HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45
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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 52-54; Romans 10
Monday, July 29
The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
Dear Lord and Giver of Life:I want to fear you today and no other, because then I come under yourdivine protection as surely as the roof covers my family and me. Make my home ahouse of love, a school of holy training, and a cinema of heavenly light. Make thisprayer time my familiar altar where the name of God is revered. Therefore Lord,bless my habitation, just like you’ve said. It is certainly a humble habitation andnot a lordly mansion, but
blessing comes because of the character of theinhabitants, not because of the size of the house
. That home is most blessed that has the householders fearing God. It is nota Christian home because it has Christians in it; it is a Christian home because it isruled by Christ. Lord, I pray for __________ and __________, that they mightbe saved and bring blessing to their house! Justified persons have rights to yourgrace. Holy Spirit, help them claim your grace even today.In myself, I am no just person. So in order to make my house the habitationof “the just,” help me make Jesus the continual guest. Then—just like Mary andMartha, the sisters in Bethany—we will be most blessed. And while you are therein my house with me Lord,
Teach me to be just in my trade, because that is a testimony
Teach me to be just in my judgment of others, for that is discernment
Teach me to be just in my treatment of my neighbors and coworkers
Teach me to be just toward my spouse and my children, as an example
Teach me to be just in my personal character, as my personal witnessIn Jesus’ name I am claiming this today! Amen.
TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S CROSSChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 55-57; Romans 11
Tuesday, July 30
And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Holy Lord and Master:It seems only natural the earth should quake, graves should split open, andthe veil in the temple should be torn in two starting at the top. After all, he
whoonly hath immortality
, the incarnate God and creator voluntarily gave up the ghostand died. The more I think of what it took for the Son of God to actually die, themore I am amazed at the mystery of it!Even veiled in mortal flesh, how could he condescend to a mortal’s death,so as to bow his head on the cross, and submit to be slain and laid in a tomb? Yetstrange to say, the very instant when the holy person of Jesus was torn out of hisphysical body, the great curtain that concealed the holy of holies
was rent in twain from the top to the bottom
. What could it mean?First, this tearing in two has to be regarded as
a solemn act of mourning
by the house of the Lord. Men expressed their sorrow in those days by tearing their garments. The temple, when it beheld you die Master, seemed struck by horror like a smart bomb hit it. Shocked at the sin of man, indignant at the deathof its Lord, in sympathy it tore its cloak.Next, the tearing has to be taken to mean the whole system of Old Testament types and shadows and ceremonies
came to an end
. This is why wedo not worship by sacraments and need a priest in vestments! The ordinances of a temple priesthood were torn along with that veil. In token of the death of theceremonial law, the soul of the sacrificial system left its sacred shrine and exitedthe physical temple as a dead thing. The dispensation of the law was over.Good news! I am now free to worship you in spirit and in truth. Amen.
WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYINGChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 58-60; Romans 12
Wednesday, July 31
† 1 Thes. 4:7
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
Gracious God and Redeemer:I know there is no way to heaven but by holiness. The holiness of Christhas to be given
me to make me worthy. Then the holiness of the Holy Spirithas to be shown
me after it is planted
me to make me ready.Help me insist on revival in these “postmodern” (really, post-moral),Generation Y, millennial, “net-generation” last days. Lax thinking and dubiousdoctrine have resulted in loose morals and pop theology, but no revival! Give mea holy faith in a holy Savior found in holy scriptures, from whom I look for holy blessings. Jesus Christ did not save me
my sins; he does save me
my sins.Cast-out the corruptions of my flesh. Purify me to yourself, a holy personzealous of good works. I have no faith without works, for that is dead faith. It isan “avatar spirituality,” with the looks of a human yet without the full function.I trust in grace alone, but
grace that does not lead to revival is not graceat all
. I pant and aspire to be holy. I will not immediately attain it, but I groan forit! I do not always have it, but I ever desire it. When I have lost it I grieve over it.I pray and confess my sins so I can have fellowship restored and continue on theroute of
. I long to be made more like Christ. Oh, Jesus. Those who seek after holiness are able to make the wilderness and thesolitary place to be glad. A miracle of grace enables me to rejoice when traveling through trials, and be satisfied with the presence of Jesus when I have no otherfriend. Though often fearful of heart, I am bold to keep to this sacred way. I neednot turn from the path to find an easier route or a more popular passage.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Give me revival for Jesus’ sake and in honor of his word. Amen.
A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READINGChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 61-63; Romans 13
Thursday, August 1
Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
a wonderful change in my life has been wroughtSince Jesus came into my heart;I have light in my soul for which long I have sought,Since Jesus came into my heart.I have ceased from my wand’ring and going astray,Since Jesus came into my heart; And my sins which were many are all washed away,Since Jesus came into my heart.I’m possessed of a hope that is steadfast and sure,Since Jesus came into my heart; And no dark clouds of doubt now my pathway obscure,Since Jesus came into my heart.
Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart; Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll,Since Jesus came into my heart. —Rufus H. McDaniel, 1914
FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 64-66; Romans 14
Friday, August 2
2 Cor. 9:15
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
Gracious God and Father: We have a desire for this summer, and during our All-Church Retreat, tomagnify Christ as God’s unspeakable gift. This goes against our “postmodern”times, because discipleship turns probabilities into certainties, and discards themere opinion of “truth stories,” for truth itself. We make the Lord more than amythological good man; he is all—the unspeakable gift of God!Help us praise you this summer, and at the conference, because we cannever possibly thank you as we ought. If Jesus is truly our Savior, then we shouldthank God for him! If Jesus is our life, then we should thank him for waking usup in the morning and sending us on our way in a missional fashion to minister.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.
Oh to get into that state where we are singing in your presence, studying your word through preaching, and going out afterward into the world to make adifference! This is the way we lift up our king. He is worth it, and worthy of suchdevotion. Let me today vow that, the Holy Spirit helping me, I will use the rest of this year as an opportunity to thank God for his unspeakable gift of grace in JesusChrist. That I will do holy work this week and this month and this fall.Help us, all you who know salvation! Help us, all you who have participated with us in discipleship! Help us, angels! Help us musicians and praise leaders!Help us, pastors and preachers! It is still unspeakable unto the end, but help usanyway!Dear God, write this line of gratitude on our hearts during this Retreat, for we ask it in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMSChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 67-69; Romans 15
Saturday, August 3
He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
Gracious God and Holy Savior: Your works are worthy of my research. They yield a wonderful blend of instruction and pleasure that is worth the investigation. Your hidden wisdom isthe best part of your working, so those who don’t look below the surface missmost of what you long to teach.Because your works are so great I cannot understand them all at once, butcan only comprehend them after careful examination. It is good that my King James Bible cannot be understood at a glance, because the
into your word’s mysteries is as useful as the knowledge I get
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
To know you so as to walk rightly before you is the greatest of all “appliedsciences.” Fear of you (holy reverence with hatred of sin) leads me to praise you,and this is a wise act for any creature toward his Creator.I may think I am wise, but
only obedience proves sound judgment
. If Ido not obey you I am not smart, no matter what IQ or education I might have.Only fools justify their rebellion.Practical godliness is the best test of wisdom. Some people are very orthodox and eloquent, others very spiritual and emotional. But the best proof of real intelligence is found in actually doing your will.My praises will never stop, because your works will always move me toadoration. Lord, help me study your works, and breathe-out hallelujahs as long asI am alive. Amen.