Dear Prayer Warrior
November is the month we give thanks. Do you desire to lead your family in a Thanksgiving dinner prayer? Consider these questions as a way of preparing for your prayer: What were the major events that took place in your family this year? Did your family grow in number, through weddings or births? Did your family experience hard times? If so, consider what you learned from each situation. Who are the members of your family? Name one quality that you’re thankful for in each person.
1 Thessalonians 5:18. “Give thanks in all circumstances.”
In need of our prayers:
Health Concerns: Allison Ewing, Harry Schultz, Inge Richardson, Gerry DeVita, Jeanette Smith, Haven Bramon, those with seasonal illnesses
Upcoming Surgery: Lynn Holmes, Kevin Latimer
Recovering from Surgery: James Standridge, Deb Williamson
Cancer: Jo Lussman, Mary Lou Peterman, Steven Larimore, Luke Stolarczyk, Bart Green, Simon Jones, LouAnn Thomas, Susan Freyer, Peggy Clay, Kiers Rowley, JoAnne Harder, Kim Purdon, Darlene Fields, Tonya Hunter, Kay Valentik, Mike Makenzie, Shannon Makenzie
Hospice: Barbara Brown, Liz Miller, Steven Larimore
Hospitalized: Bill Milborn
Those in Care Centers: Harry Schultz, Joan Simpson, Elnora Dammerman, Willa Davis
For those suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and mental illness.
For all expecting mothers and their children.
For all who grieve, that they would have peace that passes understanding through Jesus Christ; especially Neva Leo and family at the death of her husband, Tom Leo; Teresa Creamer and Paula Diaz and the entire family at the death of their father, Robert Korte; for Ashley Rodden’s family (sister-in-law of Korey and Tiffany Danley) at the death of her grandfather in a car accident.
For Johnny Runyon, serving in Afghanistan, and for all our military personnel, that God would protect them and strengthen them to serve with honor.
For the unemployed and underemployed. For our nation. For all who travel.
For Christian marriages, that they would be founded on the love and forgiveness of Christ.
For Christian families and friends, that God would strengthen them to love each other and work together in God’s kingdom.
That many visitors and inactive members would join us in worship, and feed their faith on the Gospel.
That God would provide all that is needed – the time, talents, and treasures – for BSLC’s growing ministry.
That God would bless all who teach and all who learn in all our Christian education classes, Bible studies, and small groups, that we all might learn and grow in our faith.
That God would bless all the discussions and work that will lead up November’s Voters’ Assembly, and that BSLC would glorify God in the process.
Thanksgiving for the Abounding Harvest Benefit, and for all God’s blessings on our Abounding Love Preschool and Parents Day Out program; and that God would continue to bless that ministry.
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, that God would continue provide all they need.
That God would richly bless local and international mission efforts:
Rev. Bob Malone at Peace Lutheran in Kansas City, Missouri
God of peace, we pray for those who have served our nation and have laid down their lives to protect and defend our freedom. We pray for those who have fought, whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war, whose nights are haunted by memories too painful for the light of day. We pray for those who serve us now, especially for those in harm’s way. Shield them from danger and bring them home. Turn the hearts and minds of our leaders and our enemies to the work of justice and a harvest of peace. Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor! May the peace you left us, the peace you gave us, be the peace that sustains, the peace that saves us. Christ Jesus, hear us! Lord Jesus, hear our prayer! Amen.
All Our God
Martin Rinckart (1586-1649 A.D.)
Martin Rinckart (1586-1649 A.D.) was born in Eilenburg, Germany -- a small city near Leipzig, which in the 20th century ended up behind the Iron Curtain in East Germany for several decades.
Rinckart studied for the Lutheran ministry, and was called to serve as pastor of the church at Eilenburg, his home town. He arrived there just before the beginning of the Thirty Years War, a war that devastated Germany in general and Eilenburg in particular. Being a walled city, Eilenburg became a place of refuge and soon became badly overcrowded, rendering it susceptible to disease. The plague of 1637 decimated the town, killing 8,000 people, including Rinckart's wife. Rinckart often conducted forty or fifty funerals a day for plague victims.
It seems incongruous that a hymn like "Now Thank We All Our God" should come out of such circumstances. However, Rinckart wrote the first two stanzas, not as a hymn for public worship, but as a table grace for his family. At the end of the war, his hymn was sung to celebrate the signing of the Peace of Westphalia -- the treaty that ended the war.
But we would know nothing of this hymn except for the good work of Catherine Winkworth, an English woman who translated many German hymns into English -- this hymn and "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" being the best known.
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
Giving Thanks to God
|God's offer of salvation||Psalm 50:23, 106:47, 118:21, 142:7, Jonah 2:9, 1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Corinthians 2:14. 4:15, 9:15, Colossians 1:12, 2 Thessalonians 2:13|
|God's works and deeds||1 Chronicles 16:8, Psalm 26:7, 75:1, 105:1, 107:22, 139:14, Isaiah 12:4, 25:1, Revelation 11:17|
|God's help for us||Psalm 28:7, 107:8, 15, 21, 31, Daniel 2:23, Romans 1:8, 6:17, 1 Corinthians 1:4, 2 Corinthians 9:11, 12, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 3:9, 2 Thessalonians 1:3, 1 Timothy 1:12|
|God's character (goodness, lovingkindness, righteousness, truth, and faithfulness)||1 Chronicles 16:34, 35, 41, 2 Chronicles 20:21, Jeremiah 33:11, Ezra 3:11, Psalms 7:17, 52:9, 106:1, 107:1 8, 15, 21, 31, 118:1, 29, 119:7, 136:1, 2, 3, 26, 138:2, Isaiah 25:1, 38:18, 19|
Thankfulness should flow naturally from the Christian who realizes the great gift of salvation offered through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Jesus Christ suffered the penalty for what He did not deserve (all my sin), then freely offered to me the reward (eternal life) that I did not deserve. What an awesome God!
The goal of the Christian is to be transformed into the image of Jesus Christ. As a model for us, Jesus often gave thanks for food and answered prayer.
Yes, the Bible does tell us to give thanks in everything. We often complain to God about all the bad things that have happened to us - things we did not deserve, and definitely did not want. How can we be thankful for everything? First, we have a God who answers prayer, so that we should never be anxious about any situation. Second, although things may seem to be bad, we are told that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. Some examples of who God uses "bad" things in our lives can be seen from my personal story below.
God went to a lot of trouble to save me from His righteous wrath. After graduating with a masters degree in 1979, I began my career doing research in the field of immunology. Things went very well and within six years I had published eight articles (five of which I was primary author) in prestigious scientific journals. I was running my own life and ignoring God until I got very sick. The tests revealed I had Crohn’s disease, a serious, incurable inflammatory disease of the intestines. I found myself unable to do things using my own abilities and strength. The medicines were not working and I found myself being bedridden in severe pain for two months. I cried out to God and promised to try to follow Him and do what He wanted me to do (although I had no idea what that was at the time). Within three months all symptoms of Crohn’s disease had disappeared. It was a miracle that demonstrated God's love for me. Three years later, when I heard the message of salvation, I was ready to accept it, because I knew of God's love and power. I am even grateful for the suffering, since, without it, I would have probably never turned to God.
Since that time, I have gone through other trials that, although not pleasant, have made me grow in faith and reliance upon God. My wife has a brain tumor that was diagnosed in September, 1996. Although originally given 3-7 years to live, she is now in her 15th year. The prospect of raising three active boys on my own was not something I was looking forward to, but God has provided for us all these years. The reality of life's fleeting existence has been a constant reminder and caused us to focus on the more important things of life.