeing and knowing that is in operation on the inside of each and every one of us
Your anointing is empowering us, and is giving us comfort
Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that You, and You alone are Lord!
There is protection in the name of Jesus!
Calling those back who have turned away, calling them back to You-Lord!
By the power of Your Holy Spirit we plead the blood of a Jesus over each and every one of them
Turn, turn, turn!
Doors of opportunity are being opened and there is a turning in the right way!
It is Your purpose, and Your will that they will be restored
Your grace and mercy are covering them today!
Thank You that we have been made right by that precious blood of Jesus
The past is over, it is finished, and we leave those things behind and keep our eyes on the things to come
We will stand strong, no weapon formed against us shall prosper
Where the blood has been applied, we shall not be denied
Making much of the blood, today!
We receive an even greater impartation of revelation of what You have, and will continually do for us
You have given us the ultimate covering-the blood of Jesus
Thank You for answers all along the way
We are over-comers by the blood of the lamb
Trouble has been defeated, and we walk in victory
We are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath
Trusting and relying on You, Lord
Every day is a new day, so we lift up the new today!
The blood will continually work for us each and every day
Casting all of our cares over on You, Lord
You have set us in our way, and set us with the right words
There is freedom in You, Lord
We will continually keep our eyes fixed on You, Father
Purposing in our hearts to keep our mouths, and words lined up with the word of God
You are worthy, worthy, worthy of all of our praise, glory, and honor
Praising and magnifying Your wonderful name, Jesus
Thank You for the blood of Jesus that covers and protects us
Praying an increase of blessing over each and every believer
The blood of Jesus is bringing about revelation and understanding
There is protection and healing in Your presence, Father

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