PRAYER GUIDE – September 2012
- FCF Canada will have outreaches at several fairs and farm shows in Quebec Province in September. We pray that our Lord will have many testimonies of salvation and restoration at the following events – Exposition Agricole de Brome, 8/31 to 9/3; the Shawville Fair from 8/30 to 9/3; Exposition Agricole de Richmond 9/6 to 9/9; Festival Western de St. Tite from 9/7 to 9/16; Expo de Havelock on 9/8; Town Shippers Day on 9/15.
- FCF Canada is active in Ontario Province is also having outreaches at the following events – Hastings Highland Loggers Games on 9/1; The Renfrew Fair from 9/5 to 9/9; The Orono Fair 9/6 to 9/9; The Renfrew Plowing Match on 9/15; The Lindsey Fair 9/19 to 9/23; The International Plowing Match at Roseville from 9/18 to 9/22; The Barie Fair 9/28 to 9/30. Heavenly Father, bless each of these outreaches and reap a great number of souls for your Kingdom.
- Today is Labor Day in the U.S. which has become the last holiday of summer in much of the U.S. but, more importantly, it celebrates the accomplishments of the hard working men and women who founded, nurtured, expanded, fought for, and prospered this nation. Carpenter, as we celebrate the workers and the work they have done, we also celebrate the work you did for us as you died on the cross but refused to remain in the grave. Your resurrection grants us the hope of eternal life as well. Thank you, Jesus.
- Other shows in FCF Canada will have outreach efforts and need our prayers as well. They are The St. John Exhibition in New Brunswick Province from 8/30 to 9/2; The Picton-North Colchester Exhibition from 9/5 to 9/9 and The Windsor Exhibition from 9/21 to 9/23, both in Nova Scotia. In the states there is the Luzerne County Fair in Dallas, Pennsylvania from 9/5 to 9/9; The Gratz Fair from 9/16 to 9/22 and The Bloomsburg Fair 9/22 to 9/29 both in Pennsylvania; The Farm Science Review in London, Ohio from 9/18 to9/20. Redeemer, continue to bless the efforts of our
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- Dave Mugler, former FCFI board member, recently had open heart surgery. Ron Bodke, former board member and board president, also “went under the knife” recently. You may know of others who face serious health issues. Great Physician, minister to these humble servants who need your special touch. Reach down and restore these and others as they convalesce and use them to further your kingdom.
- “Martha, Martha … Mary has chosen what is better …” Luke 10:41. Jesus was visiting the home of Martha and Mary and Martha was upset that Mary was listening to Jesus instead of helping with preparations for their guests. I believe that Jesus was telling Martha and you and me as well that the most important thing we can do it to listen to and worship Him. Everything else is secondary. Holy One, forgive us for getting so busy with everyday things that we forget about you. We want and need to change our focus. Will you help us to do that?
- “Faith by itself if it does not have works, is dead”, James 2:17. Here is a little poem from Our Daily Bread, “Faith is the power that prompts us to go and give to the hungering, bread. Faith means much more than a doctrine or two. For Faith without works is dead”. When the apostles asked Jesus to “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5) he replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea and it will obey you’ “, Luke 17:6. Jesus, I believe you are telling us that if we have faith in the right person, even a little faith, we can accomplish much. Thank you for being the right Person.
- Have you heard of the organization called “Answers in Genesis”? Their message to us is that the strength of the Bible rests on our belief and acceptance of Genesis, the first book of our Bible. It is the organization that built and operates the “Creation Museum” in Petersburg, Kentucky (just across the border from Cincinnati, Ohio). Author of Our Faith, thank you for men and women who staff “Answers in Genesis”. Bless, strengthen, and prosper them as they go about the mission you have called them to and hold them to that mighty task.
- Socrates, Homer, Aristotle, Julius Cesar, and Hannibal are men of history. We read about them, study their words and accomplishments as though they are undeniable facts. Yet, the information we know about them is scant compared with the information and personal observation we have about Jesus Christ. So, why do we accept their accounts and yet question the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus? Messiah, forgive us for being a bunch of “doubting Thomas’s”. Continue to reveal yourself through you word and our testimony. “… He was seen by our five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present”, 1 Corinthians 15:6.
- Hey, are you a member of the “over the hill” gang? If not, you surely will be some day. Here is what the Bible says about “oldies”. “They shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing”, Psalm 92:14. So, come on senior citizens! God’s got work for us to do. Alpha and Omega, thank you that you are not done with us old timers even though we can’t run and jump so well or remember a familiar name or phone number at times. Guide us to where we can still be “fruit bearers”.
- “For you are like white washed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly but inside are full of all uncleanness”, Matthew 23:27. I think God is the original x-ray machine for He sees all the junk that we try to hide inside. Father, it is easy to put up a front and hide from the public view what we really are like. We are grateful that we cannot hide from you who know us. Please change us from the inside out.
- “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth”, Ephesians 4:29. Oh, how I struggle with that verse. The words come before the mind gets going. How about you? Father, forgive me for the words that should not have been said. I thank you for your forgiveness and that you recognize that I am a work in progress and that you are not finished with me yet.
- “You did not choose me but I have chosen you … to go and bear fruit … that will last”, John 15:16. Some people contend that we gentiles that have been grafted into God’s chosen people are really not “His chosen people” but I think that verse verifies that we are and the reason we are is so we can bear fruit for God’s Kingdom. King of the Jews, here we are ready, willing, and able to expand your Kingdom. Lead on.
- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous …” Joshua 1:9. The Bible tells us at least twelve times to “Be strong and courageous”. I think God is trying to tell us something, don’t you? It is probably because we are not very strong or courageous. Lion of Judah, forgive us for being a bunch of wimps. We ask for a backbone instead of a wishbone so that we can boldly proclaim your Kingdom.
- “If you return to the Lord, then your brothers and your children will be shown compassion …for the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate” 2 Chronicles 30:9. I never noticed this verse before. By turning or return- ing to the Lord, He will not only bless us but our families as well. Thank you, Image of the Invisible God, for that beautiful and valuable promise.
- Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Do not forget to wish your Jewish friends and neighbors, “Happy New Year”. King of the Jews, we thank and praise you that you give us the time you have allotted us and the promise through Jesus that our “Happy New Year” will never end.
- On this date, we celebrate Constitution Day which commemorates the formation and signing of United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. It was formerly known as Citizenship Day which honored both natural and naturalized citizens. King of Kings, we thank you for inspiring these thirty- nine brave and forward looking men who risked life, fortune, and reputation to put their names on “the dotted line” to make our constitution a reality.
- “Husbands be considerate as you live with your wives and treat them with respect … and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life so that nothing will hinder your prayers”, 1 Peter 3:7. Hey, guys, are you having trouble getting answers to your prayers? Maybe this verse will help you. Bridegroom, we husbands are sometimes a pretty sorry bunch. Get out your 2×4 and whack a little sense into our heads so we can be the man you called us to be and improve our prayer lives at the same time. Help us wives to be alert to and appreciative of our husbands’ considerate acts.
- “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the Lord, you who do what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger”, Zephaniah 2:3. Lord, we tend to “toot our own horn”. Help us to “toot” other people’s horns so that they and you will be honored.
- “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life”, 1 John 5:13. As we share the message of the “wordless beads” a common response to the question “Do you know where you will spend eternity?” is “I hope I’m going to heaven”. Messiah, release your Holy Spirit to those who doubt. Challenge them to gain the confidence in your Holy Word so that they, too, may know the source of eternal life.
- Ron Neidermeyer has been a board member of FCFI for the past ten years. He and His wife, Lavonne, hail from Talmage, a small town in Southeast Nebraska. They are the proud parents of two and grandparents of six children. While Ron raises corn and soybeans and a small herd of “beefers”, Lavonne teaches school. Ron’s hobbies are going on mission trips (22 of them) and sharing the gospel for FCFI at farm shows and fairs. Precious Lord, we thank you for the dedication of Ron and Lavonne and their willingness to share their time, talents, and wisdom with all of us. Bless them, prosper them, and their families as they continue to serve.
- Today is both the beginning of the fall season and the official end of summer, often called the Fall Equinox in the northern hemisphere. It is when the hours of daylight and darkness are about equal. Creator God, we continue to marvel at your creation. After hundreds, even thousands of years our solar system (most likely other systems, too) continues to function with accuracy and precision. We remain in awe of you and your creation.
- “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see”, Hebrews11:1. “And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who come to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him”, Hebrews 11:6. Are you sure you are going to heaven? As we share the “walking stick” message this is the hardest concept for many to grasp. Shepherd of Our Souls, as we share your message of salvation, send your Holy Spirit to release many from the bondage of doubt and reward them with the gift of faith.
- “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19 The answers to these questions is a resound- ing “NO”. Light of the World, we thank you for your Word and we thank you that your Word is true and everlasting. We can depend on it regardless of the circumstances.
- Today is Yom Kipper, the holiest day of the year for our Jewish brothers and sisters. It is also known as the Day of Atonement. While we should respect this day so important to the Jewish people, we, who are Christians, should acknowledge that Jesus “atoned” for our sins when He died on the cross. Thank you, Jesus, for completing the job of atoning for our sins, once for all.
- “We live by faith, not by sight”, 2 Corinthians 5:7. The challenge for all of us is to by faith acknowledge the truth of God’s Word (something we can see) so that we can put our complete trust in our Heavenly Father (whom we cannot see). “Then Jesus told him (Doubting Thomas), ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen (you and me) and yet have believed’ “, John 20:29. Jesus, we especially thank you for sending to us your Holy Spirit who opens our spiritual eyes to see and believe what we cannot see with our physical eyes.
- “So when they (the disciples) met together (after Jesus had risen from the dead) they asked them, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?’ “, Acts 1:6. After spending three years with Jesus and seeing Him crucified and raised from the dead, they still didn’t understand Jesus’ purpose. Are you and I still struggling to understand Jesus’ purpose? “For the Son of Man came to seek and serve what was lost”, Luke 19:10. Son of Man, we are often a little “slow”. Forgive us our “slowness” and lead us to understand and worship you for who you are and what you have done for all mankind.
- BL writes, “We are trying to bring a project to our community that would employ about ten people.” Chief Cornerstone, BL has a vision to build an entity that will be productive and add to his community, both jobs and capital formation. Other businesses are either already in existence or are “on the drawing board” that can add to the quality of life in their respective areas. Provide the ideas, people, and resources each one needs to be successful in both your eyes and the world’s eyes.
- On my desk is a list of the many different names the Bible uses when referring to Jesus Christ. If I counted correctly, there are fifty-eight. You may even have another name you use when in prayer. But, the important thing is that we pray to Him
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often. “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”, Jeremiah 33:3. Jesus, you answer to many names. Most importantly, you answer. You beat “Wikipedia” by a mile. Thank you for being the resource we can always depend on.
- “Do not forget to entertain strangers for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it”. Hebrews 13:2 Have you entertained any angels lately? I believe this verse is a challenge to all of us to open our homes, hearts, and pocketbooks to those in need. Teacher, since we are all “strange” in one way or another, everyone qualifies as a stranger. We ask for insight and discernment as to whom you want us to extend help and hospitality and lead us to do so out of love, not out of obligation.