Counting Down the Omer, THE ASCENSION, Day #10:
(May 30, 2019)
Our breath prayer for today: As you inhale, whisper, “We receive Your blessing…” As you exhale, whisper, “…and worship You with joy!”
“And He led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up His hands He blessed them. While He blessed them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.” (Luke 24:50-53, ESV)
A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Jesus Christ, our Risen and Ascended Lord
Heavenly Father, we praise You, the Lord of hosts. Lord, You are good and Your mercy endures forever. You are the Lord, our Righteousness. We are grateful to You! We thank You that all who choose eternal life are included in Your Church Family. We adore You as Abba Father, with all our hearts. Thank You for being such a loving God. Thank You for being our God and making us Your people. Thank You for being mindful of us and sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Deliverer and Liberator.
Jesus, Your death on the cross, resurrection and ascension into heaven has restored the broken connection between heaven and earth and between humanity and You. We can now have full access to Your Shalom. When we were utterly helpless in our sin nature You came to earth at just the right time and died for us. Most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who he thought did especially good deeds. But the Father showed His great love for us by sending You, Lord Jesus, to die for us while we were still sinners. As a response to Your great love for us, we now put our whole trust in You! And because of Your saving work we no longer live under the fear of condemnation. Even though we were dead in our trespasses, we are now made alive together with You, Jesus—by grace we have been saved—and we have been raised up and have been seated with You in heavenly places, so that in the coming ages we might be shown the immeasurable riches of Your grace and kindness. Father God, Jesus the Living Word inspires us to be all that You have created us to be. Halleluiah!
Who is Jesus Christ to you? What is your relationship like with Him?
Holy Spirit, inspire us to always remember that Jesus is our Godly Brother who is ascended and seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty where He lives to ever make intercession for us. Remind us to love and appreciate Him. Remind us to confess our love for You, Holy Spirit, and our Heavenly Father, God, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We yield to be led and guided in our daily confession to share as witnesses the goodness of Christ with our families, friends, co-workers and enemies. Most of all, Holy Spirit, remind us that we have a new nature in Christ. Remind us that our self-esteem, both spiritually and mentally, is centered solely in Jesus Christ.
Father, forgive us for not fully pursuing the knowledge of the sacrifice Christ made for our freedom and for not fully appreciating the finished work signaled by His ascension. Forgive us for our overt and covert acts of sin, including stubbornness, arrogance, selfishness, ungratefulness, pride and rebellion. Holy Spirit, inspire our Church Family members who have drifted back into old bondages and enslaved mentalities to know that God forgives those who come before Him out of a pure heart and ask for forgiveness. Father, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind our military personnel 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 show you names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He shows you, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help us not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
Eternal God, You are mighty and strong. You are the One and Only Creator above all. You are Jehovah Jireh, our God who provides! King above all kings! Jesus, You are God’s Worthy Lamb, slain as God’s sacrifice for the sin of the world. You have all authority, power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing in heaven and earth. Honor, glory and power belong to You, the One sitting at God’s right hand on the throne. You are the Lamb forever and ever. In Your mighty Name, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text:
Psalm 118:1, Exodus 6:7, Romans 5:19, Philippians 4:7, John 11:40, Romans 5:1-11, II Corinthians 5:21, II Peter 1:4, I Corinthians 11:23-29, Colossians 1:23; Ephesians 2; Hebrews 2:1, Galatians 4:4-5, II Corinthians 9:10, I Timothy 6:17, Revelation 5:12-13, Revelation 22:3-5
Concepts to Consider:
The Ascension of Jesus is not a mere after-thought or a post-script to the Resurrection. It is the culmination of all that Jesus came to do on earth. Without the Ascension the final piece of God’s work in reuniting heaven and earth in Jesus was not complete. As He ascends, Jesus’ status as the Human One who is also the Divine One comes into full view. The unveiled reality of His reign as King of kings and Lord of lords is put on magnificent display. The same “Pillar of Cloud” that escorted the children of Israel across the desert and the same “Cloud” that filled the Holy of Holies in the temple is revealed to be none other than the glorious Presence of Jesus Himself! What’s more, as He ascends (following the pattern of Elijah) He commissions His followers to carry on His work empowered by His Spirit. The Ascension kicks off the final countdown to Pentecost…
- In these last ten days before Pentecost, what are you expecting the Lord to reveal or bring to glorious reality in your life? In your family? In the world?
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.