August 19, 2018
This Sunday Randall Gruendyke will be continuing our Praying Together series with a sermon on Giving Thanks Together, from select passages. This is God’s clear will for us, Grace: “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).” This is not easy. It’s a team effort.
So, would you take time to pray the following on behalf of all who will gather with us for worship at Grace this Sunday?
Lord, fill us with Your Holy Spirit, as we gather this Sunday to address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, and as we sing and make melody to You with our hearts. Transform us into a people who give thanks always and for everything to You, God our Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Adapted from Ephesians 5:18-21)
See you Sunday!
P.S. – Another way we can “pray together” is by taking the prayers of saints who have gone before us and learning to pray as they did. When it comes to private prayer, do you struggle to pray thoughtfully, intentionally, and broadly? Do you ever feel like you run out of things to say to God?
John Baillie (a Scottish theologian and pastor in the late 1800s – early1900s) wrote A Diary of Private Prayer which is a very helpful tool to aid and give structure to our times of private prayer. It is a collection of morning and evening prayers for thirty days. It includes prayers of thanksgiving, praise, confession, and hungering and thirsting for God. You might consider picking up a copy (only $9.11 on Amazon!) and using it as an aid to prayer.
P.P.S. – It’s never too late to join us in our Take Up Your Sword reading. Let’s seek God’s face together this week by reading Acts 24-28. Dive in!