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Thanksgiving Prayer Time

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Thanksgiving Prayer Time

By Lowell Snow – www.leadingprayer.com

[Instructions at conclusion]

[Introduction]

“It pleases God when His people remember the good that He has done and express their thankfulness to Him in prayer.

“Let’s spend the next few minutes praying silently together in an attitude of appreciation and adoration of our Heavenly Father.

“Would you bow your heads with me now as I guide us in this time of silent prayer? Please bow with me now. [wait 3 seconds]

[Scripture Meditation:]

“With your heads bowed; listen to these words from a psalm of David that was first sung over 3,000 years ago.

Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works!

[wait 2 seconds]

Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! [1 Chron 16:8-9 NKJV]

[wait 2 seconds]

[Visualization: David bringing ark into Jerusalem]

“With your head still bowed; think back to the time when David was King in Jerusalem. It’s a day of great celebration. King David is bringing the Ark of the Covenant to it’s new Tabernacle in Jerusalem. Many thousands of people have come to see the golden Ark of God brought into the city of peace.

“Imagine that you’re there waiting and hoping for an opportunity to see the Ark go by. You’ve heard about it all your life, but never dreamed you’d see it. This is the very Ark made in the time of Moses. The Ark that carries the very presence and power of God. In the presence of this icon of holiness - rivers stopped, city walls fell, pagan idols toppled over, and great armies fled in terror.

“As you watch, a procession of hundreds of priests go by singing and playing instruments. They sing about the great miracles that God has done and the wonders of His creation.

“What will you do when you see the Ark? Should you bow in silence? Should you shout for joy? Then someone points and yells, “It’s coming!”

“Carried on golden poles by strong young priests; the Ark of God comes toward you. Your mind is filled with wonder and amazement by all that it represents.

[wait 2 seconds]

“As the Ark nears, your hands reach for the heavens and the song of David leaps from your heart:

"Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! [1 Chron 16:31-34 NKJV]

[wait 2 seconds]

[Guided silent prayer]

“Would you pray silently right now and praise God for something wonderful He’s done in your life. [wait one second] “It could be something He’s done recently or long ago.

“It could be something He’s done for you personally or for your family.

[wait three seconds]

“Now praise Him silently for something wonderful in His creation.

[wait three seconds]

“Count your blessings to Him. Thank Him for as many good things as you can think of.

[wait seven seconds]

“Thank Him for each member of your family and pray briefly for each one.

[wait ten seconds]

“For the next few moments, let’s thank God for the wonderful things He’s done for America.

“Thank Him for leading our founding fathers to build a nation based on the Bible.

[wait three seconds]

“Thank Him for our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

[wait three seconds]

“Thank Him for all the soldiers who’ve fought to preserve our freedom.

[wait three seconds]

“Thank Him for Godly men and women who serve faithfully in government.

[wait one second]

“Pray silently for any government officials you know by name.

[wait ten seconds]

“Now pray silently the following prayer as I pray it out loud.

“Heavenly Father. We owe so much to you. The lives that we live here in America, are what our forefathers dreamed of and prayed for. Their prayers have come to pass in our prosperity and freedom.

[wait one second]

“Dear Lord, as a nation; we are guilty of becoming complacent in our prosperity. We have assumed that we would not have to continue the struggle for the liberty and luxury handed down to us.

[wait one second]

“Some have forgotten that everything good is from you. Like the ancient Israelites, many have become ungrateful and sinful. We are reminded of these words from Your Holy Bible:

…they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful , but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools… [Rom 1:20-22 NKJV]

[wait three seconds]

“Lord, we do not want to become fools. We are gathered here today because we still believe in You. We are thankful to You and we desire to live lives that are pleasing to You.

[wait one second]

“But Lord we are also aware that we are sinners. Our thoughts and motives are too often of this world and to seldom heavenly.

[wait one second]

“Father, we pray for revival in our land.

[wait one second]

“We pray for revival in our churches.

[wait one second]

“We…pray for revival in our own hearts and minds.

[wait three seconds]

[Benediction:]

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. [Eph.3:20-21 NKJV]

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[Guiding the prayer time:]

If this is the first time you’ve led a guided prayer time; read over sections 1 and 3 in Prayer Guide – A Manual for Leading Prayer; listen to a guided prayer time on my web site, DVD, or CD; and then practice reading this one out loud. Feel free to copy it into your word processor and edit it however you want.

If you’ve led this type of prayer time before, use your own words and just follow the outline.

If you’re leading a worship service; you might ask for instrumental music to be played very softly in the background. This background music should not have a recognizable melody. Some musicians can play beautiful chord progressions that work well. Others will find it easier to play the chords of an unfamiliar hymn or song.

The prayer time should come at the heart of worship with at least one song before and after. Try to eliminate ‘dead time’ before and after the prayer time. Click here for more help or see Appendix 2 in the back of the Prayer Guide book.

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As you read the scriptural meditation - emphasize any words in bold.

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Ministry news:

Ministry in the East

Eastern USA that is. Peggy and I spent most of October in North Carolina and Virginia. We were there for Prayer Empowering Weekends in Roanoke, VA and Princeton, NC and speaking at the annual conference for Lay Renewal at Ridgecrest, NC. This involved two round trips to the east coast, but we took some extra days both times to do some site seeing and visit with my brother Ruffin and his wife Melissa.

 

Vance Havner’s birth place - a lesson in intercession

Many of you have read at least one of the many books by the late evangelist Vance Havner. (1901-1986) I have been blessed and challenged by them and had the privilege to hear him preach a couple of times at conventions. While visiting with my brother, he told me that his church had recently been given Vance Havner’s birth place, (the house, not the land) so we went to see it.

Vance was not only born in this house, he talks about it in his books. From the back porch, (pictured in header of this newsletter) you can look across the Smoky Mountains to the west. On a clear day it’s quite a view and it’s there that Vance Havner was inspired by the greatness of God.

From the picture, you can see that the house is in a bad state of repair and it’s so full of junk that you can’t walk through it. My brother is trying to figure out if it’s possible to move it, repair it, and put it to some good use. If you have any thoughts on that subject, you can contact Ruffin Snow at http://www.tcbc.org/ .

The only reason this house has endured decades of neglect is that it had a galvanized metal roof. I can imagine at some point there was a discussion by Havner’s family about spending the extra money for a premium roof. My guess is that the fierce storms that blast the tops of these mountains had something to do with their decision.

You could draw a lot of illustrations from that, but the truth that comes to my mind is that many people go through storms of life that last for decades. During those times, many will neglect their relationship with God. Instead of drawing close to their Heavenly Father for strength and sustenance; they drift away. How do some survive while others do not?

As the storms come one after another the person's faith becomes weaker and weaker. Their lives are damaged sometimes to the point that repair seems impossible. Those who survive usually have a prayer warrior interceding on their behalf. Like that old house had a virtually indestructible roof; they have the prayers of a righteous prayer warrior surrounding them.

Are you an intercessor for someone who's life seems destined for the land fill of broken down souls. Keep praying. You may be providing the only spiritual protection that will sustain them until the day of their renovation.

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Header picture taken by me at birth place of Vance Havner in community of Jugtown near Hickory, NC.
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