That which God abundantly makes the subject of His promises, God’s people should abundantly make the subject of their prayers.

Jonathan Edwards


3 Responses to “Abundantly”

  1. Edward M. Bounds: “Gifts, talents, education, eloquence, God’s call, cannot abate the demand of prayer, but only intensify the necessity for the preacher to pray and to be prayed for. The more the preacher’s eyes are opened to the nature, responsibility, and difficulties in his work, the more will he see, and if he be a true preacher the more will he feel, the necessity of prayer; not only the increasing demand to pray himself, but to call on others to help him by their prayers.”
    “Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in prayers to God for me” (Rom 15:30).
    At all our prayer services, I have heard you ask numerous times for others to share their prayer requests. I do not recall ever hearing you make a specific one for yourself.
    With a wish to serve you who serve us so diligently, it would please us to know of any specific prayers you would have us make for you and Heather, Benji. Would you care to share a specific concern, or would you prefer we lift you up generally to our Father?

  2. Shelley,

    This is less specific {I can give specifics as well} but this is a nice list:

    That I as a pastor would…

    Remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith.
    Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness
    Command and teach these things.
    Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
    Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.
    Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
    Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.
    Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
    Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
    Honor widows who are truly widows.
    Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach.
    Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.
    If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.
    Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
    Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
    As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
    In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality.
    Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.
    Let all who are under a yoke as slaves regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled.
    Teach and urge these things.
    But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
    Fight the good fight of the faith.
    Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
    I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
    O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you.
    Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,”
    Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,
    Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,
    By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
    be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,
    and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
    Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.
    Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.
    Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel,
    Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers.
    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
    But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,
    So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
    Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.
    And the Lordโ€™s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness.
    Avoid such people. (lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.)
    But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
    preach the word;
    be ready in season and out of season;
    exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
    be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
    They (insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party) must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.
    Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
    But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
    urge the younger men to be self-controlled.
    Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us.
    Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
    Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
    But avoid foolish controversies, genealogies, dissensions, and quarrels about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.
    As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
    And let our people learn to devote themselves to good works, so as to help cases of urgent need, and not be unfruitful.

  3. It is a VERY good thing I take much delight in praying! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Be assured I shall, with gladness and joy, abundantly make your office the subject of my prayers, for I know it would please our Father.
    I am almost afraid to ask
    but, Is there anything we can pray for Heather?

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