Prayer Bulletin – August 1 – 31

If you have prayer concerns that you wish to have considered, please send them to Rev. Calvin Brown <cbbrown@bell.net>.

Dear Psalty Supporters,
For the summer months we will be sending you a monthly edition of the PSALT Prayer Bulletin. This is the August edition. We hope you are having a blessed summer holiday and pray that you will return to the spiritual battle refreshed and closer than ever to God, who is Lord of the hosts.
Scriptures teach us to encourage one another and pray for our enemies – who sometimes are even members in our own household.
James 5:19-20 – My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

Resources: Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. 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. 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. Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me; do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Saviour. Though my father and mother forsake me the Lord will receive me. Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each prayer time with this prayer composed by John Calvin:

Grant, Almighty God, that as you have shown to us by evidence so remarkable that all things are under your command, and that we who live in this world through your favour are as nothing, for you could reduce us to nothing in a moment, grant that being conscious of your power we may reverently fear your hand, and be completely devoted to your glory, and as you kindly offer yourself to us as a Father, may be drawn by this kindness and surrender ourselves wholly to you, by a willing obedience and never labour for anything throughout life but to glorify your name as you have redeemed us through your only-begotten son, that we may also enjoy through him that eternal inheritance laid up for us in heaven. Amen.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray that we, and all members of the PCC, will grow more and more in the image of Jesus.
  • Pray for our prayer life to deepen so we sense the closeness to God in our daily walk.
  • Pray for the PSALT Leadership Team.
  • Pray for Paul Johnson the new leader of the PSALT Leadership Team, to be blessed both in his congregation and in the PCC through his work through PSALT.
  • Pray with compassion for those in sexual confusion. Ask God to move in them to discover the truth that sets them free.
  • Ask God to enable members of PSALT to reach out to others with friendship that speaks the truth and shows kindness.
  • Pray for the courts of the church to be guided by the Holy Spirit in all their decisions.

Prayer Bulletin – July 1 – 31

Dear Psalty Supporters,
For the summer, the PSALT Prayer Bulletin will be sent monthly. Thank you for your faithful prayers that have produced grace and truth in our midst. This month’s resource is quoted from St Paul as he deals with some challenges in the church similar to what we face with human sexuality. Paul believed that the issue needed to be faced head on, and he deals with the accompanying issues of authority, truth, motives, and attitudes. I pray that his insights may instruct our daily prayer and open strategies.

Resources: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15, 27-29; 13:7-14

I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough. I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.” I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge? I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you. And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine. Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. … I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? … Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong—not so that people will see that we have stood the test but so that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored. This is why I write these things when I am absent, that when I come I may not have to be harsh in my use of authority—the authority the Lord gave me for building you up, not for tearing you down. Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All God’s people here send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Prayer Discipline This Month

Begin each prayer time with this prayer composed by John Calvin:

Grant Almighty God, that as thou deignest so far to condescend as to sustain the care of this life, and to supply us with whatever is needful for our pilgrimage, O grant that we may learn also to rely on thee and so trust to thy blessing as to abstain not only from all plunder and all other evil deeds, but also from every unlawful coveting; and to continue in thy fear and so to learn also to bear our poverty on the earth, that being content with those spiritual riches, which thou offerest to us in thy gospel, and of which thou makest us now partakers, we may ever cheerfully aspire after that fullness of all blessings, which we shall enjoy when at length we shall reach the celestial kingdom and be perfectly united to thee through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Focus This Month

  • Pray for truth and insight as commissioners reflect on the events at General Assembly and make their reports to Presbytery and others.
  • Pray for our prayer life to echo the holy Scriptures so that we ask what is pleasing in God’s sight.
  • Pray for clarity and wisdom to be with the PSALT leadership team.
  • Pray that summer may be a time of refreshing to members of PSALT and others in the PCC.
  • Pray for Paul Johnson, the new leader of the PSALT Leadership team, to be blessed both in his congregation and in the PCC through his work through PSALT.
  • Pray for a burning hunger for God’s truth to be felt increasingly in the PCC.
  • Pray for people in places of authority to be Spirit-led.
  • Pray for the courts to protect the civil rights of believers. Pray that the recent Supreme Court’s decision against a Christian university (TWU) wishing to affirm biblical sexuality may miraculously be overturned and seen as the false logic it is.

Prayer Bulletin – June 24 – 30

Dear Psalty Supporters,
John Calvin said, “The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.” We need to be faithful to fulfill both these holy functions.

Resources: Zechariah 8:1-23

The word of the Lord Almighty came to me.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”
This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the Lord Almighty.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord Almighty. Before that time there were no wages for people or hire for animals. No one could go about their business safely because of their enemies, since I had turned everyone against their neighbor. But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,” declares the Lord Almighty.
“The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Just as I had determined to bring disaster on you and showed no pity when your ancestors angered me,” says the Lord Almighty, “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid. These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.
The word of the Lord Almighty came to me.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’ And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him.”
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'” (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each prayer time with this prayer composed by John Calvin and adapted by Tim Keller.

Prayer upon Beginning One’s Work or Study
My good God, Father, and Savior, grant me aid by your Holy Spirit to now work fruitfully in my vocation, which is from you, all in order to love you and the people around me rather than for my own gain and glory. Give me wisdom, judgment and prudence, and freedom from my besetting sins. Bring me under the rule of true humility. Let me accept with patience whatever amount of fruitfulness or difficulty in my work that you give me this day. And in all I do, help me to rest always in my Lord Jesus Christ and in his grace alone for my salvation and life Hear me, merciful Father, by our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for many blessings upon both children and parents through camp and VBS ministries this summer.
  • Pray for deepening in the prayer lives of the PSALT Prayer warriors.
  • Pray for insight and energy to be with the PSALT leadership team.
  • Pray that our prayer lives may be such a blessing that as in the time of Zechariah people will desire to join us in a life of prayer: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.'”