THE EZRA PRAYERS – DAY 1

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  1. ACKNOWLEDGE THE LORD.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

IN ALL YOUR WAYS submit to him,

and HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT.

 

  1. ARM YOURSELF AGAINST ALL OPPORTUNISTIC ATTACKS.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

e.g. Joseph could have died and his father lived a long time thinking the animals were responsible for the attack.

Genesis 37:19-20

“Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams…”

Genesis 37:31-34

Then they got Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. They took the ornate robe back to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe.”

 He recognized it and said, “It is my son’s robe! Some ferocious animal has devoured him. Joseph has surely been torn to pieces.”

 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.

 Attacks are not all just human error and or technical failure. Hidden behind fine sounding arguments such as,” O well, it’s festive season, there’s more people on the roads so incidents are bound to happen.”

 The army of wickedness enjoys such and conveniently hides while unleashing all sorts of hideous and horrendous malice hell forces can throw up.

 

  1. ALLOW WISDOM TO RULE AND GUIDE. 

Proverbs 1:20-26 

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,

she raises her voice in the public square;

on top of the wall she cries out,

at the city gate she makes her speech:

“How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?

How long will mockers delight in mockery

and fools hate knowledge?

Repent at my rebuke!

Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,

I will make known to you my teachings.

But since you refuse to listen when I call

and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,

since you disregard all my advice

and do not accept my rebuke,

I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;

I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

 

Have you noticed how people can brag about wrong and foolish things.

And glamorize wickedness

Such as how drunk they were

How they narrowly escaped accidents as they sped aimlessly

Wisdom calls us to pay attention to issues such as:

When tired rest

Check tire pressure

Service your car

Avoid bad friends and evil influences even if they are family

(The enemy uses those close / dear to you to tempt into

 

  1. AWAKEN TO GOD CONSCIOUSNESS.

 

Psalms 23:4

Even though I walk

through the darkest valley,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

 

We were not promised that dangers would cease. But GOD consciousness in the “valley of death” defeats the debilitating effects of fear.

 

  1. APPRECIATE THE DAILY PROTECTION.

Ingratitude proceeds deception

Romans 1:21-25

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

 

Hebrews 3:13

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

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