March 30, 2020
Dear Lord Jesus,
You came to set us free from darkness, pain and our sins.
Today I lift up the men, women and children around the world who are enslaved in any way.
Lord, help each one to find freedom and justice.
I ask that You break the chains of those who are forced into slavery and human trafficking.
In the book of Luke, Jesus read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah...
He has sent me to proclaim
freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.
You have come to set the all people free.
Please use me to speak hope to the hopeless and to stand for the freedom of those in slavery.
I pray for those who have been set free, please provide a safe and loving home and community for them.
Please cover each person with Your love and surround them with people who will bring healing to them.
Lord Jesus, You have the power to heal
I pray that this year will be a year of freedom, restoration and salvation.
In Jesus' name I pray,
Reflecting on the Names and Nature of God
Jesus: The Judge of the
Living and the Dead
And He commanded us to preach to the people,
and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God
to be judge of the living and the dead.
Jesus is the Judge of the Living and the Dead. This means that He is the Judge of believers and nonbelievers, those who are living and those already dead. Those who believe in Jesus are saved (they have eternal life); and those who don’t believe in Him are dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). Jesus will judge believers to give them their rewards, and He will judge the unsaved to determine their punishment (Revelation 20:11-12). Jesus is the Judge of all people; none can escape His scrutiny. Because you believe in Him, your sins have been forgiven. Jesus will not punish you in judgment, but you will have to give an account of your faithfulness and works (1 Corinthians 3:12-17).
Lord, thank You for eternal life. Help me to serve You faithfully so that I can look forward to seeing You, not to receive Your anger, but to receive Your rewards.
Jesus is the Judge of the Living and the Dead; no one can escape His judgment throne. Some think that only those living when He returns will be judged. No, Jesus will raise all the dead to appear before Him with the living. He is the Judge of all souls in the universe; no one will be exempt. Plead His mercy today, so you won’t meet His anger in the future.
Lord, I know You have judged my sins on the cross; in appreciation I worship You. I know You will judge all unsaved people, so in gratitude I thank You for salvation. I know all people will appear before You; I am not perfect, so I will be judged. My only plea is Your righteousness. Amen.