1 Corinthians 3

Yes, Lord! My life is in YOUR hands.

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Thank You for Your Church, Father.  You have drawn together a myriad of people, diverse in countless ways.  You have called each one to follow You.  You have “assigned to each his task” (v 5 NIV).  We each do our work in Your fields and YOU make things grow.  You reward each of us according to our work for You.  Thank You for allowing me to work alongside You and for You.  Thanks for helping and equipping me to carry out the work You’ve assigned to me.

You have called Your Church “God’s temple” and You’ve called that temple sacred, set apart for Your use.  Thank You for making me a part of that place wherein You dwell–not a building made of bricks, mortar and wood.  But You have built Your temple with lives–souls, minds and hearts. Starting with Jesus as the foundation, You fit us all into the rest of the framework and finishings.  You are creating a place where You, the Most High, call Home–inside the hearts of Your people forever.

As You continue the building, fitting each piece into the place You desire for it, … as You fit me in, continue to make me just like Jesus … so that His nature is evident in me.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 2

Yes, Lord! My life is in YOUR hands.

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Lord, You had Isaiah write:  “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (Is 64:4).

Then Paul wrote, as led by You: “But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by His Spirit, and His Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God’s deep secrets.  No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit.  And God has actually given us His Spirit (not the world’s spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us … we can understand the things, for we have the mind of Christ.” (v 9-12, 16 NLT)

Father, You make it possible for me to KNOW You, to really know You. When I became Your child, You moved into my heart; Your Spirit has made His home in me.  It’s by Your Spirit that You give me understanding of “the wonderful things” You’ve freely given to all Your children.

In Isaiah’s time, Your Spirit did not live in the hearts of Your people.  Under the old covenant, people had to go through the high priest to communicate with You.  But when Jesus came, He became both my sacrifice and my high priest He made a clear path for me to have access to You.  Even more, as He left this earth, He promised that a Counselor would come be with me forever — “the Spirit of truth.”  Jesus said, “…you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:15-17).

Thank You for Your presence with me.  How comforting to know that EVERY little and big thing I face isn’t really what “I face,” but rather, it’s what “We face” together, Father.  Thanks for allowing me to understand Your Word, Your will, and Your ways.  Continue to purify my heart and make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 1:8-31

Yes, Lord! My life is in YOUR hands.

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“…God Himself is right alongside to keep you steady on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus.  God, who got you started in this spirited adventure, shares with us the life of His Son and our Master Jesus.  He will never give up on you.  Never forget that.” (v 8-9 MSG)

“God, who has called you into fellowship with His Son…” (v 9 NIV)

“Everything that we have–right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start–comes from God by way of Jesus Christ” (v 30 MSG).

“It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption” (v 30 NIV).

Look how Your hand is in EVERYthing, Father!  It was You who called me into a companionship with Jesus.  You saw me as You formed me, grew me up, and You introduced me to Him, drawing me toward knowing Him.

It’s because of Your redemptive plan that I am in Christ Jesus through my faith in Him.  By Your sacrificial act through Your Son, You’ve redeemed me from my slavery to sin.  You have declared me righteous in Your sight, justified by Your grace.  You have made me holy, set apart for Your service, through the blood of Jesus.

You got me “started on this spiritual adventure” and I’m so grateful in knowing that You, Yourself are right alongside me to keep me “steady on track” until the Day I see You face to face.  Thank You for never giving up on me.  Let me never, ever lose that assurance.  Guard my mind from doubt.  Purify my heart.  Make Your ways my ways.

You are holy, Lord.  You are righteous.  Thank You that, through the death of Jesus on the cross –a sacrificial gift out of Your love for me–I can be just like Him one day.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Yes, Lord! My life is in YOUR hands.

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What a powerfully encouraging passage this is, Father!  I could just imagine receiving this letter, reading through it with such wonder, humility and gratefulness for the kind of love conveyed through such intercession.  In the times that You move me to correspond with others, YOU be the one moving the pen or hitting the keys, so that a message of rich encouragement and hope pour forth toward the recipient.

Paul conveyed in these first few verses some of what he prayed for Your people in Corinth AND “all those everywhere” who call on Your name — Hey! that’s me too.  So, I want to shape this portion of the chapter into my own prayer to You (drawn from the wording in the Amplified Bible):

Thank You, Father, for being the one who consecrates me, purifies me and makes me holy in Christ Jesus.  You have selected and called me to be a saint (one of Your people), together with all those who, in any place, call upon and give honor to Your name, Lord Jesus Christ.

May Your grace (favor and spiritual blessing) be mine and may heart peace from You, my Father God and my Lord Jesus Christ, be immovably within me.  Thank You for the grace You bestow on me, so that in You in every respect You enrich my life, in full power and readiness of speech, to speak of my faith and complete knowledge and illumination to give me full insight into its meaning.

You’ve used the witness of many over the years to impact my life.  You worked it so that their witness concerning Your Son, the Christ or Messiah, was so confirmed and made sure in me, that I am not consciously falling behind or lacking in any special spiritual endowment or Christian grace.  You’ve enabled me to receive this gift by the power of divine grace operating in my soul by the Holy Spirit.

All the while I wait and watch, constantly living in hope (or assurance) for Your coming, my Lord Jesus … the Day You’ll be made visible to all!

You have promised that You will establish me to the end, keeping me steadfast, giving me strength, and guaranteeing my pardon.  You will be my warrant against all accusation or indictment, so that I will be guiltless and blameless on Your Glorious Day.

You are my God; You are faithful, reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to Your promise.  You can be depended on.

You have called me into companionship and participation with Your Son, Jesus, my Sovereign Lord.  Thank You for this Forever Friend and loyal Companion You’ve given me, Father.  Thank You for the life He lived here as an example to me.  Take my life and make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

Next Devo-Prayers: 1 Corinthians

Through these Devo-Prayers, we’ve been stepping through the Gospels–the books of the Bible that tell the account of Jesus’ life on earth (Matthew, John, Mark, and Luke). We journeyed through Luke’s other work, the book of Acts, which gives a historical account of the birth of the Church, the Body of Christ. Then, we began diving into the letters that Paul wrote to the saints, or believers/Christians, in various cities or regions.  We just finished his letter to believers in Rome–the letter to the Romans.  Next, we’ll pray through his first letter to the believers in Corinth or 1st Corinthians.

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