Friday Morning Prayer:)… July 18, 2019

July 18, 2019 - 10 minutes read

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You, I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
Where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me[1]

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.”[2]

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Our sincere prayers and heartfelt cries through glorious hymns, Psalms, and spiritual songs “…tune my heart to sing Thy grace streams of mercy, never ceasing…”[3]  ‘Lord, I come, I confess bowing here I find my rest, without you, I fall apart.  You’re the one that guides my heart.’  We are in a dynamic, evolving, maturing relationship with God the Father whom we met through Jesus his Son.  ‘I know my Redeemer lives… all of the creation testifies… this life within me cries I know my Redeemer lives…’[4]  Jesus gives every genuine believer eternal life. ‘My one defense, my righteousness, Lord I need you!  “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”[5]  By God’s abundant grace you and I are supernaturally enabled to read and sing the Psalms, even identifying with the psalmist who knew his God intimately and God’s presence was more important than anything else in life.  Psalm 63 reflects a genuine hunger for God, a deep desire for and confidence of God’s presence, a longing-satisfaction that I am certain we in Christ are meant to experience today.

A brother expressed he sensed the “support of the Spirit”[6] through the prayers of the saints.  We share with one another our desire to be led by the Spirit or as the Spirit leads, I will do this or that to the glory of God.   It is the work of God in our hearts moving us, bringing deep conviction, prompting us to seek him with great effort and eagerness.  “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you…”[7]  I ask God to give me these desires more consistently.  God gives his holy desires to the regenerate heart, especially as we delight ourselves in him and ask in earnest prayer.[8]

I know God is gracious and has given us the Holy Spirit that we might have the power to truly be witnesses and live this life in Christ effectively to God’s glory.[9]  David sang, “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.”  Moreover, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”[10]  I am convinced that every regenerate heart will praise God as long as he or she has breath and life now and into eternity.  For me, I long for consistency, yet recognize the inconsistency.  How do I consistently experience God?  The self-discipline to spend time earnestly seeking God.   Brother Mark on the radio show “3 guys and a mic”[11] asked about how we find ourselves utilizing our discretionary time.  The bottom line is that God alone can satisfy my soul and yours too.  The Psalmist (probably David) knew his inner resource and strength was God alone.  “My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips, my mouth will praise you.”[12]  God does satisfy us through the cross and abides with us bringing supernatural peace and joy.  However, in this life, we see partial like through a glass darkly.  God is infinitely glorious, ensuring that we will not be completely satisfied spiritually in this life; in many ways we are broken totally dependent on God to sustain, comfort, protect, give us wisdom, and embrace us with great love.  We love God because he first loved us and he keeps us strong, especially as we pursue him and anticipate his glorious appearing.

I desire more, you do too, more of God’s power to live this Christ life.  If I do not spend time loving God, (talking to him about everything, reading and meditating on his Word, setting time apart to truly ask, seek, and knock, making time to just listen, intentionally remove all distractions for at least a minute, etc.) I find I am leading my own way; maybe I’ll go through the motions, yet not being led by the Spirit.  Practically, I recognize my tendency to live in the flesh results in less patience, easily irritated, missed opportunities to love another, thoughts and speech that are not pleasing to God and hurtful toward others.  O Lord, forgive me.  I confess, bowing here I find my rest… truly my one defense, Jesus my righteousness.  I ask for power, a constant filling of your Spirit that, “My soul clings to you; [and] your right hand upholds me.”[13]

Beloved, I pray you and me know and experience consistently, daily, even moment by moment, the love of God with a never-ending loyalty with a strong feeling of affection given by our indwelling sovereign God.  This morning a faithful brother brought to mind two texts to encourage: despite what we were, “…you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”[14] Moreover, “…God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline.”[15]  Let’s be encouraged to earnestly with excitement, energy, and supernatural love seek and find through an unwavering pursuit, the depths of our glorious God.

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
When I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

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

You are invited.  Sisters in Christ representing different fellowships, yet united at the cross of Christ.  A joy when the saints join together in humble unity.  Thank you! Our sisters in Jesus.

Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist.  Third Friday.   0730.

Join us if your schedule allows.  It is a joy to meet with faithful brothers!  Come and enjoy a time of love, joy, and encouragement as we rely on the Spirit to lead our time of prayer. 


[1] Matt Maher – Lord, I Need You (Official Lyric Video)
Matt Maher – Lord, I Need You (Official Lyric Video)Matt Maher:

[2] Psalm 63:3-4

[3] Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing / If You Could Hie to Kolob – by Elenyi & Sarah Young – on Spotify

[4]Nicole C. Mullen – My Redeemer Lives (Lyrics)

[5] John 17:1-3

[6] Emmanuel Christian Wednesday night study

[7] Psalm 63:1

[8] Psalm 37:4

[9] Acts 1:8

[10] Psalm 63:2-3

[11] GODRadio1.com – 3 Guys and A Mic GODRadio1.com
Note:  there is audio silence for about the first 6 ½ minutes of the show.  Therefore fast forward.
 

[12] Psalm 63:5

[13] Psalm 63:8

[14] 1 Corinthians 6:11

[15] 2 Timothy 1:7