Prayer Warrior

May Prayer Newsletter 2014

May 2014

Dear Prayer Warriors,

He has risen! He has risen, indeed! Easter is over and this month is the time we honor the Lord's Ascension and Pentecost. It is also Spring, and time for vacations. My Spouse and I just got back from a Worldwide view weekend with  several speakers giving lectures on various topics centering on Biblical truth.  It was an awesome experience. We listened to speakers such as; an Egyptian that told how the Muslims persecuted him as a Christian. He read the Quran and described the origins of Islam. Another speaker talked his life and two generations of his German family as ministers standing up for their faith during Nazi rule and behind the Berlin wall. One man talked about his life as a devote Roman Catholic for 30 years before he really became commited to Christ. A number of speakers discussed the false prophets of today and how to spot them. Dr. Henry Morris III had a lecture on creation vs. evolution.  I came home from this experience with new insight, and not just accept everything at face value. I will read the Bible and discern for myself led by the Holy Spirit.

But I can tell you one thing I can count on. When I go to my church I know that every sermon will always have the good news of Jesus' saving grace. "I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God for salvation to eveyone that believes."  Romans 1:16

Yours in Christ,

Stephen Ministry 

Prayer Requests

Those Serving in the Military: Greg Kassel; Mike Leonas
Health Concerns: Inge Richardson, Debbie Volz, Dee Merrifield, James Standridge
Recovering from Surgery: Joan Schwartz, George Chapman, Carla Shaw, Don Brown, John Bohon, Sarah Mahler, Mary Lou Rowland, and Don Welch
Cancer: Rev. Scott Lemmermann, Pastor Perry Copas, Joyce Buckner, Chris Slaton, Cathy Bondy, Dale Newland, Dick Troester, Paul Gregg, Vickie Wisner, Peggy Clay, Kiers Rowley
Hospice: David Creasy Sr., Joan Simpson, Justine Rein, Donna Wagner, Liz Miller, Barbara Brown
Those in Care Centers: Norma Sadler, Elnora Dammerman, Willa Davis

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

For all expecting mothers and their children; Heather Pijanowski, Rachel Micheel, and Jenny Brown.

Thanksgiving for the recent birth of Claire Elizabeth Murray, born to John and Betsy.

For all who grieve, that they would have peace that passes understanding through Jesus Christ, especially Brian and Chris Pembrook and family at the death of Brian’s grandmother.

For the unemployed and underemployed; the hungry; the poor; the homeless

That God’s Will would be done in the nations of earth, that peace and justice would prevail, and conflict and violence would come to an end in countries experiencing unrest.

For Christian marriages, that they would be founded on the love and forgiveness of Christ.

For God’s blessing upon our strategic planning process, for a spirit of peace, unity, and togetherness as we work as one in God’s Kingdom.

That God would bless all our efforts to reach out and encourage inactive members.

That God would provide for faithful stewards that together we would be effective in Boldly Sharing the Love of Christ.

Those who travel.

For the children and youth in this congregation, that they would learn and grow in the faith, and have the protection of God.

Thanksgiving for the preschool fall enrollments, and that God would continue to bless Abounding Love Preschool and its teachers.

That God would bless Our Redeemer Lutheran Church with success as they rebuild, and Pastor Zerkel with strength and wisdom in his ministry

That God would richly bless our local and international partnerships in mission:

Rev. Bob Malone at Peace Lutheran in Kansas City, MO – especially during their vacancy
Rev. Bob Roegner at Peace Lutheran in O’Fallon, MO
Rev. Ted Krey and the Dominican Republic Lutheran Mission

One of the surest marks of the Christian is his prayer life. One might pray and not be a Christian, but one could not possibly be a Christian and not pray. Romans 8:15 tells us that the spiritual adoption that has made us sons of God causes us to cry out in verbal expressions: “Abba! Father.” Prayer is to the Christian what breath is to life, yet no duty of the Christian is so neglected.

Prayer, at least private prayer, is difficult to do out of a false motive. One might preach out of a false motive, as do the false prophets; one might be involved in Christian activities out of false motives. Many of the externals of religion might be done from false motives, but it is highly unlikely that anyone would commune with God out of some improper motive. Matthew 7 tells us that in the “last day,” many will stand at the Judgment and tell Christ of their great and noble deeds done in his name, but his response will be that he does not know them.

So, we are invited, even commanded, to pray. Prayer is both a privilege and a duty, and any duty can become laborious. Prayer, like any means of growth for the Christian, requires work. In a sense, prayer is unnatural to us. Though we were created for fellowship and communion with God, the effects of the Fall have left most of us lazy and indifferent toward something as important as prayer. Rebirth quickens a new desire for communion with God, but sin resists the Spirit.

We can take comfort from the fact that God knows our hearts and hears our unspoken petitions more than the words that emanate from our lips. Whenever we are unable to express the deep feelings and emotions of our souls or when we are completely unclear about what it is for which we ought to be praying, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us. Romans 8:26-27 says, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” When we don’t know how to pray or what to pray for in a given situation, the Holy Spirit assists us. There is reason to believe from the text that if we pray incorrectly, the Holy Spirit corrects the error in our prayers before he takes them before the Father, for verse 27 tells us that he “intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

Prayer is the secret of holiness—if holiness, indeed, has anything secretive about it. If we examine the lives of the great saints of the church, we find that they were great people of prayer. John Wesley once remarked that he didn’t think much of ministers who didn’t spend at least four hours per day in prayer. Luther said that he prayed regularly for an hour every day except when he experienced a particularly busy day. Then he prayed for two hours.

The neglect of prayer is a major cause of stagnation in the Christian life. Consider the example of Peter in Luke 22:39-62. Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to pray as was his custom and told his disciples, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” The disciples fell asleep instead. The next thing Peter did was try to take on the Roman army with a sword; then he denied Christ. Peter did not pray and as a result fell into temptation. What is true of Peter is also true of all of us: we fall in private before we ever fall in public.

Is there a right and wrong time for prayer? Isaiah 50:4 talks about the morning as the time when God gives the desire to pray on a daily basis and about renewed confidence in God. But there are other passages that give times of prayer during all times of the day. No part of the day is set apart as being more sanctified than another. Jesus prayed in the morning, during the day, and sometimes all night long. There is evidence that he had a time set aside for prayer; however, considering the relationship Jesus had with the Father, we know that communion between them never stopped.

First Thessalonians 5:17 commands us to pray without ceasing. It means that we are to be in a continual state of communion with our Father.

A Prayer To Him Who Is Alive Forevermore

Thankful manFather, we thank You for Jesus who conquered death and is alive forevermore. And because He lives we live also. What hope and assurance this brings to all who repent and believe, to all who receive Your Son, Jesus, as their personal Saviour. We worship “the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. For He is alive now and for all the ages – even the ages to come.” And we give praise, honor and glory to Jesus, the Alpha and Omega, who was and is and is to come. Amen.

Lord, I Hurt!: Prayers That Teach Us to Pray

Hurting Spiritually

How can I know, Lord? How can I know for sure? This uncertainty and doubt makes me so uncomfortable! I know the words of faith -- I know what You've said! But it keeps nagging at me whether it's really all true!

Are You there? Is Jesus the only way? Is it true about heaven and hell and forgiveness and life for You now? Is it?

I can say the right words about You, but I don't know if I really believe. And that's what hurts, Lord -- this wondering, this doubt. Especially because even my praying now seems somwhat hypocritical.

Yet I am praying, because I do have at least a glimmer of hope. The message about Jesus is the only thing that makes at least some sense to me. I know I'm absolutely lost if He isn't the Savior. And if that is faith, then I do believe it -- if just barely.

But, Lord, can't You make this all more real for me? Won't You make me more confident? I would help so much.  Amen

Therefore, since we have been

justified by faith, we have peace

with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Romans 5:1

Hurting Emotionally

Lord, I am so angry and upset! The way that person has hurt me! It isn't fair! How could that person be so mean? What did I ecer do to make that person do tht evil thing!

Maybe it ws just thoughtlessness, as someone has said. But it sure doesn't feel like it -- it hurts like it was meant deliberatley. I hurt so much that I wish i could get even.

Oh Lord, have mercy and help me get over this. Calm my turmoil. Forgive my thoughts of revenge. Help me be forgiving. Cause me to act with kindness, even toward this one who has hurt me so much now. Amen.

Forgive us our debts, as we also have

forgiven our debtors....For if you

forgive others their trespasses, your

heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:12, 14

Hurting Physically

This pain, Lord, is almost unbearable. It goes on and on -day after day. Sometimes it hurts just to breathe.

When will it end, Lord? How will it end? Is this the beginning of the end of life for me, Lord? What is going to happen?

And why, Lord? Why me? Why do I have to suffer so? What have I done to deserve this? I mean, everyone has to hurt somewhat-but why musst I hurt so much, so long?

My hurting-it does make me think about Jesus and His hurting, His hurting on the cross. But my hurting now can't compare to how He hurt then. And why did Jesus suffer? So I wouldn't have to hurt forever-that's what you've said.

Oh, thank you, Lord. Thanks that Jesus hurt for me. Thanks that I will not have to hurt in hell. Thanks that my hurts now aren't as bad as hell.

But I really do hurt, as You know. So please, give me some relief - or at least the strength to get through today. Thy will be done.  Yes.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say to the Lord,

"My refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust." Psalm 91:1-2

 

Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

       On March 40, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA.  Young Dudley Atkins Tyng, bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.”   Over 1,000 of the men were converted; the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time”; the entire city was being aroused; a religious awakening was gaining force.

       The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country.  On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn.  Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs.

       Tyng’s arm was lacerated severely, the main artery severed and the median nerve injured.  Six days later, he died.  His last words: “Stand up for Jesus, father; stand up for Jesus; and tell my brethren of the ministry, wherever you meet them, to stand up for Jesus.”

       The Rev. George Duffield, Jr., pastor of Temple Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, heard the account of his friend’s passing at a memorial service, and wrote this hymn.

       Thus, the dying words of an Episcopal clergyman inspired a Presbyterian minister to write a poem.

—Ernest K. Emurian


Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
1.	Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
	ye soldiers of the cross;
	lift high his royal banner, 
	it must not suffer loss.
	From victory unto victory 
	his army shall he lead,
	till every foe is vanquished, 
	and Christ is Lord indeed.

2.	Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
	the trumpet call obey;
	forth to the mighty conflict, 
	in this his glorious day.
	Ye that are brave now serve him 
	against unnumbered foes;
	let courage rise with danger, 
	and strength to strength oppose.

3.	Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
	stand in his strength alone;
	the arm of flesh will fail you, 
	ye dare not trust your own.
	Put on the gospel armor, 
	each piece put on with prayer;
	where duty calls or danger, 
	be never wanting there.

4.	Stand up, stand up for Jesus, 
	the strife will not be long;
	this day the noise of battle, 
	the next the victor's song.
	To those who vanquish evil 
	a crown of life shall be;
	they with the King of Glory 
	shall reign eternally.

Eckert, Paul, Steve Green’s MIDI Hymnal, (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.) 1998.

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Lee's Summit, MO  64063
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Beautiful Savior
Lutheran Church
615 SE Todd George Road
Lee's Summit, MO  64063
Phone:   (816)  524-7288 
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Words of Wisdom

 

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Hymn

 

Beautiful Savior
Lutheran Church
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Lee's Summit, MO  64063
Phone:   (816)  524-7288 
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