Pastor Scotty Smith: Prayer for the National Day of Prayer

May 3, 2012

I love how Pastor Scotty Smith of Christ Community Church of Franklin TN calls this the “Every Nation Day of Prayer.” It’s a great prayer.

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Rev. 7:9-10

Dear heavenly Father, on this “national day of prayer,” it’s easy to think of several things to bring before your throne of grace, with joy and gratitude. First of all, I praise you for heavenly citizenship. Thank you for making me a citizen of the only unshakable kingdom—the kingdom of God. Though this standing in grace came freely to me, it cost you the life of your beloved Son, Jesus. Thanks be to God for this “indescribable gift.”
Already reigning as King of kings and Lord of lords, we eagerly await Jesus’ return, by which all evil will be eradicated and the transformation of all things will be complete—including a renewed and whole me. I can barely imagine the day when, not only will I never be tempted to sin again, I will be unable to sin forever. That Day cannot come one day too soon!

Secondly, as broken as our country is, I’m very thankful to be an American citizen, Father. I praise you for the many freedoms we still enjoy and the multiplied privileges that go with being a citizen of this great nation. We bring our sitting president before the occupied throne of heaven, and we ask you to be at work in his heart and through his hands.

As with all “kings,” you set them up and you sit them down at your discretion, so we trust you, Father, for the accomplishment of your sovereign purposes through our president. Grant him wisdom, and prove yourself to be the God who opens doors no man can shut, and the One who closes doors no man can open. Our ultimate hope is not in our country, but in your Christ. We don’t look for a “lasting city” here, but for “the City whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11:10).

Lastly, Father, as I grow in my understanding of the gospel, I find great joy to pray in view of the apostle John’s vision of the “every nation” day of prayer (Rev. 7:9). Oh, for the Day when men and women from every nation, tribe, people, and language will be wearing the white robes of grace-secured salvation while waving palm branches of praise and shouting in perfect harmony, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Rev. 7:10).

Because that Day is coming, free us to be good citizens right where you’ve planted us—without naiveté, fear or cynicism. Until the kingdom of God arrives in fullness and King of Glory arrives in splendor, help us to “love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king” (1 Pet 2:17). So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ sovereign and saving name.

I add my Amen!  You can find the original prayer here.

National Day of Prayer

May 3, 2012

Today is the National Day of Prayer in the U.S.
I invite all of our readers to offer up a prayer for the U.S., our leaders and people.

You can find out info about prayer events throughout the U.S. here.

Easter Quotes – John Stott: He is able to give life to the spiritually dead

May 3, 2012

From John Stott during this Easter Season:

The resurrection of Jesus Christ also assures of God’s power.  For we need God’s power in the present as well as his forgiveness of the past.  Is God really able to change human nature, to make cruel people kind and sour people sweet?  Is he able to take people who are dead to spiritual reality and make them alive in Christ?  Yes, he really is!  He is able to give life to the spiritually dead and transform us into the likeness of Christ.

h/t the Beach Blog

1 Thessalonians 2:13-16

May 3, 2012

            Praying the Apostles’ Creed
The Communion of Saints;
      THEREFORE with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious Name; evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory: Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen. (BCP 1662)

For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
      Holy Spirit, please help each parish in this diocese receive the word of God so that it may effectively work in us who believe.

For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, (1 Thessalonians 2:14)
      Lord Jesus, some of the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church presecute those who are faithful to the gospel. Have mercy on us.

who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost. (1 Thessalonians 2:15-16)
      Father, in the name of political correctness many would forbid sharing the gospel with Muslims and Jews and others. There is only one way to you and that is through your son Jesus Christ.

Thursday: 50 * [59,60] or 114, 115; Exod. 34:1-17: 1 Thess. 2:13-20: Matt. 5:21-26
Friday: 40,54 * 51; Exod. 34:18-35: 1 Thess. 3:1-13: Matt. 5:27-37

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Psalm 66:1-11 or 66:1-8; Acts 8:26-40 or Deuteronomy 4:32-40; 1 John 3:(14-17)18-24 or Acts 8:26-40; John 14:15-21).

***** Prayer requests from Willowfield parish in Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Date: Wed, 02 May 2012
From: Ronnie O’Neill
      Please ask people to begin to pray now for the meeting of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland, meeting in Dublin on May 10-12. Pray for all the important business, but in particular for some of the debates on significant issues such as human sexuality, and how the C of I might get involved in Church planting, as well as youth work, education, and finance matters. David and I will both be attending as well as Dave Thomas. Pray too for Bishop Harold and the various responsibilities he will have at Synod.

***** Date: Wed, 02 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      “Justified. ” A word that can mean “To show or be right. To show a satisfactory reason or excuse for something done.” The word can be qualified in its fullness but when broken down it could be used or twisted for a way of giving reason or justifying sin: Just-if-I’d never sinned. Thus becoming an unsatisfactory excuse for something done. Jesus said, “Go and sin no more. Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Christ. Romans 5:1 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! Romans 5:9

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