The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 5 / Vespers

Father, hear our prayer.


Help us not to fret about evil doers, for you say they will wither quickly like the grass. Help us to trust you and to cultivate faithfulness and to delight in our relationship with You. LORD please establish our steps and hold our hand so we will not be hurled headlong. LORD help us to speak wisdom and justice and have your law in our heart.


LORD our salvation is from you and You are our strength in times of trouble. Please deliver us and our land from the wicked and be our refuge.
Father you are God Almighty. You tell us to return to you and you will return to us. You declare for us to return to You with all our heart and with fasting, weeping and mourning. You tell us to blow a trumpet, declare a fast, call a sacred assembly. To gather and consecrate the assembly.
Priests and religious leaders are to weep and pray to you Almighty God, Jehovah, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Jesus our Lord and Savior. Pray saying spare your people. Why should the nations say where is their God?
Lord please hear the prayers of your people and revive us and bless our land.


Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 5

Holy Spirit be in our midst and intercede for us so that our prayer may reach the highest heaven.


Sovereign LORD please apply your promise for Israel to America today in our time of testing. Oh Sovereign LORD, for the sake of your Holy Name, which the people of the America have profaned, please show the holiness of your Name, so all the nations will know you are the Sovereign and Holy God. Let us remember and acknowledge our evil and wicked deeds. Let us loathe ourselves for our sins and detestable practices and turn from them to you and our Lord Jesus for Salvation. Please cleanse us with pure water so that we will be clean. Cleanse us from all impurities and from all our idols.


Please put a new heart in us. Put or revive your Spirit in us that moves us to follow your decree and to keep your laws, so that we can live in the Christian land you gave us. Set us apart so that we can be your people and you will be our God. Then we will be a light to the world and magnify your Holy Name.


O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us. You have made the land quake. You have split it open. Heal its breaches, for it totters. You have made your people experience hardship; You have given us wine to drink, that makes us stagger.
You have given a banner to those who fear you. That it may be displayed with truth. That your beloved may be delivered. Save with your right hand and answer us. Give us help against the adversary, for deliverance by man is vain. Through (You) God (alone) we shall do valiantly. And it is God who will tread down our adversaries.


Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 4 / Vespers

Let Us Pray.

Restore us, O God of our salvation, And cause Your indignation toward us to cease. Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O Lord, And grant us Your salvation.

I will hear what God the Lord will say; For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones; But let them not turn back to folly. Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him, that glory may dwell in our land. Lovingkindness and truth have met together; Righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs from the earth, And righteousness looks down from heaven.

Indeed, the Lord will give what is good, And our land will yield its produce. Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way.

Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 4

Let us pray.

See, O Lord, for we are in distress; Our spirits are greatly troubled; Our hearts are overturned within us; For we have been very rebellious.

We lift up our heart and hands toward You, our God and Father in Heaven; We have transgressed and rebelled. Do not forsake us, O LORD; O God, do not be far from us! Make haste to help our country The United States of America, O Lord, our salvation!

Out of the depths we are crying to You, O LORD. Lord, hear our voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of our supplications. If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.

We wait for you O LORD, our souls do wait, And in Your word do we hope. Our souls wait for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.

Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; Let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, for we are brought very low. Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Your name; And deliver us and forgive our sins for Your name’s sake.

Why should the nations say, “Where is their God?” O people of America, hope in the LORD; For with the LORD there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem us from all our iniquities. Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause Your indignation toward us to cease.

Will You be angry with us forever? Will You prolong Your anger to all generations? Will You not Yourself revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD, and grant us Your salvation.

Amen

Reference: Lamentations 1:20, 3:40, Psalm 130, Psalm 38:21-22, Psalm 79:8-9 and Psalm 85:4-13

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 3

The Faith and Confidence of Hezekiah 

Father, as we come into your presence this morning, help us to still ourselves. To surrender our will to yours. And to silence our soul in the certain knowledge of hearing your voice.

Selah

We honor and thank You for Your creation, and for providing us a role in it.  You are our King, the great I Am, the God of Abraham, the God of Noah, and the God of Moses. All honor, glory and praise are yours forever.

Lord, hear our voices as we lift our prayer to you.  We realize that we are living in a post-Christian world.  That even the people called by your name have fallen short. The natural consequences of this are that we are pressed on all sides. That we are under siege by forces seen and unseen.  That our country is on the brink of collapse.  And we acknowledge that this is a fitting and just response to our sin.

We are reminded of other times when your people were under siege.  You are the same God that your servant King Hezekiah called upon.  His city was under siege by the Assyrians, his people out of food and hope.  He received a written ultimatum from the Assyrian King, including the assertion that the God of Israel could no more save Jerusalem than the gods of other countries conquered by the Assyrians had saved them.

After Hezekiah received the letter and read it, he went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the LORD:

“O LORD, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth. Bend down, O LORD, and listen! Open your eyes, O LORD, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God. “It is true, LORD, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all these nations. And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all – only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands. Now, O LORD our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O LORD, are God.”  (2 Kings 19:14-19, NLT)

So we spread out our problem before you.  We acknowledge our individual transgressions and those of your people.  We know what the answer is: We must repent of our sins and return to you. You have told us that if we will humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, You will hear from heaven and will forgive our sins and restore our land.  (2 Chronicles 7:14) We ask for your mercy in turning the hearts of all people who have lost their way.  Help us Lord, for we are powerless without you. 

We ask it for the salvation of Your people.  And we ask it so that all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone are God.

Amen

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The Return / A Certain Trumpet / Day 2

This is Day Two of our prayer and petition of God as part of The Return (https://thereturn.org). Today we use Daniel’s Prayer (Daniel 9:4-19) as our prayer guide. 


Dear Lord, we humbly come before you, our righteous and Holy God as Daniel did for his country and people.


We come because your word says; Then if my people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, (You) will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land  (2 Chronicles 7:14, NASB). 


Our hearts are breaking because of the condition of our country.


As Daniel we pray to you O LORD the great and awesome God who keeps His covenant and lovingkindness for those who love Him and keep His commandments, we individually and as a nation, have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled, even turning aside from your commandments and ordinances  Moreover we have not listened to your Word.


Righteousness belongs to You, O LORD, but to us, open shame because of the unfaithful deeds which we have committed against You.  To the LORD our God belong compassion and forgiveness, but we have rebelled against You, nor have we obeyed the voice of the LORD to walk in Your teaching which you set before us through Your Word.


Indeed all America has transgressed Your law and turned aside, not obeying Your voice. So the curse has been poured out on us because we have sinned against You.  Thus you have spoken against us and our rulers to bring great calamity on us.  Yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth.


O LORD, who had made us a great nation with your mighty hand and made a Name for Yourself among the nations.  O LORD in accordance with all your righteous acts, let now Your anger and Your wrath turn away from America.So now, our God listen to the prayer of your servants and to this supplication; and for Your sake and to magnify Your name, let Your face shine on America.


O my God incline Your ear and hear!  Open your eyes and see our desolation and the country founded on and called by Your Name.We are not presenting our supplications before you on account of any merits of our own, but on account of Your great compassion.


O LORD hear!  O LORD forgive! O LORD listen and take action!  For Your own sake, O my God, do not delay, because Your nation and Your people are called by Your Name.
Amen

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The Return

This morning we begin daily prayer (7 AM and 7 PM) for The Return. More information can be found at https://www.acertaintrumpet.com.

Join us throughout this journey. You can email us using the ‘email us’ link in the “Want to Join in The Return?” section of the “Who We Are” page at https://www.acertaintrumpet.com.

We begin with this prayer:

Heavenly Father we come together today to humble ourselves and begin a time of corporate prayer for a return of the people of this nation, and throughout the world; a return to a relationship with You, our sovereign Lord. We ask that this be the beginning of true repentance, true revival, and true restoration of obedience to You, for the salvation of all your people. That we each come to have a secure relationship with Jesus Christ.


Open the eyes and hearts of the people of this land so that they turn to you with humility. It is our petition that all people come to know you as their Savior and Sovereign Lord. Lord, You have given us all that we need.


We are reminded today that You taught us to pray: “.. one of Jesus’s disciples said, “Master, teach us to pray”” [Luke 11:1, MSG].
Your prayer, Lord, is where we begin our journey of the Return:

Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best – as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!

[Matthew 6:9-13 MSG]

Therefore, precious Lord, we remember the words of Paul, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God.” [Philippians 4:6, CSB] We pray that you move in the hearts of our people, and that one-by-one each us will humble ourselves and learn to pray and seek Your face, and turn from our sin. We pray that You will hear our prayers. Lord, heal our land. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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On Obedience

One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons. Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Bound In The Bundle Of Life

Abigail to David: “And man riseth to pursue thee and to seek thy soul, and the soul of my lord hath been bound in the bundle of life with Jehovah thy God.” 1 Samuel 25:29 YLT

If eternity seems too far away to be of much hope or help to you today, imagine if God’s promises weren’t there at all. Consider and give thanks for what it means that your life – past, present, and future – is bound securely in Christ.

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Man Plans And God Laughs

OK. OK. OK. We made a mistake.

Our last post (https://whatnow2do.com/2020/08/13/living-in-the-light-of-eternity/) said we were decamping to A Certain Trumpet until October 1, and asked you to follow us there.

But the Spirit stirred up a message this morning. And so we are back. That message follows (https://whatnow2do.com/2020/08/18/confidence-in-time-of-crisis/)

So continue to follow us here. And also join us for a World altering journey (September 2020) at A Certain Trumpet (https://www.acertaintrumpet.com/) (@acertaintrumpet)

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