“From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.” – Isaiah 64:4
For the last few years, we’ve hosted an annual day of prayer in January to intercede for the mission of the gospel in our church, in our city, and around the world. God has used these meetings to strengthen our confidence in his power to provide for every need, and we’ve watched him marvelously answer our requests.
We want to build on that experience in 2017 by hosting quarterly prayer meetings on Sunday evenings as opposed to a single Saturday from dawn to dusk. The motivation is two-fold.
One, we want as many people as possible to engage in the work of prayer. In the past, if you were unavailable that particular weekend in January, you could go 2 years between church-wide meetings devoted to prayer. Second, a quarterly format makes it easier to focus on a unique topic each evening, which tends to increase the depth and thoughtfulness of our prayers. Praying with this sort of specificity makes it easier to recognize when God answers a particular prayer and rejoice in his provision.
Here are first two prayer meeting dates and topics:
This Sunday, March 26, 6:30-8:00pm – Personal Evangelism
Sunday, July 2, 6:30-8:00pm – Racial Reconciliation
Each meeting will consist of worship through song at the beginning and end, with an extended time of small group prayer during the middle. It’s always amazing to me how quickly an hour and a half goes by when you’re praying with other Christians. It’s also amazing how much easier it is to remain attentive when you’re praying with a small group as opposed to praying by yourself.
Now for those who think, “I get nervous talking in a small group of people and even more nervous when I’m invited to pray,” have no fear. We’ll provide an extensive list of prayer bullets. If you like, you can simply read one or more of them aloud to the Lord. In many ways, these sorts of low-key meetings are an ideal context for getting more comfortable with praying in public.
Let’s make 2017 a year where we faithfully ask our Heavenly Father to do great things for the glory of his great name.