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.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him.
What a promise Abram received from God! When God spoke to him, Abram was childless, yet despite this, God made a covenant with Abram: an eternal, unbreakable promise. The content of the promise is cosmic: that Abram would father a nation, one that God would specifically bless. He would endow Abram with favour so those Abram blessed, God would bless also. However, it is even greater than that. All people on earth would receive God’s favour through this one man. It must have been a moment never to forget for Abram. However, all these blessings were yet to be fulfilled. The childless Abram was told he had to go – to leave what was familiar (in terms of close family and his birthplace) and to go into the unknown. God wanted Abram to enter new territory, new land that he had never occupied before. Abram needed to trust God as he embarked on a new journey full of unknowns.
The church is entering new territory right now, also full of unknowns. For instance, how do we reach our town for Jesus, how do we reach an emerging generation whose lives are so centred around new technologies, what is the best use of online tools for the church, how do we encourage existing disciples to make new disciples, how do we strengthen the church as the family of God, how do we embrace those who have struggled and become isolated as a consequence of the lockdowns and restrictions?
Pray for the future of us at the King’s Church, and specifically for:
- eldership and trustees: that we would lead the church according to God’s will and guidance, and that we would constantly be filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit
- unity, anointing, wisdom and God’s favour on the whole church so that God’s will can be done amongst all of us
- more of the power of the Holy Spirit in healings and salvations. Signs and wonders to break out and glorify Jesus in all our meetings: small groups, our outreach works, our corporate meetings such as Encounter Evenings as well as our Sunday mornings
- staff team: equipping and refreshing, inspiration and stamina, guided by the Holy Spirit.
Write down anything that God has spoken to you. You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to firstname.lastname@example.org