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What Should We Pray For?

What Should We Pray For?

by John Piper

One way to answer this question is to look at what the early church prayed for. Here is a list gathered from the New Testament. It can guide you in how you pray. I suggest that periodically you pray through this list just to test whether your prayers are leaving out anything the New Testament included. We don’t have to pray all of these each time we pray. But over time it would be good if our prayers had the breadth and depth of the New Testament prayers.

They called on God to exalt his name in the world.

Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name (Matthew 6:9).

They called on God to extend his kingdom in the world.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10 ).

They called on God that the gospel would run and triumph.

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

They called on God for the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him! (Luke 11:13; cf. Ephesians 3:19).

They called on God to vindicate his people in their cause.

And will not God vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? (Luke 18:7).

They called on God to save unbelievers.

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved (Romans 10:1).

They called on God to direct the use of the sword.

“Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying through all prayer and supplication on every occasion …” (Ephesians 6:17-18)

They called on God for boldness in proclamation.

Pray at all times in the Spirit . . . and also for me, that utterance may be given me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel (Ephesians 6:18-19)

And now, Lord, look upon their threats, and grant to thy servants to speak thy word with all boldness (Acts 4:29).

They called on God for signs and wonders.

And now Lord . . . grant your servants to speak thy word with boldness . . . while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of thy holy servant Jesus (Acts 4:30).

Elijah was a man of like nature with ourselves and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth its fruit (James 5:17 -18).

They called on God for the healing of wounded comrades.

Let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick man and the Lord will raise him up (James 5:14-15).

They called on God for the healing of unbelievers.

It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery; and Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him (Acts 28:8).

They called on God for the casting out of demons.

And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer” (Mark 9:29)

They called on God for miraculous deliverances.

So Peter was kept in prison; but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church . . . When he realized [he had been freed], he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying (Acts 12:5,12).

But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake (Acts 16:25-26).

They called on God for the raising of the dead.

But Peter put them all outside and knelt down and prayed; then turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, rise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up (Acts 9:40).

They called on God to supply his troops with necessities.

Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11).

They called on God for strategic wisdom.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him (James 1:5).

They called on God to establish leadership in the outposts.

And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed (Acts 14:23).

They called on God to send out reinforcements.

Pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest (Matthew 9:38).

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off (Acts 13:2-3).

They called on God for the success of other missionaries.

I appeal to you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, (Romans 15:30-31).

They called on God for unity and harmony in the ranks.

I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (John 17:20-21).

They called on God for the encouragement of togetherness.

[We are] praying earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith? (1 Thessalonians 3:10).

They called on God for a mind of discernment.

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more in with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ (Philippians 1:9-10).

They called on God for a knowledge of his will.

And so, from the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (Colossians 1:9).

They called on God to know him better.

[We have not ceased to pray for you to be] increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10 ; cf. Ephesians 1:17 ).

They called on God for power to comprehend the love of Christ.

I bow my knees before the Father . . . that you may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3:14,18).

They called on God for a deeper sense of assured hope.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers . . . that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints (Ephesians 1:16,18).

They called on God for strength and endurance.

[We have not ceased to pray for you to be] strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy (Colossians 1:11 ; cf. Ephesians 3:16).

They called on God for deeper sense of his power within them.

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers . . . that you may know . . . what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe (Ephesians 1:16, 19).

They called on God that their faith not be destroyed.

I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren (Luke 22:32).

Watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man (Luke 21:36).

They called on God for greater faith.

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24 ; cf. Ephesians 3:17).

They called on God that they might not fall into temptation.

Lead us not into temptation (Matthew 6:13).

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).

They called on God that he would complete their resolves.

To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good resolve and work of faith by his power (2 Thessalonians 1:11).

They called on God that they would do good works.

[We have not ceased to pray for you that you] lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work (Colossians 1:10).

They called on God or forgiveness for their sins.

Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors (Matthew 6:12).

They called on God for protection from the evil one.

Deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13).


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Matthew Henry’s Prayer For Unbelievers

Do your prayers for unbelievers resemble this prayer at all?

Matthew Henry’s Prayer for Unbelievers (This is a very good resource on Prayer.)

O teach transgressors your ways, and let sinners return to you. Psalm 51:13 (ESV) 

O give them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, 2 Timothy 2:25 (ESV) the truth as it is in Jesus, Ephesians 4:21 (ESV) the truth which accords with godliness, Titus 1:1 (ESV) that they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil. 2 Timothy 2:26 (ESV) 

Let those who are straying like sheep return to Jesus Christ, the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. 1 Peter 2:25 (ESV) 

Show those fools their folly and misery who have said in their hearts, “There is no God,” and who are corrupt and do abominable deeds. Psalm 14:1 (ESV) 

Lord, maintain the honor of the Scriptures, the teaching and the testimony, and convince those who speak not according to that word, that it is because they have no dawn. Isaiah 8:20 (ESV) You have exalted above all things your name and your word; Psalm 138:2 (ESV) magnify the law, magnify the gospel, and make both glorious. Isaiah 42:21 (ESV) 

Let those who will not be won by the word, be won by the conduct of Christians, 1 Peter 3:1 (ESV) which we beg may be such in everything that those who do not believe may be convicted by all and called to account by all, may be brought to worship God and to declare that God is really among them. 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 (ESV) 



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Should We Be Praying For More Than an Unbeliever’s Salvation? (Part 2)

In the New Testament, we get introduced to another reason to pray for unbelievers.  Prayer for their salvation and prayers for workers to go out into the harvest.

So now the general idea of prayer for unbelievers falls into the following categories:

  • Prayer to preserve an unbeliever from their due judgment and wrath from God.

  • Prayer for the unbeliever, particularly those who are especially evil, to be judge by God and receive their just rewards.

  • Prayers for physical healing.

  • Prayer for salvation for the unbeliever and for believing workers to go into the harvest.


So what are the prayers for unbelievers in the New Testament?

We pray for our enemies.

Matthew 5:44 (ESV) But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

The model prayer includes forgiving others.

Matthew 6:9-15 (ESV)
9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you,
15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Luke 11:2-4 (ESV)
2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.
3 Give us each day our daily bread,
4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

Prayer for workers to go out to the harvest.

Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV)
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

Luke 10:2 (ESV) And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

Prayer for those who abuse us.

Luke 6:27-28 (ESV)
27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Jesus’ prayer that does not include the world but only believers.

John 17:9 (ESV) I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours.

Jesus Prayer of Father forgive them.

Luke 23:34 (ESV) And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Stephen’s prayer.

Acts 7:60 (ESV) And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Prayer for Physical Healing.

Acts 28:8 (ESV) It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him.  

Prayer for Salvation and Restoration.

Romans 10:1 (ESV) Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

2 Corinthians 13:9 (ESV) Your restoration is what we pray for.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 (ESV)

1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

2  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,

4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

God again points out He does not listen to the prayers of those who do evil.

1 Peter 3:12 (ESV) For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

John 9:31 (ESV) We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him.

Asking wrongly. While true this verse is directed to believers it is a principle we should remember when praying for anyone.

James 4:3 (ESV) You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Surprisingly there are also imprecatory prayers in the NT.  I would have thought they were only in the OT.  (Imprecatory means curses or prayers for punishment.)

2 Timothy 4:14 (ESV)  Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.

But ultimately every single prayer uttered, whether for a believer or an unbeliever, has one goal – To Glorify The Lord.

John 14:13-15 (ESV)

13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.




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Should We Be Praying For More Than an Unbeliever’s Salvation? (Part 1)

In Houston Has A Problem, I said this:

Now granted we are to pray for our leaders even if we disagree with them. But we are to pray for for their souls, their repentance and for their Salvation. We don’t pray that the Lord should prosper them or that the Lord will make their lives smooth and easy. If need be, we pray for the Lord to break their pride and arrogance and bring them to their knees in repentance. Not a pat on the back saying “Good job living in rebellion to the Lord.

Now by no means does this mean that we aren’t to bless and show mercy to even unbelievers, we are commanded to.

Luke 6:27-28 (ESV)

27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

But what are we to pray for unbelievers?  So I started through the Bible just to see what we are to be praying for unbelievers.

From the Old Testament we have the following types of prayers:

  • Prayer to preserve an unbeliever from their due judgment and wrath from God.
  • Prayers for physical healing.
  • Prayer for the unbeliever, particularly those who are especially evil, to be judge by God and receive their just rewards.

The earliest accounts of prayers for unbelievers:

Abraham prayed for Abimelech in order for God to spare his life from the wrath of God.

Genesis 20:17 (ESV) Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children.

Moses prayed to the Lord for the Israelites in order to spare them from the wrath of God.

Numbers 21:7 (ESV) And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

Deuteronomy 9:27 (ESV) Remember your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Do not regard the stubbornness of this people, or their wickedness or their sin,

Job prayed for his “friends”, whom the Lord accused of speaking wrongly, in order to spare them from the wrath of God.

Job 42:8-10 (ESV)
8 Now therefore take seven bulls and seven rams and go to my servant Job and offer up a burnt offering for yourselves. And my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept his prayer not to deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.”
9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went and did what the Lord had told them, and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
10 And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

David in the Psalms prayed for the enemies of God to get their just rewards.  Too many to list.

Proverbs stresses that the Lord hears the prayers of the upright and rejects the prayers of the wicked.

Proverbs 15:8 (ESV) The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.

Proverbs 15:29 (ESV) The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.

Proverbs 28:9 (ESV) If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

Jeremiah was instructed to not pray for a particular people.

Jeremiah 7:16 (ESV) “As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.

Jeremiah 11:14 (ESV) “Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble.

Jeremiah 14:11 (ESV) The Lord said to me: “Do not pray for the welfare of this people.

Jeremiah was instructed to pray for the welfare of the city he was sent to just because it would involve his welfare.

Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV) But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Hope you found that as interesting as I did. Next we’ll look at the NT prayers for unbelievers.



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A Different “Bible” and A Prayer Request

Orchestra for my daughter started back this week. This is a full orchestra and the students must audition to be in it. Some of the students are from as far away as two hours but they still make the drive each week in order to participate.

Since we drive quite a bit for the orchestra, I carry my computer and my Bible in order to work during the rehearsal. It can be quite challenging concentrating due to the noise level but I usually get quite a bit done anyway.

The first rehearsal this year there was another mom who was sitting in nearby. Other than smile and nod at each other there is not any possibility of talking during rehearsal. First of all you can’t hear each other while they are playing or if they are paused the conductor is usually speaking. He runs a tight ship and would not mind calling out a parent for talking.

I saw this mom was studying her Bible. Serious Bible study, of the type you don’t see too often, especially in public. She was marking passages in red, writing notes and cross referencing passages, all this I could tell from a distance. She had some printed notes she was reading from as she studied. I had already planned to introduce myself and ask what topic she was studying during the break. But during the break she left the area and did not return until the orchestra was playing again.

However I did see her “Bible” sitting there. This was such a large “Bible” that it makes the new ESV Study Bible look small. But this was no “Bible” I had ever seen.

This was a “Quad Bible” which contains the Holy Bible (LDS KJV version), The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price!

Whew, that busts the hope of another like-minded believer sitting nearby.

So now, I am praying over what I should say if the opportunity arises.

Evidence shows that she is not a new convert to LDS due to the well-worn “Bible.”

She also is not the typical convert that doesn’t know what the LDS church teaches due to the number of well marked passages and much study notes in the margins.

Nothing but the Lord will show her the error of the Mormon Church and particularly of Joseph Smith, but that doesn’t mean that I can just sit back without being willing to share the truth with her. I need much wisdom from the Lord in how to proceed. Surely, over the next year there will be a chance to have some serious discussion without the high volume of an orchestra playing.


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Prayer Quote – D. A. Carson

“Unless we plan to pray we will not pray.

The reason we pray so little is that we do not plan to pray.

Wise planning will ensure that we devote ourselves to prayer often,

even if for brief periods;

it is better to pray often with brevity than rarely bus at length.

But the worst option is simply not to pray—

and that will be controlling pattern unless we plan to pray.

If we intend to change our habit, we musts start here.”

~~~~~~

D. A. Carson, A Call for Spiritual Reformation

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SBC and Labyrinth Walking ???

Labyrinth-Walking Now Welcome in the SBC

We received this week our latest issue of Missions Mosaic, the magazine printed by the SBC for the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU). I routinely screen anything coming to our church.

The red flags appeared when I saw an article entitled “Reclaim Meditation”.

The Prayer Path: A Christ-Centered Labyrinth Experience

Participants will “journey” through the labyrinth guided by a CD that soars with provocative, devotional narration set against a worshipful music backdrop. Eleven stations on their journey will lead them to “let go” of busyness, hurt and distractions that can spoil relationships, “center” their lives on God and spend time with him, and reach out to the world with Christ’s love.

That doesn’t sound too bad does it? Of course not! They are trying to sell it to the millions of people who call themselves “Christian” but that don’t know what they believe.

Examine the following link for an online version of Labyrinth Walking. The first station has a few Bible verses (from The Message) but then they start twisting the Scripture verses. Then by the second station even the Scripture verses are lacking. The music and voice are hypnotic and then watching the moving pictures add to the hypnotic effect. I could not watch and listen to the whole thing. Honestly, it gives me the creeps! I can understand the warning at the beginning for safety.

Online Labyrinth This is very strange and New Age!

Before proceeding please read the following safety instructions.

HT Mother of Many

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Are You Preparing For The Next Race?

Below is an email I received from a Christian sister from across the country. I thought it was very encouraging. Who hasn’t squandered their time and not prepared for the upcoming trials? Or who hasn’t had another ask for help during a trial and found that since the last trial they haven’t been in God’s Word or had been slack in church attendance?

Those running the race must work hard before each trial. We cannot show up at the “Olympic” Trials without having spent serious time in preparation.

1 Cor 9:24-27
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. ESV

2 Tim 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ESV

Heb 12:1-2
1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. ESV

To all my dear sisters in the Lord:

Something has been long on my mind and moreso recently. It is my hope that you will be edified by what I have to say and that it encourages all of us to seek first the kingdom.

I thoroughly enjoy it whenever I hear from any one of you – I really do. But, I’ve noticed that oftentimes those moments only come when there is stress and turmoil in your lives or there is some need for prayer. Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying…I do want to know how I might pray for each and every one of you and I would not want you to take this as me saying, ‘you only contact me when you need something’. It really isn’t the point of me writing. We are to bear one another’s burdens and to pray for the brethren.

However, what I want to touch upon is this…how are we spending our time in the interlude of the trials? Are we daily seeking God in prayer and in the Word? Are we under sound teaching that exhorts us to run the race with endurance? Are we having true Christian fellowship with other sisters and talking about the things of God? Are we daily mortifying sin in our lives? Are we willing to lose sleep if necessary to have moments with God?

I know many of us are busy either in the home with children and spouses or outside of the home in the workplace. Our time is filled with duties and responsibilities – on that, we can all agree. But, how often do we truly take advantage of the windows of time I know we are all afforded? Do we sit at the computer involving ourselves in things that do not profit the soul? Do we sit in front of the tv? Do we attend to things for our good (and temporal) pleasure? I know that most of us can admit to squandering away precious time doing nothing that profits us spiritually. There are times when I could have chosen not to sit at the computer so long or taken in the nightly news and used that time wisely to invest in knowing the God of scripture, building myself up in the faith, praying for the saints or encouraging someone else.

The reason I ask these things is because I want us to think about how we are spending our time. How will we stand in the day of trial (and they come often), when we neglect so great a salvation and our spiritual well-being? The time to prepare for battle and trials is not in the midst of them. We will have nothing with which we can fight. The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh and yet, I find that oftentimes, those who have begun to grow weary, become overwhelmed, cold in their affections toward Christ and despairing have been neglecting the Word and prayer. I can say this because I have been guilty as well. I also do not propose we will do it perfectly all the time, every time, but how much better would we fair if we had given our affections to Christ?

We will have difficulties, trials and suffering in this life, but we are assured that God will not give us more than we can bear. We can still bear the fruit of joy even though the tempest rages around us. Let us always be looking to God and crying out to him in our distress, despair and afflictions know that He will never leave us or forsake us and that He cares for us.

Often, trials come by the hand of God in order to prune us, to test us and humble us to know what is in our heart and whether we would keep His commandments (Deut 8:2). When we neglect the things of God and attend to our own ways, He will let us eat the fruit of them until we repent. We can be sure that a child of God will be disciplined because He loves us as a Father – and He is not a derelict Father.

This is not to say that all trials are for discipline, but we cannot afford to become lax in our daily seeking the things of God – seeking what is pleasing to Him, seeking to know Him intimately, resting in His strength and not our own, and trusting Him in all things knowing that He causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). We need to seek Him daily as our daily bread for our very lives depend upon it. We must daily renew our minds and present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice WHICH is our spiritual service of worship (Rom 12:1-2).

We should consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (not necessarily works that others see although it may involve this) and encouraging one another (Heb 10:24).

‘Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today’, so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ IF we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end…’ (Heb 3:12-14)

None of us does this perfectly, but it should be our heart’s desire to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to quickly run back to our first love when we fail. We need godly women that we can share our struggles with and ones who will always turn us back to the Lord and the cross.

I often feel lacking in what to say to comfort someone else. I want to be careful in what I say so that it is not my words and my attempts to simply make someone feel better. I do not like to see anyone suffer – especially a believer. But, I also know that the ONLY thing I truly have to offer you (or anyone) is Christ and the truth that has been revealed to us in scripture. I will always strive to point you back to Him for I know that He is much more acquainted with your situation and weaknesses. He alone can speak truth into your heart and give you peace and comfort.

I do not say these things from a lofty position because I know that I also must believe and accept what I say to be true. I need this as much as any of you so that I might stand in the day of trouble and to know in Whom I have believed and placed my faith. I need to live rightly before my God and to be mortifying sin in my life. I pray the Lord would help me in my own weaknesses.

I do not pretend to know how any of you spend your days, but I know that I often squander precious time that could have been spent in building myself up on my most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keeping myself in the love of God, and waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life (Jude 1:20). I want to know the One whom I will spend eternity with. If we want no part of Him in this age, we will have no part with Him in the next.

I do not want any of you to stop asking me for prayer or to feel that I want more of your time or friendship. Let us find ways to encourage one another in our faith and holy living. Simply, I want to encourage us all to be daily standing at the gates to apply ourselves to God’s wisdom and seeking and to ‘lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which SO EASILY entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…’ (Heb 12:1-2). He is worthy of our time and devotion – the One who purchased us with His own blood and saved us through no merit of our own. Let us not neglect so great a salvation!

In Christ with the utmost love and affection ~ Melissa

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The Gospel Can Be Found Even In Tragedy

A very sad series of events have forever joined to families in grief. Please pray for Pastor Bart Barber and the Scroggs families. They have a funeral today. But the post link that follows written by Pastor Bart Barber is his recognition of the gospel being present in even very tragic times.

Thoughts from a Man Who Can’t Stop Thinking

…There you go. That’s the way I see it. God’s masterpieces tempted to do very dangerous and foolhardy things and meeting up with terrible consequences that too often destroy them and hurt everyone at ground zero. This is the story even of good people.

Are we doomed just to suffer with this condition? Knowing the Lord, I recognize the gospel in there. This story is exactly what the Bible says about us. It further says that God did an intervention. Jesus took the worst of our consequences upon Himself. He saves us and then sends us out to warn people away from the danger while we’re walking with them. When they don’t listen, even when we’ve done everything that we can, it hurts something awful. I don’t even want to imagine what it feels like when we didn’t do anything to stop it. …


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