HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45
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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 10-12; Luke 8:1-28
Monday, April 8
† Phil. 3:8
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
Excellent Lord and King:Spiritual knowledge of you is a
knowledge. My friends __________ and __________ cannot know you through my relationship andfamiliarity with you. They have to know you for themselves!Spiritual knowledge is still an
knowledge. They must know you,and not just statements about you, have visions of you, or entertain mystical andmythical thoughts toward you. I pray they know you as the word of God revealsyou!
That I may know him
(Phil. 3:10)! What does it mean? That they might know your nature, your attributes, your shame, and your glory. That they mightmeditate on you until they see you on the cross, high and lifted up for them.Spiritual knowledge of you is an
knowledge. If they know youat all they must then love you. An ounce of heart knowledge will be worth a tonof head learning.Spiritual knowledge of you is a
knowledge. They will feel likethey found the very thing their spirit was panting for all along. They will bedrenched in love. Drenched in love.Spiritual knowledge of you is an
knowledge. The more they know of you, the more they will want to know you. The higher they climb, the loftierthe summit they will be invited to. They will want more as they get more.Spiritual knowledge of you is a
knowledge. It will be so elating it willcarry them over trials, doubts, and sorrows. And while they enjoy it, it will makethem something more than human, but immortal for a purpose. Amen!
TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S CROSSChronological Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 13-15; Luke 8:29-56
Tuesday, April 9
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
Son of God, Savior of Man:Not one dream of a prophet was left unfulfilled. The entire buildup Bible of promises, prophecies and types were completed in one holy person. You had tobe a prophet like Moses, yet a champion like David and a Captain like Joshua. You had to be an Aaron without his human failings, and a Melchizedek withouthis heavenly aloofness. You had to be Noah and Jonah, a Judah and Joseph. Youhad to be both the lamb that was slain and the scapegoat that was sent away. Youhad to be the sacrifice, but also the altar, the tabernacle, the mercy seat, and theshewbread.On the surface, the prophecies were so apparently contradictory they thought there was no way they could all meet in one man—Messiah.
All nations shall serve him
(Ps 72:11), and yet
he is despised and rejected of men
(Isa 53:3). If thegreatest geniuses of all the centuries tried to work out this problem, and tried toinvent one key to unlock all the types and prophecies simultaneously—oneunified equation of the universe—they could not have done it. The hieroglyphs traced by Moses in the wilderness would still beunexplained Jesus, if you had not come when you did, lived as you did, andproclaimed,
It is finished
. The cross of Christ and the Son of God is my solution!Blessed Savior! In you I see all my life’s riddles resolved. Everything isaccomplished in you. There is fulfillment, and the happiness that comes fromperfect completion. Help me trust more in your providence now that I havecontemplated your plan! Help me have more faith in your work in me by yourSpirit, more distrust of my work for myself, and more glory to your name. Amen.
WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYINGChronological Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 16-18; Luke 9:1-31
Wednesday, April 10
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place,except thou repent.
. I remember from what I have fallen. I remember the prayers,the consecration I had to you, and I compare it with my present state of luke- warmness. If I have fallen that far, who is to say how low I might end up falling?I
The word so needful to sinners is also appropriate to me. I have wronged my first love by leaving him. Jesus is not less fair than he was when Ifirst trusted him. He does not love me less than he did then. He has not been lesskind or good than he used to be. Have I outgrown him? Can I do without him? Iought to love you today more than I ever loved you at my best. How ungrateful! Irepent. I repent of the good I left undone for lack of love. I repent of the praise Ihave not given because I was not more full of love toward you. How badly I havebehaved! I repent.I
You don’t tell me to repent and return to my
. You tellme to repent and
It is only the first works that prove in a practical way I have truly repented and come back to my first love.
Do notlet me be satisfied with regrets and resolutions. I don’t need to strain after re-feeling the first emotions. Feelings are fickle. If my life is right, my love will proveto be fine. In fact, it is in doing the first deeds that my heart gets straightened out!I can heal the heart-woundedness with good works toward you.I don’t want to feel old feelings; I want to do first works! Make me as eager,generous, zealous and prayerful as ever. Do this to Jesus’ glory, for if I am willing tobreak the alabaster box, then I know my love has returned. Amen.
A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READINGChronological Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 19-21; Luke 9:32-62
Thursday, April 11
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
of mercy! Can there be mercy still reserved for me?Can my God His wrath forbear; me, the chief of sinners, spare?I have long withstood His grace, long provoked Him to His face, Would not hearken to His calls, grieved Him by a thousand falls.I have spilt His precious blood, trampled on the Son of God,Filled with pangs unspeakable, I, who yet am not in hell!I my Master have denied, I afresh have crucified, And profaned His hallowed Name, put Him to an open shame. There for me the Savior stands, shows His wounds and spreads His hands.God is love! I know, I feel; Jesus weeps and loves me still.Now incline me to repent, let me now my sins lament,Now my foul revolt deplore, weep, believe, and sin no more.
—Charles Wesley, Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1740
FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 22-24; Luke 10:1-21
Friday, April 12
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Blessed Lord and Gracious Savior: You give us a mighty weapon in prayer, and yet we allow it to rust. Yougive us that which is as mighty as yourself, and yet we let it lie dormant. What can we say for ourselves when you give us matchless access to your throne—whichmeans matchless power, blessing, and mercies—yet that power lies latent because we have not approached your throne, and,
when ye pray, believe!
To us your people you give a gift better than sun, wind or life. Yet weforget that we wield this power. We are defeated and our banner trails in the dustbecause we have not acknowledged you by praying, and,
when ye pray, believe!
Thisis the key.
It is not our prayer itself that prevails; it is the acknowledgementof the one who is Almighty that matters.
when ye pray, believe!
We confess before you that we were armed and carried bows, and yetturned our backs in the day of battle! Our spirit has not been moved to pray. Wehave neglected to wrestle and strive with you until the blessings come—the early and latter rains of your mercy. So you tell us,
when ye pray, believe!
The church had an early rain in the books of Acts. It is now the latter days,the end of the age,
and time for a latter rain of your Spirit in our midst onceagain!
We trust you for this. We claim it by faith. We seek your face because youare always ready to hear. And,
when ye pray, believe!
Let every vein of our hearts be filled with the rich blood of desperation. We will remember your promises and plead your attributes, and then you will give usour heart’s desire. We believe you to be more willing to answer than we are ask.Now work Lord, so others may see and be astonished. Amen.
SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMSChronological Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 25-27; Luke 10:22-24
Saturday, April 13
My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Lord and Mighty Father: You deserve my unceasing praise for what you have done. You would beglorious even if we were all dead, but how much more glorious are you by whatyou have done for us in your wisdom, goodness and power. How much glory should you have by my praise and adoration!Here and hereafter I will praise the Lord. The theme is endless and remainsforever fresh and new. The birds sang your praises before people were created,but the redeemed will sing your glories when birds are no more. Jehovah, be exalted in my songs. I sing so much better when I recognizethe part I play in your plan, and in the good things you produce.
Meditation isthe heart of religious affection.
It is the tree of life in the middle of my garden.Its fruit is refreshing to my soul as I feed on it. The fat of the sacrifice was yourportion, Lord. So are my best meditations due and acceptable to you.
Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
Since you authored and authorized all my blessings, you get all my praise.
To worship you and seek your kingdom is the only way to happiness
forme. Indeed, there is no other. There must be a blessing in seeking, or else I would not be told to do it. Toseek your face is to seek your smile. First I seek you, then your strength for me,then your face and favor. From personal reverence, I pass-on to imparted power,and finally reach conscious favor. The seeking must never cease. The more Iknow you the more I seek to know. You seek worshippers, and spiritual worshippers always seek you. Bring metogether with you this weekend, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.