A Movement of Prayer for 2017

As we move through a season of significant transition as a church, we invite you to join in more concentrated ways of praying together as God’s people. This is really about joining together to invite God’s presence and power to bring new life and renewal in our individual and corporate lives as a church.

Pray at all times in the Spirit with every prayer and request, and stay alert in this with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints. (Ephesians 6)

It is not our wish to replace the many existing avenues through which Christ Church people are already praying. Yet, we sense there are new ways and rhythms to which God may be calling us.

 

Prayers for the Renovation of my Heart ~ New life at Christ Church begins in me.

* Lord, show me how needy I am!
(Matt. 5:3, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”)

* Lord, lead me to the joy and hope that comes from repentance and godly sorrow!
(Matt. 5:4, “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”)

* Lord, give me a spirit of humility to receive from You!
(Matt. 5:5, “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.”)

* Lord, deepen my hunger for your truth that leads to true discipleship!
(Matt. 5:6, “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”)

* Lord, may I be known for Christ-like mercy, forgiveness, and compassion!  
(Matt. 5:7, “God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”) 

* Lord, purify my heart, so I can see Your face, and discern your will!
(Matt. 5:8, “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God

* Lord, let me shun all pettiness, and become a Peacemaker who looks like you!
(Matt. 5:9, “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”)

* Lord, grant me the courage to stand with you as a person of conviction, civility, and compassion, who will count it joy to suffer with Christ!
(Matt. 5:10, “God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”)

*  Lord, help me to abide in your sustaining love.  
(John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”)  
 
*  Lord, help me to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
(James 1:19, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”)

*  Lord, in my relationships with others, help me to be like Jesus.
(Philippians 2:5, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”)

*  Lord, help me honor you and others in the way I speak to and about others.
(James 3:9-10, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”)

* Prayers from Here to There (How to walk through transitions and change)
Mighty Everlasting Father, everything is changing around me, Oh God: my life, my circumstances and even the world. But, Oh Lord, my God, help me to not fear this change, but to embrace it as I embrace You daily. Give me strength to rise above every situation and overcome the darkness.

* Lord, help me not fear change
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”  Deuteronomy 31:8
 
* Lord, help me to embrace You
The Lord says, “I will teach you the way you should go; I will instruct you and advise you.”  Psalm 32:8

* Lord, give me strength to overcome
“Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7

* Lord, help me to focus on what lies ahead
“The one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead.”  Philippians 3:13b

 

 

 

Prayers for Christ Church ~Here are a few areas to focus on in your prayers, praying as God leads you through these Scriptures and in the Spirit.

* Fruitfulness in our vision to be a diverse community that lives the Good News of Jesus Christ for the flourishing of all people throughout our region and around the world.
(1 John 3:18, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”)

* Discernment & Wisdom for the Senior Pastor Search Team
Pray for the team, the elders and the staff as we walk through the closing weeks until Lyle’s retirement. (James 3:17, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”)

* Unity amongst the Christ Church Family
(Ephesians 4:3-6, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”)

* Dependence upon the Holy Spirit
(Galatians 5:22-25, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”)

* Commitment to build everything we do as a church around making disciples (apprentices, students) of Jesus who are with him learning to be like him.
(Matthew 28:19-20, “As you go throughout the world, make apprentices to me from all kinds of people, immerse them in the Trinitarian reality, and teach them to do everything I have commanded you.)

* Discernment, Wisdom and Unity for the Elder Council
(Ephesians 4:3-6, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”)

* Focused Attention on the Healing & Teaching Presence of Christ in our Midst
(1 Corinthians 2:2, May we be “determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”)

*  Fruitfulness in Making Disciples, Building Community, and Bringing Compassion as modeled by Jesus himself.
(Matthew 28:19-20, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”)

* Making Disciples
We pray for our connection with our Father in order to have a lifestyle of Jesus marked by:
• Regular prayer.
• Sufficient time alone with God daily (Lk. 10:1-2)
• Jesus can do nothing by himself, only what he sees the Father doing (John 5:19) therefore; we recognize our need to watch and see what God is doing and join Him
Pray that your own relationship with God is strengthened, challenged, and made more vibrant through regular times with Him.

* Build Community
We need each other
• Jesus called the twelve to become his followers… together to learn how to love, equip, send, and do life together as a family on mission
• He wanted to spend time and build strong relationships with them, which he did over
the three years he lived with them. (Mk. 3:13-14)
Pray that your relationships with others are strengthened through the extension of grace, the forgiveness of sins, and the humbling of ourselves when we are wrong. Go the extra mile and pray for the endurance to take those extra miles.

* Bring Compassion
We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the hungry, homeless, lonely, afflicted,  abused. The Great Commission says to GO out into all the world and make disciples, not wait for non-believers to show up in our church services.
Take the initiative to make friends with non-Christians in your workplace, schools, clubs, sports teams, neighborhood.
Pray for those at work, in your neighborhood, communities, sports teams, teachers, and family members.

* A Commitment To The Whole Mission Of The Church
Pray for your commitment to the whole mission of the church. Where are you seeking the lost and lonely? Where do you see injustice or suffering and how are you responding?

 

You may want to:
Incorporate these prayers into the rhythm of your small group, Bible study, ministry team meetings, or other discipleship groups.
Pray these prayers as a family during a meal or before going to bed.
Pray these prayers as you walk through your neighborhood or during your break at work.
Pray these prayers as you drive to/from work or on your way to an appointment.
Fast from a meal once a week and pray these prayers during that time.

Encouragements/Cautions:
Experiment with new rhythms of praying with others during this season.
Don’t shy away from joining others in prayer out of concern that you need to have the right words or a lot of words to say. You can pray silently with others. Jesus warns against wordy prayers offered to impress others.
Be careful to avoid the temptation to move from prayers to subtle chastisement of others, like praying that “so and so” will “see the light...” Our prayers are offered in humility for new life to be poured out in us and among us.
It’s important that our prayers for new life and renewal begin in each one of us. Therefore, we will always begin with prayers focused on the condition of our own hearts.