Counting Down the Omer, Day #21:
(May 19, 2019)
Our breath prayer for today: As you inhale, whisper, “Give us Your eyes…” As you exhale, whisper, “…to see others as You do.”
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.” (Matthew 7:1-6, ESV)
For further consideration: Video: http://b.link/mackieMatthew7 (long, 54 min)
A Prayer for People Who Have Not Accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord (Leader) and Savior (Forgiver)
Magnificent Father, we thank You for the gift of salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank You for enlightening our hearts to say “yes” to You when You called us. We thank You for Your tender mercies and unfailing love. Lord, You are very great. We will praise You, Lord, with all that we are and we will never forget the good things You have done for us. You are the One who forgives all our sins, heals us from diseases, redeems us from death, and crowns us with love and tender mercies. We honor You as our Lord and Savior. Lord our God, Your majestic Name fills the earth. Your glory is higher than the heavens!
Heavenly Father, we declare that Your Word, as it is spoken, will move swiftly through the earth and save the lost. We confess that as the Gospel is shared, Your Word is operative in the lives of those persons who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord (Leader) and Savior (Forgiver). As people confess with their mouths, the Lord Jesus, and believe in their hearts that You raised Him from the dead, they will be saved. Father, we declare that they will know the Truth, and the Truth will set them free. As I confess my sins, today. I am confident that You are faithful and just to forgive me and will cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Lord, I submit to You, my spirit, soul, and body. In Jesus Christ, I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
List the people that you know who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Ask the Holy Spirit for the wisdom to witness to them. Trust Him to give you the courage to approach them and the words to say to them.
Eternal Father, we ask You to clear the way so that Your Gospel may be preached in every city, state, country, and continent. Since the harvest is plentiful, please send laborers to proclaim Your Word of salvation. Father, as Your Word goes forth, touch the hearts of the unsaved to receive it. Circumcise the heart of every man, woman, boy, and girl and draw them to You. Lord, surround them with the counsel of the Godly so that they may be washed in the water of Your Word; putting away the old man and putting on the new. Father, please give me the courage and boldness to witness to the unsaved. Holy Spirit, help me to live in such a way that the light of Christ shines in my private and public life.
Holy Father, forgive the unsaved for not acknowledging You or Your Son. Forgive them for disobedience, hatred, rebellion, murder, idolatry, homosexuality, greed, racism, adultery, fornication, injustice, violence, and rejection of Your Gospel. Please have mercy upon them and extend Your grace towards them. Lord, forgive us as a Church Family for not sharing Jesus and the Gospel with more people. Forgive me for being timid and reserved about one of the greatest miracles known to humankind. Lord, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind us all of those we need to forgive and help us 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 us all not to yield to temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Blessed Lord, You are the King of glory. You are the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text: Psalm 103:2-4, Psalm 8:1, Psalm 147:15, Romans 10:9, John 8:32, I John 1:9, Ephesians 1:7 NKJV, Matthew 9:37-38, Deuteronomy 30:6 NKJV, Ephesians 5:26, Colossians 3:10, Matthew 6:13, Psalm 24:10, Revelation 4:11
Concepts to Consider:
In context, Jesus’ warning concerning “judging others” has to do with reminding His followers Who the Ultimate Judge truly is. As we discussed yesterday, the “Kingdom of God” is mainly about restoration and realignment. At the final judgement everything will be set in order and all hearts will be open and known “to the One Who sits upon the throne” (see: Revelation 20). In the meantime, be careful how you, as Kingdom people, call others to account. Look at your own life first before pointing out the fault in others. The same scale you weigh their sin on will be used to weight your own. Ouch.
Jesus’ statements about not feeding dogs holy things and throwing precious pears to swine seems to indicate—again in context—that those who won’t humbly receive honest correction or a prudent word are not living up to their God-given human dignity (Proverbs 23:9), and have thus devolved into behaving like beasts. Remember the warning that God gave to Cain before he killed his brother, “sin is crouching [like a beast] at your door” (Genesis 4:7).
- Take a moment to examine your life. Are there things you are critical of in others’ lives that you do yourself? If so, repent of those things right now. Spend some time with the Judge who is also your Loving Parent. Make room for Him to show you His perspective and set your feet back on the “path that leads to life.”
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.