Friday Morning Prayer:)…

November 7, 2019 - 9 minutes read

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.[1]

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”[2]

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As part of an exploratory interview I ask a couple of revealing questions: “What is the purpose of life?” and “Do you follow a particular philosophy, religious teaching, or doctrine?”  A fella yesterday affirmed he was a Christian.  He said the purpose of life included the process of knowing God.  My heart was thrilled at his responses.  Without hesitation, I encouraged him with, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.”[3]  He said, “that takes it to a deeper level.”  We smiled together and I encouraged him to look up the Westminster Confession of Faith.  The apostle Paul encouraged believers to speak “…what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”[4]  We know our God is the ultimate source of all blessing; the means or vessel through which blessings flow is often you and me and so our everyday conversations, our unceasing prayers, and our reflective life in Christ becomes the means of mercy and grace to others.

The regenerate heart is called to sing and rejoice!  Our brother Mark shared recently his feeling of awe and excitement when contemplating the body of Christ.  Yes!  Glory be the God the Father, glory be to God the Son, and glory be to God the Spirit! Who is like the Lord our God? Strong to save faithful in love, my debt is paid and the victory won! The Lord is my salvation![5]  Beloved in Jesus, as you converse with others, especially the body of Christ, remember you are sealed by the Holy Spirit for the day of redemption.  Our indwelling God grants joy and expectation and thankfulness for others; God uses each of us for his purpose and glory.  “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”[6]

Humble before the throne of grace surrendered; God hears interacts, empowers and helps us to glorify him with our lives.  “Humble before God experiencing the Spirit working-out the truth of the gospel in our changed lives.”[7]  “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me.  He sends from heaven and saves me… God sends his love and his faithfulness.”[8]  “You are greatly loved!  Now, if there is such great love from God to us–let us live in the influence and sweetness of it, and use the privilege of our exalted position as God’s redeemed children. Do not let us approach our Lord as though we were strangers, or as though He were unwilling to hear us–for we are greatly cherished by our compassionate Father!”[9]

O the desire and pursuit to be imitators of God.  Why?  To glorify God and enjoy him forever.  This supernatural regenerate heart from God reflects God.  My new life in Christ is not mine alone.  “…as dearly loved children [we] live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”[10] Your regenerate heart desires your loved ones, friends, and the many unregenerate in your sphere of influence to be made new, to experience the mercy of God and know the abundant grace that sustains a new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.  Therefore, as we have done and humbly continue to cry out in prayer, “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me…”[11] we plead with tears for the mercy of God to truly, genuinely, supernaturally change others.  The state of the lost is heartbreaking. 

“Lamb of God, You bring salvation And with Your grace, our hearts are sealed Lord, with Your tears of love, You bathed our sorrows, In Your eyes we stand revealed”[12]

Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

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Sisters are meeting to pray together.  First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900

You, sister in Jesus are always invited to join family in Jesus for a time of encouragement and prayer.  Various gals representing various churches gather to ask, seek, and knock as the Spirit leads their sweet hour of prayer. 

Brothers are meeting too!  Mt. View Bible, 2710 Alpine Blvd.  Alpine, 0730

Join us for a time of encouragement and prayer!  You are always welcome and it is always good, joy-filled, and most satisfying to engage with brothers who love Jesus!  As the Spirit leads we humbly pray, sing, share and love one another.


[1] https://www.godtube.com/popular-hymns/what-a-friend-we-have-in-jesus/

[2] 2 Peter 1:3

[3] http://www.apuritansmind.com/westminster-standards/shorter-catechism/

https://www.gotquestions.org/Westminster-Confession-of-Faith.html

[4] Ephesians 4:29

[5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjOGX5zT8KU

[6] Luke 6:45  Revised Standard Version

[7] Emmanuel Christian Church, Pastor Mark Mueller

[8] Psalm 57:2-3

[9] https://mail.yahoo.com/d/folders/1/messages/AP4IOPRT-dygXcO50Av-ULKh99o?.src=fp

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=1019182349221

[10] Ephesians 5:1-2

[11] Psalm 57:1

[12] http://favian-music.blogspot.com/2010/07/without-his-cross.html