Notes from a recent teaching to leaders at East Gate Alliance Church on how to seek God.
Good thoughts from my friend David Kitz.
Reading: Psalm 86
A prayer of David.
Hear me, LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.
You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, LORD;
listen to my cry for mercy.
When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me (NIV).
What posture or position do you take when you pray? Do you kneel, stand or lie prostrate? Do you bow your head, or raise your head and look heavenward? Do you fold your hands or raise them to God?
Cheticamp, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia — photo by David Kitz
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Reading: Psalm 73
When my heart was grieved
and my spirit embittered,
I was senseless and ignorant;
I was a brute beast before you.
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds (NIV).
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This is very good.
Reading: Psalm 73
A psalm of Asaph
Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
From their callous hearts comes iniquity;
their evil imaginations have no limits.
They scoff, and speak with malice;
with arrogance they threaten oppression.
Their mouths lay claim to heaven,
and their tongues take possession of the earth.
Therefore their people turn to them
and drink up waters in abundance.
They say, “How would…
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It will soon be one year since Marion and I started holding weekly gatherings for prayer and worship in our home.
We began doing this in response to God’s call to be part of birthing His house of prayer in our city. Throughout the year one of the prayers we have prayed many times is for God to awaken the intercessors across the city.
In response to our prayers and the prayers of many others, houses of prayer are springing up across the earth as the Spirit of God prepares the Bride for her Bridegroom King. An especially exciting development from our perspective (because it is so close at hand, just east of Vanier) is the launch of Burning Hearts House of Prayer at East Gate Alliance Church on Codd’s Road.
Marion and I will be away for the next couple of weeks. Following the Christmas holidays, we plan to join forces with Nahia Haddad and the team that God is raising up at Burning Hearts House of Prayer. Look for us there on Thursday evenings, and maybe at other times as well.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised (Psalm 113:3)