Prayer Warriors - December 2, 2018

The Prayer Warriors Group will meet every Sunday morning until January 6th at 8:30 AM in Room 139 or 25 minutes of prayer. We will pray for the launch of the Modern Worship Service, our church, our country, and all prayers on our hearts. This time of prayer is open to all pray-ers even if inexperienced in prayer.

Each week there will be a brief discussion on a different aspect of prayer and attendees will be encouraged to continue to pray during the week. There is no requirement other than to take part in an attitude of prayer during the meeting. Attendees who choose not to pray out loud may participate by saying, “Lord hear our prayers”.

Please come to be a part of the Prayer Warriors on any Sunday morning. There is no commitment.

This week’s theme is to pray for God’s presence to surround us.

There are many Psalms that contain prayers and touch on our specific needs at the time. Psalm 16 is a good example. It is filled with praise and petition. David acknowledges God’s omnipotence in his life and the lives of believers. Psalm 16 acknowledges that God surrounds us, especially when we pray.

This Psalm prays for God’s protection and God’s ever-presence eloquently noted in, verse 8, “I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

The blessing of that presence is uncountable yet the Psalmist states in verses 9-11 “Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

God is with us always, wrapping us in security, love, joy, guidance and pleasures that we cannot begin to comprehend. God will also be with us for eternity.

The Navajo people state in their “Blessingway” ceremony that, “we are made of prayers”. And so, we take today’s theme from Psalm 16 and from the Navajo people and acknowledge that we are made of prayers, secure in the knowledge that David who knew God’s heart has it right. When our eyes are on God and we pray, God surrounds us on our journey with security, love, joy, guidance, and pleasures that we cannot begin to comprehend.

Prayer first and foremost is confirmed in Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Find a Psalm this week that speaks to your heart and pray it daily. In prayer God is our refuge and ready to wrap us in a blanket of love. You will be blessed as you have the full knowledge and security of God’s presence.

Prayer Warriors - December 2, 2018

Psalm 16

1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the LORD, "You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” 3 I say of the holy people who are in the land, "They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.” 4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips. 5 LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.