Praying for you today…

On Sunday mornings, our director, Bob Lowman sends a prayer e-mail to the pastors and ministers of our churches.   We encourage our churches to join in praying for these servants of the Lord who minister with us, lifting them up in Jesus’ name for encouragement and equipping.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2012

In prayerwalking training, I often use a prayer to help us be ready personally for the missional task of intercession. I lift that prayer of consecration for and with you today –

Father God, we thank You for the access we have to You through Jesus Christ, our High Priest. We choose in this moment to draw near to You. According to Your promises, draw near to us. We acknowledge our need for greater grace. We ask You to touch our hearts and fan into flame the embers of love we have for You. Stir up the spark of commitment to Your Kingdom that already burns within. Father, give fresh light to our minds in understanding Your truth. Give courage to our hearts to follow Your ways.

Lord, we acknowledge our dependence upon You. Open the eyes of Your servants to see as You see. Anoint our lips to speak as You would speak. Grant Your servants the authority of Your Son to stand against the evil one and his workers, and to speak triumph over them in Jesus’ name. Impart to us Your graces and gifts to fight and prevail in the battle for souls. Let nothing hinder the high and holy purposes You have for our lives. Speak afresh to us…we long to hear Your voice. Train our hands for battle, and assign us our places in Your army. Teach us the ways of Your Spirit, and lead us in the path of understanding for Jesus’ sake, and for the cause of His Kingdom. Amen.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2011

Some of you have been where I am today, and some of you have not yet arrived at this destination.  February 20, 1961: my birthday.  That means it’s been 50 years since that day today.

As I approached my 50th, it hit me that my birthday was on Sunday, which means that today I am celebrating 50 years of Sundays.  What have I done with them?  The Lord led me to consider Psalm 90 again, and in that famous old text of Moses I found challenge and help.  I was asked to preach at Eastern Hills today, since Pastor Robin ended his ministry there last week to move to another pastorate in Rocky Mount.  Then, I found out that Eastern Hills is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.  (This is not a coincidence.)

So, as I prepare to preach on “50 Days of Sundays” with Psalm 90 as the text, join me in praying this powerful word from the Word.  I am writing this message up to share, but for now, I’m praying these verses for and with you.

Lord, You have been our refuge in every generation.

Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God.

You return mankind to the dust, saying, “Return, descendants of Adam.”

For in Your sight a thousand years are like yesterday that passes by, like a few hours of the night.

You end our lives; we sleep. We are like grass that grows in the morning—in the morning it sprouts and grows; by evening it withers and dries up.

For we are consumed by Your anger; we are terrified by Your wrath.

You have set our unjust ways before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.

For all our days ebb away under Your wrath; we end our years like a sigh.

Our lives last seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away.

Who understands the power of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear that is due You.

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.

LORD— how long? Turn and have compassion on Your servants.

Satisfy us in the morning with Your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.

Make us rejoice for as many days as You have humbled us, for as many years as we have seen adversity.

Let Your work be seen by Your servants, and Your splendor by their children.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish for us the work of our hands—establish the work of our hands!

Thank You, Lord, for Your perfect faithfulness to me and to us all the years of our lives.  Thank You for Your patience and grace.  Help me, help us to communicate and live like we understand Psalm 90 by the power of the Holy Spirit.  In the name and for the fame of Jesus the Christ – Amen.

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