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Lead Me To The Cross

O Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on me. Move, I beg You, upon my
disordered heart. Take away the infirmities of
unruly desires and hateful lusts. Lift the mists
and darkness of unbelief. Brighten my soul with
the pure light of truth. Make my soul . . .
as fragrant as the garden of paradise,
rich with every goodly fruit,
beautiful with heavenly grace,
radiant with rays of divine light.

Be my comforter, light, guide, sanctifier.

Take of the things of Christ and show them
to my soul. Teach me more of His . . .
love,
grace,
compassion,
faithfulness,
beauty.

Lead me to the cross and show me . . .
His wounds,
the hateful nature of sin,
the power of Satan.

May I there see my sins as . . .
the nails which transfixed Him,
the cords which bound Him,
the thorns which tore Him,
the sword which pierced Him.

Help me to see in His death, the reality
and immensity of His love. Increase my
faith in the clear knowledge of . . .
atonement achieved,
expiation completed,
satisfaction for sin made,
guilt done away

(A Puritan Prayer)

Help me to see in His death, the reality
and immensity of His love.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Private Prayer

Private prayer is a work of absolute necessity,

prayer

 

for the bringing of the heart into a holy frame,
for the keeping of the heart in a holy frame,
for the discovery of sin,
for the preventing of sin,
for the embittering of sin,
for the weakening of sin,
for the purging away of sin,
for a full exercise of grace,
for an eminent increase of grace

to arm us against temptations, afflictions, and sufferings, to fit us for all other duties and services.

(Thomas Brooks, Closet Prayer)

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Never Stop Praying!

“When a Christian shuns fellowship with other Christians, the devil smiles. When he stops studying the Bible, the devil laughs. When he stops praying, the devil shouts for joy.”  Corrie ten Boom

“Storm the throne of grace and persevere therein,
and mercy will come down.”~John Wesley

Never Never Never Stop Praying!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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MacArthur Monday

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

“God genuinely desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Yet in “the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord” Ephesians 3:11, He chose only the elect “out of the world” John 17:6. Since God desires all men to be saved, we are not required to ascertain that a person is elect before praying for that person’s salvation. God alone knows who all the elect are (2 Tim. 2:19). We may pray on behalf of all men with full assurance that such prayers are good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

“The Lord knows those who are His,”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Like Three Peas in a Pod

Knowledge, Prayer and Obedience

Knowledge, Prayer and Obedience

As many of you know I’m going through Professor Horners reading plan and it seems like I have gone through the book of Proverbs five or six times already, and every single time something else pops out at me. I was reading chapter 15 on New Years Day while pondering on the New Year (2013) and how I could do things differently this year from last year.

I was reading Proverbs 15:7, 8 and 9 and those three verses grabbed a hold of me and “BOOM” it hit me, that’s it, that’s my goal for this year, and they read…

7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge,
But the hearts of fools are not so.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is His delight.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
But He loves one who pursues righteousness.

  1. The lips of the wise spread knowledge.Happy-New-Year-2013_11
  2. the prayer of the upright is His delight.
  3. He loves one who pursues righteousness.


Its something to think about for this New Year. Knowledge, Prayer and Obedience, those three things fit together like three peas in a pod. I want to help you get started with them this New Year 2013, I want to breakdown each point in my next few posts. Knowledge, Prayer and Obedience…

like three peas in a pod!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

 

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Alone with God

I love to wake up early in the morning when it’s still dark out, when the house is quiet and just be alone with God and His word. There is no better place than with God and His word, no distractions and worries of the day about to start.

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16 In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35

David said in Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

I’m asked all the time why do you get up so early?

My response is always the same, I think Jesus set the precedence for raising early for prayer and communion with God and to study His word. Of course I’m not saying this is a must, some people just can’t… But I am saying you must find a time during the day to be alone with God, to get away from the things of the world that draws us away from Him.

The bible is loaded with Jesus withdrawing alone to be with God or just with His disciples Luke 4:42, 5:16, 6:12, 9:12 and that’s just the gospel of Luke which I happen to be reading now.

I was reading a biography of Matthew Henry and read these words from him “I am always best when alone; no place like my own study; no company like good books, and especially the book of God.”

If you say as I was that I will get to prayer later, you never will, something with always come up, I’ll study and read my Bible later, you never will, something will always come up.

Martin Luther said this:

“It is a good thing to let prayer be the first business in the morning and the last in the evening. Guard yourself against such false and deceitful thoughts that keep whispering: Wait a while. In an hour or so I will pray. I must first finish this or that. Thinking such thoughts we get away from prayer into other things that will hold us and involve us till the prayer of the day comes to naught.”

I remember there came a time in my walk with Christ that I said enough is enough! So I remembered the example my Mom set for me and the example my Pastor was setting for me, so if I was going to grow in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ I had to get serious with my prayer and my bible and be alone with God.

I, Too, am always best
when I’m alone with God

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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What I Learned In Church This Week

It was really a great Lord’s Day, we had a great time studying the word of God in Romans, the worship was really good, and the sermon was excellent as my Pastor is doing a series on the hard sayings of Christ. It was communion Sunday a time for us to be examining (1 Corinthians 11:28) our hearts before God as we partake in the Lord’s Supper. But here is the glue that binds this all together for me this past Lord’s day, yes the Spirit of God and the word of God is most important, yes the fellowship of saints is important, but the pastoral prayers that my Pastor prays are so powerful and spirit filled, they are God honoring, Christ exalting and prayers that tug at the string of the hearts of his people in the congregation.

He sets a huge example for us leaders in the church and the rest of the congregation. Spurgeon said this about the pastor praying “I take it that a minister is always praying.  He is not always in the act of prayer, but he lives in the spirit of it.” that’s my pastor, he prays and it’s clear every Sunday Lord’s day. Then again Spurgeon wrote about the Pastor” you will stand as a priest before the Lord, spiritually wearing the ephod and the breastplate where on you bear the names of your children, pleading for them within the veil.” My Pastor prays for his people. He prays also for the lost that might be sitting there, not in a way that condemns them, but that might convict them to believe.

My Pastor prays in a way that though he’s praying to God, he’s praying through our hearts to get there, for our welfare, our deepest spiritual need and most importantly God’s will for all of us. He prays that we grow spiritually in all aspects of our faith and that we glorify God in all we do. This past Lord’s day, I heard in his pastoral prayers him praying for our faith to be stronger, our love to be deeper and the hope of salvation to be overfilled in our lives, like Paul does so often in his epistles 1 Thessalonians 1: 2, 3 and 4. Our Christian life is a life of faith and a life of love and it’s filled with a life of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

I guess the lesson here is pay attention to your Pastor prayers, you can learn a lot about your Pastor, where his heart is, because though he directs it all towards God, he just might come through your heart and that’s a beautiful thing! I am reminded of how 1 Corinthians chapter 13 ends……

But now faith, hope, love,
abide these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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Remembering How To Pray

Today, as I said on Saturday that I would post the top 5 visited posts on the Bible Christian while on vacation.

So here we go #5

Remembering How To Pray originally posted August 25, 2011

I find myself sometimes struggling in my prayer life,

I need to Remember that… Prayer begins with Him. 

Remembering How To Pray

August 25, 2011

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I find myself sometimes struggling in my prayer life and when I’m struggling in prayer, I most often struggle in my walk with God. I can sense a separation between myself and my God. My repentance and confession is weak 1 John 1:9, my study suffers, my meditation on scripture suffers, and my attitude towards people tends to be negative… though I’m by nature an antithetical person, I tend to really show it. I simply need to remember how to pray… That might sound a little funny to you but its true, I sometime forget how to pray and I need to remember. I need to be told… Jesus said “Pray, then, in this way” Matthew 6:9-13 and shown step by step. The Lord’s Prayer as it’s so often called is a great place to start, though I like to refer to it as The Disciples Prayer and not the Lord’s prayer, that you’ll find in John 17:1-19 The High Priestly Prayer.

It wasn’t until 4 or 5 years ago when I taught through the Sermon On The Mount in Matthew that I really understood how to pray and the prayer that I was reciting for all these years going back to my Catholic days wasn’t really a prayer in its self… But as S Lewis Johnson said “It’s a primer for prayer” It’s a pattern for prayer “Pray, then, in this way” Let me say I don’t think there is anything wrong with reciting this as a prayer all by its self… But in saying that, look just a few verses before it Matthew 6:7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. This prayer is all-inclusive but not as a prayer of repetition but a sketch of true praying. I need to remember that!

What’s Jesus really saying? When you pray, pray using these principles found in Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus did not mean that you are to simply repeat The Lord’s Prayer because He did not pray that way, in fact He would spend all night long in prayer, hour after hour . . . Just communing with His heavenly Father. What I’m saying is I need to remember these principles, I need to get back to that! to what Jesus said. “Pray, then, in this way” Now I’m not saying we take the view of John Wesley who held a poor view of any Christian who did not pray at least four hours every day! I just want to go back to the foundations of prayer… I love the King James Translation “After this manner therefore pray ye” What manner” You pray this way…

  • Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.

The pride that is in me, I sometimes tend to jump right into my needs and forget that I’m praying to my/our Father the God of the universe… I need to stop and realize like Job did in Job 40:4 that I’m insignificant and unworthy compared to God, Because He is holy, so I just praise Him and proclaim who He is… Holy is Your name. If you look at the Prophets of the Old Testament they all begin their prayers with worship to God and praising Him. Only true Christians can pray and call Him Our Father. I need to remember His majesty, His greatness, and His power. Prayer begins with Him. I need to remember that!

  1. “hallowed be Your name”
  2. “Your kingdom come”
  3. “Your will be done”

Today I just want to remember to hallow His name… Hallowed to make holy, to sanctify and to revere. J C Ryle said… By the “name of God we mean all those attributes through which He is revealed to us—His power, wisdom, holiness, justice, mercy and truth. By asking that they may be “hallowed,” we mean that they may be made known and glorified. The glory of God is the first thing that God’s children should desire. It is the object of one of our Lord’s own prayers: “Father, glorify your name!” John 12:28. I need to remember that! Martin Luther asked “How is it God’s name hallowed amongst us?” Answer “When our life and doctrine are truly Christian”

I need to remember that His name is awesome and Holy Psalm 111:9 He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. What a great time it would be to someday study all the names of God. When I pray I want to pray in this manner and give God the glory… I know that there are areas of my life that His name is “NOT” Hollowed and I’m convicted right this moment as I’m typing to honor His name in my life and walk with Christ.

Our Father you are Holy and awesome is your name… Father Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

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Meeting God

We had a prayer meeting last night, and it was just a wonderful time in prayer to our great God, with fellowship and communion with Him and His people.

It reminded me of one of my favorite puritan prayers Meeting God… Also the truth that my life needs to be steeped in much prayer:

Great God, in public and private, in sanctuary and home, may my life be steeped in prayer, filled with the spirit of grace and supplication, each prayer perfumed with the incense of atoning blood. Help me, defend me, until from praying ground I pass to the realm of unceasing praise. Urged by my need, invited by Thy promises, called by Thy Spirit, I enter Thy presence, worshipping Thee with godly fear, awed by Thy majesty, greatness, glory, but encouraged by Thy love.

I am all poverty as well as all guilt, having nothing of my own with which to repay Thee, but I bring Jesus to Thee in the arms of faith, pleading His righteousness to offset my iniquities, rejoicing that He will weigh down the scales for me, and satisfy thy justice. I bless Thee that great sin draws out great grace, that, although the lest sin deserves infinite punishment because done against an infinite God, yet there is mercy for me, for where guilt is most terrible, there Thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep.

Bless me by revealing to me more of His saving merits, by causing Thy goodness to pass before me, by speaking peace to my contrite heart; strengthen me to give Thee no rest untiI Christ shall reign supreme within me in every thought, word, and deed, in a faith that purifies the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, fastens me to Thee, and ever clings to the cross. (Anonymous  Puritan Prayers)

 

Great God, in public and private,
in sanctuary and home,
may my life be steeped in prayer.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny


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Praying Like The Early Church

I really get excited when I hear talk about the prayer meeting, I love being involved in corporate prayer, I love to listen to fellow brother and sisters praying in unity and with passion, lifting their prayer up to the Lord. I love to be taught how to pray, I learn by their examples, why do you think the disciples said to Jesus ” teach us to pray” In Luke 11:1 we read It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” They heard Him pray time after time, I could only imagine they said “I want to do that!”

In Genesis 4:26 it said “Then men began to call upon the name of the LORD” We should have a desire to call on His name and take hold of the Lord to grasp Him in prayer, look at Isaiah 64: 7 There is no one who calls on Your name, Who arouses himself to take hold of You; Things happen when Churches pray together, we can feed off of each others prayers and as the Holy Spirit moves us to call out to the Lord.

I looked at the book of Acts and all throughout it the Church prayed together.

Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

Even in Acts 3:1 Peter and John continued to go to the temple to pray at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer.

Look at Acts 4. When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, “O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM, 25 who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, ‘WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE, AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS? 26 ‘THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST. 27 “For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur. 29 “And now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, 30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:23-31

Prayer leads to so many other things, I love verse 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Things Happen when we pray!

Acts 12:12 And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.

Acts 13:1-3 Now there were at Antioch, in the church that was there, prophets and teachers: Barnabas, and Simeon who was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

Acts 14:23 When they had appointed elders for them in every church, having prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Paul is now saying farewell to Ephesus He had just called the Elders of the Church and told them they would no longer see his face, but he was innocent of the blood of all men, because he did not shrink from declaring to them the whole purpose of God. Then look what happens. Acts 20:36-38

When he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. 37 And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him, 38 grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship.

That reminded me in Ephesians 6:1-17 as Paul is giving us the full armor of God, he wraps it all up with prayer… He says Pray!

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that tin proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20

Paul tells us to pray together with other believers, he says to “Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22. Jesus tells us to continually come to the Lord and pray, like we are wearing God out. Luke 18:1-8. James tells us that “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16b. I memorized this verse in KJV “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

I believe this to be true and always have… The popularity of a CHURCH is measured by its Sunday morning attendance and the popularity of the PREACHER by its Sunday evening attendance. However, the popularity of the LORD is measured at the prayer meeting. ~unknown

Spurgeon said this…

“The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge of the amount of divine working among a people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of die first tokens of His absence will be a slothfulness in prayer!”

Leonard Ravenhill said this…

“This much is sure in all churches, forgetting party labels; the smallest meeting numerically is the prayer-meeting. If weak in prayer we are weak everywhere.”

I read this recently…

“When the heroic General Gordon went to the Sudan, his parting message to me was written on a card, and referring to a prayer meeting held at his house: “I value more the prayer of that little circle than all the wealth of the Sudan.”

I too value the prayer meeting, but do I value it more than my time?

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will glorify Me.” Psalm 50:15

And that’s a beautiful thing!

Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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