Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Esther came to a proud imperious man; we come to the God of love and grace. She was not called; we are: the Spirit says, Come, and the bride says, Come. She had a law against her; we have a promise, many a promise, in favor of us: Ask, and it shall be given you. She had no friend to introduce her, or intercede for her, while on the contrary he that was then the king’s favorite was her enemy; but we have an advocate with the Father, in whom he is well pleased. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.–Matthew Henry

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Here are four quotes I shared with our church family during my beginning of the year message on prayer as I encouraged us to pray with one another.  James 5:16 calls us to “confess your sins to one another and pray for one another.”

God intends the church to be “an intensely intrusive, Christ-centered, grace-driven, redemptive community, where I’ve invited you to intrude in on my life”–Paul Tripp

“Sin drives Christians apart and produces a hellish individualism—a deadening autonomy.  But confession to a fellow brother or sister destroys this deadly autonomy. It pulls down the barrier of hypocrisy and allows the free flow of grace in the community.”–Kent Hughes

“Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him.”– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Sin is most dangerous to an isolated believer. Sin seeks to remain private and secret, but God wants it exposed and dealt with in the loving fellowship of other believers.” –John MacArthur

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The potency of prayer

“The potency of prayer has subdued the strength of fire, it has bridled the rage of lions, hushed anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the fates of heaven, assuaged diseases, dispelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt. There is (in it) an all-sufficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings!”– John Chrysostom

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The motto for the year

“Pray that this year thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of his love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master. The motto for this year must be, “Continue in prayer.”

Spurgeon, C. H. (2006). lightstock_149955_medium_dwight_Morning and evening: Daily readings (Complete and unabridged; New modern edition.). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers.

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A good exhortation from Mark in Faith To Keep Praying For Your Unsaved Children.  It ends:

Don’t stop praying for your children. Don’t give up. God hears our prayers for our children and grandchildren. He desires their salvation more than we do. If Jesus saved you, you have good reason to believe he intends to save your children as well. Pray that he will save them for his glory. Don’t rest satisfied until you see your children saved. And when he does save them, KEEP praying for them!

Read it all here (even if all your children are saved).

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Jesus, be my all!

How sad our state by nature is
Our sin how deep its stains
When Satan takes our captive minds
And binds us with his chains
But there’s a voice of sovereign grace
Within Your sacred Word
“Come you hopeless, lost sinners come
And trust upon the Lord”

My soul obeys the mighty call
And runs to this relief
I have believed Your promise, Lord
Oh help my unbelief
To the fountain of Your own blood
Incarnate God, I fly
Here let me wash my spotted soul
From crimes of deepest dye

Stretch out Your arm, victorious King
My reigning sins subdue
Defeat the pride that dwells within
Keep Calvary in my view
A guilty, weak, and helpless soul
Into Your hands I fall
Lord, be my strength and righteousness
My Jesus, be my all!

Na Band

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It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace. Heb. 13:9

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen2 Pet. 3:18

A prayer by Scotty Smith    

Dear Lord Jesus, as you know, I’ve lost friends and family members to heart disease—of the congenital and life-choice varieties. I’ve also had other friends suffer heart attacks—both young and old alike. So the theme of heart-care is personal to me, and the issue of stewarding my health is of great importance to me.

However, what will it profit me if I only eat organic foods from Whole Foods, drink a kale smoothie every day, am able to run an eight-minute mile at age sixty-five, have a cholesterol level of 125 and a resting heart rate of 59, and yet have a heart that is weak in grace? Paul “nailed it” when he said physical training definitely has some value, but godliness has value for all things, for both this life and the life to come (1 Tim. 4:8).

So Jesus, lead me to the gym and training table, sauna and spa, regimen and workout that will cause my heart to grow stronger and stronger and stronger in your grace. For surely, the more my heart is strengthened by your grace, the more it will beat for your honor and love to your glory; the less room there will be for idols, and the more time for your kingdom.

As my heart is strengthened by your grace, I’ll repent quicker, forgive deeper, and love louder. I’ll be more generous and less stressed, more forbearing and less in a hurry. I’ll throw more gospel parties and fewer pity parties. I’ll not think less of me; I’ll just think about me less of the time. Indeed, it is good—it is it very good for our hearts to be strengthened by your grace. So very Amen I pray, in your merciful and magnificent name.

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Some of Paul Tripp’s remarks on prayer in a sermon on James 5:13-18.

“I need the reminder that God is present; He is near, and He’s a God of powerful, transforming grace. Do you live like you believe that?

“You can’t think about prayer without thinking about Jesus. Prayer is an argument for Jesus. It was the life of Jesus, that perfect life of obedience, the death of Jesus where he took our sins on Himself, the resurrection of Jesus where He conquered sin and death and gifted us with life.  That is the reason, the only reason that we can receive this invitation from our God to come to Him in prayer. He welcomes us because of Jesus. Jesus is the door of entry to the presence of God.”

“Do you really pray? Are you taking advantage of the resources God has placed in your life?”

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What you recognize in prayer

“God invites you to seek His help in your moment of trouble. It’s an amazing thing, prayer is.  Think about what prayer is about. When you pray, you recognize the sovereignty of God. When you pray, you recognize the presence of God. When you pray, you recognize the power of God. When you pray, you recognize the love and mercy and grace of God.”–Paul Tripp

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“Nothing so quickens prayer as trial. It sends us, at once, to our knees, and shuts the door of our closet behind us.” —Horatius Bonar

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