Prayer Warrior

May Prayer Warrior Newsletter 2013

 

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Prayer Warrior

 

MAY 2013  NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Prayer Warrior

The words "pray without ceasing" are not to be understood in the way we usually think of prayer. For this would mean that we should incessantly be on our knees before God, addressing him with prayerful words. Then the statement would be in direct contradiction to the Lord's command not to use many words when we pray.

This simply cannot be applied to the way we usually pray. For "pray without ceasing " is too strong an expression to be translated by words like "pray frequently and diligently" or "pray as often as you possibly can."

"Without ceasing" implies something more. It can only be understood as the turning of the human spirit toward God in prayer.

Here one can say that what should be present without ceasing is a prayerful and beseeching, supplicating attitude; one might say that there should not be a single moment when God does not find us praying to him as if we stood physically in his presence.

"There is a different kind of prayer without ceasing; it is longing. Whatever you may be doing, if you long for the day of everlasting rest, do not cease praying. If you do not wish to cease praying, then do not cease your longing. Your persistent longing is your persistent voice. When love grows cold, the heart grows silent. Burning love is the outcry of the heart! If you are filled with longing all the time, you will keep crying out, and if your love perseveres, your cry will be heard without fail."  Augustine

Yours in Christ,

Evangelism Board

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  • IN THIS ISSUE

The 10-second Prayer Warrior

                                                           

PRAYER REQUESTS

 


In need of our prayers:
Those serving in the Military: that God would protect them and strengthen them to serve loyally. For their families, that God would care for their needs.

Those with upcoming Surgery: including Rick Chapman, Emerson May, Jenny Flood

Those recovering from Surgery:  including Tom Leo, Junell Bailey, Myrna McClellan, Susan Wolfram, Melba Merrick, James Standridge, Jeanne McKenna, Jay Watson

Those with Health Concerns: including Darren Penner, Marj Kassel, Glenna Barnes, Sharon Dammerman, Gloria Mengel, Kevin Latimer, Kathy Gitomer, Liza Deines, Charles Volz, Paul Wagner, Ron Gray, Janice Henningsen

Those Hospitalized:  Donna Wagner

Those with Cancer: including Luke Stolarczyk, Gerry DeVita, Bart Green, Simon Jones, LouAnn Thomas, Carole Reid, Steven Larimore, Susan Freyer, Peggy Clay, Kiers Rowley, JoAnne Harder, Kim Purdon, Darlene Fields, Liz Miller, Tonya Hunter, Mike McKenzie, Shannon McKenzie, Charlene Clinton, Barbara Patrick, Kay Valentik

Those in Hospice care: including Barbara Brown

For Expectant Mothers and their unborn babies: including Sarah (Becker) Weatherby, Staci Wolters, Jennifer Meyer.

Newborn Babies and Children:

For God to bless the preparations for our huge summer ministries: Luth. Valley Retreat; National Youth Gathering; Vacation Bible School.

Those seeking Employment: That God would provide jobs for the unemployed and underemployed.

Prayers for all who travel:

Those in Care Centers: Neil Wieters, Willa Davis, Marie Dieckman

For all who grieve: including Kelly Knosby and family at the death of her cousin Gwen

Those suffering the effects of tragedy and disasters:

For marriages and families to grow stronger and for those suffering from divorce or broken relationships.

For those suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and mental illness.

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Praise:

Thanksgiving for the confirmations a week ago.

Thanksgivings for the graduations, and for God to guide and guard the graduates.

Thanksgiving for Christian mothers.

For all the called and support staff of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: that God would provide all that is needed - the time, talents, and treasures - for BSLC's growing ministry.

For God’s blessing on the upcoming parking lot repair.

Thanksgiving for those enrolled in Abounding Love Preschool and Parents Day Out program for the coming year, and that God would bless this ministry with many enrollments over the next few months.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, that God would continue provide all they need.

That God would richly bless missionaries Rev. Bob Malone in Kansas City, Missouri, and Rev. Bob Roegner at Peace Lutheran in O’Fallon, and the Ablaze Center in St. Louis.

 

“A Prayer For Those Sowing In Prayer”

Father, we are grateful for Your abundant mercy extended to us because You are a loving, forgiving God. You have called on us, Your children, to be a people of prayer and devotion. We pray for our land to repent of neglect and defiance of Your commands. We come against the powers of darkness that seek to extinguish the light of Your salvation that brings help and hope to weary souls in this life and secures their eternal place in heaven. Help us not to grow weary in our intercession, for we want to be faithful in prayer so that, at a future date, we will witness the harvest of souls. We pray for Your will to be accomplished in the name of Jesus. Amen.

 

GOD OF WONDERS

HINDALONG, STEVE J. / BYRD, MARC

God of wonders

beyond our galaxy

You are holy, holy.

When at age six Steve Hindalong saw a painting representing Jesus at our heart's door, he told his mom, "I want Jesus to come into my heart." He wrote his first song at age II, and later participated with youth music groups at his church, all the while wanting to become a lyricist.

A self-taught musician, Marc Byrd started playing guitar at age 13. After college and several years touring with a Christian band, he reached a crossroads. "I didn't know what the future held or where the next penny was coming from," he recalls. "So I grabbed my Bible and spent an entire weekend reading the Psalms, accompanied by my guitar. Those days restored my life to the place I was when I first came to the Lord.

"The beginning of 'God of Wonders' came out of the Psalms during that weekend. I had the music and a few phrases, one of which was 'You are holy'"

Friends who are "as close as brothers," Marc and Steve had written many songs together. So it was natural that Marc would share his new music with Steve.

"When Marc strummed the chord progressions, the hair on my arms stood up," Steve says. "I told Marc, This song sounds as if it should be like, "God of wonders, beyond our galaxy'" That was my reaction to the feeling the music gave me."

It took several days, working together, to finish the song. "God of Wonders" debuted in 2000 on the City On a Hill worship album. Since then scores of artists have recorded it. Spanning the globe, it's been performed in multiple languages. But perhaps most exciting, it even broke the bonds of gravity when Commander Rick Husband requested it be played on the space shuttle Columbia.

"We heard about them playing our song in space and thought, Whoa! that's really cool!" Mark says.

Little did they know that Husband's call for the song would become even more poignant when a few days later he and his crew were killed as the shuttle disintegrated when re-entering the atmosphere.

Yet no matter the location or circumstances, the lyrics remind us that we serve and are loved by a God of wonders. And though he created and controls all the galaxies beyond ours, we can call on him at any time.


Lord of all creation
Of water, earth, and sky
The heavens are Your tabernacle
Glory to the Lord on High

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of heaven and earth (2x)

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
And as I stumble through the darkness
I will call Your name by night

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of heaven and earth (2x)

Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth (3x)

God of wonders, beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
Precious Lord, reveal Your heart to me
Father holy, holy
The universe declares Your majesty
You are holy, holy, holy, holy

Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth (6x)

Lord of heaven and earth
Lord of heaven and earth

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
And as I stumble through the darkness
I will call your name by night

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
The universe declares your majesty
You are holy, holy

Lord of heaven and earth
Lord of heaven and earth

Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are holy, holy
Precious Lord reveal your heart to me
Father holy, holy

The universe declares your majesty
You are holy, holy, holy, holy

Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth
Hallelujah to the Lord of heaven and earth

 
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Lutheran Church
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Lee's Summit, MO  64063
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The 10-second Prayer Warrior

Probably the shortest prayer most Christians pray regularly is, "Lord, help!

I've prayed that prayer many times. Such as when I can't find my keys--it happens about once a week. Or when I can't find other things--my two-year-old, for instance. When I'm desperate about something--such as needing money to pay the bills. And when I'm just confused--that happens much too often these days for my taste.

I know the power and conciseness of a solid prayer. I've even written a book on prayer. I've preached on prayer. I've tried to motivate people to pray regularly, specifically, and passionately for a long time.

But I have a confession to make: I've never been able to pray for large blocks of time. When I say "large blocks," I'm talking about 15 minutes or more at a shot--straight, unwavering, God-centered prayer, every day over a long period of time, say, several months. Usually, when I get down on my knees to pray, or sit in my easy chair, or lie on my bed, I run out of ideas in five to ten minutes. I can praise-petition-confess-give thanks and all that, and when I glance at my watch, less than five minutes has inched by.

One method I've used in praying longer is through walking as my exercise regimen. But since I don't walk every day, and since illnesses and other problems can halt my exercise program, such interruptions wreak havoc in my prayer life. If I can't keep my eyes open and my feet in motion, I lose it.

Years ago, I read a quote by Martin Luther, the great Reformer of the 1500s. He said, "I have so much to do today that I'll have to spend the first three hours in prayer or the Devil will get the victory."

 

She Prayed

by Jayme Durant

When you ask ICR President Dr. John Morris to describe his mother, Mary Louise Morris, he says, “She prayed.” Mary Louise was the wife of ICR founder Dr. Henry Morris, and the mother of ICR’s current CEO, Dr. Henry Morris III. Two of her daughters, Mary Morris Smith and Rebecca Morris Barber, also contribute their time and unique talents to ICR’s work. A third daughter, Dr. Kathy Morris Bruce, serves God’s kingdom as a missionary.

Mary Louise invested herself in her husband’s work and in their family. “She prayed extensively,” John says. “Dad started several ministries. She sacrificed financially…she sacrificed in time, and she supported him while raising his kids. He was in his world of research and writing books, often traveling, and she encouraged him.”

Rebecca echoes those thoughts. “Mom revered her husband and made sure that we did, too. She made it her mission to make our home a pleasant and God-honoring place. Dad was often gone or buried in his books, so she ran the house, but she always made sure that he was seen as the leader. I don’t remember arguments or disagreements. If there were any, she never let on. We knew that she was Dad’s number-one fan.”

This devoted woman also stood by Dr. Morris as he dealt with the backlash of challenging the disinformation entrenched in conventional science. John remembers that “Dad was teaching at a university when he wrote The Genesis Flood, and he endured all kinds of criticism for writing that book—a book that changed the world. She went through the heartbreak of watching him go through some horrible things during that time, and she was his support. She went through it with him. She gets the blessing.”

“Her ministry to us can be defined in the verse ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ [John 15:13]. She did that for Dad. She did that for us.”

Mary Louise’s grandson Henry Morris IV shares similar sentiments about his mother, Jan, in his stewardship article “Arise and Call Her Blessed”. Mr. Morris says, “Most of all, I am thankful for her constant prayers throughout my life.” He points out the unmatched worth of such a godly woman, and shares a snapshot of his experiences with his own faithful mother. He reminds us that “mothers are identified as the single largest influence in teaching the Scriptures to their children,” and he encourages us to honor these precious women.

No doubt, ICR has been built and strengthened by the uncompromising faith of men and women who love the Lord—who had a vision and a passion to make a difference in the world and who dedicated their lives to an unheralded ministry, beginning with ICR’s founder and his wife. Their sons, daughters, and grandchildren caught the vision for this ministry and continue to faithfully carry out the work.

Mary Louise Morris undergirded ICR during the early years of establishing the ministry and through the following decades of growth, changes, and difficulties. Like so many women who support and encourage their husbands in ministry, who dedicate their lives to raising godly children and nurturing a family, Mary Louise also did the work of another privileged ministry—that of quietly communing with her heavenly Father and interceding on behalf of those she loved.

She may have appeared to be in the background, but Mary Louise was actually on the frontlines as a prayer warrior. Her husband wrote books and articles and gave talks that impacted lives worldwide. While she didn’t write with ink on paper, Mary Louise wrote with love on the hearts of her husband, children, and grandchildren, and through them, she continues to impact the world today.

 

Sealed With A Kiss. Bible IQ

In May we celebrate Mother's Day, in June we celebrate Father's Day, and the entire month of June is the traditional wedding season. In honor of this "season of love," here are some questions dealing with kisses in the Bible. Some will remind you that on more than one occasion a kiss was a sign of treachery, not affection, and rarely were Bible kisses romantic.

1 What man was told by God to go into the wilderness to meet, and kiss, his long-lost brother?

2 Who kissed Israel's first king after anointing him with a flask of oil?

3 What apostle told Christians to "greet one another with a kiss of love"?

4 The first male-female kiss in the Bible involved Jacob and what woman?

5 What woman tearfully kissed her two daughters-in-law as she bade them farewell?

6 What New Testament figure is the subject of this verse: "They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him."

7 What man, presumed dead, had a tearful family reunion where "he kissed all his brothers and wept over them"?

8 Complete this verse from Proverbs: "______ from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."

9 In which of the Gospels does Jesus say, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?"

10 In what parable of Jesus do two estranged family members kiss and make up?

Bonus Puzzler

What military man fatally stabbed a man while kissing him?

Answers:

1. Aaron, brother of Moses (Exodus 4:27).

2. Samuel, who anointed Saul (1 Samuel 10:1).

3. Peter (1 Peter 5:14).

4. Rachel, his future wife (Genesis 29:11).

5. Naomi, mother-in-law of Ruth and Orpah (Ruth 1:9).

6. Paul, who was bidding farewell to the Christians in Ephesus (Acts 20:37).

7. Joseph, son of Jacob (Genesis 45:15).

8. Wounds (Proverbs 27:6).

9. Luke (22:48).

10. The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:20).

Bonus Puzzler:

Joab, who murdered Amasa (2 Samuel 20:9-10). Joab was King David's military commander.

 

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