HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45
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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading:
Judges 1-3; Luke 1:61-80
Monday, March 25
The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men.
God and Father in Heaven:No figure of speech pictures you in a more gracious light than seeing youstooping from your throne, and coming down from heaven to listen to my wantsand my woes. Sodom and Gomorrah were full of sin, but you would not destroy them until you had made a personal visitation to them. When I pray, you are inclining your ear from the highest glory and putting itto the lips of a dying sinner. My failing heart longs for you! How can I but loveyou when I know you number the hairs of my head, you mark my path, and youorder my steps.Especially is this great truth brought to my heart when I pray for the lost,like __________ and __________. I remember how interested you are, not justin the material needs of your creatures, but to their spiritual thirst and heart-concerns as well.Leagues of distance lie between me—the finite creature and you—theinfinite Creator, and yet prayer links us both. When I weep a tear you watch, for
† Psa. 103:13
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
Make my sigh move your heart to save! Let my prayer stay your hand of judgment. Help my faith stretch your arm in mercy. You sit on high, and yet youtake note of me, and especially of all who are lost. Great as you are, you know how to condescend to my cry when I pray.
2 Chron. 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
Show strength; show mercy, show salvation, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S DEATHChronological Bible Reading:
Judges 4-6; Luke 2:1-26
Tuesday, March 26
But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.
Son of God:Let me contemplate, in this Palm Sunday passion week. You were mademan. You lived a life of perfect virtue and complete self-denial. You weredespised and rejected by men. Your haters were legion; your friends were few (and those few were faithless). You were arrested while in the act of prayer! You were arraigned before both religious and civil courts. You were robed in mockery,and then disrobed in shame. You were sat on a throne in scorn and then tied to apillar in scourging. You were declared innocent, yet delivered-up by the judge toyour persecutors. You were dragged through the streets to the cross, and nailed atthe cross to the wood. The sun burned you. God forsook you.
All this containsthe concentrated hell deserved by your creatures.
Then you hung. Your heart was broken and your limbs dislocated. Heavenfailed you, earth forsook you, and all your disciples fled. There is no one who canshare the toil, because you must tread this winepress
. You drank the lastdregs of the cup that could not pass from your lips, if the Father’s will was to bedone.
cup. At last you cried,
It is finished,
and gave up the ghost.Can I hear that cry as a shout of triumph? For it still rings with all the forceit had two thousand years ago. Spirit of God, open my ears to hear it today fromthe sacred word and the Savior’s lips. What did it mean? You meant that all the types, promises and prophecies were now fully accomplished in you (John 19:28). There is not a single jewel of unfilled promise,not one picture of coming redemption, that was not pictured by you and in you,Son of God! And I honor you by trusting your completed work of salvation.
WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYINGChronological Bible Reading:
Judges 7-9; Luke 2:27-52
Wednesday, March 27
They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Jesus, My Suffering Substitute:It is only when the struggle is over that the athlete, police officer, or soldiercomes back to their senses and takes stock of the cost of his strength. Even so Jesus, your thirst expressed the fact your pain began to subside, the fury of thecrucifixion had spent itself. The fever left behind made you take note of yourlesser pains, but the agony of being forsaken by God was over. Your thirst on the cross confirms my natural enmity against God. Modernmen and women think they are fine and noble people, but
our homicide rate puts the lie to that
! Splendid and dignified beings that they are, they think truthshould be altered for them, and the gospel should be modified to suit their taste. Justice has to leave the field, lest it be too severe to such deserving beings. As forpunishment, you can’t even whisper that into polite postmodern ears any more.In fact, the tendency is to exalt man above God and give him the higher place. This weekend marks the cross! The very cup they offered you Lord,mingled admiration of your person with scorn for your claims. Men and women write books admiring your example, and at the same time reject your deity! They admit you are wonderful, but deny your sacred mission. They extol your ethicsand teaching, but trample on your blood, thus giving you a drink, but that drink being gall and vinegar—bitterness soured. Oh Jesus, how much we need revival!Help me beware of praising you and yet forgetting your sacrifice. Save me fromrendering you homage but dishonoring your name. How often have I given you vinegar to drink? Jesus, you turned water into wine, now turn my sour “drink offering” into something sweet to yourself. Amen.
A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READINGChronological Bible Reading:
Judges 10-12; Luke 3:1-19
Thursday, March 28
1 Cor. 15:54
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
in the grave He lay, Jesus my Savior, Waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! Vainly they watch His bed, Jesus my Savior; Vainly they seal the dead, Jesus my Lord!Death cannot keep its Prey, Jesus my Savior;He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord!Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose! —Robert Lowry, 1874
FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading:
Judges 13-15; Luke 3:20-38
Friday, March 29
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Our Most Holy Father: You do not sit like an indifferent spectator to our problems and difficulties. You know our frailties, and even failures to pray. Yet you are not angry with us.Rather, you move yourself to pity us because you love us. Instead of shutting mercy’s gates, you develop ways to bring the lame into your presence and up toyour table, as we see in the life of David (2 Sam. 9:1-8). You teach the ignorant how to pray. You strengthen the weak with yourown power. That help is not found in somebody’s book, or a course of rituals, orin repetition of certain words, or from sitting in certain consecrated places. It isfound in the condescending help of the Holy Ghost to us all! The Holy Spirit is actually willing to make us a
people, and makeour church (a
for all people) into a house of
for all people! He willteach us how to pray. When we are at a loss for words and cannot express ourdesires, he will make intercession
us, even as the Lord Jesus makesintercession
us as our High Priest (Rom. 8:26,34).Lord, in your Gethsemane agony you were strengthened by an angel. Weare strengthened by the Holy Spirit himself. This thought needs no oratoricalexposition. It is a wedge of gold from Ophir, far above price. God the Holy Ghost helps us when we are on our knees! If we cannot even put two wordstogether, yet he helps us speak to God.
Prayer is the one thing at which wecan never fail.
Our hearts will conquer, for you read our petitions according to our inwardgroans. You notice the longing and answer it. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.
SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMSChronological Bible Reading:
Judges 16-18; Luke 4:1-22
Saturday, March 30
Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
and Life-Giver: What a short and sweet, suggestive and suitable prayer this is:
! It’s kindof an “angel’s sword” I can turn every which way and use on all occasions. I seethe extreme danger of my position and turn to my Divine Helper today. What a useful cry! Just like smaller ships can sail into canals larger vesselscannot enter, so my brief cries to you and my short petitions throughout the day can trade with heaven when my soul is too waterlogged and business-logged forlonger sessions. Sometimes the stream of grace seems too low to float a largerprayer. Make me bold by the power of this petition to meet the evils of the day with holy resolution and to hopefully pray! Because,
The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
My mere oppression, however silently I bear it, is in itself a cry to you.Moses was heard at the Red Sea when he said nothing except,
. Hagar’saffliction was heard despite her silence. Jesus, feel with me, and make my pains amighty oration with you. My extremity is your opportunity. My inflammation of heart needs your attention. What a contrast between the words of vain men and the pure word of God! Your word to me has passed through fiery persecution (by textual criticism, by philosophic doubt, and by scientific disdain). Should not my words to you passthrough the furnace of affliction as well?
Make me Godlike in communication by making me godly incommunion
. For this I ask in Jesus’ name this Easter season. Amen.