Prayer Dynamics

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                                  Rev. E. Anderson

THOSE IN PAIN

Prayers by the Rev. Peter Marshall

This morning, O Christ, bird songs pour in through the open windows of hospitals. There are pain-glazed eyes looking out to where trees – dressed in the green lace of spring – are eloquent of recurring life.

Thou, O Christ, art the author of this new life. Wilt Thou even now visit the sick as Thou wert ever want to do?  Lay upon fevered brows the cool fingers of Thy love. May those who suffer, whom we name now before Thee, feel Thy presence at their bedsides, and have the realisation at this moment of thy touch, bringing to them new life and strength and health.

We thank Thee it  for the healings that have come, for the restorations that have been received, for many prayers answered. We thank Thee that Thou dost still heal today. We thank Thee for this, the sweetest word of the gospel message, that Thou dost come with healing in Thy wings.

We thank Thee that Thou hast heard and answered this prayer, born of our faith in Thee as the great physician. In Thy name, we pray. Amen.

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Sermon Starters

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                                Rev. E. Anderson

A TWO-FOLD PRAYER

By the late Matthew Henry

“O let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just” – Psalm 7: 9

WE ARE here taught to pray against all sin. And in praying against sin we pray for the sinners; for whatever works against the disease, works for the patient. We are also taught to pray for all saints. Let not those who are filthy be filthy still, but let those who are holy be holy still. Let the good be kept so and be better.

1. THE CONTENT OF THE PRAYER.

 

A. The Petition that God Will Bring the Wickedness of the Wicked to an End. We must pray that God will bring our own wickedness and the wickedness of other maple to an end.

1. Abandonment of asked principles. It must be our heart’s desire and prayer that wicked principles may be exploded and abandoned and that men may be set right il their judgments concerning good and evil, right and wrong, God and themselves, this world and the other.

2. Conversion of the wicked. Let us be humbly earnest with God in prayer that the eyes of the spiritually blind may be opened; and the ears of the deaf unstopped; that wandering sheep may be sought and saved and prodigal soils brought to themselves and then to the Father’s house; that Cod will translate those into the kingdom of His dear Son who have been long subjects in the kingdom of darkness.

3. Prevention and restraining of wicked practices. We must desire and pray that wicked practices may be prevented and restrained; that if the stream be not turned, yet it may le checked and may not become an overflowing deluge. We should desire and pray that thus far, at least, the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, that it may not be committed openly and that the infection may not spread.

B. The Petition that God Will establish the Just.

1. In integrity. Let us pray that the just may be established in their good principles and good resolutions and may faithfully adhere to them; that those who have clean hands may be stronger and stronger: though the stream be strong, that the righteous may never be carried down by it; that like Job in difficult and trying times they may hold forth their integrity.

2. In comfort and hope. In troublesome times good men are apt to be shaken in mind and to fear lest the cause and interest of Christianity should be sunk and run down. They are ready to give up all for gone. Therefore, we have need to pray for them that they may be established in the belief of the promise that the gates of hell shall never prevail against the church.

3. In the saints undertaking to bring wickedness to an end. Pray that they may be established in their undertaking to do what they can to bring the wickedness of the wicked to an end. We aught to pray for civil rulers; for all ministers of the word of God; for all who in their places are strong against sin that they may be established in their resolution not to draw back their hand from the battle against sin.

2.  THE REASON FOR THE PRAYER.

  1. A.       A Holy Concern for the Honour of God. All good people have a holy concern for the name and honour of God and the Lord Jesus and for the reputation of Christianity. Therefore, they cannot but desire the end of that which dishonors God. All the children of God having His glory as their highest end have it upon their hearts as their chief care, and it is clearer to the them than any interests of their own.
  • It is the saints’ highest end.
  • It is the saints’ chief care.

B. A Tender Love for the Souls pf Men. The children of God have a tender love for the souls of men and a true desire of their welfare here and hereafter; and therefore they cannot but desire and pray for the ending of that which ruins souls.

1. The value of a soul. You know for what they were and in whose image thy were made; for what they were bought and with what price they were bought;  what service for God they are capable of doing; what happiness in God they are capable of enjoying.

2. The natural condition of the soul. It is alienated from its rightful Lord and sold for a mess of pottage, for the gratifications of a base lust, into the hands of a sworn enemy and made a prey to the roaring lion. Here is one made a cage of unclean and filthy birds who is capable of being made a temple of the Holy Spirit; a drudge of Satan who might have been a servant of God; An instrument of unrighteousness who might have been a vessel of honor.

C. A Great Value for the Grace of God.

1. The power of grace. All good people have a great value for the grace of God and are convinced of the sovereignty and power, the necessity aid efficacy of that grace: and therefore, they pray for that grace, both for the reformation of sinners and for the establishment of the just. They know that nothing can be done without it and whatever act they wish to be effected, either upon saints or sinners, they depend upon that grace for it and its powerful influences.

2. The promise grace. They know also that this grace is promised to the church, this clean water to cleanse it from all filthiness and from all of its idols. Yet God will be inquired of by His people, to do it for them ; We must ask and then we shall receive.

CONCLUSION

Let us do what we can to bring the wickedness of the wicked to an end. Let our conduct In everything be such as becomes the gospel of Christ, strict and conscientious. Let us do what we can to establish the just, to confirm the good in their goodness. Let those who fear the Lord speak often one to another for instruction, quickening and encouragement.

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Word Studies

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                                  Rev. K. W. Munday

WORD STUDI

Word Studies is presented by Rev. K. W. Munday, retired minister and former General Secretary of Assemblies of God for many years. He has served the body of Christ with grace and distinction, is an excellent, quality preacher and speaker, broadcaster, writer of books and still active in Christian service. His contributions here on Word Studies should prove a great means of blessing, inspiration and instruction.

WEATHER

This relates to the state of the environment as determined by atmospheric pressure, and is surely one of the most talked-about subjects .It constantly comes into our conversation and we eagerly await the forecasts on radio and TV. Why is it so ‘popular’? First we have such a wide selection. From thunder, lightning, hail and snow to rain sleet goods and drought. We are never quite sure what’: coming next. It certainly becomes a talking point. Imagine living in a tropical paradise where the sun always shines, the weather would be taken for granted. It remains almost the same.

Even our particular seasons do not guarantee appropriate weather. We have had snow in May and we’ve been sun-bathing in October.

Weather plays an important part in our lives. We need to know the forecast so as to plan our day’s activities. It will affect those who are going on outings’, housewives for putting out their washing, and motorists to ascertain the condition of the roads.

The weather also has had a subtle influence upon us. One that we rarely recognise, that is its affect on national character, particularly those who live in the United Kingdom.

Because of unexpected conditions we have become stoical, flexible and inventive to meet all eventualities. Although we are a bit lax to meet the occasional big crises – particularly snowdrifts etc. although even they call for some heroic rescue attempts.

The weather also affects our moods. A cloudy dull day will produce an attitude of gloom in the community. We dub such experiences as being ‘under the weather’. A similar experience is felt in more northern lands when at some times of the year the sun is rarely seen. The semi-darkness causes depression and even suicide is not unknown. A sunny day makes all the difference!

The weather can sometimes dominate our activities. A very heavy frost and fall of snow can cause a hundred sports fixtures and other events to be cancelled, and there is no appeal.

It has also interfered in history – to the happiness of some and the unhappiness of others. Napoleon’s onslaught against Russia was halted by the snow, and the Spanish Armada by the wind. In the book of Job the writer notes that God is in charge of the weather patterns – Job 38: 22/23. And in the 2nd world war in 1940, 300,000 soldiers were safely evacuated from the continent back to England due to the fact that the English channel was as calm as a mill-pond!

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