Matthew

New Testament Reference

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God of Grace and Forgiveness

Except for Your grace and forgiveness, I’m hopeless. But, I am forgiven…You have showered Your grace on me, I have peace beyond understanding. I have hope for eternity.

But, many face a bleak tomorrow. Our divisions are deep and seem irreconcilable. Our streets run red from wanton violence. Our headlines scream senseless death and destruction. We have abandoned Your commands to love and forgive one another. Instead, we claim victimhood to justify our rebellion. “But he…” falls too easily from our lips. Blaming others is our preferred consequence-avoidance technique. But, scripture demands we own our failures and “turn the other cheek”. How often does my pride lead to disobedience? How often does my rationalization escalate the problem?

Give me the courage to be part of the solution instead of so easily becoming part of the problem.

AMEN

Scripture: “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.” Matthew 5:39

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Alpha and Omega

I am grateful You know the beginning and the end and Your plan is perfection.

Your word gives us clues about what is happening so that we might not be surprised. From the regathering of the 12 tribes in Canaan through today’s headlines, Your plan is unfolding.

Worldwide heatwaves; pandemics; famine; historic droughts; earthquakes; wars and rumors of wars; lust for the innocent blood of children; crime and lawlessness rampant; movement towards a one-world “New Order”, it’s all straight from the pages of Scripture. I fear our time is short to reap a mighty harvest for Your Kingdom. Use me effectively to promote truth… stand against injustice and defend the weakest and most needy.

So, even if the rescue of Your children is not eminent, my life will stand for what is good and righteous.

AMEN

Scripture: “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. Matthew 24:7-8

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Originator of Mercy and Forgiveness

I am forever grateful that You forgive my willful sin and purposeful blindness the moment I turn to You. Though I’ve earned the scarlet letter, instead You clean and bandaged me when I’ve fallen.

America desperately needs forgiveness, yet constantly denies her need. I must learn to offer the same unmerited mercy and forgiveness to others that You have given me so that our divisions and distrust might heal…that others will find the same relief You’ve provided me and discover the peace that comes from being right with You. But the darkness convinces us rather than forgiveness, You offer punishment and retribution…but You are not like the darkness. You bring light and with light, peace and joy.

May I embody this truth so others might trust You. This above all would heal our land.

AMEN: “Let your light shine before others in such a way that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

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Creator of Time

You’ve said that as the end of days approaches, You will release all manner of plagues, famines and natural disasters upon the earth in one final attempt to convince mankind of our mortality and need for You.

We see this happening all around the world…but rather than turn to You, we rail against You. Perhaps the greatest plague we face was man-made. We’ve called it a “Pandemic”. In our fear we turned to human wisdom. Rather than expose the virus to sunlight we locked ourselves in basements. Rather than trust natural immunity we accepted an unproven vaccine into our bodies.

We are such fools. Please rescue the innocent from this plague. Please scatter the darkness with Your light. Use Your church to lift Christ up for all to see.

AMEN

Scripture: “I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak.” Matthew 12:36

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Destroyer of Lies

I’m grateful Your Scriptures are without error and provide us the way to know You fully and to understand Your love and truth. Your light shines on our darkness showing us the path we should follow.

I am fearful for America’s future because we are no longer simply rejecting Your guidance…but are now so distorting the character and unambiguous truth of Scripture, twisting it to make it say the opposite of the clear intent of Your word.

The voices of false prophets declare You endorse abortion…You embrace sexual immorality…they have a better plan for the family…You encourage unsustainable levels of debt…that our marriage vows are not binding and any slick lawyer can untie the knot.

America has become a blasphemous people. By Your Spirit, restore truth to our voices.

AMEN

Scripture: “Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.” Matthew 7:15

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Protector of the Meek

I’m just learning what it means to be truly courageous…what it means to be a courageous person of faith as we stand in the gap for America.

We are all called to be “meek”. A most misunderstood concept of bravery. The greatest picture of meekness…of pure courage in human history occurred when Jesus was tried before Pilate and refused to bow. Pilate reminded Jesus that he held Jesus’ life in his hands. Without flinching…without being macho, without threatening, Jesus simply said, “You have no power my Father hasn’t given you.”

I must learn to stand unafraid of the world’s threats. Teach me to trust You alone…and to lead others to have the same courage standing before the evil we face. Encourage us in the darkness.

AMEN

Scripture: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 & “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” Psalms 37:11

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Father of Unity and Order

The time is fast approaching when I must vote for the men and women who will be our political leaders for at least the next two years.

I am struggling with my choices. It seems everywhere I look we are divided, angry, and surrounded by chaos. My country and my community are in desperate need of wisdom…of leaders committed and capable of healing our land and restoring unity.

The enemy is delighted with the mess we’ve made of things. He is committed to keeping us divided and distrustful of our neighbors, You are our source of grace, unity, and forgiveness.

Lord, guide this election to find and elect peacemakers with an appreciation of our common history and capable of restoring unity to our fractured communities.

AMEN

Scripture: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

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Lord of Peace and Unity

The serenity I found in Your forgiveness and acceptance overwhelms me. To be one with You and fellow believers is a gift beyond comprehension. But I am surrounded by disunity.

America’s motto and our pledge express our hope for unity…”From many, one” and ”…one nation, indivisible”. But these sentiments are not true of us today. The enemy has divided us by race…politics…gender…age…wealth…culture…victimhood…the list of our grievances with one another seems endless. The chasm between us seems impossible to resolve. You are our only path to reconciliation.

This division not Your heart…in Your family all are welcome. Let me be Your bridge. Let Your love and grace emanate from me. May I be an example to others of the acceptance and forgiveness You poured out on me.

AMEN

Scripture: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9

Protector of the Meek

I ‘m just learning what it means to be truly courageous…what it means to be a courageous person of faith as we stand in the gap for America.

We are all called to be “meek”. A most misunderstood concept of bravery. The greatest picture of meekness…of pure courage in human history occurred when Jesus was tried before Pilate and refused to bow.

Pilate reminded Jesus that he held Jesus’ life in his hands. Without flinching…without being macho, without threatening, Jesus simply said, “You have no power my Father hasn’t given you.”

I must learn to stand unafraid of the worlds threats. Teach me to trust You alone…and to lead others to have the same courage standing before the evil we face. Encourage us in the darkness.

AMEN

Scripture: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5 & “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity.” Psalms 37:11

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Lord of All

You are the light of my life…without You as my guide, I could not find my way. But in today’s culture it is easier to remain silent and simply follow the crowd.

The pressure to conform…to be accepted…can be overwhelming. It is easier to be modern and “Progressive” in America today, but that would mean I must abandon the truth and declare with Peter of old, “I never knew Him.”

Forgive me for the times I’ve chosen the fleeting praise of men instead of speaking up for what is right.

Father, help me to stand firm in the truth even though it may cost me. Strengthen me and give me the courage to stand in the gap against the wokeness enveloping America today.

AMEN

Scripture:  “Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many that go in by it. Narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life…” Matthew 7:13-14

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