HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45
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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 142-144; 2 Corinthians 8
Monday, September 2
† 1 John 2:1
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
Righteous Lord and Savior: Those who are saved have a
, a legal counsel. Even though I sin, Ihave him still. It does not say, “If any man sin he has forfeited his legal advisor.”I have an advocate on my behalf, even though I am guilty as a sinner.O Lord Jesus, bring __________ and __________ to a saving knowledgeof Christ through that same grace today! Because then, all the sin they ever did,or ever will be allowed to do, cannot destroy their access to Jesus Christ as aneffective legal representative before the throne of God.
. He is an
such as I need.
…thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
His name insures his success.
. He is the one
by God for the task. Therefore, hehas authority to plead my case as my advocate. If I had chosen my own advocate,his access to the bar of justice might have been denied. But now I have “a court-appointed lawyer.”
I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
HRIST THE RIGHTEOUS
. This is not only your character, but alsoyour plea. You can plead innocent on my behalf, and this plea is rendered as thedivine verdict. You meet the charge that I am
righteous by the evidence you
righteous, and being born again, I am in you. You were the substitute for my sin. My soul has an advocate who cannot but succeed! I leave myself entirely inyour hands and praise the name of Jesus today. Amen.
TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S MIRACLESChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 145-147; 2 Corinthians 9
Tuesday, September 3
And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
Merciful Lord and My Soul’s Lover:Six times in the Old Testament you told Aaron or Moses to
stretch forth his hand
in judgment against the Egyptians. A seventh time you told Joshua to
stretch forth his hand
in destruction of Ai. But now, look at the incredible mercy of theSon of God! Angry at the cold callous hearts of the religious shepherds of thenation, you commanded a man to
stretch forth thine hand
, not in judgment but inhealing! And what you did for him you were
to do for the entire nation.How much I am like that man! I am powerless, but
faith brings its ownability with it
. Lord, teach me. The Christian life is this series of paradoxes. My withered, paralyzed hand—I still have to obediently stretch it forth, remembering
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I can do nothing, and yet if I believe on Jesus Christ I can do everything you command. My faith is stretched—along with my withered hand!It is not only an act of faith, but an act of decision. “Is it wrong to heal onthe Sabbath? What say you with the withered hand over there? If you agree withthe Pharisees you will refuse to stretch your hand forth. But if you agree with meyou will do in my strength what you cannot do in your own.” That is why so much of my prayer needs to be confession—confession andaffirmation of what I am determined to do by your all-sufficient grace. Let me beyour witness, even as withered and worthless as I am. Sink or swim, live or die, Ihold up my hand. Here am I, send me! If I perish I will still cling to the cross of my Jesus, my Merciful Lord, my soul’s Lover. Amen.
WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYINGChronological Bible Reading:
Psalm 148-150; 2 Corinthians 10
Wednesday, September 4
We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what workthou didst in their days, in the times of old.
Let what God has done suggest a prayer that he would repeat the like signsand wonders among us. What would my heart feel if I could just believe thatthere were some who would pray for revival—persons whose faith is largeenough and their love fiery enough to lead them—from this moment on—toexercise unceasing intercessions that God would appear among us, and do wondrous things here, as in the times of old.Shall I give you yet another reason why you should pray? There are menand women who have trembled (and who know they have), but have shaken-off their fears and once more daring their destiny, are turning away from the gates of heaven, and running post-haste to the doors of hell. Will you not stretch out yourhands to God to stop them in this desperate determination?I have a heart to pray for those of you who are never touched, or who stillquench the Spirit of God. I have done my utmost in preaching. Will not youcome to the help of the Lord against the enemy, by prayer? Will not your prayersaccomplish that which my preaching fails to do? Here they are; I commend themto you: men and women whose hearts refuse to melt, whose stubborn knees willnot bend; I give them up to you and ask you to pray for them.
Carry their caseson your knees before God.
We do not know what God may do for us if we do but pray for a blessing!Let us agonize and wrestle in prayer. Meet in your houses, go to your privateroom, be instant, be earnest, in season and out of season. All the stories we haveheard should correct any self-dependence that may have crept into ourtreacherous hearts. It is not in us to do this, but God must do it all. —
C.H. Spurgeon, Sermon No. 263: The Story of God’s Mighty Acts
A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READINGChronological Bible Reading:
Proverbs 1-3; 2 Corinthians 11
Thursday, September 5
1 Cor. 9:24-25
So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
brother, do something for Jesus,Do something, my brother, today;Go tell how He died for the sinner, And save them from sin’s rugged way.My brother, do something for Jesus,O while not the moments away, The Savior is tenderly calling,Enlist in His service today.O brother, it pays to serve Jesus,It pays to serve Him every day,In Him there is strength for the weary, And mercy sufficient alway.
O brother, do something for Jesus, do something for Jesus today,Be faithful to Him, life’s battles to win, do something for Jesus today. —R. Paul Arnold, 1922
FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading:
Proverbs 4-6; 2 Corinthians 12
Friday, September 6
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Almighty God and Amazing Father:
Through your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, you overcame death
and opened thegate of everlasting life. We humbly beg you that, as your special grace precedes usthis week, you would put into our paths those we can open that same gate for. Soalso by your continual help, let us not just
about it, but
That which is not acted on is not real (even our very mission).
Help us turn ourfaith into function by your Holy Spirit. Give us all a holy boldness to approachthose who need to be approached with the wonderful gospel this week.
Through your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, you died for our sins
and rose again so we can be justified. Grant that today we will put away the leaven of malice and wickedness. Help us always serve you in pureness and pursuit of living truth,because we want to bring the same justification by faith to others through ourtestimony of the gospel. Make it so through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, you gave us an ensample
of a godly life.Give us grace to always receive with thanksgiving that incalculable benefit of reading your word, and therefore actually see how we should respond to the trialsof life. We want today to follow Christ’s steps in a holy life, in a life of praise, in alife glorifying you, and in becoming more of a reflector of your glory to others.
1 John 4:9
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
We want to see someone won today who has not yet trusted Christ. We want our hearts and minds prepared for the services this Sunday. Give us thedesires of our heart according to your will, for we ask it in Jesus’ name. Amen.
SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMSChronological Bible Reading:
Proverbs 7-9; 2 Corinthians 13
Saturday, September 7
It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
God My Strength: Your warriors should expect to taste every form of fighting. By the powerof faith let me conduct myself like a good soldier and then lay all the laurels atyour feet. The trophies of my conflicts I dedicate to you and ascribe all glory andstrength to you. In you I find rest and refuge.
In Christ I find the war isalready won, and your Spirit is given to make the battle complete
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
You have equipped me with the armor of light. I pray for my brethren inour church, and those we sent out, near and far. Make us more than conquerorsover sin today, undefeated in battle and unwearied in our daily walk. Preserve usall from slipping, and make us stand on the rocks of affliction by your preserving mercy and sufficient grace. If we had fallen, our cry would have been excessive.Since we stand firm, let our praise be equally earnest, fervent and frequent.
The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
Internal strife is hard to deal with. A civil war is the worst kind of fight; Iknow it to be true inside myself. My sins are entrenched in impregnable strong holds. Drive them out by the sanctifying energy of the Holy Ghost so I can serveyou in singleness of heart. Give me peace in the three kingdoms of my body, my soul and my spirit. Give me gratitude for the unity in our church. You are theground of my hope, so you are the subject of my praise.
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
All glory, laud and honor be to you. Amen.