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Let us be like the younger Asa, King of Judah. In his later years, he placed his trust in man rather than God (2 Chronicles 16:1-10)

And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God…

…Asa cried to the Lord his God, “Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you…” (2 Chronicles 14:2, 11).

Prayer in the Midst of the Storm (Kingdom People)

By on Jul 16, 2011

O God, make speed to save us.

We have sinned, O Lord, we have sinned, spare our sins,

And save us; Thou who guidedst Noah over the flood waves,

Hear us; Who with Thy word recalledst Jonah from the abyss;

Deliver us; Who stretchedst forth Thy hand to Peter as he sank, help us,

O Christ Son of God, Thou didst the marvelous things of the Lord with our fathers, be favourable in our days also;

Stretch forth Thy hand from on high.

Deliver us, O Christ.

Hear us, O Christ.

-Stowe Missal, 9th Century A.D

History is silent about revivals that did not begin with prayer.

~ Edwin Orr

“Not hero worship, but intimacy with Christ.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Cost of Discipleship)

It is said…

Simeon in his private hours…was peculiarly broken and prostrate before the Lord.”

“The assembly were in tears while the Word was preached; some weeping sorrows and distress, others with joy and love, others with concern for the souls of their neighbors.”

Jonathan Edwards

Philippians 4:2-7…

2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion, [2] help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

The amount of time we spend with Jesus – meditating on His Word and His majesty, seeking His face – establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom.

~ Charles Stanley

It is good for us to keep some account of our prayers, that we may not unsay them in our practice. 

~Matthew Henry

This morning in my sermon I quoted the last words of Eric Liddell. He was also known as “The Flying Scotsman”. Liddell was the winner of the men’s 400 metres at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. His Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire, in which he is portrayed by fellow Scot Ian Charleson.

His last words were:

“It’s complete surrender!”

Liddell died of a brain tumor in a Japanese internment camp on February 21, 1945.


July 2011