Prayer Bulletin – February 17 – 23, 2019

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

Dear Psalty Supporters,

Every Christian who is a true imitator and follower of the Nazarene can and must call himself a second Christ and show forth most clearly in his life the entire image of Christ. Oh, if only all Christians were to live up to their vocation, this very land of exile would be changed into paradise. – St. Padre Pio

Resources: Romans 13:11-14

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each prayer time reflecting on the words of St. Padre Pio above and then pray: Lord, You have taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Put a full desire in our heart to imagine what that world would be like if our prayer were answered, and then, enable us to live that way as we await Your coming and the fullness of the kingdom.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for the PSALT webpage to be effective in getting the word out and that many people would use it as a resource for good.
  • Pray for PSALT to deepen in commitment and effectiveness in encouraging biblical living in the PCC and beyond.
  • Pray for God’s choice for Moderator to be revealed in the votes counted on April 1.

Prayer Bulletin – February 10 – 16, 2019

Dear Psalty Supporters,

The fear of the Lord is often today considered merely an idle threat or an old wives’ tale from a former age used to bully the simple-minded. I believe, however, as Proverbs tells us, that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When we fear something, we become careful around it and act in the wisdom that such a risk poses. People rarely hear sermons on the fear of the Lord or the punishment of evil but more than ever in these “good times” when we think that we have nothing to fear and that we provide for ourselves out of our own abundance and cleverness, we need to be warned that carelessness is folly. Jeremiah made plain the Word of the Lord, and it gave the people a warning to make good, God-pleasing choices. The result was that some, at least, took to heart the offer of God, which brought blessing. God promised them, I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart. Here is the rest of the chapter:

Resources: Jeremiah 24

After Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah and the officials, the skilled workers and the artisans of Judah were carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Lord showed me two baskets of figs placed in front of the temple of the Lord. One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very bad figs, so bad they could not be eaten.

Then the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?”

“Figs,” I answered. “The good ones are very good, but the bad ones are so bad they cannot be eaten.”

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Like these good figs, I regard as good the exiles from Judah, whom I sent away from this place to the land of the Babylonians. My eyes will watch over them for their good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

“‘But like the bad figs, which are so bad they cannot be eaten,’ says the Lord, ‘so will I deal with Zedekiah king of Judah, his officials and the survivors from Jerusalem, whether they remain in this land or live in Egypt. I will make them abhorrent and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth, a reproach and a byword, a curse[c] and an object of ridicule, wherever I banish them. I will send the sword, famine and plague against them until they are destroyed from the land I gave to them and their ancestors.’”

Prayer Discipline This Week

“My soul, have you found what you are looking for? You were looking for God, and you have discovered that He is the supreme being, and you could not possibly imagine anything more perfect. You have discovered that this supreme being is life itself, light, wisdom, goodness, eternal blessedness, and blessed eternity.” – St. Anselm of Canterbury

Begin each prayer time reflecting on the words of St. Anselm and then pray, “Holy God, perfect in all Your ways, help me to fear You, that I may have wisdom to serve You well. Lord, hear my prayer.”

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for a clear presentation to the upcoming General Assembly regarding human sexuality. Pray that each heart will be controlled and receptive to the truth revealed by the Holy Spirit and that the choices made will be pleasing to God.
  • Pray for PSALT leaders to have wisdom and grace as they lead the desire to see the PCC revitalized with gospel passion.
  • Pray for God’s choice for Moderator of the next General Assembly to be revealed in the votes counted on April 1st.

Prayer Bulletin – February 3 – 9, 2019

Dear Psalty supporters,

Today’s Scripture resource from Matthew reminds us that Jesus often chooses to act only if we are willing to act also. The leper knew that he had a deep need and came to Jesus with the request for healing. He realized that nothing would happen if Jesus weren’t willing. Jesus said, “I’m willing.” The leper was immediately made whole again.

We, too, know that only if Jesus is willing can the PCC have any hope of getting through our current dilemma. Do we really believe that Jesus is willing? It may be that He is not, since He who is the searcher of hearts knows whether we are willing to walk in obedience as well. We need to search our hearts and ask what we truly believe that Jesus is asking us to do. Then, as we pray in accordance with His will, we can expect the healing that we seek.

Resources: Matthew 8:1-3

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”
Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. (NIV)

Prayer Discipline This Week

Begin each prayer time with this prayer: Lord if you are willing, you can make the PCC clean. Lord teach us how to pray.

Prayer Focus This Week

  • Pray for discernment for what Jesus is doing with the PCC so that we can act in harmony with Him.
  • Pray for blessing on plans for the Canadian Presbyterian Pastor’s Conference in the Dominican Republic during the fourth week in April. Give God thanks for the generous support of Vaughan Community Church, Thornhill, Ontario.
  • Pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world and pray for conditions in Canada to be conducive to Christian faith.