PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“Our early training, the teaching of the Church, the influence of habit, the stirring of the emotions—how easily these lead to prayer which has no spiritual power, and avails but little….True prayer…must be to the glory of God, in full surrender to His will, in full assurance of faith, in the name of Jesus, and with a perseverance that, if need be, refuses to be denied. All this must be learned” Andrew Murray (ref#19, FIRST LESSON).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You have separated me from the peoples that I should be Yours (Lev 20:26), I will wait for You.

Because You establish Your covenant between You and me, to be a GOD to me (Gen 17:7), I will wait for You.

Because You consecrate and make me holy (Lev 22:32), I will wait for You.

Because You are the LORD who sanctifies me (Lev 20:8), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Aug 19th – 25th

Aug 19      Isa 60-62; 1 Tim 2

Aug 20      Isa 63-64; 1 Tim 3

Aug 21      Isa 65-66; 1 Tim 4

Aug 22      2 Kings 21; 2 Chron 33; Ps 49

Aug 23      Nahum 1-3; 1 Tim 5

Aug 24      2 Kings 22; 2 Chron 34; 1 Tim 6

Aug 25      2 Kings 23; 2 Chron 35; 2 Tim 1

SUPPLICATION

GENERAL TRIBULATION

[We all can think of a Christian sister or brother experiencing so much affliction they may not be able to pray for themselves. Here’s an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

CHRIST’S PITY

FATHER, because ____ is CHRIST’s, He takes more pains and gives more of His presence to (him/her) when (he/she) needs it (ref#35, p256). He pities (him/her) in (his/her) temptations and afflictions. ____ receives CHRIST’s increased love out of pity constantly (Heb 4:15). And, when temptations overcome (him/her), CHRIST, in His tenderness, relieves (him/her) with mercy and pardon lest (he/she) sink utterly under its burden (1 John 2:1,2).

In these things CHRIST has fellow-feelings with ____. He grieves with (him/her) as a friend but also graciously supplies all (his/her) needs (Isa 40:11). CHRIST, You identify with ____. In (his/her) affliction You are afflicted (Isa 63:9).

CHRIST intercedes with You, FATHER, for ____’s relief, not only for sin but also for sufferings so that when the work of (his/her) afflictions is accomplished, (he/she) shall have relief (Heb 7:25) (ref#35, p261).

FATHER, I pray ____ understand the great importance of CHRIST’s present ministry of intercession. Because of His great interest in (him/her) (he/she) is “at this day alive, undevoured, merely on the account of the intercession of the Lord Jesus”  John Owen (ref#35, p261). His compassion is the foundation of (his/her) deliverances.

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  Ebdim  Cmaj  F)  (Ebdim  Dm7  G7  C)

THE SUPREME BEING

FATHER, You are the everlasting GOD (Isa 40:28).

The Author of all—

You are the Originator of everything (ref#110, p92)—

the eternal GOD (Isa 40:28).

 

You are the Creator of the ends of the earth (Isa 40:28).

You brought it into being—

realized and formed it;

Indeed, You founded it (ref#110, p532).

 

You are the One who formed all things (Jer 51:19).

You execute—

You are the Maker (ref#110, p817)—

absolute and unrestrained (ref#110, p5).

 

You sit enthroned as King forever (Ps 29:10).

You order and enact—

setting up and causing to be (ref#110, p465).

You establish Your throne eternally (Ps 29:10).

CONFESSION

Chord Progression:  (Am  E7  Dm  G)  (Am  Dm  E7  Am)

KING DAVID’S PROPHECIES OF CHRIST’S PASSION

You, FATHER, “…took me (JESUS) from the womb;

you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.

On you was I cast from my birth,

and from my mother’s womb you have been my God” (Ps 22:9-10 ESV).

 

“Be not far from me, for trouble is near,

and there is none to help.

I am poured out like water,

and all my bones are out of joint;…” (Ps 22:11,14 ESV).

 

“…my heart is like wax;

it is melted within my breast;

my strength is dried up like a potsherd,

and my tongue sticks to my jaws;…” (Ps 22:14-15 ESV).

 

“…you lay me in the dust of death.

For dogs encompass me;

a company of evildoers encircles me;

they have pierced my hands and feet—“ (Ps 22:15-16 ESV).

 

“I can count all my bones—

they stare and gloat over me;

they divide my garments among them,

and for my clothing they cast lots” (Ps 22:17-18 ESV).

 

“But you, O Lord,

do not be far off!

O you my help,

come quickly to my aid” (Ps 22:19 ESV)!

FATHER, remind me anew that CHRIST was fully human in His flesh and vividly felt the pressure to rescue Himself out of danger, but instead deferred to You for help that He might be able to perform Your will in total, sinless, obedience.

ADORATION

Chord Progression: (Am G F Em) (Dm C Dm Am)

THIS IS MY GOD – CLOTHED IN MAJESTY

“The Lord reigns,

He is clothed with majesty;

The Lord is clothed,

He has girded Himself with strength.

 

Surely the world is established,

so that it cannot be moved” (Ps 93:1 NKJV).

“…give glory and honor and thanks to him…

who lives forever and ever,” (Rev 4:9 ESV).

 

“…’Behold, this is (my) God;

(I) have waited for him, that he might save (me)…”

(Isa 25:9 ESV).

“In Him…(I) have obtained an inheritance,…

according to the counsel of His will,” (Eph 1:11 NKJV).

 

You, LORD, reign

You are clothed with majesty

You are clothed,

And have girded Yourself with strength.

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness” Luther (ref#152, p135).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because for me, You foreordained, destined, and planned in love that I might be adopted as Your own child through JESUS CHRIST in accordance with the purpose of Your will because it pleased You and was Your kind intent (Eph 1:5), I will wait for You.

Because You draw me to Yourself, investing me with all the privileges and rewards of the new life in CHRIST (1 Thes 1:10), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Aug 12th – 18th

Aug 12      2 Kings 20; Isa 38-39; Ps 48

Aug 13      Isa 40-42; Phil 4

Aug 14      Isa 43-45; Col 1

Aug 15      Isa 46-49; Col 2

Aug 16      Isa 50-52; Col 3

Aug 17      Isa 53-56; Col 4

Aug 18     Isa 57-59; 1 Tim 1

SUPPLICATION

NON CHRISTIAN Pursuers

[We all have friends and family that sit in our churches but only act like they are Christians. It is up to us to pray for their salvation. Here’s an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

CHRIST’S MIMICS

FATHER, I pray for ____ who is sincere about (his/her) Christian faith. (He/She) is a pew-sitter eager to be a disciple of CHRIST but (he/she) falls short of (his/her) goal. (He/She) is all human-learning and human-doing. (He/She) is only a mimic of a true disciple.   A good mimic, however,—so good (he/she) never thinks (he/she) may be displeasing to You.

“There are many today who are sincere, but they are not real; they are not hypocrites, but perfectly honest and earnest and desirous of fulfilling what Jesus wants of them, but they really cannot do it because they have not received the Holy Spirit who will make them real” Oswald Chambers (ref#83, p85).

LORD, send Your SPIRIT so ____ may realize that (his/her) self-centeredness is sinning against You even in the matter of serving and pleasing You. Self-confident strengths oppose Your SPIRIT.

“Whatever does not issue from waiting upon God, from depending upon the Holy Spirit, is unquestionably of the flesh…Whenever a heart of utter trust is lacking, there is the labor of the flesh” Watchman Nee (ref#33, p114).

“The bedrock in Jesus Christ’s kingdom is not sincerity, not deciding for Christ, not a determination to serve Him, but complete and entire recognition that we cannot begin to do it” Oswald Chambers (ref#83, p86).

FATHER, awaken ____ to see (his/her) pathetic flesh so CHRIST can pour His disposition in (him/her). CHRIST must realize His will through (him/her) (ref#83, p86). By faith I know, FATHER, You will give ____ the ability not only to want to do His will but also the ability to do it (Phil 2:12-13).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (Am  Dm  G  Em7)  (Am7  Dm  G  Am)

UNRIVALED

FATHER, Your holiness befits Your house (Ps 93:5).

You are divine—irreproachable (ref#110, p401, 1297)—

supremely great (ref#110, p401)—

the hallowed GOD (ref#110, p1180).

 

Forevermore You are matchless;

You are without equal (ref#110, p834).

You are unrivaled—

yes, peerless and spotless (ref#110, p996, 1297).

 

FATHER, You are undefiled and faultless (ref#110, p1091)—

pure and errorless (ref#110, p1091, 515).

You are free from defects—(ref#110, p515).

perfectly correct—flawless (ref#110, p674, 515).

 

Holy, holy, holy are You, LORD (Isa 6:3).

You are perfect—sinless (ref#110, p644).

You are set apart and sacred (ref#110, p1180)—

immaculate and unspoiled (ref#110, p674).

CONFESSION

TWO NATURES

…FATHER, Your SPIRIT is teaching me to understand myself. This makes me responsible for how I conduct my life. So, let me warn myself about the battle that starts in my mind.

Since the SPIRIT resides in me, I admire righteousness. This admiration comes from the new nature You have given me. But my old unrighteous nature still has the ability to influence my mind—thus the battle.

My mind is in the habit of accepting input from my “flesh”—which is sense and reason without the HOLY SPIRIT. Thus my old nature gladly takes up the challenge to become righteous. This “flesh,” with its carnal thoughts and purposes, cannot please or satisfy You or ever be acceptable to You because it is obsessed with self (Rom 8:6-8). My mind is not renewed so as to change my conduct if I just try hard to act righteous (ref#33, p110).

Therefore, let me warn myself about my “flesh:” “…flesh not only can produce sin but can also perform good” Watchman Nee (ref#33, p110). I can read and preach the Bible, hear and believe the Scriptures in the strength of my flesh and not depend at all on the HOLY SPIRIT Who guides my new nature (ref#33, p113). I can serve You over-zealously like the Pharisees all with my natural strength.

“That which is born of flesh…is flesh, and can never be ‘unfleshed.’ Whether it be the flesh in the pulpit…the flesh in prayers…the flesh in reading the Bible, the flesh in singing hymns, or the flesh in doing good—none of these…can avail…” Watchman Nee (ref#33, p119).

My flesh will try to establish another righteousness outside of CHRIST. Flesh left to itself will lead me down Israel’s path—pursuing righteousness based on works (my doings) and not faith (Rom 9:32).

Because I attempt to follow You in faith, I know that You have gifted me with a new nature that is opposite my unrighteous, fleshly nature. I do not want to walk in the natural, easy ways of my flesh, but desire to follow You in the newness of life that You give. Keep me aware of these two natures within me and provide strength so my actions are in keeping with my new nature.

I make a decisive dedication of my members and faculties to be devoted and well-pleasing to You. Therefore, I determine, with Your SPIRIT’s help, to put to death by neglect my natural thinking.