MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading: Numbers 22-24; Mark 4:21-41 Monday, February 25 Micah 5:7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. Heavenly Father and Lord: If that verse is true of your physical children Israel, then how much more should it be true of me, because when saints are what they ought to be, then they are a blessing and a witness in the places they are scattered. In every area of our city Lord, make me and the other members of Harvest church like a cool drink of water to the lost who surround us. I SHOULD BE LIKE THE DEW—in a quiet and unobtrusive manner refreshing those who come in contact with me. Help me effectively (even if silently) minister to the life, joy and growth of those outside Christ who work, study, play and live with me, like __________ and __________. Make this the testimony of our entire church! Coming fresh from heaven and glistening like diamonds in the sun, make us gracious men, women and youth who attend to the spiritual needs of others until each blade of grass has its own drop of dew. We owe them that much. I may be but a small drop as an individual, but when united with other witnesses I can be sufficient for the purpose you want to achieve. Dewdrops refresh acres. Lord, make my testimony and witness like the dew! I SHOULD BE LIKE THE SHOWERS—godly people who arrive at your bidding without man’s permission or prevention. Let me, like the rain, keep working for you whether certain others desire me to or not. Make me boldly prompt and free in the service you assign me this week in the preparation for Easter and spring, for I ask it in Jesus’ all-powerful name. Amen. A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READING Chronological Bible Reading: Numbers 31-33; Mark 6:1-28 Thursday, February 28 Gen. 32:12 And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude. TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S LIFE Chronological Bible Reading: Numbers 25-27; Mark 5:1-21 Tuesday, February 26 Luke 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Holy Lord and Savior: Being fully man, you escaped none of the pains allotted to men and women like me, even in death. You are indeed God with us everywhere (Matt 1:23), including the accident scene, the murder location, and the hospital bed. You were so truly human that all my griefs remind me of you! How near akin I am to the anxiety of Gethsemane, the beating of Gabbatha, and the mockings of Golgotha. Let pain make me love you more and more. There was an infinite distance between your throne and your crown of thorns. A river of the water of life proceeds from the throne, but the thorncrowned brow condescended to say, John 19:28 I thirst. You placed yourself for my sake into a position of shame where none would wait on you, and most would not even look at you. Glorious humiliation for our exalted Head! O Lord Jesus, I love and adore you. I will lift your name on high in grateful remembrance of the depths to which you descended. Neither in torture of heart nor infirmity of body am I deserted by you, Lord. My line is parallel with yours. The tip of the spear that just pierced me was first stained with your blood. The cup that I drink right now, though very bitter, bears the print of your lips around its brim. Shame? Suffering? Injustice? Misunderstood? Misused. Disrespected? Abused? Use this to bring me into deeper sympathy with Christ. My tears are the bread of heaven to strengthen me for the time of conflict. I will be able to win in battle because I have endured in trial. So give me such grace. Amen. FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading: Numbers 34-36; Mark 6:29-56 Friday, March 1 Rom. 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, Heavenly Lord: FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPIRIT, revive in us the attitude of a child. • Make us accustomed to take our cares and cast them on you • Make us know we are accepted and beloved in Christ • Make us perfectly content with the great Father’s will For that will make all of us the envy of the lost. They will envy our peace and joy in believing. It is happy saints who become the most efficient witnesses to the world. FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPIRIT, revive holiness as our delight. Make our holiness not a mere morality, out of some hard sense of duty. Holiness should be the entirety of our humanity fully consecrated to Christ, and molded to his image by submission to his will. In that way, holiness is tied to living the Great Commission. That is the one thing our church must have, yet never can apart from the Sanctifier. He sets us apart for sacred use. There is not a grain of holiness anywhere except what exists by the operation of your Holy Spirit. Anointed words preach to those in our congregation, but it is the acts of our church that preach to the community! Help us support the testimony of our pastors by our actions. There is no likelihood of victory if Achan’s sin is in the camp. Do many mighty works in us because of our consecration to your mission. FOR THE LOVE OF THE SPIRIT, revive our prayer life. Prayer is the creation of your Spirit. We cannot do without prayer and we cannot pray without the Holy Ghost (Rom 8:26). Make us desperately dependent on him. Give us more love of the Spirit so our spiritual power might grow. For Jesus’ sake we ask this. Amen. WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYING Chronological Bible Reading: Numbers 28-30; Mark 5:22-43 Wednesday, February 27 Job 23:4 I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. My Father and My God: WHAT ORDER SHOULD I OBSERVE IN PRAYING FOR REVIVAL? First, I have to feel like, in praying, I am doing something real. Second, I have to recognize I have no right to demand what I seek; I can only expect to get it as a gift of your grace. Third, I must consider what I will ask for, focusing my mind by ordering my arguments. Fourth, I ask for it through Jesus Christ. If I would just reflect before I pray I would see how many things I want that I would be better off not getting. When I meditate a moment first, I often discover a motive at the bottom of my request that is not Christlike. It is selfish. It forgets God’s glory and caters only to my own sense of comfort. Lord, never let my ease interfere, or my success impede, or my selfish happiness halt in any way your glory! Mingle with my acceptable prayer a holy salt of submission to your will. At the same time, if I know what I ask for is to your glory, I will be like Jacob, wresting at the Jabbok. I will seek to “pin” the angel of the Lord, rather than be sent away without the blessing you promise. Help me today to put these things together. First, a deep spirituality that recognizes prayer as real conversation with the invisible God. Second, a distinctiveness borne from the reality of prayer that is purpose-driven for what I know you want. And third, an earnest fervency, believing my prayer to be the necessary prerequisite to revival. But above all else, I submit to your will, for this is how I must order my arguments and plead my cause before you, Lord. Amen. SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMS Chronological Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 1-3; Mark 7 Saturday, March 2 Psa. 119:131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. Lord of Life: Do I pant to have more of your Spirit? Is that my sincere prayer right now? Lord, I seek from you the zeal for your house that eats me up. I want to hold on to it, get more of it, and not let the Devil deceive me out of having it. I ask for nothing but more of you, of your divine presence and influence. I often feel like my life is boring, even dying. Spirit of God bring me life! Revive in us the spark of divine life. Strengthen in my heart God’s life. Give me your quickening breath, and bring me back from the dead. Psa. 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Sometimes my sin has so much power over me. O Spirit of God, destroy sin within and work holiness and purity without. Enlighten me about the truths that are beyond me right now. Bring me more of the truth I need, so I can conquer temptation. I wait on you. You have given me your Son, but you also promise your Spirit. O that I had that fire! Come in answer to my cry. Come and light our church and each individual member of it. † Gal. 5:25-26 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. There is no work of your Spirit unless we seek it. But all the fruit of your Spirit will come if I ask for it. If I neglect it, I am left to watch envy provoke vain glory. What a shame and what a sham! Make your work really real in me. Give me more grace to seek glory for thee. I want to live my life and spend it on the one who bought it with his divine being. You cannot do this because I am worthy, but you must do this for the sake of your Son. So in Jesus’ name I ask it. Amen.

O FOR a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King, the triumphs of His grace! My gracious Master and my God, assist me to proclaim, To spread through all the earth abroad the honors of Thy name. Jesus! the name that charms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease; ’Tis music in the sinner’s ears, tis life, and health, and peace. He breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the prisoner free; His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood availed for me. He speaks, and, listening to His voice, new life the dead receive, The mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe. Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb, your loosened tongues employ; Ye blind, behold your Savior come, and leap, ye lame, for joy. —Charles Wesley, 1739


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FEBRUARY 24, 2013









• Sign up to be discipled at the display in the lobby 5:00P.M. • Missionary Rick Friesen Rick is going to be the Africa director for MANNA Worldwide: providing Manna House nutrition centers and Orphan Water Well projects, changing lives through nutrition, education and spiritual growth. • 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 Last chance to give canned goods for City Union Mission! - peanut butter, jelly, canned meat and vegetables - this is the 3rd of 4 outreach projects the kids do this year • Devotional study for adults in the auditorium, Psalm 124 7:00P.M. • Ladies Bible Study room 6 9:00 & 10:45A.M. • Life Essentials #6 Prayer: Our Communication Circuit, John 14 Blueprint Women’s mentoring ministry kickoff! • Friday night PJ party, 7-11P.M. • Saturday morning workshop 9A.M.-12:30 9:00 & 10:45A.M. • Palm Sunday Lord’s Supper: I Got In When He Got Up, 1 Cor 15 9:00 & 10:45A.M. • Easter Sunday Special Program • Looking & praying for ladies interested in going to Chillicothe Correction Center for women. God is opening doors there but need more workers. See Tracie Guffey today or email her at 1969gdawg@gmail.com. • Looking & praying for people interested in witnessing to and working with Detention Home kids. See Rodney Selectman today. • Elementary - Jr/Hi School - Parents & Adults • Save these dates: July 31-August 3, 2013 • Windermere Baptist Conference Center at the Lake of the Ozarks • Rooms 4 Days/3Nights for about $200 per family and only $55 per person for meals!


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.

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.

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




MARCH 15-16

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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