Prayer Bulletin – April 14 – 20, 2019

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

A word of encouragement to those tired out:
“I will keep the ground that God has given me and perhaps in his grace He will ignite me again. But ignite me or not, in his grace and in his power, I will hold the ground.” – John Knox

Dear Psalty Supporters,

This is Holy Week. And it begins with Passion Sunday. This week above all others we consider the text that stirs the love for God within us because we remember how great His love is for us:
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only begotten son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.

Resources: Romans 12:1-5

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each prayer time with the thought of John Calvin who said, “Peace is not to be purchased with the sacrifice of truth.”

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for God’s presence to be experienced throughout this Holy Week, especially in special services of worship.
  • Pray for PSALT leadership to not grow weary in well doing and in being encouragers of orthodox biblical positions in the church.
  • Pray for communion within the whole church that gives glory to God and promotes His truth and life.
  • Pray for God’s Holy Spirit to possess and control the PSALT Courts of the Church Committee.
  • Pray that the whole church will take an earnest interest in seeking God’s will for our future together or apart as God may lead for His glory.
  • Pray for the Assembly Council as they seek to express the mind of the whole church and cast a vision for the Body of Christ.

Prayer Bulletin – April 7 – 13, 2019

Dear Psalty Supporters,
We live in times where disappointments can easily lead to discouragement. St. Paul reminds us that it isn’t what we do that counts. It’s the attitude that we carry with us throughout life that matters. The attitude needed is single-minded focus on Jesus, and we need to “press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Philippians 3:12b NRSV) That’s good news. We’ve been taken hold of, and that is why now we can be secure, no matter what is in our past or in our future. Every day is a good day because it is the day that God had made for us. Let us then pray as a people aware of this gospel truth.

Resources: Philippians 3:4-14

I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh.
If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. (NRSV)

Prayer Discipline This Week:
Begin each prayer time with a breath prayer praying in a whisper to God:
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Prayer Focus This Week:

  • Pray for the former Moderators as they meet this week to prayerfully discover the counsel they are asked to bring the church in the contentious matter of human sexuality.
  • Pray for all in the PCC to seek the ways of God.
  • Pray for a new enthusiasm to grow in our church concerning the authority of Scripture as the standard for faith and practice.
  • Pray for those who let their names stand in service of the church in the position of Moderator.
  • Pray for the next Moderator, The Rev. Amanda Currie, First Presbyterian Church, Regina, Saskatchewan. Ask God to prepare her and support her as she seeks to follow His guidance.

Prayer Bulletin – March 31 – April 6, 2019

Dear Psalty Supporters,

In their biography of Calvin, entitled “With Calvin in the Theater of God”, John Piper and David Mathis remind us of two great things that it is important that we remember and put into practice hour by hour. They write, “At least two things have been burned on my mind with the help of John Calvin: the majesty of the Word of God – the Bible – and the supreme worth of the glory of God manifest above all in Jesus Christ. His passion for the glory of Christ began at his conversion and grew for a lifetime. When he was thirty years old, he hoped that in the end he would be able to say, ‘The thing (O God) at which I chiefly aimed, and for which I most diligently labored, was, that the glory of thy goodness and justice … might shine forth conspicuous, that the virtue and blessings of thy Christ … might be fully displayed.’ ”

We often forget that the glory of God is what we are supposed to be all about and we work for lesser things. May God grant us the grace to keep on track and make our perpetual and constant focus on His glory. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism reminds us so powerfully: Man’s chief end is to glorify God! Go ahead and enjoy doing that!

Resources: 1 Chronicles 16:28-29

Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week:

Begin each prayer time with a breath prayer praying Psalm 19:1-4.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world. (NIV)

Prayer Focus This Week:

  • Pray for the work of PSALT to display the glory of God.
  • Pray for PSALT to be a catalyst for exciting people to study the Word of God.
  • Pray for Presbyterians, along with other Christians, to recover the influence that they once had to encourage the government and nation to affirm the blessing of biblical standards. Pray for Jane Philpott and others who take a stand for Christian ethical behaviour even when there is a cost.
  • As we come to the announcing of the next Moderator-elect, pray for God’s guidance and blessing through him or her.