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  • Daily Prayer Guide: Wednesday 6th September

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    Every day this week, you'll find some devotional notes to inspire prayer and praise. We'll also be gathering together for prayer and worship tonight at 7pm and early Friday at 6am; both at our brand new building The Living Room, High Street Cowley, UB8 2DZ.

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    Joy

    I WILL GREATLY REJOICE IN THE LORD;
    MY SOUL SHALL EXULT IN MY GOD,
    FOR HE HAS CLOTHED ME
    WITH THE GARMENTS OF SALVATION;
    HE HAS COVERED ME WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
    (ISAIAH 61:10, ESV)

    If you’re searching the Bible to see what God and His Kingdom are like, you won’t get far without finding joy. The word ‘exult’ in the verse above means to ‘spin around under the influence of a violent emotion!’ This is more than having a little extra skip in your step, this is the reaction of someone celebrating having their life saved or someone responding to the most exciting, beautiful thing they’ve ever seen.

    Joy can be deepened by singing and giving thanks.

    Jesus is described as ‘rejoicing in the Holy Spirit’ in Luke 10:21 as he thanks the Father for choosing normal people to work miracles through. Often, joy and praise/thanksgiving go hand-in-hand in the Bible. Earlier on in Isaiah 61, joy (having ‘the oil of gladness’) is linked with praising God (having ‘the garment of praise’).

    Telling someone how much you admire or love them is a joyful thing to do. Often, it’s when we praise and thank God that we begin to feel joyful; even more so when singing is involved. Scientific studies have shown that singing can help us to process and feel the emotion of what we are singing. Singing truth like being clothed in Jesus’ righteousness—having access to his joyous relationship with the Father—drives truth deeper into our hearts, releasing emotion and even changing our character over time.

    Prayer Prompts

    1) Thank God for his forgiveness and goodness. Read aloud or sing through a song such as ‘In Christ Alone’ or ‘Cornerstone’ 

    2) Ask for God’s joyful Kingdom to come to Hillingdon; not just altering perceptions but changing lives and eternal destinations.

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