March 26 - Encouragement to Be With God

Thoughts to lead you into prayer. 
Praise God. 
Come into his presence with humility yet boldness because of the finished work of the Lord Jesus. Ask God to help you to direct your full attention to him with undistracted devotion. Be careful not to honour God merely with your lips; give your mind and heart to this privilege. 
Look up some, or all of these verses: Hebrew 10:19,20, Psalm 25:1, 1 Corinthians 7:35, and Matthew 15:8,9.
 
Express thanks to God.
Thank God for his covenant love, and because he is so good to us. Thank him for giving us his Word and all the blessings that flow from it to our lives.
Look up some, or all of these verses: Isaiah 63:7, John 5:39, 2 Timothy 3:16, and Psalm 19:7-14.

Acknowledge sin.
Acknowledge the fact that too often we are consumed with the things of the world around us. Ask God to help you to set your mind on things above where Christ is, to be renewed daily in the spirit of your mind.
Look up some, or all of these verses: Colossians 3:1-4 and Ephesians 4:17-24.

Pray for the elderly in the congregation
Pray that they will be kept safe in these days of increasing vulnerability. Pray that in their advanced years that they continue to be fruitful for Christ
Look up this verse: Psalm 92:14.
 
 
A Psalm to Sing.
The Psalm for this week will be Psalm 95A. Here is a link to the words, and here is a link to it being sung. Remember, this is not about perfection. It is about a joyful heart because you are singing to God, and he loves and cares for you.
 
 
Let's read Luke 1:7-17.
Now ask God the Holy Spirit to help you receive his Word.

What do we read Zechariah was doing? What were the people doing? Both service and praying are vital to the life of the church.  

You don't need a role to serve. To serve, you just need two things, first a willingness to see what needs to be done, and second a desire to do what needs to be done. Serving is about the heart. Some of the most gifted servants in the church of Christ, that I have known, didn't have a role, what they had was a desire to help, to serve, to see and do. Of course, such willingness only comes from understanding the church is about Christ, and others, and not about oneself. Think about how you can cultivate such a desire to see and then do. If everyone in the congregation could own such willingness we could take strides forward as a community. Look up some or all of these verses: Galatians 5:13, 1 Peter 4:10, and Luke 6:38. 

The early church gave themselves to prayer. Look up some or all of these verses: Acts 2:42, 4:23-31, Acts13:1-3. God expects us to pray. How does Jesus begin his teaching on the Lord's prayer? 'When you pray,... but when you pray... and when you pray' Matthew 6:5,6,7. He tells us in Matthew 7:1, to ask, seek and knock, in other words, pray to God and look at what will happen, everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and everyone who knocks finds. What promises! Paul was clear in his exhortations that we are to continue steadfastly in prayer, and to pray without ceasing, Colossians 4:2, and I Thessalonians 5:17. So not praying is not an option, either for us as individuals, as families or as a church. Take this time that God is giving you and use it to establish your personal and family praying. Yes, we will need to work out how and when we are going to start praying together as a church, but that will come. Not only because it needs to, but because God will give us a desire, a want, to be together in prayer.


Hiding Scripture in your heart. 
Now that we have got into this, I want to add one more element, a verse, maybe two to learn each week. Let's all do it, and encourage each other to do it. You've never too young nor old to memorize Scripture. Start now with this verse. 
Psalm 121:1,2 - 'I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.'  


Take Care in Christ
Andrew

Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley 
Minister Ottawa RPC

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