Evening Prayer: August 21, 2017

 

  1. Take a moment of silence to calm and center yourself before God; before you begin to speak to God, first come to Him ready to quiet your heart and to listen.  Allow the Holy Spirit to focus your attentions and affections as you begin.

 

  1. Meditate on and consider this statement of the gospel:

 

The Gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior, and that in him, the Kingdom of God is near. Through Jesus Christ, God is redeeming, restoring, and recreating everything that was broken, lost, and destroyed by sin in the fall. The Gospel is the proclamation of Jesus’ life, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection according to the Scriptures fulfilling the redemption begun in covenant with Israel and now carried out through the Spirit-empowered ministry of the Church to make disciples of all nations. The Gospel is freely given by God’s grace bringing salvation and eternal life to all who receive it and obey it by faith.

 

  1. Consider the moment the truth of the gospel intersected with your life or broke through in a way that led you to truly proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior. When did you receive the “good news”? What, in that moment was the good news for you? Praise God for opening your eyes to the beautiful truth of the gospel message.

 

  1. The good news of the gospel, at some point, was offered to you through the faithful witness of others. Who were the people whose faithfulness allowed you to receive the good news of the gospel? Who loved you enough to proclaim the good news to you? Thank God for their faithfulness and pray His blessings upon them; commit yourself to the same faithful proclamation and obedience that brought you the gospel through others.

 

  1. Read Paul’s words to the Corinthian church:

Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel I preached to you, which you received, on which you have taken your stand and by which you are being saved, if you hold to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I passed on to you as most important what I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,  that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve. Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers and sisters at one time; most of them are still alive, but some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  Last of all, as to one born at the wrong time, he also appeared to me.

For I am the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, so we proclaim and so you have believed.

 

  1. Pray that the Spirit would awaken a new and fresh love for the beauty of the gospel, that it would be the foundation on which you stand each day, that it would be to you (as it was to Paul) of greatest importance.

 

  1. Praise God that the message of the gospel is the message of your sins being decisively dealt with, that the record of debt that stood against you has been paid in full by Christ’s sacrifice. Let that truth penetrate beyond your head and to your heart; accept the full forgiveness of sin from Jesus, the sinless one who became sin so that you might be made righteous before God.

When you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our trespasses, having canceled the debt ascribed to us in the decrees that stood against us. He took it away, nailing it to the cross! (Colossians 2:13-14)

 

  1. Praise God that the gospel fundamentally changes us; praise God that just as Paul, a persecutor of the church, was changed by the power of the gospel, so are we. Praise him that by the grace of God, you are who you are, not who you used to be!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 

  1. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

 

Be blessed as you go; know that the work of prayer is a work of eternal significance.

“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” -Karl Barth

 

Prayer Guide – 08/21/2017

Evening Prayer: August 21, 2017

  1. Take a moment of silence to calm and center yourself before God; before you begin to speak to God, first come to Him ready to quiet your heart and to listen.  Allow the Holy Spirit to focus your attentions and affections as you begin.

 

  1. Meditate on and consider this prayer from Psalm 119:162-168:

 

I rejoice at your word

like one who finds great spoil.

I hate and abhor falsehood,

but I love your law.

Seven times a day I praise you

for your righteous rules.

Great peace have those who love your law;

nothing can make them stumble.

I hope for your salvation, O LORD,

and I do your commandments.

My soul keeps your testimonies;

I love them exceedingly.

I keep your precepts and testimonies,

for all my ways are before you.

 

  1. Peace is found in the presence of God and it is a gift to us in Christ alone. Take some time to confess all of the different places you have sought out peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to do a work of repentance in your heart that you might turn to Him for peace both now and in the future. Confess your trust in the Lord for his continued deliverance.

 

The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.   – Romans 16:20

 

  1. We receive the peace of Christ in our life by faith in Christ. That faith might be expressed in recognizing the Christ is powerful enough to secure peace for you, and that he is good enough to give His peace to you; all of this by his cross and resurrection. Worship Christ the redeemer and peacemaker. Proclaim the glory of his excellence. Pour out your affection on the one who has made a way for you and brought you to God.

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.   – Colossians 1:15-20

 

  1. The gospel of peace transforms us into peacemakers and into messengers of God’s peace in the world. Take a moment and consider the Scriptures below, and ask God to do a work in your life as one who brings His peace. What actions do I need to take? What relationships need to be restored? Where should I be preaching the gospel of peace?

 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9

 

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. – James 3:17-18

 

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

– Hebrews 12:14

 

Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. – 2 Corinthians 13:11

 

  1. Pray on behalf of three specific people, entreating God to act on their behalf, to bring them peace, and to meet their deepest and most real needs.

 

  1. Pray that our church, Freshwater, would be a vessel of blessing to this community, that our fellowship would be bound together by the Holy Spirit, that we would be empowered and compelled to carry out God’s mission for us, and that by His mercy, God would release us from all our debts so that we might devote our resources more fully to the spread of the gospel  now and in the years to come.

 

  1. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Be blessed as you go; know that the work of prayer is a work of eternal significance.

“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” -Karl Barth

 

Evening Prayer – June 05, 2017

 

  1. Take a moment of silence to calm and center yourself before God; before you begin to speak to God, first come to Him ready to quiet your heart and to listen.  Allow the Holy Spirit to focus your attentions and affections as you begin.

 

  1. Pray Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;

   my eyes are not raised too high;

I do not occupy myself with things

   too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

   like a weaned child with its mother;

   like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the Lord

   from this time forth and forevermore.

  1. Praise God for his glory clearly revealed in that which he has created:

The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.

Day after day they pour out speech;

night after night they communicate knowledge.

There is no speech; there are no words;

their voice is not heard.

Their message has gone out to the whole earth,

and their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun.

It is like a bridegroom coming from his home;

it rejoices like an athlete running a course.

It rises from one end of the heavens

and circles to their other end;

nothing is hidden from its heat.

  1. Praise God for the goodness, glory, truth, permanence, and limitless worth of his commands and promises:

The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life;

the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.

The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad;

the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up.

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;

the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous.

They are more desirable than gold—than an abundance of pure gold;

and sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb.

In addition, your servant is warned by them,

and in keeping them there is an abundant reward.

  1. Ask God to search your heart and reveal the sin in your life, that He would not let you turn a blind eye to the sins you’ve committed by doing what ought not be done or by not doing what He has called you to do. Confess to him with the assurance that if we are faithful to confess our sins, our God is faithful and just to forgive!

Who perceives his unintentional sins?

Cleanse me from my hidden faults.

Moreover, keep your servant from willful sins;

do not let them rule me.

Then I will be blameless

and cleansed from blatant rebellion.

May the words of my mouth

and the meditation of my heart

be acceptable to you,

Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

 

  1. Take a moment of silence to receive with gratitude the forgiveness of sins that is yours through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, his body and blood broken and shed for the forgiveness of sin.

 

  1. As one who has been forgiven, ask God to reveal to you if there is forgiveness you need to grant; is there forgiveness you are withholding from another?  (Matthew 6:14-15)

 

  1. Pray on behalf of others, entreating God to act on their behalf, to meet their deepest and most real needs.

 

  1. Gregory Palamos, a 14th century monk once said: “This is the nature of prayer: that it raises one from earth to heaven, higher than every heavenly name and dignity, and brings one before the very God of all.”

 

  1. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

Be blessed as you go; know that the work of prayer is a work of eternal significance.

“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” -Karl Barth