Praying With Scripture
We've arrived at Psalm 26, a confident psalm about the safety of those who put their soul in the care and the family of God. Because the psalmist has placed his soul in the great assembly of the temple of God, and not in the assembly of evildoers, he welcomes God's judgment. He trusts God's goodwill toward him, because he has placed himself where God is.
It's interesting that the psalmist does not seem to think that his integrity by itself is sufficient. Even though he can claim integrity, he wants God to test and prove him. In one case, the word translated as "test" even means "burn" or "purify." He wants God to purify his mind and heart, since he has set himself in God's way, and since he believes that God will receive him. He believes that God chastens those whom he loves, so he seeks God's further chastening.
His confidence in God's readiness to receive him comes from the community with which he identifies. He affiliates himself with the congregation of God's worshippers. He makes himself part of God's family. And because he is in God's congregation, he welcomes God's judgment.
Do you believe that God's judgment of you is for your benefit?
Do you trust that, because you are in God's family, God will keep you in his care?
Are you so confident in the effectiveness of the forgiveness of God that, when he forgives you, you can declare yourself once again to be a person of integrity?
How could you grow in your understanding and feeling of these things?
Read the whole Psalm at the bottom of this update
Requests and Praises
Academy Alumni - Pray for our alumni, especially new alumni, who experienced Wheatstone for the first time this summer. Especially, pray for...
...those who are starting a new school year right now, that God would help them order their lives in a way that helps them grow up in him in the context of their new schedules.
...our upcoming alumni event, a potluck and discussion of Colossians on Friday.
Fall Registrations - Pray that God would move church and school groups to commit to attending The Academy 2018, Living Among Shadows.
Public Trainings - Pray for our first public Trainings, Christian Adulthood 101 on Saturday, and Discussion for Transformation on September 23. Pray that God would fill them with youth leaders who are eager to serve him in their ministry.
New Partners - Pray that God would move new churches and schools to buy Wheatstone Trainings for their faculty and staff, so that the Christian adulthood movement can take root in brand new communities.
Marketing - Pray that God would give us wisdom and good success as we work to get the word out about our newly-complete suite of essential youth ministry Trainings.
Staff and Office
Peter and Lisa - Pray for both Peter and Lisa, who are both overstretched, juggling more than they should. Pray that we would stay hopeful and courageous, and pray that we would have wisdom to correctly prioritize our projects.
Interns and Volunteers - We have three regular volunteers or interns this semester. Pray that God would bless their work and our fellowship with them, and pray that God would bring more volunteers and interns onto the team.
Website Updates - There are still a few small parts of the website that need to be completed and launched. Pray for Peter and Lisa as they scramble to finish!
Monthly Givers Rally - Over the course of the next month, we'll be asking our community members to become new Monthly Givers, the most important part of our donor community. Pray that God would move many alumni, parents, partners, and staff to begin supporting Wheatstone regularly, so that all of Wheatstone's fixed operating expenses can be covered by recurring monthly gifts!
New Benefactors - Wheatstone seeks new large gifts from individuals and granting organizations, so that we can grow. Without them, we won't be able to really take this message across the country. Pray for visibility, favor, and good success!
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Vindicate me, O Lord,
for I have walked in my integrity,
and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
test my heart and mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
and I walk in faithfulness to you.
I do not sit with the worthless,
nor do I consort with hypocrites;
I hate the assembly of evildoers,
and will not sit with the wicked.
I wash my hands in innocence,
and go around your altar, O Lord,
singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
and telling all your wondrous deeds.
O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
and the place where your glory abides.
Do not sweep me away with sinners,
nor my life with the bloodthirsty,
those in whose hands are evil devices,
and whose right hands are full of bribes.
But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground;
in the great assembly I will bless the Lord.