HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45A.M.
MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading: Job 40-42; Acts 20 Monday, July 8 Heb. 10:19-20 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; Great God and Father: Tearing the veil laid open the “secret place” of the temple. That tear from top to bottom, though a narrow way, gives ample room for all who are called to enter. Oh, that the Spirit of God would lead even now, __________ and _________ into the closest fellowship a mortal being can have with infinite God! Ex. 19:12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: The Old Testament law was an ordinance of distance. The place of people was one of distance. There was no invitation to draw near. The spirit of the law was one of reverent separation. All that is now over. The invitation is, Matt. 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Yet some of God’s people still worship “afar off,” though no veil remains. Help me Holy Spirit, to draw near boldly with a full assurance of faith, because Jesus has brought me as close to God as he himself is. No law forbids me, but as a result of his cross infinite love invites me. I take advantage of it even in this time of prayer. Why do I not take advantage of it more often? Sin is the only divider Lord, between you and me. You are omnipresent, and so not far from anyone, but sin is an effective wall of separation. I claim Christ’s blood to cast down that wall right now, in Jesus’ holy name. Amen. A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READING Chronological Bible Reading: Psalm 7-9; Acts 23 Thursday, July 11 Mark 2:3-4 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S TEACHING Chronological Bible Reading: Psalm 1-3; Acts 21 Tuesday, July 9 Matt. 22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? Heavenly Father: The greatest test of anyone’s soul-health is, What think ye of Christ? What think the people I come into contact with each week? Is he fairer than the children of men–the chief among ten thousand–the altogether lovely? Do not make me shy about asking them, because wherever Christ is esteemed the spiritual man has life. I can judge people by this barometer: does Christ stand high or low with them? O Lord, I know so many people who have thought so little of Christ! They are content to live without his daily presence. They care little to honor him in their hearts. They neglect his commands. Their souls are sick, Lord. God grant they may not be sick unto death. Make this the summer they get saved! Let the first thought of their spirit become, How can I know Jesus? Make the daily desire of their soul be, O that I knew where I might find Him! And then help me direct them by your grace. Make the Savior great in their esteem, and self low in their esteem. Right now they care for clothing, but what think they of his royal apparel? Right now they care about their own hurts, but what think they of his bleeding side? Are his drops of blood like glittering rubies in their esteem? Right now they think of their own poverty, but what think they of the King in his beauty? Does he have a glorious high throne in their hearts? Will they set him higher as a result of contact with me? Make it so! I would be willing to die if I could add another trumpet to the strain that proclaims his praise. Matt. 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles. Make Christ great to others through me this summer. Amen. FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading: Psalm 10-12; Acts 24 Friday, July 12 1 Kings 9:2-3 That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon. And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. O Lord Our God: No matter what level of spiritual maturity, we need fresh manifestations and new visitations from on high. We need fresh oil! It is right for us to thank you for the past, and look back in joy at your visits in earlier days, but we seek you for a special appearance, your renewed presence right now in our midst. We seek to daily walk in the light of your countenance. But while an ocean has its high tides twice every day, it also has its low tides. The sun does shine even if we do not see it, and though there is spring fog there is also summer brightness. We walk with you constantly, but yet there are special occasions—like the holiday celebrating our Independence—where we pray for a special visitation, where you open your heart and manifest yourself and let us see your glory. Not every day in a palace is a banqueting day. Not all days with God are so clear and glorious as certain special conferences and services. We are happy we have beheld your face in past summers, and July Fourths. But we are happier still if you will come to us once again in the fullness of your favor, in the freshness of your power, and in the moving of your Spirit among us. We seek your second appearance! We do not need to be saved again, but speak to us again. We need the windows of heaven to be open once more! We need the Holy Spirit to drop-down and renew our strength in your mission. We ask that—just like you did for Solomon—you answer above and beyond what we ask or think, with a second appearance. Do this for Jesus’ sake and glory. Amen. WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYING Chronological Bible Reading: Psalm 4-6; Acts 22 Wednesday, July 10 Ezek. 11:16 Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Although I have cast them far off among the heathen, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet will I be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they shall come. Merciful God and Father: Oh, that’s how I feel sometimes! I feel like an exile to grace, cast-off in my cubicle, all alone in a crowd—but I am not banished from your presence. You are to me in those moments everything I could have had if trials had not come. If I am called to wander then I can call on you to revive me. v You are a place of refuge to me. I find sanctuary with you from every enemy. v You are a place of worship to me. When Jacob slept in the open field he had to confess when he arose, Surely God was in this place. So you manifest your presence in my field of work and worry, and turn even the mundane place into hallowed ground. v You are a sanctuary of peace to me. The Holy of Holies was a noiseless habitation for God. How many times, if I just turn my thoughts to Christ and pray, does he calm the storm of my life? † Prov. 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. v You are, in Christ Jesus, a sanctuary of mercy to me. Jesus is my ark. This is revival! The mercy seat, Aaron’s rod of fruitfulness, the pot of manna for sustenance, and the tables of the law for truth, are all in Christ my sanctuary. You are to me a shrine of holiness and communion. What more do I need today but you? Fulfill your will through my life, in Jesus’ name. Amen. SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMS Chronological Bible Reading: Psalm 13-15; Acts 25 Saturday, July 13 Psa. 109:30 I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude. Great and Holy Heavenly Father: Help me bear my heavy load, yet also rise above it. I am weak. My haters are strong and ferocious. But you will always redeem me from evil, so I praise you even now. You have been to my future already, so I will praise you in the present even louder and even among others. I don’t praise you in order to be heard by others, but I do want to make my thanksgiving as public as the blessings I receive. I also want to draw others to come to you by listening to my praise of you. For this cause, the Psalmist sang even when his heart was breaking. Nothing can sustain my heart better than proper praise. Deal with all those who attack me. Not so I can be spared, but because then others can underline my deliverance and want to have the same sustaining relationship with you as I do. Psa. 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. Eventually you will call me (even like you did my Lord Jesus) away from shame and suffering and into rest and honor. But I can not praise you as well then and up there, if I do not praise you right now and down here. The work is not done yet, but on that day I can finally sit down, the rest will be sweeter because of what we have endured together. I will then really know Jesus because I have passed through sufferings like his in order to gain fellowship with him. Jesus, already you sit next to the throne. Since you are seated in quiet expectancy, I can live in an attitude of peaceful assurance, and await your return in power and great glory. All things are moving to your ultimate victory. Amen.
RISE up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things. Give heart and mind and soul and strength to serve the King of kings. Rise up, O men of God! The kingdom tarries long. Bring in the day of brotherhood and end the night of wrong. Rise up, O men of God! The church for you doth wait, Her strength unequal to her task; rise up and make her great! Lift high the cross of Christ! Tread where His feet have trod. As brothers of the Son of Man, rise up, O men of God! —William P. Merrill, 1911 Ï
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HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH PRAYER DIARY — SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE TIMES 9:00 & 10:45A.M.
HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH
JULY 7, 2013
HARVEST BAPTIST CHURCH
HOW TO BUILD A BALANCED LIFE
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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
9:00A.M. • Adult Sunday School Class in Room 6 • Defenders Christian Apologetics Course in the Gym 10:45A.M. • College & Career Class in Room 6 5:00P.M. • Ryan & Keeley Blackstock (El Salvador) + Gene Purtle (Prison Ministry) • SNL Sunday Night Live! for kids K-5th Grade
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.
7:00P.M. • Adult sports night (volleyball) in the gym • July 17—Spring cleaning/extreme makeover work night • July 24—Psalm 131 • July 31—All-Church Retreat at Camp Windermere!
6:30P.M. • Ladies Missionary Support TEAM in room 6
9:00 & 10:45A.M. • Evangelism: Having a Right Heart, Matt 5:14-16
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
9:00 & 10:45A.M. • Baptisms FIRST EVER! HBC ALL-CHURCH RETREAT • July 31-August 3, 2013 THEME: Time away together in the word! Elementary/Jr Hi & Hi School/Parents & Adults at Windermere Baptist Conference Center at Lake of the Ozarks. Less than $200 per person (4 days, 3 nights, 9 meals)! Reserve your place at the desk in the lobby. To help a student attend, then above your regular offering you may designate “CAMP” on your envelope. LIVING FAITH BIBLE INSTITUTE • Sunday nights starting Aug 17 NEW Sunday evening service time is 5:30-7:00P.M. After each Sunday night service/class we will offer “table talk” in the gym—dollar pizza for adults & kids and discussion led by LFBI students. Free new wide-margin Bible to each new student who registers. Courses are only $40 per credit. Alan will be teaching Survey of Theology and Dispensational Theology this semester. Studying theology is how we get a comprehensive view of scripture, and all God is saying to us through the various books of the Bible. See all fall classes and register now at lfbi.org
§ 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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