Wednesday Night Prayer has been such a sweet time of gathering and praying together. Since we are not able to phyiscally gather during this time, each week we'll give you a prayer guide to follow along with so we can be praying focused prayers as a church from our homes.
We've been following a 4/4 style of prayer. If you aren't sure what that is, you can find more infomation below the prayer guide (and then come back to the guide to follow along).
If you have kids, make sure to involve them! Have them help read the scriptures (if they are able), have them draw a picture of what the passage makes them think of, and make sure to invite them to pray!
May the Holy Spirit guide and direct our time in prayer together.
READ THE SCRIPTURES
Take some time to read this out-loud.
With new regulations in place, I know it seems like the difficulty of this season just won't stop (it will eventually), which is why it is good we spend time tonight focusing our hearts and our minds on the steadfast love of the Lord....which will truly NEVER STOP! This is a longer Psalm, so take your time with it. Remember each time it says "Selah" is an invitation to stop and pause and meditate.
Go through and notice all the different reasons we can praise God in this Psalm. Take some time to just worship Him by calling out His characteristics. Thank Him for how He's demonstrated Himself to you in your life. Remember, this isn't a time to offer up requests, this is just worshipping Him for who He is!
What does your life look like in light of who He is? Where do you need Him to bring deliverance? Confess where sadness and brokenness have taken over. Acknowledge your heart and be honest about where you are with everything going on. Spend some time telling Him where you trust Him with your life. Submit yourself to His will during this crazy time!
Pray for those who are sick. Pray for those who are scared. Pray for those who are putting themselves in harm's way to bring healing. Pray for those who don't know Jesus that they might discover His love and peace. Pray for our government that they might have wisdom and guidance that comes from above. Pray for our community. Pray for our church.
Take some time to recognize that this sickness and tragedy does not have the final say. This world is a broken place, full of broken people...ask that the Lord bring more than physical healing, that He would bring spiritual healing so that when He returns, more would know who He is and experience His love. Pray that we, the Church, would herald this message of hope well and demonstrate a "peace beyond understanding" in a world of chaos and confusion. Ask the Lord to give us strength for the day of trouble and compassion in the day of need. May we carry the fire well.
You are invited to enter into the stillness of worship in the midst of crazy times.
It's interesting, after all the disciples witnessed Jesus do, the one thing they asked for instruction on was how to pray. It wasn't teach us to heal, teach us to cast out demons, teach us to feed the multitudes...it was "Teach us to pray." and if you look at Jesus' prayer in Matthew 6, you see a very clear pattern. It has the movement of an orchestra conductor:
Upward ("Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name...")
Downward ("Your kingdom come, Your will be done..)
Inward ("give us this day our daily bread...")
Outward ("Lead us not into temptation but deliver us...")
Our prayers need to begin with the character of God as we take time to focus our entire being on the wonders of who God is. Ultimately, prayer is my response to the character of God, which leads to praise and thanksgiving
So we focus the beginning of our prayers on:
Praising God for His attributes/character
Offering thanks for what He has done
Not asking for anything, just worshipping
Next we move into a time of response to God’s character in prayer as we consider His will, from His Word and for the sake of His purposes on earth. This also involves surrendering to the control of the Holy Spirit as I respond to His invitations to a fruitful and obedient life. Introspection and surrender mark this time of response. It is a season of pledged obedience to the will and Word of God.
This is where we focus our prayers on:
- Worshipful response to who God is
- Acknowledge and surrender to God’s will
- Listening, allowing God’s Spirit to speak; then obeying
Now that we have rightly worshipped our God and Savior — and we have wholly surrendered to His will for our lives — we can now boldly bring our requests before Him, knowing that we are asking “in His name” and for His glory. Of course, Jesus had just said our Father knows our needs before we ask (Matthew 6:8). This is not a time of informing God of our needs as much as it is a conscious trust in God as the perfect definer and provider of our needs. It involves prayer about personal requests and the concerns of others.
This is where we focus our prayers on:
- Offering requests in accordance with God’s will
- Passionate petitions of personal needs
This is where we recognize that the enemy is working to try and dismantle and divide. And so we petition the One who is able to protect us as we move forward in faith.
We can focus our prayers on:
- Putting on the “Full Armor of God”
- Claiming God’s Promises for the battle
- Knowing He will answer
- Focusing on His glory above all else