March 30 - Encouragement to Be With God

Thoughts to lead you into prayer. 
Praise God. 
That he is the Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, the one who was, who is, and is to come; Isaiah 6:1-7 and Revelation 4:1-11. Praise God that he is the great I AM and that he alone is the Most High over all the earth and her inhabitants which he has created and sustains; Exodus 3:13,14 and Psalm 83:18.
Thank God. 
Thank God for the Lord's Day. Thank him for the fact that he rested on the seventh day of creation, and has commanded us to keep the Christian Sabbath holy, setting us free from any feeling of necessity to work; Genesis 2:1-23 and Exodus 20:8-11. Thank him that we can worship Him on the Lord's Day with others who love him and us, in spirit and truth; Acts 20:7-13 and John 4:16-26. Thank him for the blessing that is to us; Psalm 122:1.


Acknowledge sin.
Acknowledge the truth that we were born with a fallen, sinful nature; Romans 3:1-18. Confess the fact that even though God's converting grace is real and we can experience new life, yet the struggle to do good is real, and we find it so easy to forsake the love of God; Romans 7:15-25. Ask God to help you to see specific sin in your life, and mourn for and honestly repent of it; James 4:71-10.


Pray for... 
- the Government that they would be wise in the advice they seek and pay heed that our nation would be healed; Timothy 1:1-4 and 2 Chronicles 7:11-14.

A Psalm to Sing.
The Psalm for this week will be Psalm 25A. Here is a link to the words, and here is a link to it being sung. Sing with joy in your heart to God, for he loves and cares for you.

Let's read Luke 1:8-17.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you receive and be attentive to God's Word.

What did the angel of the Lord say to Zechariah? What does this tell us about what Zechariah had been praying for? Praying is something we tend to talk more about than we actually do. One of the reasons for that is probably because we're not sure if our prayers are being heard. Yes, of course, we say we know that they are, but when God is 'slow' to answer, then we can drift into thinking if there is really any point. Let Zechariah's experience encourage you to see that there is a point for our prayers are always heard by God, even if they are not always immediately answered in the way we might want them to be. Take a couple of minutes to read Luke 18:1-8. See what Jesus is saying. What an encouragement this is to keep on praying persistently. Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica, and he says, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.) 


So, let us be in prayer for each other; husbands for wives, wives for husbands, parents for children, children for parents, and each other in the congregation. 


What did the angel of the Lord say about the child who would be born to Zechariah and Elizabeth? What was his name to be? What type of person would he be before God? There is no joy like the gladness that comes to a parent when their child professes and gives genuine evidence of saving faith. Nothing in the world compares with it. 


So do as God commands, set a godly example to your children. Let them see by the things you prioritize and your life choices that you do love the Lord your God, "with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." Then teach God's commands with diligence in your home every day (Deuteronomy 6:6). And finally, pray for the Holy Spirit to renew their minds and regenerate their hearts and give them the faith to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour.   

It's clear that John was marked for greatness. Not the abstentious greatness craved for by the world. Not the deceptive and false greatness that lasts for a period of their life until the frailty of age or mind diminishes ability, but the greatness that come from knowing and serving God by his grace. This greatness is the humble greatness that we should pursue. 


Lord God, thank you that you hear, and you answer every prayer that is offered to you in the name of the Lord Jesus. Please help us, God, to keep praying when we don't see an answer. Help us to pray for each other in our family and for the people in the fellowship. Help us to live before our children to commend your ways to them. Help us to teach them your commands. Help us to pray for their salvation that both they and we would attain to greatness in your sight by your abounding grace.

Hiding Scripture in your heart. 
Our memory verse for this week is:
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.”  
(I know its the same as last week, but we only did it for two days, so I am easing us in gently.)

A little bit of Doctrine
Solomon tells us in Proverbs 9:9:10, "Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." So, I'm going to start including a daily Shorter Catechism question and answer for you.
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man? A. Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
Here is a PDF with Scripture proofs 


Yours in Christ


Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister Ottawa RPC