31st August 2012 – Almighty God, I ask for a strong, steady heart that walks consistently with you, and does not simply reach for the prayer ‘phone’ in an emergency.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 175.

30th August 2012 – Strengthen me dear Lord to keep running for the prize, and refuse to settle for anything less.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 174.

29th August 2012 – Lord God, I would consider it an immense privilege if you were to allow me to be a Jehoiada-like influence on someone else. However, may my mentoring be that of one who encourages deep dependence on God, and not on any man. You are all we need. If you’re our Shepherd we will not want.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 173.

28th August 2012 – Let me stay always close to my King wherever He goes (2 Kings 11:8b). Jesus be the centre; take your rightful place on the royal throne (19b).

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 172.

27th August 2012Heavenly Father I ask that I will not merely be someone who strongly stands against evil, but also one who strenuously pursues righteousness. Help me to deal first of all with the beam in my own eye before going after the speck in someone else’s. Enable me please to diligently guard my heart.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 171.

24th August 2012 – Lord God, thank you for your Word. Help me to stay close to it rather than stray far from it.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 170.

23rd August 2012 – I thank you Lord that your Word is eternal; it is fixed and settled in the heavens. Don’t let me depart from any bit of it. I find safety and surety in holding fast to it, and above all to you, its Author.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 169.

22nd August 2012 – Lord, I want to keep short accounts with you. I never want to be at peace with traits and habits and behaviours that cause you to grieve. May I have a sensitive conscience that quickly recognises and turns from all sin.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 168.

21st August 2012 – Lord, I long for a powerful ministry. Help me to be willing to pray the price. God forbid that I should ever neglect the secret place alone with you.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 167.

20th August 2012 –  Help me Lord Jesus, please, to maintain this delicate balance: I want to be a friend of sinners in the way that you were. I ask that any God-given goodness or godliness in me will influence them; but that I will not be adversely affected by their ungodliness. Give me wisdom to know when I should withdraw or keep my distance, and may I never be duped by my own deceitful heart. Strengthen me to avoid unholy alliances.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 166.

17th August 2012 – Heavenly Father, I know I will not be perfect in this life. However, help me to pursue holiness with all diligence, and enable me to be a good example to all and in particular to the next generation.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 165.

16th August 2012 – Lord give me a heart that is moved by the things that move you. Soften my heart Lord. Keep me free from indifference to the things that break your heart.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 164.

15th August 2012 – Thank you Lord for those remarkable moments when you cause us to meet up with certain people, and we just know it was all prearranged by you. Thank you too, that you are ordering our steps (and our stops) even when we are unaware of it.

For today’s Bible Notes –  See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 163.

14th August 2012 Lord, I am facing something so big and overwhelming that, not only can I not see what to do about it myself; I also cannot see what you will be able to do about it. But that is not important. You are never stumped by the things that baffle me. Therefore I look to you for my deliverance. Help me to keep my eyes on you.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 162.

13th August 2012 O Lord, please grant to me the faith that waits for you. Your timing may not be my timing, but you are always on time. Help my feeble trust to believe that…and that things can change.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 161.

10th August 2012 – Help me, Lord, to see that there is an angelic ‘fence’ all around your people, and that nothing can penetrate your ring of protection without your express permission.

 For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 160.

9th August 2012 – Heavenly Father, may I never forget that if something is of concern to me, it will be of deep interest to you. Thank you that you give amazing answers to prayer in ordinary, everyday situations.

 For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 159.

8th August 2012 – Thank you for the cross Lord; thank you for the price you paid. Thank you that although it may offend human pride, there is wonder-working power in the precious blood of Jesus.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 158.

7th August 2012 – Thank you Lord for the wonder of G.R.A.C.E: that God’s riches come to us at Christ’s expense.’ Amazing love; how can it be? That thou, my God, should’st die for me.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 157.

6th August 2012Lord, may I never doubt that you are able. You never change, you never turn. Your love for me is endless, and you want to help me today in my situations of need. Thank you Lord. I am so grateful.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 156.

3rd August 2012 – Lord Jesus Christ, renew my vision of what can happen in the ‘prayer closet’. Help me to regularly close the door, shut out the world, and transact life-changing business with heaven.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 155. 

2nd August 2012 – I want to have a big capacity for you Lord. I need as much Holy Spirit ‘oil’ as you can fill me up with.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 154.

1st August 2012 – Almighty God, help me to clearly see when and where you are calling me to ‘dig ditches’. I desperately need the refreshing waters of your Holy Spirit. Please strengthen me to fully play my part, so that you can do what only you can do.

For today’s Bible Notes – See Stephen’s Bible Notes for August – 153.