Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
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Psalm 141:6-7

When their judges are thrown over the cliff, then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant. As when one plows and breaks up the earth, so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.

Here we are, Lord, at a time when the financial underpinnings of the world are crumbling; the great god, Money, is proving to be nothing but gilded greed. How many of us, Your people, have set this false god above You, the one true God? May our hopes and ambitions that are built upon the dreams of avarice be broken and scattered upon the dung heap of materialism. May Your people turn to You and repent of their idolatry. May we praise Your name and bend our knees in obedience to You.


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Psalm 141:8-10

But my eyes are toward You, O GOD, my Lord; in You I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless! Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me and from the snares of evildoers! Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by safely.

Lord, give me wisdom and understanding. Are there actions I should be taking or am I to leave it all in Your hands. I have complete confidence in Your provision, I have little confidence in my ability to hear You and to follow Your leading here. So I wait for clarity, do not leave me defenseless.

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Psalm 119:71

It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.

"Consider it pure joy, when you face trials of many kinds" O, how difficult that is to obey when I am in the throes of dealing with a test. I know in my head that it is good and that You are bringing me through a process of maturation, but my heart rebels. Help me to live in that deep seated faith that will carry me through the trial. Perfect love for You in me to drive out the fear so that I will live in total obedience to Your word.

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Psalm 119:72

The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

Prosperous and good success, Lord. Is that not righteous and holy living? To live according to Your law is to live a life which glorifies You and which serves You. A life within the boundaries of Your law is a life lived within the national boundaries of the Kingdom of God. A life of joy in Your presence. A life with a prosperity that far exceeds the prosperity provided by great material wealth. Praise Your holy name.

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Psalm 142:1-4

A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer. With my voice I cry out to the LORD; with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD. I pour out my complaint before Him; I tell my trouble before Him. When my spirit faints within me, You know my way! In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me. Look to the right and see: there is none who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for my soul.

Lord, there is no one like You to understand the depth of my fears, to see precisely how I have managed to get myself into the current predicament, the prison of fear and loathing that I have build for myself. Even when I turn to the ways of this world, You see and warn me of the snares set along the path.


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Psalm142:5-7

I cry to You, O LORD; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low! Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are too strong for me! Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to Your name! The righteous will surround me, for You will deal bountifully with me.

Lord, You are always with me; to listen and comfort, to advise and chasten, to protect and shield, and to arm and equip. You are my refuge. That I would never forget to turn to You in times of trouble. Teach me, Lord, that strength and deliverance is from You, not in my own skill and cunning.

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Psalm 143:143:1-2

A Psalm of David. Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In Your faithfulness answer me, in Your righteousness! Enter not into judgment with Your servant, for no one living is righteous before You.

Lord, there is none righteous but You in Your great mercy have cleansed me from all unrighteousness. Praise You, my Lord, for You see me through Your Blood and You have sent Your Holy Spirit to lead me into all truth. You have heard and You have responded. I am Yours, Your servant; do with me as it seems good to You.

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Psalm 143:3-6

For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled. I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that You have done; I ponder the work of Your hands. I stretch out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land. Selah

Lord, on this day, as our country, society and culture face a massive implosion, help me to remember that You are my Strength, You are my Shield, You are my Staff, You are my Protector; that in the shelter of Your arms, I have nothing to fear for You have demonstrated fully in my past that You will provide for all my needs and keep me safe as Your child.

Lord, I also pray for those I love, that You will provide the same assurance to them, that they will seek Your face to find safety in Your arms. Lord, use what is coming to lead my loved ones to You and to equip me to shepherd them Home.

(This prayer was written on the morning of 30 September, 2008 as the United States awoke to face a collapsing financial system)

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Psalm 143:7-10

Answer me quickly, O LORD! My spirit fails! Hide not Your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of Your steadfast love, for in You I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul. Deliver me from my enemies, O LORD! I have fled to You for refuge! Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God! Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

Lord, it is the "little" trials and temptations that catch me, trip me, turn my eyes from You. I usually recognize the big stuff, but the little yieldings to pride, or a shading of the truth, or a selfish refusal to give, or .... The list of the littles goes on and on. And that's a big part of the problem; it is the littles that spoil my walk as a disciple of the Kingdom. Like the little dings and dents that my car has accumulated, giving it a "no longer new" look; it is the little dings and dents in my testimony that detract from the reflection of Your glory in my life.

Teach me, Lord, to recognize the littles and to turn to You for instruction and strength so that Your name would not be sullied by my failures.

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Psalm 143:11-12

For Your name's sake, O LORD, preserve my life! In Your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble! And in Your steadfast love You will cut off my enemies, and You will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am Your servant.

For Your name's sake and for that alone; Your name will be glorified through my salvation and restoration to the Kingdom. You bring my soul out of trouble to demonstrate to all that You are a righteous and merciful God. You are the shield about me, standing between me and all the wiles of the Evil One. You are the protector of all who serve You and honor You. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.

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Psalm 119:79

Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies.

Lord, this speaks to me and the call to teach and lead. It reveals the responsibility that I have to be obedient and a faithful witness. Use me today to be that good and faithful servant that reflects Your glory and demonstrates the effectiveness of Your testimonies throughout the day.

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Psalm 144:1-4

Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; He is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. O LORD, what is man that You regard him, or the son of man that You think of him? Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Lord, without You, I am of no more consequence than a shadow that passes across the lawn, providing a momentary blockage of the light and warmth from the sun. But with You, I am equipped for Your service, trained and armed to carry the message of reconciliation into the domain of the Evil One. Not only do You arm me, but You are my provision of rest and restoration; You are my Lord and my Master.

Yes, Lord, David's question does evoke a sense of my insignificance but the answer is that I am a child of the King upon which You lavish great love.

 

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