Friday Morning Prayer:) March 21, 2019

March 21, 2019 - 7 minutes read

As I travel thru this pilgrim land 
There is a Friend who walks with me, 
Leads me safely thru the sinking sand, 
It is the Christ of Calvary; 
This would be my pray’r, dear Lord, each day 
To help me do the best I can, 
For I need Thy light to guide me day and night 
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.  

Blessed Jesus, hold my hand, 
Yes, I need Thee ev’ry hour, 
Thru this land, this pilgrim land 
(Protect me) by Thy saving pow’r
Hear my plea, my feeble plea, 
Lord, dear Lord, look down on me, 
When I kneel in prayer, 
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.  

Let me travel in the light divine 
That I may see the blessed way; 
Keep me that I may be wholly Thine 
And sing redemption’s song some day; 
I would be a soldier brave and true 
And ever firmly take a stand, 
As I onward go and daily meet the foe, 
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.[1]  

“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, [and sisters] and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.”[2]  

O how often I am compelled to cry out in prayer, ‘For I need Thy light to guide me day and night.  Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.  Yes, I need Thee ev’ry hour.’  To truly love others with supernatural love we need Jesus to hold us along the way.  The apostle Paul boasted about the Thessalonian believer’s growing faith and increasing love for each other.  This is the inevitable progression of every heart touched by the mercy of God.  We persevere in His strength and know our Lord Jesus will return in triumph to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed.[3]  Yes, we know the glorious end of every regenerate heart touched by God.  Our hope in Christ revealed, even eternal life!  The process of growing in grace is exciting too!  The joy supernatural, love overflowing, and encouragement experienced from steadfast devotion reflects our abiding God, especially as we persevere in our shared faith.  

When I feel I am weak and perseverance is difficult, I need the love of my brothers in Christ.  Your growing in faith and increasing in love helps others persevere through the difficulties of this life and clearly see the love of God expressed through you, even feel the hand of God.  Sometimes I need to just be present and listen, express love by giving time, a few words of understanding, love with smiles and words of encouragement working to carry the burden of another.  I pray our gracious God helps me and you to be consistently full of grace and love.  I desperately need discernment to know when to point out right, wrong, sin, guilt, consequences, etc., God must hold my hand to get it right.  Therefore, without ceasing we pray with the apostle Paul, that God would count others worthy of his divine calling and by his power he’d fulfill our every good purpose and every act prompted by faith.[4]  

Beloved, join me in thanking God for genuine believers in our shared faith who love through thick and thin because that is what they were chosen by God to do through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.[5]  Stand firm!  “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”[6]         

When I wander thru the valley dim 
Toward the setting of the sun, 
Lead me safely to a land of rest 
If I a crown of life have won; 
I have put my faith in Thee, dear Lord, 
That I may reach the golden strand, 
There’s no other friend on whom I can depend, 
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.  

Blessed Jesus, hold my hand, 
Yes, I need Thee ev’ry hour, 
Thru this land, this pilgrim land 
(Protect me) by Thy saving pow’r
Hear my plea, my feeble plea, 
Lord, dear Lord, look down on me, 
When I kneel in prayer, 
Blessed Jesus, hold my hand. 

  Reminder:  love and grace given through baked cookies.  This weekend is our brother Andrew’s prison outreach and the time to bring a dozen cookies per sealed bag.  Bring to Friday Morning Prayer or call/email if you’d like to make different pickup arrangements. 

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

You are invited to join sisters for a sweet hour of prayer.  Diverse gals representing various local churches join to encourage and pray as the Spirit leads. 

Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist. Alpine, 0730

If your schedule allows, join us for prayer.  The joy of brothers gathering to express our shared faith and genuinely love one another.  Welcome!


[1]http://goodoldsongs.tripod.com/goodoldsongs/id12.html

[2] 2 Thessalonians 1:3

[3] Ibid v. 10

[4] Ibid v. 11-12

[5] 2 Thessalonians 2:13

[6] Ibid. v. 16