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8/30/09 - 6th class

posted Sep 6, 2009, 6:17 PM by Matt Harmless   [ updated Sep 7, 2009, 5:51 AM by Ashley Harmless ]

Today we covered all of Chapter 3 and discussed some of the potentially legalistic viewpoints in the book.  This led to some interesting discussions.  :)

8/23/09 - 5th Class

posted Sep 6, 2009, 6:10 PM by Matt Harmless   [ updated Sep 6, 2009, 6:16 PM by Ashley Harmless ]

Today we covered all of Chapter 2.

There were some good challenges today when it comes to how we should pray.  There were three specifics that I (Matt) challenged the class with:  

(1)To be sure before they prayed and while they prayed that they really were in God's presence.
(2)To have the thought of Him definitely in mind.
(3)To be more taken up with Him that with their petition.
 

8/16/09 - 4th Class

posted Sep 6, 2009, 6:08 PM by Matt Harmless   [ updated Sep 6, 2009, 6:09 PM by Ashley Harmless ]

We attempted to finish Chapter 1 dealing with Reasons to Pray.

7/19/09 - 3rd Class

posted Jul 22, 2009, 2:17 PM by Matt Harmless   [ updated Jul 22, 2009, 2:27 PM by Ashley Harmless ]

Meeting with God

GREAT GOD
In public and private, in sanctuary and home,
    may my life be steeped in prayer,
    filled with the spirit of grace and supplication,
    each prayer perfumed with the incense of atoning blood.
Help me, defend me, until from praying ground
I pass to the realm of unceasing praise.
Urged by my need,
Invited by thy promises,
Called by thy Spirit,
I enter thy presence, worshipping thee with godly fear,
                                awed by thy majesty, greatness, glory,
                                but encouraged by thy love.
I am all poverty as well as guilt,
                having nothing of my own with which to repay thee,
But I bring Jesus to thee in the arms of faith,
            pleading his righteousness to offset my iniquities,
            rejoicing that he will weigh down the scales for me,
            and satisfy thy justice.
I bless thee that great sin draws out great grace,
                that, although the lest sin deserves infinite punishment
                because done against an infinite God,
                yet there is mercy for me,
                for where guilt is most terrible,
                there thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep.
Bless me by revealing to me more of his saving merits,
            by causing thy goodness to pass before me,
            by speaking peace to my contrite heart;
Strengthen me to give thee no rest
                            until Christ shall reign supreme within me,
                            in every thought, word, and deed,
                            in a faith that purifies the heart,
                                                overcomes the world, works by love,
                                                fastens me to thee, and ever clings to the cross.

from the book "The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions" compiled by Andrew Murray

7/12/09 - 2nd Class

posted Jul 22, 2009, 1:41 PM by Matt Harmless   [ updated Jul 23, 2009, 1:23 PM by Ashley Harmless ]

Prayerlessness is a sin.  So often we do not view it that way.

Andrew Murray, in his book "The Prayer Life" discusses prayerlessness this way"

What is it, then, that makes prayerlessness such a great sin?  At first it is looked upon merely as a weakness.  There is so much talk about lack of time and all sorts of distractions that the deep guilt of the situation is not recognized.  Let it be our honest desire that, for the future, the sin of prayerlessness may be to us truly sinful.  Consider --

What a Reproach it is to God.  -- There is the holy and most glorious God who invites us to come to Him, to hold converse with Him, to ask from Him such things as we need, and to experience what a blessing there is in fellowship with Him.  He has created us in His own image, and has redeemed us by His own Son, so that in converse with Him we might find our highest glory and salvation.

What use do we make of this heavenly privilege?  How many there are who take only five minutes for prayer!  They say that they have no time and that the heart desire for prayer is lacking; they do not know how to spend half an hour with God!  It is not that they absolutely do not pray; they pray every day -- but they have no joy in prayer, as a token of communion with God which shows that God is every thing to them.

If a friend comes to visit them, they have time, they make time, even at the cost of sacrifice, for the sake of enjoying converse with him.  Yes, they have time for everything that really interests them, but no time to practice fellowship with God and delight themselves in Him!  They find time for a creature who can be of service to them; but day after day, month after month passes, and there is no time to spend one hour with God.

Do not our hearts begin to acknowledge what a dishonor, what a despite of God this is, that I dare to say I cannot find time for fellowship with Him?  If this sin begins to appear plain to us, shall we not with deep shame cry out: "Woe is me, for I am undone, O God; be merciful to me, and forgive this awful sin of prayerlessness."


Seeking to be a man of prayer,

Matt

7/5/09 - 1st Class

posted Jul 22, 2009, 1:37 PM by Matt Harmless   [ updated Jul 22, 2009, 1:40 PM by Ashley Harmless ]

Today we introduced the book around the table.  This introduction came while we were eating doughnuts and drinking coffee.  The assignment today was to read through the first 6 points given in chapter 1.

May the Lord teach us to pray,

Matt  

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