Prayer and Praise Corner

Prayer and Praise Corner

Because He turned His ear to me I will call on Him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:2)

The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.(James5:16)

Love is a child of gratitude. Love grows as gratitude is felt and then breaks out into praise and thanksgiving to God. Answered prayers cause gratitude, and gratitude brings forth a love that declares to never stop praying. Gratitude and love move to larger and increased prayer.

Consideration of God’s mercies not only creates gratitude, but leads to a large consecration to God of all that we have and are. Thus, prayer, Thanksgiving, and consecration are all inseparably linked together.

To desire something is not merely a simple wish. In the realm of spiritual affairs, it is so important that one could almost say desire is an absolute essential of prayer. Desire precedes and accompanies prayer. Prayer is a verbal expression of desire. Prayer comes out into the open. Desire is silent. Prayer is heard. The deeper the desire, the stronger the prayer.

Without desire, prayer is a meaningless mumble of words. Such uninterested, formal praying, with no heart, feeling, or real desire, is to be avoided like the plague. Its exercise is a waste of precious time, and no real blessing results from it. 

Prayer requests: Pray for our church family that God will continue to bless each of us. Pray for those in our church family that are facing difficult challenges in health, relationships, mental health, and faith. Pray for our Session as it leads us forward. 

Prayer: Dear Lord God, I praise You because I have been fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank You for loving me. All that I desire is to worship You. Please guide me that my prayers will be accompanied by a strong desire to do Your will. Amen.

Prayer and Praise Corner

Prayer and Praise Corner

Then Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.  (Luke 18:1)

And the Lord said, “listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”      (Luke 18:6-8)

Moses prayed for 40 days and 40 nights to stop the wrath of God. His example is an encouragement to present – day faith in its darkest hour.  Elijah repeated his prayer seven times before the rain clouds appeared on the horizon.

During His earthly life, the blessed Savior spent many nights in prayer. In Gethsemane He presented the same petition three times with unshaken, yet submissive persistence. This called on every part of His soul and brought about tears and bloody sweat.

Jesus’ life victories were all won in hours of persistent prayer. He taught, by example, the importance of consistent prayer.

God waits patiently as His people cry to Him day and night. He is moved by the requests a thousand times more than this unjust judge’s was.

Waiting for answers to prayer is limited by persistent praying, and the answers richly given. God sees His praying child’s faith. He honours this faith that stays and cries by persisting in prayer, so that it is strengthened and enriched. Then He rewards it abundantly.

Prayer Requests: Pray for a better relationship with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters as we celebrate Aboriginal Day Sunday. Pray for volunteers for the soup kitchen throughout the Summer months. Pray for the safety and security of the children over the holiday time. Pray for those charged with providing activities for children over the Summer.

 Prayer: Dear Father thank You for Jesus’ example of praying day and night and not giving up. Thank You for richly rewarding persistent praying. Thank you for seeing our faith when we pray. Grant us patience in our waiting, Lord. Amen.

Prayer and Praise Corner

Prayer and Praise Corner

Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)

You know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

(James 1:3)

The parable that comes after the words above was taught with the intention of saving people from faint- heartedness in prayer. Our Lord wanted to teach us to guard against negligence, and encourage us to show persistence.

Persistent prayer is a mighty move of the soul toward God. It is the ability to hold on, press on, and wait. Restless desire, restful patience, and strength to hold on are all embraced in it. It is not merely a routine, but a passion of soul. It is not something half-needed, but a sheer necessity.

Persistence is the pressing of our desires on God with urgency and perseverance. It is praying with courage until our cries are heard.

The person who has an intimate relationship with God appreciates the privilege of approaching God in prayer. Prayer that influences God is said to be the outpouring of the fervent, effectual righteous person. It is prayer on fire. It does not have a feeble, flickering flame or a momentary spark, but shines with a vigorous steady glow.

Prayer Requests: Pray for our high school students as they prepare for final exams and our graduates as they make plans for their future. Pray for the relationship of ourselves toward other members of our congregation, that harmony will be the example that others see in us. Praise God for the many blessings we have received this past church year. Pray for Coltyn, as he makes his profession of faith and becomes a member of the church, pray that he will be supported in his faith and church life.

Prayer: Dear Father, save me from faint-heartedness when I pray.

Teach me persistence and the ability to hold on, press on and wait. Father, I want my prayers to be effectual. Ignite my spirit with the vigorous, steady glow of your presence so that my prayers may bring You glory. Amen.

 

Prayer and Praise Corner

Jesus told His disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. Luke 18:1

You know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:3

The parable that comes after the words above was taught with the intention of saving people from faint- heartedness in prayer. Our Lord wanted to teach us to guard against negligence, and encourage us to show persistence.

Persistent prayer is a mighty move of the soul toward God. It is the ability to hold on, press on, and wait. Restless desire, restful patience, and strength to hold on are all embraced in it. It is not merely a routine, but a passion of soul. It is not something half-needed, but a sheer necessity.

Persistence is the pressing of our desires on God with urgency and perseverance. It is praying with courage until our cries are heard.

The person who has an intimate relationship with God appreciates the privilege of approaching God in prayer. Prayer that influences God is said to be the outpouring of the fervent, effectual righteous man. It is prayer on fire. It does not have a feeble, flickering flame or a momentary spark, but shines with a vigorous steady glow.

 Prayer Requests: Pray for our high school students as they prepare for final exams and our graduates as they make plans for their future. Pray for the relationship of ourselves toward other members of our congregation, that harmony will be the example that others see in us. Praise God for the many blessings we have received this past church year. Pray for Coltyn, as he makes his profession of faith and becomes a member of the church, pray that he will be supported in his faith and church life.

 Prayer: Dear Father, save me from faint-heartedness when I pray. Teach me persistence and the ability to hold on, press on and wait. Father, I want my prayers to be effectual. Ignite my spirit with the vigorous, steady glow of your presence so that my prayers may bring You glory. Amen.