Thursday, May 1, 2014

Daily Praying the Word

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Pray Without Ceasing

The following pages are designed to help anyone who has a daily quiet time in praying for the ministries of First Baptist Church, Killeen.

PRAYING GOD’S WORD: More than 300 Bible verses are included in this book to effectively guide you in praying God’s infallible Word back to Him. Twelve times in Psalm 119 the writer tells of God’s faithfulness “according to Your Word”: to cleanse us as we obey (v. 9), to revive us when we’re discouraged (v. 25), to strengthen us in sadness (v. 28), to save us in love (v. 41), for mercy (v. 58), to do good to us (v. 65), to comfort us (v. 76), to renew us (v. 107), to uphold us (v. 116), to protect us (v. 154), to teach us (v. 169), and to answer our prayers (170).

One way of praying God’s word is to paraphrase a verse into a prayer of your own. For instance, when you read…

6Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and clothing, with these we will be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8
3Give us day by day our daily bread.
Luke 11:3
…pray it in the following way:
“Dear Lord, help me to see that I need to be content. Thank you for my daily food today and for my clothing and shelter and all my basic needs.”

Feel free to copy and paste these pages into a word document or onto your mobile device and personalize it with your own daily requests. Songs are included to sing His praise back to Him. May God bless both the reading of His word and the prayers of His saints. Amen.

-- Tim McKeown
Education Minister, First Baptist Church, Killeen

11Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness; 15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end, with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:11-18

Daily Prayer Requests

Please Pray
...That God would supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus

“Lord, help me to be content and to trust you.”
6Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and clothing, with these we will be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8
3Give us day by day our daily bread.
Luke 11:3
6But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
Matthew 6:6
7Two things have I request of You; (Deprive me not before I die): 8Remove falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food You prescribe for me; 9Lest I be full, and deny You, and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.
 Proverbs 30: 7-9
11If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those that ask Him?
 Matthew 7:11
76Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word to Your servant. 169Let my cry come before You, O Lord; Give me understanding according to Your word. 170Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word.
Psalm 119:76, 169-170
17Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.
Jeremiah 32:17
“Ours is a spiritual battle, won or lost in prayer.”
3For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh: 4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5

“I profess Your power. 
Hear my prayer, according to Your Word.”
3“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
Jeremiah 33:3
6Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7
9“And I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Luke 11:9, 10
27“But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. How much less this temple which I have built! 28Yet regard the prayer of Your servant, and his supplication, O LORD my God, and listen to the cry and the prayer, which Your servant is praying before You today: 29that Your eyes may be open toward this temple night and day, toward the place of which You said, ‘My name shall be there,’ that You may hear the prayer which Your servant makes toward this place.”
1 Kings 8:27-29
10And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted him what he requested.
1 Chronicles 4:10
19But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer. 20Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer nor His mercy from me!
Psalm 66:19-20
12Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:12-13

“Father, You relate to us as a family. 
Bless my family to follow You in Spirit and Truth.”
27“No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.”
Mark 3:27
22Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it.
Ephesians 5:22, 25
1Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2“Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3“that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” 4And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath: but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:1-4
6Children’s children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children is their father.
Proverbs 17:6
9Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren.”
Deuteronomy 4:9

Key Principle #15: Prayer

It is important to remember the importance of prayer. Suppose Peter had not been praying at Simon’s house. Apparently Peter was still so prejudiced that God had to show him a vision three times about what He has proclaimed as “cleansed”. Had Cornelius not been in prayer, he may not have heard God either.
     It is not surprising that that the Gentiles were able to be brought into the Christian community as a result of prayer, since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit came in Acts 2 as a result of the disciples staying in Jerusalem and praying.
     Have you ever noticed the church was born as a result, not of preaching, singing, fellowship, witnessing, but as a result of prayer? As they were praying, the Holy Spirit fell down on them and the church was born. Do you recall what incensed Jesus when the money changers were in the temple? It was because, as He said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” In Acts chapter four, Peter and John are arrested and beaten and then released. They didn’t protest; they didn’t file a petition or grievance with the administrators of the synagogue. They prayed. They didn’t file a lawsuit; they went to a prayer meeting.  They didn’t cry out for justice, they cried out for boldness to be found faithful.
     A key principle for the church from early on was this instinct to pray. When they were in trouble, they prayed; when intimidated, they prayed; when persecuted, they prayed. When Ananais was afraid to go and talk to Saul who persecuted the church, God said, “No behold he is praying.”
     When Timothy is charged to begin a church, Paul said, “First of all, I want supplications to be lifted up for leaders.” Later on, he said “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands,” not in charismatic singing, not in response of powerful preaching, but to lift up holy hands “in prayer.”
     Where did they learn this? Jesus didn’t just worship in the house of prayer. He was a man of prayer. In Jesus’ life and teachings, we see ten attributes of prayer that the early church copied and that we should likewise imitate in our lives. We see the following practices laid out for us in Jesus’ two major teachings on prayer, found in Luke 11:1-13 and also in Matthew 6.
1)   Privately– “As He was praying” See Luke 11:1; Matt. 6:5-8, “Go into your room (closet)”; Matt. 14:23, “He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray”; Mark 1:35 “He went out and departed to a solitary place”; Luke 9:18, “He was alone praying”.  
     2)   Personally–“Our Father” / “Abba, Father” See Luke 11:2-4, Mark 14:36      
     3)   Persistently– “because of his persistence” See Luke 11:5-8, 18:1-8; Matt. 7:7-11; 15:21-28; 26:41-44
     4)   Powerfully–“Ask, and it will be given”  See Luke 11:9-10; Matt. 21:21-22, John 5:4-7; 14:13-14, 16:23        
     5)   Positively– “How much more will your Father give to those who ask” See Luke 11:11-13, 7:1, 8:48; Matt. 8:5-13    
     6)   Penitently–“When you fast” See Matt. 6:17-18, 17:21     
     7)   Purely–     “Do not be like the hypocrites” See Matt. 6:5, 21:13; 23:14; Luke 6:28
     8)   Purposefully (notice in the Lord’s prayer, there are only 59 words) –“vain repetitions” / “whatever things you ask when you pray” See Matt. 6:7-8; Mark 11:34         
     9)   Publicly–“Father… because of the people who are standing by I said this” See John 11:41-42; 6:11       “Jesus…said,
     10) Passionately–“Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit” / “ with vehement cries and tears” See Luke 10:21, Heb. 5:7.     
     There is a lot which is written in the Bible that encourages us to pray, including and beyond Jesus’ example and teachings. Throughout church history, much has also been written in the great Christian classics which beckon us to pray. This short chapter could be filled a thousand times over if I simply quoted verbatim the writings by those much more knowledgeable than I am on prayer and much more diligent than I am in prayer. But there is something more important than learning about prayer, reading about prayer, studying about prayer, hearing sermons on prayer.
     You know what that is?
     It’s important to, well, pray.
     Now I am not one who likes to get a lot of compliments about my sermons or what I write (which is actually a good thing, because I rarely get compliments about my sermons or what I write!). But if you were to remember anything about this chapter when you finish this book, I want nothing more to resound in your ears and echo in your hearts as you close the final chapter and return this book on the shelve (or turn off your personal device or finish listening to it on audio).
     Remember simply this: Pray.
     Before you do anything, PRAY.
     And when you can’t do anything else, PRAY.
     And when you’ve done all that you can do. Pray. Pray. And then pray again.