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Bible Focus - 28th June 2015

posted 11 Jul 2015, 23:40 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks   [ updated 11 Jul 2015, 23:49 ]
Today we make a welcome return visit to the excitement in the book of Nehemiah as he prepares to rebuild the walls of faith among his rather bedraggled people.

We will look at Nehemiah 1 v 8 for guidance on the subject of prayer

Lord, remember your words to Moses.

Here we learn the value of using Scripture in our prayer life, rather than merely presenting God with a shopping list of our requests.

The word given to Moses was about guidance to the Promised Land.

There is a treasure trove in the scriptures to guide or prayer life.

The psalms are full of inspiration,;- various names used to approach God;- prayer for various testing times;- prayer for victories gained over sin that would break us.

All the Old Testament prophets have parts of their testimony to the place of prayer. Move to the New Testament and follow the incidents in the life of Jesus.

Put yourself in the shoes of some of the sufferers who met the Lord and were healed. Pray their prayer for a touch of mercy. Pray looking into the face of

Jesus, or pleading for a gentle touch.

Sit beside Jesus as He prays for loyal disciples to carry his work forward.

Many in the Church of Scotland, ( not least churches in vacancy mode) have been fervently praying for new candidates for the ministry. This week it is announced 50 potential candidates are applying to be considered

Praise the Lord.

Pray with Jesus through the agonies of His Gethsemane;- seek the same consolation from the Father in your times of deep distress.

Soak up the prayer from the cross when all seems black and forlorn.

When prayer is requested for the church to be missionary minded, use the book of Acts and follow the footsteps of St. Paul and feel the passion in his heart for lost souls

A few gems to ponder.

Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.
We have to pray with our eyes on God, not on the difficulties.
God can pick sense out of a confused prayer.

(Rev. Bill Izett)