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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading: Malachi 2-4; Revelation 22 Monday, December 31 Song 3:4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me. Beloved God: I thank you for accepting me in spite of my past sinfulness. I thank you for receiving me despite how I tried everything and everyone else before you. You are the best of the good, and the fairest of the beautiful. Oh, I praise you! Let me say to __________ and __________, and anyone who will listen: Down with your idols and up with the Lord Jesus! Let the flags of pride and ambition be trampled under foot, but lift the cross of Jesus high. The world frowns and scoffs, but my soul loves you, Jesus. Oh for a throne of ivory in my heart on this last day of the year! Let me set you on high, and like Mary, sit at your feet and wash them with my tears, and kiss them. How precious is Christ! How can it be that I have thought so little about him? Why do I think I have to go to the club for joy or comfort or to be entertained, when he is so rich and satisfying? Today I pray and make a covenant with my heart. Lord, I will never depart from you. Ratify this decision. Set me as a signet on your finger, and a bracelet on your arm. Make my life your ornament! Rom. 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. I want to live in Christ’s heart as he lives in mine. Place my soul in the clefts of the rock. Let this place of prayer be my altar. I consecrate myself as your living sacrifice for this New Year and beyond. Hold, and do not let me go, in Jesus’ name, and to his power and glory and honor. Amen. A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READING Chronological Bible Reading: Genesis 7-9; Matthew 3 Thursday, January 3 Josh. 4:6-7 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S LIFE Chronological Bible Reading: Genesis 1-3; Matthew 1 Tuesday, January 1 John 13:10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, Most Glorious God and Father: Two things the high priest had to do before he could enter the holy of holies. First, he had to be sprinkled with blood. I have this, because John says, Rev. 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, The second requisite for priestly service was washing with water. Again, as Paul puts it, Heb. 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Holy Spirit, be the spirit of access to me now! Just as Jesus stooped to wash the feet of his disciples, so stop by here and wash me inwardly for this New Year. 1 Cor. 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. I don’t want my communion to get broken between here and heaven. Dying and entering your presence will change my condition, but it will not alter my standing. Let me stand today within the veil to offer sacrifices that are wellpleasing to you. Let me stand today in the community as one who knows God, and therefore can relate people to God, so they can become children of God. Eph. 5:26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Lord, do your work this year, of preparing me for this task. You have made me completely acceptable by your cross. Now cleanse my conscience and make me completely confident and able by faith in your life. Do this for Jesus’ sake. Amen. FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading: Genesis 10-12; Matthew 4 Friday, January 4 † Col. 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Merciful Father: Here are the steps by which we can climb to power with you. FIRST, HELP US SIMPLY ABIDE IN CHRIST, our Lord. We are already in him as believers. Help us remain desperately dependent and tenaciously clinging to Jesus. Knit us together with Jesus. We abide in him by trusting him—and only him. The faith that joined us to Christ at the first has to be continual and consistent in the present. Help us never admit any other person or thing into our church’s confidence as our hope! SECOND, HELP US YIELD OURSELVES TO HIM. We need to receive his life, and let it work out its results in us—both personally and as a body. We live in him, live by him, live for him, and live to him, because we are hid in him. We have no reason for existence except for what we find in Christ. Isn’t that a wonderful concept to the soul? No vine ever bore any fruit except through its branches. That’s why Jesus needs us for the fulfillment of his design. The saints are needed by their Savior, because we are the church, Eph. 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Help us recognize that blessed responsibility. Our practical duty is to bring forth fruit by abiding, so Jesus can be glorified in us. Let us never remove our consecration to his glory and honor. Let us never dream of being our own master. We refuse to be the servant of men, but we abide in Christ. Help us get there, and stop there, in continual communion with Christ. That is what will give us joy, delight, power, satisfaction, and the sense of fulfillment we crave. Oh that you would let us attain to this by the Holy Ghost! Hide us in Christ, for we are dead in him, but alive by his life. Amen. WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYING Chronological Bible Reading: Genesis 4-6; Matthew 2 Wednesday, January 2 John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. O LORD God: Revival is a sovereign work of yours, and not a plan of man. To give it or withhold it is purely the prerogative of your Spirit. But whether or not I experience it this year, I can yet eagerly pursue it. If I am cast away, if you never give me joy again, even then I will never stop looking to you for merciful revival in Jesus Christ. That is the only hope I have! And even if I never receive it, let it at least he said I sought it. By your grace, I will die with my face toward the cross! No one perishes who takes that position. It will never be reported by heaven above or to hell beneath, that a soul died unsaved if seeking the Savior. No one can miss revival who seeks it seeing the five wounds of the Savior. You are the Way, the living way, the only way, the sure way. I will do as the blind man did, and follow you in the way. This is the road of revival because this is the way of grace. May God the Holy Spirit help me as I take this way without delay. Num. 14:24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. Make me a Joshua and Caleb in 2013! Help me stick to that decision never to return to the worldliness from which I was redeemed. Do not let my carcass fall in the wilderness, like so many of my generation. My face is toward you, Jesus—your promise and your throne. Let me never finally love this evil world nor bow before its idols. I want, in the end, to be found on the road to revival! I ask this to Jesus’ praise and God’s glory. Amen. SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMS Chronological Bible Reading: Genesis 13-15; Matthew 5:1-24 Saturday, January 5 Psa. 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. Strongest LORD and Savior: I want everyone to know, from beginning to end, on the whole and in every part, that I entirely owe my salvation to you. Let all the redeemed “say so!” I cannot agree with any doctrine that puts the crown on the wrong head (like the cults do), or defrauds my glorious King of his rightful place and praise. The LORD has done it all, for Jehovah = Jesus. In Christ, God is all, and in all (2 Cor. 5:19; Gal. 3:17). Sometimes you give a secret strength to your people. They have salvation but question it, and their doubts steal their song. But when you are my strength and song, my salvation is fully realized. The dwelling place of the saved should be the temple of praise. It is only right that the righteous should praise you. Let me not be silent any Sunday this year. I must not have salvation without joy, or joy without a tongue to testify, or testimony without the fruits of successful witness. Psa. 118:2 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. Jesus was rejected by human authorities. They considered him to be nothing, though he was Lord of all. But you put him in the position of highest honor and greatest usefulness. In raising him from the dead you exalted him as the Head. Jesus, you are the living stone, the tried stone, the elect and precious “chief cornerstone” of my life. In all things let me give you the preeminence, especially in my thoughts and emotions. That way you will forever remain the foundation, giving me stability and strength. You are the glory of all my joys. Faith sees, and it is indeed marvelous in my eyes (v 23). Amen!

PRECIOUS mem’ries, unseen angels sent from somewhere to my soul
How they linger, ever near me and the sacred past unfold. Precious father, loving mother fly across the lonely years And old home scenes of my childhood in fond memory appear In the stillness of the midnight echoes from the past I hear Old time singing, gladness bringing from that lovely land somewhere I remember mother praying father, too, on bended knee Sun is sinking, shadows falling but their pray’rs still follow me. As I travel on life’s pathway I know not what the years may hold And as I ponder, hope grows fonder, precious mem’ries flood my soul. Precious mem’ries how they linger, how they ever flood my soul In the stillness of the midnight precious, sacred scenes unfold. —J.B.F. Wright, 1925


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1) • No Evening Service — Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR with family!

TIME—WORSHIP Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.



10:00A.M. • No Pinterest Live ladies’ craft circle until January 8

Baptists tend to ridicule liturgical churches that use "prepared prayers" because they lack spontaneity. But for many Baptists, their prayers are so predictable they are no more spontaneous than written-out prayers. The result is we end up praying the same things over and over. This daily Prayer Diary will prompt you on a wide range of prayer requests you might not normally think of, while forcing you to articulate a deeper devotion to God. We have included a daily Bible reading schedule. This plan will take you through the Bible chronologically in a year. Do not read ahead and do not try to catch up. Use each day as it comes. Then you can know that on any given day, dozens of other people are lifting their hearts in the same mind to God. Pray what is written, but use what is prayed as a springboard for your own relationship with God. You learn to pray by praying. —Alan

7:00P.M. • No AWANA program until January 9 • No devotional study for adults until January 9

GIVE GOD THE FIRST PART OF EVERY DAY. The first commitment is to a daily quiet time with God. Our weekly Prayer Diary provides a template for daily devotions. 2) TITHE—WORK 1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. GIVE GOD THE FIRST DIME OF EVERY DOLLAR—no questions asked. Ten percent is a miniscule amount in our affluent society, but it must come off the top in order to show that God is our priority. We want the blessing of the firstfruits (first devotion, first dime and first day) to flow out to the rest of our resources. 3) TEAM—WORD Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. GIVE GOD THE FIRST DAY OF EVERY WEEK. You should fellowship with a group of believers around the word of God every Sunday in our church.

9:00 & 10:45A.M. • A New Year’s Template for Success, Joshua 1:1-9 5:00P.M. • Evening Service time changes! 5:00P.M.

Sunday Morning •Teachers •Helpers •Check in/out desk •Snack Patrol •Kid’s Crew Sunday Evening • Work with children K-5th on projects and activities

Secret prayer is the secret of prayer, the soul of prayer, the seal of prayer, the strength of prayer. If you do not pray alone you do not pray at all. Our Lord Jesus Christ would go nowhere till He had prayed. He would attempt nothing till He had prayed. “Oh,” says one, “I live in the spirit of prayer, and therefore I do not need times and seasons for prayer.” And do you think that Christ did not live in the spirit of prayer? Yet He had to have his special time and place to pray. Do not fall under the injurious notion that because your spirit cries to God in prayer all day long, therefore there must not be some season for more immediately coming into God’s presence. If you imagine this, I am afraid that it will prove a snare to your feet. The Lord Jesus Christ, who knew better than you do that the main thing is the spirit of prayer rather than the act of prayer, yet Himself retired into desert places to maintain the act and exercise of prayer. Be spiritual. Be baptized into the spirit of prayer. But do not be deceived by the enemy, who can steal a spirit away while we dream that we only spiritualize it. We had better preserve the very bones of prayer—the posture, the time, place—rather than let it all ooze away into an impalpable mental condition. God keep us prayerful. He will do so if He makes us like His dear Son. Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

§ Keeping Christ at the center (your core relationship of worship to God) § Keeping the body of Christ a priority (your congregational relationship of walking with us) § Basing beliefs and actions on the mind of Christ (your church relationship in the Word)


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