“Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name”
Today we are going to spend our time focusing on God and who He is.
1. Praise and Worship (5 mins)
To hallow means to ‘honour as holy’ Spend some time now giving God the honour and glory. Use songs, listen to music, speak out words of praise.
Suggested song: Good Good Father (click on link)
2. Confession (5 mins)
Confess anything that comes to mind that is wrong or sinful in your life. This will enable you to pray without barriers coming between you and God. Remember ‘there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus’ (Romans 8:1), so once you have confessed leave it with God.
3. Praying Scripture (5 mins)
Take some time to read through the following scripture. Read it through at least twice, and then pick one verse to focus on and pray out of this. For example you could focus on his ‘mighty acts’ in the Bible, or God’s activity in your life, or anything, and praise him for them.
I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation commends your works to another;
they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendour of your majesty –
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They tell of the power of your awesome works –
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
——— New to Prayer finishes here, everyone else keep going ———-
4. Waiting on the Lord (5 mins)
Take some time to still your thoughts and sit before the Lord in silence. Ask him to speak to you through this passage. 5 minutes might seem a long time but wait it out!
5. Personal Intercession (5 mins)
Pray for yourself as you begin this prayer challenge: Ask Father God how much time He wants you to commit to prayer this week. Ask Him to increase your desire to spend time with Him and to reveal more of His character to you. Thank Him for the wonderful works of salvation He has done in your life.
6. Intercede for our church ministries (5 mins)
For our church: Pray that every member of the church would get involved in some way in the prayer challenge. Pray that as we seek to get closer to God individually we would also be strengthened as a body. Pray for those who lead the prayer and prophetic ministries in the church. Pray that God would give them inspiration as they seek to hear from Him, and His power to see Him heal the sick, bind up the brokenhearted and see the lost saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.
——— Growing in Prayer finishes here, everyone else keep going ———-
7. Intercede for our local area (5 mins)
Pray for those in our town to have their eyes opened to the beauty and wonder of Jesus. Pray that ‘all people may know of His mighty acts and the glorious splendour of His kingdom’. Pray for Azalea as they reach out to commercially sexually exploited women in the town. Pray for:
- Protection for the women through the coldest part of the year – and ultimately for salvation and transformation in their lives.
- A Drop-in Centre – that God would pin-point the right place, and provide everything we need for it and more!
- Volunteers – guidance for every aspect of Outreach, and protection for us and our families.
8. Intercede for the nations (5 mins)
Pray for King’s Church Kathmandu in Nepal as they reach out to those around them. Pray a blessing on the leadership team, and for great wisdom as they negotiate the restrictions of COVID-19. Pray for those new to the faith that they will pass it on to the next generation. Pray for a harvest of salvation in that city and nation.
9. Thanksgiving (5 mins)
V7 “ They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”
Thank God for the ways He has spoken to you today. Thank Him for some of the blessings you have in your life. Start with thanksgiving for your salvation, and carry on from there.
10.Listening (5 mins)
Ask God what He has to say to you. Sometimes we are so busy talking to God that we forget that he has a lot to say to us too. Sit in silence before God and listen to what he has to say to you. If you are not used to this it can be hard at first but persevere for the full 5 minutes. Consider writing down any distractions and anything that you hear God say.
11. Praise (5 mins)
We started with praise and we end with praise. Thank God for speaking to you today. Thank Him for His scriptures and the many other ways He speaks to us. Thank Him that He is a God who draws near to us and who loves to spend time with us in prayer.
12. Reflection (5 mins)
Finish by writing down anything that God has spoken to you from today’s bible readings, or any personal words God has given you. Reflect on what he has said and ask if there is anything that you need to do in response.