HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45
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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 88-90; 1 Corinthians 6
Monday, August 12
For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
True Lord and Glorious God:Scientists say hedonistic pursuit of pleasure is like “empty calories” andproduces stress, but pursuit of meaning brings greater satisfaction. My hope inyou for the future is the mainstay of my joy. When I think about heaven it bringspassion to life on earth. How could I do anything halfhearted once I realize where I am going and what you have planned? Biblical rest does not meansleeping, but not straining and laboring in my working. Now that’s heaven!Give me an open door of opportunity to share the gospel with _________ and __________ at some time this week (at least some time this year). They arehurting and spent. Heaven should be a place of rest for them.In the mean time I am in the field of battle. I am tempted by the
within and assaulted by
without. I have little or no peace down here. But upthere I will realize and experience full victory, so I have to fight to prove it downhere. I have bereavement after setback down here, but up there I am immortal,and will only know what it is to go from strength to strength in service for you. Why doesn’t my friend __________ want that more?Sin is my constant grief right now. The Holy Spirit helps perfect my holiness, but up there I will be perfected in holiness. There will be no pests orpestilence; no poison ivy in the ditches. It will not be a wilderness, but thePromised Land.Do not let me forget about the present while I contemplate the future. Letmy study of the future sanctify my present and bring it to its highest helpfulness.Hope of heaven is the most potent force to produce present virtue. Amen.
TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S MIRACLESChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 91-93; 1 Corinthians 7
Tuesday, August 13
Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other. Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
Holy Lord: Your commands always get straight to the point. It is not, “Rub your righthand with your left.” Or, “Go perform a ceremony over your hand.” No, if thehand is withered then the command is to stretch it out. How often I find youcommanding me to do the very thing I feel like I cannot do.
You always go tothe root of my unbelief, because as soon as I obey, I am healed!
You do not say to my lost friends, Go home and pray. When they say,
Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
The only effective answer goes right to the heart of the matter:
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
They may not even know what they are asking, but help me always givethem the clearest answer. My lost friends do not need to go home and read theBible per se—they need to stretch out their faith! The gospel is never preachedunless I get around to the topic, for salvation comes by nothing short of faith. That’s the hardest point Lord, as you know. Yes, and that’s why you wantto use me to deliver this command to believe. So in my own life, help me mixfaith with every prayer, and faith with every act of repentance. That is the only thing that makes my work acceptable to you. You demand faith in yourself andfaith in your Son in order for people to be saved and me to be sanctified. The Pharisees who look on the results of such faith will always be jealous.Give me grace to bear-up under their glare, knowing I am doing the work of Christ today on his behalf. Let me glorify Jesus! Amen.
WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYINGChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 94-96; 1 Corinthians 8
Wednesday, August 14
Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was there:
Lord, are you here?Edom’s princes saw how Israel was left desolate, and counted on making aneasy conquest. Unbeknownst to them one thing stood in their way:
the LORD was there
. In your presence there is security.
In your presence is our revival.
Whatever may be the machinations and devices of the Devil today—at my work, in my family, and even over my ministry—there is still only one barrier tothwart his plans:
the LORD was there!
The saints are your heritage, and you will support my witness. What acomfort that assurance brings to me as I consider the trouble and spiritualconflict that flare-up whenever I try to explain the gospel. I am constantly opposed, but perpetually preserved!Satan shoots his arrows against my faith because he knows it is the mostpotent weapon in my witnessing. Help me today to defy Hell and the power of his fiery darts. They are not only turned aside, but also quenched by my shield.My ministry is the subject of Satan’s attack. Those things I do to earn theright to speak about my Lord Jesus are constantly assailed, and my motivesquestioned. I never yet tried to serve you but what I did not come under fire.Help me by your Spirit to have a hope bright and sparkling, a love warmand fervent, a patience all-enduring, and a zeal flaming like coals of fire. By thismeans let me win someone to Christ because they have to say,
the Lord is there!
When I start to witness I need to see,
the Lord is here
. When I endure trial Ineed to know,
the Lord is here
. Where the storm is its worst, the water highest, andthe wind coldest, I stand upon the Rock for salvation. J
A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READINGChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 97-99; 1 Corinthians 9
Thursday, August 15
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:.
blood that Jesus once shed for me, as my Redeemer, upon the tree; The blood that setteth the pris’ner free, will never lose its pow’r.It gives us access to God on high, from “far off places” it brings us nigh; To precious blessings that never die, it will never lose its pow’r.It is a shelter for rich and poor, it is to Heaven the open door; The sinner’s merit forevermore, it will never lose its pow’r. And when with all the blood washed throng we sing in glory redemption’ssong; We’ll pass the glorious truth along, it has never lost its pow’r.It will never lose its pow’r, it will never lose its pow’r; The blood that cleanses from all sin will never lose its pow’r.
—Civilla D. Martin, 1912
FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 100-102; 1 Corinthians 10
Friday, August 16
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
God Our Father: Jesus sought the mountain to avoid a public display and distraction. If completion of your mission is based on similar praying, then we will not pray tobe seen. We will pray simply to be heard and to receive blessings from God.Let us get alone with you, even as a group in our prayer meetings, in orderto move your arm. We don’t need a parade when we pray. We need to pour outour souls in serious supplication without drawing the attention of the world.Since we seek to be used in the accomplishment of your mission, then Lord we seek the mountain. We seek that place of intercession for our pastors, for ourministers in lands abroad, for our children, for our city, for our services.Son of God, help us enter the glorious temple in heaven when we pray. Weadmit,
we know not what we should pray for as we ought
, Rom. 8:26. But we trust theHoly Ghost to groan out for us, and trust that you in your High Priestly office will present our petitions before the throne in a manner that ensures their answer.No ritualistic ceremony can possibly equal the opportunity of simplesupplication. When we come before you as a church we come before you on ourknees (at least in our heart). And then we stand in wonder and adoration to worship you alone and praise you for all you do. We ask for the speedy entranceof your word into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (for
the entrance of thy words giveth light
, Psa. 119:130). We pray for our pastors and preachers. We want youranointing on them. Touch their lips and touch our ears as you touch all hearts who assemble with us on Sunday. Our sighs and tears bring you our true desires.Move in our midst, O great Jehovah. Amen.
SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMSChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 103-105; 1 Corinthians 11
Saturday, August 17
Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
Blessed God Our Father: This is a poem of pure praise. Give me a heart of admiring adoration to beable to understand it. The subject is the goodness of God in lifting up the needy. While praising you aloud, I am also to bless you in the silence of my heart, wishing glory to your name, success to your cause, and triumph to your truth.I do not quarrel with your justice or criticize your severity. I do not fearyour power, but I adore you as I find you revealed in your inspired word and by your own acts to me. I love you and praise you for who you are.
Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
No one can be compared with you for an instant. You, my God, are without parallel. None of the metaphors or figures used in the Bible can give mea complete understanding of you (that is why you are given so many names).Nothing on earth or in the heavens fully resembles you. Only in Jesus Christ isthe face of God and the hand of God seen in physical form.
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
You are high above all gods and yet you are my Father. You are my Shepherd who supplies my needs. You are my Guardian who counts the hairs of my head. You are my Friend who sympathizes in all my grief. Almighty arms, liftme until I am
…made…unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
This is an “envelope Psalm,” because it ends where it starts. May my life-psalm be the same—an endless circle—blessing a Lord whose mercies nevercease. Grace has rescued me, so Lord let me praise you for ever, and draw othersinto this praise! Amen.