Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Praying Through God’s Word: Leviticus

Leviticus 1:1-2:16
We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus, is “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). In His death for us, we see Your love for us. Help us to come to the Cross of Christ. Help us to worship You in the beauty of holiness. Help us to celebrate Your love in the spirit of thanksgiving.
Leviticus 3:1-4:35
We thank You, Lord, that “we have peace with You through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). We thank You that “Jesus is our peace” (Ephesians 2:14). This peace is not something that comes from within ourselves. It comes to us from outside of ourselves. It comes from above. It comes to us from You. It’s given to us. It’s Your gift. We cannot give this gift to ourselves. We can only receive it by faith – faith in Jesus, our Saviour.
Leviticus 5:1-6:30
We thank You, Lord, that Your salvation is greater than our sin. We look at Christ’s sacrifice – He gave Himself in death for us. We are glad that He is our Saviour. He has taken our sin upon Himself. He gives Your salvation to us. Thank You, Lord.
Leviticus 7:1-38
When, Lord, we think of Jesus, crucified for us, may our hearts be filled with joyful praise and heartfelt thanksgiving.
Leviticus 8:1-36
Lord, You love us. You call us to love You. Help us, Lord, to grow in our love for You – to obey Your Word, to do Your will, to walk in Your way.
Leviticus 9:1-10:20
Lord, You are holy. We are sinners. You see our sin – and You keep on loving us. We see Jesus – and we know that You will never stop loving us. Help us, Lord, to confess our sin and to receive Your forgiveness. Lead us out of our sin and into Your holiness – and help us to give all the glory to You.
Leviticus 11:1-47
Lord, we thank You that Your call to holiness begins with Your call to salvation. We’re not left to go it alone. You come to us. You come as our Saviour. You take us as we are – but You don’t leave us the way You found us. You start changing us. You have great plans for us. You’re making us more like Your Son, Jesus. We trust Jesus. We receive His salvation. Help us to follow Him, to be changed by Him, to become more like Him.
Leviticus 12:1-13:46
Lord, we thank You that the blood of Your Son, Jesus, cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). We come to the Cross of Christ in our failure. At the Cross of Christ, we receive Your forgiveness. We bring our sin to the Saviour. He gives to us His salvation. Bring us, Lord, out of the darkness of our sin and into the light of Your salvation.
Leviticus 13:47-14:32
We thank You, Lord, that “the vilest offender , who truly believes, that moment, from Jesus, a pardon receives.” By faith, we receive Your forgiveness – but we never earn Your forgiveness. Forgiveness is always Your gift. It’s never a reward. By faith, we look away from ourselves. We look to Jesus, our Saviour. We do not say, “How great is my faith.” We say, “How great is my Saviour.”
Leviticus 14:33-15:33
Lord, what are we to do about our sin? What can we do about it? It keeps on spreading. We can’t do anything about this. It just gets worse and worse. What can be done about this? We can do nothing – but Jesus can do something about it. He’s our Saviour. He comes to us in love. He comes to us in power. He forgives our sin. He gives us a new beginning. The past is put behind us. Jesus leads us on to Your eternal glory. Hallelujah! – “This is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).
Leviticus 16:1-34
Lord, we sing of Jesus, Your Son. He is “the man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3) – but this does not make us sad. We look beyond His suffering. We see our salvation. We sing of Your salvation. With joy, we sing to You – “Hallelujah! What a Saviour!” We look at Jesus – and we ask the question, “Full atonement – can it be?” We rejoice in Your answer – “Full atonement – Yes it is!” What a perfect Saviour we have! What a great salvation He has given to us! Help us, Lord, to say, in our hearts, “God forbid that I should ever boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Galatians 6:14).
Leviticus 17:1-18:23
We thank You, Lord, that Your Son, Jesus, died – so that we might live. He was forsaken by You – so that we might live with You. We think of Jesus, suffering for us – “In my place, condemned, He stood.” We think of the blessing that He brings to us: “Sealed my pardon with His blood.” Here-and-now, there’s a song of praise, arising in our hearts – but there’s more than that: We look forward to the full glory of Your heavenly and eternal glory: “When He comes, our glorious King, all His ransomed home to bring, then anew this song we’ll sing: Alleluia! What a Saviour!”
Leviticus 18:24-19:37
Lord, You are the God of perfect holiness. You are the God of perfect love. You call us to a life of holiness. You call us to a life of love. How are to live this life of holiness and love? We need the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of love. Without Him, we cannot even begin to live this new life – the life of holiness and love. We thank You, Lord, that You have not left us to live this life in our own strength – “the Holy Spirit … lives in us” (2 Timothy 1:14).
Leviticus 20:1-27
Lord, if we are to become holy, it must be Your doing – not our own achievement. We come to our Saviour with our sin. We receive from Him Your forgiveness – and the Spirit of holiness. Our past is put behind us. Our sins are forgiven – and forgotten. You call us on into Your future. We are being changed by Your love and Your holiness. We look back at all that You have done for us – and we say, “To God be the glory! Great things He has done.” We look forward to all that You will do for us – and we say, ‘To God be the glory! There is more to come  – “much more” (Romans 5:10). The best is yet to be! (1 Corinthians 2:9).‘
Leviticus 21:1-22:16
Teach us, Lord, that “every virtue we possess … every victory won … every thought of holiness are Yours alone.” Virtue, victory, holiness – Where do these things come from? They come from You, Lord. “In ourselves, there is no good thing” (Romans 7:18) – Our lives have been spoiled by our sin. We thank You, Lord, that You haven’t given up on us. You haven’t dismissed us as a lost cause. You keep on working in us, changing us, making us more like Jesus.
Leviticus 22:17-23:44
Lord, You call us to “worship You in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Where does true worship come from? – It comes from You. It comes from Your Spirit. It comes from Your Truth. We read the Holy Scriptures – and we begin to worship You. We open our hearts to the Holy Spirit – and the spirit of praise grows stronger in us. We listen to the voice of our Holy Saviour – and He leads in the pathway of true worship. True worship comes from You: “Fill Thou our life, O Lord our God, in every part with praise.”
Leviticus 24:1-25:24
Lord, we hear the questions, “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?” and “Who shall stand in His holy place?” – and we say, ‘This is too much for us.” We thank You, Lord, that there is Good News for us. There is One who has ascended the hill of the Lord. There is One who stand in Your holy place. Jesus has ascended the hill of the Lord. Jesus stands in Your holy place. He has ascended Your holy hill – for us. He stands in Your holy place – for us. He has “received blessing from You” – for us (Psalm 24:3-5). When , Lord, we come to worship You, help us to come in the Name of Jesus: Just as I am, without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me … “
Leviticus 25:25-55
Teach us, Lord, that what You have done for us is always so much greater than anything we could ever do for You. You gave Your Son, Jesus, to be our Saviour. Your Holy Spirit has come to live in our hearts. He’s changing us. He’s making us more like Jesus. You give us the privilege of serving You – sharing, with others, the wonderful love of Jesus. You’ve done so much for us. You’ve given so much to us. What have we done to deserve all of this? – Nothing! It’s Your gift. We can only say, “Thank You, Lord.”
Leviticus 26:1-46
Lord, help us never to think, “We are blessed because we are obedient.” Help us always to say, “We are blessed because You love us and Jesus died for us.” Your love for us, Jesus’ death for us:  This is where the blessing comes from – and it’s where our obedience comes from! We think of Your great love for us. We think of Jesus, crucified for us.  We say, “Lord, You love me. Help me to love You.” We say, “Jesus, You died for me. Help me to live for You.” This is how Your blessing comes to us – You show us how much You love us, You put Your love into our hearts, the obedience grows stronger – and so does the blessing!
Leviticus 27:1-34
What great love, Lord, You have for us. There is no love like Your love for us. It’s the best love! What joy You give to us – the joy that comes from knowing that we are loved with “everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3). Help us, Lord, to rejoice in Your love, to be changed by Your love, to share Your love. Your love: It’s the best thing we could ever receive from You – and it’s the best thing we can pass on to other people!

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