CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER GUIDE
Having celebrated the Lord’s Supper this morning provides a fitting occasion to remember the vows that we took when we joined our church. Our membership vows provide an excellent beginning to a season of prayer as a congregation.
Do you acknowledge yourself to be a sinner in the sight of God justly deserving His displeasure, and without hope, except through His sovereign mercy? “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (James 4:8-10). Every trial provides an occasion for repentance. Ask the Lord to convict you of your sin today. James calls us to move beyond the frivolity of life (symbolized by laughter) and examine our hearts, our sins and our need for Christ. He does this by the promise that such humbling leads to exaltation. Ask God to convict you of your sin. Ask him to open your eyes not only to the sins that you see on the surface, but to see the sinful motives of your heart that lie beneath them.
Do you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and Savior of sinners, and do you receive and trust Him alone for salvation as He is offered in the Gospel? “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). The teaching that salvation is the free gift of God in Jesus Christ is our hope and joy. Confess your faith in Christ this day for your salvation. Praise the Lord for mercy in Christ. Ask him to press into your heart that, because of Christ, you are a child of God, with a hope and a future that cannot be taken from you by anyone or anything in this world.
Do you now resolve and promise in humble reliance upon the grace of the Holy Spirit, that you will endeavor to live as becomes the followers of Christ? “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Pray for the ministry of the Holy Spirit to keep the good news of the gospel every present in your mind and heart. Ask the Lord to strengthen your heart through his Word and Spirit, so that you would desire more and more the things of God. Ask God to make walking with Christ your greatest joy on earth.
Do you promise to support the Church in its worship and work to the best of your ability? “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10). Pray for God to help you remember that every thing that we have received in from His hand, and that he is able to meet our needs when we honor him with our wealth. Ask the Lord to increase your heart for the work of ministry. Ask him to give you a generous spirit. Pray that God would give you faith in giving, and meet your needs according to his Word.
Do you submit yourself to the government and discipline of the Church, and promise to study its purity and peace? “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Pray that God would knit you into his church ever more closely. Ask the Lord to help you receive from the ministry of the church, especially pastors, elders and deacons. Ask God to grow our officers in holiness, in love for God and love for neighbor. In this season of officer nominations, ask the Lord to raise up men in whom his Spirit is already clearly at work. Pray that God would make you a peacemaker at Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus” (Hebrews 12:22-24). As you prepare for worship tomorrow, praise God for His church. Thank God for the blessing of having a local church where the Word of God is honored and the gospel is heralded. Ask the Lord to reveal to you the wonder of corporate worship when you gather together tomorrow for worship.
Daily Worship - March 6-11, 2017
"Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer
to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe." Hebrews 12:28
5 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
6 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
7 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (v. 1)
When I survey the wondrous cross,
on which the Prince of glory died,
my richest gain I count but loss,
and pout contempt on all my pride.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 91-93.
Q. 91. How do the sacraments become effectual means of salvation?
A. The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in them, or in him that doth administer them; but only by the blessing of Christ, and the working of his Spirit in them that by faith receive them.
Q. 92. What is a sacrament?
A. A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ; wherein, by sensible signs, Christ, and the benefits of the new covenant, are represented, sealed, and applied to believers.
Q. 93. Which are the sacraments of the New Testament?
A. The sacraments of the New Testament are baptism and the Lord's supper.
Monday Acts 8:9-13 and18-23
Tuesday 1 Corinthians 3:6-7
Wednesday Romans 6:4 and John 6:54
Thursday 1 Corinthians 11:26
Friday 1 Corinthians 5:7b
Saturday Romans 2:28-29
(Readings from Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism, by Starr Meade)
Time of Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.