Rejoicing in Overflow
The following is a suggested prayer structure. Each section should take approximately 10 minutes. However, be flexible, and enjoy going off-piste by adding any prayer points you would like! Spend longer on the sections that are meaningful for you, and feel free to leave out others as time permits. Whatever you do, however, please pray – and in particular pray through today’s specific prayer points so we seek God’s Kingdom with others as a united, praying church.
Praise and Worship
Spend some time praising God. Use songs, listen to music, speak out words of praise. You can find some worship songs to sing, or reflect upon by clicking here.
Pray in tongues
If you have the gift of tongues, use this now and allow the Holy Spirit to build you up (1 Corinthians 14:4). If you have never spoken in tongues, you can spend time asking the Holy Spirit to receive this specific gift, or alternatively seek God’s blessing for your time of prayer. If you have the gift of tongues, pray for a full 10 minutes, and consider the following: what has changed in my thinking, how have my emotions shifted, what do I want to pray for now that may be different from, how has my view of Jesus changed?
Waiting on the Lord
Take some time to still your thoughts and sit before the Lord in silence. Ask him to reveal to you anything that is coming between you and Him. Confess anything that comes to mind. This will enable you to pray without anything coming between you and God. If God highlights anyone He wants you to forgive, muster up the courage and strength to forgive them from your heart (Mark 11:25).
Reading and Praying Scripture
Read today’s passage. What is God showing you or talking to you about from that passage: for instance, what strikes you as unusual, interesting, provocative, or puzzling? Ask God and pray about those things.
Acts 1:6-7 Then the disciples gathered around Jesus and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
It’s tempting to ask the wrong questions of Jesus at times. This was a monumental occasion: Jesus was just about to ascend to heaven to return to His Father right in front of His disciples. What is significant is that His concerns were not those of his followers. They were preoccupied with the local, but Jesus was concerned not solely with the local but also with the global. Jesus was promising to do something huge amongst his disciples: to pour out the power of the Holy Spirit, the same Spirit that had filled Jesus to fulfil his mission on earth, so that they could reach the local (Jerusalem), the regional (Judea and Samaria) as well as the global (the ends of the earth).
The Church’s mission has not changed: we at King’s are part of the same cosmic plan as the early disciples. We also need the same equipping as they did: the power of the Holy Spirit. At King’s, we want to see unreached people groups in the Muslim world and in Asia reached by the Gospel.
To see Jesus’ commission fulfilled, we need to pray:
- Pray for the mission team as they start to implement the church’s new mission strategy. Pray they would have wisdom to know which parts of the strategy to complement first and how best to implement them. See more information here.
- Pray for Jackie and Wes, working with Bible Translations and Training in South Sudan.
- Pray for Dan & Monica. Dan is involved in an outreach event amongst the expat churches that’s linked to a national event that is taking place in their country next month. Pray for ongoing good health and that Dan & Monica would know God’s refreshing, blessing and leading in all that they are doing.
- Pray for all at KCK and the planning for the construction of the new church building. Pray for the ongoing protection of the congregation and that the residents surrounding the church’s existing building would not be antagonistic towards them.
- Pray for the Pakistani community in High Wycombe and our witness to them at work, school and across the town. Pray for people within the Pakistani community to have supernatural encounters with Jesus through things such as dreams and visions.
Pray also for our mission to our town and local area. Please pray:
- for many unbelieving visitors to join us on Sunday mornings
- that our corporate meetings will be filled with prophetic insights that cause unbelievers to encounter Jesus in life-changing ways
- salvation for many unbelievers through prophetic words
- that supernatural encounters with Jesus would happen every single time we meet: on Sundays, in our small groups, as well as through our social-action and outreach ministries
- an outbreak of supernatural, Holy Spirit-inspired healing in the church: physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological healing. We would experience this in our Sunday corporate meetings, on the streets, with our neighbours and friends, but also in our small groups
Write down anything that God has spoken to you. You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to email@example.com.