Counting Down the Omer, Day #25:
(May 15, 2019)
Our breath prayer for today: As you inhale, whisper, “You, Jesus…” As you exhale, whisper, “…are our true Treasure.”
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)
For further consideration:
A Prayer of Obedience and Self-Control for Media Professionals
Our Father, thank You for Your love and compassion toward media professionals. Thank You for keeping Your covenant with them throughout the ages. Thank You for Your provision and protection. Lord, You are compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. Your unfailing love toward those who revere and respect You is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. Let the whole world honor You, Lord. Let everyone stand in awe of You. Almighty God, You are so awesome! Father, You are great and most worthy of praise. Media professionals will praise You at all times and constantly speak of Your praises.
Righteous Father, by faith, we declare that media professionals around the world will obey Your commands, walk in Your ways, and honor You. They will confess that Your instructions are perfect, reviving their souls. Your decrees are trustworthy, making wise the simple. Your commandments are right, bringing joy to their hearts. Your commands are clear, giving insight for living. Revering You is pure, lasting forever. Your laws are true and each one is fair. Father, Your Word is more desirable than gold to media professionals, yes, even the finest gold. Your Word is sweeter than honey dripping from the honeycomb. We declare that if they are willing and obedient to You, they will eat the good of the land. They will seek Your Kingdom above all else, and live righteously, and know that You will give them everything they need.
Today, I am praying for media professionals to obey God, our Father, in the following areas:
Omnipotent Father, please let Your ears be attentive to the prayers of media professionals. Holy Spirit, show them individually and collectively where they are consistently missing the mark. Help them to turn from any areas of disobedience such as, infringement of others works, communicating dishonestly and with intent to deceive others, and allowing greed for riches and power to control them. Cause them to fully release their whole hearts to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Help media professionals encourage and mentor others while building each other up on a regular basis. Encourage them to make every effort to respond to God’s vision for their profession.
Compassionate Father, forgive media professionals for all acts of sinfulness, including those mentioned in this prayer. Lord, forgive those who practice half-hearted worship. Forgive them for, at times, treating You irreverently. Forgive those who do not glorify Your Name through their actions and lifestyles. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind media professionals of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help media professionals not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
Triumphant Lord, You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You are the God who is, and who was, and who is still to come – the Almighty One, El Shaddai. All honor and glory belongs to You, God, forever and ever! You are the eternal King, the unseen One who never dies; You alone are God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text:
Psalm 103:8,11, Psalm 33:8, Psalm 96:4, Psalm 34:1, Deuteronomy 8:6, Psalm 19:7-11, Isaiah 1:19, Matthew 6:33, 2 Peter 1:5-7, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 1:8, I Timothy 1:17
Concepts to Consider:
Here again, Jesus challenges our status quo. He pushes back against humanity’s “default button” that confuses “stuff” with Him (Romans 1:25). He cautions His followers not to fall into the trap of pursuing wealth, as God alone in the Source of our daily bread. Jesus knows we are too easily drawn away by distracting concerns over money. These concerns can become an idol (aka “mammon”) if we are not diligent to build trust in Jesus and His provision. If we are short on cash we can become obsessed with seeking it and worrying about our lack of it. If we are flush and have money in the bank we can become consumed with how to make more of it and how to protect it. People in Jesus’ time were no less concerned about money than we are today. A distinguishing feature of those who follow Jesus is supposed to be our lack of worry; we trust in God’s provision for each day. We demonstrate our trust in Him when we “lean not to our own understanding, but acknowledge Him in all our ways…” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
- Take a moment to reflect on–and thank Him for–the times that God has provided for your basic needs.
- Try the following exercise. Over the next 5 minutes (set a timer, if you’d like), invite God to help you make a list of how He is providing for you in this moment, right now.
- Example: I have breath in my body!
- Example: As I look around the space where I am right now, I am thankful for…
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking:
If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7). Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word, phrase, or image from the Scripture you read today. Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord. If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Scriptural word, phrase, or image. You may want to set a timer.