Friday Morning Prayer:)… April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020 - 7 minutes read

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore thee,
casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,
who wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide thee,
though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see,
only thou art holy; there is none beside thee
perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.[1]

I will praise you, ‘Yahweh,’ with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.  I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.[2]

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How do we understand prayer?  A brother asked me this question in light of God’s sovereignty.  With humility and mutual respect, we shared ideas and recognized the vast nature of our sovereign God who has engaged us and calls us to pray with many prayers and requests.  Our prayers, pleas, fervent cries have a definite place in the sovereign will of God.  “The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from an angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth;”[3]  O the wonders of our sovereign God keeping the prayers of the saints until the appointed time to be thrown upon the earth.  God is pleased as we pray individually and collectively.  “O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me.  Hear my voice when I call to you.  May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”[4]   

Our Lord God Almighty has placed us where we are and by his mercy, you and me and all who will seek him, those stirred to reach out for him will find him!  “God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth… he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else…. he determined the times set for them and the exact places they should live.  God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.  For in him we live and move and have our being.”[5]  The message is clear, Paul proclaims the “unknown God” to those in Athens; ignorance is no longer overlooked.  The command is to repent and humbly pursue with much fervent prayer the living God who is merciful and mighty, “he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed.  He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”[6]

Holy, holy, holy!  Though the darkness hide thee, though the eye of sinful man thy glory may not see, only thou art holy; there is none beside thee perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.   Amazing!  We can pray with humble confidence because of who God is and what he has done.  Like the Psalmist, we pray, “… you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it and take it in hand.”[7] Moreover, “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”[8] Rejoice today that you know his name!  “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord [Yahweh], have never forsaken those who seek you.  Sing praises to the Lord enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done.”[9]

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy! Merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

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Sisters are meeting via Zoom!  Friday morning 0900

You are invited to a virtual meeting where God is glorified in the fellowship of the saints.   If your schedule allows and you’d like to get connected with kind, full of grace, praying together gals, please feel free to reach out.  We can get you a Zoom link to join for a sweet hour of prayer….

Brothers are meeting too!  Zoom virtual meeting, 0730 Friday morning.

You, brother in Jesus, are invited to a place where brothers pray and enjoy one another’s’ company.   It is pretty cool and definitely works as we intentionally pray, encourage, and seek to be filled, empowered, renewed, replenished, rejuvenated, especially as we surrender all before the throne of grace.   Reach out if you do not have the link-to-join already.


[1] https://hymnary.org/text/holy_holy_holy_lord_god_almighty_early

[2] Psalm 9:1-2

[3] Revelation 8:

[4] Psalm 141:1-2

[5] Acts 17:24-28   (ref. Pastor Tom Bolz’ encouraging message)

[6] Ibid v. 31

[7] Psalm 10:14

[8] Psalm 9:9

[9] Ibid v. 10-11