Theology

Morning Devotions : A Simple Plan!

Cause me to hear Your loving kindness in the morning, For in You do I trust;
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.”  Psalm 143:8

I recently asked one of our young people at church how their personal devotions were going and I got the sheepish look that I often see when I bring up that subject!  Well, we know from Psalm 119, where 173 out of the 176 verses speak about the importance of God’s Words, Laws, Commandments, Statues and Testimonies, that studying and meditating on God’s Word is very important.  After being a Christian for over forty years I have learned that morning IS the best time for such things, as the Psalmist suggested just above, AND that we all need some sort of accountability.

At Church of the King I have encouraged the Saints to follow a simple method that I use as a minimum.  It has helped me to stay in various portions of the Word on a daily basis and uses the calendar to keep me accountable.  Each morning I read a chapter from the Psalms or Proverbs along with at least one chapter from both the Old and New Testaments.  Over the years I have found it best and helpful to simply read straight through both Testaments and in doing so I am always at different places when I read a chapter from each, which often shows how things in various books relate to one another!  I read at least one chapter from each Testament and if time allows you can always add more.

It is Psalms and Proverbs that keep me accountable and of course it is important that we read and meditate on both on a regular basis.  Using our 12-month calendar I am able to read through both twice each year.  I use January and July as the months to read Proverbs, which is a great way to start the New Year!  There are thirty-one days in each of those months so they fit Proverbs very well:  I read a chapter each morning and if I fall behind the calendar tells me how much catch-up that I need.

There are 150 Psalms and they work nicely for the other five month periods from February to June and from August to December, though if each of these months had 30 days it would be much easier.  🙂  Again I read a Psalm each day according to the schedule below and I use Psalm 119 to fill in some of the 31st days as you will see so that we break up the longest Psalm.  Again you are moving thru 1-30 and then 31-60 etc. so the calendar again keeps us accountable.  Of course we also read those chapters from the Old and New Testaments depending on where we are at in each.  I simply keep three book marks in my Bible to keep track of where I am each morning.

So here is what it looks like:

January:  Proverbs 1-31
February: Psalms 1-30   [Yes, you have to read Psalms 28-30 on the last day unless it is a leap year :)]
March:  Psalms 31-60     [On March 31st read Psalm 119:1-40]
April:  Psalms 61-90
May:  Psalms 91-120      [On May 17, read Psalm 117 & Psalm 119:41-72.  Then on May 19th you read Psalm 119:73-104 & on May 31 Psalm 119:105-176]
June:  Psalms 121-150

July:  Proverbs 1-31
August: Psalms 1-30      [On August 31st read Psalm 119:1-40]
September Psalms 31-60
October Psalms 61-90   [On October 31st read Psalm 119:41-72]
November Psalms 91-120    [On November 17th read Psalm 117 & Psalm 119:73-104 and on November 19th Read Psalms 119:105-144]
December Psalms 121-150   [On December 31st read Psalm 119:145-176]

Reading the Old & New Testaments with just one chapter from each every day will take you through the New Testament every year and it will take you  about two-and-a-half years to finish the Old before starting over.  I hope this helps and I trust you will be blessed with a new commitment in the New Year because as Psalm 119 tells us, God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our paths!

Theology

Praying Against Planned Parenthood!

Sadly, this month Planned Parenthood is “celebrating” 100 years and I have been asked to lead a time of prayer in front of one of the clinic on Saturday October 15th.  At the end of a period of silent prayer we will be praying a version of Psalm 10 as Church of the King does each January when we weep over the Roe v. Wade decision.

I pray that such prayers can be lifted up throughout our land!

 

A Great Prayer Against Planned Parenthood

 

“The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer.”  Psalms 6:9

 

On this 100th Anniversary of the founding of the largest abortion provider in America our prayer to God will be a responsive praying of Psalm 10 Calling for the Lord’s Judgment on the sin of abortion and the demise of Planned Parenthood:

 

Leader: Dearly beloved, in the book of Revelation we see that as the office-bearers of the Church proclaim the Word of God, and as the people of God pray for salvation, God is faithful and pours out fiery wrath upon His and their enemies on the earth.  Let us join together now in prayer, asking that God will pour out his wrath on those who shed innocent blood by murdering pre-born infants through the heinous sin of abortion, and also upon all those in alliance with them.
May God’s judgment be unto repentance for all those who engage in these wicked acts.
Let us pray.

People:  Why, O Jehovah, do you stand afar off?  Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
(Psalm 10:1)

Leader:  Most Gracious Heavenly Father, for almost 44 years our nation has sanctioned the execution of the innocent whose only ‘crime’ was their inconvenience as pre-born human beings.  Tens of millions have been slain by Planned Parenthood in this holocaust as our civil leaders have sanctioned our nation’s descent into moral darkness.  Have mercy upon us, O Lord, and deliver us from this great evil.

People:  In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.  For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul, and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces Jehovah.  In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”      (Psalm 10:2-4)

Leader:  Father, our leaders have stepped outside your boundaries.  They have exercised power which you have not given them, and they have licensed organizations like Planned Parenthood to exploit the weak and market their very lives.  They have thus subverted your law.
Have mercy upon us, for Jesus sake, and deliver us from such arrogance.

People:  His ways prosper at all times; your judgments are on high, out of his sight; as for all his foes, he puffs at them.  He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”  His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression; under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.  (Psalm 10:5-7)

Leader:  O Lord, an immeasurable amount of money has been made trafficking in unborn lives here at Planned Parenthood.  They have together all profited – the hospitals, the clinics, the doctors, the pharmaceutical companies and the politicians who have built their careers standing against your Holy Law.  Have mercy upon us, take not Your Holy Spirit from us, – destroy their power and deliver their wealth unto the righteous!

People:  He sits in ambush in the villages; in chiding places he murders the innocent.  His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless; he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net. The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.  He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”    (Psalm 10:8-11)

Leader:  O Almighty God, the poor, the weak, the unprotected have so often been ambushed in the name of ‘rights’ and ‘privacy’.  But you, O Lord, know both evil men and their victims by name.  Have mercy upon us, in the name of Jesus, and stop the unrestrained assault upon children by Planned Parenthood.  Destroy all those who murder in secret; exalt the righteous.
People:  Arise, O Jehovah; O God, lift up your hand; forget not the afflicted.  Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, “You will not call to account”?  But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands; to you the helpless commits himself; you have been the helper of the fatherless.  Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer; call his wickedness to account till you find none.      (Psalm 10: 12-15)

 

Leader:  O merciful God, who wants not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live, and have revealed yourself as pardoning iniquity through your only Son; we ask you to have mercy upon the impenitent and unbelieving, especially upon all the abortion doctors and suppliers and staff who work at Planned Parenthood and the abortion mills.  Awaken in them by your Holy Spirit a deep sense of their sinfulness and peril.  Take from them all ignorance, hardness of heart, and contempt of your Word.  Make them to know and feel that there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby they must be saved, but only the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  And so bring them home and number them among your children that they may be yours forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

People: Jehovah is king forever and ever; the nations perish from his land.  O Jehovah, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more. (Psalm 10:16-18)

Leader:  And now Father, protect those who, through their own frailty or through the temptations which encompass them, may be drawn into the evil council of Planned Parenthood and tempted to the heinous sin of abortion.  Give them, we ask you, the direction and assistance of your Holy Spirit, that they may live not unto themselves, but unto Him that loves us and gave Himself for us.  Give them repentance and better minds.  Be merciful to all who are in such trouble; and do, the God of pity, minister to them according to their several necessities; for His sake who went about doing good, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.