No public call for prayer in school, at graduation ceremonies, or at the commencement of governmental meetings for fear of protests.
But in a violently shaking plane? No protests there!
“But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”” (Jonah 1:4-6 NKJV)
Lord, just say the word, and healing
will come—all earthly things obey you—
Your faithful promise, not mere feeling,
drives us to plead—let mercy sway you.
More quatrains can be found here, at my new microblog (think private Twitter), and here, on my website.
THE MINISTRY OF PRAYER
Preaching the gospel is a great ministry. When the problem of meeting the physical needs of the Grecian widows arose in the church at Jerusalem the apostles said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables . . . but we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry (preaching) of the word” (Acts 6:4).
Serving as an elder in the church and shepherding the flock of God is a tremendously important ministry (Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1-4). Paul exhorted, “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine” (I Timothy 5:17).
The work of teaching and edifying (building up) those who are God’s children is an indispensable ministry. When Christ ascended back to heaven, He gave gifts “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).
The prayer published today on the Believing Prayer site is a tad different than normal. I pray it works for those who read it. It contains seven short stanzas with 4-2-4-2 meter. Here’s the first:
You, O Lord, created me,
A living soul,
A breathing spirit, full and free,
Complete and whole.
You can read the entire piece at this link: The Humble Son to Lead.
Sometimes the site features prayer in poetry format, but often not. Whatever the format, the prayers seek to express needs of the many in an accessible and memorable manner. The site encourages greater spirituality and development of prayer in the life of the saint.
“Now Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he stopped, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.'”
Jesus’ own prayer instilled in his disciples a dissatisfaction with theirs, apparently, and a request to be taught.
What is there to see in Jesus’ prayer life to desire and emulate?
#VOTD #prayer #Lord’s-prayer
“Give us today our daily bread.”
Jesus taught his followers how to pray and how to depend upon the Father for their needs.
Besides bread, what needs might we ask God to provide?
#VOTD #prayer #model-prayer
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.”
Ephesians 1.18 NLT
In his letters Paul usually included a prayer for spiritual blessing for his readers after the salutation.
How key is understanding to the Way of Christ and to our spiritual well-being?
#VOTD #prayer #understanding