Can you spare a square?
This Sunday we will continue our series “Empowered” where we are looking at the empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit. Among other things, I will be talking about the similarities between the Global supply chain issues that have impacted everything from Chick-fil-a sauce to toilet paper and the effectiveness of the local church. There IS a connection, join me this Sunday to find out what it is.
Last week I gave a challenge to the church. If you missed the message, you can watch it here, I think it will be worth your time. The challenge I gave seems simple enough. Dedicate yourself to praying for 5 minutes per day. 5 uninterrupted minutes. It’s harder than you think!
Have you tried it?
Could it be the reason we haven’t experienced God’s power in our day as the first church did in theirs, is because we aren’t as dedicated to prayer as they were?
I think it’s possible. I would love nothing more than to see Believers become a church where we are dedicated to prayer! A church that is dedicated to prayer, is a church that will experience God’s power! To that end, TODAY, Friday, September 17 @7pm, Believers is hosting a night of Prayer and Worship. For 90 minutes we will seek the Lord’s presence and favor as we call to Him in worship, and petition Him in prayer. We will have some of the elders and pastors on hand to pray for those who are seeking healing; whether that is physical, relational, or emotional/mental. We will also have an extended time of guided congregational prayer. Whether you want to join in praying with others, or you want to pray by yourself, I invite you…even urge you to come out this evening.
If you want to pray for 5 uninterrupted minutes on your own, here is a simple way that YOU can do that. Take the Lord’s prayer, phrase by phrase, and then pray through it. I did it this morning, and it made praying for 5 minutes seem easy!
- Our Father in heaven
Take a moment and thank the Lord that He has adopted you into His family and He invites you to call him Father. Praise Him because He sits in heaven and is above all, and yet He is intensely personal.
- May your name be kept holy.
Take a moment and pray thank God for His holiness and perfection and then ask Him to allow you to be Holy…set apart for His purposes and His glory.
- May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Pray asking God to allow you to be a Kingdom bearer. May all you say and do today advance His Kingdom. To that end, ask God to help you to live faithfully according to His will. May your actions and your words and your thoughts be all according to His will. Speaking of God’s will, it is His will that All come to faith (2 Peter 3:9), so pray that God would draw many to a saving faith in Him and that He would give you opportunities to spread seeds of the gospel in the lives of many.
- Give us today the food we need,
Pray to the Father about the needs that you have. Pray that you would manage well what He gives you and if you have a need, don’t hesitate to tell Him what it is!
- and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
As you take time to name and confess your own sins, examine your relationships and extend to others generously the forgiveness that you are seeking from the Father.
- And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.
Pray that the Father would give you strength to stand strong against the strategies of the Devil. Remember, greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4). If you are tempted, pray that the Father allows you to see the way of escape quickly so that you are able to escape.
I hope you find this prayer guide helpful. Know this, I am praying for you!
Looking forward to worshipping with you Friday evening AND Sunday as we continue our series Empowered!