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.”
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!
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!