THEME: A NEW BEGINNING
“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”
-August is generally the month of new beginnings symbolized by the number eight. For instance; we know that God saved eight people from destruction by the flood in the Ark; that is, Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives (Genesis 7:7). After a season of completion, new beginnings take place. The Parable of the prodigal son is characterized with a concoction of failures, regret, lessons, emotions, forgiveness, mercy and love; as we read from Luke 15:11-32. The prodigal son asked for the portion of his inheritance and used it in a far country with prodigal living. He wasted it all and when famine struck, he was in want. But if he had chosen the Lord as his Shepherd, he would not be in want (Psalm 23:1). The prodigal son then worked in the pig sty’s for a time and when he came to his senses, he decided to go back home and be reconciled with the father. This is a time that we are called to come back to our Father, and to leave behind all forms of wickedness and prodigal living. A season to abandon all bad decisions, habits and embrace God’s will with sincere hearts. Like the prodigal son who remembered that his father was a king and he would have a better life back home, we too should realize that we are children of a King and should live like Him through faith. When he got home he was clothed with the best robe, sandals, a signet ring which were worn by kings and a fatted calf was slaughtered for him. When we come to our Father in true repentance, we perfect our relationship with Him and are treated like kings/queens. Jesus tells us “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). God calls us to cast our burdens and cares unto Him for He cares for us. The father also reflected with his elder son who was not willing to forgive his brother saying, “It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found” (Luke 15:32). We are also reminded to forgive one another because if we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven our trespasses too and we deny ourselves God’s blessings. As children of God we are entitled to an inheritance; especially an eternal inheritance. Let us then approach His throne of grace with repentant hearts and we will always find mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.
Thank You Lord for making this new season possible. Forgive us all our sins and reconcile us to the Father like You did to the prodigal son; Jesus for because of this reason You died on the cross. Deliver us Jesus from all wickedness and prodigal living and teach us Your way of truth. Deliver us Jesus from all unforgiveness, covetousness, hatred, jealousy, bitterness, anger, disobedience, lust, lying, all forms of waywardness and fill our hearts with Your wisdom and grace. Cover us Jesus with Your precious blood and cover us with Your hedge of fire. Like You made everything new during the time of Noah, wipe away the COVID-19 pandemic from the face of world we humbly implore You. Heal our land and the whole world Jesus. Remember with mercy Lord all the children living in the street who have been reunited with their families; that You may give them rest. Be with all those who are separated or divorced; that they may be reunited with their families. We humbly come to Your throne of grace asking for mercy and grace to help us during times of need. Help us Holy Spirit our Comforter and intercede for us with groaning that cannot be uttered. Refresh us Holy Spirit, renew our minds. This is a new beginning, we are expectant and hopeful to receive Your promises in our lives, families, churches, nation and the entire world; merciful Father. Help us to see Your face in all our going out and coming in. Lord You are my Shepherd I shall not want. You make me to lie down in green pastures. You lead me beside the still waters. You restore my soul. You lead me in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in Your house LORD; Forever. Our Father who at in heaven; hallowed be Your name; Your Kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptations but deliver us from evil; for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory; forever and ever. Amen
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