Ministry Portion 4/18 to 4/24

Pray that the saints would build up the new ones in four crucial practices of the Christian life—reading the Bible, praying always, keeping morning revival, and attending the meetings (2 Tim. 3:15-16 and note 162; 1 Thes. 5:17-18 and note 171; Prov. 4:18 and note 181; Lam. 3:22-24 and note 241; Heb. 10:25).

Four crucial practices of the Christian life are reading the Bible, praying always, keeping morning watch, and attending the meetings…

If you are going to visit a man who was baptized only two days ago, you must have a burden, a purpose, to feed, or nourish, him. You may say, “…We Christians should know the verses in the Bible, so we need to read the Bible. From the first day that we believe in the Lord Jesus, we must pick up the practice of reading the Bible. Second Timothy 3:15-16 says, ‘From a babe you have known the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise unto salvation…All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.’” Then you can fellowship with him and charge him to set aside some time to read the Bible every day.

You may continue your talk with him by saying, “To read the Bible is good, but it should be accompanied by another thing—our prayer to the Lord. Our reading should be matched by prayer. We can take the word ‘all Scripture is God-breathed’ and simply turn it into prayer, saying, ‘Lord, thank You for all the Scriptures. Thank You that all the Scriptures are God-breathed.’ You must learn to pray the words of the Bible in this way.”…

After a few days, you must visit this one again…[Y]ou should say, “Two days ago we talked to you about reading the Bible and praying. Now we would like to tell you about another practice that is crucial to our Christian life—keeping morning watch.” You can explain to him what morning watch is by saying, “Every day, rise up a little earlier to spend some time with the Lord to read the Bible and converse with Him. While you are conversing with the Lord, you can tell Him whatever you need. This is to pray. You do not need to do this too long, maybe about ten minutes every morning. This will be a great help to your Christian life.” You can talk to him about this practice and charge him to practice it. Then when you come back to visit again, you can check to see if he is practicing this or not.

You should also have the time to say, “Another crucial practice of the Christian life is to attend the meetings. Hebrews 10:25 says that we should not abandon our own assembling together. We Christians are like the bees; none of us can live the Christian life by himself. We must meet together. There are the home meetings, the small group meetings, and the larger meetings of the church.”…

If the new ones are to live a healthy Christian life, they must practice these four things. (CWWL 1989, vol. 3, “The Exercise and Practice of the God-ordained Way,” ch. 17, pp. 338-340)

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Day 301: Prayer for the saints to build up the new ones in four crucial practices of the Christian life

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