Praying Through God’s Word: Judges 9-16

Judges 9:1-49

Lord, there are two ways of living – the self-centred way and the God-centred way. Show us, Lord, that Your way is always the best way.

Judges 9:50-11:11

You call us, Lord, to get real with You, to mean what we say. We’re not to say one thing, and do something else. We say, I will follow You, Lord.” Help us to remember what we have said – and help us to remember what Jesus said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).

Judges 11:12-12:15

Lord, we don’t go out looking for problems – but, sometimes, we can’t avoid them. Help us, Lord, to turn obstacles into opportunities. When we’re on the verge of collapse, may Your grace lead us on to spiritual growth.

Judges 13:1-14:9

Lord, may our lives be an echo of the words of Jesus: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me … ” (Luke 4:18-19). We look at what we are, and we ask, “How can we become more like Jesus?” It begins with the death of Jesus – “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). It continues with the gift of the Holy Spirit – “the Holy Spirit has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). we look at Jesus, our Saviour. We look at the Holy Spirit. What do we see? we see Your love(Romans 5:8 and Romans 5:5). It’s Your love that changes us. It’s Your love that makes us more like Jesus.

Judges 14:10-16:3

Lord, we thank You that our lives are not controlled by what we are. They are transformed by what You are. We are sinners. You are the God of grace, Shall our sin triumph over Your grace? – “God forbid!” (Romans 6:1-2). “Sin shall not have dominion over us” (Romans 6:14). Your grace has brought us forgiveness. May it also bring us renewal: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Judges 16:4-31

Lord, we find ourselves somewhere between tragedy and triumph. We look at ourselves – and we see our potential for tragedy. When we forget about You, we’re like a runaway train – out of control and heading for a big crash. When, Lord, You take control, everything changes. You turn things around. You set us on the road to triumph: “Thanks be to God who always leads us to triumph in Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

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