HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45
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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 13-15; Luke 15
Monday, April 22
S of S. 8:6
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death;
Master and King:Death is the destroyer of the human race, but your love is more mighty! Ifeel like I have a barely-living love for you, but your love toward me surpasses allpower. I do love you, Lord. Maybe by your grace I could even die for you if called upon. But I confess my current my love can scarcely endure scoffing andbeing made fun of, much less death. Surely it is your love for me that is spoken of by Solomon. And your love for __________ and __________ who do not yetknow you—for you are a matchless lover of souls. Your love indeed was stronger than the worst death, because it endured thetrial of the cross triumphantly. It was a lingering death, but love survived thetorture. It was a disgraceful death, but love despised the shame. It was an unjustdeath, but your love bore my iniquities. It was a forsaken, lonely death from which the Father hid his face, but your love endured the curse and accomplishedmy salvation. Jesus, lover of my soul, shed abroad such love through me!Never such love. Never such death. It was a desperate duel, but loveconquered. What then my heart? Why do I have no emotion when contemplating such heavenly affection? Yes Lord, I long, I pant to feel your love and to share it. Why should I be too depressed to love Jesus, who has a love as strong asdeath for me? He deserves it and I desire it. The martyrs felt your love and spreadit, why not me? They mourned their weakness and yet were made strong, why notme? Grace gave them unswerving consistency; there is the same grace for me!
For every drop of crimson blood thus shed to make me live,O wherefore, wherefore have not I a thousand lives to give?
TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S LIFEChronological Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 16-18; Luke 16
Tuesday, April 23
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
My God and Father: This age is especially the dispensation of your Spirit. I know Jesus is withme, not by his personal presence (like he will be when he comes again), but by the indwelling and constant abiding of his personal
, the Holy Spirit. Iknow his office is to console God’s people, but Lord his job is also to convict of sin. Let him illuminate the eyes as well as instruct the minds of __________ and __________ today toward the gospel.
[The Holy Spirit] shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.
The Spirit is my helper; let me be his partner in binding the brokenhearted,strengthening the weak, lifting up the bowed-down. I can do this by preaching Jesus to them. Holy Spirit, reveal, because Christ is the revelation. Console, forChrist is the consolation. Do your stated work of glorifying Jesus. Take not yourown things, but the things of Christ, and minister medicine to our miseries!Holy Spirit, you are the Comforter and Jesus is the Comfort. I know you will not neglect your sacred trust. Even so, make me diligent to follow yourleading and moving and filling, so others will be reached for Christ. Whenever I decide to speak-up and witness, I have not taken a task Icannot perform, because the power of Christ is there by his Spirit. Confessing this fact, I confirm my trust in your name, Jesus!
Give me fresh oil.
Anoint meto serve you this week. Make me your ambassador to call all people to bereconciled to God and come to the marriage supper of the Lamb. Amen.
WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYINGChronological Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 19-21; Luke 17
Wednesday, April 24
As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Holy God, Holy Father: Where I see much that I deplore, your loving eye sees much to admire. Inthe eagerness of my self-analysis, I often write bitter things against myself. Butyou see even in those bitter self-condemnations a spiritual life of sincerity thatyou love. When you search my heart, you never bypass the lightest longing foryou, or the dimmest desire, or the faintest faith, or the least love.It does not say, as many as you love you praise, but as many as you love yourebuke. In that sense it is more important for me to uncover my faults, than forme to dwell on my virtues, because if I would chasten myself I need not bechastened by the Lord.
1 Cor. 11:31
For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
When love dies, then doctrine becomes a powerless corpse. Faith becomesformalism. Spirituality becomes dead ceremony. Relationship becomes religiousritual. And even my adherence to the truth sours into prejudice and bigotry whenthe sweetness and light of love to Christ leaves.
Legalism breeds carnality
, andmere hatred of evil will turn into evil itself if the love of Jesus is not there tosanctify it. This is the type of revival I need!If I fail in love I fail in everything. My love for Christ, because it touches at the very heart of my communion with Christ, is the crown and original essence of my spiritual life. Almost any disease can be endured except this disease of the heart. Noperil can be greater than this. If I lose love I lose all. You loved me up, out of the pitand into your heart. Now love me into service for you. Amen.
A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READINGChronological Bible Reading:
2 Samuel 22-24; Luke 18:1-26
Thursday, April 25
There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
the Savior say, “Thy strength indeed is small;Child of weakness, watch and pray, find in Me thine all in all.”For nothing good have I whereby Thy grace to claim,I’ll wash my garments white in the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb. And now complete in Him, my robe His righteousness,Close sheltered ’neath His side, I am divinely blest.Lord, now indeed I find Thy power and Thine alone,Can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone. When from my dying bed my ransomed soul shall rise,“Jesus died my soul to save,” shall rend the vaulted skies. And when before the throne I stand in Him complete,I’ll lay my trophies down, all down at Jesus’ feet.
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow. —Elvina M. Hall, 1865
FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading:
1 Kings 1-3; Luke 18:27-43
Friday, April 26
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Gracious Lord and God: We could have been driven from your presence forever, but in prayer westand before your throne. Make our thankfulness ascend in praise—praise that we’re even able to thank you. We prostrate ourselves in your presence. Even when we come to pray foryour own will to be done, and for the power to accomplish what you have already ordained, we still come humbly, meekly and sincerely. We request the Spirit’s helpto be filled, and fulfill our earthly mission for you.
This is a prayer you want toanswer, but it is an answer you wait to provide until prayed for.
† Lam. 3:25-26,29
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
Let our pride bite the dust at the curb! Heaven obeys you cheerfully; helltrembles at your will fearfully. When we come forth fulfilling the GreatCommission, the Devil tries his utmost to deceive and distract, because he isalready defeated by its purpose.
Behold even to the moon, and it shineth not; yea, …the stars are not pure in his sight. How much less man, that is a worm?
You are the highest of all kings. You deserve most to be worshipped,adored, and obeyed in our lives. We are on earth while you are in heaven. Help usfulfill all your will down here, even as the shining beings you created fulfill it upthere. Make us bow as we should before your eternal majesty. Spirit of God, fillus and help us worship the Father in spirit today. Amen.
SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMSChronological Bible Reading:
1 Kings 4-6; Luke 19:1-24
Saturday, April 27
And he increased his people greatly; and made them stronger than their enemies.
Lord God, My Almighty:It is useless to fight against you or your people. Because the more we areoppressed, the more we multiply! Your goodness to Israel called-out the hatredof Pharaoh’s court, and your goodness to me often calls-out my haters. You usedthat feeling of discomfort to make your people Israel ready and willing to leaveEgypt. So use it to make me ready and willing to let go of the world. When the oppression was at its worst, Moses came. You sent Joseph downinto Egypt, but you sent Moses to lead them out of Egypt. Lord, you triumphedin that hour and with an outstretched arm. Deliver me as you delivered them.
He spread a cloud for a covering; and fire to give light in the night.
Never were people so favored as those Israelites moving forward on theirjourney. And never will I be so favored as when I am moving-out in ministry, andserving you. Nothing seems to be too good for you to give to your people whenthey are serving you. You are a blessing to me so I can be a blessing to others. If Istop blessing others, then my own blessing halts. I must be a
to others.God my Savior, be my sun and shield, my glory and my defense. How can Ibe faithless when you have so graciously provided? How can I rebel when you arethe light in my midnight?
Preserve me from the perils of joy as well as fromthe evils of grief.
With Moses’ rod and your own word you split the rock in the desert. Abundant water flowed from the spot they feared dying of thirst. I know how that Rock pictures the Lord. From him flows a fountain of living water. Make mea channel to deliver it to others today, for it is in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.