We begin our prayer time in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. + Amen.
1 Samuel 2:1-2; “Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.”
For those of us living in the United States, this is the month that we celebrate our Independence from a foreign country and now enjoy and hold precious the freedom from their oppression upon our lives. As believers we celebrate every day the freedom we have from what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross and with that empty tomb. How blessed we are living here and being loved, comforted and blessed by our Triune God.
A time of ‘Adoration’ to our Triune God.
· Please take time to sit quietly and gaze at His creation and feel His presence in your life.
· Think about the provisions, protection, hope and love that surround you because of His unfailing love for you.
· Give thanks for where God has placed you in this land where we have so many freedoms and the gifts that you were given to use for Him along your journey.
· Try to grasp the immense work that our Creator is doing in the lives of each Haitian child who attended a Christian school this past year.
James 5:16; “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
We were born, sinful and unclean, through no fault of our own, but because of the sins of our parents, grandparents…Adam and Eve.
God sent His only Son to die for our sins. Jesus did everything right while he was here on this earth. He loves you with a love that cannot be measured. He gave to the world when no thanks were returned to Him. He healed when there was no hope, and He died without complaint. Jesus did nothing wrong and everything right; all this for you. He lived for you and died for you. Our sins nailed Him to the cross on Calvary and kept Him there until His life on earth had ended.
· A time of personal confession.
Our sins are placed at the base of the Calvary cross...His cross, and we give thanks that the times we have fallen short in the eyes of our Heavenly Father have been washed clean and we have been forgiven through the Blood of our Risen Savior Jesus Christ.
While resting on the Sabbath recently I spent some time thinking about things to be thankful for and I didn’t need to look any further than the contents of my small home and recall my smaller one room apartment that I had while living in Haiti. When you see photos of smiling Haitian children try to imagine the difference in their July and yours. In July, we have A/C, ice cubes without frozen bugs and food. Our first thank you is for having a Savior.
Psalm 20:4; “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”
Heavenly Father, we come to You now with hearts, minds and words filled with ‘Thanksgiving’.”
· We give thanks for our Creator, Redeemer and Holy Spirit.
· We give thanks for over 24,000 children who received a daily meal form Trinity/HOPE this past year.
· We give thanks our providence; monetary, food, clothing, timely moisture, and shelter and our freedom from foreign powers.
· As we give of our first fruits may we also give a portion of our best to His children in Haiti who need the assistance we can provide because of You.
· We give You thanks for many donors with the Matthew 25 Project and for the many more children that are being blessed each day.
1 Kings 8:28; “Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”
I was listening to the words of a song recently that said “I was talking to God like He was really there.” Dear friend, He is really there, hearing every word and thought that comes from our lips and mind. The children in Haiti are out of school this July and it is hot where they live and they may be struggling finding food. We pray that the children will share their faith with others, find sufficient sources of food for them and their families and be protected from significant storms this summer.
Heavenly Father, we bring our supplications before You;
· Heavenly Father, please continue to lead and bless Trinity/HOPE with Your loving hand; may our donor base grow this summer.
· Lord of the Harvest, please bless the efforts of the Haitian farmers, may their gardens and homes be protected from storms this summer.
· Heavenly Father, please bless new donors unknown to us but who are out there ready to help to feed Haitian children through the Matthew 25 Project.
· Lord, may you direct, protect and watch over the Trinity/HOPE mission teams that travel to Haiti in the coming months; bless their thoughts, words and actions.
Lord God, bless Your Word wherever it is proclaimed. Make it a Word of power and peace to convert those not yet Your own and to confirm those who have come to saving faith. May Your Word pass from the ear to the heart, from the heart to the lip and from the lip to the life that, as You have promised, Your Word may achieve the purpose for which You sent it; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
2 Corinthians 13:11-14; “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
May God go before you to guide you; may His arms be beneath you to support you, around you to protect you and above you to bless you. And may the blessings of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you always dear sister and brother in Christ,
In His love, Jay Brinkmeyer