Little Boy's Prayer

Good morning friends!

When Robert Louis Stevenson was a boy he once remarked to his mother, "Momma, you can't be good without praying." "How do you know, Robert?" she asked. "Because I've tried!" he answered.

This brings to mind a story about another little boy; one who had been sent to his room because he had been bad. A short time later he came out and said to his mother, "I've been thinking about what I did and I said a prayer." "That's fine," she said, "if you ask God to make you good, He will help you." "Oh, I didn't ask Him to help me be good," replied the boy. "I asked Him to help you put up with me."

I think we have all prayed similar prayers to that little boy!

Know this week that I am praying for you and that I am grateful you are part of the Harvest family.

Pastor Wes

 

The Great Omission

Good morning friends!

Years ago Catholic theologian Hans Kung wrote a 702 page volume called On Being A Christian. Strangely, it does not include a chapter, or even an index entry, on the subject of prayer. He later said that he regretted the oversight; he was so stressed about meeting his publisher's deadline that he simply forgot about it. [Taken from the book Prayer by Philip Yancey.]

It's hard to see how such an omission could be made, but I can think of something even worse: the omission of prayer in our daily lives. We get busy, we get stressed, and we overlook the most important aspect — and certainly the greatest privilege — in the life of a believer.

When it comes to prayer, there are two important directives from Scripture to remember: Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6) and Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Don't let pressure, stress, deadlines, or frustration keep you from praying. As these things increase, increase your prayers. How things turn out is in God's hands, as always, but we have one guarantee: "If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand." (Philippians 4:7 NLT)

Praying you have a fantastic week!

Pastor Wes

 

Obedience

Good morning!

In John 14 we find one of the most significant verses for spiritual formation: “If you love me, keep my commands” (v. 15).

To love Christ means keeping his commands — this week let’s pray together that we can do our best, with God’s help, to keep the commands of Christ! Why? Because we love him.

Listed below are some commands of Christ found in the Gospels. Learning these will help us in our journey in becoming more like Christ.

1. Repent (see Mt 4:17)

2. Rejoice when men persecute you for Jesus’ sake (see Mt 5:11–12)

3. Let your light shine before men (see Mt 5:16)

4. Be reconciled to fellow believers (see Mt 5:23–25)

5. Do not lust (see Mt 5:28–30)

6. Do not swear falsely or break an oath (see Mt 5:37)

7. Do not take revenge on someone who has wronged you (see Mt 5:38–42)

8. Love and pray for your enemies (see Mt 5:44–46)

9. Grow to be like Jesus (see Mt 5:46–48)

10. Let your righteous behavior be seen by God and not done for others (see Mt 6:1–18)

11. Store up treasures in heaven by doing good works (see Mt 6:19–21)

12. Seek God’s kingdom before all things (see Mt 6:33)

13. Do not render negative evaluations of others (see Mt 7:1–3)

14. Use discernment when sharing the gospel (see Mt 7:6)

15. Petition God with the expectation that he’ll answer (see Mt 7:7–8)

16. Treat others as you want to be treated (see Mt 7:12)

17. Pray for gospel missions (see Mt 9:37–38)

18. Be pure of intention (see Mt 10:16)

19. Fear nothing but God (see Mt 10:28)

20. Honor your parents (see Mt 15:4)

21. Deny your self-interest and follow the will of Christ (see Lk 9:23–25)

22. Seek reconciliation with believers who have sinned against you (see Mt 18:15–17)

23. Forgive those who seek our forgiveness (see Mt 18:21–22)

24. Respect the permanency of marriage (see Mt 19:4–6)

25. Serve fellow believers (see Mt 20:26–28)

26. Give to the government what is due that authority (see Mt 22:19–21)

27. Love God with all your heart, soul and mind (see Mt 22:37–38)

28. Love your neighbor as yourself (see Mt 22:39–40)

29. Be ready for Christ’s return (see Mt 24:42–44)

30. Partake of the Lord’s Supper/communion (see Mt 26:26–28)

31. Be born again (see Jn 3:5–7)

32. Teach the gospel and make disciples (see Mt 28:19–20)

 

Have a great week and thanks for partnering with me in prayer!

Wes

Prayer Requests

Good morning everyone!

I pray this email finds you doing well. This morning email is going to be short, as I just want to encourage to spend some focused prayer on just a couple of things:

1.     Life Group launch — pray that all of our groups that are launching go well, and many great things happen in the lives of all those that attend.

2.     Pastoral Staff and their families — our team has been working really hard and moving fast to continue to meet the demand of the ministries Harvest. Pray for strength, protection, rest, peace, clarity, wisdom and insight. Our team loves HC, and let’s show our love for them by praying for all of them as much as possible.

Thanks again for partnering with me in prayer, and know that God is still on the throne and prayer changes things!

Onward,

Pastor Wes