Sweet Hour of Prayer

August 15, 2010 at 6:54 am | Posted in hymns | 1 Comment
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Sunday’s Hymn

 (1 John 5:14-15)

(14)This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (15)And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of Him.

Don’t forget to spend some time on Sunday mornings reading your Bible, praying and studying God’ Word. Sometimes Christians skip the discipline of devotion on Sunday mornings because they will be attending church. Don’t be like the average Christian. Spend that quality alone time with God and remember to pray (intercede) for your pastor, all the people who serve others at your church on Sunday mornings and for unsaved visitors to be invited and to attend your church. Pray that your church would be an example of God’s transforming power to your community.

Stay faithful and hopeful,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; Psalm 50:23

Sweet Hour of Prayer

By William W. Walford

1.      Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, That calls me from a world of care, And bids me at my Father’s throne Make all my wants and wishes known: In seasons of distress and grief My soul has often found relief And oft escaped the tempter’s snare By they return, sweet hour of prayer.

 2.      Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, Thy wings shall my petition bear To Him whose truth and faithfulness Engage the waiting soul to bless: And since He bids me seek His face, Believe His Word, and trust His grace, I’ll cast on Him my every care And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

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Real Hand to Hand Combat

May 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Posted in encouragement, pray, warriors | Leave a comment
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The picture below is from the front of a t-shirt and sweatshirt that I have. I really like wearing them and I think they sum up my feelings about prayer. Below the man is written THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT OF THIS WORLD, BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD. (2 COR. 10:4)

 These are two of my favorite pieces of clothing. I used to wear them when I went to karate classes. One of them was a gift from my youngest son.

I used to like studying and practicing martial arts. I am a little rusty now and not as practiced as I used to be. I like the combat arts the best. Some of you know what I’m talking about, the real stuff. You see, for me there is a difference between martial arts and martial sciences. To me there is a big difference between sport karate and functional hand to hand combat. Spiritually there is a difference between asking God for something for ourselves and interceding with God for someone else. To me intercessory prayer is one of the most unselfish ministries we can be involved in. You see, real disciples learn to be unselfish.

When I was a little younger there were times I would get antsy. I needed a good workout, a good fight. My wife would tell me to “go fight with Bryan. You need to fight.” I love my wife; she knows when I need a good fight. As for Bryan, he was my sensei and friend. At times he would call me “the fighting pastor.” I can’t beat him and he sure knows how to fight. I have to admit, I miss fighting with him and working out with him. He hit me so hard one time; I literally saw stars, little silver things shooting in at me from all directions! Man, I miss working out with him. I can’t go back there, but I can still get a good fight – on my knees in prayer!

But that brings me to this. Those martial arts workouts were just physical and fun. There were rules for each participant’s safety and development. In spiritual warfare our enemy doesn’t play by the rules. But there are Kingdom rules that can defeat him. Almighty God wants you and me to grow spiritually and develop as prayer warriors. People and churches need us to do battle in prayer. Intercessory prayer is spiritual and necessary. People are dying and going to hell. Sinful lifestyles are destroying lives and families. Many churches have quit looking for the return of the Lord and have quit sharing the Gospel and making disciples.

Prayer is the first work. Prayer is the important work. The work of the devil, our sworn enemy is to keep us from praying. Will you take up the challenge and develop into a prayer warrior? Will you make the time or take the time from your 24 hours to become a prayer warrior? God the Holy Spirit will empower you (Romans 8:26); God the Son will intercede for you (Hebrews 7:25); God the Father will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). With all that help and the Word of God as your manual how can you lose? You will be victorious and more than a conqueror! To God be the glory!

There will be more to come on prayer. Stay faithful and hopeful! Keep fighting the good fight!

GRACE and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

Romans 15:13; John 15:7

“All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on Him being with them.” – J. Hudson Taylor

“The self-sufficient do not pray, the self-satisfied will not pray, the self-righteous cannot pray. No man is greater than his prayer life.” – Leonard Ravenhill

“For decades we Christians have boasted in sermon and song that our God is great, the He loves us, that He answers prayer and that there is nothing too hard for Him. Isn’t it high time to prove that with some-down-to-business-prayer?” – Lyle Eggleston

(3)For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. (4)The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (5)We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.  

(2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Pray for the Pastor’s Wife

February 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This Friday I would like to encourage everyone to pray for their pastor’s wife. I am not thinking of any pastor or pastor’s wife in particular. I am thinking that the pastor’s wife can be a tired lady. She may also be discouraged and lonely. Some women marry men who are pastors or who are studying to be pastors. Some men are called into the ministry after being married and the wife becomes a pastor’s wife. These are some of the reasons why we will pray this way this Friday.

Another reason a pastor’s wife may need prayer are expectations some church members may put on her. Some people think they know what a pastor’s wife should be doing in the church without getting to know her. Sometimes she isn’t accepted just for who she is. She may not know how to play the piano. So let’s pray for the pastor’s help-mate. Oh, if you’re a pastor, pray for some other pastor’s wife and trust God to raise up someone to pray for your wife.

Pray that:

  1. She will have wisdom and discernment in dealing with parishoners.
  2. She will have a good or a couple of good close friends.
  3. She will respect her husband privately and publically.
  4. She will be able to know who she is and like how God made her.
  5. She will have a close relationship with the Lord and know His presence.
  6. She will have the joy of the Lord in her life.
  7. She will serve in the church in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  8. She will love people and be friendly.

There may be other ways to pray for her too. Each woman may have different needs and be at differnent stages in life. This prayer guide is in no way exhaustive, but it is a good starting point. Thank you for praying for these important sisters in the Lord. I’ll leave you with a great Scripture and great song to take you into your weekend.

Much grace and peace to you,

Bill (a fellow-laborer)

(Romans 15:13; Psalm 16:11)

John 1:14

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.”

“Fairest Lord Jesus”

From Munster Gesangbuch, 1677

1. Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,

Son of God and Son of Man!

Thee will I cherish, thee will I honor,

Thou, my soul’s glory, joy, and crown.

2. Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlawns,

Robed in the blooming garb of spring:

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,

Who makes the woeful heart to sing. 

3. Fair is the sunshine, fair is the moonlight,

And all the twinkling, starry host:

Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer

Than all the angels heav’n can boast. 

4. Beautiful Savior! Lord of the nations!

Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration,

Now and forever more be thine.

Pray For Young Men

January 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to a church planter’s seminar/lunch. It was only two hours long and I wasn’t sure that I really wanted to go. Some of my reasoning was that I don’t really agree with the theology and philosophy of the organization and its founder. I have never met the man, nor do I believe everything that is written about him. Plus I figured I would be the oldest man there and I wasn’t sure of the attitude in which I would be received. So two days before the event I went online to register, kind of hoping registration would be closed. It wasn’t, so I registered and attended.

Now I was the oldest man there. And I might add I was the best dressed too. Even though I was business casual. It wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be. I found a table near the back and asked the young guys sitting there if the seat was taken. They welcomed me to their group and we began to talk. One of the guys attended a church while he was in college in a different state and I actually know the pastor. It really is a small world. Our God orders the steps of a righteous man, doesn’t He?

The meeting was started with prayer and lunch, and then the panel took the stage and began to talk and field questions. I kept quiet the whole time. Really. There were times I wanted to speak or comment or ask a question, but I didn’t. I went there as a learner. I wanted to learn about leaders in their network, about their ideas of church planting and about their ideas of pastoring. And learn I did.

I still don’t totally agree with the organization theologically or philosophically. I have some minor concerns about some of the things that were said. I think in twenty years the four younger men who were speaking to the even younger men will have both a different perspective and words to offer. We can all change over time. I really do wish there were some older men there with me. Some older men missed out on something pretty good. These younger men missed out on some input from Christian leaders in a different stage of life.

But I am truly glad I went and learned with my younger brothers. I enjoyed myself greatly. If I can try to be humorous: there was so much testosterone in that room! There were so many hopes and dreams of serving the MOST HIGH GOD! It was both a pleasure and privilege to be in their company. I was with a band of brothers who want to serve their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They are willing to risk it all; they are willing to go where HE sends them. Yes, they have a lot to learn. But I for one am willing to help the younger men who are called by our God. I am willing to teach them. I am willing to learn with them. I am willing to learn from them. Are you? And, I still have a lot to learn and I want to keep learning. Do you?

Those young men (and the two young ladies) represent the future of the Church. God owns the Church. No man or woman here has any stock or part ownership of the Church. So will you join me in praying for some young men who are and will be leaders in the body of Christ? You may even know some personally.

Pray that:

  1. They will always be completely surrendered to God (Rom. 12:1-2).
  2. They will be in His Word to study and live it (2 Tim. 2:15).
  3. They will learn to balance their private life and public life.
  4. They will understand that God cares about character more than giftedness.
  5. They will learn about diligence and self-discipline.
  6. They will realize the presence of the God and His joy (Ps. 21:6)
  7. They will stay faithful to God no matter what.
  8. They will confidently know what God has “called” them to.
  9. They will have older godly men to mentor them and younger godly men to mentor.
  10. Their families (if they have them) will be protected from the evil one.

Thank you for looking around, seeing some young men with potential and for praying (interceding) for them. They may never know it, but God will and your prayers will make a difference. I am excited about the future of the Church!

“I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name. I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, dear children, because you have known the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you young men, because you are strong, and the Word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” (1 John 2:12-14 NIV)

Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

by George Duffield

1.     Stand up, stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the cross

Lift high His royal banner, It must not suffer loss.

From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,

Till every foe is vanquished And Christ is Lord indeed.

 2.     Stand up, stand up for Jesus, The trumpet call obey;

Forth to the mighty conflict, In this His glorious day!

Ye that are men, now serve Him Against unnumbered foes;

Let courage rise with danger And strength to strength oppose.

 3.     Stand up, stand up for Jesus, The trumpet call obey;

The arm of flesh will fail you, Ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the gospel armor, Each piece put on with prayer;

Where duty calls, or danger, Be never wanting there.

 4.     Stand up, stand up for Jesus- The strife will not be long;

This day the noise of battle, The next the victor’s song.

To him that overcometh A crown of life shall be;

He with the King of glory Shall reign eternally. Amen.

 Be encouraged,

Bill  (a fellow-laborer)

(Rom. 15:13; 1 Tim. 1:18-19)

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