Counting Down the Omer, Day #3
(June 6, 2019)
Our breath prayer for today: As you inhale, whisper, “We rejoice, Jesus…” As you exhale, whisper, “…that You are the Chosen One.”
“Then John [the baptizer] testified, ‘I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon Him. I didn’t know He was the One, but when God sent me to baptize with water, He told me, “The One on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.” I saw this happen to Jesus, so I testify that He is the Chosen One of God.’” (John 1:32-34, ESV)
A Declaration of Miracles for Our Windsor Village Church Family
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the Windsor Village Church Family. We thank You for manifesting Your mighty miracles throughout our congregation. We thank You for salvation, which is the greatest miracle of all. Thank You for blessing us with Your presence. You are our God; we earnestly search for You. Our souls thirst for You; our bodies long for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. Lord, we have seen You in Your sanctuary and gazed upon Your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how we praise You! We will praise You as long as we live; we will lift up our hands to You in prayer. You are more satisfying than the richest feast and we will praise You with songs of joy.
Awesome Father, according to Your own will, You ministered with signs and wonders, various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we expect miracles to manifest during all of our worship celebrations. Lord Jesus, as You performed so many miracles during Your ministry, we rejoice that You said that we would do greater works than You did because You were going to the Father and were sending the Holy Spirit. As a congregation, we confess that we will move to the “greater things.” Lord, just as You turned water into wine, spoke and healed the ruler’s daughter and the woman with the issue of blood, touched the casket and the dead man rose, called Lazarus from the dead, and cast the demons out of Legion; so we expect to have miraculous encounters with You in our public and private lives. We decree that Your marvelous works will follow the Windsor Village Church Family so that people will see Your glory in our lives and confess Jesus Christ, as their Lord and redeemer.
Father, I thank You for performing the following miracles in my personal life. List them and begin to praise God:
Holy Spirit, have Your perfect way during our worship celebrations, children and youth worship celebrations, Bible study classes and ministry meetings so that miracles, signs and wonders can flow freely. Stir up the gift of faith within each pastor, leader, member, ministry volunteer, and visitor to expect great manifestations of Your power, not only during the worship experience, but every day of their lives. Lord, allow us to have personal and direct access to Your glory so we will proclaim as the Samaritan woman, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did!” Holy Spirit, empower us so that we are effective witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Merciful Father, forgive those people who have doubted Your Word and works. Forgive those for operating in fear and unbelief. Forgive those who have not taken the time to say “thank you” for the miraculous works You have done in their lives. Forgive all of us for not comprehending with all the saints the breadth, length, depth, height, and love of Christ which passes all understanding and knowledge. Father, 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.
Sovereign Lord, You are Holy, Holy, Holy. You are the God who is, who was, and who is to come. You are the Almighty. You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. You are the Eternal King, the Unseen One who will never die; You alone are God. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text:
Psalm 63:1-5, Hebrews 2:4, John 14:12, John 2:1-11, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 7:14-15, John 11:43-44, Mark 5:9-13, Ephesians 3:18-19, Matthew 6:13, Revelation 4:8, Revelation 1:8, I Timothy 1:17
Concepts to Consider:
In the imagery and words surrounding Jesus upon the occasion of His baptism we see a number of theophanic (“God-appearance”) elements converging. The voice of the Father, the hovering dove of the Spirit, and the Word made flesh all appearing together evokes Creation (Genesis 1:1-2 ) as well as the institution of a new era evidenced by the dove that brought signs of life and hope to Noah after the flood (Genesis 8:11). Additionally, John the baptizer was looking for a specific set of Scripturally-based, Spirit-revealed signs that would indicate the arrival of “the Holy One of God” Who would “baptize” or “douse/pour out” the Holy Spirit on the people of God, a long-anticipated hope among the People called Israel (Isaiah 32:15; Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 39:29; Joel 2:28-29). As we near the imminent celebration of Pentecost ask the Lord to sharpen your spiritual eyes and ears to be able to see and hear evidence of the re-creating work of the Holy Spirit happening in and around you. “And He Who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” (Revelation 21:5, ESV).
- What needs some re-creation/renovation in your life or world? Lift those things up to the Lord right now. Breathe in the re-creating presence of the Holy Spirit. Exhale any fear and anxiety. Lean into the Presence of the Lord. Breathe in…. Exhale…. Breathe in…. Exhale….
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.