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There is no doubt of the power of Jesus when we read the gospels, but in our everyday life of faith, we often are hesitant to affirm that we believe enough to act with confidence in situations that arise in our lives that call for faith. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus commends two non-Jews for expressing faith that the sons of Israel seemed to lack. He even warns that those who show faith will go into heaven ahead of those who merely profess faith but whose actions are weak in showing it. In our present ecclesiastical dilemma, we have to pause and ask what Jesus sees in our words and deeds, and what that shows about our true spiritual condition.
Resource – Matthew 8:5-13
When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”
The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment. (NIV)
Prayer Discipline of the Month
Begin each prayer tine with the following breath prayer – God, be gracious to us and bless us and make Your face shine upon us.
Prayer Focus of the Month
- Pray for an increase in faith and faithful actions for members of PSALT and those who are scripturally minded.
- Pray for August to be a time of refreshing.
- Pray for all the PCC to grow in unity and truth in the months ahead.
Prayer Bulletin – July 12 -31, 2020
Dear Psalty Supporters:
The book of Revelation tells us that blessing comes from reading aloud the Word of God. It is important not only to read it silently and embrace its truth but also to be sure the truth is declared to others so that they can hear it and take it to heart. It warns that if folk don’t hear, they won’t be ready for the coming of the Lord when He comes to judge the living and the dead, just as the Bible and the Apostles’ Creed teach us.
God wants us to have His grace and peace. That is a wonder and a glory to those so blessed. It is a blessing for all time because the holy Trinity is the God of all eternity. He is with us and unchanging, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is the God who is, who was, and who is to come! Take time to say aloud those words before you pray so that the profoundness of this truth can give wings to your prayers.
Resource: Revelation 1:3-8 NIV
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
To the seven churches in the province of Asia:
Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father–to him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.
“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
So shall it be! Amen.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time saying aloud this Trinitarian truth: “Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.”
Prayer Focus This Week
- Pray for an effective meeting concerning the Conversion Therapy Issue Conference. Thank God for the first conference, where 108 were in attendance, and as they plan to meet again on July 22.
- Pray that God will guide us as we prepare a road map for the next few months with strategic response groups.
- Pray for the PSALT Courts of the Church Committee as they pray for the Assembly Council update. Pray for guidance on how to move things forward via minority reports so that our voice may be heard.
- Pray for the Flourish course promotion recommended to PSALTY groups by the Future Options Group to encourage congregational growth. Pray as we get that information distributed as well.
Prayer Bulletin – July 5 – 11, 2020
Dear Psalty Supporters
Many protests and campaigns today are about people not feeling respected. When people scoff at us for holding a different point of view than is politically correct or for our religious convictions, it is difficult not to feel belittled. Jude says that the apostles prophesied that it would get worse before it got better. “In the last times there will be scoffers…” The scoffers will be divisive and follow their own ways instead of godly ways. They may seem wise or progressive, but they do not have the Spirit, so they end up in error. How are we to respond to this scoffing? We are to build ourselves up in our faith and seek change by praying in the Spirit. To pray in the Spirit is to abandon ourselves and our own feelings and plans and keep ourselves in God’s love as we wait for the mercy of the Lord to lead us triumphantly to heaven in His own time. We are to hate false teaching and action but to show mercy to those corrupted. We are to do all that we can to snatch them from the fire and remember to give praise to God who can keep us in His will in every age.
Resource: Jude 1:17-25
But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. (NIV)
Prayer Discipline This Week
Begin each prayer time with reflection on the following breath prayer:
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Prayer Focus This Week
- Thank God for the times in which we live and are called to serve Him.
- Pray for the joy of God’s truth to be evident in all the faithful and that it would be attractive to those bound in error.
- Pray with gratitude for those interested in expanding the prayer ministry of PSALT by organizing regular online prayer.
- Pray for the Assembly Council as they deal with the Gracious Dismissal Committee Report.