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Prayer Instructions

Instruction in Prayer: 5       Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: 6       That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7       Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009). Ro 15:5–7.

The Lord's Prayer "All Christian prayer is based on the Lord’s Prayer, but its spirit is also guided by that of His prayer in Gethsemane and of the prayer recorded in John 17. The Lord’s Prayer is the comprehensive type of the simplest and most universal   p 414  prayer. Three forms of the Lord’s Prayer exist in early Christian literature—two in the New Testament (see Matthew 6:9–13; Luke 11:2–4) and the other in the Didache 8:2, a non-canonical Christian writing of the early second-century from…

What’s left when everything else is stripped away? At the end of 1 Corinthians 13, Paul says there are three remaining things: faith, hope and love. Paul uses those three words in one verse in three other places. To him, they were the triumverant of the Christian virtues.

Though intertwined, Paul distinguishes their functions in 1 Thes. 1:3. He wrote, “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Faith produces good works. Paul could not imagine faith without works. If a person believes something, it will lead to action. James would later comment that a faith without works is dead. Strong beliefs lead to strong action.

Love leads to labor. The word Paul uses for labor is different from the word he uses for works. There is pain involved in the word-a sense of weariness. Faith may prompt people to do good deeds, but only love compels them to continue to work…
April 11

Augustus M. Toplady, 1740–1778
  For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea … they all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them and that rock was Christ. (1 Corinthians 10:1, 3, 4)
This fervent plea for Christ our eternal rock to grant salvation through His sacrifice and to be a place of refuge for the believer is one of the most popular hymns ever written. With strong emotional impact, it proclaims Christ’s atonement on the cross to be the only means of salvation, making man’s tears and efforts to justify himself of no avail. Also it urges us to find consolation and security in Christ our rock—even at the time of death.
Augustus Toplady’s strong and passionate lines were actually written to refute some of the teachings of John and Charles Wesley during a bitter controversy with …