Chronological Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 13-15; Mark 10:1-26
Monday, March 7

Chronological Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 19-21; Mark 11
Wednesday, March 9

John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and
it shall be done unto you.

† Psa. 19:11 Moreover by [thy judgments] is thy servant warned: and in keeping of
them there is great reward.

Dearest Lord Jesus:
The thought in David’s heart was a false thought, but how many times does
Satan tempt me that same way? I have no reason for believing your anointing is
an empty act, or you gave me your Holy Spirit in vain. Yet so often I am
unbelieving about what you can do and intend to do with me. Foolish heart!
Do not believe everything you think, and certainly not everything you
feel. Help me act with hope today, especially toward __________ and
__________, who are lost. They need to see in me the kind of faith they could
have in Christ, which would rescue them from the “Sauls” in their circumstance.
I am put in perilous positions at times, but never once have you deserted
me to my haters. The trials I am exposed to are varied and many, but with every
trial you send a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13). What grace! Today when I pray I
want to argue from what you have done for me, not from what I do not have.
Let me argue from what you have done to plead for what you will do. You will
be my defender still, so I must be your effective witness still.
Every mistrust of you is without cause. You are good and you are God, and
I acknowledge that. Your lovingkindness is marvelous, and I need to start my
week remembering that. You never fail to justify my faith in you.
I have dark nights, but your star of love still shines. I have stiff battles, but
when I am too weak to defend myself, you hold up the shield. I face many trials,
but never to my detriment; somehow you always make them work out for good.
What a God and what a gospel! Help me cast down the Jezebel of unbelief,
and get that message to those who need it most this day. Amen.

O Lord Help Me Catch this Thought!
Because the best-praying person is the best-believing person. After all, my
prayer is nothing but my pleading the promises of God. Prayer is personal
utilization of your promises. Prayer not based on the promise of grace has no
basis for being answered. I cannot merit your answer, even by hours of prayer. I
“inherit” an answer based on laying a believing claim to your promises. You
hear, not for my sake, but in answer, and to uphold your word.
You answer because of the richness of the word, like Jesus says. It is the
check I have to present to get cash at the bank. So if I have your words abiding in
me, I am equipped with the things that grab your attention. I can pray right now,
because I meet you with your own words, and overcome omnipotence with
omnipotence. That makes me want to shout! In proportion as I feed on, retain
and obey your word in my life (for that is abiding), then I can master the art of
prayer. I can wrestle the Covenant Angel with skill. Amalek will be smitten, Israel
delivered, and God glorified (Exod. 17:11).
I bow my will today and ask you to teach me what to want. I am not fit to
judge, apart from your word. If my soul is sanctified in this way, then I know it is
safe for you to answer. If I trust in you with all my heart, and refuse to lean on
my biblically uninformed understanding, and thereby acknowledge you along the
way, you will not fail to direct my path (Prov. 3:5-6). The new nature will become
second nature, and spirit-led instincts will guide me right. Grace will conquer all
covetous greed and unclean desire. Your Spirit masters me when it partakes of
the divine nature by your great and precious word (2 Pet. 1:4). Hallelujah! Amen.

Blessed Lord and God Almighty:
We need blessing in this city today! Our city is full of racial strife. This city
is full of hatred and murder. Our city is full of violence and woe. This city is full
of cheats and manipulators. It is a place of great “wear and tear.” My city is full of
stress and stir, noise and confusion…and much trouble. There are many
temptations. I suffer many setbacks, losses and worries. But to go to the city with
your blessing is to step right out of danger. To remain there with your approval is
to find pleasure in my responsibility. When I work for you, you grant strength
equal to all my demands!
A blessing in the city does not have to make me great, Lord. Just let it keep
me good. It may not make me rich, but let it keep me honest! I pray for all my
brothers and sisters in the church, whether they are teachers, programmers, office
assistants, doctors, lawyers, engineers, laborers or waitresses. The city gives all of
us opportunities to be useful in your will.
One thing about the crowds in this city: it is always “good fishing” where
there are schools of fish. Thank you Lord, for letting me live and work among
the crowds and masses. I might prefer a quiet life (and often dream about the
country), but you have called me to the city. Now make room for my activity!
Give me an open ear to your still, small voice. Give me a ready hand to do
your will. Obedience always brings blessing—especially in the city. Amen.
Deut. 28:2-3 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou
shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and
blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Chronological Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 22-24; Mark 12:1-22
Thursday, March 10

Chronological Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 25-27; Mark 12:23-44
Friday, March 11

Chronological Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 28-30; Mark 13
Saturday, March 12


1 Sam. 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of

Chronological Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 16-18; Mark 10:27-52
Tuesday, March 8

Gen. 41:51-52 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he,
hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house. And the name of the second called he
Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.

TO Jesus every day I find my heart is closer drawn,
He’s fairer than the glory of the gold and purple dawn;
He’s all my fancy pictures in its fairest dreams, and more,
Each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before.
His glory broke upon me when I saw Him from afar,
He’s fairer than the lily, brighter than the morning star;
He fills and satisfies my longing spirit o’er and o’er,
Each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before.
My heart is sometimes heavy, but He comes with sweet relief,
He folds me to His bosom when I droop with blighting grief;
I love the Christ Who all my burdens in His body bore,
Each day He grows still sweeter than He was the day before.
The half cannot be fancied this side the golden shore;
O there He’ll be still sweeter than He ever was before.
—William C. Martin, c. 1899


Jer. 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things,
which thou knowest not.

Psa. 53:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have
done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

Hello Lord!
Prayer is not art or science, but nature. All our prayers are the outflow of a
consecrated congregation. We will not be restrained by liturgy, yet we afford this
opportunity to get our spiritual life sparked by praying together today.
Our earnest expectation is for the opportunities at Easter! Speak to hearts
in your royal tenderness. Our faith works by love, so we trust you for many
mighty testimonies of those who are touched by our love and turned to Jesus.
We do not, all of us, pray from a position free of our own needs this week.
But we recognize, those who dive-into prayer from a sea of affliction can bring
up rare pearls. We often fall to fits of worldliness. Give us this week “a fit of
faith” as we prepare ourselves and our church for Easter outreach.
We mourn at how often we have hours for the world, but only moments
for you, Jesus. Hours for media and entertainment, but only minutes for God.
The world gets our best, and our prayer closet receives only leftover time. We
confess how we give our strength and freshness to Mammon, and often our
weariness and fatigue to discovering the ways of God. Forgive us Lord, we pray!
You understand what heavy hearts we have. Under a sense of sin and regret
Satan whispers, “Why should you pray? How can you expect God to answer?”
So we thank you Lord, that we are commanded to pray, because otherwise
in times of depression we would be tempted to give it up. If you command us,
then as unfit as we may be, we must approach the throne of grace! And since you
command, Pray without ceasing, though our words fail and our heart itself wanders,
yet will we stammer from our hungering soul—Lord, at least teach us to pray!

My Faithful Father:
I know so many fools who speak according to their fallen nature. They are
big fools who contemplate big subjects and come to wild conclusions. Some are
mentally fools, and some are morally fools. Some are fools in head, but far more
are fools in heart. Father, protect me from those who talk so wickedly as to
deny your rule, because they also act wickedly.
Forgetfulness of God is the source of much of my own unrighteousness,
and of the crimes we see around us. Left to my own energy Lord, I am not a
lover of you as I should be. Nor am I a doer of holiness. Apart from grace, not
one speck of my life will be anything but abominable to you. Since the yoke of sin
has been heavy and the bondage cruel, make my liberty in Christ happy and my
life joyous. Return to me today, and restore your hope in my heart.
Psa. 54:4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
As long as you have an open ear, I cannot be imprisoned by trouble. Other
weapons may be useless, but prayer is always available! I am overwhelmed at
beholding you, my divine Champion. Alas! Very God is MY helper! What does
the number of my haters, or the power of my problems even matter? God give
me the sword of your Spirit. Foes defy me; God defends me. Praise the Lord!
I thank you for all the friends who stand beside me, but I am more thankful
Lord, that you are among them. I have proven the power of your name so many
times, in so many places of adversity. Your name is good, and so should my
praise be. Strengthen my soul for you today, so I can adore you more and more.
Adore and not ignore. These things I ask because Jesus is worthy. Amen.

† Focus Verse (for memorization & meditation)—Prayer Diary link available online at http://www.facebook.com/HBCBlueSprings




MARCH 6, 2016






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


Romans 5 How Can I Have a Strong Faith?
HBC Choir Practice preparing for Easter Sunday. Anyone may join us!

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.
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

• Welcome to our visitors! Please take connection cards from the back of the
pew in front of you, fill out the visitor portion, and put it in the offering plate.
You are our guest and we’d like to know you are here!
• Ministerio Hispaño La Cosecha 10:45A.M. en el salón 6. Servicio en Inglés
traducido en Español 9:00A.M.
• Young Adults Class (YAC) Couples & singles meet 11:00A.M. in room 4.


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.
with a group of believers around the word of God every Sunday in our church.

• Proverbs & Prayer Lunch meeting weekly, NOON-1:00P.M.
• Calling Every Woman! You're invited to join the Harvest Every|Woman
Ministry for a SYS Study of 2 Timothy. Choose 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 7:00P.M
or 2nd & 4th Fridays at 9:30A.M at HBC! The fun lasts through April. No
charge, but bring your Bible and journal. Limited childcare Tuesday only for
kids Grade 5 and under; none for Friday. ?’s see Debbie Cease or email
WEDNESDAYS 7:00-8:15P.M.
• Adults—Midweek Bible Study & Prayer Service
• AWANA—Our Bible Club for children 2 yrs-Grade 6


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.

Spanish Ministry Discipleship
Every|Woman Sys Study 2 Timothy


§ 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)


• SHUTTLE—Drivers needed starting Easter Sunday: signup in the lobby
• SLIDES, Sound, Lights—To help with PowerPoint, Audio or Lighting see
Worship Pastor Brandon Starks
• STUDENTS—Parents take your HarvestKids directly to their appropriate
pods in the gym each Sunday until Easter. Their teachers would like to know

Make it a Missions New Year!

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
“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

Prayer Diary link available online at http://www.facebook.com/HBCBlueSprings