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.
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?
“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?
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