Devotional for Midweek Prayer Meeting *
…for fellow believers you have shared the gospel with or have disciple; and thank God for their hearts for the gospel (I remember your tears). 2 Tim 1:3-4 (see Psa 126:5)
…for those fellow believers who are merciful and compassionate to the peril of other believers that they may receive a double portion of God's mercy, both to that believer and also to his or her household. 2 Tim 1:16-18 (see Matt 5:7)
…that God the Son will be glorified in our lives, just as God the Father will. 2 Tim 4:17-18 (emphasizing, v18b; see 1 Cor 10:31)
…that the presence of the Lord Jesus will be with the spirit of your pastor and others in church leadership. 2 Tim 4:22 (emphasizing v22a; see 1 Sam 3:19)
NOTE: Paul also concludes his pastoral epistles (1 Tim 6:21; 2 Tim 4:22; Titus 3:15) in the same way he concludes every one of his epistles: Rom 16:20; 1 Cor 16:23; 2 Cor 13:14; Gal 6:18; Eph 6:24; Phil 4:23; Col 4:18; 1 Thess 5:28; 2 Thess 3:18; Philemon 1:25 (covered in Lesson 22 on 6/14/23)
THE FRONT LINES OF LIFE.Jn.17:1-17There are times when I would like to disappear in the desert for a few years and get away from all the irritations of life in the real world. Imagine: no annoying co-workers, no noisy neighbors, no barking dogs, no hostile drivers, no cranky sales clerks ... just peace and quiet, all alone, in the presence of God, just you and your Bible. Every day when you enter the combat zone — at the office or the classroom or the job site or even in your own home as you deal with a turbulent family life — you can agree with your Lord and Savior in prayer and ask to receive that which he prayed for: that God will keep you from evil. And you can be sure that his protection will cover you from the flood and the fire. There are many who might find this idea attractive, but this is not how life was meant to be lived. God doesn't want us to spend all of our time in an isolated haven of rest and relaxation; he's sending us into the battle. He sends us to serve on the front lines. This is the life we can expect. It's a battle. We've been placed on the front lines. You can be sure that in one way or another, you're the enemy's target. It won't be easy ... but you're sure to win, with the full measure of joy in your arsenal ... because you're called, you're covered, and you're equipped to face the world.
To consider John 17 is to enter the "Holy of Holies". Here we gain deep insights into the prayer life of Christ, the nature of true prayer and why His hour had come. He is exalted and the Father glorified. He has power over all flesh and is the exclusive giver of eternal life.
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God allows things in our lives to strengthen our walk with Him in terms of prayer. It is easy to make our prayer life as a "list of what we want God to fix," but God wants so much more. Are you prevailing and fasting against the Goliath's in your life?
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Often times we are going through deep pain or loneliness, and often times we don't know what to pray. Dr. Logan shares in scripture what does the Bible says about when I am faced with those situations.
In Christ, we find the rest of safety, harmony (with one another), tranquility and Christ's sufficiency in taking away our sins and imputing complete perfect righteousness to our account. Jesus prays for us to His Heavenly Father.
These and other thoughts await in the Jim Snyder adaptation of the book, The Lord Shepherding His Sheep by Joel Beeke.
Are you rising early in the morning to pray? Jesus would rise early and go to a place alone where he would pray. If Jesus did this we need to do this.
In "Are You Ready For Answered Prayer?", our guest speaker, Dr. R. T. Kendall, preaches out of Luke chapter 1 verses 13-20 on the reasons God may answer your prayers in unexpected ways. Website: http://www.tsc.nyc
Our faith will persevere because Jesus is praying for us. He is praying that our faith will not fail. The Bible says that Jesus Christ "is at the right hand of God … interceding for us" (Rom. 8:34). The enemy of our souls plays on the sympathetic strings of a sinful heart. After the fall, we all have evil inclinations and selfish proclivities. The warning to Cain is ours too: "Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it" (Genesis 4:7). Each one of us has besetting sins --- sinful weaknesses that provide an opportunity for temptation, harassment and assault. We must play both defense and offense. Do you have your spiritual armor on? Be armed with sword and shield!
Jesus in his High Priestly Prayer, prays for his disciples. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. John 17:6-10
The events of this chapter take place in 537 BC. Sixty-eight years previously, the teenage Daniel had been taken as a captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar had subsequently destroyed Jerusalem and taken the rest of the people into exile. Daniel pleads with God for his homeland and his people. Three times a day he prays, facing Jerusalem, the city he has never forgotten.
What can we learn from the seven elements of Daniel's prayer?
1: Daniel is single-minded and determined to meet with God
2: He comes armed with the promises of God
3: He comes reverently, because he knows the character of God
4: Daniel spends time in confession
5: He makes a specific request
6: He uses convincing arguments
7: He prays with urgency, making an impassioned plea
Nehemiah had a passionate concern for God's people and the city of Jerusalem, even though it was 1000 miles away and he had probably never been there. Hanani, one of his brethren, reports to him of:
a Remnant: only a small number of Jews were living in the city.
a Ruin: Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed the city 100 years ago. Ten or twenty years ago the Jews had started rebuilding, but had been forced to stop and their work may have been demolished.
a Reproach: Jerusalem was the city where God had put his name, and its insecure condition was bringing His name into disrepute.
Nehemiah wept for Jerusalem, just as many years later Jesus would weep for the city. Are we passionate about God's kingdom and glory?
1: Starting with prayer
2: Persistent prayer
3: Confident faith
4: Humble confession
5: A willingness to serve
6: Waiting on the Lord
Jesus continues in His prayer. First He prays for himself, that as He is about to suffer, that God the Father would be glorified. He then prays for His disciples, that they would stand firm and be His witnesses to the world. Just as Jesus sent the eleven, He sends us.