Oppressed souls

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:9-10 NRSV)

И будет Господь прибежищем угнетенному, прибежищем во времена скорби; и будут уповать на Тебя знающие имя Твое, потому что Ты не оставляешь ищущих Тебя, Господи. (Псалтирь 9:10-11 Russian)

O LORD God, we give you thanks today because we are reminded daily that your steadfast love lasts throughout all eternity! Dear Father, open the eyes of believers in all nations including the wealthy ones, to those oppressed souls among us whose cries in the night come to your ears. Protect our brothers and sisters who live in countries where Christians are looked down upon and persecuted for wearing the blessed name of Christ. Give us the wisdom to recognize and act upon genuine appeals for help that we can actually use our talents and abilities to spread the good news and encourage the brethren in distant lands. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Humility to forgive

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9 KJV)

Если говорим, что не имеем греха, –обманываем самих себя, и истины нет в нас. Если исповедуем грехи наши, то Он, будучи верен и праведен, простит нам грехи наши и очистит нас от всякой неправды. (1-e Иоанна 1:8-9 Russian)

Dear heavenly Father ~ accept the prayers of thanksgiving from our hearts on this new day. Help us, Lord, to see ourselves as you see us and not through the lens of self-justification. Forgive our sins and give us humility and wisdom to forgive others. Expand the borders of your Kingdom that offers freedom from sin as citizens walk in step with Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Necessary wisdom and courage

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:17-18 NIV)

никому не воздавайте злом за зло, но пекитесь о добром перед всеми человеками. Если возможно с вашей стороны, будьте в мире со всеми людьми. (Римлянам 12:17-18 Russian)

Almighty God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you, precious Lord, for leading us by your strong hand through many troublesome times. Bless Christians in every nation with the necessary wisdom and courage to live peaceably with our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as our enemies, friends, neighbors and relatives. Silence my speech when I’m inclined to utter venomous words in retaliation to the words or deeds of other people. Let the love of Christ shine in all my activities. Forgive me for any harsh and unkind words that have spewed from my heart and out of my mouth. Help me to be more like Jesus in every way possible In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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A burning desire to know the truth

When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened. (Jonah 3:10 NIV)

И увидел Бог дела их, что они обратились от злого пути своего, и пожалел Бог о бедствии, о котором сказал, что наведет на них, и не навел. (Иона 3:10 Russian)

O LORD God Almighty, our dear heavenly Father ~ thank you for the precious gift of life that we are reminded of on each new day. Bless people in every nation and language on earth with the knowledge of your blessed Son in whom we trust for eternal life. Give every person who preaches the gospel message a burning desire to know the truth, and is able and always ready to present the truth in the most simple and easy to understand manner. Open the minds of those who hear the plain truth about salvation from the Scriptures so that they will be able to obey the gospel and be saved for all eternity. Muzzle the speech of those false teachers who regularly and carelessly tell people lies regarding the most important question for every human being – “what must I do to be saved”. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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A sense of devotion

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5 ESV)

Входите во врата Его со славословием, во дворы Его–с хвалою. Славьте Его, благословляйте имя Его, ибо благ Господь: милость Его вовек, и истина Его в род и род. (Псалтирь 99:4-5 Russian)

O LORD God, our dear heavenly Father ~ hear the prayers of your children of faith on this new day. Our hearts are filled with praise and thanksgiving for the many wonderful ways you daily demonstrate your steadfast love. Revive in the hearts of young and old alike, a sense of devotion to your beloved Son so that devout praises of Christ will reach the farthest ends of the globe. May your enduring love be seen in every act of kindness done by faithful believers who prefer Christ to receive all honor and glory. Bring shame upon those religious leaders who elevate themselves above everyone else and even receive praises as kings. In the precious name of Jesus – our King of kings. Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Things that promote darkness

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. (John 3:19 ESV)

Суд же состоит в том, что свет пришел в мир; но люди более возлюбили тьму, нежели свет, потому что дела их были злы; (Иоанна 3:19 Russian)

O LORD my God, our holy Father in heaven ~ thank you for every act of kindness and everything you are going to do for those who love you and whom you love. Most of all dear Lord, help us to clearly distinguish the difference between the light of truth revealed by Christ and the lies and distorted teaching of some who claim to follow Jesus, but they teach as doctrine things that promote darkness. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Turn to stone-silence

“Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”(Revelation 15:4 ESV)

Хто Тебе, Господи, не побоїться, та Ймення Твого не прославить? Бо один Ти святий, бо народи всі прийдуть та вклоняться перед Тобою, бо з’явилися суди Твої! (Об’явлення 15:4 Ukrainian)

Dear Father in heaven ~ thank you for the love you have for all people especially those who love your Son. We are in awe of the way you constantly keep knowledge of your holiness and righteous laws before anyone seriously interested in knowing and obeying your perfect plan. Turn to stone silence, the loud noises of those who cleverly attempt to make what you have declared to be wrong, right if enough people say it is. Give us greater wisdom, in order to hate what is evil in your eyes, while loving good that you make known through the pages of Scripture. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Weak and lying arguments

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! (Psalm 84:11-12 ESV)

Ибо Господь Бог есть солнце и щит, Господь дает благодать и славу; ходящих в непорочности Он не лишает благ. Господи сил! Блажен человек, уповающий на Тебя! (Псалтирь 83:12-13 Russian)

Most holy and awesome LORD God ~ hear the prayers of your children of faith on this new day as we bask in the sunshine of your love and grace. Give us open minds and hearts as we carefully consider our own lives in comparison with those of olden times who walked uprightly. Defeat the weak and lying arguments of those opposed to your beloved Son. Strengthen our efforts to have Christ at the highest place in our lives as we struggle to lead our families, neighbours and friends to more completely trust in you. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Stronger sense of servants

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 ESV)

Но все сие преодолеваем силою Возлюбившего нас. (Римлянам 8:37 Russian).

O LORD MY God, dear heavenly Father ~ thank you Lord for looking upon everyone who follows your Son with extra love and care. Give us a stronger sense of our lives as servants who owe our lives to the One who conquered death, hell and the grave. While we trust in Christ to lead us, give us victory over anything that may get in the way of our journey home. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Our own fading energy

So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. (Psalm 71:18 ESV)

И до старости, и до седины не оставь меня, Боже, доколе не возвещу силы Твоей роду сему и всем грядущим могущества Твоего. (Псалтирь 70:18 Russian)

O LORD God, my dear heavenly Father ~ as a deer pants for water, so my soul thirsts for you O God! Grant fresh and doable opportunities for those gray haired Kingdom citizens who are not ready to be put out to pasture. Help us to focus and hone in on the objective of winning our families over to Christ as their Lord and Savior. Give aid and comfort to the leaders in every congregation belonging to Christ. Encourage those who have become weary as we trust in the power of our Lord rather than our own fading energy. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Courage to restore memorising the Scriptures

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! (Mark 7:8-9 ESV)

Божу заповідь ви зневажили, а людських звичаїв дотримуєтеся». І далі вів Ісус: «У вас це спритно виходить: відкинути Закон Божий заради своїх власних звичаїв. (Від Марка 7:8-9 ERV-UK)

O LORD my God, hear the sincere praise from our heart and mind on this new day. Thank you dear Father for creating us in your image with ability to read, learn and reason with others about your magnificent and superior commandments. Give us wisdom that will help think clearly and correctly divide the Word. Give leaders in all local churches the courage to restore memorising the Scriptures. Cease the influence of those false teachers who stir up human emotions in people who love ancient rituals and traditions more than the perfect will of Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister

Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Mutual respect

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11 ESV)

Возлюбленные! если так возлюбил нас Бог, то и мы должны любить друг друга. (1 Иоанна 4:11 Russian)

O LORD my God, our dear heavenly Father who lives in the beauty of holiness. You demonstrated your great love for all people when you gave your sinless and perfect Son as a sacrifice offering for our sins. Fill our hearts with the wisdom of Christ so that our love for one another will be characterised by mutual respect. Destroy any single shred of hateful influence from Satan in the hearts of your beloved saints. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Open cold hearts

When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it. (Jonah 3:10 ESV)

І побачив Бог їхні вчинки, що звернули зо своєї злої дороги, і пожалував Бог щодо того лиха, про яке говорив, що їм учинить, і не вчинив. (Йона 3:10 Ukrainian)

O LORD my God, dearly beloved Father in heaven ~ I am certain that only a foolish person says there is no God! Increase faith among citizens of every nation on earth. Your words are always wise, pure, true and beneficial to everyone who reads and obeys your Son in whom we put our trust for salvation. Open the cold hearts of those who have wandered so far from you that they have forgotten how kindly you have led us through the darkest moments in our lives. Give wisdom to leaders in all the local churches and leaders in civil society so that they will repent from thinking, saying and doing anything remotely evil before it is too late. Help those who preach not become discouraged when it seems no one is listening to God’s warnings. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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Forgive our foolish ways

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21 ESV)

Ибо невидимое Его, вечная сила Его и Божество, от создания мира через рассматривание творений видимы, так что они безответны. Но как они, познав Бога, не прославили Его, как Бога, и не возблагодарили, но осуетились в умствованиях своих, и омрачилось несмысленное их сердце; (Римлянам 1:20-21 Russian)

O LORD my God, Thank you for your steadfast love O Lord that gives us hope on this new day that arrives with bright and glorious signs that you love all people. Make clear our understanding, dear Father, that you desire everyone to obey your Son and flourish now and in eternity. Overthrow the human efforts of those who minimize the sacred importance of your Word that offers full and free pardon to every sinner, no matter what language or nationality. Forgive our foolish ways of not always giving our Lord Jesus Christ proper credit in every detail of our salvation. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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When we look down on a fellow human being

For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head. (Obadiah 15 ESV)

Ибо близок день Господень на все народы: как ты поступал, так поступлено будет и с тобою; воздаяние твое обратится на голову твою. (Авдия 15 Russian)

O LORD my God, Master of earth and the farthest heavens ~ Lord, you proved your authority over the wind and the waves when you lived among us as the Nazarene. Give leaders of all nations the common sense and wisdom befitting a leader to understand that you will hold all people of the earth accountable for our deeds toward one another. Forgive our foolish and often arrogant ways when we look down upon a fellow human being. Fill us with the Spirit that teaches us to be humble and faithful servants of Christ our Lord. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

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Cedar Key Church of Christ

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