A prayer about gospel words and gospel works

We you give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in words, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. 1 Thessalonians one. 2 – 5

Heavenly Father, it is a great time to be alive, for even as there is growing turmoil in the world, there is unruffled triumph in heaven, a peaceful certainty that the gospel will win the day, the nations, and the cosmos. I am overjoyed today as I consider the gospel of your grace, the gospel of the kingdom, the great story of redemption and restoration.

In fact, I don’t remember a time when there has been a greater proliferation of the gospelspeak. Everywhere I look I find an openness and earnestness to re-examine and rethink what the gospel is all about. All the public discourse about the gospel, by believers and nonbelievers alike, is a very good thing.

But as I look at my life, the body of believers with whom I walk, and the community in which I live, I am praying that the gospel will increasingly in practice the way it impacted the men and women of Thessalonica. What a stirring image: “Not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction” 1 Thessalonians 1.5.

Dear Father, many gospel words lead to gospel works in my heart. In particular, I am praying for the power of the gospel to be at work in my marriage and other relationships. It is still easier for me to live in the world of words that you really invest in the complexities of heart-to-heart engagement.

May the love you have lavished on me in Jesus, and the love you have given me for Jesus, really work it in me. Made the gospel prove its resurrection power in turning me further from my idols to serve you, the only true and loving God. To be specific, I acknowledge and repent of the idols of control of self-protection.

Lastly, Father, made the great hope you have given us in Jesus, including the hope of a new heaven and new earth, deepen and lengthen my endurance. I pray in Jesus’ matchless name. Amen

~Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers

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We Are Called to Pray for One Another

James 5:13-16 – 13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

From time-to-time – I feel compelled (obligated – duty-bound) to call us to pray for our church – for our pastor – for our leaders – for one another – not only in our local church – but also – to pray for our denomination. According to Scripture:

1 Peter 5:8-9 – 8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith.

The devil is out there and wants nothing more than to devour the church – the people of God! Part of standing firm is to stay in prayer together. How’s your prayer life?

We should pray that the devil not be given even a foothold in our lives and in the church. Scripture says;

Ephesians 4:25-28 – 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

I urge all of our readers to pray for the following and more as the Spirit leads:

  1. Pray for your pastor(s) and leaders to stand firm in their faith with Jesus.
  2. Pray for a spirit of harmony in your local church – it is not necessary for us to always agree – we can even see some things differently – but we must be in harmony with the Word of God and with the essential purposes of the church. In order to reach the unchurched – the church needs to present a harmonious tune in the Spirit! No one will want to join a church that is making terrible noise (we aren’t as a whole but could go there if we don’t stand firm in our faith).
  3. Pray against a spirit of bickering (internal strife). The battle is not against each other folks – it is against powers and principalities of evil. We should not shoot our own wounded – but rather – we should love each other in spite of our shortcomings. Ephesians 6:12 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  4. Pray against a spirit of pickiness. Some have been in negative mode for such a long season – it seems almost natural to look at what is wrong rather than what is right with the church or pastor. We should not let issues go unaddressed for sure but should handle them in love and not in attack mode!
  5. Pray for the next few months (until February 2019 for example) – pray for the life of your church. The next few months will determine the course of our church in future years. As we discern a plan for the future and into the day-to-day life of the church – we should pray that we will be open to where God leads us. Pray also that the church will follow God’s lead.
  6. Pray for the church’s daily devotion to Christ!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

 

Comment at Ray’s blog: https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/we-are-called-to-pray-for-one-another/

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We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all

“Love is as strong as death … It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it” (Song of Solomon 7:6-7). We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). We can never earn Your love: “If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned” (Song of Solomon 8:7). Your love is always Your gift to us. May Your love burn, in our hearts, “like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame” – a fire that burns up our dross, a refining fire that purifies us, a flame that burns for Your glory.

Comment: https://learningfromgodsword.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/we-thank-you-lord-that-your-love-is-the-greatest-love-of-all/

A prayer about interpreting prophecy

As soon as you [Daniel[ began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are a highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision: seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put it into sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy Place. Daniel 9:23 – 24

And is said to them, “Oh foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things that enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:25 – 27

Lord Jesus, every time I read certain prophetic sections of the Old Testament, like this one in Daniel, I get flashbacks of big charts, bombastic preachers, and a bevy of fears. As a young believer in the late 1960s to early 1970s, I was convinced hours what’s the terminal generation. Surely you were going to come back within a few years. The political climate was perfect for that last of the last antichrist to emerge. All things 666 eschewed –– credit cards, phone numbers, drivers licenses. The truth is, we gave the antichrist more credit than Satan himself. The egregious truth is, some of us spent more time fearing the antichrist then really getting to know you, the Christ!

Jesus, I grieve that I didn’t know how to look for you in all the Scriptures, and therefore in all of history and life. You who have given me more than 70 times 7 worth of forgiveness parentheses (Matthew 18:22) are best qualified to help me understand Daniel ‘s seventy sevens and every other prophecy, simple or complex.

Whatever else is going on in this portion of Daniel, this I know for sure: Jesus, only you will one day put it into all sin. Jesus, only in you can perfect and complete atonement for us to be found. Jesus, only you will one day usher in a world of everlasting righteousness –– The new heaven and new earth ( Revelation 21: 1-5). Only you could seal up vision and prophecy, ( Hebrews 1:1 – two) and that yes and amen to all of God’s promises ( 2 Corinthians 1:20). Only you could fulfill every symbol and stick of furniture in the holy of holies and make a way for us to enter there ( Hebrews 10:19 – 22).

Only you, Jesus, are worthy of our adoration, affection, attention, and allegiance–– only you! I pray in your most glorious and gracious name. Amen