Praying With Scripture
We've arrived at Psalm 28, a psalm that starts forlornly, begging God to answer, and that ends in the effusive, grateful joy after God speaks. What most interested us this week was the connection between speech and action. When God is silent, it is comparable to bring dragged off with the wicked. When humans speak peace with evil in their hearts, it is counted as an evil act. In every part of the psalm, speaking is treated like acting. They go together. That makes sense when you remember creation; the act to begin all other acts was an act of speech. What God says goes, because what God says is. Like God, our speech matters too. The psalmist doesn't just want God to hear his pleas for mercy, he wants God to hear the voice of his pleas for mercy. When God does respond, the psalmist erupts into songs of thanksgiving. The psalmist gives and receives speech with the power and importance of action.
How could you teach yourself to long for God's voice?
Do you treat your words seriously enough?
How could you take greater care with the voice of your complaints and thanksgivings?
Read the whole Psalm at the bottom of this update
Requests and Praises
Public Trainings - Praise God for a successful Discussion for Transformation event! Pray that God would fill this weekend's Teach Them to Pray event 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.
Fall Registrations - Pray that God would move church and school groups to commit to attending The Academy 2018, Living Among Shadows.
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!
New Monthly Givers - Pray that God would increase the number of our Monthly Givers, whose gifts are an essential part of our financial future.
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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To you, O Lord, I call;
my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if you be silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,
when I cry to you for help,
when I lift up my hands
toward your most holy sanctuary.
Do not drag me off with the wicked,
with the workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors
while evil is in their hearts.
Give to them according to their work
and according to the evil of their deeds;
give to them according to the work of their hands;
render them their due reward.
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord
or the work of his hands,
he will tear them down and build them up no more.
Blessed be the Lord!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever.