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Revisiting days of yesteryear

Injustice. Murder. Cries to defund the police. Protesters seize a section of Capitol Hill in Seattle. Rioting and looting are prevalent across the country. Politicians snipe at one another through social media. Each state has different rules and guidelines for reopening after COVID-19. People live in fear. Fake news in the media. Celebrities state their position on social issues. Leaders jockeying for position and power.

It feels like we have stepped out of the Way Back Machine to the days of the Judges where “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).

O Lord of Hosts, please have mercy!

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2020 in Culture, News stories, Prayer, Scripture

 

Read the fine print

Before investing in a retirement fund, endorsing a political candidate, or taking a stand on a social issue, take the time to find out more detail. Rather than listen to sound bites and skim headlines, go deeper to truly understand what you getting involved in.

Retirement funds

  • What countries or industries does the retirement fund invest in?
  • Where do they make their money?
  • Do they invest in companies (e.g., alcohol, tobacco) or countries (e.g., human rights violations) where you have concerns?
  • Does the philosophy of the investment firm coincide with your own?

Political candidates

  • What are the values of the political candidate?
  • Where do they stand on issues that you are concerned about?
  • Do they demonstrate integrity?
  • What is their track record on issues close to your heart?

Social issues

Before taking a stand, take the time to pray. Ask God for wisdom to know when to speak, when to stand, when to be silent. Pray for discernment.

When you do take a stand and speak up, be gracious. Share the love of Christ. If you are a Christ follower, remember that you represent the Savior and not merely your own opinion. And expect criticism from those who don’t like or agree with your thoughts.

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2020 in Culture, News stories, Prayer

 

A Prayer and a Plea for Our Nation

A Prayer and a Plea for Our Nation” is written by Dr. Mark Bailey, President of Dallas Theological Seminary. It was sent to the alumni of DTS on Thursday.

 

Of Racism, Reconciliation, and Repentance

In the opening chapters of the Bible, we read that our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created in the image of God. Even after sin entered the world and God judged the wickedness of humanity through the flood, humankind still bore the image of God.

In the closing chapters of the Bible, we read that heaven will be populated with people from every tribe, tongue, language, and nation. Every race, social class, gender, and nationality will gather to give praise and glory to God the Father.

In between the opening and closing chapters of the Bible, we read that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world. Jesus came to give life and to give it abundantly. Christ followers are given the command to go into all the world to preach the gospel. We are to make disciples of every nation.

If God’s plan includes people from every race, language, and people group, then racism, injustice, rioting, looting, murder, greed, and inequality are evils designed by our enemy to devalue and destroy human life. These sins are evils that rob individuals and societies of hope. They divide cultures and races and set them against each other and their creator.

Like the prophets Daniel and Nehemiah, Christ followers should confess the sins of our nation. We should mourn injustice and the loss of human dignity. We should grieve for the loss of hope, peace, and purpose. We should repent of our pride, arrogance, and indifference.

As Christ followers, we should pray for peace. We should work for justice. We should strive for reconciliation. But we cannot stop there. At the same time, we must boldly proclaim the gospel. It is only through salvation in Jesus Christ that our world can change. It is only through a personal relationship with Jesus that lost people will regain hope and peace. The Great Commission calls us to make disciples. We can change the world one heart at a time.

Pray for peace and reconciliation. Share the message of hope and grace.

 

A Prayer for Mercy

A Prayer for Mercy – Kevin DeYoung

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2020 in Prayer

 

Pray for America

The first Thursday in May is designated as a National Day of Prayer. Here is a prayer guide gleaned from several sources that you can use to pray for our country and our leaders.

National Day of Prayer 2020 prayer guide – pdf

National Day of Prayer 2020 prayer guide – Word doc

 

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Prayer

 

Using Jesus’ model prayer to guide us in praying

Here is the prayer guide we used last night for our Zoom Prayer Gathering

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A Prayer Gathering

April 29, 2020

Using Jesus’ model prayer to guide us in praying.

Matthew 6:9–13 (ESV)

Pray then like this: “Our Father 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 debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Adoration

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

  • Elohim – “The Strong One” (Genesis 1:1)
  • El Elyon – “God Most High” (Genesis 14:19-20)
  • Adonai – “Lord” (Genesis 15:1-8; Exodus 4:10-16)
  • El Shaddai – “God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1-2)
  • Jehovah Jireh – “The Lord will Provide” (Genesis 22)
  • Yahweh – “The Self-Existent One” (Exodus 3:1-15)
  • Jehovah Rapha – “The Lord who Heals you” (Exodus 15:22-27)
  • Jehovah Nissi – “The Lord is our Banner” (Exodus 17:8-16)
  • Jehovah Mekadesh – “The Lord who Sanctifies you” (Leviticus 20:7-8)
  • Jehovah Shalom – “The Lord is Peace” (Judges 6:24)
  • Jehovah Sabaoth – “The Lord of Hosts” (1 Samuel 1:10-11; 17:45-46)
  • Jehovah Rohi – “The Lord my Shepherd” (Psalm 23)
  • Jehovah Tsidkenu – “The Lord our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
  • Jehovah Shammah – “The Lord is There” (Ezekiel 48:35)

Praise God for who he is and how he has revealed himself to us.

Petition

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

  • Pray for greater vision, faith, and confidence in God
  • Pray for our city, state, and national leaders
  • Pray for upcoming elections
  • Pray that God will guide our elders as they lead our church
  • Pray for the finance board as they manage our money
  • Pray that God gives us wisdom to evaluate our ministries
  • Pray that we would discern where God is at work and what he wants us to do for his kingdom
  • Pray that we would become more outward focused
  • Pray for our ministries that reach into our community—Awana, Lord’s Pantry
  • Pray for our ministries that help people grow—Sunday School, Small group Bible studies, women’s ministries, youth group
  • Pray that each attender will be fully engaged
  • Pray that we would be fruitful and effective, rather than busy
  • Pray that we would be willing to change and adapt, rather than hold on to the past
  • Pray that God would give us a spirit of generosity

“Give us this day our daily bread,”

  • Pray for financial provision
  • Pray that God raises up people who are willing to serve
  • Pray that God would add new believers to our church
  • Pray for greater boldness and open doors—church, missionaries
  • Pray for personal needs—health, finances, jobs, wisdom, energy

Confession

“forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors”

  • Confess personal sins
  • Confess corporate sins
  • Confess national sins
  • Pray for broken relationships

Dependence

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

  • Pray for our staff, elders, deacons, deaconesses, worship leaders, board and committee members
  • Pray for purity
  • Pray for willingness to say “NO!” to temptation and sin

Adoration

“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (While not found in most early manuscripts, many of us learned the prayer this way.)

Praise God!

 

FCBC update

 

A prayer guide for pastors

Tim Challies has developed a “Prayer Guide for Pastors” based on the character qualities listed in 1 Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:6-9, and 1 Peter 5:1-3. I downloaded a copy of the guide as a Word doc and started praying it for myself. I think it would also be appropriate to pray the requests on behalf of the leaders in your church. In addition, I encourage the men of the church to start praying the requests for themselves. A church will only be as strong as its pastors and elders (and men) are godly.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2020 in Prayer, Tim Challies

 

Pray! Pray! Pray!

Here are specific ways you can pray over the next four weeks during the COVID-19 crisis.

Pray for:

  • healing for the sick
  • perseverance for healthcare workers
  • protection for the vulnerable
  • provision for the unemployed
  • wisdom for our leaders
  • discipline for students
  • patience for all in tight quarters
  • creativity for church staff, elders, and leaders as they seek to minister in new ways
  • encouragement for those battling loneliness & mental health issues
  • peace for all those who are afraid
  • removal of the virus
  • spiritual awakening and turning to God for all
  • God to be glorified
 
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Posted by on April 4, 2020 in Prayer