PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“Real prayer is communion with God, so that there will be common thoughts between His mind and ours. What is needed is for Him to fill our hearts with His thoughts, and then His desires will become our desires flowing back to Him” Arthur W. Pink (ref#152, p140).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because the HOLY SPIRIT imparts grace—that unmerited favor and blessings of You, FATHER (Heb 10:29), I will wait for You.

Because the SPIRIT writes Your law on my heart (Isa 59:21), I will wait for You.

Because the SPIRIT is the down payment of my heritage (Eph 1:14), I will wait for You.

Because the HOLY SPIRIT examines everything even the divine counsels and things hidden beyond my scrutiny (1 Cor 2:10), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Dec 2nd – 8th

Dec 2   Ps 86-87; Rev 16

Dec 3   Ps 88-89; Rev 17

Dec 4   Ps 91-92; Rev 18

Dec 5   Ps 93-94; Rev 19

Dec 6   Ps 95-96; Rev 20

Dec 7   Ps 97-98; Rev 21

Dec 8   Ps 99-100; Rev 22

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.]

UNSAVING FAITH

“All people are naturally inclined to some form of religion, yet they fail to worship their Creator…” The Reformation Study Bible (ref#56, p1613, “Mankind’s Guilty Knowledge of God”).

FATHER, I fear ____ has decided on (his/her) own to follow You because (he/she) finds it convenient. It’s quite possible (he/she) has a belief like the crowd described in John 2:23: “Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name…” (John 2:23 NASU).

The crowd’s belief in JESUS was not a life-changing belief. They were quick only to acknowledge Him as a teacher, or a great prophet, or someone who could make their life better. The Amplified version sums it up, they …[identified themselves with His party]…. Surely they figured being close in proximity met He would save them from…whatever they wanted saved from.

FATHER, I fear ____ has found comfort in a faith that does not save. (He/She) may be content to know about JESUS, like Him, and conclude (he/she) identifies enough with Him that (he’ll/she’ll) go to heaven when (he/she) dies.

“To believe, for Paul, involves knowledge of the gospel’s content, mental assent to its testimony about Christ (Rom 10:14), and obedient trust and reliance on Him as Savior and Lord (Rom 1:5)” The Reformation Study Bible (ref#56, p1617, [Rom 3:22]).

I pray You give ____ ears to hear the Gospel. Convince (him/her) that (he/she) has no righteousness of (his/her) own and needs CHRIST’s righteousness. Be graphic about revealing (his/her) danger of perishing. LORD, give (him/her) a need to look for someone to save (him/her) from Your wrath. And then motivate (him/her) to make the effort to understand that CHRIST cannot save unless He becomes LORD of (his/her) life.

FATHER, give ____ opportunity to understand and grab hold of the faith that saves. By exercising (his/her) faith and by obeying, You will cause (him/her) to joyfully worship You. (He/She) does not need to be punished with everlasting destruction being forever away from Your presence and from the glory of Your power either in the rest of this life or in the life to come (2 Thes 1:9).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (C  E7  A7  Dm)  (E7  Am  D7  G7)

YOU SATIATE

Who is a GOD like You (Mic 7:18)?

You are valid—well-grounded,

able to withstand criticism—

You are sound and effective (ref#110, p1473).

 

Gracious are You—and merciful (Ps 116:5).

You fill and fully supply—

completely satiate—

satisfy and gratify (ref#110, p1192-1193).

 

You are a GOD who pardons iniquity;

You do not retain Your anger forever (Mic 7:18).

You are unselfish;

and You are generous (ref#110, p1463).

 

Because You delight in steadfast love (Mic 7:18)—

You are devoted with deep attachment,

good will and passionate affection—

fondness and concern for me (ref#110, p801).

CONFESSION

BACK TO BASICS

…FATHER, my human self-worth is tied up in my accomplishments so my tendency is to always think about accomplishments in spiritual life.

“…instead of stressing holiness in order to see God, the emphasis is on service for God…Techniques and methods, by which we hope to make God’s message known, have become the important thing” Roy and Revel Hession (ref#100, p16).

Instead of longing for You, I gravitate toward longing for power to better serve You (ref#100, p16). Let me make some notes to myself that they might recalibrate my thinking.

“…thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Rev 4:11 KJV). “…what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him,…” (Deut 10:12 KJV). “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:…” (Mark 12:30 KJV).

FATHER, let the above Scriptures remind me that I have been created only to delight You. It should be my joy continually to submit to Your will and desires (ref#100, p17).

“The divines who…produced the Westminster Confession of Faith answered the question ‘What is the chief end of man?’ with the words, ‘Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever’” Roy and Revel Hession (ref#100, p14).

The missionary, David Brainerd records some sobering words in his diary. It makes me question whether I’m interested in Your glory or simply getting from You what I think best:

 “I saw it was self interest had led me to pray and that I had never once prayed from any respect to the glory of God….I saw there was no…connection between my prayers and the bestowment of divine mercy; that they laid not the least obligation upon God to bestow His grace upon me…because they were not performed from any love or regard to God” Jonathan Edwards (ref#88, p68).

FATHER, I confess the ease by which I trade my joy of being with You for the satisfaction of doing something I think You would appreciate. Call to my attention swiftly the subtleness by which I move from submitting to You to deciding for myself.   Truly, I want to see You. I want to possess a hunger for You. I want to satisfy Your heart. I want to be back into a relationship of submission to You (ref#100, p25).

ADORATION

Chord Progression:  (Am  A/C#  Dm  E7)  (Am  Dm7  Esus E)

MIGHTIER THAN THE THUNDERS OF MANY WATERS

“Mightier than the thunders of many waters,

mightier than the waves of the sea,…” (Ps 93:4 ESV).

“Your throne is established from of old;

You are from everlasting” (Ps 93:2 ESV).

 

“Both riches and honor come from You,

and You rule over all,…

it lies in Your hand to make great

and to strengthen everyone” (1 Chron 29:12 NASU).

 

“Before the mountains were brought forth,

or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Ps 90:2 ESV).

“…Yours is the kingdom…and you are exalted…above all” (1 Chron 29:11 ESV).

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

 “…bring your problems to God, and stay with Him while He solves them….We injure our spiritual life when we dump the whole thing down before God and say—You do it” Oswald Chambers (ref#8, Oct 25th).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You spread out the northern skies over emptiness and hang the earth upon nothing (Job 26:7), I will wait for You.

Because You still and stir up the sea by Your power (Job 26:12), I will wait for You.

Because by Your breath the heavens are garnished (Job 26:13), I will wait for You.

Because You are the living GOD enduring and steadfast forever and Your kingdom shall not be destroyed and Your dominion shall be to the end (Dan 6:26), I will wait for You.

Because You sit above the horizon and I am like a grasshopper (Isa 40:22), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: Nov 25th – Dec 1st

Nov 25    Job 38-39; Rev 10

Nov 26    Job 40; Ps 149; Rev 11

Nov 27    Job 41-42; Ps 76

Nov 28    Ps 77-78; Rev 12

Nov 29    Ps 79-80; Rev 13

Nov 30    Ps 81-82; Rev 14

Dec 1        Ps 83-84; Rev 15

SUPPLICATION

CHRISTIAN

[Because we are Christians and live in the world we will always need prayer for our walk and for witnessing to others about CHRIST. Here’s an opportunity to pray for others or even ourselves. Fill their name or your name in the blanks.]

KEEPING THE SABBATH

…FATHER, I pray for ____ to guard (his/her) Sabbaths. Sometimes without knowing, the world, satan, and (his/her) own flesh succeed at turning everything gray. There is no way (he/she) can comprehend the dullness until (he/she) sits before You during (his/her) Sabbath.

FATHER, make ____ realize, as You commune with (him/her), how weak (he/she) has become living the last six days in the world, them pour into (him/her) the strength (he/she) will need for the next six days.   Being in Your presence not only allows ____ to let go of the week prior but also energizes (him/her) for the next.

No one recognizes burnout until they are burned out. So alert ____ to (his/her) desperate need for more strength—strength needed to joyously obey You that can only be provided by the HOLY SPIRIT. Draw (him/her) into Your rest as (he/she) settles in to waiting in Your presence. Only in waiting before You can (he/she) compare (his/her) weak present condition with the joyous strength You are able to infuse in (him/her).

You are very serious about demanding Sabbath-keeping (Ex 31:14) for You know how harmful not keeping it is. On the Sabbath, FATHER, do not let ____ settle for just resting (his/her) body or satisfying (himself/herself) with a diversion from (his/her) work (Isa 58:13). Don’t let (him/her) even be content to learn more of You or worship You.

In Your presence is fullness of joy (Ps 16:11). Give ____ the knowing that (he/she) will have all (he/she) needs for the coming week so (he/she) may rejoice in Your provision. Draw (him/her), LORD, into keeping the Sabbath. For joy in You is (his/her) strength (Neh 8:10).

THANKSGIVING

Chord Progression:  (Cmaj  G/D  Cmaj  G/D)  (Em7  A/E  Dm/F  G7)

UNPARALLELED

You, LORD, stretched out the heavens and earth (Zech 12:1).

You are all-important—being exact (ref#110, p36, 1456),

certain and sure, You are essential (ref#110, p1456, 36),

necessary and most excellent (ref#110, p36, 1346).

 

You are universal and supreme (ref#110, p1460, 1346)—

not being limited or restricted,

but complete, whole and unchanging (ref#110, p1460)—

the highest in quality, achievement and performance (ref#110, p1346).

 

You, LORD, formed my spirit within (Zech 12:1).

Unerringly You formed me (ref#110, p1456)

For You are unparalleled,

unmatched and have no equal (ref#110, p1461).

 

You LORD, are the great GOD and King (Ps 95:3).

You are the highest in power and authority (ref#110, p1346).

You surpass and You exceed—

going beyond and overcoming (ref#110, p1347).

 

Praise, praise, praise to You.

Praise, praise.

Praise, praise, praise—

praise, praise, praise to You.