REFLECTIONS ON PRAYER
I have always been a person of prayer and have always believed in the power of prayer. More importantly, I have always believed in the one true God of heaven and earth who hears the prayers of His children. Even before my father became a Christian he taught my sister and me the childhood prayer, “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. If I should live for other days, I pray the Lord to guide my ways. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” At all three of our meals (always eaten, by the way, at the family table) my father led us in a prayer of thanks for our food. After he obeyed the gospel, it was the practice of our family for my father to read a chapter from the Bible (with the rest of us following along in our own Bible) and to lead us in prayer before we went to bed for the night. It was these home Bible readings, along with the study of the New Testament book by book and chapter by chapter at the little congregation we attended, as well as my own reading, that formed my first acquaintance with the contents of the New Testament. Our congregation had no divided classes (not that we were opposed to them), but we were so small that everyone (children and adults) met in one large class on Wednesday nights and we studied through the New Testament in the above fashion. I think there is much that could be said in favor of ten, eleven, and twelve year old boys sitting in a Bible class with adults, reading the scriptures with them, both asking and answering questions that arise from the text, and making appropriate comments on the text being studied. I know that I will always cherish those sweet and precious memories! Continue reading
By Chris Underwood — Application: Decide that at least one day this week you will use the Bible to guide your prayers.
Here are some Bible scriptures that may be helpful in your praying the Bible plan. Continue reading
“O Lord, I come before you in prayer.”
David knew the essence of prayer as approaching the presence of God. How this simple act required him to be circumspect, at the same time he asked for help and protection.
Prayer requires the right attitude, not only a seeking for something from God. It recognizes who God is and how he acts, vv. 7-10. It honestly and humbly lays out one’s need.
#prayer #Psalms #votd
“And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith, that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 1.11-12
God works in his people. He makes his power accomplish his will in them. Their work depends upon him. God does this to glorify his Son and to glorify his people in him. This was Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians.
What are my desires for goodness? What work of faith have I begun? What prayer have I offered for others like Paul’s?
#votd #2-Thessalonians #prayer #power
“He prayed, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, guide me today. Be faithful to my master Abraham.'”
The servant of Abraham was sent to find a wife for Isaac. He prayed for God to guide him in the process. God immediately answered his prayer.
We have been sent on our Master’s work to wed others to Christ. Prayer is an essential component to our success. What is your prayer today?
#votd #Genesis #prayer
“At the same time pray for us too, that God may open a door for the message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”
The apostle Paul asked for prayers for his work of proclaiming Christ. He had urged the Colossians to be alert in prayer, v. 2. Among many subjects of prayer, the greatest is the spread of the gospel.
Where is your prayer list of people who spread the gospel? How many people who need to obey do you pray for? What doors might God open through your prayers?
#votd #Colossians #prayer
“But now I am coming to you, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience my joy completed in themselves.”
Jesus prayed to his Father before his betrayal. He looked forward to returning to the Father. He also desired to fulfill his mission of revealing the Father’s will to mankind. He knew it was the source of true joy.
Do I desire, like Jesus, to go to the Father? Do I desire to hear Jesus’ words? Do I desire the full joy that lasts? Do I know how to receive it?
#votd #John #prayer #joy
“For this reason I tell you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Often, when the Lord made a promise to Israel, he put it in the past tense (see Deuteronomy 3.2, for example), to indicate how sure was his word. Jesus does the same about prayer requests.
The Lord is able to bless, and he desires to bless. He bristled when the possessed boy’s father said, “If you can” Mark 9.22-23. The issue is not his ability or desire, but our willingness to believe.
#votd #Mark #prayer #faith
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Here are the topics you will find:
- In Spirit and Truth (Rick Brumback)
- Worship (Cody Westbrook)
- I Will Sing the Wondrous Story (Andy Baker)
- Approaching the Throne of Grace (Bruce Ligon)
- Preaching As Worship (Mike Vestal)
- New Testament Giving (Jon McCormack)
- Worship – The Lord’s Supper (Kerry Clark)
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“Realize that the Lord shows the godly special favor; the Lord responds when I cry out to him.”
After a moving request for help, v. 1, and a challenge to threatening men, v. 2, David expresses, as a part of his reply to the wicked, his confidence that God will answer.
“Sinful behavior is ultimately fruitless and self-destructive” (NETB). The godly who rely on God will be “safe and secure” v. 8.
#votd #Psalms #prayer
“Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?”
In the sermon on the mount, Jesus makes an argument from the lesser to the greater. Humans take care of their children. God will certainly take care of his by answering their prayers.
What “good things” have you asked God for? Do you know what is really good and what you should ask for?
#prayer #God #VOTD
In April I’ll be teaching an intensive study on “Exegese and Hermeneutics” as a part of a congregation training program in another state. The program focuses on helping the men learn better to preach and teach.
I’d like to do a short segment on prayer. Please respond in the comments, or send me an email, with your thoughts on what role prayer plays in understanding the Bible.
Of course, I don’t expect anyone to tell us that we should pray and then God will give us a revelation. I would like, however, some specific ideas on the topic.
So this is not a gotcha question. I’m looking for some practical perspectives that I can offer these men.
#prayer #Bible-study #exegese #hermeneutics
*What does God require of us? Upgraded lessons by this title have been added to the Old Paths Archive.
Wat vraagt God van ons?
This lesson is from Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8).
On our final grade 12 examination in English composition in Saskatchewan the question was asked: “What is your goal in life?” I used this passage as a theme and explained that to obey this passage was my goal in life.
Everyone in Saskatchewan wrote the same official final examinations. I failed composition, which meant that I would also fail the year! Fortunately, one could have papers re-graded by a different person, so such was requested. When the paper was regraded, the grade was 50% higher, and I passed! Continue reading
“Asa prayed to the Lord his God: ‘O Lord, there is no one but you who can help the weak when they are vastly outnumbered. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you and have marched on your behalf against this huge army. O Lord our God, don’t let men prevail against you!'”
2 Chronicles 14.11
King Asa of Judah trusted in God, who gave him peace during his reign. Asa believed in God’s help, asked for it, and he received it.
What does your prayer sound like to God?
#prayer #trust #VOTD
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 KJV)
Испытай меня, Боже, и узнай сердце мое; испытай меня и узнай помышления мои; и зри, не на опасном ли я пути, и направь меня на путь вечный. (Псалтирь 138:23-24 Russian)
O LORD God, my dear heavenly Father ~ thank you for this new day that is sure to bring opportunities to do good and bring honor to Christ the Lord. Increase my faith in your mighty power over all seen and unseen forces throughout the entire universe and beyond. With faith in Jesus who went about doing good, I ask that you help all families who are struggling with various forms of influenza, that their loved ones will be made well – especially the little children. According to your good will, please make it happen today. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
#david-binkley #prayer #doing-good