40 Days of Prayer 2019

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Day 41: February 10, 2019 (Bonus Day)

Psalm 27:14
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Today’s sermon is based on Psalm 27:14, as you know from using this guide the past week. Today, meditate on the passage—read it over and over again and ask God to reveal His truth to you. Then make a few of your own observations about the passage. 

1. What do we learn about God from this passage?



2. What do we learn about OURSELVES from this passage?



3. After listening to the sermon (live or via HCC website) and/or meditating on the text, what is ONE primary way that you can apply some truth mentioned here to your life THIS WEEK?



4. Based on what you have written above, can you write a brief prayer of response below, asking God in your own words to help you obey His Word and put it into practice?

Puritan Prayer:
The Valley of Vision is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. Each Sunday, we will provide one of those prayers that relates to our theme. These ancient prayers can be challenging because of their language, but they are very rich and full of meaning. We encourage you to read the prayer slowly, then to pray it to God yourself, followed by any other ways God leads you to commune with Him and pray for others.

Resting in God (pages 234-235)
O GOD MOST HIGH, MOST GLORIOUS,
The thought of thine infinite serenity cheers me, for I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed, but thou art for ever at perfect peace. Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfillment, they stand fast as the eternal hills. Thy power knows no bond, thy goodness no stint. Thou bringest order out of confusion, and my defeats are thy victories: The Lord God omnipotent reigneth. I come to thee as a sinner with cares and sorrows, to leave every concern entirely to thee, every sin calling for Christ’s precious blood; Revive deep spirituality in my heart; Let me live to the great Shepherd, hear his voice, know its tones, follow its call. Keep me from deception by causing me to abide in the truth, from harm by helping me to walk in the power of the Spirit. Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities, burning into me by experience the things I know; Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel, that I may bear its reproach, vindicate it, see Jesus as its essence, know in it the power of the Spirit. Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill; unbelief mars my confidence, sin makes me forget thee. Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots; Grant me to know that I truly live only when I live to thee, that all else is trifling. Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout, strong and happy. Abide in me, gracious God.

Ministry Highlight: HARVESTUDENTS
The student ministry has two goals: To develop students into followers of Jesus who help others follow Jesus, and to help equip parents as they disciple their students in Christ.

Please pray for the ministry in the following ways: 
*Salvation for those who do not personally know Christ
*Spiritual growth for everyone involved
*Protection from the evil one
*Unity and biblical community among the students
*Courage and opportunities for students to share the gospel of Jesus Christ
*Spiritual awakening
*Development of a Youth Worship Team 

Posted by Jerry Barber
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Day 40: February 9, 2019

Wait on the Lord—What Are We Waiting For?
“Wait”  By Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried. Quietly, patiently, lovingly, He replied. I pleaded, and I wept for a clue to my fate, And the Master so gently said, "Child, you must wait."

"All you see I could give, and pleased you would be. You would have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me. You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint;

"Wait? You say wait??" my indignant reply. "Lord, I need answers, I need to know why. Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard? By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.

"You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair; You'd not learn to trust, just by knowing I'm there. You'd not know the joy of resting in Me, When darkness and silence was all you could see.

"My future, and all to which I can relate Hangs in the balance, and you tell me 'wait'? I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign, Or even a 'no', to which I can resign.

"You would never experience that fullness of love As the peace of My Spirit descends like a dove. You would know that I give, and I save, for a start, But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

"And Lord, you have promised that if we believe, We need but ask, and we shall receive. And Lord I've been asking, and this is my cry: 'I'm weary of asking: I need a reply!'"

"The glow of My comfort late in the night; The faith that I give when you walk without sight; The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate As my Master replied once again, "You must wait." So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut, And grumbled to God, "So I'm waiting, for what?"

"And you never would know, should your pain quickly flee, What it means that 'My grace is sufficient for thee.' Yes, your dreams for that loved one o'ernight could come true, But the loss! if you lost what I'm doing in you!
He seemed then to kneel and His eyes met with mine And He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign. I could shake the heavens, darken the sun, Raise the dead, cause the mountains to run.

"So be silent, my child, and in time you will see That the greatest of gifts is to get to know Me. And though oft' may My answers seem terribly late, My most precious answer of all....is still...wait."

Prayer Guide
Praise and Worship—Take time to look back over the 40 Days of Prayer to find those areas where God spoke to you or directed your paths. Praise Him for His guidance and ask that He continue to reveal Himself to you.


Confession and Help—Again, look back through your prayer guide and continue to confess those things that God identified until He manifests His victory in you.


Intercession—Pray that our church would turn the 40 Days of Prayer into continuous prayer every day. Pray that our entire church would join together for corporate prayer every Sunday at 9 a.m. What might the Lord do if you and every member of our body came to seek Him?

CHURCH-WIDE PRAYER FOCUS:
Pray that our services tomorrow will be full of God’s grace.

Pray for these Harvesters:

Angel & Lucy Velez, Elimar, Eliel, & Elian

Ben Wahab

Basil Watkins

LeeAnn & Ian Wilson, Amber & Jade
 

Posted by Greg Singerle
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Day 39: February 8, 2019

Wait on the Lord—What Are We Waiting For?

This is the second time in verse 14 we are told to wait. We wait for many things in our life. We wait for major events like graduations, weddings, the birth of a child, or retirement. We wait to reach a certain age to obtain certain privileges. Most recently in our house, that would be Reece waiting for his driver’s license, which he just received. (You’ve been warned!) Kids wait for birthdays, Christmas morning, and summer vacation. We wait for traffic lights (my personal patience training ground), DMV workers (we’ve all been there), and tax refunds. It seems we spend a good portion of our lives waiting.

Throughout the Bible, God’s people waited for Him. The Israelites waited for God to release them from captivity in Egypt, to be taken into the Promised Land, to again be released from captivity in Babylon, and finally for their Messiah to come. Here in Psalm 27, David is waiting on God for the victory that He has promised. Similarly, today the church is waiting for the manifestation of the victory already won by Christ on the cross, which will be ushered in when Christ raptures His church. But are we waiting or, even greater, longing for this event to be with Christ? Do we wake each day with the first thought that today might be the day Christ raptures His church or takes me home—that today is the day I will be with Him?

In Psalm 42, the psalmist wrote, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? My soul pants for you.” And in Philippians 1:23, Paul wrote, “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” Christ promised us that He would not leave us as orphans but that He would come back for us. Christ is preparing, waiting, and longing to be with us, but can we say the same of us about Him?

1. Does the thought of being with Christ dominate your thinking and prayers? When your mind is free, does it gravitate to Christ, or to worldly things? Be honest.



2. If your mind does not naturally flow to thoughts of Christ, what do you think the reason is?



3. Assuming you would like your thoughts to move naturally to Christ, how can you have this?



4. David waited for victory over his enemies. Today, our enemy is already defeated, but we wait for this realization when our sinful flesh is removed. What are you longing for as you wait for eternity with Christ? Make a list.

Prayer Guide
Praise and Worship—Praise God for those things you listed in your response to question 4.


Confession and Help—Confess that you do not long to be with Christ as He should be longed for and that eternity with Him does not dominate your thoughts. Ask Him to reveal those things that you trust in or desire more than Him, and ask Him to take them away.


Intercession—Pray for our church, that we would be people anxiously and actively thirsting for Christ to return.

CHURCH-WIDE PRAYER FOCUS:
Pray that every group at Harvest—community groups, men's, women's, ministry teams, etc.—will not just go about doing things in a routine manner but will strive together to make Harvest a house of prayer.

Pray for these Harvesters:

Peggy Tanner

Scott & Andrea Torres, Boston, Bailey, Bryce, & Brooks

Dean & Nancy Treadwell

Ben & Michelle Truitt, Lilly, Heath, Violet, & Parry
 

Posted by Greg Singerle

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