quarterly call to prayer

Once each quarter, we set aside a time to pray collectively during a specific week. This special prayer time will normally take place during all regularly scheduled community group gatherings. As a growing church that is committed to the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), we want to be sure that everything we do is built on a foundation of prayer, especially considering God’s command to “pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).


Martin Luther once said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” For our church family to remain healthy, alive, and vibrant for the Kingdom of God, prayer is non-negotiable. It is our prayer that these quarterly gatherings will help you and our church family begin, or continue, the journey to a closer walk with God.

2020 Q1: Prayer for Perspective

Jesus modeled for us the spiritual habit of retreating to a solitary place to pray (Mark 1:35). Sometimes it’s hard for us to make time to sit quietly with God in prayer, but these are unprecedented times. Today society urges us to retreat into temporary solitude! Instead of complaining, let’s embrace it. Let’s allow this solitude to grant us the space we need to gain some heavenly perspective through prayer.


PREPARATION

Praise God for who He is.

Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing.

Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in your prayer now.


5 PRAYER PROMPTS:

Ask God to show you where you might be valuing earthly treasures more than heavenly ones. Release those treasures to Him. 


"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matthew 6:20-21 (CSB)


Thank God for how generously He has blessed you. Name some of those blessings now. Pray for opportunities to share these blessings with others.


"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)


Pray for a faith that cannot be shaken, even in the face of fear and uncertainty. Ask God to guard your heart and mind with His peace.


"Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 (CSB) 


Pray for the family of believers. Although separated in body, allow your spirit to come alongside your brothers and sisters in the faith. Let the Holy Spirit bring to your mind specific individuals to pray for.


"For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit." Colossians 2:5 (NIV)


Ask God for the wisdom to make the most of this time in your life. Instead of putting life on pause, pray to understand God’s purpose for you during this time.


"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." James 1:5 (NIV)


THANKSGIVING

Thank God for hearing you.

Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will.

additional resources


For download: Quarter 1 Prayer Guide: Prayer for Perspective

Worship Resource: Be Still and Know by Steven Curtis Chapman (view below)

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