New Prayer Journal Book

prayer journal4Hey guys, looking for a resource for your prayer life in 2018? Check out this new Prayer Journal I put together. it would be a great gift for the new year.

Have you ever found yourself frustrated during prayer? Maybe you start out praying for your family and then run out of things to pray about.

You know there’s more to prayer than this, but don’t quite know how to move forward in your prayer life.

This Prayer Journal is for you. Let this journal serve you as you explore greater depth in your prayer life with God.

Through Scripture, prayers, and prayer prompts, this journal can help guide you in growing closer to God and encourage you to bear more fruit in your prayer life. You can order it by clicking here.

 

Prayer Journal: Week 6

Bible2Beware of placing the emphasis on what prayer costs us; it cost God everything to make it possible for us to pray. (Oswald Chambers)

This Week’s Scripture

• Jeremiah 31:27-34
• Psalm 119:97-104
• 2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5
• Luke 18:1-8


Adoration

Psalm 119:97-98
Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.

Glory Be to the Father
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the
Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is
now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.
(Lesser Doxology)

Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.


Confession

31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

Blessed Lord Jesus… Take me to the cross to seek glory from its infamy; Strip me of every pleasing pretence of righteousness by my own doings. O gracious Redeemer, I have neglected thee too long, often crucified thee, crucified thee afresh by my impenitence, put thee to open shame. I thank thee for the patience that has borne with me so long, and for the grace that now makes me willing to be thine. O unite me to thyself with inseparable bonds, that nothing may ever draw me back from thee, my Lord, my Savior. (The Valley of Vision)

As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).


Thanksgiving

Loving and self-revealing God, I thank you for those who have gone before me in the faith and who faithfully passed along the Gospel over the many centuries, so that I now might also partake of it. For your inspired Word, which is able to make me wise for salvation through faith in my Lord Jesus Christ, I give you thanks. Gracious Lord, Please keep your Word alive in me so I may continually be trained in righteousness and equipped for every good work you set before me. In Christ I pray, Amen. (based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17)

Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.


Supplication (Petitions – prayers for yourself)

• My personal mission field
 Help me to identify those people who make up my personal mission field.
 Enable me to begin sharing the gospel with those who do not yet know you.
 Empower me to disciple those who are young in their faith.
 Allow me to encourage those who are struggling in their faith.
 Please give me perseverance in all areas of ministry.
• Today’s events and interactions with others, planned and unplanned
• Other needs

Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)

• My family
• For missionaries throughout the world
• For those seeking to faithfully minister to loved ones at home
• For those who share the gospel in the inner city
• For those who bear witness to Christ in places of power
• Other needs

Choose this day whom you will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Amen. (Joshua 24:15)

Knowing God Does Not Mean…

follow Christ5Below is an excerpt from my book, Starting Points.

Knowing God Does Not Mean…

It does not mean merely intellectually acknowledging God’s existence. Every now and then I’ve had someone tell me they believe in God. Thankfully I’ve never responded in an ungodly way, but I have been tempted to say, “Well, that’s fantastic. According to Scripture, that qualifies you to be a… demon.” That’s not exactly a loving or compassionate way to respond to a person. But it is biblically accurate.

James 2:19 says,

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder

Even though the verse is true, it just doesn’t seem very pastoral or loving to call someone a demon, does it? My point, of course, is knowing God involves more than mere intellectual affirmation. But let me add that believing God exists is still vital to knowing him. It’s very important. You cannot know God if you do not believe he exists.

Hebrews 11:6 puts it this way,

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists

If all I knew about someone was a few biographical tidbits, I wouldn’t know them the way Jesus is talking about in John 17:3.

The Justice of God

cross2The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 4

9. Question: Is God, then, not unjust by requiring in His law what man cannot
do?

Answer: No, for God so created man that he was able to do it.[1] But man, at
the instigation of the devil,[2] in deliberate disobedience[3] robbed himself
and all his descendants of these gifts.[4]

[1] Gen. 1:31. [2] Gen. 3:13; John 8:44; I Tim. 2:13, 14. [3] Gen. 3:6. [4] Rom. 5:12, 18, 19.

10. Question: Will God allow such disobedience and apostasy to go unpunished?

Answer: Certainly not. He is terribly displeased with our original sin as well as our actual sins. Therefore He will punish them by a just judgment both now and eternally,[1] as He has declared:[2] Cursed be every one who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, and do them (Galatians 3:10).

[1] Ex. 34:7; Ps. 5:4-6; 7:10; Nah. 1:2; Rom. 1:18; 5:12; Eph. 5:6; Heb. 9:27. [2] Deut. 27:26.

11. Question: But is God not also merciful?

Answer: God is indeed merciful,[1] but He is also just.[2] His justice requires that sin committed against the most high majesty of God also be punished with the most severe, that is, with everlasting, punishment of body and soul.[3]

[1] Ex. 20:6; 34:6, 7; Ps. 103:8, 9. [2] Ex. 20:5; 34:7; Deut. 7:9-11; Ps. 5:4-6; Heb. 10:30, 31. [3] Matt. 25:45,46.

A Powerful and Transformed Life

In this episode Ian and I discuss the first chapter of Patrick Morley’s book, Man Alive. In particular, we look at why men, even Christian men, don’t live with the power God desires for them in living a transformed life.

I tried to get “fancy” on this one and use PowerPoint. It was a complete train wreck. And so, while the content is still solid, the picture gets distracting because there’s something completely irrelevant on it. Oh well… live and learn.