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Filthy Rags

  • But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; Isaiah 64:6 KJV

    As the preacher looked over the congregation, pondering his next victim, I sank lower and lower in my chair. He always chose someone at random from the congregation to pray, so everyone tried to avoid making eye contact with him during this time. You would suddenly find everyone reading their Bible or the church bulletin.

    When I was called on to pray, I just felt so unworthy, especially when asked to pray for others. I would look down on myself and I just felt that my prayers were a waste, others could do better, and I could not properly get the words out because of over thinking it.

    Finally in frustration I just confessed to the Lord one day that 'I am not worthy to do this so stop asking me.' To my amazement I heard 'That's right. You're not.' and then this verse came to my remembrance in a very clear way. He made it real to me.

    We all know this in our head, but I finally understood in my heart that it is not our performance or acts of 'righteousness' that makes us worthy to come to the Lord in prayer at all. It is the sacrifice of His Son Jesus that makes us worthy to pray. We stand before Him washed as white as snow by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our own 'righteousness' is as a menstrual cloth, that is what the 'filthy rags' refer to in this verse.

    When you are called on to pray, step out boldly knowing that God has made you righteous through His Son Jesus, and not by your own actions. You are only worthy, because He has made you worthy and you were brought here for such a time as this. So pray it boldly like you mean it.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to redeem us, to wipe away our sin. Now we can come boldly to You in prayer. I adore You and want to know You better. Fill me with Your love and peace, shine Your light through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Amen

July 18, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! I have felt so unworthy most of my life! It's nice to know the truth that we are so loved and worthy in Christ for all God has asked of us. Thank you Pastor:) Great message! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to redeem us, to wipe away our sin. Now we can come boldly to You in prayer. I adore You and want to know You better. Fill me with Your love and peace, shine Your light through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

July 18, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!!

July 18, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

July 18, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Thank you Jesus for taking my place when You died for my sin's and forgave me ALL of my sin's and for the resurection power, You have put inside of me through the Holy Spirit.

July 18, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Even the least eloquent prayer offering is far better than none.

July 18, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen! Simple words spoken from the heart are powerful.

July 18, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Prayers when it is coming from the heart is the most powerful one. They are always heard and answered.

July 18, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 18, 2016
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Gayle Knutt
Gayle Knutt

It never ceases to amaze me that it is when I come to Jesus at my lowest, at my greatest awareness of my unworthiness , that ,that is when, by His grace He speaks to me and uses me for His purpose.

Gayle Knutt

July 18, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 18, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen, Lord I'm asking for prayers for the families of the police officers were kileed, and injured, their families and this country! In Jeses' name!

July 18, 2016
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Almighty God, I join Gail in this prayer. Our country needs Your love and healing! Allow these events to bring us to our knees. In Jesus' precious name, Amen.

July 18, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 18, 2016
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey

I'm praying also for the police depts all over this country and the families of those that were slain. My heart is hurt and sad because of this madness. I'm praying also for the two men who were killed by police, that don't mean all police are bad.

God bless them all!

July 18, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Gail, joining with you and everyone. We need HIS solutions to end this. Lord, please grant us Your wisdom <3.

July 18, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Praying for the slain police officers and their familes.  LORD GOD I lift up to you the families and relatives of the slain police officers.  Please give them peace in their and they would forgiveness in their heart, and grant rest and peace and bless the souls of the slain officers, in the name of JESUS CHRIST I pray.  Amen

July 18, 2016
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey

Today's devotional is definitely how I feel when I'm asked to pray. In our national convention, I'm shame to say but sometimes I want come into service until after the prayer has been made during praise and worship service to avoid being the one to pray. If I'm on a program to pray, I'm sometimes petrified, I've gotten a little better, but it's a word like this that's encouraging. I do believe it's more looking at my inability and God's ability.  

Thank you pastor Dion and God bless you and yours!

July 18, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr

Excellent! Wonderful encouragment Pastor.

July 18, 2016
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Thea Williams
Thea Williams

 Absolutely inspiring and encouraging; thank you so much--I needed to read this today!

July 18, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen ♡

July 18, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

 when I was in early twenty,s and first began pray in groups really shy had hard time   with this now more at ease   nearly as scard pray in group.

 

July 18, 2016
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Iva Stoneberger
Iva Stoneberger

I needed this today....thank you.

 

July 18, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 18, 2016
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen

July 18, 2016
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph

Amen!

July 18, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen! Thank you Father, for sending your son so we can be washed white as snow by the  the blood of Jesus Christ. Amen! Thank You, Father. <3  Thanks Pastor Dion for your daily devotion. :-)

July 18, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

AMEN!! Through the precious blood of Jesus, we have righteousness and eternal life!

July 18, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese


Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!

July 18, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, I thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to redeem us, to wipe away our sin. Now we can come boldly to You in prayer. I adore You and want to know You better. Fill me with Your love and peace, shine Your light through me, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 19, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.

July 24, 2016