He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. Psalm 111:9.
Both in public and in private worship, it is our privilege to bow on our knees before the Lord when we offer our petitions to Him. Jesus, our example, “kneeled down, and prayed.” Of His disciples it is recorded that they, too, “kneeled down, and prayed.” Paul declared, “I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra knelt. Daniel “kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God.”
True reverence for God is inspired by a sense of His infinite greatness and a realization of His presence. With this sense of the Unseen, every heart should be deeply impressed. The hour and place of prayer are sacred, because God is there; and as reverence is manifested in attitude and demeanor, the feeling that inspires it will be deepened. “Holy and reverend is His name,” the psalmist declares. Angels, when they speak that name, veil their faces. With what reverence, then should we, who are fallen and sinful, take it upon our lips!
Well would it be for old and young to ponder those words of Scripture that show how the place marked by God’s special presence should be regarded.—Gospel Workers, 178.
High-flown language is inappropriate in prayer, whether the petition be offered in the pulpit, in the family circle, or in secret. Especially should the one offering public prayer use simple language, that others may understand what is said and unite with the petition.—Gospel Workers, 177.
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—-I have an unspoken prayer request. Rose
—-Please pray for John who has had his gallbladder removed recently and is very weak and has very low blood pressure. M
—-Please pray for my wife as she has a job opportunity at our conference. We pray she gets it as she is only part time now. It is expensive to live here. Nathan
—- Please pray for my friend’s son Brett who has Covid , double pneumonia a tear in his lung and a pulmonary embolism. He was admitted to the hospital today and in ICU! She was told by her other son that he’s in bad shape. Sadly he is not a believer, but his Mama is, and she is praying and asking for prayers! Mary
—-Please pray for Larry who is in rehab. Rose
When Ronnie Jay was about four, we lived in a small trailer park next door to our pastor’s house. Whenever Pastor Earnhardt would mow his large lawn, do some repair work, or anything else he did outside of his house, Ronnie Jay would follow him around, talking constantly, and often getting in the way. Sometimes the pastor would send him home because he was afraid that our son would get hurt, but most of the time he let him stay. They developed quite a bond.
One of Ronnie Jay’s fondest childhood memories is of a church camp out we went to when he was seven. Having the habit of awaking shortly after the first rays of sunlight peeked over the horizon, he unzipped the tent and quietly crept outside. He was used to this quiet time before anyone else awakened, so he contented himself with exploring the campsite. Before long, he noticed that he was not alone. Pastor Earnhardt was sitting against a tree and reading his Bible. Soon Ronnie Jay was quietly sitting beside him. Before long, they were in whispered conversation.
When we finally awakened and looked out of the tent’s window, we had to smile at what we saw. A short distance away was our pastor with his arms around Ronnie Jay, teaching him how to swing a bat. Then Pastor Earnhardt walked a short distance away and tossed the ball toward our son. Ronnie Jay was so happy when he actually hit it. The pastor was nearly as excited as he was.
Just as our son watched for Pastor Earnhardt to come out of the house, so he could be with him; so our focus is to be upon our Dear Saviour. “Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.” Psa 123:1,2 As we behold our Loving Creator, we will be “changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Cor 3:18
Just as Ronnie Jay loved to spend time with our pastor, so we should love to spend time with our Loving Redeemer by meditating upon His Holy Word and praying without ceasing. (1 Thes 5:17) “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.” Psa 119:9-12 “Paul advises, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Tim 2:15 David declared, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.” “O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.” Ps 5:3; 55:17; 30:12 Praise God! As we study and pray, He answers us! He promises, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” Jer 33:3; Isa 30:21; Ps 32:8
May we open our heart’s door to our Great Redeemer, keep our focus upon Him, and “follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth” is my prayer. Rev 14:4