Prayer Requests 1-18-20

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Psalm 140

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers;
    protect me from the violent,
who devise evil plans in their hearts
    and stir up war every day.
They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s;
    the poison of vipers is on their lips.

Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked;
    protect me from the violent,
    who devise ways to trip my feet.
The arrogant have hidden a snare for me;
    they have spread out the cords of their net
    and have set traps for me along my path.

I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”
    Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer,
    you shield my head in the day of battle.
Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord;
    do not let their plans succeed.

Those who surround me proudly rear their heads;
    may the mischief of their lips engulf them.
10 May burning coals fall on them;
    may they be thrown into the fire,
    into miry pits, never to rise.
11 May slanderers not be established in the land;
    may disaster hunt down the violent.

12 I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor
    and upholds the cause of the needy.
13 Surely the righteous will praise your name,
    and the upright will live in your presence.

8 thoughts on “Prayer Requests 1-18-20

  1. In Ch 18 of Matthew, Jesus is answering the disciples question about who is greatest in heaven. It.’ a good lesson, but for all the many times I have read it, I still don’t understand v. 18.
    “Truly I say to you. whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven. And whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    In the light of redemption and forgiveness. I have never understood that.
    Any insight?

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  2. Chas upon reading your post Paul and I had a short discussion about the reference. We both concluded that is escapes our understanding but we know if our Lord said it there is truth in it. We just are not understanding the application of it. Not much help are we? 😊

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  3. Chas, my version reads: Shall have been bound and shall have been loosed. Implying that if we are walking in the Spirit and attuned to the Word, we will be confessing (agreeing) with what is already done in Heaven. By truly calling out sin and forgiveness, we are expressing what is already done.
    We are seated with Him in the heavenlies.

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  4. Our church (in a view that is in step with the writings of Spurgeon and other commentators through the ages) has seen those verses as referring the visible church (beginning with the apostles) to the extent that it is rightly carrying out the Word of God on earth, “opening and closing” the doors of membership, recognizing the charge of church discipline, etc. As that role is rightly carried out on earth (and only then), it is ratified in heaven.

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  5. Prayers would be appreciated for the next four days. I have to work, having just worked the last two days. My doctor and I had some worthwhile discussion about my health challenges this week, and I found out some more about what is going on with me internally. Nothing life threatening, but lots to keep making me fatigued. As the doctor said, I have very little reserve capacity, so working grueling hours very quickly puts me on the edge. I think I told you that the issue about me working in the community has been resolved, and I will be staying in the clinic at least for now. It was resolved because someone else quit, and I was needed to take their place. Pray for strength to do what needs to be done. I love the work, but I need more time in which to do it and there is no time. The way the schedule was looking for tomorrow when I saw it yesterday, there aren’t even any breaks.

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  6. Kizzie, I suspect on some level he realizes that already. What I mean by that is that children sense if the adults in their lives are weaker or stronger than they are–and they want and need them to be stronger. They respect and trust the one who is stronger (if that adult is also trustworthy), and they learn they can’t trust the one who is weaker, because a weak adult can’t protect them (can’t even protect them from themselves).

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