How does God work through prayer? Karis Church member Anna Hulbert shares her passion for prayer.Read More
During the summer months, the Karis Church elders encourage the church to read through one book together. This serves to bring us all together as we learn more about a specific topic.
This year, they have chosen Praying Together: The Priority and Privilege of Prayer in our Homes, Communities and Churches by Megan Hill.
As Megan says in the introduction, "...this book is a call to each one of us to consider the praying together we have done and are doing and hope to do: the childhood dinner-time prayers, the youth-group prayer vigils, the spontaneous prayer in dorms rooms and parking lots and at the back of the church...This book is a call to pray together and to keep praying together with renewed energy."
We hope you'll join with us this summer as we read through Praying Together. We have copies available on Sunday mornings for the discounted price of $5.
Grab a book and get a friend to read with you. Let's read together and pray together this summer.
Check out these words from Matthew Henry of 17th and 18th century England:
Pray for the Conversion of Non-Christians who are Hostile to Christianity
For the conviction and conversion of atheists, deists, and infidels, and of all who are out of the way of truth, and of profane scoffers and those who disgrace Christianity by their vicious and immoral lives.
O teach transgressors your ways, and let sinners return to you. (Psalm 51:13)
O give them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, (2 Timothy 2:25), the truth as it is in Jesus, (Ephesians 4:21), the truth which accords with godliness; (Titus 1:1) that they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil. (2 Timothy 2:26)
Let those who are straying like sheep return to Jesus Christ, the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. (1 Peter 2:25)
Show those fools their folly and misery who have said in their hearts, “There is no God,” and who are corrupt and do abominable deeds. (Psalm 14:1)
Lord, maintain the honor of the Scriptures, the teaching and the testimony, and convince those who speak not according to that word, that it is because they have no dawn. (Isaiah 8:20) You have exalted above all things your name and your word; (Psalm 138:2) magnify the law, magnify the gospel, and make both glorious. (Isaiah 42:21)
Let those who will not be won by the word, be won by the conduct of Christians, (1 Peter 3:1) which we beg may be such in everything that those who do not believe may be convicted by all and called to account by all, may be brought to worship God and to declare that God is really among them (1 Cor. 14:24-25).
When you look at the world around you, what do you see? Jesus compares the world to fields. He says those fields are ready to be harvested. He says this in John 4:
35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
The fields are ripe. People all around us are ready to receive Christ. We just have to go out there and harvest. T.M. Moore says we tend to not see a “wheat field ready to be harvested” but a “weed field ready to be burned.” Do we see our world with Jesus's eyes? Let's ask Him to give us His view of the fields. Let's ask Him to work in those around us in those fields. Let's pray By Name together.
Lord of all being, there is one thing that deserves my greatest care,
that calls forth my ardent desires,
That is, that I may answer the great end for which
I am made –
to glorify thee who hast given me being,
and to do all the good I can for my fellow men;
Verily, life is not worth having
if it be not improved for this noble purpose.
Yet, Lord, how little is this the thought of mankind!
Most men seem to live for themselves,
without much or any regard for thy glory,
or for the good of others;
They earnestly desire and eagerly pursue
the riches, honours, pleasures of this life,
as if they supposed that wealth, greatness,
could make their immortal souls happy;
But, alas, what false delusive dreams are these!
And how miserable ere long will those be that
sleep in them,
for all our happiness consists in loving thee,
and being holy as thou art holy.
O may I never fall into the tempers and vanities,
the sensuality and folly of the present world!
It is a place of inexpressible sorrow, a vast empty
Time is a moment, a vapour,
and all its enjoyments are empty bubbles,
fleeting blasts of wind,
from which nothing satisfactory can be derived;
Give me grace always to keep in covenant with thee,
and to reject as delusion a great name here
together with all sinful pleasures or profits.
Help me to know continually
that there can be no true happiness,
no fulfilling of thy purpose for me,
apart from a life lived in and for
the Son of thy love.
The Valley of Vision, "Man's Great End"