Verse and Prayer for 1st October

Daniel 4:34-35

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honoured and glorified him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion;

    his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

35 All the peoples of the earth

    are regarded as nothing.

He does as he pleases

    with the powers of heaven

    and the peoples of the earth.

No one can hold back his hand

    or say to him: “What have you done?”

How great is your God? Is it not easy to unwittingly make God small in our eyes? To be concerned with our plans and concerns and assume that God is there to fix things and make them right? How often do you consciously realise that, in prayer, you address the Most High God and that the praises you sing are of the Lord Almighty, your creator and sustainer? There are passages of scripture that speak of a terrifying God whose might and power are without parallel – do we really appreciate how incredible it is that we can come before this God because of Jesus? I say this, not to make God out to be some terrifying monster but, to remind us that God is Sovereign and has all power, that he chooses to act for our good, He is marvellous and we do not deserve his help. And yet, God is so very pleased to help us because he loves us. He welcomes us to come and speak and spend time with him.

Let’s take a moment to bow before God and focus on him, praising and thanking him, exalting and honouring him, rather than bringing a list of requests.

Prayer: How great thou art! Lord, you are mighty and strong and powerful. You are kind and gracious and loving. I praise you and lift up your name. I thank you, you are so good to me. You provide for me and uphold me. You calm me, satisfy me and I am secure in your arms. Father, I love you and I look forward to discovering what we will do together today. Amen.

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