“I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” 1 Timothy 2:8
There are conditions that govern the activity called prayer. One condition is that we are to lift up “holy hands.” We are not now concerned about the question of posture in prayer, nor to indicate that the Jews generally stood and held up their hands to God when they prayed. We shall not tarry with the fact that it was a Jewish custom to wash their hands before they took part in an act of worship. That was merely the external symbol used to emphasize the principle that the apostle is anxious to stress.
The clean hands, the “holy hands,” are indicative of and represent a holy character. That must ever be the first question in any approach to God. “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). “Thou [God] art of purer eyes than to behold evil” and cannot “look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1:13). There is nothing that is so utterly contrary to the whole teaching of the Bible as the assumption that anyone at any time without any conditions whatsoever may approach God in prayer. Indeed, the first effect of sin, and the main result of the Fall, was to break the communion that obtained between God and man. Man, by sin, has forfeited his right approach to God, and indeed were he left to himself he never would approach God. But God in His wondrous grace has made a way for man to approach Him. That is the explanation of all the teaching concerning offerings and sacrifices in the Old Testament, as it is also the explanation of the ceremony of the Tabernacle and the
Temple and the Aaronic priesthood. Without these things’ men could not approach God. We can commune with Him only in this way and according to His dictates. There is no access otherwise. – Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. & Mrs. Saunders will be visiting the Czech Republic this weekend and then travelling to Northern Ireland where Pastor Saunders will be preaching in Tullyvallen and Magherafelt.
MEXICO CITY MISSION TRIP
We encourage everyone to prayerfully support our two young ladies, Betty Wimalachandran and Eunice Siu, who are making preparations for the mission trip to Mexico this August. Thanks to everyone who donated to help with expenses.
Derrick and Lydia Bowman – Grace FPC
Beth Berner – Faith FPC
Nolan Bowman – Grace FPC
Kelsey Morrow – Phoenix FPC
Audrey Munger – Grace FPC
Luke Sassa – Malvern FPC
Eunice Siu – Toronto FPC
Bobby Rowe – Faith FPC
Betty Wimalachandran – Toronto FPC
MEXCO MISSION TEAM PRAYER REQUESTS:
Pray that the Lord will bless our outreach ministries.
We will be teaching English language classes and present English Bible lessons.
We will be distributing tracts, flyers, and Gospel of John booklets in the community.
We will be helping in practical ways with projects in the local churches.
Pray for the missionaries and pastors we will be helping.
Jason and Danielle Boyle in Mexico City.
Marcus and Jennifer Reyes in Orizaba,Veracruz.
Lalo Peña in Córdoba, Veracruz.
Pray for help to communicate to people across the language barrier.
Pray that the Lord will supply the necessary funds for each team member.
FPCNA PRAYER REQUESTS
Covenant FPC Columbia, SC
Rev. John Wagner
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” Jeremiah 6:16
Addition of young people and children to the work.
Kim Wagner’s health.
Growth through conversions.
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Francesca Fernandes, Stephen Kelly, Rev. Kevin McLeod, Mary Todd, Grace Saunders and Kim Wagner.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Sam McAnally, Ken Postill, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson and John & Thelma Watson