Matthew 2: Prayer Guide

April 25, 2021 in Today's Prayer by TGV

Matthew 2: Prayer Guide/ 40-BSG-2B, (Matthew 2:1-12)/ Theme: Devotion of the wise men/ Hymn: Tis the Blessed Hour of Prayer (SDAH 501).


 

Key Text: [Herod] –“Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” (Mt 2:8)

 Opening Remarks: What exquisite hypocrisy! Herod only wished to find out the child that he might murder Him; but Jehovah God who searches the hearts of men prevented these evil designs from being accomplished!

Listen to this quote —“Satan was bent on shutting out the divine light from the world, and he used his utmost cunning to destroy the Saviour. But He who never slumbers nor sleeps was watching over His beloved Son. He who had rained manna from heaven for Israel and had fed Elijah in the time of famine provided in a heathen land a refuge for Mary and the child Jesus. And through the gifts of the magi from a heathen country, the Lord supplied the means for the journey into Egypt and the sojourn in a land of strangers.” – (The Desire of Ages, p.65).

Beloved, as we come to the today’s Prayer Session, we are invited to— 1. Consider God’s power to protect His own/ 2. Render to Christ the offering from the heart/ 3. Devote our lives to Jesus: talents, money, resources, plans, bodies/ 4. Desire to seek and worship Him whole-heartedly.

Values to Build On: Obedience to God, Courage, Family, godly Fear, Prayer, Worship to Jesus Christ, Trust in God’s care/ providence.

Sins to Avoid/ Confess: 1. Entrapment (plotting harm to another, devising evil, craftiness) –into physical danger, violence (Herod wanted to kill the baby Jesus, Matt 2:7–8)/ 2. Leadership: Errors & Sins of Leaders → Jealousy of follower’s accomplishments or abilities; fear of being displaced/ 3. Leading followers astray into sin, worldliness, etc. (Mt 2:16).

Something to Thank God For: The Devotion of the Wise Men/ God’s faithfulness in fulfilling His promises/ God’s attribute – (Omnipresence, Omnipotent, Omniscient).

People to Pray For: 1. Pray for all Christians to emulate the devotion of the Wise Men/ 2. Enemies of Jesus Christ: those who devise evil to God’s people to repent and be converted/ 3. Opposition to Jesus Christ: those who think they can frustrate God’s plan, purposes, etc. (cf. Ps. 2:4-6)

Issues to Pray For: Faith, the spirit of giving, God’s providence, guidance, persecution, violence, anger, comfort, grief, injustice, killing, suffering, Massacre of the Innocents, death and dying.

Today’s Promise: “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.” (Deuteronomy 4:29–31, NKJV)

Note: Scroll down to Section (40-BSG-2Z) for a Closing Prayer. May the Lord Bless You!


 

40-BSG-2Z: CLOSING PRAYER.

Closing Prayer/ Matthew 2, (40-BSG-2Z)/ Is there a prayer for me to pray/echo in this chapter?  Yes.

 

Prayer: Father, we thank You for Your word in Matthew chapter 2. We thank You for the gift of life, for another day to hear the Gospel and make necessary changes in our lives.

We thank You for the precious promise in this chapter, that one day out of Judah shall come “a Ruler who will shepherd My people Israel” (Mic 5:2). That prophecy was fulfilled right on time (Mt 2:6). That Ruler was Christ Jesus, who was born among men, and yet a Ruler, a King, and our High Priest, who will soon come again — not in humiliation, but in majesty and great glory (Mt 24:30). Help us therefore to “trim our lamps” (Mt 25:7); and get ready for this momentous event (Is 40:10; Rev 1:7; 22:12).

We thank You for the devotion of the Wise Men. They traveled a long distance to see Christ. They were so anxious, so committed to see Him that their ambitions, desires, and plans were set aside. Their number one priority was to see and worship Jesus!

Father, many of us are busy with the cares of this world such that we don’t have time for Jesus. We have gone astray; we have abandoned our first love to You (Rev 2:5). We hardly have time devoted to Prayer, Bible Study, Witnessing, and rendering ‘acceptable service” to You. On this day, may Thy Spirit help us to rediscover the precious gift the Heaven has given to this word –Jesus!

Help us on this day to wake up from slumber: To watch and pray; To tell other about Your soon coming; To work for the Master — doing the works of Him who sent us while it is day. “For the Night is coming when no one can work” (Jn 9:4); But above all – To present our bodies “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is our reasonable service” (Rom 12:1).

Therefore, loving Father, prepare our minds for action — To set our minds on things above, not on things on the earth (Col 3:2); To be sober-minded and “set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:13)

May Thy Spirit teach us to obey Your will, Commands, and Instructions. Forgive us our sins (and those included in this chapter). May You sanctify us, and prepare us for Thy kingdom. We thank You LORD, and ask these things, believing and trusting in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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