Friday Morning Prayer:)… January 31, 2019

January 31, 2019 - 9 minutes read

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above;
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I’ll raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wand’ring from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my feeble heart to Thee.
“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,”
Long I cried to be made pure;
“Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Work in me Thy double cure.”[1]

“The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.”[2]

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Through the reality of our struggles, do I remember the reality of our victories?  We sing gospel hymns that remind  us, “There is a coming a day when no heartaches shall come, no more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eyes.  All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore, what a day, glorious day that shall be.”[3]  Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God; trust also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.”[4]  During Wednesday night Bible study I was encouraged by being with others who brought the reality of our shared faith into the discussion; a sister was full of joy in light of our living hope.  We endure in his strength! The regenerate heart trusts our gracious God and rests on his many promises, especially as we remind one another of our ultimate victory in Jesus.

Jesus is our fountain of every blessing.  We pray with humble hearts tuned to sing Thy grace with loudest of praise, streams of mercy never ceasing.  “Here I’ll raise my Ebenezer” is taken from the prophet Samuel.  He raised a stone after God gave the Israelites victory over the Philistines.  He named the stone, “Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us.”[5]  Like the Israelites, we too repent from our idolatry and serve the Lord only.  They fasted and confessed their sins before a holy God.  They asked Samuel to not stop crying out to God on their behalf.  Our merciful God hears our prayers and helps us always, especially during our times of need.  In the name of our Lord Jesus, through the cross, empowered by the Holy Spirit, we cry out to God with the psalmist, “Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”[6]

I am thankful that God pursues you and me.  Those days that motivation is down, confidence is weak, or the burdens of this life are heavy, God’s grace prevails.  “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”[7]  Be ye encouraged by the psalmist, “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”[8]  Beloved, sing the hymn, think about the words, “…to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be! Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, [shackle] bind my feeble heart to Thee.”  Fight the good fight of faith!  I know I desire to hear the Holy Spirit way beyond routines!  I like routines lead by the power of the Spirit and full of joy and excitement as God orchestrates. 

Yes, I need to be reminded to live through the disciplines: prayer, Bible study, worship, and fellowship, the pursuit of God, striving in his strength to stay consistent and accountable.  Maybe you are at a place you need to join me in asking God to give us the desires of our hearts that we might work-out this great salvation with fear and trembling, always relying on his strength, mercy and grace to resist the tendency to wander.  

Like the psalmist, we pray, “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.[9]  And, we sing the old gospel hymn, “Hallelujah! I have found it, the full cleansing I had craved, and to all the world I’ll sound it: they too may be wholly saved.”  To genuinely pursue this Christ life, there is never regret, only love, joy, peace in the truly surrendered heart at the throne of grace.  Be ye reminded and remind others of our victory in Jesus!   Indeed! The joy of the Lord is our strength![10]

Hallelujah! I have found it,
The full cleansing I had craved,
And to all the world I’ll sound it:
They too may be wholly saved.
I am sealed by Thy sweet Spirit,
Prone no longer now to roam;
And Thy voice, I’ll humbly hear it,
For Thy presence is my home.

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Sisters in Christ are meeting to pray together!  First Baptist 1912 Arnold Way,  Alpine 0900

You are invited to join with gals from various fellowships to pray with and love one another.  I am very thankful for help through prayer.  I am certain that we are blessed many times over, even preventative grace that protects us from day to day through the prayers of many.  Thank you for believing and praying with confidence before the throne of grace.

Brothers are gathering to pray too!  Alpine Youth Center 2153 Arnold Way, Alpine 0730.

Join us if your schedule allows.  God’s abundant grace manifests as brothers ask, seek, and knock with persistence.  Week after week we enjoy a sweet hour of prayer and encouragement as we rely on the Holy Spirit to lead our short time together.  Do not hesitate, join us.  It is an absolute joy when brothers meet to share in our living faith.


[1] https://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Come_Thou_Fount_of_Every_Blessing/

[2] Psalm 37:39

[3] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycz4s2xwDhc

[4] John 14:1-2

[5] 1 Samuel 7:12

[6] Psalm 80:3

[7] Hebrews 4:16

[8] Psalm 23:6

[9] Ibid 25:4-5

[10] Nehemiah 8:10