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Peace through prayer!

Scripture reading for June 26th:  1st Kings 7, 2nd Chronicles 4, Psalm 44, 1st Timothy 2

Key Scriptures:   1st Timothy 2:1-6  “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, Who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.”

Paul urged Timothy to be a man of prayer and lead God’s people in prayer.  Prayers should be given for all people and especially for those in positions of authority.  God is pleased when His people exercise faith through prayer and grants answers that lead to peace and the ability to share the Gospel message with all men.  Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men, but believers must appeal to Jesus on behalf of all men!  The treasury must be filled with precious souls!

1st Kings 8:51 “Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished.  And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, empower me to be a man of prayer who leads your people in prayer.  Thank You for Your promises of peace and the salvation of men and women through the Gospel.

Psalm 44:8 “In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to Your Name forever.”

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Prayers that shake the earth!

Scripture reading for December 10th:  Revelation 8, Psalm 119-20, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 8:1-5 “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for  about half an hour.  Then I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.  And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne, and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.  Then the angel took the censer and filled it with fire from the altar and threw it on the earth, and there were peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.”

God loves the prayers of His people!  The Scripture says that our prayers are like incense offered in a sweet-smelling savor to our Lord.  When we call on Him, we honor Him and He will answer and deliver what we need.  During the final day of God’s wrath, prayers will be offered and God will answer with actions on earth that shake the world!

Faith Confession:  Lord, thank You for Your faithfulness to answer our prayers and prayers of Your people everywhere.  Thank You for the Holy Spirit who enables us to pray according to Your perfect will.

Proverbs 30:5  “Every Word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.”   

 

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Become a man of prayer!

Scripture reading for September 25th:  1st Timothy 2

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men– the testimony given in its proper time.”  (1st Timothy 2:1-6)

Pastors (and all believers) must base their ministry upon prayer!   Praying for those in authority is a priority.  At the time of Paul’s writing, he was in prison under Nero, a very wicked Roman emperor.   We must pray for leaders, whether good or evil!  This is because we desire a quiet and godly life and freedom to share the Gospel with all men.   God wants all men, even the evil and wicked, to be saved.  This was Jesus’ mission and the reason for His sacrifice on the cross.

Jesus’ present ministry is one of prayer as well.  He is the only Mediator between between God and man.  He is presently seated on the throne of Heaven at the Father’s right hand.  (Hebrews 4:14-16)  Pastors must build their ministry on prayer for all men in order to please God and obey Christ.  Only through Christ can sinners be drawn to Christ (John 6:65) and laborers sent into His harvest field.  (Luke 10:2)

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”  (1st Timothy 2:8)  All believers must become people of prayer.  A right relationship with others keeps the line open with the Father!  Let’s go for it!

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Peter’s at the door!

Scripture reading for May 21st:  Acts 12

Have you ever prayed for hard for something that seemed impossible?  Were you ever shocked when the answer came, knocking at your door?  This scenario happened as the early church experienced a wave of persecution that brought about the execution of one of the original disciples, James, and the imprisonment of Peter by King Herod.

King Herod arrested and executed James immediately.  He saw that this was pleasing to the Jews, so he then rounded up Peter and intended to execute him too.  Peter was imprisoned and guarded by four squads of soldiers.   This motivated the church to pray earnestly for Peter.  ( Acts 12:5)

“The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance.  Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell.  He struck Peter on the side and woke him up.  “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.”  (Acts 12:6-7)

The angel had Peter get dressed and led him through the previously locked gates and the final gate opened by itself! This was so amazing that Peter though he was seeing a vision!  The angel left him safely outside the gate and Peter made his way to Mary’s house, the mother of John Mark.  The church was meeting there and praying as Peter knocked on the door.  A girl named Rhoda answered the door, heard Peter’s voice and ran back to tell the others, “Peter’s at the door!”  They thought she was crazy!  As Peter knocked, they finally opened to find him and hear his story!  Meanwhile, Herod grilled the guards about what happened and had them all executed!

When the church prays, God can do miracles!  Let’s press in!

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