Clintwood Baptist Church is entering into a 24 hour time of prayer focusing on those who do not know Christ. I feel that this 24 hour vigil before our Lord God, the Father is a time of clearly seeking HIS face, HIS voice, HIS compassion for us and those who do not call him Father.
Luke 18: 35-43
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging.
36 And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant.
37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”
38 And he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him. And when he came near, he asked him,
41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me recover my sight.”
42 And Jesus said to him, “Recover your sight; your faith has made you well.”
43 And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
It is the too true reality that so many in our community, nation, and world do not know our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s Son, at all, much less as a savior. The reason is that too many do not see their need for a savior. The blind do not feel the need to cry out, “Jesus, have mercy on me!” Let us pray that those blind in their sin would feel the need to see Christ clearly and their need to cry out to him.
Luke 18: 9-14
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt:
10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’
13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The self-righteous are the ones in most danger of not crying out to the Lord for mercy.
We see in Luke 18: 9-14 a contrast between the pharisee who was self righteous and the tax collector who was humble. The self righteous Pharisee was blind to his need for mercy. His salvation was of his own making. In contrast, the tax collector was honest and full of vision. He saw his sinful state before our Holy Righteous Creator God. He cries out in verse 13, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”
I ask that you spend time during this hour meditating on these two passages of scripture. The attached prayer guide is only that, a guide. Pray as you feel led, but please focus your prayers on the need for mercy. Not just for the lost in our world…but also for yourself…this church…this community.
May God richly bless you and may you hear HIM clearly during this hour of prayer.
In HIS Grip
Guide to 1 hour of PrayerJesus, Son of David, have mercy on me, a sinner
10-15 minutes: Begin your hour with rest before the Lord. Stop. Breathe. Focus on God’s Word.
These passages may help.
Psalm 141 – Ask the Lord to hear you
Psalm 142 – Plea with the Lord for mercy
20-30 minutes: Center your mind on God’s WORD. The focus of our 24 hour prayer vigil is the lost who do not know our Lord. Focus on Luke 18: 9-14 & 35-43.
Luke 18:35-43 – Are you a Pharisee or a Tax Collector in your attitude toward our Lord’s mercy?
Luke 18:9-14 – Plea with the Lord for mercy. Who do you know who is blind to Christ? Pray that the Lord would soften their hear and cry out in their blindness for mercy. Pray that they will seek Christ for this mercy and not focus on their own efforts.
10-15 minutes: End your hour of prayer with focus on Clintwood Baptist Church. Pray that our Lord would awaken all in our church to our need for mercy.
Pray this way while breathing in and out:
Breathe in: “Jesus, Son of David,”
Breathe out: “Have mercy on me, a sinner.”
Breathe in: “Jesus, Son of David,”
Breathe out: “Have mercy on us, sinners.”
Pray for the next prayer volunteer. Focus on that person.