Prayer Warrior

November Prayer Warrior Newsletter 2013

 

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church

Prayer Warrior

 

NOVEMBER 2013  NEWSLETTER

 

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.
A good idea for a Thanksgiving dinner prayer is go to the old hymns. Many express deep sentiments. Let them become your prayer. One beautiful old Thanksgiving hymn is titled ‘Now Thank We All Our God.’ ‘With heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things hath done, In whom His world rejoices;.

1 Thessalonians 5:18. “Give thanks in all circumstances.”
Life does not give us only good circumstances, but we must also deal with hurt, and pain, and negative experiences. It becomes hard to be thankful when things go wrong. But it is still a command. Give thanks in all circumstances, not for, but in. That’s how we become strong.

After having read the verses of a song as a prelude to the Thanksgiving dinner prayer, perhaps it would be good to have each person share one good thing that happened for which they are thankful. Then share one bad thing. Share how God has helped you to overcome that difficulty. How have you grown by it? How has it strengthened your faith?

That is real thanksgiving. Then you can truly say, “Thanks for peace within my soul.”

Yours in Christ,

Evangelism Board

PRAYER REQUESTS

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
Rev. Bob Roegner at Peace Lutheran in O’Fallon, and the Ablaze Center in St. Louis.
Rev. Ted Krey and the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission

"Prayer for Veterans Day"

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.

 

Now Thank We

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,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Beautiful Savior
Lutheran Church
615 SE Todd George Road
Lee's Summit, MO  64063
Phone:   (816)  524-7288 
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Giving Thanks to God
by Rich Deem

Giving thanks to God is not an optional thing for the Christian. Thankfulness to God for His love, care for us, and His provision for our salvation permeates both Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, giving thanks to God was often done through the Levitical sacrifice. In several instances, specific people were assigned the task of giving thanks to the Lord.

Reasons for giving thanks

The scriptures give many reasons why we should be thankful to God.

Reason Verse
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.

 

Give thanks in Everything!

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.

My Personal Story of Thanksgiving

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.

 
A Psalm for Thanksgiving
(Psalm 100)

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And His faithfulness to all generations
 

What are some verses I can use in giving thanks to God?

The Old Testament and the New Testament provide many Scriptures for giving thanks to God. One primary factor is that God is given thanks just for who He is, not just for what He does. Throughout the context of many of these verses, you will see God’s character or one of His many attributes described.

Give thanks for who God is:
Psalm 136:2-3 - Give thanks to the God of gods. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords. His faithful love endures forever.

1 Chronicles 16:8-9 - Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his miracles.


Give thanks to God and what He has done:
Psalm 136:4-9 - Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who placed the earth on the water. His faithful love endures forever. Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights -- His faithful love endures forever. The sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever and the moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever.

Give Thanks to God regarding His love, goodness and faithfulness:
Psalm 118:1 - Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 138:2 - I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.

Jeremiah 33:11 - The sounds of joy and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will be heard again, along with the joyous songs of people bringing thanksgiving offerings to the LORD. They will sing, `Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good. His faithful love endures forever!' For I will restore the prosperity of this land to what it was in the past, says the LORD.


Give thanks to God for our daily provision, answer to prayer, and for others:
Romans 14:6 - Those who have a special day for worshiping the Lord are trying to honor him. Those who eat all kinds of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who won't eat everything also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.

2 Corinthians 1:11 - He will rescue us because you are helping by praying for us. As a result, many will give thanks to God because so many people's prayers for our safety have been answered.

Philippians 1:3 - Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God.

Colossians 1:3 - We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Give thanks to God for everything, who God is, and for God being near:
Ephesians 5:20 - And you will always give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 4:9 - Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever.

Revelation 11:17 - And they said, "We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the one who is and who always was, for now you have assumed your great power and have begun to reign.

Psalm 75:1 - For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune Do Not Destroy! A song. We thank you, O God! We give thanks because you are near. People everywhere tell of your mighty miracles.