31 Aug

Coming to the King!

Taken from the intimation sheet: 31 August 2014

James 5:16-18
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

1 Peter 3:12a
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.

At the prayer meeting on Wednesday, I quoted a well known verse from an old hymn by John Newton:

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much;
None can ever ask too much.

How true, and how important that we strive in his grace to become a church truly ‘devoted to prayer’ (Colossians 4:2).

I received an email yesterday with a story about Spurgeon showing some young students the reason for the power present in his church – hundreds of people in the basement praying as he preached. It’s important we’re praying in our homes, in our auxiliaries, Sunday services and so on, but there’s no doubt the prayer meeting is a central part of our labour in prayer.

We’re having a think about giving these meetings a focal point each week, or maybe inviting auxiliary leaders along to share how we can pray for them, but let me simply encourage you to come when you’re able whether we make any changes or not. It will build your faith, strengthen your love for your brothers and sisters, birth blessings and bring joy to the heart of your Heavenly Father.

Below is the full John Newton hymn, that famous verse is taken from – it’s well worthy of your reflection!

Grace and Peace

Ross

Come, my soul, thy suit prepare:
Jesus loves to answer prayer;
He Himself has bid thee pray,
Therefore will not say thee nay;
Therefore will not say thee nay.

Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much;
None can ever ask too much.

With my burden I begin:
Lord, remove this load of sin;
Let Thy blood, for sinners spilt,
Set my conscience free from guilt;
Set my conscience free from guilt.

Lord, I come to Thee for rest,
Take possession of my breast;
There Thy blood bought right maintain,
And without a rival reign;
And without a rival reign.

As the image in the glass
Answers the beholder’s face;
Thus unto my heart appear,
Print Thine own resemblance there;
Print Thine own resemblance there.

While I am a pilgrim here,
Let Thy love my spirit cheer;
As my Guide, my Guard, my Friend,
Lead me to my journey’s end;
Lead me to my journey’s end.

Show me what I have to do,
Every hour my strength renew:
Let me live a life of faith,
Let me die Thy people’s death;
Let me die Thy people’s death.