O Great God – A Prayer Song

I love listening and singing music from Bob Kauflin & Sovereign Grace Music. They have been writing God-exalting songs for over 30 years that the church enjoys singing.

Bob Kauflin is the director of Sovereign Grace Music and has been writing music for most of his life. He spent several years touring with the group GLAD. He has also written several books entitled Worship Matters & True Worshippers.

One particular song that Bob has written is entitled “O Great God”. It is a beautiful ballad of worship to God. This song was birthed from the prayer “Regeneration”. The words to this prayer go like this:

Occupy the throne of my heart, take full possession and reign supreme,
lay low every rebel lust, let no vile passion resist they holy war;
manifest thy mighty power, and make me thine for ever.
Thou art worthy to be praised with my every breath,
loved with my every faculty of soul served with my every act of life.

Bob wanted to set this prayer to music because of how often he asked God to do whatever he needed to do to make him love and glorify God more.

This is a great song for all of us to sing that would help remind us to love and glorify HIM more. Take a look at the words and then click on the link at the bottom to watch and listen to the song. I am excited to introduce this to my church!

O great God of highest heaven
Occupy my lowly heart
Own it all and reign supreme
Conquer every rebel power
Let no vice or sin remain
That resists Your holy war
You have loved and purchased me
Make me Yours forevermore

I was blinded by my sin
Had no ears to hear Your voice
Did not know Your love within
Had no taste for heaven’s joys
Then Your Spirit gave me life
Opened up Your Word to me
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace

Help me now to live a life
That’s dependent on Your grace
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face
You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed
O great God of highest heaven
Glorify Your Name through me

Lord, let this be my prayer – that I would love and glorify You more and more each day!

Points To Ponder – December 16, 2016

Points To Ponder

5 Easy Holiday Traditions – [A Man’s Guide]

By: Kris Dolberry

When I was 9 years old, my parents decided to take a weekend trip to the Smokey Mountains in early December. Needless to say, it stuck. Over the years grandparents, extended family, and friends have made the trip with us. Now 28 years later, our weekend trip to the Smokies has become one of the great highlights of the year for my kids, and ushers the Christmas season into full swing for us.

Traditions are important. They can be significant spiritual markers for your family. And, the holidays are a great time to start. Here are a few easy ideas:

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The Bible In America: 6-Year Trends

by: Barna Group

With over 5 billion copies sold, the Bible remains earth’s most-read book. But the world in which we read and engage with the Bible is rapidly changing. The steady rise of skepticism is creating a cultural atmosphere that is becoming unfriendly to claims of faith; the adoption of self-fulfillment as our culture’s ultimate measure of good is re-orienting moral authority; and the explosive growth of digital tools such as Bible apps, daily reading plans, study resources and online communities offer unprecedented access to the Scriptures.

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Why We Should Pray For All People, Including our Leaders?

by: Casey Lewis

I have talked about prayer in my last two posts, specifically for whom we should pray and what it takes for us to be able to pray for all people. If you haven’t read those two posts, I encourage you to do so. Today I’m going to end the series by providing motivation to pray.

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The Broken Places

by: Reba Bowman

In Ernest Hemingway’s, A Farewell to Arms, there is a quote that has always struck a chord with me,

“The world breaks everyone, and afterwards many are strong in the broken places.”

There is nothing romantic about brokenness. No poetry or fancy words can dress it’s ugliness up to an acceptable level. We fight against it with every fiber of our being and we pray that it never reaches our door. But it does.

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A Post-It Not Conviction

There are times in my life that I just know that God is trying to tell me something and most of the time, it takes several times for me to realize just exactly what HE is saying.

Post It NoteOver the past few weeks a good friend of mine and fellow blogger, Anthony Baker, has been talking about prayer on his blog The Recovering Legalist. Several of this post have brought some good thoughts about prayer to mind and have made me think that I just don’t pray enough.

But nothing hit me has hard as when I came home and found a note from my daughter that read:

Dear Jason, I’d really like to talk with you today. Love, God

I felt like I had just be slapped across the face by my own daughter.

So many times we rush through our days, trying to get things done, trying to do “ministry” and we forget to do the most important thing that any of us could do – PRAY!

Here are several awesome quotes about prayer:

“Prayer is the vital breath of the Christian; not the thing that makes him alive, but the evidence that he is alive.” – Oswald Chambers

“We are all too busy to use the mightiest weapon God has given us – prayer!” – J. Sidlow Baxter

“When you kneel in prayer, don’t give God orders, just report to your Commander in Chief for duty.” – Michael Catt

“I’d rather be able to pray than be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught his disciples how to preach, but only how to pray.” – D. L. Moody

A good friend of mine one said, “Prayer should not be for us to change the mind of God; prayer should be for God to change us and conform us to HIS will.”

Take time today to pray – to talk with the One who gives your breath. To speak to the Creator of the universe. The One who holds everything in his hands!

What Is One Thing We Can’t Do Enough Of

Do you know the answer? Think very hard! It is something that I know that I don’t do enough of and I would say that I am not the only one that would agree with me.

Got any idea? Its PRAYING!

Chuck Smith said this about praying:

 “The most important thing a born again Christian can do is to pray.”

I Thessalonians 5:17 says – “Pray without ceasing”!

Here are a few ways that you can pray for your life and your ministry:

  • Pray for your husband / wife
  • Pray for your future husband / wife
  • Pray in the mornings
  • Pray at night
  • Pray with your children
  • Pray with your spouse
  • Pray at the same time each day
  • Pray at your church over the seat that someone will be sitting in the next service
  • Pray for your church
  • Pray for your pastor
  • Pray for your worship pastor (hint, hint for some of you!)

Paul E. Billheimer said this:

“Satan does not care how many people read about prayer if only he can keep them from praying”.

Satan want to keep us from praying because pray is powerful and effective!

We know that praying is powerful and effective but it is also very hard! I want to hear from you about what you think is the hardest part of praying!

Leave your comment below:

Are You Being Bold?

Today I came across a great devotional from Eddie Carswell. He is the lead singer for the christian group Newsong. He was talking about the verse in Hebrews 4:16 that says,

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

He went on to say that because Jesus, as a man, was tempted in every way just as we are – He knows the everyday problems that we go through. Because of this, He understands what we are going through and that is why He is telling us to come to Him  – but come to Him with boldness, asking for mercy and grace to help us when we need it the most.

Eddie went on to tell about Newsong’s road pastor, Bobby Joiner, and how he used this little saying to get this verse across to the guys in the group. His saying was this – “going steady with EDDY”. Here is what he meant:

  • Early – If possible, get up early in the morning before the demands of the day overtake you and give your first minutes or so to God in prayer.
  • Daily – We need daily food from the Father. Have a daily plan to feast on the Word of God. It provides us with nutrition for our spirits.
  • Diligently – You get out of your prayer time with God what you put into it. Put forth maximum effort to diligently focus on God and Him alone.
  • Yielding – Be ready to say YES to God. Don’t let any fine print be in the contract of your obedience to God.

Make God’s Word a priority in your life today! Make God’s Word a priority in your life EVERYDAY! Let’s begin to pray like we have never prayed before and let’s make praying a priority! What an incredible thought it is that God, the creature of the universe, wants to talk to me and has time, mercy and grace just for me!

Are you being BOLD?