“My days are coming to an end,
and I am withered like grass.”
This psalm is “the prayer of an oppressed man, as he grows faint and pours out his lament before the Lord” (superscript). He appeals to the Lord who rules forever, v. 12, and whose “years do not come to an end” v. 27.
The rigors and strains of life take their toll, as well as suffering for the faith. How do saints remain encouraged and strong in the Lord?
#prayer #life #VOTD
Each night, my daughter and I say our prayer. The bulk of our prayer contains the traditional, “Now I lay me down to sleep…”, but there’s an additional part we are saying more and more often – specific things for which we’re thankful.
Depending on the number of items we include, the list can vary a little. But regardless of number or order, three items always seem to get mentioned: our family, our home and our food.
Not too bad of a list for a young child. A list worth having for all adults actually.
When it comes to prayer, supplication for others is important, requests are welcome, and remembering who God is a must … but thankfulness is an aspect of prayer that should be instilled into children in order that the mindset becomes a natural one as adults.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:16 NKJV)
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
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV)
Всякое раздражение и ярость, и гнев, и крик, и злоречие со всякою злобою да будут удалены от вас; но будьте друг ко другу добры, сострадательны, прощайте друг друга, как и Бог во Христе простил вас. (К Ефесянам 4:31-32 Russian)
Most holy and awesome God, our dear Father in heaven ~ thank you the blessing of life on this Lord’s Day that greets all people who love Christ as Lord. Bless all people in the world with the opportunity to know about your love and grace that has brought the hope of eternal life to this dark world. Give all Christians the wisdom to think before speaking so that we do not stir up any bitter feelings toward fellow believers. Help us to be good examples for all people of the way Jesus would behave in any situation. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr., Gospel Minister
Cedar Creek FL
#prayer #wisdom #good-example
“Come all [you] worshippers of God, hear what he did for me: no sooner had I called to him that I was praising him for answering me.”
Psalm 66.16-17 J. Moffatt
What evidence does the psalmist give that God will answer prayer?
Is it right to praise God for answers yet to come?
Sometimes we look for something to pray about. Opportunities and needs abound if we could only identify them. A prayer with a purpose is a prayer with real direction. So here’s a topic that meets all three of these areas. Continue reading
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6 ESV)
но когда пришла полнота времени, Бог послал Сына Своего Единородного, Который родился от жены, подчинился закону, чтобы искупить подзаконных, дабы нам получить усыновление. А как вы–сыны, то Бог послал в сердца ваши Духа Сына Своего, вопиющего: ‘Авва, Отче!’ (К Галатам 4:4-6 Russian)
O LORD – my God and King, we come into your mighty and loving presence today, asking that you hear our prayers of thanksgiving. Thank you, dear Father, for making it possible that everyone who trusts and obeys Jesus as Lord is to be considered as your children. As children, we confess that we lack the great superiority of your wisdom. Bless us by your word so that we will continue to grow into full-grown children who more fully understand the responsibilities and consequences of our freedom in Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr., Gospel Minister
Cedar Key FL
#prayer #David Binkley
And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:37-39 ESV)
Иисус же, возгласив громко, испустил дух. И завеса в храме раздралась надвое, сверху донизу. Сотник, стоявший напротив Его, увидев, что Он, так возгласив, испустил дух, сказал: истинно Человек Сей был Сын Божий. (От Марка 15:37-39 Russian)
O LORD God – blessed is your name forever and ever! From your highest place that is invisible to any manmade sensory probes, we are able to know your loving nature. Thank you for showing us mercy when your Son came to this world to bring us freedom from the death penalty we face because of our sins. Forgive us dear Father as we forgive others and purposefully follow Christ each day. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr., Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 ESV)
При сем скажу: кто сеет скупо, тот скупо и пожнет; а кто сеет щедро, тот щедро и пожнет. Каждый *уделяй* по расположению сердца, не с огорчением и не с принуждением; ибо доброхотно дающего любит Бог. (2-е Коринфянам 9:6-7 Russian)
O LORD, our immortal, invisible, powerful and only wise God! Hear the prayers dear Father, of your children today that surely brings news of hope for those who seek to know your will. As we consider that you treat us as kings and queens because we follow your Son, help us to cheerfully open our heart and hands to those in need of your gracious plan of salvation. Use us in some way to bring the saving light of your word to those drowning in the darkness of sin’s grip. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
David Binkley, Sr.
Gospel Minister, Cedar Key FL