4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints

A couple of days ago, I received an email from a church member in his 80s, letting me know that he’s moving. We have known for some time that it’s best for him to move closer to his family due to his health and housing situation. But the news that the move was finally happening hit me unexpectedly, as if I’d lost a dear friend. I felt it in the pit of my stomach and the tears in my eyes.

Then I realized that is exactly why I felt that way: I was losing a dear friend, and a grandfather in the faith. And our church is losing him, too.

Sometimes senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. That’s unfortunate because they’re an essential part of the body of Christ. Although we trust in our sovereign and wise God to add and take away from his local body as he sees fit, church life is different without them. As pastors, therefore, we need to remind our elderly members that they’re not only loved by their Good Shepherd and Savior—they’re also loved and needed by his people.

Here are four reasons every local church needs senior saints.

1. We need your prayers.

My 80-something friend often leads our congregation in prayer on Sunday mornings. Visitors and members regularly comment on how his prayers are a blessing to them. We need older members to pray out loud during worship services, Bible studies and prayer meetings. We also need their private prayers.

Sometimes, I’ll see God work in a way that can only be explained by a work of his Spirit in somebody’s life or in salvation. When this happens, I think, “God has answered the prayers of one of my sisters in Christ,” because I know there are several elderly ladies who pray for our church, our community and my pastoral ministry regularly. Even if you’re reading this on your tablet from a nursing home—I visited an elderly lady doing just that the other day—we as the church need your prayers.

2. We need your practical, biblical wisdom.

Now go to: https://churchleaders.com/pastors/pastor-articles/317186-4-reasons-every-church-needs-senior-saints-tim-counts.html

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3 Consequences Of Not Praying Enough

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Prayer that cheers

Introduction
Do you feel down in the dumps? Do you struggle with yourself? Does life ever overwhelm you? Has your faith become a drudgery? Are the storms of life upsetting? Is your service for Christ costly? If you take advice from James you’ll certainly get help.

Context
The theme that runs through James is ‘You need a faith that works!’ He’s given some spiritual litmus to see how faith is firing: like how you handle treasures, endure trials and control tongues. His closing comments focus on the need for fervent prayer. To have a faith that works you’ll be often on your knees.

Text
Chapter 5.13 is where I want to take your heart. “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” Don’t think prayer a chore! God gives it for your cheer. Prayer brings some cheer in your tears. Prayer adds more cheer by your songs.

Subjects of Cheering Prayer
James gives no exemptions. Anyone is all-inclusive. All believers are beneficiaries in the bending of their knees. Husbands, wives, elders, deacons, men, women, parents, children, young, old, princes, citizens may receive this cheering help. Did my list exclude you? Cheer up Christ includes you!

More at: http://gentlereformation.com/2017/06/24/prayer-that-cheers/

A prayer of about “blessing” God

 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy––through the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forever! Amen. Jude 24 – 25

 

Heavenly Father, while many clamor about an try to “claim” more blessings from you, may this be a year in which we come alive to the multiplied blessings you have already lavished upon us in the gospel. Already you have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and have placed us in the kingdom of your blessed son, Jesus. Already you have blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Already we are completely loved by you because of Jesus’ completed work on our behalf. As the year progresses, open the eyes of our hearts to see all these glorious riches more clearly and enjoy them more fully.

All year long you will prove your covenant and capacity to keep us from falling. Though we may falter in the journey, the grasp of your grace is steady and secure. When we waver in our adoration of you, you will remain constant in your affection for us. When we are faithless the disobedient, you will remain committed and fully engaged with us. Even when you must discipline us this year, it will be in love, never in disgust the regret that you have adopted us. We praise you for being the perfect father to your daughters and sons.

All year long you will be at work preparing us for the day when you’ve we come into your glorious presence. We are confident and grateful as we face that day, because you have promised to complete the good work of the gospel you have begun it us. Indeed, Father, if this should be the year in which you call me “home,” herein lies my humble confidence: I will stand before you without fault because you have placed me in the faultless righteous one, Jesus.

Our hope is built on nothing less, nothing more, and nothing other than Jesus’ blood and his righteousness. Jesus is the only reason we can be sure we will stand before you with great joy. Your joy is our strength. Because of your great delight in us, we find great delight in you. Because you rejoice over us with singing, we will sing a new song of the gospel for ever.

Gracious father, you are the only God, the only savior –– to you “be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!

In Jesus merciful and matchless name we pray. Amen

Read: Col 1.13, Eph 1.3, 18-19, Heb 12.7-12, Phil 1.6, Neh 8.10, Zeph 3.14-17, Jude 25

 

~ Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers Jan 2

George Jones – Jesus Hold My Hand

Oldie done western – good words

We Cry Out – Your Glory Is Here

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Prayer Life This Week

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