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A prayer on the 4th of July

This is from Scotty Smith at the Gospel Coalition blog site:

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Dear Lord Jesus, it’s the 4th of July weekend—a holiday set aside to remember and revel in the freedom we enjoy as citizens of America. Two things immediately come to mind as I think of the “4th”. I thank you for our country, as broken as she is, and for the liberties and privileges I have as a citizen of the United States. And I thank you that I escaped childhood with all my fingers, given how many fireworks I abused on and around this holiday!

But that for which I’m most grateful, as I think of the “4th” is the consummate freedom I enjoy as a citizen of heaven—as a member of the “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God… called to declare your praises, for you have called us out of darkness into your wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9).

To be set free by you, Jesus, is to be free indeed (John 8:36). I will gladly enjoy the accouterments of the “4th of July” this weekend. But I will resolutely stand firm… for the rest of my life… in the freedom for which you have set us, your people, free.

I praise you, Jesus, that I am free from the guilt of my sin, for you took my place on the cross, exhausting the judgment I deserve. I praise you for freedom over the power of sin, for you have broken its dominion in my life. I praise you for freedom from the fear of death, for you removed its sting and robbed the grave of its victory.

I praise you that I can now obey God from my heart, and not out of pride, pragmatics or pretense. I praise you for the freedom to come boldly to the throne of grace—into the very holy of holies, for you have secured this “new and living way” for us. I praise you for the freedom of repentance—for you have born my shame and I don’t have to pretend or pose anymore. I praise you for the freedom to risk, instead of rusting the rest of my life, for life is no longer about performance, but your praise.

Jesus, by the power of the gospel, I will seek to stand firm in these, and many more freedoms you’ve won for us, and I will seek to resist all slaveries until the Day you return to finish this magnificent “liberation suite.” Hallelujah, what a Savior you are! Hallelujah, what a salvation you freely give us! So very Amen, I pray, in your liberating and lovely name.

Pray for Chili

At 3:34 am local time, today, February 27th, a devastating magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded. According to Chilean President-elect Sebastian Pinera, at least 120 people are known to have been killed so far. The earthquake also triggered a Tsunami which is right now propagating across the Pacific Ocean, due to arrive in Hawaii in a few hours. The severity of the Tsunami is still not known.

Praying for Haiti

Tomorrow in class we will have an update from Don and Sonia regarding Haiti and a time of prayer. Please be in prayer specifically for the teachers, families and students at the school we support in Haiti through Don and Sonia’s ministry. Also I have included here a recent article for prayer needs and update in general that is from the president of the Baptist Haiti Mission.

This is an update from Phil Johnson’s blog site on January 15;

Ron Pierre, board president for Baptist Haiti Mission, sends this update,
Prayer Requests following Haiti's Earthquake
Many of you are asking what the big prayer items are so that you can share these with your churches this upcoming Sunday. Here are some ways you can support us through prayer.
  • That God would work in the hearts of the people and that many would come to know Him through this tragedy.
  • Wisdom to know how to start helping the many who are hurt, without food and water or without shelter.
  • Safety as we receive supplies and start to distribute them. There is always a concern that we could be the target of mobbing if they know we have lots of supplies.
  • That God would miraculously supply the needed diesel, water and food that we need. Our hospital needs the generator to keep it running, so diesel is a huge need.
  • That the medical team scheduled to arrive on Tuesday would be able to arrive without any troubles and with all their supplies.
  • For strength for the hospital staff, missionaries, and all those involved in the relief efforts to continue day by day.
  • Thank you so much for your prayers. We are continually seeing God at work and we know that He is answering prayers.