Prayer Bulletin – December 3 – 9

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

God delights in our obedience but also grants pardon for failures. No matter what we belong to Him.

Prayer Discipline This Week: Pray the Lord’s Prayer after you have read the Prayer Focus requests and then pray in each petition incorporating the requests.

Prayer Focus This Week:

  • The shared theme for the twin conferences co-sponsored by PSALT and Renewal Fellowship April 20 and April 21, 2018, at Vaughan Community Church, Toronto, Ontario, is “Thriving in Babylon: Christians living in a secular world.” Pray for a spiritual synergism to be at work in these two days and great blessing going forward from it.
  • Pray that the Search Committee for a new Associate Secretary for Justice may bring forward a good candidate to the next Assembly. Consider whom you think should be nominated and pray God to assist you in efforts to bring their name forward.
  • Pray that the PSALT team will have a hedge of protection around it and not grow weary in doing good.

Resources: Revelation 3:7-12 (NIV)

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars–I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.

Prayer Bulletin – November 16 – December 2

Prayer Discipline This Week

Find a quiet, private place and kneel as you pray. This position of humility will be used by God to lift your spirit into His presence.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for the Local Arrangements Committee for the PSALT Conference being planned for Friday, April 20, 2018, at Vaughan Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ontario. Ask God to make it a blessing to the host congregation.
  • Give thanks to God for host Pastor Jinsook Khang and ask God’s blessing on her and the congregation as they plan together with the Conference Committee.
  • Pray the theme for the Conference: Thriving in Babylon: Christian Living in a Secular World.
  • Pray for the Renewal Fellowship Conference speakers on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Vaughan Community Church.
  • Pray that good candidates, willing to serve on national committees will be found, be willing to let their names stand to serve the church in these challenging times, and have favourable reception.
  • Pray that nominations will arrive at 50 Wynford Drive before the February 28, 2017, deadline for submissions.
  • Pray that the PSALT team will be refreshed with new energy continuously and that they will be used of God to renew the church both in their local congregations and across the whole church.
  • Pray for Canada to be guided in her laws by the law of God revealed in Holy Scripture so that we will live in God’s favour.

Resources: Psalm 4 (NIV)

Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
    have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
    How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
    the Lord hears when I call to him.
Tremble and do not sin;
    when you are on your beds,
    search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
    and trust in the Lord.
Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
    Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
    when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety.

Prayer Bulletin – November 19-25

Prayer Discipline This Week

 We recommend you begin each daily prayer time with a Breath Prayer. “Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth.”

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for a deep camaraderie to be experienced at the PSALT gathering being planned for Friday, April 20, 2018, at Vaughan Presbyterian Church, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Pray that the theme for the conference, “Thriving in Babylon: Christian Living in a Secular World”, will tie us even closer to wise and faithful biblical actions.
  • Pray for the Renewal Fellowship Day which will be held the day following also at Vaughan Presbyterian Church.
  • Pray for the conference speakers on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Vaughan Community Church, which include David Haskell from Laurier University, co-author of the ground-breaking study “Theology Matters”, which found that theological conservatism of attendees and clergy were important factors behind church growth and Prof. John Stackhouse of Crandall University (via Skype), who has lectured widely and was the author of the July/August 2017 cover story in Faith Today: A Mini-History of Evangelicalism in Canada.

Resources: No Other Gospel – Galatians 1:6-10 (NIV)

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Prayer Bulletin – November 12-18

Prayer Discipline This Week

We recommend you begin each daily prayer time with a Breath Prayer. It is prayed slowly and repeatedly until the truth of God’s word moves from your head to your heart.  Pause after each word to consider its significance.
O God be a rock of refuge and a strong fortress to us.

Prayer Focus This Week:

  • As we have remembered those who went to war to maintain our freedom and bring us peace at great cost so also pray that we will recognize that we are in an even more intense spiritual battle and fight with courage and all our might.
  • Pray for God to lead in the nominating of our next Moderator of the Assembly and in Clerks and Moderators of the lower courts as well.
  • Each day name a particular Moderator or Clerk to pray for.

Resources: The Armor Of God – Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

 

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