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February 2, 2020

Prayer

This week, our liturgical focus will be on prayer. Tim Keller in his book entitled, Prayer, speaks of this element of the Christian walk not merely as a conversation between the Christian and the Lord but as a sweet and rich time of communion. Those moments of deep fellowship are what we'll sing about this week.

"O God Beyond All Praising"

We'll begin the corporate singing with an opening hymn acknowledging the greatness of the One who we seek to commune with. "O God beyond all praising, we worship you today and sing the love amazing that songs cannot repay; for we can only wonder at every gift you send (of which prayer is one!) at blessings without number, and mercies without end. We lift our hearts before you and wait upon your Word, we honor and adore, our great and mighty Lord."

"He Leadeth Me"

The verses of this song state that in whatever season of life, we are led by the Lord. The communion of prayer is a way that the Lord in his grace shapes us and sustains us within these seasons. He uses these moments to turn our hearts toward himself. With that sweet truth in mind, the repeated chorus sings, "He leadeth me, he leadeth me. By his own hand, he leadeth me. His faithful follower I would be. For by his hand, he leadeth me. For by his hand, he leadeth me."

"King of Kings"

Finally, we'll sing of the reason for our confidence and boldness as we approach the Lord through prayer. It is because Jesus has reconciled us to the Father and we are heard because of his finished work! "And the morning that you rose, all of heaven held its breath, till that stone was moved for good, for the Lamb had conquered death. And the dead rose from their tombs, and the angels stood in awe. For the souls of all who'd come to the Father are restored...Praise the Father, Praise the Son, Praise the Spirit, Three in One!"