(Day 5) Personal Response to the Father’s Love

February 28, 2010

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.  (I Jn 3:1)

Today, in worship, we will see that our Heavenly Father has a wonderful plan to bring worshippers to Himself!

In Christ, we are accepted.     In Christ, we are adopted into God’s forever family.

Looking at the cross our hearts shout with Paul, “God loved me and gave Himself for me!”   Responding to this amazing love we know that we are not our own…we have been bought with a price!

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Day Four: Preparing to Seek His Face

February 27, 2010


Too often we pray because we “want” something.  We are asking God to give us something, change something, intervene in some way, etc.  There is nothing wrong with making our requests known to God.  (Phil. 4:6-7)

However, asking God for something is not the only kind of praying. It has been rightly said, “we should seek His face–not just His hand!”

Take some time today to seek His face.  Tell The Father that you want to know what He is like.  You want to know His Word and His ways.    Read these verses and wait before Him as you prepare your heart on this 4th day of preparation.

Read  Ps 24:1-6


Day Three: Search Your Heart

February 26, 2010

 

 

  Read Psalms 139.  Let God capture your attention as you are reminded that He has known everything about you…even before you were born! 

Now, stop and pray the last two verses with the Psalmist.     “Search me O God…” 

Confess any sin that God brings to your mind.  

“If I regard wickedness in my heart the Lord will not hear.”  (Ps. 66:18)

Accept your forgiveness in Christ.  I John 1:9 ;   2 Cor. 5:21

 

Remember the words of the 2nd chorus in the hymn, “Before the Throne of God Above” 

God, the Just, is satisfied, to look on Him and pardon me” 

 


Day Two: Preparation through Confession

February 25, 2010


As we prepare our hearts to pray, we must face our sin.  True communion with God moves us to  Repentance and the Confession of Sin.

David, a man after God’s own heart, recorded his prayer of confession.  The words he used, and the depth of his cry, can be found in Psalms 51 and 32.  We must humble ourselves before God and let these words guide us.

 Read Psalms 51 first.  Follow this time of searching your heart with the reading of Psalms 32.


Day One: Preparation

February 24, 2010

 4o Days of Unusual Prayer

As we begin this journey of prayer together, we must prepare our hearts.  

Take a moment and read James Chapter 4 and respond to the call of preparation. Notice the terms used and how this challenge is aimed at the heart: 

  •  Submit
  •  Resist
  •  Draw near
  •  Cleanse
  •  Purify
  •  Mourn
  •  Weep
  •  Humble yourself

Father, we seek You together.  We humble ourselves before Your throne of grace and cry out to You.  You alone have the Words of Life and You alone can satisfy the longing of our souls.  Prepare us as we tune our hearts and seek Your face…not just Your hand of blessing. 

In Jesus Name and through His blood we come before Your throne.


Before the Throne of God Above

February 22, 2010

Yesterday, in our call to prayer, we used an old hymn to remind us of our approach to prayer. Since so many have asked about the words, I thought I’d put them here for you to ponder:

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea:
A great High Priest, whose name is Love,
Who ever lives and pleads for me.

My name is graven on his hands,
My name is written on his heart;
I know that while in heaven he stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart.

When Satan tempts me to despair,
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look, and see him there
Who made an end of all my sin.

Because a sinless Savior died,
My sinful soul is counted free;
For God, the Just, is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Praise the One,
Risen Son of God!

Behold him there, the risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I am,
The King of glory and of grace!

One in himself, I cannot die
My soul is purchased by his blood
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ, my Savior and my God
With Christ, my Savior and my God


40 Days of Prayer (Feb 24-Apr 4)

February 18, 2010

 

 

A Call To Prayer

Throughout Scripture, we see the People of God called to special seasons of prayer. As we consider 2010 to be a time to strengthen our ministry, we have a strong sense that is it time for us to seek God together by entering into an unusual season of prayer

Unusual?

We assume our church members are engaged in regular, daily, normal times of prayer. However, there are times we agree to seek God together in “unusual” ways. What do we mean by unusual?

During This Season We Suggest You Consider

  • Times of Fasting and Prayer
  • Prayer Triplets (3 people praying together)
  • Special Times (early morning, noon, etc.)
  • Special Prayer (solemn assemblies, etc.)