PRELUDE TO PRAYER

Prayer Facts:

“Satan dreads nothing but prayer—The church that lost its Christ was full of good works….Souls may be lost in good works, as surely as in evil ways. The one concern of the devil is to keep the saints from prayer….He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray” E. M. Bounds (ref#54, p186).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because Your mercy and lovingkindness endure forever (Ps 118:29), I will wait for You.

Because You will be gracious to the sound of my cry (Isa 30:19), I will wait for You.

Because You pardon my guilt (Ps 25:11), I will wait for You.

Because You are my hiding place (Ps 32:7), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: July 29th – Aug 4th

July 29      Micah 1-4; Rom 14

July 30      Micah 5-7; Ps 46

July 31       Isa 8-10; Rom 15

Aug 1          Isa 11-14; Rom 16

Aug 2          Isa 15-18; Eph 1

Aug 3          Isa 19-21; Eph 2

Aug 4          Isa 22-24; Eph 3

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SUPPLICATION

GENERAL SICKNESS

[The majority of our prayers concern physical health. We all know someone who is dealing with the pain of sickness. Here is an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

DISCIPLINE NOT PUNISHMENT

“Punishment for sin will take place in the next world. God’s dealings with people in this world are of the nature of discipline….Trouble is no evidence whatever of the Diving displeasure” E. M. Bounds (ref#64, p50).

FATHER, whom in heaven does ____ have but You? (His/her) flesh and heart may be failing but You are the strength of (his/her) heart and (his/her) portion forever (Ps 73:25-26). Let nothing terrify (him/her); keep (him/her), please, from giving way to hysterical fears or letting anxieties unnerve (him/her) (1 Pet 3:6).

You warrant us to take our troubles to You in prayer, so assist ____ in doing that. Favor (him/her) so that she can calmly pray over (his/her) troubles and seek “to get the greatest spiritual benefits out of them” E.M. Bounds (ref#64, p58). By sickness and suffering, by silence and solitude You are giving ____ other than normal work to perform which shall not the less secure (his/her) usefulness and promote Your glory (ref#61, Aug 16th).

FATHER, how manifold are the ways ____ needs You. And in manifold ways You can be found (ref#27, p16).

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

Prayer Facts:

“Prayer is asking and knocking at a door for something we have not, which we desire, and which God has promised to us” E.M. Bounds (ref#54, p182).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because Your breath gives life (Job 33:4), I will wait for You.

Because You form the spirit of man within him (Zech 12:1), I will wait for You.

Because You teach me more than the beasts of the earth and make me wiser than the birds of the heaven (Job 35:11), I will wait for You.

Because You do great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number (Job 5:9), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: May 20th – 26th

May 20      1 Kings 7; 2 Chron 4; 2 Cor 8

May 21      1 Kings 8; 2 Chron 5; 2 Cor 9

May 22      2 Chron 6-7; Ps 135

May 23      1 Kings 9; 2 Chron 8; 2 Cor 10

May 24      1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chron 9; Ps 29

May 25      Prov 1; 2 Cor 11

May 26      Prov 2; 2 Cor 12

SUPPLICATION

GENERAL SICKNESS

[The majority of our prayers concern physical health. We all know someone who is dealing with the pain of sickness. Here is an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

GOD’S WATCHFUL EYE

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“The knife of the heavenly Surgeon never cuts deeper than is absolutely necessary. ‘He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men’” Charles Spurgeon (Lam 3:33) (ref#34, Aug 17th PM).

FATHER, deliver strength to ____ as (he/she) is tried and give (him/her) more power since (he/she) is weak (Isa 40:29).   Wise is (he/she) in the day of trouble who knows (his/her) “true source of strength and who fails not to pray” E.M. Bounds (ref#64, p47). “…God will supply every need…according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19 ESV).

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

 

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Prayer Facts:

“Poverty of spirit enters into true praying. ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’ ‘The poor’ means paupers, beggars, those who live on the bounty of others, who live by begging.  Christ’s people live by asking. ‘Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath’” E. M. Bounds (ref#54, p32).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because righteousness and justice is the foundation of Your throne (Ps 97:2), I will wait for You.

Because You give skillful and godly wisdom and from Your mouth comes knowledge and understanding (Prov 2:6), I will wait for You.

Because Your mercy and loving-kindness endures forever (1 Chron 16:34), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: March 25th – March 31st

Mar 25            Josh 23-24; Ps 20

Mar 26            Jud 1-3; Mark 14

Mar 27            Jud 4-5; Mark 15

Mar 28            Jud 6-7; Mark 16

Mar 29            Jud 8, Ps 42

Mar 30            Jud 9-10; Gal 1

Mar 31            Jud 11-12; Gal 2

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

 

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Prayer Facts:

“Conformity, to live one with God, is a far higher and more divine life than to live simply in submission to God. To pray in conformity—together with God—is a far higher and more divine way to pray than mere submission” E. M. Bounds (ref#54, p51,52).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You lift up the humble and downtrodden (Ps 147:6), I will wait for You.

Because You deliver the afflicted in their affliction and open their ears to Your voice in adversity (Job 36:15), I will wait for You.

Because You set on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn You lift to safety (Job 5:11), I will wait for You.

Because You have delivered and drawn me to yourself out of the control and dominion of darkness and transformed me into the kingdom of the Son You love (Col 1:13), I will wait for You.

Read Through the Bible in a Year: March 4th – 10th

Mar 4  Deut 1-2; Acts 26

Mar 5  Deut 3-4; Acts 27

Mar 6 Deut 5-6; Acts 28

Mar 7  Deut 7-9; Ps 14

Mar 8  Deut 10-12; Mark 1

Mar 9  Deut 13-15; Mark 2

Mar 10 Deut 16-18; Mark 3

PRELUDE TO PRAYER

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Prayer Facts:

“As prayer brings things to us which beget gratitude and thanksgiving, so praise and gratitude promote prayer, and induce more praying and better praying” E. M. Bounds (ref#64, p40).

 

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because You existed before history began and are an ever-present, unchanging GOD (Isa 41:4), I will wait for You.

Because You call forth and guide the destinies of generations of nations (Isa 41:4), I will wait for You.

Because You give water without price from the fountain of Life (Rev 21:6), I will wait for You.

Because You put Your words in my mouth and have covered me with the shadow of Your hand (Isa 51:16), I will wait for You.

Because it is You who comforts me (Isa 51:12), I will wait for You.

Because You are in my midst and I am called by Your name (Jer 14:9), I will wait for You.

 

Read Through the Bible in a Year: January 15th – 21st:

Jan 15  Gen 37-38; Psalm 7

Jan 16  Gen 39-41; Luke 12

Jan 17  Gen 42-43; Luke 13

Jan 18  Gen 44-46; Luke 14

Jan 19  Gen 47-48; Luke 15

Jan 20  Gen 49-50; Psalm 5

Jan 21  Ex 1-2; Luke 16

SUPPLICATION

SICKNESS – LIFE THREATENING

[The majority of our prayers concern physical health. We all know someone who is dealing with a life-ending disease. Here is an opportunity to pray for them. Fill their name in the blanks.]

NOW GLORIFY GOD IN PASSIVE SERVICE

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 3.27.14 PM…FATHER, aid ____ now in glorifying You passively rather than in an active consecration to Your service. Cause (him/her) to flourish in the graces that were perhaps dormant until now. Develop and exercise these spiritual gifts to their utmost capacity. “Patience is to be cultivated, resignation is to be exhibited, faith is to be exercised, love is to be tried, and example is to be set” Octavius Winslow (ref#61, Aug 12th).

Help ____, for in helplessness (he/she) lies. Show Your presence, FATHER, when (his/her) conscience accuses (him/her) of sin, when (his/her) mind is harassed by foreboding thoughts, when (his/her) eyes are held awake by personal anxieties (ref#76, p165). You alone, LORD, will make (him/her) dwell in safety; You alone will give (him/her) peace to lie down and to sleep (Ps 4:8). You have “a balm for every wound, a solace for all anguish, a remedy for every pain, a peace for all disquietude” The Valley of Vision (ref#76, p165).

FATHER, I pray that ____ approach Your throne of grace with confidence, so that (he/she) may receive mercy and find grace to help in (his/her) time of need (Heb 4:16), for prayer will open (his/her) eyes to see Your hand in trouble. It will not interpret Your providences, but prayer will see justice in them and recognize You in them. Prayer is the window that (he/she) will be able to see Your wise ends in trouble. Prayer drives away unbelief, saves from doubt and delivers from vain and foolish questionings (ref#64, p54). FATHER, teach ____ to glorify You now passively.

ADORATION

Prayer Facts:

Screen Shot 2016-01-28 at 12.08.08 PM“Conformity, to live one with God, is a far higher and more divine life than to live simply in submission to God. To pray in conformity—together with God—is a far higher and more divine way to pray than mere submission” (ref#54, p51,52).

Reasons for Waiting for GOD:

Because in CHRIST I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of my trespasses (Eph 1:7), therefore I will wait for You.

Because in CHRIST I am set free from the law of sin and death and given the law of the Spirit of life (Rom 8:2), therefore I will wait for You.

Because in CHRIST I am a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Cor 5:17), therefore I will wait for You.

Because in CHRIST neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from His love (Rom 8:38,39), therefore I will wait for You.