For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Prayers Of The Preacher - And Prayers You Can Pray For Your Preacher

Oh Father please . . .

Help me to give Your people the sense of Your Word, and to help them understand the reading! Nehemiah 8:8

Help me come to the pulpit, not with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to Your people the testimony of God. Help me determine not to know anything among them except Jesus Christ and Him crucified! Help my speech and my preaching not to be with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that Your people's faith would not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God! 1 Cor. 2:1-5

Help me to preach the Gospel and to present the Gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the Gospel! 1 Cor. 9:18

Help me not to preach myself, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and myself a bondservant for Jesus' sake! 2 Cor. 4:5

Help me not to preach Christ from envy, strife, or selfish ambition! Help me to preach Him from good will and out of love! Phil. 1:15-17

Help me to preach Christ, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that I may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus! Col. 1:28

Help me to preach the Word! Help me to be ready in season and out of season! Help me to convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching! 2 Tim. 4:2

Help me to preach the Gospel so that It does not come to Your people in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance! 1 Thess. 1:5

Help me to praise Your works and declare Your mighty acts from the pulpit! Help me to speak of the might of Your awesome acts and declare Your greatness! Help me to speak of the glory of Your kingdom and of Your power! Ps. 145:5,6,11

Grant that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel! Eph. 6:19

Help me to be diligent to present myself approved to You, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth! 2 Tim. 2:15

Help me believe what I preach! Grip me with it and humble me with it, and help me exult in it until I am lost in wonder, love, and praise! Adapted from Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Help me give Your people a sense of You and Your presence when I preach. Help me to give them a glimpse of Your glory and majesty, the love of Christ my Saviour, and the magnificence of the Gospel! Adapted from Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Cut all the ribbons that tie me to the frowns and smiles of men and drive a steel beam down my backbone and free me to serve You for Your glory alone! Adapted from Albert N. Martin

Help me seek to serve Your people and not impress them with myself! May I impress them with Jesus! May they not say, "What a wonderful preacher!" but "What a wonderful Savior!"

Please use me for Your glorious employ! Make me mighty in the Scriptures; make my life to be dominated by a sense of Your greatness, Your majesty, and Your holiness. Make my mind and heart aglow with the great truths of the doctrines of grace. Help me learn what it is to die to self, to all human aims and personal ambitions; help me be willing to be a fool for Christ's sake. Help me be willing to bear reproach and falsehood for Your sake. Help me labor and suffer for Your sake. Please make my supreme desire not to be to gain earth's accolades, but to win Your approbation when I appear before Your awesome judgment seat. Help me preach with a broken heart and with tear-filled eyes! Please grant Your ministry through me an extraordinary effusion of the Holy Spirit, and allow me to witness "signs and wonders following" in the transformation of multitudes of human lives! Adapted from Arnold Dallimore

. . . for Jesus' sake – Amen!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

A Hymn For The Book Of Jonah: Mercy-Heart!


Tune: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less

T'ward Nineveh God's anger rose
To plead with them Jonah He chose
But Jonah fled from God's command 
No hope he wanted for that land

Refrain:
The mercy-heart of God shall stand
If we repent, He'll turn His hand
If we believe, He'll turn His hand
 
Fleeing to Tarshish Jonah sails
But through a storm God's will prevails
To calm the storm, Jonah implored
The crew to throw him overboard

Refrain
 
God's mercy-heart is true and free
Though Jonah's cast into the sea
He begs the LORD to save his soul
God sends a fish, he's swallowed whole

Refrain

Jonah is saved and thanks the LORD
By grace alone he is restored
Though from the ship Jonah is thrown
Salvation is from God alone
 
Refrain

To Nineveh Jonah obeys
To preach whatever God portrays
His message speaks of judgment doom
And yet the king seeks mercy soon

Refrain
 
All Nineveh indeed repents
God's mercy-heart of course relents
Gracious and merciful You are
Your love extends so deep and far 

Refrain
 
Oh be not angry, Jonah hear
God's grace is free to all who fear
Pity the nations; mercy run!
For God poured wrath on His own Son!

Refrain