Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On my heart....

One of the things I love about blogging is that it's a place where I can share what I've been thinking, what the Lord has been teaching me. And a subject that is very much on my heart now is prayer. It's easy enough to remember and take time to pray for our own needs, for our families, those closest to us, etc, etc, but I've been reminded from the pulpit, and been shown, the great need to pray for my church, for the Lord's people, for the church in general. We all desperately need it and though I've shared so many posts on prayer in the past, I feel like I've failed in this area. I haven't taken the time that I should have to pray for all my church family, to pray specifically for people. Do you pray for your pastor, for your elders, for your deacons, for their families, for your church family? Please think about this......Below I shared some verses that were on my mind (thanks to Jenny for sharing the ones from Daniel in family worship), and a sermon that does a much better job of saying what I tried to say above. I'm thankful for the reminder here that we serve a God who is rich in mercy and ready to forgive, that we can come to Him in all of our brokenness, and ask Him for these things not because of anything we have done, but because of His great mercy.

"Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities."
Psalm 130

 "O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.
 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name."
 verses from Daniel 9

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1