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Monday, August 22, 2011

8/22/11 Prayer for the church

This week we will be complimenting the Prayer Guide of the Fellowship of Presbyterians.

Today we are asked to pray for leadership- using Psalm 19:Matthew 24:3-7, 12-14

Here is a complimentary passage from Joshua 1
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Taking of Jericho- James Tissot 1896-1902

Thoughts: Moses had died, and there was a whole people wandering around like a bird looking for a place to land.  But they had many obstacles in their way- walled cities, giants, equipped and trained armies.  They did not know what would happen.  Their economy was surely suffering- they had no way of making food, no standing army, no industry, no cities.  But they had faith.  God chose a leader-- raised him up.  In fact, God had been training and raising him up all along- under the tutelage of Moses. 

Prayer: Help us, O Lord to be strong and courageous.  Help us to have your Book always on our lips, meditating on it every day- every night.  In a fluid, changing, precariously perched world- help us to find you as our solid rock from which we go forth.  Increase our witness for you, Lord, at home and abroad. Raise up leaders for your Church.

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