VANITY OF VANITIES
Ecclesiastes Chapter 11
“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.” (Verse 1)
Almighty Lord Jehovah God in the Highest Heavens, please send Thy Holy Spirit right now into my spirit to teach me the fullness of the meaning of this verse. Teach me what it means for me to cast my bread upon the waters. Does it mean to be unselfish and to be generous, living for Almighty God and for other people, as opposed to living for self? Does it mean for me to freely give fully of my being, time, and resources to God and to other souls under the sun? Save me from the vanity of living a selfish life under the sun. Save me from the vanity of living to get all I can for my self to selfishly enjoy. Please reveal unto me the fathomless rich blessedness of living to give, give, and give. Teach me the deep joy of living for others, helping everyone I can with their needs. Help me to have great compassion on all other souls under the sun, and thus be ever so willing to help any of them in any way I possibly can. Teach me the great joy of living to give. Please make me into a generous soul. Please help me to wholly give my being and all my possessions to Thee, Almighty Jehovah God. Help me to cast my bread (all I am and all I possess) upon the waters, and to rest assured of Thy promise that I will find it again after many days. Teach me the meaning of finding it after many days. Reveal to me how that God will repay me what I generously give away in God’s Name, and will also add rich blessings upon it. Teach me to daily live to the fullest for God and for others, all the while waiting patiently for those many days to be accomplished, when God shall return unto me many fold, rich blessings and abundance. Convince me of the Truth that Thou doest greatly bless the souls who give generously and liberally in accordance to Thy Will. I pray these things for all other souls under the sun. Help us all to truly be compassionate toward other souls. Convince us all of just how vain and destructive it is to be selfish.
“Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters.” (Isaiah 32:20) Fairest Lord Jesus, right now please fill me with all the fullness of Almighty God and cause me to sow all that goodness beside all waters, spreading God’s Graciousness and Goodness to every human soul now under the sun. I pray that Thou wouldest do this for all other people also.
“Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” (Verse 2)
Lord God, please help me to always be listening for Thy Holy Spirit instructing me to give certain portions to certain souls in need. Convince me that God in Heaven will well repay me what I give to other souls, in God’s Holy Name. Convince me that God on High will abundantly take care of me in the times when I am needy, if only I am diligent to give liberally to other souls in the time of their need. Please make me into a generous giver for The Lord Jesus Christ’s Name’s Sake. Save me from the selfish sin and vanity of turning a deaf ear to souls crying out in need. “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.” (Proverbs 21:13) Lord Jehovah God on High, please have mercy on me to save me from the selfish, sinful vanity of stopping my ears at the cry of the poor and refusing to help them. If I do that, God has warned me in this Scripture that some day I will cry for help also, but will not be heard. Please help me to take that warning to heart. I pray these things for all other souls under the sun.
“If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.” (Verse 3)
Heavenly Father, please train me to gain wisdom by carefully observing certainties that occur in Thy created nature. If there is further wisdom Thou hast deemed that I glean from this glorious and simple verse of Thy Holy Scriptures, then please send Thy Holy Spirit now to teach that wisdom to me. Convince me that God’s Wisdom is pure and perfect, but also simple wisdom. Also, God’s Wisdom is easy for us human souls to obtain if only we desire it. Please give me a burning desire for God’s Wisdom. Save me from the vanity of failing to recognize and failing to accept God’s Wisdom because it is simple in nature. Teach me how that much of what we call “common sense” is God’s Wisdom that Thou hast created within us. By God’s Holy Spirit, please tune my heart to all the Divine Wisdom that God has already created within my being. Save me from the vanity of rejecting or shunning that Wisdom. Help me to live in accordance to that Wisdom. I pray these things for all other human souls under the sun.
“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.” (Verse 4)
Almighty Jehovah God on High, please help me to fully trust in Thee for the purpose of Thee fortifying me with Godly boldness and courage. Save me from the vanity of fearfully holding back from my daily tasks and labour because I worry about what the results will be. Please give me a mind to work diligently. Please fill me with Godly Wisdom for the purpose of guiding me in my routine daily labour under the sun. Save me from the folly of charging into any endeavor that is against Thy Will for me to do. But also please save me from the vanity of a timid, worrisome spirit that would hold me back from vigorously launching into any endeavor that is in accordance to Thy Will for me, no matter how difficult that task may appear to my natural eye and mind. Convince me that with Almighty God, all things are possible. Help me to always do everything that I do, as unto the Lord Jesus Christ, while firmly believing that all things are possible with God. Please give me strong, unshakable faith in my Creator God.
Almighty Lord Jehovah, please convince me that Thou doest delight for me to come to Thee in prayer. Convince me that Thou art just as attentive to my prayers as Thou art to the prayers of any other soul under the sun. Lead me to pray in accordance to Thy Divine Will, and teach me what to pray to glorify God the most and to benefit and help me the most. I pray these things for all other souls under the sun also. Please help us all to fully know our Lord God and thus now do great exploits here under the sun, for Thy Great Glory.
“As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.” (Verse 5)
Lord Jesus Christ, I confess that Thou art Almighty God Who hast made all things that are made. Please teach me all Thou wouldest have me to know regarding Thee and Thy Great Creation. Please create within me a burning desire to know Thee to the fullest limit Thou hast ordained for me during my life under the sun. Then save me from the vanity of meddling where I should not, having a selfish, nosey desire to know anything and everything. Convince me that it is Thy Will to keep secret from me, many things during my life under the sun. Please help me to fully commit myself to Thee, My Faithful, Almighty Creator God, and to be most content to learn, know, live, and obey the things Thou desirest to teach me. I marvel at God’s miraculous creation, how that Thou art able to make the bones of a baby to grow inside the mother’s womb. This glorious universe is full of such God-wrought miracles. As I behold them in great awe, please cause me to humbly worship and praise Thee from my heart for all Thy Miraculous Works. Please help me to fully yield myself to Thee, for the purpose of Thee re-making me into a most glorious, marvelous, and victorious person. I pray these things for all other human souls under the sun.
“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.” (Verse 6)
Heavenly Father, please help me to daily rise early and diligently do my day’s labour under the sun, and do it all for God’s Glory. Also help me to always trust in Thee to bless my work, make it prosper, and produce a miraculous “increase” that will abundantly provide the earthly needs of my family and me. And please help me to always be most mindful to thank Thee for blessing my labours and to give Thee Glory for all I accomplish, gain, and receive under the sun. Help me to always generously give of my abundance to the poor. I also pray these things for all other souls under the sun.
“Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:” (Verse 7)
Lord Jesus Christ, I confess that Thou art the Light of the world. Please shine Thy Glorious Light into my heart and life, and by Thy Light, teach me and guide me in the way I should go. Help me to come to a full knowledge of just how sweet it is to always walk in the Light of the Lord Jesus Christ during my life under the sun. Help me to daily live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit, and thus to know what a pleasant thing it is for my eyes to behold Thy Heavenly Sunshine. Save me from the vanity and destructiveness of walking in spiritual darkness. I pray these things for all other souls under the sun. I also pray for all the souls now under the sun who are physically blind, unable to behold sunlight and see what is around them. Please comfort them, give them extra grace to sustain them in a life of constant physical darkness. Please protect them from harm and danger as they move about, not being able to see what is around them.
“But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.” (Verse 8)
Almighty Lord Jehovah God in Heaven, I acknowledge Thou art the One and Only True and Living God, Creator of all things, Who hast created me and given me life. Please convince me of the certainty of that. Please convince me that my life is in Thy Hands and that Thou doest always have complete control over me. Convince me that it is impossible for me to run and hide from Almighty God, or escape from Thee in any fashion at all. Please help me to live for Thee all the days of my short life under the sun. Please help me to rejoice in the abundance of things Thou givest to me during my life on earth, and to constantly thank Thee for all my many blessings, knowing that every good thing comes from God Above. Help me to honestly face the reality that there will be many days of darkness (gloom) during this life under the sun, and to always trust in Thee in such hard times. Guide me to walk in Thy Glorious Light during such times. Convince me that it is vain for people to live only for this life under the sun, and please save me from the vanity of living for this life only. Please help me to firmly trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Eternal Life and my Eternal Light. Please help me to set my affections on Heavenly things and not on things of this world and earth. I pray these things for all other human souls now under the sun.
“Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.” (Verse 9)
Almighty Lord God in Heaven, I desire to daily rejoice with the True Joy that is the Divine Fruit of God’s Holy Spirit. Help me to right now yield my entire being fully and completely to Thee, my Creator God, and to trust in The Lord Jesus Christ as my own personal Saviour for the purpose of Thy Holy Spirit coming into my spirit to dwell within me, and to fill me mightily with Almighty God’s Perfect Joy. May all my rejoicing during my few days under the sun be a result of the Joy of God abiding within me. Please make all my joy, happiness, and cheer to be pleasing to God in Heaven. Please lead me in paths of righteousness for Thy Great Name’s Sake, and cause me to always walk in ways that are pleasing to my Creator God. Please give me clear spiritual vision to see the way in which I should walk before Almighty God in Heaven. Please keep me ever so mindful that soon Thou wilt bring me into judgment for all the things I do in this life under the sun. Help me to live in total obedience to Thee, so as to be prepared for Almighty God’s Judgment that I will certainly soon face. I pray these things for all other souls under the sun.
“Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.” (Verse 10)
Lord God on High, in accordance to Thy Divine and Glorious Will for my life, please remove sorrow from my heart and please enable me also to properly remove sorrow from my own heart. Please remove evil from my flesh and enable me to do the same thing. Please send Thy Holy Spirit most powerfully upon me to teach me everything I should know about the vanity of childhood and youth, and please save me from all such vanity. Help me to properly teach and warn children and young people in regard to vanity. I pray these things for all other souls under the sun also.
O Almighty Lord Jehovah God in Heaven, how all of us souls now under the sun need a Powerful Visitation from on High. This old world is perishing around us. Please let us hear the Thunder of Thy Great Power, telling us what to do. Please make me into a most useful vessel of Thine. Please make me into a person who will point many suffering souls to the Saviour of the world, The Lord Jesus Christ. I want to know the greatest life of service to my Creator God that I can possibly know. Thank Thee, most kind and gracious Heavenly Father, for hearing and answering these prayers of mine. I love Thee, Lord Jesus. Please perfect Thy Perfect Love in my heart and help me to broadcast God’s Precious Love to everyone around me. I ask all these things for The Precious Lord Jesus Christ’s Name’s Sake. Amen.
(This is the end of Chapter 11 of VANITY OF VANITIES)