Solomon’s Porch Prayer Book
Week of October 18th, 2020
Instructions: The Gospel of Christ opens up the Throne of God to us and makes it a place of welcome instead of a place of judgement. It is the believers distinct call and privilege to enter into the Sovereign King’s Court and commune with Him in His presence. As a disciple (one who orders their life around this reality in Christ) it is our call to worship the Father, through the Son, and in the Spirit. Worship is the center of our life and the fountain from which our whole life should flow.
- Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to commune with your heavenly Father.
- Take 8-10 minutes and read the Scripture you choose or one of the ones provided below. Read it as many times as you can in the 10 minute period.
- Take 8-10 minutes and sit before the Lord and listen…. bring your life before the Lord and let the Lord through the passage you just read search through your heart.
- Take 2-4 minutes and confess any sin that the Lord has shown you during this time. Pray the Corporate Prayer given below to close this time.
- Take 8-10 minutes and pray for others (make a list of people and needs on Sunday evenings)
Start out with 30 minutes, but look to increase to at least an hour over the course of your growth in grace. It’ll be hard at first, but eventually you’ll get to the place where you will not want to leave and an hour will not seem long enough.
Preparing our Heart
Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Based on Psalm 105:1-3
We give thanks to You Lord and call upon Your name. Help us to faithfully declare Your deeds to all people, but especially to our own people. Let us sing in our hearts, homes, and churches of Your wonderful deeds. O that we would glory in You Holy Name. O that we would be filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, that we would overflow with rejoicing continually.
In Jesus Name, Amen
Hymns for this Week
Psalm 105:1-3 (sung to Ellacomb)
A Mighty Fortress (Tune)
Before The Throne Of God Above (Tune)
Lyrics for all this week’s songs can be found on our “Order Of Service”
Scripture Readings for this Week
Clicking on the day of the week will take you to a single webpage that contains all the Scriptures for that day
Our Sermon Text This Week
10.18.20 Philippians 3:10
Prayer of Confession for the Week
Taken from “The Valley Of Vision: Openness” pgs 246-247 published by Banner of Truth, edited for corporate use by Jeremy Mack
LORD OF IMMORTALITY,
Before whom angels bow and archangels veil their faces, enable me to serve thee with reverence and godly fear. Thou who art Spirit and requirest truth in the inward parts, help me to worship thee in spirit and in truth. Thou who art righteous, let me not harbour sin in my heart, or indulge a worldly temper, or seek satisfaction in things that perish. I hasten towards an hour when earthly pursuits and possessions will appear vain, when it will be indifferent whether I have been rich or poor, successful or disappointed, admired or despised.
But it will be of eternal moment that I have mourned for sin, hungered and thirsted after righteousness, loved the Lord Jesus in sincerity, gloried in his cross. May these objects engross my chief concern in this life!
In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Westminster Shorter Catechism for October
96. What is the Lord’s Supper?
Answer: The Lord’s Supper is a sacrament where, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to Christ’s appointment, his death is shown forth [a] and the worthy receivers are made partakers of his body and blood — not in a corporal and physical manner but by faith— with all his benefits to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace [b].
97. What is required to worthily receive the Lord’s Supper?
Answer: It is required for one to examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord’s body; of their faith to feed upon him, and of their repentance, love and new obedience, lest they eat and drink judgement to themselves by coming unworthily [a].
[a]. 1 Cor. 11:27-32
98. What is prayer?
Answer: Prayer is offering up our desires to God [a] for things in agreement with his will [b] with confession of our sins [c] and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies [d] in the name of Christ [e].
99. What rule has God given to direct us in prayer?
Answer: The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer [a] , but “the Lord’s Prayer” is the special rule of direction which Christ taught his disciples [b].
100. What does the preface of the Lord’s Prayer teach us?
Answer: The preface of the Lord’s Prayer, which is “Our Father in heaven”, teaches us to draw near to God with all holy reverence [a] and confidence [b] as children to a father [c] who is able and ready to help us [d] and to pray with others and for others [e].