40 Days of Prayer 2019

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Day 20: January 20, 2019

Psalm 27:5-6
5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Today’s sermon is based on Psalm 27:5-6, 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.

First Day Morning: Worship (pages 378-379)
O LORD, We commune with thee every day, but week days are worldly days, and secular concerns reduce heavenly impressions. We bless thee therefore for the day sacred to our souls when we can wait upon thee and be refreshed; We thank thee for the institutions of religion by use of which we draw near to thee and thou to us; We rejoice in another Lord’s Day when we call off our minds from the cares of the world and attend upon thee without distraction; Let our retirement be devout, our conversation edifying, our reading pious, our hearing profitable, that our souls may be quickened and elevated. We are going to the house of prayer, pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication; We are going to the house of praise, awaken in us every grateful and cheerful emotion; We are going to the house of instruction, give testimony to the Word preached, and glorify it in the hearts of all who hear; may it enlighten the ignorant, awaken the careless, reclaim the wandering, establish the weak, comfort the feeble-minded, make ready a people for their Lord. Be a sanctuary to all who come, forget not those who never come, and do thou bestow upon us benevolence towards our dependents, forgiveness towards our enemies, peaceableness towards our neighbors, openness towards our fellow-Christians.

Ministry Highlight: Community Groups
Community Groups are small communities of Harvesters committed to glorifying God by making disciples.

It is more than just a regular time to get together. It’s an environment where we share life together. This entails living intentionally in the natural overlap of life. For example, community groups often eat meals together, attend family sporting events, recitals, babysit for one another, etc. They celebrate the good times and help each other through the bad. They basically do life together in ways that normal families do. Community groups are an environment where we are “known.” When people know us they are able to help us mature in Christ by speaking the “truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15).

Finally, not only are we involved in discipling one another, we are also striving to fulfill the Great Commission by going and serving those around us. Our desire would be to see groups serving local missions, non-profits, neighborhoods, etc. It is our hope that we will impact the Charlotte area through our community groups.
For a current list of our community groups, please visit harvestcharlotte.com and click on “Find a Group.”

Please pray with us:
-That God would use all members to disciple others in their group
-That God would bless each group with deep and meaningful Christian fellowship
-That a result of living in community would be that each member would be encouraged to further the mission of making disciples with friends and neighbors who don't know Christ
-That God would protect and give wisdom to each group leader
-That God would use each member to protect one another from the lies and schemes of the evil one
-That each group would see someone come to Christ as a result of their prayers and gospel efforts

Posted by Jerry Barber
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Day 19: January 19, 2019

6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Singing Your Prayers

As believers in Jesus and members of a local church body, we are accustomed to singing praises to the Lord, particularly in a corporate sense. Worshiping God through music is part of our routine – one practice of the Christian walk on a list of good, meaningful practices like reading Scripture, telling others stories about Jesus, and talking to God in prayer. But what if we thought of singing as a means of carrying out these practices rather than simply a practice in and of itself? Looking at that list again, many of the songs we proclaim recite Scripture, tell stories about Jesus, and share our hearts with God as if in prayer. We can give Him thanks, celebrate His character, and give Him adoration through our singing, regardless of our musical ability.

Because we have been focusing on prayer in these 40 days, let’s put a new, prayerful perspective on singing. Have you ever thought of a song as simply a prayer set to music? The tunes allow us to commit these prayers to memory and stay focused while talking with the Lord. When acknowledging singing as a way to pray, John Calvin pointed out, “… in this way the thought of God is kept alive on our minds, which, from their fickle and versatile nature, soon relax, and are distracted by various objects, unless various means are used to support them” (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1962, Book 3, Chapter 20, Section 31). God knows our wandering minds and hearts. In His creativity, He has given us music to talk to Him in a focused and beautiful way, and to share the wellspring of our hearts when we cannot contain the weight of His glory.

“Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart…”
“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father…”
“You’re a good, good Father…”

Prayer Guide
What songs come to your mind that can be lifted up as a prayer to the Lord today? Do you want to celebrate Him with joy or give Him thanks? Maybe you need to call on His name for strength and protection. Use the space below to write out the song on your heart, and use it to talk with the Lord today.

Church-Wide Prayer Focus:
Pray that God will anoint Pastor Jerry to preach the Scriptures faithfully tomorrow and anoint each person who hears the message to put the Word into practice and not just hear it only. 

Pray for these Harvesters:

Grace Hutchinson

Dave & Christina Iding, Isaac & Isaiah

Anne Jaminson

Missionaries: Steve & Kim Thompson, Faith, Sarah, Annabeth, & Charlotte

Posted by Maggie Kruse
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Day 18: January 18, 2019

Be Strong, Take Heart, and Wait on the Lord

Psalm 27:5-6
5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.

Song: “Wait for The Lord,” by Matt Searles
YouTube: https://youtu.be/cg6swOXCkYs

The Lord’s my light and my salvation Whom shall I fear? The Lord’s the stronghold of my life I won’t be afraid When men attack me and pursue me They all will fall And though an army camps against me I will trust in him
One thing I ask now from the Lord To dwell with Him To gaze forever on his beauty And never leave For in all trouble he will keep me Safe in his arms Then he will lift me, so I’ll praise Him He is my rock

I will see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living I will see the goodness of the Lord Be strong, take heart, and wait for the Lord

O hear my voice, Lord, when I call And answer me My heart says “I will seek Your face” Don’t turn away Lord don’t reject me or forsake me Though others do Teach me Your ways and lead me onward Lord bring me home

Prayer Guide
Father, Lord of Glory, Jesus Christ my Savior, I am a sinner who needs You to search my heart and bring to the surface everything that is taking captive my joy, my peace, my trust in You. Lord, show me everything that is keeping me from wholly trusting in You, my King. I want my heart to belong to You. I want my soul to belong to You. I want my mind to belong to You. I want my understanding of Your Word to be expanded. I want to tell my worries about You and my sickness the truth about my real home in eternity. I want to tell my fears of Your promises and remind my enemy of what You did at Calvary; I want to tell my failures of Your grace and Your mercy. I want to remind myself that YOU ARE EVERYTHING I NEED.

Cleanse my heart, heal my mind, and heal me, LORD.

Lord, today I will sing a song of JOY, trusting that You are always in control.

Pray this prayer (or one with your own words) and then pray similar things for others, especially the people listed at the bottom of this page. 

Church-Wide Prayer Focus:
Pray that God will help everyone overcome any fears or excuses about making disciples and start or continue being used by God in this area.

Pray for these Harvesters:

Nathan & Becky Hardenbrook, Lydia, Luke, Joshua, Samuel, & Ezra

Tim & Carolyn Harrell, Mike, Amy, & JJ

Seth & Jamie Howard, Ann, Charlie, Elliot, Nelson, & Lionel

Missionaries: Tim & Carol Prewitt (World Reach)

Posted by Angel Velez