THE WORD AND FAITH
Reading a portion of Scripture as a part of our daily meeting with God enhances our prayer time. Then, when we pray it is with more understanding, having just come from hearing God speak to our “inner man” through the words of the Bible. Like Isaiah, when the fire from the altar of heaven touched his lips, he was much more responsive to spiritual truth. As we respond to God after we have spent time in His word, our hearts are prepared to pray with greater faith. “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me.'” (Isaiah 6:8)
🔷 We are reading the entire New Testament together! If you have fallen behind keep reading and DO NOT STOP until you reach your goal!
♦️Day 21: 1 Corinthians 7 – 15
➡️ THIS MORNING AT HYDE PARK BAPTIST/THE QUARRIES CHURCH: Hear Nationally known Prayer Movement Leader Dave Butts! Dave is the Chairman of the National Prayer Committee, an author, and respected leader – Don’t miss Dave’s powerful message: “BOLD PRAYING!”
➡️ ALSO! MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Wednesday night January 24 at 6:00pm, Brad Jett is leading our entire Choir (The Choir of Fire!) and Orchestra in our Big Night of Prayer with our special guest speaker BYRON PAULUS President of Life Action Ministries, a National ministry of prayer and revival. We will meet in the Worship Center!
HOW TO HELP OTHERS GROW
Jesus taught us by example to pray for the spiritual growth of others. With only hours left to live, Jesus poured His heart out to God for the spiritual health of His followers. His emphasis on other’s spiritual wellbeing should be the emphasis upper most in our minds as well, as we intercede. Think of it. Our prayer help others grow in Christ. Can you imagine a more important role for prayer? “Sanctify them in t
he truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.” (John 17:17-19)
🔷 If you fall behind in your reading don’t quit! You are already passed the half way mark! You can do it.
♦️Day 20: Romans 11 – 1 Corinthians 6
➡️ DON’T Forget tomorrow, Sunday January 21, we welcome one of the leaders of the American prayer moment. Dr. Dave Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee. Dave will speak in all 3 English morning services at Hyde Park Baptist/The Quarries Church! Dr. Butts is an author and international leader on the subject of prayer. I’m expecting to hear a word from God!
PRAYER AND THE WILL OF GOD
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)
One error to avoid when praying for our own needs involves the distinction between needs and wants. When we pray for ourselves we should remember that God has a plan for us and not everything in life is included in that plan. God’s answer may be “no” to some things we seek. As has been frequently observed, “Nothing lies outside the reach of prayer except that which lies outside the will of God.” Remember, as you pray…God knows best!
🔷 We are reading Romans now- you’re doing great!
♦️Day 19: Romans 2 – 10
♠ MARK YOUR CALENDAR for Sunday January 21 when we welcome one of the leaders of the American prayer moment. Dr. Dave Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee, will speak in all 3 English morning services at Hyde Park Baptist/The Quarries Church! Dr. Butts is an author and international leader on the subject of prayer.
PRAYING LIKE JESUS
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
Jesus intercedes forever! The Lutheran evangelist Armin Gesswein once wrote, “God in His sovereign majesty has chosen to work by prayer. It is His eternal method. It is number one with Him. It was number one with Jesus when He was here on earth. He not only prayed about everything, He did everything by prayer. It is number one now with Jesus on the throne, where He ‘ever lives to make intercession for us’.” It is impossible to miss the significance of praying for others, especially when we recognize the importance Jesus Himself placed upon the ministry of intercession. With Him as the model, we realize we are never more like Jesus than when we are praying for others.
🔷 WE are reading the entire New Testament in 31 days- today we complete Acts and launch into the epistles. Don’t give up! We are getting there- you are on the path to victory if you keep going.
🔷 TODAY IS OUR 24 HOUR DAY OF PRAYER. If you’re not yet part of the prayer team, sign up at hpbc.org/2418
♦️ Day 18: Acts 22 – Romans 1
MARK YOUR CALENDAR for this Sunday January 21 when we welcome one of the leaders of the American Prayer Movement.
Dr. Dave Butts, Chairman of the National Prayer Committee, will speak in all 3 English morning services at Hyde Park Baptist/The Quarries Church!
Dr. Butts is an author and international leader on the subject of prayer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best.
A LISTENING HEART
In his excellent book, Breakthrough Prayer, Jim Cymbala discusses the importance of developing an attentive heart in prayer. He uses the biblical example of young Samuel listening for the Lord’s voice as a model for our prayer lives. When Samuel said, “…Speak for your servant hears…” (1 Samuel 3:10), he revealed the secret God is after. An attentive, willing heart is what we need in order to hear God. Today, as you pray, listen for the voice of God. “Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good,
and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:20)
🔷 How are you doing in your reading as we read the entire New Testament in 31 Days? No matter where you are, don’t give up- the New Testament isn’t getting any longer- you can do this- just keep reading!
♦️Day 17: Acts 16 – 21
➡️ REMEMBER OUR “DAY OF PRAYER” is the 18th of every month- we cover the clock every 30 minutes for 24 hours – that begins tonight at midnight! Go to hpbc.org/2418 for prayer guides and more info!
THE POWER OF PRAISE
“For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.” (Psalm 96:4-6)
Have you ever watched too many news talk shows, seen too many violent images of terrorism, or read about injustice, and felt discouraged? It happens, and discouragement can lead to a sense of being overwhelmed by the problems surrounding all of us. Fortunately, God has given us a way to keep our spirits hopeful, in spite of the bad news everywhere. The path to a healthier soul is praise. Praising God not only honors God, it lifts our spirits, too.
🔷 We are reading the entire New Testament in 31 Days!
♦️ Day 16: Acts 9 – 15
GOD CAN HANDLE IT!
God is bigger than all of our problems. Jeremiah reminded us the Lord we can call upon is the same One “…who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it…” (Jeremiah 33:2) Prior to the encouragement to pray, Jeremiah included the reminder that God is the Creator because, in the midst of big problems we need to remember that God is always bigger! A worried lady once went to G. Campbell Morgan, the late 19th, early 20th century pastor, and asked him if it was alright to pray for little things in her life. The proper British clergyman replied, “Pray tell, Madame – what in your life is big to God?” No matter how big our needs appear to us, God is greater than every need we have and greater than every prayer we pray! The Scripture says God “… is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power…” (Ephesians 3:20)
🔷 It’s a new week- stay committed to your reading- you can read the entire New Testament in 31 Days!
Divide your reading into 2-3 daily blocks of you need to – just keep reading!
♦️ Day 15: Acts 2 – 8
When we pray we are calling upon a King with power and authority to act on our behalf. In addition, in prayer we are really asking for God’s Kingdom to overrule the problems that seem to rule over us now. No wonder Jesus wants us to pray for God’s Kingdom to come. His coming Kingdom promises us the change we need is on the way. That’s a powerful incentive for prayer! “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)
🔷 WE ARE READING THE ENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT IN 31 DAYS!
IF YOU FALL BEHIND GET CAUGHT UP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! YOU CAN DO IT!
♦️Day 14: John 16 – Acts 1
➡️ DON’T FORGET this morning we welcome Dr. Joseph Kim from Seoul, S. Korea, who will speak at all English services at Hyde Park Baptist/The Quarries Church! Dr. Kim’s Church conducts 16 services every Sunday to accommodate a growing congregation of 4500 people! Pastor Kim will speak on “Praying to Live and Living to Pray!”
“OUR DAILY BREAD”
“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:1)
“Daily bread” in the Model Prayer clearly refers to food but can also refer to the myriad of other needs we face every day. We need more than bread in life, but our constant need for food naturally symbolizes our human dependence on what God provides. Aren’t you glad our Lord knows what we need? In fact, He insists we ask Him to meet our needs. Whatever you need, you can pray about it. God uses our natural hunger and other needs in life to train us
in prayer. Our emptiness drives us to the One Who can fill us. “All I have needed, Thy hand hath provided; Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!” (Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Thomas O. Chisholm)
🔷 WE ARE READING THE ENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT IN 31 DAYS- Don’t stop- wherever you are in the process, keep going. You can do it!
♦️Day 13: John 9 – 15
➡️ DON’T FORGET tomorrow, Sunday, January 14 – we welcome Dr. Joseph Kim from Seoul, S. Korea, who will speak at all English services at Hyde Park Baptist/The Quarries Church that morning! Dr. Kim is the pastor of a large Baptist church, conducting 16 services every Sunday to accommodate a congregation of 4500! Pastor Kim will challenge us to pray to live and live to pray!
CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD
We need to see prayer and Bible study as two sides of a good conversation. You would find it strange if your good friend did all the talking and never listened to your thoughts or opinions. If a husband talks to his wife but never listens to her, is that a healthy marriage? We don’t want to be guilty of something like that in our fellowship with God. As in any good relationship, closeness with the Lord is built through a powerful, honest, on-going, two-sided conversation. In prayer we talk to God and in Bible Study we hear from God. It’s a conversation! “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
🔷 I AM CHALLENGING OUR CONGREGATION TO READ THE ENTIRE NEW TESTAMENT IN 31 DAYS!
You can do it!
♦️ Day 12: John 3 – 8
➡️ MARK YOUR CALENDAR for this Sunday, January 14 when we welcome Dr. Joseph Kim from Seoul, S. Korea, who will speak at all English services at Hyde Park Baptist/The Quarries Church that morning! Dr. Kim is the pastor of a large Baptist church, conducting 16 services every Sunday to accommodate the large crowds of more than 4500 people! Pastor Kim will challenge us on how prayer accomplishes the impossible and to live lives of prayer!