HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45
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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading:
Genesis 16-18; Matthew 5:25-48
Monday, January 7
Song of Solomon 7:13
The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.
O My Beloved, Jesus My Spouse:I want to give to you everything I produce. My heart has
all manner of pleasant fruits
new and old.
They are laid up for you.
I want to feel new life in revival this New Year! I wantto see new abundance from my witness. I want to beget new children of God. I want to have new joy and gratitude for all you have done. I want to make new decisions and carry them out in new faith in 2013.
I have some
, too. There is my first love (a very choice fruit). There is my first faith by which, though I am nothing and have nothing, Ibecome possessor of all things. There is my first soul won for Christ. There is my joy when I first met the Lord. Let me revive it! Help me share it with __________ or __________, even today.I have my old remembrances of your promises. You have been faithful tome! When I am sick you make my bed soft. In deep waters you buoy me up. Inthe fiery furnace you walk with me. I have many
because of many pastmercies.My sins I regret, but then I have my repentances. I wept my way to thecross and saw the merits of your blood. I have
fruits new and old
, but here is thepoint of my prayer: they are all
laid up for thee
, Jesus! You are the solitary aim of my soul, and your glory the sole end of all my efforts (Col. 1:29). Jesus, you have watered the soil of my garden with your bloody sweat. Idisplay your fruits when you are with me. My all is yours, and yours alone, My Beloved. Amen.
TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S LIFEChronological Bible Reading:
Genesis 19-21; Matthew 6
Tuesday, January 8
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
Dear God and Gracious Father:So many times the truth of your word seems like a huge cave. I want toenter in, but I cannot explore it alone. The entrance is clear, bright and enticing,but if I want to go further in I need the assistance of a guide. I don’t want to getlost in my study of the Bible. The Holy Spirit knows truth perfectly because he is its author. That’s why you gave him as my guide. Thank you Lord, for leading me into the truths of your word right when I am able to receive them. You never require my understanding of something that is still too high for me to reach and too maturefor me to digest. Instead, you lead me from one inner chamber to another, sothat I behold the deep things of God in due time, and receive secrets as I amboth able to absorb them, apply them and explain them. What a treasure is available to the mind clothed with humility! I want toknow the truth, and yet I am so conscious of my propensity to make an error. Irejoice today that the Holy Ghost abides in my heart and condescends to act asmy personal tutor. I gladly accept his leadership, Lord.Help me learn “
,” so I won’t be out of balance. Let me not become willingly ignorant, because I don’t want to miss a blessing even as much as I don’t want to step into a sin. Since you have given your Spirit as a faithful guide, help mebecome a more obedient follower by hearkening to his words. He has a still, small voice, but if I walk in the Spirit today I can follow your lead. Make it so for Jesus’sake. Amen.
WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYINGChronological Bible Reading:
Genesis 22-24; Matthew 7
Wednesday, January 9
Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!
My Father and My God: The worst of all losses is to lose your smile on my life. I see the ancient,original saints thought a great deal more about your favor, and praying for it, than we do today. Teach me how to behave myself in your presence as I pray. Even innormal times I do not want to come before you with an unprepared spirit.Help me actually meditate on your goodness, because that will give me thespirit of prayer. Bring me the assistance of the Holy Ghost to help me open my mouth for revival. Abraham is the pattern for claiming revival. In Genesis 22 he rose up early (there was his willingness), he went three days’ journey (there was hisearnestness), he left his servants at the foot of Mt. Moriah (there was his privacy),he carried the wood and the fire with him (there was his preparation), and finally he built the alter, laid the wood out in order, and took up the knife (there was hisdevotion to worshipping you). He aimed his activity like an arrow. He knew youdemanded obedience because he expected you to answer his prayer. W
HAT ORDER SHOULD
OBSERVE IN PRAYING FOR REVIVAL
? First, I haveto feel like I am doing something real, with real effects. I am actually addressing God. I cannot see you, but you are really present. My senses cannot perceive you,yet you are really with me and hear me.Feeling in my spirit the reality of your presence, lead my mind by divinegrace. Make me feel like Abraham did when he said,
Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:
Deliver me from perfunctory prayer and prompt me to seek revival. Amen.
A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READINGChronological Bible Reading:
Genesis 25-27; Matthew 8
Thursday, January 10
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
year is dawning, dear Father, let it beIn working or in waiting, another year with Thee. Another year of progress, another year of praise, Another year of proving Thy presence all the days. Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace, Another year of gladness in the shining of Thy face; Another year of leaning upon Thy loving breast; Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest. Another year of service, of witness for Thy love, Another year of training for holier work above. Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it beOn earth, or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.
—Frances R. Havergal, 1874
FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading:
Genesis 28-30; Matthew 9:1-19
Friday, January 11
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Eternally Able God: When we put together all we have ever asked for as a church, heap it high,and pile on top everything any one of us has ever thought of wanting—you areable to do even above! High as our pyramid of prayer might be, your ability tosuccor (help in a difficult situation) is higher still. You are able to deliver, and todeliver us. Father, help us recognize that. Give us faith to grip this, because then we will magnify and adore you as you are worthy.Sometimes prayer and fasting are prescribed as the way we get joined togreater power than we would otherwise possess. I know the church of God would be far stronger to wrestle with this ungodly age if we were more given tousing these spiritual disciplines. But they take time, so we do not tarry.Prayer hooks us to heaven; fasting separates us from earth. Prayer takes usinto the feast of God; fasting delivers our soul from being bloated with bread thatperishes. When we give ourselves to the utmost possibilities of your ability, then we are enabled by your Spirit working in us to cast out devils in our community that would otherwise laugh us to scorn. Jesus, you are still alive! As simple as that truth is, we need reminded of it. Very often we estimate the power of our church by looking at our pastor andparishioners. It does not lie there, but in the Holy Spirit and an ever-able Savior. We have the power to work neither physical nor spiritual miracles. But youare able to work wonders, and you are still willing to work those in our midst. Allhell confesses the majesty of your authority. You are the master of heart andconscience, so no case is too hard for you. Work, Oh Able One! Amen.
SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMSChronological Bible Reading:
Genesis 31-33; Matthew 9:20-38
Saturday, January 12
This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
God on High:Psalm 118 was likely a song for David’s enthronement. That was thebeginning of the best times for Israel, but nothing like the way Christ’sresurrection is a new day of fresh blessing for all who are part of the kingdom of God. Thank you for bringing me into the dawn of a new era this New Year. It isthe day of redemption, starting with my soul and spirit now, and proceeding tocreation and all things at your second coming.Having obtained so great salvation, having tasted the eternal mercy of God,it is not fitting to mourn and murmur. Help me exhibit a double-hand extensionof joy! Let me rejoice in heart and be glad in face. Make me rejoice in secret so Ican be happy in public, because I have more than double the reason to rejoice inthe Lord this year!In looking back on the past I can remember many happy occasions. With afull heart and unspeakable joy I bless you, my Savior and King, because all thosememorable times are just foretastes and pledges of the time to come when we will all sing,
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Bring into my darkness the light that springs from the redeeming work of my Champion and Lord. I have received light. You have led me to enlist under thebanner of the cross. The once despised Nazarene is now my Prince and King. Helpme do better to magnify your mercy, because it is from you that my blessings comedown. Amen.