Proverbs Day Fifteen | Gospel centred prayers

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It is my experience, and there is some evidence in the Bible to support this, that the prayers God delights in are not often fanciful words, long petitions or doctrine punctuated monologues. Of course, long words, petitions or sentences are not wrong de facto, but the thing I have discovered that counts most – more than time, tone or vocabulary – is the heart.

The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright. Proverbs 15v8 (NLT)

When I speak to God does my heart mean it? Of course upright should be understood as having the right heart in prayer, but also I take it to mean the kind of uprightness that could only be accomplished through the promise and power of Jesus Christ.

Don't let prayer be limited by the clock, your knowledge or your ability to construct fluent sentences. Just speak to the Lord when the moment comes using the words that come – relying that the acceptable prayer is one that is made through faith in Christ Jesus, not our way with words. God will delight in that!

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. Proverbs 15v8 (ESV)

Proverbs Day Eight | Do not neglect a priceless gift

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Just working my way though Proverbs again has reminded me once again of the high value of wisdom. Praying for it, to receive it, to spot it, to apply it and to not neglect it are priceless activities.

Listen to my instruction and be wise. Don’t ignore it. Proverbs 8v33 (NLT)

I want to pray everyday for wisdom, and an increase in learning, a dose of common sense and a fear of God grounded in knowledge and understanding. I pray that for my wife, my children and the brothers and sisters in Christ and live around me.

Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it. Proverbs 8:33 (ESV)

Conversation with Simon and Helen Moores re Street Pastors

By | Blog, Life change, Love, Loving the poor, Prayer, The gospel, Witnessing

We have just had a really encouraging afternoon together with Simon and Helen Moores from Spring Terrace Church.  They have been involved in the Swansea Street Pastors for a number of years and we were able to chat with them about that work. For the recording of the conversation click here.

They have provided me with a link for a video about the work in Swansea which is well worth a watch.

Band of Brothers update

By | Band of Brothers, Blog, Church, Holy living, Life change, Prayer, Worship

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We had a great evening together. We worshipped, prayed for one another and had some extremely helpful biblical insight and encouragement from JT. There was a sense of calling, purpose and, most of all, some courageous honesty in the room. Thank you guys.

The first application was that we, ourselves, be proactive in meeting up with another guy or two and perhaps pray together for The Hill and other situations in our lives.

The second application was that we consider finishing the following sentence in front of those guys: If you really knew me then you would know that I…

Until next time let us keep praying for more men, more of God and more honesty!


Giving Your All

By | Prayer, Provoked Within

Yesterday I concluded the series Perfect church? I spoke about the local church being the hope of the world. This statement I believe with all my heart and as a consequence have taken pay-cuts, surrendered a career, laid aside a great pension, moved home, change country and up-rooted my family three times in the last 14 years. However, on Saturday I had the opportunity to hear someone speak on this statement again and was reminded once more that my commitment to serve God in building his local church is one that I need to make every single day.

On Sunday I spoke on the last of the seven churches featured in the book of Revelation. In conclusion I handed out the following card, with the daily prayer that I had been given on the Saturday. My recommendation was that anybody caught up with a vision to build the church, particularly the Hill, should spend time asking God to speak personally to them about what it means for them to offer Jesus the things listed. Perhaps deal with each item listed as a separate question.

Ask the question: Lord, what does it mean for me and my part in the Hill to joyfully offer God my love/heart/talents/energy/creativity/faithfulness/resources/gratitude?