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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading: Exodus 1-3; Matthew 13:30-58 Monday, January 21 Lev. 13:13 Then the priest shall consider: and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: it is all turned white: he is clean. Jesus, My Helper, My Healer: I am the leper! When I read Moses’ law I see how these strange regulations apply to my spiritual condition. This is what led me to Christ. Help __________ and __________ see themselves as entirely lost, altogether ruined, completely covered with the defilement of sin. Until they get saved no part of them is free from pollution—not their mind, nor their heart or intentions. Make them disclaim all righteousness of their own so they can plead guilty before the cross and get cleansing through the blood of Jesus Christ! The true leprosy is hidden, unfelt (and therefore unconfessed) iniquity. It eats away at all of us. But once it is seen and felt its cure is ready because you, Lord, look with eyes of mercy on each such soul so afflicted. Nothing is more deadly than prideful self-righteousness. Nothing is more healthy than humble contrition. Help them confess they are “nothing else but sin,” because any confession short of that is not the whole truth. Holy Spirit, do your work (John 16:8-11), convicting __________ and __________ of sin. Give them an acknowledgement of their true, lost condition. I cannot afford to comfort them in the sleep of death. Sin mourned and confessed will never keep a soul out of heaven. Whoever comes to you will for no reason be cast out (John 6:37). Though dishonest, unclean, cruel or rebellious, your great heart will be able to look on them with pity, as long as they look on themselves as someone with no soundness inside. Grant them grace to repent and confess Christ, for then (and only then) you will pronounce them clean. Bring them to trust in the crucified One. Amen. A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READING Chronological Bible Reading: Exodus 10-12; Matthew 15:21-39 Thursday, January 24 1 Kings 19:19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. Ring with the harmonies of liberty; Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies, Let it resound loud as the rolling sea. Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us, Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us; Facing the rising sun of our new day begun, Let us march on till victory is won. God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou Who hast brought us thus far on the way; Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light, Keep us forever in the path, we pray. Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee. Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee. Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand, True to our God, true to our native land. —James Weldon Johnson, 1899 TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S PRAYER LIFE Chronological Bible Reading: Exodus 4-6; Matthew 14 Tuesday, January 22 Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Your seven sayings from the cross. Here I see you as my Mediator, interceding. Thank you for standing before the Father to plead for the guilty. Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. Here you are in regal power, opening a door no man can shut, and letting through the gates of heaven a poor soul who confessed you as he died. Hail eternal King! John 19:26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Now I see the gentleness of a son caring for a bereaved mother. Your last thoughts were not for yourself. Matt. 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? What a soul in anguish! Your innermost heart overwhelmed, not by my sin, but by the withdrawal of your Father’s face at the appearance of my sin. John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. I watch as the humanity responds in your body. Even your mortal flesh trembled as it shared in the anguish of spirit. John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: The Captain of my salvation completes his mission and made an end of sin. Luke 23:46 And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost. In your death you bring all believers near to God. If my spirit is in your hand, no one can pluck me out of it. I love you, Lord! Amen. FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading: Exodus 13-15; Matthew 16 Friday, January 25 2 Tim. 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. Able Lord and Redeemer: In certain times of holy boldness and sacred access we have asked great things from you, our God. Yet we have never reached the bottom of your ability. Even at its best and boldest, our prayers have many boundaries that your heart does not. We learned that this last year. We are limited by our sense of need. We barely know what we want. Oh, teach us what to pray for, or else we will never ask correctly! We mistake our spiritual condition. Our soul’s hunger is not keen enough, our thirst not sharp enough. Sin has taken the edge off our spiritual appetite. So we crimp and cramp our prayers. Thank you Father, that the Holy Spirit prays for us (Rom. 8:26-27) and our magnificent Jesus prays with us (Rom. 8:34). That way we are not limited by our limited sense of need and make no mistakes because of our mistaken condition. We only ask for bread and water—but you prepare a table in the wilderness in the midst of our enemies. Is there a single promise of yours we perfectly understand? There is a breadth, length, height and depth we have not yet comprehended. Yet you condescend to use our language. To us the words mean silver, but you use them in a golden sense. Thank you Lord, that you never mean less than you say, and always far more than we think! For this we magnify your name—that your power to bless is not bounded by our ability to understand the blessing. Amen. WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYING Chronological Bible Reading: Exodus 7-9; Matthew 15:1-20 Wednesday, January 23 Nahum 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. O Heavenly Father: Thank you for placing a limit on my tribulation. George Mueller said that while you smite with one hand you support with the other. Sometimes I ask through my sigh, “When will the end be?” Help me to remember you are † Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Help me to quietly wait and patiently endure. If I wait but then murmur, I have failed you. I lose the reward for enduring. Likewise if I endure but show impatience, I have failed. I want your will instead. Prov. 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. I thank you for removing the rod as soon as it serves its use. Maybe once you drive away my foolishness these strokes will stop. Otherwise, the affliction is sent for my testing so my responses might glorify God. In that case, don’t end the trial until my witness has borne you praise! I want you to get out of me all the honor my life can possibly yield. Who knows how soon a sea of glass will replace the raging billows? Today there may be a great calm. After winnowing, the wheat rests in the barn and the whip is hung up. In a few hours I may be as happy as I now am sorrowful, because it is not hard for you to turn night into day. You control the clouds and can easily clear my skies. Make me a blessing till then. The way ahead is clearer still. Let me sing Hallelujah in anticipation. I ask it all for Jesus’ sake, Amen. SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMS Chronological Bible Reading: 16-18; Matthew 17 Saturday, January 26 Psa. 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Holy Lord: I am full of passion, weak in wisdom, and wounded by experience. How can I get right and keep right so I will be right and stay right? There is no more important question I can ask. It is a noble ambition. It is your high but certain calling. Yet nothing is harder than for me to stay straight. I cannot shirk from the responsibility or shrink in the face of difficulty. The way of wisdom is to live a pure life by grace. Make the Bible my chart and help me watch unto prayer (1 Pet. 4:7). Nothing prohibits that, and nothing eliminates the need for that. I have to be like you, Lord—and this is exactly what you did (Luke 21:36), even though you were all the fullness of the godhead bodily. Make my daily life match my study of the Bible. Make my study of your word mold and shape my daily activity. Let me take heed to the Holy Spirit, because no one is holy without him! I have such an accurate roadmap to your will, I need never go astray. Help me follow the hard but right way. I want to be holy, for you are holy (1 Pet 1:15-16). So let me set a holy watch in my heart. Let me keep a holy Bible before my eye. Meditating on your word is the best preventive medicine, and I need it so. It tells me your mind, empowers my spirit by the Holy Spirit, and brings my character into conformity to Christ. No gimmick against sinning is equal to simply storing your word in my heart. There is no hiding from temptation unless scripture is hidden in my soul. Lead me not into temptation but deliver me from evil in Jesus’ name, Amen.
LIFT every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,
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HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45A.M.
HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH
JANUARY 20, 2012
HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH
HOW TO BUILD A BALANCED LIFE
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.
¨ INTERCEDE WITH GOD ¨ INSTRUCT SAINTS ¨ PROMPT PETITIONS ¨ KICKSTART DEVOTION
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
• Nursing Mothers new room available for use (room 2) 5:00P.M. (New Service Time!) • The Next Level The philosophy and function of Discipleship. We can’t make cookie-cutter Jesus copies. If we could, then Christianity would be counterfeited by the Devil. Instead, Christianity has to come passed-down through human DNA in a one-on-one process called Discipleship. Come learn how to pass-on life with Christ to someone else, Sunday nights at 5:00pm. • SNL Sunday Night Live! for kids 10:00A.M. • Pinterest Live ladies’ craft circle in the gym 7:00P.M. • AWANA program for kids 2yrs-6th Grade • Devotional study for adults in the auditorium, Psalm 122 6:30P.M. • Ladies Bible Study room 6 9:00A.M. • Men’s Meeting room 6 9:00 & 10:45A.M. • Life Essentials #1 Salvation: Starting with Evangelism, Matt 28:1620
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.
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
• If you can play a radio or run a computer you are qualified to help with media. Sign up with Mark back at the audio booth or in the lobby. We will schedule an audio/lights/Powerpoint training soon. • We need a couple more adults to help with toddler town (18mos-2 years) and our SNL (Sunday Night Live) kids at 5:00P.M. See Courtney Ball or Karen Roadcap or give your name at the Signup Table in the lobby. • Elaine Bredehoft will be at the information booth after the 9:00A.M. service if anyone would like to bless the Rothacher’s with a meal at this time.
§ 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)
QUALITY CHRISTIANITY INVOLVES THREE THINGS
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