Prayer Post 4 - Thankfulness to God
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him; sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgements he uttered, O offspring of Israel his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! - 1 Chronicles 16:8-13
Father, I have so much for which to be thankful to You. I have more to be thankful for than I have words to speak. Our church has so much for which we are thankful to You. You have been so gracious to us. When we stop to ponder the wondrous works that You have done, we are overwhelmed with Your kindness, and Your generosity towards us. That kindness and that generosity which culminated on a cross over 2000 years ago, when You did not withhold Your Son, Jesus Christ, but gave Him up for us, that we may today be called Your “chosen ones!”. That kindness and generosity that even today is at work, as we see Your gospel being proclaimed not just from the pulpit on Sunday mornings, but each and everyday by men and women who make up this church, who proclaim Your gospel in their homes, at their jobs, and all over the streets of Bellingham and beyond. That kindness and that generosity that even today is transforming vessels of wrath into vessels of mercy. That kindness and that generosity that has called us into adoption as Your sons and daughters.
Gracious Father, let us never cease to celebrate Your deeds among the peoples. As we see people saved, let us celebrate, and drop to our knees and give thanks to You, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Let us never stop saying thank You. Let those words be the first words to come out of my mouth as I rise in the morning, and my last words as I lay my head down to sleep at night. Thank You, thank You, thank You.
These monthly blog posts were inspired by a daily prayer post that is written by Scotty Smith on the Gospel Coalition website at: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/scottysmith/. I have found them to be an excellent daily reminder for me of the gift that time in prayer is for us, and I encourage you all to read these each and everyday.
I would also like to post some prayer requests for Redeemer Church, as we see God moving greatly in so many ways, and as we celebrate all the evidences of grace. Please be in prayer for the following:
- Our facility - we need prayer for wisdom, discernment, and unity as a church in making the decision whether or not to purchase the building we are meeting in. If we decide to purchase it, we will need to raise around $50,000 for upfront costs.
- Church planting team members - we are wanting to see at least 6 people for the Boston team and 6 more for an unreached people group to commit to between 1-2 years to planting the Gospel in these locations.
- More conversion, more baptisms, more church planters raised up, and more multiplication of gospel communities.