Some Prayer Requests

Please Pray for Us

My friend, Eddie Eddings, called me yesterday and asked if I might keep Craig Boyd and his family in prayer.  Eddie not only co-authored Against Calvinism with Jeff Peterson and me, but he also blogs on the web through his humorous site, Calvinistic Cartoons. One long-time contributing commenter to Eddie’s blog has been Craig Boyd, another Reformed blogger who provides Biblical insights at his weblog, Stranger in a Strange Land. Craig was on the operating table yesterday, undergoing surgery for injuries sustained through a very serious accident. Eddie has a few details on his site (CLICK HERE). Please join us in lifting up the Boyd family in your prayers.

We have had several at Sovereign Grace Baptist Church who would be greatly comforted in knowing that many blessed believers have been praying for them:

Eugene P. has been going through several medical tests over the past few months to attempt to diagnose and treat an incredible swelling of his lower legs and feet.  His calves and ankles have swollen to nearly double its normal size. Doctors are still baffled by this. He recently had a bone marrow sample taken and the results should be here available by the end of the week. His wife, Annaliesa, suffers from a lung ailment that was diagnosed late last year in Birmingham as a rare disease that would give her only a few weeks, perhaps months to live. By God’s grace, she is still with us, but often too weak to get out of the house, or even move around.

Charlie O., has had surgery to remove bone spurs from his heel, an operation that requires there be no weight-bearing upon his left leg for at least six weeks, and that he also keep his leg elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling. As his wife, Cheryl, has suffered from fibromyalgia for over forty years, the assistance that Charlie has given Cheryl through her pain and fatigue has been a challenge through this period of surgical recovery.

Billy B., has had several ailments that have kept him from being as active as he would like. He has also been suffering some of the side effects of a medication, which has placed him in bed all last week. His wife, Chris, has also been troubled with stomach ailments, which may have arisen as a result of post-surgery difficulties following the hernia operation she had a few months ago.

James L. sat in the second pew for over a year and finally made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ after the morning service on April 29, 2011. Works unto a true repentance were manifested immediately and evidence of a regenerated, born-from-above life is noticeable, not only to those who have known him for many years, but even to me, who has known him for only a very short time. James will be baptized on July 31, 2011, desiring greatly to follow the Lord Jesus’ example and be obedient to His command. Please pray also for his wife, Jody, who is not a professing believer and has suffered years of witnessing the wicked works of false confessors and hypocritical religionists.

Each one of them mentioned above are seniors, and for some, places an added measure of difficulty to their ailments. God’s blessed providence has brought me to a church where the majority of its members are afflicted physically. I can certainly sympathize more compassionately with those suffering physical ailments than ever could before, and I am very thankful for that.

Please also pray for D.W. and his wife, Cindy, as he is deployed to the war with a Special Forces unit. We are praying for his safe return by the end of the year. We have also been blessed that most Sundays he has been able to join us in worship via the Internet using Skype.

Please pray for me also, that I may plow straight and deeply in His field; that I may remain devoted to Christ Jesus in all things; and that by God’s grace, I may embrace His grace, cling to Christ’s Cross, cleave unto Jesus Christ alone, and do all things heartily as unto Christ, for God’s glory alone.

Revised and Expanded!

Two more chapters containing 30 extra pages is the expansion to this book, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, as well as displaying a new, original cover design and interior art. Again, it is not an exhaustive work on the grace of prayer, yet, it does provide us with the framework for a blessed perspective in prayer. Below is an excerpt from the Preface for the revision:

WHEN IT BECAME certain that we must leave Scammon Bay, Alaska, it seemed there was still much to be done; nevertheless, we surely realized that everything that had already been accomplished was done by the grace of God. All things were in His hands; and from His hand He supplied; by His hand He directed; with His hand He protected and comforted.

I compiled this book very quickly from brief devotional messages and regular sermons I had preached in Alaska. They were compiled about three years after I had delivered the messages, and more than a year after having departed Scammon Bay. When I discovered CreateSpace, for some silly reason I thought I needed to put together as quickly as possible this book so that our beloved Yup’ik brethren could have this ready resource. Yes, I do say “silly” because, after all, was it not God’s grace that brought them to where they are? And was it not God’s grace that would sustain them long after I have gone? Certainly, it was. As a result, I threw the book together, and other books, such as A Puritan Family Devotional, a booklet we had only printed from a cumbersome laser printer in the past. It was my desire to get these books to Alaska as quickly as possible. As a result, some revisions and corrections were in order for just about every book.

This particular book initially failed to address, “Thy Kingdom Come,” which is Chapter Five (“God’s Heavenly Kingdom”) in this revised edition of the book. There were a few typos and some other mistakes. Still, at the time it seemed important to get the materials to the bush, warts and all, just so the saints in Christ would have something.

This revision also includes a new chapter, “Earnest, Agonizing Prayer,” which draws truth from Christ’s prayer at Gethsemane on the night He was betrayed.

There is much, much, much more that could possibly have been included in this revised edition; however, the grace of prayer is a topic that we would take us to many aspects, many areas, and many perspectives for various situations and circumstances. Anyone familiar with books written about prayer might eventually speak of E.M. Bounds, having written an incredible amount on prayer contained in several volumes. With as many books as Mr. Bounds had written, most of those who have read his works will tell us that Bounds was far from exhausting the subject.

Christ taught prayer and so must we. Nevertheless, He was not very long about it. Our beloved Savior spent more time in prayer than He did teaching about it.

If this little book helps even one soul to be drawn more intimately to Christ through prayer, then it was certainly worth revising, and most definitely worth writing in the first place.

May we grow in grace and submit to the Spirit of Christ to strengthen us in faith for God’s sake and unto His greatest glory.

Paperback Available Now!

Teach Us to PrayThe paperback book, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, is now available through www.createspace.com as well as through www.amazon.com.

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When we went to minister to the village of Scammon Bay in Alaska, and as pastor of Scammon Bay Covenant Church, my wife, Lisa, and I had determined that our ministry would be a true ministry of faith. We would seek God first, and seek Him only to see our needs met; and we would seek assistance from no one else except God, unless we were prompted specifically to seek help from another by the Spirit of God while praying.

During our short time (2005-2008) in that Yup’ik village that lay on the coast of the Bering Sea about 500 air miles from Anchorage, we witnessed time after time after time the Lord’s hand of grace upon us, answering prayer, bringing revival, ministering needs, &etc. There was evidence of His divine providence and outright miraculous intervention. Some of these episodes and instances have spread through personal testimony of those who have been to our humble parsonage and our little community church, and because of just a few of the true stories that came forth from that ministry, I have been exhorted to write a book about God’s answers to our prayers.

But rather than write a book about what God did for us, and through us, and among us in Scammon Bay, the Lord really impressed upon my heart that what would be most important, most special, most glorifying to Him, is to write a book that teaches a bit more of how to have a dynamic, effectual, and Biblical prayer life. That seemed good to me to do so because if God’s people are praying intently to seek Him, be with Him, and desire Him according to the Word He has revealed through Jesus Christ, by the Holy Spirit, then others don’t need to hear of my testimony, or Lisa and Rachel’s testimonies, but rather, they will have their own testimony of what great and marvelous things our awesome God hath done!

This book is not an exhaustive study on prayer.  Quite the contrary.  Since having written it, I have learned even more about prayer and more about the prayer life that I should have as a Christian, and often fall short of  attaining. Nevertheless, there are some blessed truths in it that will build the prayer life of the newest believer, as well as encourage and strengthen the prayer life of the most mature of saints.

The Printed Paperback

Teach Us to PrayThe printed publication, Lord, Teach Us to Pray, will be available for purchase through CreateSpace.com  online.  CreateSpace is an amazon.com Company.  Lord, Teach Us to Pray is a paperback edition consisting of 96 pages in easy-to-read 12 pt. font.

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