Worthy Prayer > Psalm 145
Worthy means demonstrating the abilities and qualities that merit special recognition and highest honor; deserving of attention and respect; virtuous, noble, reliable, deserving.
Great are you Lord and most worthy of praise; your greatness no one can fathom. I will meditate on your wonderful works and proclaim your great deeds to my generation. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; you have compassion on all creation. All your works praise you, Lord; your faithful people delight in praising your name. We will tell of your kingdom’s glory and speak of your power, so that all people may hear and discover your renown. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. Our eyes are fixed upon you, and you faithfully provide all we need. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who love and honor him; he hears their cry and saves them. (Psalm 145, paraphrased selections)
Thank you Abba Father for a new week, a fresh start. Whatever has already passed, whatever is left undone, we lay it all at your feet today and renew our covenant in your presence. We restore our devotion to love you, listen to your voice, hear you speak, embrace your revelation, and follow you by faith with hope along this unpredictable faith journey. Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life, for you have rescued our souls from death, delivered us from bondage to lies, and exposed the Narrow Road so we can follow wherever you lead. You are guiding us towards a final destination of glorious paradise and eternal adventures in your perfect presence.
Creator’s Will > The four living creatures sing songs of glory and honor and thanks to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever. When they do so, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They throw their crowns down in front of the throne and say, “Our Lord and God! You are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. For you created all things, and by your will they were given existence and life.” (Revelation 4:9-11 GNT)
Abba Father, you are worthy of our wonder and worship because you are our Creator. We all exist because you decided to create. We would not be here if you did not will it so. All our potential and capacity for life, leadership, and innovation flows from your creative power to ignite and sustain our beating hearts, breathing lungs, dreaming minds, and traveling feet. You stretched out the dimensions of our universe. You spin the galaxies in expansive dances and shepherd them along interstellar rivers of time and space. You made the sun and the moon and gave every star its own unique name. You understand light and darkness, and you designed the very air we breathe. You understand mankind at an atomic level, weaving our DNA strands. You establish such beautiful spectacles as sunrise and sunset, full moon and harvest season. We pause to praise you, we interlude to view the vistas of your awesome creation, and we wait in this restful place to remind ourselves that you are with us and our children always, even to the end of this age.
Incredible Humility > Jesus existed in the form of God, yet he gave no thought to seizing equality with God as his supreme prize. Instead he emptied himself of his outward glory by reducing himself to the form of a lowly servant. He became human! He humbled himself and became vulnerable, choosing to be revealed as a man and was obedient. He was a perfect example, even in his death—a criminal’s death by crucifixion! Because of that obedience, God exalted him and multiplied his greatness! He has now been given the greatest of all names! The authority of the name of Jesus causes every knee to bow in reverence! Everything and everyone will one day submit to this name—in the heavenly realm, in the earthly realm, and in the demonic realm. And every tongue will proclaim in every language: “Jesus Christ is Lord Yahweh,” bringing glory and honor to God, his Father! (Philippians 2:6-11 TPT)
Abba Father, you are worthy of our wonder and worship because of the Gospel Story that has captured our hearts. Your Son, the Living Word, the High King of Heaven, left his glory clothed in flesh to taste rejection and endure pain, to face sorrow and persevere through persecution, to battle the dragon and bleed to death, to rise victorious and reign exalted. How could Jesus leave heaven? How humble is this Redeemer’s heart? We are not like you, Lord; we are like Adam & Eve, prone to wander and quick to rebel. Humility does not come easily to your people.
You are worthy of our wonder and worship because you embraced our weaknesses, forgave our sins, adopted us out from slavery, and delivered us into your family. You are worthy, while we remain terribly monstrous. Yet, the gospel radiates like the noonday sunshine painting a clear sky, so powerful and intense we cannot stare directly into your glory. Thank you Jesus for modeling humility for us, thank you for descending your royalty below the angels in heaven so that your new position of bondage to flesh could open the door to eternal life for your beloved people.
Listening Deliverer > Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God while in the stomach of the fish, saying, “I called out to the Lord because of my trouble, and he answered me. I cried for help from the place of the dead, and you heard my voice. You threw me into the deep waters, to the very bottom of the sea. A flood was all around me and all your waves passed over me. Then I said, ‘I have been sent away from your eyes. But I will look again toward your holy house.’ Waters closed in over me. The sea was all around me. Weeds were around my head. I went down to the roots of the mountains. The walls of the earth were around me forever. But you have brought me up from the grave, O Lord my God. While I was losing all my strength, I remembered the Lord. And my prayer came to you, into your holy house. Those who worship false gods have given up their faith in you. But I will give gifts in worship to you with a thankful voice. I will give you what I have promised. The Lord is the One Who saves.” (Jonah 2:1-9 NLV)
Abba Father, you are worthy of our wonder and worship because when all else fails, we still have hope. Our hope is pure and steadfast, because you love us; you listen, you care, you help, you save, you set free, you break chains, you demolish strongholds, you lift us up out of pits when we cry for help, even though we ended up there because our decisions led us to our own ruin, and yet we still blamed our troubles on you.
How great is your love, Faithful Shepherd? How vast is your forgiveness, Righteous Judge? We have all been in those places of desperation, those spaces of despair where there is nowhere else to go, no one else will help, and all we have left is the One Who Saves. Father, what is it like for you to create us and love us, to give us all we need not only to survive but to flourish, and then witness us reject you and run away, selling our birthright on foolish stakes that lead us into brokenness and bondage? Like the son who requested his future inheritance while forsaking his father’s friendship, we have treated you this way before. Here we are Father, with nothing left, with nothing of worth to offer you for a decent, fair trade. You provide all the resources, and we enjoy all the benefits.
So let us answer this question, “Is he worthy?” Yes, he is worthy. Our Chief Cornerstone has set our wayward feet standing firmly upon the Solid Rock. Yes, he is worthy. Our Dwelling Place has made his home in our hearts through the Holy Spirit: our Wonderful Counselor and Loyal Companion. Yes, he is worthy. Our Fountain of Living Waters has replaced our fast food with pure water and living bread, a Wisdom Wellspring cascading heavenly blessings as rivers of anointing into every day and night of our lifetimes.
Yes, he is worthy. Our Horn of Salvation has resounded in the heavens and filled the skies with the glory of the Creator, paving a way where there was no way for all peoples and tribes to turn away from false gods and run home to the Father’s feast-day communion table. Yes, he is worthy. Our Mighty Warrior has liberated the slaves, returning the captives to royal authority. He has waged war against the Bloodthirsty Beast and Seditious Serpent who deceives the nations and thrown these ferocious enemies into burning hellfire.
Yes, he is worthy. Our Prince of Life sits on the throne of God Almighty surrounded by the four living creatures and 24 elders, the host of heaven and multitude of saints praising and celebrating the Slain Lamb who is worthy to open the Armageddon Scrolls. Yes, he is worthy. Zion’s King will judge the nations and separate souls between fire and feasting. He will seal our Great Enemy away, his touch on the world ended forever, and we will rule and reign with our Christ through endless waves of ages to come beyond measure or comprehension. All hail Judah’s Lion whose roar shakes the nations and changes the tides!
Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is Jesus who comes in the name of Yahweh. With all angels and archangels and all the company of heaven, we praise the Lamb of God, we praise the Lion of Judah who was slain for the sins of the world. And we sing together, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD God Almighty who was, and who is, and who is to come, world and age without end.” And we say, “Maranatha!” Jesus has come, Christ will return, come quickly, Shalom Messiah!
Amen. So be it. Grace & peace.
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