Prayer Tip: Delight in the Lord

Psalm 37:4  Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

What do you desire in your heart?

Paul Trip, in his book Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, says

“You and I are always desiring.  Desires precede, determine, and characterize everything you do.” (p.78)

“If my heart is ruled by the desire for a certain thing, it will … shape my attitude when I pray … I will pray self-centered and demanding prayers – if I pray at all. … I will not want God to be a wise, loving, sovereign Father who gives me what He knows is best.  Instead, I will want a divine waiter who delivers what I have set my heart on. …

When a certain set of desires rules our hearts, we reduce prayer to the menu of human desire.  Worse, we shrink God from his position of all-wise, all-loving, all-powerful Father to a divine waiter we expect to deliver everything we ask.” (p. 83)

By delighting in the Lord, we see Him for who He is (and we see ourselves for who we are), and overwhelmingly desire what He wisely and lovingly has waiting for us.  The desire of our heart becomes what He desires for us.  That’s why the Psalmist can assert so confidently, ‘He will give you the desires of your heart.’

‘Delight yourself in the Lord’ as the main focus of your prayers this week.  Note what happens and share it with someone.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
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Songs of Worship, 8/2/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Songs of Worship, 7/26/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Songs of Worship, 7/19/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Prayer Tip: Keep on Believing! Pray!

It is a BIG mistake to think God is not listening or doesn’t care when we pray and don’t ‘see’ results.  And yet isn’t that what I’m doing when I get discouraged with the lack of results and lose motivation to pray?

I was talking (complaining?) to God about that and then opened up the Bible to read Psalm 116:1-2

1 I Love the LORD, because He hears My voice and my supplications.
2 Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live.

Notice the circumstances in which the Psalmist made this declaration3 “The cords of death encompassed me, And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. 4 Then I called upon the name of theLORD: “O LORD, I beseech Thee, save my life!”

The Psalmist is saying that because he KNOWS God hears his prayers and takes note of his requests and even listens to the sighs of his heart, that  motivates him to love God and PRAY – as long as God gives him breath.

Keep on believing.  Keep praying!  Leave the results with God, knowing that His ways are so much better than what you can dream up to ask anyway.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Prayer Tip: Wandering Sons and Daughters

I have a growing Wandering Sons and Daughters list that I pray for daily.

I pray that they (and all people) will know ‘fear of God’ in order to detect and hate their sin.  Psalm 36:1-2 NIV  (John 3:36 is true for every person.)

My request:  Abba, help them come to their senses and return home to You, the perfect Father, and know that You wait with open arms.  Luke 15:17-20

A verse I pray:  ‘I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.’  Jer. 24:7

I give praise and thanks to God who is El Qanna – the Jealous One.  He laid down His life to win our all-consuming love and will zealously love us (read discipline) to exclude any and all others.  Ex. 34:14; 1 John 4:10; Heb. 12:6

I confess/acknowledge Him to be the Faithful One who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16:8) and often ask help to avoid getting in His way.

I pray for His help and wisdom as parents to graciously speak truth in love according to the need of the moment and to eagerly wait with ‘a ring and a robe and family celebration’.

Meet you at the Throne.

For more information on the Grace Bible Church Prayer Team, visit begrace.org/prayer.
For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.

Songs of Worship, 7/12/2015

This Week’s Songs of Worship:
Music helps us to connect right thinking and right feeling. The more we know God, the more we’re inspired to sing and to live our entire lives worshiping Him. Here’s a chance to learn this week’s songs ahead of time!

CREATION
God is the great and loving Creator

FALL & REDEMPTION
We have rebelled and need Jesus

RE-CREATION
God is making us new in Jesus


For more information about Grace Bible Church, visit begrace.org.