Hugh’s News & Views (The Ministry Of Prayer)

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).

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A different prayer

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.

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‘Jesus was praying’ Luke 11.1 VOTD

“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.'”

Luke 11.1

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

‘Our daily bread’ Matthew 6.11 VOTD

“Give us today our daily bread.”

Matthew 6.11

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

‘Flooded with light’ Eph 1.18

“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

‘Give wisdom to think before speaking’: David Binkley’s prayer

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

VOTD: Psalm 66.16-17 ‘No sooner had I called’

“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?

#prayer #faith

Something to pray about – young people and dating

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

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‘Considered your children:’ David Binkley prayer

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

‘Able to know your loving nature’: 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

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David Binkley’s Prayer: 2 Cor 9.6-7

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

#david-binkley, #prayer, #sowing

David Binkley prayer: 2 Corinthians 6.1-2

“Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, ‘In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 ESV)

А ми, як співробітники, благаємо, щоб ви Божої благодаті не брали надармо. Бо каже: Приємного часу почув Я тебе, і поміг Я тобі в день спасіння! Ось тепер час приємний, ось тепер день спасіння! (2 коринтян 6:1-2 Ukrainian)

O Sovereign LORD God, our dear heavenly Father ~ awaken the senses you have given us so that we will not miss any communication that comes to us from your inspired word. Give us the desire for things that are righteous. Because we know you favor those with pure hearts. Help our relatives, friends and neighbors near and far to realize the brief span of our earthly life. Grant leaders in all the churches that belong to Christ, the necessary wisdom and courage to boldly proclaim the message of your grace that is for all people. Arouse a sense of urgency in those who teach and those who learn, so that everyone may have an opportunity to be saved today. We ask these things according to your eternal purpose for all people. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.
Gospel Minister, Cedar Key FL

#david-binkley, #mission, #prayer, #salvation

David Binkley prayer: 2 Cor 5.18-19

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Все же от Бога, Иисусом Христом примирившего нас с Собою и давшего нам служение примирения, потому что Бог во Христе примирил с Собою мир, не вменяя людям преступлений их, и дал нам слово примирения. (2-е Коринфянам 5:18-19 Russian)

O LORD God, I call upon you, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer and dear Father in heaven in whom I trust for eternal life and for daily sustenance. Thank you Lord for making it possible for the gospel message to reach from Jerusalem to America where it found its way into my heart. Those people who faithfully did their work as ministers of reconciliation brought me hope of everything that is good in this life and the next to come. Be with everyone who works fervently and wholeheartedly to carry this message of truth. Help us to realize fruit from our labors, but if not, may the planted seed bear fruit that sprouts up into eternal life. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr.
Gospel Minister, Cedar Key FL

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David Binkley’s prayer: Restore respect for immersion

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:3-4 ESV)

Неужели не знаете, что все мы, крестившиеся во Христа Иисуса, в смерть Его крестились? Итак мы погреблись с Ним крещением в смерть, дабы, как Христос воскрес из мертвых славою Отца, так и нам ходить в обновленной жизни. (К Римлянам 6:3-4 Russian)

O LORD our great and mighty God ~ hear the prayers of those who love you and know that you accomplish whatever you desire in any part of the earth, or anywhere else in the universe. Restore respect for immersion in water as an important part of your plan of salvation as it requires obedient submission on the part of the soul seeking a new life in Christ. Disable the mouths and pens of those who jest that there is a way into Christ Jesus that bypasses baptism. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr. Gospel Minister
Cedar Key Church of Christ
PO Box 417
Cedar Key, FL 32625

#baptism, #prayer, #salvation

Holiday blessing

During these holidays, may you and yours be greatly blessed by the time spent together and by the enjoyment of all the things “that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth” 1 Tim 4.3.

Our prayer is that you may be drawn even closer to the Lord. If you are not in Christ, we pray you may enter the kingdom of God through faith, repentance, and immersion.

If you are already in Christ, we pray the Lord may give you greater appreciation of your salvation, greater love for his leading and his family, and greater opportunity for service as his followers.

We are happy also to share this prayer with you.

I speak both for and to the Fellows here on TFR. Thank you for being a special blessing by your presence here.

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