VANITY OF VANITIES
Ecclesiastes Chapter 1
“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.” (Verse 1)
Almighty Lord Jehovah God on Thy Great, Majestic, and Glorious Throne of Power in the Highest Heavens, right now, please send Thy Omnipresent and All-Powerful Holy Spirit mightily upon my entire being, body, soul, and spirit, for the purpose of making me perfect. Give me a strong craving to be perfect. Give me wisdom to know and faith in my Creator God to believe that God can make me perfect now. Send Thy Almighty Holy Spirit mightily upon my entire being for the purpose of giving me the most wonderful, loving, joyous, peaceful, thrilling, exciting, fulfilling, meaningful, rewarding life possible during my stay under the sun, a life much greater and more glorious than I have ever known to date, or can even imagine or presently comprehend in my mind. I acknowledge to Thee, Almighty God, that I do not have the power within my being to make my own life into such a wonderful experience. So please now work powerfully in my entire being to cause me to completely submit myself to My Creator God on High, for the purpose of Thee making my life into the very best life possible.
Please work a great miracle upon me this very instant and cause my ears to hear, cause my mind to perceive and understand, and cause my heart to willingly receive and obey the words of the Preacher recorded here in Ecclesiastes in Thy Holy Bible. Cause me to know the importance to me personally and individually, of the power that God hath ordained for a king who reigns upon a throne, ruling in absolute authority. Cause me to know the importance, directly and personally to me, of King Solomon’s everlasting words from Almighty God on High penned here in Ecclesiastes. Cause me to know the importance to Thee, Lord God, of Thy chosen city, Jerusalem. Reveal to me the great blessings that I will receive by loving Jerusalem and by praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Help me to love Jerusalem and to pray for its peace. Please have mercy upon me and save me from the awful vanity of being ignorant of Thy Holy Scriptures recorded in Thy Holy Bible. I pray all these things for all other people also.
“Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Verse 2)
Almighty Jehovah God, by Thy Great Mercies, please reveal clearly to me everything that is vain about my existence and life. Please have great mercy upon me and save me from all vanity. Save me from living for that which is vain. Save me from making a waste of my life on this earth under the sun, and save me from perishing by pursuing that which is vanity. I cry out to God in Heaven to fill me with Thy Perfect Knowledge to enable me to clearly discern all that is truly vain in this life under the sun. Change my heart so that I will not love that which is vain. Create within me a heart that totally shuns all that is vain in this life here on earth.
By Thy Unlimited power, lead me to highest, richest, and most fulfilling heights and spiritual planes a person can possibly achieve in this life under the sun. Please guide me into the best life I can possibly experience during my short stay on this earth. Cause me to know true love, joy, and peace to the fullest extent possible. Help me to put all vanity far from me. I pray these things for all other people also.
“Verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” (Psalms 39:5) “Surely every man is vanity.” (Psalms 39:11) Lord God, please convince me of this truth, that I am altogether vanity, even at my best state. Please convince me that every other person under the sun is also altogether vanity. Convince me that I cannot possibly overcome my vanity in my own power by my own efforts. Convince me that I need Almighty God’s salvation freely working in my life to save me from my vanity. Please change my heart to cause me to fully trust in Thee, my Creator God, and to open my heart fully to Thee, for the purpose of allowing Thee to come into my life and to have totally free access to rule and reign over my entire being for the purpose of Thee saving me from all my vanity. I pray that all other people under the sun will trust in Thee for God’s salvation from human vanity, and for eternal life in The Lord Jesus Christ.
“What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?” (Verse 3)
Lord God my Creator, cause me to fully understand the eternal truth that it is totally vain for me to live only for this present life under the sun. Convince me that I will perish eternally if I do so. Show me what my priorities should be during my life here on earth. Teach me the importance of, first and foremost, laboring for things that are eternal. Give me a clear understanding of the Absolute Truth that I am created by Almighty God as an eternal soul that will always exist. Teach me the importance of now preparing for eternity, while I am living in this short life on earth. I pray this for all other people also.
“One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.” (Verse 4)
Lord God, teach me to number my days and to apply myself to Thy True Wisdom. Cause me to always seriously and soberly consider that my life here on earth is steadily passing away and will soon end. Help me to never forget that today might be the day that I die. Save me from mentally putting the day of evil and the day of my death far into the future. Help me to now prepare for death. Help me to now prepare to escape eternal destruction. Help me to now prepare for entering into eternal bliss in God’s Heaven when my days on earth pass away and I die a physical death. Please now grant me a repentant heart toward my Creator God and grant me living faith to trust in The Lord Jesus Christ, The Saviour of the world. Please save me from all vanity, especially the fatal vanity of not preparing for my physical death. I pray these things for all other people too.
“The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.” (Verse 5)
Almighty Lord God, teach me how that my life on this earth is like to the sun’s daily circuit. I arose to life on this earth when I was born. And my short life here under the sun is as 1 day of sunshine. As my day of death approaches, I am hastening to the place from which I arose. My Creator God created me from the dust of the earth. And when I soon die, I will return to the dust of the earth. So please teach me to number my days and to apply myself to wisdom. Save me from living a vain life, and most of all please save me from the fatal vanity of not now preparing for the day of my death by trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray these things for all other people also.
“The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.” (Verse 6)
Almighty God, I acknowledge that Thy creation is magnificent and perfect. Please teach me to worship Thee, because Thou created me to worship Thee. Cause me to desire to worship Thee, because that is why I was created, and because Thou art totally worthy to be worshipped, and because Thou art most glorious and magnificent, and because Thou art completely perfect. Please work a magnificent work in my being and re-create me, making me into a perfect being. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48) Almighty God in Heaven, I desire to obey this most important command of Thine. I know that I do not have the power within myself to be perfect. Thus I now cry out to our Heavenly Father Who is Perfect, asking Thee to work in my life powerfully to enable me to fully submit myself to Thee for the purpose of Thee making me perfect. Save me from the vanity of being content with my imperfections. I pray these things for all other people also.
“All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.” (Verse 7)
Almighty Lord God, I worship and praise Thee, because Thy Creation so wonderfully provides the water necessary to sustain my physical life. Now please teach me the importance of receiving Thy Water of Life that will keep my eternal being alive forever. Please cause my soul and spirit to thirst for the Water of Life that satisfies one’s being entirely. Please lead me to the Water of Life that I may drink of it freely, and never, ever thirst again. Teach me how that the Lord Jesus Christ freely gives this Water of Life to every soul who trusts in Him. Please give me faith to trust in the Lord Jesus. Just as the waters of the rivers return to the place from whence they came, please make me fully aware that whatever goes forth from my being, will always, without fail, return to me again. Cause me to seriously consider that whatsoever I sow, that will I also reap. Save me from sowing to the wind, because I will reap a whirlwind. Save me from sowing sin, because I will reap death and destruction if I do so. Please save me from all vanity. I pray these things for all other people also.
“All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.” (Verse 8)
Almighty Jehovah God, please help me to spend my short days on earth labouring diligently for Thee, doing the work Thou hast ordained for my life, labour that will profit and reward me for all eternity. Please give me keen spiritual vision to enable me to look on the unseen. Help me to live as seeing my Creator God Who is invisible. Please give me the Spiritual vision that Thou hast ordained necessary for me to behold and to know, without which I will perish. Please give me ears to hear everything Thou hast to say to me. I pray this for all other people also. Please save us all from all vanity.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” (Verse 9)
Lord God Almighty, I worship Thee because all the many great and wonderful things that Thou hast done have been done perfectly. I worship Thee for the certainty, completeness, perfection, and finality of all Thy Acts. Please show and teach me the old paths and guide me into them. Upon completing Thy Creation, Thou didst proclaim it ALL to be very good in Genesis 1:31. Please help me to love and seek Thy Perfect Creation. Please re-make me into a new and perfect creature. Please save me from the vanity of chasing after every “new” thing that the devil’s world puts before me during this short life under the sun. I pray this for all other human souls too.
“Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.” (Verse 10)
I cry out to the One and Only True and Living God to save me from the vanity of seeking earthly and worldly things, whether they be old or new. Lord God, please create within me a heart that is desirous to seek my Creator God first and foremost. Please eradicate all vanity that is within my being. Please save me from loving things, especially the things of the world. Please help me to love my Creator God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I pray this for all other people also.
“There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.” (Verse 11)
Almighty God, please help me to forget those things which are behind. (Philippians 3:13) Please come into my life right now with all of Almighty God’s Living Power and save me to the utmost. And right now, help me to put completely behind me, my vain life of living for earthly things and for the world and things of the world. Please help me to reach forth unto those things which are before. Help me to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14) Please make me thus minded and perfect me. Reveal unto me all things in my life that are not in accordance with Thy Divine Will for me and by Thy Unlimited Power, please eradicate them all from my life. Please remove all vanity far from me. I pray these things for all other people too.
“I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.” (Verse 12)
Almighty Jehovah God on High, please give me ears to hear what Thy Preacher and King Solomon hath to say to me thru his words in Thy Holy Scriptures. Teach me all the Wisdom of God contained in these Scriptures, and enable me to properly apply that wisdom to my life under the sun. I pray this for all other people also. I also pray for the peace and salvation of Israel and Jerusalem. Protect Thy Chosen Nation from its enemies.
“And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.” (Verse 13)
Almighty and All Knowing God, please reveal unto me the sore travail that Thou hast ordained for me during my life here on this earth (under the sun). Please guide and direct me to seek out and to search out by godly, perfect wisdom from above, all matters that Thou wouldest have me to know during my life on earth. Perfect my wisdom, Lord, please.
Lord Jehovah God, I now fully and completely open my heart to Thee, for Thee to fill my heart and mind with Almighty God’s True, Perfect, and Complete Wisdom that is from above; wisdom that is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (James 3:17)
Please reveal to me how that all wisdom that descendeth not from above is earthly, sensual, and devilish. Please save me from the vanity of all earthly, sensual, and devilish wisdom. Please reveal to me that this devilish wisdom results in envying and strife in a person’s heart, and that where envying and strife are, there is confusion and every evil work. (James 3:14-16) So please have mercy on me, and save me from all confusion and every evil work. I pray these things for all other people too.
“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” (Verse 14)
Almighty Lord God in the Highest Heavens, please give me perfect Spiritual vision in order to perfectly and clearly discern between good and evil as I look upon and carefully and seriously consider all the works that are done under the sun on this earth. Save me from thinking that evil is good and that good is evil. Please convince me that all works under the sun are vanity and vexation of spirit. And I humbly beg Thee, Lord God, for Thy Great Mercies Sake; please have mercy on me and save me from all vanity and vexation of spirit. Please set my soul and spirit totally free, Lord God, and bring me into the glorious and most blessed freedom that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. I pray this for all other people also.
“That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.” (Verse 15)
Almighty Lord God, please have mercy on me and save me from the vanity of striving to change things that are impossible for me to change, and things that are not Thy Will for me to change or to even desire to change them. Please cause me to totally trust in Thee, My Creator God, and completely rely on Thee to work mightily in me by Thy Unlimited Power to miraculously change every thing about my being that it is Thy Will to change. And thus please make me into a perfect being that will greatly glorify Thee, My Creator God, by the life I live here on this earth, under the sun. I pray these things for all other people too.
“I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” (Verse 16)
Almighty God, please help me to fully comprehend and understand that Thou didst bring King Solomon into his great estate, gave him more wisdom than any other person in the world, and preserved that Wisdom in Thy Holy Scriptures for the express purpose of teaching that wisdom directly to me. Thou hast preserved that God-given wisdom of King Solomon in Thy Holy Bible that endures forever. Please send Thy Holy Spirit most powerfully upon me now, to teach me all the wisdom that Thou hast ordained that I learn from King Solomon’s great experience of wisdom and knowledge during his life under the sun, long, long ago. I pray this for all other people also.
“And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. (Verse 17)
Lord God, please help me to understand fully, that Thou hast given me these words of wisdom to warn me and to thus turn me from the vanity of giving my heart to know madness and folly which will, of a certainty, result in vexation of my spirit. Please save me from the vanity of giving my heart to know earthly and worldly wisdom. Have mercy on me and save me from giving my heart to know madness and folly. Please help me to give my heart totally and fully to my Creator God, to learn Thy Pure, Spiritual Wisdom that descendeth from Above. I pray these things for all other people under the sun also.
“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow. (Verse 18)
Almighty God, help me to take due warning that my degenerate, fleshly love and craving for earthly and worldly wisdom and knowledge is most detrimental, harmful, and destructive to me. Please help me to take due notice of the certain and unchangeable truth of wise King Solomon’s warning here in this verse. Much wisdom will of a certainty bring much grief to me, and much knowledge will bring much sorrow to me. Convince me that there is no way I can get around, shun, avoid, or escape those eternal truths. Please cause me to desire only the wisdom and knowledge that Thou hast ordained specifically for me in this life under the sun. During my life under the sun, please save me from unnecessary grief and sorrow that comes from disobedience to my Creator God. Please have great mercy upon me and save me from all vanity. I pray this for all other people also. Thank Thee, Lord Jehovah God in Heaven, for hearing and answering these prayers of mine, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s Precious Name’s Sake. Amen.
(This is the end of Chapter 1 of VANITY OF VANITIES)