Christ Sometimes Delays His Help

“I called upon him, but he gave me no answer”  Song of Solomon 5:6
The Lord, when He hath given great faith, hath been known to try it by long delayings. He has suffered His servants’ voices to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained unmovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. Like Jeremiah, they have cried, “Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.” Thus have true saints continued long in patient waiting without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased Him who is a Sovereign, and who gives according to His own pleasure. If it pleases Him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall He not do as He will with His own!
No prayer is lost. Praying breath was never spent in vain. There is no such thing as prayer unanswered or unnoticed by God, and some things that we count refusals or denials are simply delays. —H. Bonar
Christ sometimes delays His help that He may try our faith and quicken our prayers. The boat may be covered with the waves, and He sleeps on; but He will wake up before it sinks. He sleeps, but He never oversleeps; and there are no “too lates” with Him. —Alexander Maclaren

The Lord's Day Services

Sunday, July 11, 2021

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Dr. Larry Saunders

The church building is open for 25% capacity. The service is also available on SermonAudio.

5:50 p.m. Pre-service Prayer – held in the church basement and on Zoom.

6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Larry Saunders

The church building is open for 25% capacity. The service is also available on SermonAudio.

Weekly Announcements

Wednesday, July 14th

7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer – Mr. James Fraser – held in the church and on Zoom

Advanced Announcements

Sunday, July 18th

11:00 a.m. Morning Worship – Dr. Larry Saunders

5:50 p.m. Pre-Service Prayer 

6:30 p.m. Evening Worship – Dr. Larry Saunders

Wednesday, July 21st

7:30 p.m. Bible Study and Prayer 

FPCNA Prayer Bulletin - May/June 2021

The July/August 2021 edition of the FPCNA Prayer bulletin is now available. Click here to view.

Behind the Wall

Behind the Wall is a ministry of the Toronto Free Presbyterian Church. We aim to assist parents by reinforcing the Gospel message being taught at home to their children. Each episode contains a Bible story, scripture memorization, and a children’s song. Please pray for this ministry, that God will use it for His glory.

A ten-week mini-series on the 10 Commandments will be available each week during the summer. A new lesson will be uploaded at 2:00 p.m. each Sunday. You can view new and archived episodes by clicking here.

The Shorter Catechism

Q62: What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment?

A: The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are, God’s allowing us six days of the week for our own employments,1 his challenging a special propriety in the seventh,2 his own example,3 and his blessing the Sabbath-day.4

1. Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath. (Exodus 31:15-16a).
2. Ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3b).
3. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. (Exodus 31:17).
4. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it. (Genesis 2:3a).

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