Opening Prayer Thoughts
Praise and confession.
- Praise God for the privilege of entering into His presence in prayer through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God for the encouragements in His Word to pray, and the promise that the 'door' will be opened to us when we ask. Colossians 4:2, Philippians 4:6, Matthew 7:7,8
- Confess the sin of living without praying as much as you could.
Doctrine for the Mind and Heart.
The WSC question is going to be the same for the week to provide an opportunity for more considered thought of it.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 54 – What is required in the third commandment?
Answer – The third commandment requires the holy and reverent use of God’s name, titles, attributes, ordinances, Word, and works.
Comment – Most Christians understand that we are to use the name of God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit with conscious care. Many Christians however do not understand that that also applies to phrases which speak of God's attributes and works. For example, terms like; 'oh goodness', 'oh gracious me', ‘holy smoke' are misuses of words which speak of God's being and work, and therefore should not be used.
This is taken from https://matt2819.com/wsc where you will find proof texts.
Verse to memorise.
Philippians 1:6 - "And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion on the day of Jesus Christ.”
Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit's help as you read God's Word.
Please read Philippians 1:3-11.
Notes written by Rev. Philip Dunwoody (Dervock RPCI) with slight amendments.
Philippians 1:3-11, Joyful Prayer
In most of Paul's letters he includes the things he has been praying for his friends in Philippi. How encouraging it is when we know someone is praying for us! Notice, first of all, Paul prayed regularly for all the Philippians (verses 3 and 4). He says he prays for "all" of them "always". In verses 7 and 8 he describes the affection he has for them, how he "yearns" for them all. As their founding pastor, Paul knew the Philippians by name and need – and he loved them deeply. Even when he was away from them, he kept praying for them. It's good for us to keep prayer lists or journals, and to remember to pray for those we love, whether friends, family or neighbours. Paul prayed with thankfulness for the Philippians (verse 3). He calls them his "partners in the gospel". The Philippians hadn't abandoned their belief in Jesus, even after Paul had had to leave them and even though they were a small group. We don't have to be preachers or missionaries to be "gospel partners"; we just have to be faithful and courageous in holding to the good news of Jesus' death and resurrection. Paul also prayed with confidence in Jesus' return (verse 6). He encouraged the Philippians that when Jesus returns, they will be rewarded for their faith. What an encouragement that is for us when we are ignored, mocked, or even persecuted – one day, Jesus will reward us for honouring Him!
Finally, Paul prayed for the Philippians' growth as Christians. When a baby is born, his parents want him to grow bigger and stronger. Paul wanted the Philippians to grow spiritually, in their love (verse 9) – most likely love for each other and for Christ – and knowledge and holiness (verses 10-11). Notice that Paul prays for both love and knowledge: Christians need compassion for each other, love for their Lord and an increasing knowledge of God's Word. Here is a model for all our prayers: regular, thankful, confident, praying that God would grow us and others in our Christian faith.
Sing with joy in your heart to God.
Psalm 106A. Link to the words. Link to it being sung.
Thank God that we can pray for one another, specifically for our respective growth in grace, and know that it will be a blessing to the church.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Andrew Quigley
Minister, Ottawa RPC