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MONDAY—EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Chronological Bible Reading: Hosea 7-9; Revelation 2 Monday, December 8

TUESDAY—FOCUS ON CHRIST’S LIFE Chronological Bible Reading: Hosea 10-12; Revelation 3 Tuesday, December 9

WEDNESDAY—REVIVAL PRAYING Chronological Bible Reading: Hosea 13-14; Revelation 4 Wednesday, December 10

Acts 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord.

Luke 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

Hosea 2:18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.


Mighty God and Merciful Savior:


want to have more than a faith of mediocrity and indifference. A change

Merciful Master:

Glorious Lord:

in the weather has more impact on some people than the potential of heaven or the possibility of hell. Apathy is nothing but dishonest unbelief. I want a faith

Satan wants to sift me, with the hope I am blown away with the husks and the chaff. It would satisfy him to have me in his power forever. He knows he cannot destroy me, so he is especially trying to worry me. And since he cannot devour me he tries to defile me. He cannot ruin my soul so he removes my peace. † 1 Pet. 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

I know why the sifting is allowed. You let the Devil test the precious metal in your treasury. Lord, overrule all Satan’s activities of sifting. So much so, my wheat is made into clean grain today. Part of the preciousness of my faith is its usefulness and strength from having been tempered in trials. As a parent I might need some affliction, because a mother or father without a trial can never give good counsel to a tempted child. I should remember the fact that special discipline will qualify me for special service. Make the roughness of my own road teach me to lead your other sheep along their difficult pathways. Make me a better discipler because of my pain. Remind me Lord, I can only go where you have gone before me, and I go with your intercession. You made provision for all my future needs in a prayer that is already presented. Satan may have his sieve, but as long as my Lord Jesus wears his breastplate of a praying High Priest, I cannot be destroyed by Satan’s sifting. For this Lord, I praise you today. Amen.

I PRAY FOR PEACE TODAY. Sometimes it really seems like I work with animals in the city, and fly with turkeys in the office. And don’t even get me going about the summer frenzy. Basically, I need peace over earthly haters, peace in spiritual attacks, and peace about everyday distractions. Any one of these three things can keep me stirred-up and anxious, but none of them have to. Especially destroy those issues that threaten your work today. Break bow, sword, and order of battle that Satan has planned against me. Peace is profound when all the instruments of war are broken. WITH THIS PEACE, BRING REVIVAL. I need to rest so I can stay energized. I need a time of replenishing. I need to restore. Make me fully supplied and spiritually settled, so I can reinvigorate during summer hurry—not backing down in apathy, but becoming restful both in work and watchfulness for your return. MAKE THIS SUMMER A SAFE ONE. We celebrate your first coming, but I want to reach others before your second. Help me catch my breath and make it over the hump, and remember to invite people I know to come to Christ, and come with me to hear the gospel. So right now, I give you the most pressing needs in my life and burdens on my heart. Give me grace and faith to trust you for the best outcome—that your will be done and I glorify you. Mark 6:31 Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while:

Lord, I can rest as long as I know you are using me! Thank you for your watchcare this season. Amen.

that works, because I want to see


believe for

themselves, and get saved! Let me see an example of revival among the lost, so that a number of people trust their souls to Jesus this winter. The Book says after they believed, they also turned unto the Lord. Dear God, this is lacking for a lot of people, and my heart breaks at it. Many of the men and women who have come to Christ have not yet given-up their idols, and have yet

to start living lives to the glory of God. I confess Lord, this is our state. Father, give us revival in the lives of the newly-saved. Only your Spirit can bring it about. I plead with you to honor your Son and do it by his grace. Teach them that to turn to God means to turn from the love of sin. Not that we will never sin anymore, but that we will hate it when we do. If I look sin- ward I have my back to you. Give me “complete conversions,” so when people turn from the folly of their sin they also turn to the glory of God!


cannot be satisfied with the results of this holiday season unless you use

me to lead people all the way from repentance toward God, to a loathing of their sins, and then an actual forsaking of those sins in this life. For this I turn to you and seek you in prayer, because that is an inward type of revival that is more than just show. I yield myself obediently to you today that it might be truest in my own life. Make it spread afterward then to others, dear Jesus. Amen.


A DAILY PATTERN FOR PRAYER & BIBLE READING Chronological Bible Reading: Joel; Revelation 5 Thursday, December 11

FRIDAY— CORPORATE PRAYER MINISTRY Chronological Bible Reading: Amos 1-3; Revelation 6 Friday, December 12

SATURDAY—IN THE PSALMS Chronological Bible Reading: Amos 4-6; Revelation 7 Saturday, December 13

Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Acts 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word

Psa. 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Gracious God and My Father:


I’ve been changed, healed, freed, delivered I’ve found joy, peace, grace, and favor I’ve been changed, in the presence of the Lord, I’ve been healed, freed, delivered, in Your presence Lord I’ve found joy, peace, grace, and favor

And right now is the moment, today is the day I’ve been changed; and I have waited for this moment to come And I won’t let it pass me by

Heavenly Lord and Holy Savior:

A cheerful spirit is in keeping with your nature. Help me cherish your acts and be grateful for your mercies this weekend. Your goodness is seen every day, so I should praise you for it all the time. The world will never be right until it shouts and adores God, and neither will I. How long will I be blind to your blessings? My golden age will never arrive till I love and honor you with all my heart. Serve the LORD with gladness. You are my Lord, you are therefore to be served. You are my gracious God, so you must be served with joy. As I pray, I ought to seek your presence with praises. Singing is a serious thing. Prayer, enveloped in praise, is the only true way of adoration. Psa. 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Declaring my relationship to you is in itself praise. When I tell others of your goodness I am giving my best devotion. Thanksgiving is like the incense of the temple that filled the whole house with fragrant smoke. Sacrifices for sins have been stopped in this dispensation, but sacrifices of praise will never expire! Lord I thank you, because the innermost court of your spiritual temple is not open to all believers, but I can enter into that which is within the veil. You expect me to acknowledge this high privilege by singing. Let praise be in my heart as well as on my tongue! Let it be all for you, because it all belongs to you. I bless your name, your character, your person, and your works. I bless you when you take as well as when you give. Help me bless you under all circumstances, because this is how I master them. I bow before you and rest on your word. Amen.

The scattering of the disciples resulted in the spreading of good seed to larger fields. So also make the malice of Satan be the instrument of mercy in our church today. No matter what scattering takes place, help us by your Spirit persevere, in making your name and your gospel known. Make us see this as our real calling and career. Today we are not scattered by persecution, but our job responsibilities often take us to other places. Help us see all our travel in light of missionary purposes. Providence operating through economics (or politics) often bids us to change cubicles. Wherever we go, let us carry a testimony for Christ. Open our eyes to how the status we have is not an accidental one. It has not been decreed by blind, unplanned fate. There is providence in it all. We are placed where we can be a preserving salt, and a sweet savor of Christ to everyone around us. It is your grace that has ordained the relationship between the people we’re around and ourselves. Make us messengers of mercy for revival’s sake, a herald of good tidings, an ambassador for Christ. Phil. 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; We have revival when we realize the surrounding darkness needs us. It needs us and not someone else, because we are the ones your providence placed there—to warn and rebuke some, to encourage and entreat others. Help us begin to work by your Spirit even where we have done nothing before, and have hope for those we’ve given up on. In Jesus’ name we claim it. Amen.

All my shame, guilt, sins, they’ve been forgiven No more chains, fear, my past is over Say right now (right now is the moment) Today is the day I’ve been changed, and I have waited for this moment And I won’t let it pass me by, so we say,

I won’t go back, can’t go back, to the way it used to be Before Your presence came and changed me I won’t go back, I can’t go back, to the way it used to be Before Your presence came and changed me


—William McDowell

Focus Verse (for memorization & meditation)—Prayer Diary link available online at


DECEMBER 7, 2014
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and
departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Welcome to all our visitors! Please take a “connection card” and a white visitor’s
card from the back of the pew in front of you. Fill it out and put it in the
offering plate or hand it to us in the lobby. We’d like to know you’re here!
• 8:00A.M. Early service No childcare (including nursery)
• 8:45A.M. Donuts, Bagels, Coffee & Snacks in Room 6 between services
GIVE GOD THE FIRST PART OF EVERY DAY. The first commitment is
to a daily quiet time with God. Our weekly Prayer Diary provides a template for daily
• 9:00A.M. Discipleship II Class in Room 5
• 11:00A.M. Defenders Christian Apologetics Class in Room 5
• 11:00A.M. College & Career Class in Room 4
Baptists tend to ridicule liturgical churches that use "prepared prayers" because
TONIGHT 5:30-7:00 P.M.
• Sunday Night Service in the Gym: The Fyffes and an Israel Update!
1 Cor 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as
God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
• HarvestKids Jr Choir (all children K-5 th Grade) practice in the sanctuary
they lack spontaneity. But for many Baptists, their prayers are so predictable they are
no more spontaneous than written-out prayers. The result is we end up praying the
same things over and over.
This daily Prayer Diary will prompt you on a wide range of prayer requests you
• Proverbs & Prayer Lunch meeting in the Gym, 12:00 NOON–1:00P.M.
asked. Ten percent is a miniscule amount in our affluent society, but it must come
off the top in order to show that God is our priority. We want the blessing of the
firstfruits (first devotion, first dime and first day) to flow out to the rest of our
• HBC Choir Rehearsal All are welcome to attend! 6:00P.M.
might not normally think of, while forcing you to articulate a deeper devotion to
God. We have included a daily Bible reading schedule. This plan will take you
through the Bible chronologically in a year.
• Women’s Bible Study “When Godly People Do Ungodly Things” by Beth
Moore. Meets weekly (except the 22 nd ) through December 29 th , 7:00 P.M.
Midweek Service Psalm 119
Do not read ahead and do not try to catch up. Use each day as it comes. Then
you can know that on any given day, dozens of other people are lifting their hearts in
the same mind to God. Pray what is written, but use what is prayed as a springboard
for your own relationship with God. You learn to pray by praying.
• AWANA (Bible Club for all kids 2 yrs-6 th Grade)
Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is;
but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
FRIDAY 7:00 P.M.
Junior Choir Christmas Performance!
Junior Choir encore Christmas Performance!
with a group of believers around the word of God every Sunday in our church.
Secret prayer is the secret of prayer, the soul of prayer, the seal of prayer, the
strength of prayer. If you do not pray alone you do not pray at all. Our Lord Jesus
Christ would go nowhere till He had prayed. He would attempt nothing till He had
§ Keeping Christ at the center (your core relationship of worship to God)
§ Keeping the body of Christ a priority (your congregational relationship of
walking with us)
Basing beliefs and actions on the mind of Christ (your church relationship in
the Word)
Help is needed Wednesday, December 17 th , with games, food, crafts, & face
painting for the 100 families of children with an incarcerated parent being
hosted by our AWANA kids. YOU can help by signing up in the lobby for this
opportunity to serve.
Wed, Dec 10 & 17
Fri - Sat, Dec 12 - 13
Wed, December 24
AWANA Kids - Angel Tree Shopping & Christmas Party
HBC Jr Choir Christmas Program
Candle Light Service
“Oh,” says one, “I live in the spirit of prayer, and therefore I do not need times
and seasons for prayer.” And do you think that Christ did not live in the spirit of
prayer? Yet He had to have his special time and place to pray. Do not fall under the
injurious notion that because your spirit cries to God in prayer all day long, therefore
there must not be some season for more immediately coming into God’s presence. If
you imagine this, I am afraid that it will prove a snare to your feet. The Lord Jesus
Christ, who knew better than you do that the main thing is the spirit of prayer rather
than the act of prayer, yet Himself retired into desert places to maintain the act and
exercise of prayer. Be spiritual. Be baptized into the spirit of prayer. But do not be
deceived by the enemy, who can steal a spirit away while we dream that we only
spiritualize it. We had better preserve the very bones of prayer—the posture, the
time, place—rather than let it all ooze away into an impalpable mental condition.
God keep us prayerful. He will do so if He makes us like His dear Son.
Don’t make excuses; make a difference!
Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

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