40 Days of Prayer 2019

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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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Day 38: February 7, 2019

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God—A Hymn to Remind Us of God’s Power By Martin Luther

A mighty fortress is our God, And though this world, with devils filled, a bulwark never failing; should threaten to undo us, our helper he, amid the flood we will not fear, for God has willed of mortal ills prevailing. his truth to triumph through us. For still our ancient foe The prince of darkness grim, does seek to work us woe; we tremble not for him; his craft and power are great, his rage we can endure, and armed with cruel hate, for lo! his doom is sure; on earth is not his equal. one little word shall fell him.

Did we in our own strength confide, That Word above all earthly powers our striving would be losing, no thanks to them abideth; were not the right Man on our side, the Spirit and the gifts are ours the Man of God's own choosing. through him who with us sideth. You ask who that may be? Let goods and kindred go, Christ Jesus, it is he; this mortal life also; Lord Sabaoth his name, the body they may kill: from age to age the same; God's truth abideth still; and he must win the battle. his kingdom is forever!


Although hymns, poems, devotions, etc., are not inspired as is Scripture, the doctrinally accurate thoughts and writings of godly people are a helpful supplement to reading, meditating on, and memorizing Scripture. As you read the hymn above, answer the question below.

1.  As you read this great hymn by Martin Luther, what truths are you reminded of from Scripture?

Prayer Guide
Praise and Worship—Praise God for all the characteristics and truths you listed in question 1.


Confession and Help—Maybe there is an area of your life where you are wearied from fighting and you have given up or feel like doing so. Maybe you have convinced yourself that God is unwilling or unable to help. Confess this to Him—admit defeat, give the battle to Him, and glorify Him in the victory when it comes.


Intercession—Pray for our church, that God would be our mighty fortress; that we would possess the unwavering assurance that He is for us; that we would wait on Him to fight and win battles; and that we would put aside the desires of this life for His kingdom.

CHURCH-WIDE PRAYER FOCUS:
Pray that all Harvesters will grow in our participation in corporate or churchwide prayer.

Pray for these Harvesters:

Laura Stone

Mayfa Stoy

Christine Sylvester

Missionaries: Sasha & Natasha Tsutersov (Russia)

Posted by Greg Singerle

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