Monday, May 24 – Sunday, May 30
This is the third of four weekly prayer guides as we pray fervently for the 146th General Assembly to be held online June 6-9, 2021. We are praying in advance for the commissioners, the moderator, the clerks, the General Assembly office, and all of those who have a role of some influence on the gathering. We invite you to consider setting aside a designated time each day to pray.
This week, we centre our thoughts around the word "Pray". It seems redundant to call us to prayer in a prayer guide. Yet, if you are like me, a reminder to pray is always in order. I have this habit of reading something in a cursory fashion, and if there is a request to pray, I will give a quick prayer to the Almighty, then move on to something else that is pressing. Is this familiar to you?
Throughout the Bible God calls His people to prayer – in all situations. Think of Moses interceding on behalf of Israel after they messed up big time (Exodus 33:7-11), or Hanna praying her burden of childlessness (1 Samuel 2:1-10), or one of my favourite times of prayer, King Jehoshaphat with the people assembled in the face of a threatening enemy asking the Lord to deliver them (2 Chronicles 20). We read of Jesus getting up early in the morning to pray to the Father (is Jesus asking the Father for the day's agenda in Mark 1:35?), the early church gathering to pray that they might proclaim the Word with boldness (Acts 4:24-30), and Paul reminding the Thessalonian Christians that as they worship, they are to pray unceasingly (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We are called to join with all the saints of the Scripture and from all ages of the church to pray … to give praise, to confess sin, to utter thanks, to intercede that the Lord would do the will of heaven here in our midst. Before we pray this week, one final word of encouragement from John Calvin:
- We see that nothing is set before us as an object of expectation from the Lord which we are not enjoined to ask of Him in prayer, so true it is that prayer digs up those treasures which the Gospel of our Lord discovers to the eye of faith. The necessity and utility of this exercise of prayer no words can sufficiently express. (Institutes, 3.20.2)
So … let us pray!
Download the full-length Prayer Guide for the week to come.
By Rodger McEachern, Callingwood Road Church, Edmonton AB