Deeper with Jesus: Day 2
Monday, November 13, 2023
This is our second day of the 4 Tuesdays of fasting and prayer in November. It is our prayer that as we gather to pray these 4 Tuesdays we will lay the foundation for the 2024 theme “Deeper with Jesus.”
True Treasures Abound in The Deep End. Dive Further!
Three-quarters of our planet is covered with water. Besides the great array of fauna, a myriad of wildlife discovered and yet to be discovered in the deep, the ocean and deep sea bed hold treasures lost at sea for ages. Here is an example: In 1804 the Spanish Nuestra Senora de las Mercedes, a 36-gun frigate was defeated by the British Royal Navy in a gunfight and sank to the bottom of the Atlantic off the coast of Portugal. The ship held $500 million worth of Gold and Silver coins discovered by Odyssey Marine Exploration in 2007. That is some treasure don’t you think? The Spanish government sued the exploration company and won the case. Sadly the explorers didn’t get to keep the treasure.
Friend in the same manner the valuable treasures of our faith lie in the depths of Christ where there is way much more for those willing to explore. Are you willing to explore? The good news is that we can find and keep great treasures more valuable than gold and silver.
Jesus is the greatest treasure that any human can become aware of. The divide between light and darkness is a chasm that can never be crossed without believing in His death and resurrection. And now we are called to walk with Him in fellowship. If He was at the beginning of creation, sits at the right hand of God, and is known in Heaven and on Earth as the King of kings. I would submit that there is no one richer than He is, in all wisdom, power, wealth, and dominion. Dive in!
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.Revelation 19:11-16 NKJV
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:
“Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne,Revelation 5:11-13
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
Peter one of those disciples who walked with Jesus and was chosen to “be with Him” from Mark 3:14 received great treasure from the Lord. He received power from Jesus such that after Jesus had returned to Heaven, Peter and John encountered a man lame from birth. Let us hear Peter for Himself:
Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.Acts 3:6-8 NKJV
Peter said “what I do have, I give you.” What he had was more valuable than gold and silver. What do we have today? lord show us more and grant us more in Jesus name. May we dive deeper!
Let Us Pray
Pray Out Loud the written prayer below (You can also create your own variations as well using the same pattern)
Father in Heaven, AgeIess and Glorious One, Beginning and The End, the Omnipotent and Omnipresent God. You who knows all things. Your wisdom and knowledge are beyond compare. I worship and praise Your Holy Name. You are God and besides You, there is none else. You reign from Heaven forever. Your Throne and Your Kingdom are established forever.
Your Kingdom come. Father, God, Your will be done here on Earth as it is in Heaven. I thank you today and always Lord for your everlasting love for me. I thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ who took my place on the cross to pay the penalty of original sin in order to bring me into a relationship with You. I believe that Jesus calls me into a Deeper Walk with Him and in You. I believe that You have a plan for my life. I submit to Your will for a deeper walk in You. I believe that Jesus wants me to first be with Him, learning to enjoy His company above all else. Father, in Your mercy, lead me into deeper areas of your many Rivers. Jesus said whoever believes in You, out of their Spirit will flow Rivers of Living Water. Lord, I believe!
I forgive all those who have offended me and refuse to hold a grudge. Help me release every offender today and always. Forgive me sins of omission and commission. You are Great, Awesome in Strength and Glory. Provide for those things I need, those that I am aware of, and those that I am not. My life and the life of my family are in Your hands.
Lead me and every one of us and your church away from temptation. Deliver me from the evil lurking in the world today. Deliver my family and Your church from the evil rising up and spreading across the land. Arise and let your enemies be scattered. You alone have all the power all the glory. No devil on earth can withstand the move of Your Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord, for everything You do and what You will yet do.
Continue in Prayer with these “will of God” thanks and requests
- Give thanks that you know the King of kings and Lord of lords Jesus. Thank God for your salvation from sin, satan, and self.
- Give thanks that God has chosen to anoint us and bless us with spiritual treasures. Matthew 9:8, Ephesians 1:3
- Ask God for the grace to pursue a deeper walk with Jesus Christ now, in 2024, and beyond. Galatians 2:20
- Praise God for the gift of eternal life and begin to declare that His wisdom and power are yours to do His will. Say something like “Lord Jesus your wisdom, power, and dominion are available to me to do your will.” Repeat these words in prayer with all the attributes of Christ described above in Revelation 5 and 19.
- Lord help me learn how to be with you, how to stay in Your presence. Acts 4:13
- Bring other specific requests that you may have for yourself and others. Galatians 6:2
We shall continue next Tuesday, November 21 on this exciting journey. The Lord is your strength. Amen!