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Rejoicing in Overflow

King’s Church Week of 24/7 Prayer

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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?

 

  1. 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).

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. Intercession

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.
  • Pray for Jackie and Wes, who are currently back in the US connecting with their church, friends and Wes’ family. Pray that they would enjoy connecting with everyone and that their time in the US would be refreshing; that the Lord would be preparing them for their return to South Sudan as well.
  • 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
  1. Reflection

Write down anything that God has spoken to you.  You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to office@kchw.co.uk.

Rejoicing in Overflow

King’s Church Week of 24/7 Prayer

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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?

 

  1. 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).

 

  1. 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 2:44-47   All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

What a wonderful picture of community and unity in the early church.  Whilst people continued to meet corporately in the temple courts, the church met in one another’s homes – breaking bread, worshipping and loving each other.  Small groups were vital to the life of the early church.  They were clearly central to Jesus’ ministry too as he developed and nurtured his twelve closest disciples.  Without the closeness of others, we cannot grow closer to Jesus.  Like the early church, we need to pray to enjoy the benefits of tight-knit communities in which we can grow and develop as followers of Jesus.  Are you in a small group alongside others who can encourage you in your faith, and whom you can encourage?  If not, go to kchw.co.uk/sign-up to find a suitable group of others with whom to grow closer to Jesus. You can do that right now – and then pray straight after!

 

  1. Intercession

Please pray for:

  • All our small group leaders: they would be encouraged and empowered to lead groups full of the love and presence of Jesus
  • Chapter One (our first-level, introductory discipleship experience): strong sign-ups for the term both from those who are brand new to the church as well as those who have been part of us for many years. Strong and enduring connections and friendships to develop through the term.  Powerful encounters with the Holy Spirit that are life-changing and unforgettable.
  • Chapter Two (our new ministry for believers to enjoy freedom in their lives, in their thoughts, in relationships with others and Jesus): for encounter with the Holy Spirit, for God to show up, for the new team leading this. Ask Jesus for it to bring enduring change and freedom in the lives of all those who attend
  • FOCUS (our ministry to those close to or in retirement): thank Jesus for Sandra and Roger Carter who have faithfully and fruitfully led this work for many years. As we look to relaunch, pray for inspiration for a new generation of leaders – with God’s equipping and envisioning – and a fruitful Spirit-led ministry for those it serves
  • Alpha: strong sign-ups for this term’s course from people who are genuinely and earnestly searching for Jesus.
  • Our new courses: Called to Influence, TSM (Training in Supernatural Ministry). These would be life-changing and highly influential on the lives of those attending and on many lives outside the church
  • For those who have become disconnected (especially in the last couple of years of restrictions and lockdowns) to re-engage with small group life and love it!

 

  1. Reflection

Write down anything that God has spoken to you.  You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to office@kchw.co.uk.

Rejoicing in Overflow

King’s Church Week of 24/7 Prayer

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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?

 

  1. 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).

 

  1. 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.

1 Peter 3:15-16   But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behaviour in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

The Gospel is not always well received by the prevailing secular culture.  It’s clear here from what Peter writes that the early Christians were frequently treated with disdain and disrespect by those outside the Church.  What he counsels is that we model the opposite of what is thrown at us: we are to demonstrate respect and gentleness.  He is clear that our love for Jesus compels us to share about the hope we have in the Gospel with those who do not yet share our faith and assurance, even if the initial reaction is hostile.  We can all reach out to our friends, family, colleagues and neighbours, and Peter’s encouragement is that we are gentle and respectful as we do so.  Our outreach is a fundamental demonstration of who we are and what Jesus is like.

On February 3, 1994, Mother Teresa was invited to speak at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.  The then-President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore were there.  The room became very quiet as Mother Teresa spoke about the abhorrence and violence of abortion: she defended the rights of the most vulnerable – the unborn.  What was surprising was that her impassioned address drew a standing ovation.  However, her comments set up a rather awkward moment for the President whose speech followed directly after Mother Teresa’s.  His response in his opening comment was telling: “It’s hard to argue with a life so well lived!”

How we live our lives, and those for whom we advocate, make the nature of God and His Kingdom manifest to the secular world and its authorities.  Our love for the homeless, those with life-controlling addictions, the women abused by commercial sexual exploitation, those who cannot speak English paints a vivid picture of the reality of Jesus and His love.  It’s one way in which we live out lives well lived.

  1. Intercession

Let’s pray for:

Our Christians Against Poverty Centre (which helps people with unsustainable personal debt):

  • our debt coaches Ian and Nicky: strength, wisdom, joy and fulfilment in their demanding work
  • strong relationships with referral agencies such as Housing Associations, Social Services, Local Council to generate fresh referrals for our CAP Centre
  • encouragement and inspiration for our befriending team who visit the homes of our CAP clients with our debt coaches
  • lasting fruitful relationships with our clients
  • opportunities to invite clients into the church community, such as Sundays, courses and small groups
  • many salvations amongst our clients and lots of baptisms to follow
  • The CAP Money Course currently running, that those they help will encounter Jesus in the process
  • Union Baptist are planning to launch a CAP Jobs Club work in February.  Pray for success for them in helping people into work, and that those they help will encounter Jesus in the process

King’s Table (our Sunday and Thursday ministry to the street homeless and those with life controlling addictions such as alcohol and drugs):

  • the teams who serve both at the Sunday dinner and the Thursday lunch: wisdom, anointing, encouragement and fulfilment
  • The King’s Table leaders: unity, courage, wisdom and Holy Spirit anointing
  • enduring positive lifestyle changes amongst our guests
  • an unstoppable and sustained outbreak of salvation amongst the guests
  • safe integration of guests into the church community
  • a growing team to serve the homeless who will further the power and significance of this ministry

Azalea

  • Praise God for new connections with the women: two women came to our first ever Christmas Party last month.  We have just started to have increasing phone and text contact with the women which helps us connect with them.
  • Success so we can would build this ministry in a positive and Spirit-inspired way
  • New Year planning: wisdom for leadership and trustee teams: volunteer team expansion, healthy adjustment to new staff working patterns
  • New initiatives to increase meaningful contact with women during day and outside the evening outreach
  • Funding: to increase Azalea’s funding and donor base
  • Facilities: to identify a suitable drop-in facility with appropriate location and facilities
  • salvation of women and irreversible, positive lifestyle transformation
  • The women would be brought into meaningful kingdom community in the church and enjoy a tangible sense of belonging

Little Stars and English as a Second Language (our ministry to mothers and toddlers, and teaching English to those for whom it is not their first language)

  • More volunteers to support the Little Stars outreach work which takes place on Tuesday and Friday mornings
  • The mums would meet Jesus: parents would have their eyes opened as we share about Jesus
  • Stronger connections into the church for the mums through our current activities for mums, such as courses, small groups and Sunday mornings
  • The forthcoming new Tuesday afternoon initiative which will gather speakers of English as a second language whose children are too old for Little Stars. This will be based around conversations with an outreach focus.  We really do crave a strong launch with healthy numbers attending.  Please pray for this new work – for its success and fruitfulness
  • A possible Monday morning group for mums with an outreach focus: wisdom how, when and if to launch
  • Our Little Stars and ESOL leaders (including Charlie and Rachel): courage, wisdom, encouragement

 

  1. Reflection

Write down anything that God has spoken to you.  You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to office@kchw.co.uk

 

Rejoicing in Overflow

King’s Church Week of 24/7 Prayer

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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?

 

  1. 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).

 

  1. 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.

Genesis 12:1-4a 

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?

 

  1. Intercession

Pray for the future of us at the King’s Church, and specifically for:

  • those who were attending our former Hazlemere site: comfort for those experiencing loss or disorientation. Instead, ask Jesus that new friendships would be formed, and old ones rekindled.  Pray for a sense of family in the church between those previously based at Hazlemere and those at the Town Centre site
  • eldership and trustees: that we would rebuild 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
  • Mike who oversees our church finances. He is retiring this year and he has been hugely influential in his role.  Thank Jesus for him and pray for a wonderful retirement.  Pray also for the appointment of a new member of staff to take over from Mike.

 

  1. Reflection

Write down anything that God has spoken to you.  You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to office@kchw.co.uk

 

Rejoicing in Overflow

King’s Church Week of 24/7 Prayer

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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?

 

  1. 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).

 

  1. 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.

Matthew 19:13-14 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

How fascinating to see the contrast between the priorities of Jesus and those of his disciples.  Jesus loves the vulnerable, such as children, and His desire is to seek and impart blessing to them.  It has been said that ‘there’s no such thing as a Junior Holy Spirit.’  Children receive the full package, the same as everyone else, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead.  That’s why God’s kingdom is expressed and made manifest through them.  In fact, we often experience more of the character and nature of Jesus through our children.  For example, Charlie shared a few Sundays ago about her son who was struck with a violent vomiting bug.  Charlie told her son to take authority and command the sickness to go.  When he did, he recovered miraculously – and rapidly!

When we run our youth and children’s activities, we are following Jesus’ example of love, respect and blessing.  That’s why we have a big heart for our youth and children’s work at King’s.  In fact, some church statisticians note that around 90% of salvations occur in people under the age of 18.  Our youth and children’s works are major areas of mission for the Church.  We need to pray, to see God’s kingdom made manifest through these vital ministries.

 

  1. Intercession

For our youth (11-18 years old), let’s pray for

  • New leaders to be inspired and released to guide our young people into a lifelong love and passion for the Bible
  • Strong friendships to develop between the young people
  • Those on the fringe to be drawn into the church community
  • A powerful move of the Holy Spirit amongst both our youth, and the youth leaders.  Supernatural gifts such as prophecy, tongues, healings, generosity to be unleashed in our youth and youth leaders
  • A return of the young people who only attend infrequently or who have fallen away since the imposition of lockdowns
  • Spirit-filled, Bible-loving leaders to emerge from our young people

For our children (from birth to 11 years old), let’s pray for

  • King’s Kids’ BLESS adventures (where they go out and show the love of Jesus to our community, such as their visit to the Fire Station and Police Station on 16th January) would be incredibly fruitful
  • Those working for the fire service and police to experience remarkable breakthrough in their work through the prayer of the children and an unlocking of their awareness personally of the closeness and goodness of God
  • Children to have wisdom, boldness and insight in their prayers
  • Great fruit from the forthcoming ’Life of Jesus’ series starting on 23rd January
  • For there to be a culture of radical acceptance within King’s Kids and a culture of welcome, both within interpersonal relationships and for those coming into the wider group
  • A strong realisation and anticipation of the profoundly missional nature of the children’s work across the leadership and serving teams
  • The team to experience the Holy Spirit’s energy, encouragement and fulfilment as they serve our children
  • Our 10s to 11s, and that their transition into the youth would be managed well, and it would be a really positive experience for them
  • Opportunities for our children to test out their gifts and talents, so they understand their purpose and their place within the broader church

 

  1. Reflection

Write down anything that God has spoken to you.  You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to office@kchw.co.uk.

 

Rejoicing in Overflow

King’s Church Week of 24/7 Prayer

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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?

 

  1. 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).

 

  1. 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.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This is the same passage as yesterday. I am not trying to be lazy by recycling yesterday’s scripture, but I think this prayer of the Apostle Paul needs further thought and application, so that we will mull it over for another day. God’s hope, the certainty of his past, current and future activity, produces further fruits in our lives – joy and peace. Martin Lloyd-Jones notes that a ‘Christian is not merely one who is a little less miserable than he was. He is one who rejoices.’ He’s right because we have so many reasons to be joyful and to celebrate. The first is that Jesus was joyful: sometimes the depictions of Jesus on stained glass windows of old church buildings imply that He was sombre, melancholic, or dour – nothing could be further from the truth! In Luke 10:21, Luke tells us that Jesus was full of joy, as were the seventy-two who followed Him. We can also rejoice because we are reconciled to God and we are now His sons and daughters. All our sins have been forgiven, even the ones that we will commit today and tomorrow.

Not only that, we have peace: not just our own, but God-given peace. Peace that is eternal and unshakeable. Our peace comes from knowing that we are eternally loved, secure, accepted and forgiven. Jesus is preparing a place for us to live with Him in sinless eternity, John 14:2. Whatever happens today, nothing can take away the security we have in Jesus and the eternal joy in which we will revel in Jesus’ presence.

 

  1. Intercession

Pray and reflect:

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to remind you of why you can have joy and peace because of Jesus’ life and resurrection
  • List all the reasons to be joyful in Jesus and thank Him for them
  • Think about the future ahead of you with Jesus: what are you looking forward to?
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with fresh joy
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with renewed peace, peace that calms fears, doubts, concerns
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to give you such joy and peace that they overflow to others, both inside and outside the church.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to fill our Sunday meetings, small groups, one-to-one meetings and friendships with His joy.
  • Ask that our corporate worship times may overflow with even more Holy Spirit-given joy
  • Ask for occasions where people who don’t know Jesus ask YOU why you are so joyful and peace-filled.

 

  1. Reflection

Write down anything that God has spoken to you.  You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to office@kchw.co.uk.

 

Rejoicing in Overflow

King’s Church Week of 24/7 Prayer

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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?

 

  1. 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).

 

  1. 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.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hope: it’s a precious quality.  One definition of hope puts it this way: ‘to expect with confidence’.  God is full of hope, Paul is telling us here.  In fact, He is the ‘God of hope’, which means He is its very originator, its creator, its giver, its sustainer.  Hope radiates out of God’s very being.  Hope is a rightful response to Jesus: He was born, died and then rose again – victorious over sin, sickness and death.  And He is coming again, of that we can be certain.  Why?  Because He’s told us, we can trust Him, He always keeps His promises and He is pretty confident of His victory over the powers of darkness – and rightly so.

The remarkable and influential South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, who died on Boxing Day last year, said: ‘Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.’

We live in uncertain times: lockdowns, restrictions, masks, tests, shielding.  In fact, we have probably learnt a whole new set of vocabulary in the last two years!  Yet, of one thing we can be certain: God is a God of hope.  It was Paul’s prayer for the church to be filled with hope.  It can be ours too, confident that when we ask, we will receive. Before you pray, thank God that He is full of hope and loves to give it to those who follow Him.

 

  1. Intercession

Pray and reflect at that start of this prayer week that:

  • You will be filled with eternal hope: not just your own, but God’s own hope delivered to you from the Throne Room of Heaven
  • Where you have become despondent or despairing, pray that God will displace such thoughts with truthful hope
  • You would see light in any areas of darkness in your life: the light of God’s activity and kindness towards you
  • We, the Church, God’s people, would overflow and radiate God’s hope to an anxious and uncertain world. In fact, we would be known as people filled with hope that is more infectious than any virus or sickness.
  • Get out your BLESS list – or start one if you don’t have one yet. A BLESS list is a list of people you know who don’t know Jesus.  Pray for each person on your BLESS list – for a new openness to Jesus and His Gospel, and for opportunities for you to pray for them, listen to them, eat with them, serve them and share your story of Jesus with them.  Pray for more opportunities to invite them to church – to a small group or a Sunday morning meeting.

 

 

  1. Reflection

Write down anything that God has spoken to you.  You can send in your reflections, thoughts, words of encouragement, prophetic words to office@kchw.co.uk.

 

FOR THE SAFETY OF BOTH THE TEAM AND OUR GUESTS, THE FOLLOWING SAFEGUARDING STEPS ARE REQUIRED BY ALL THOSE WISHING TO SERVE AT KING’S TABLE –

  1. King’s Table Safeguarding Guidance
    1. View these guidelines that you need to have read, understood and agreed to BEFORE serving at King’s Table.
    2. Complete this webform to confirm that you have read, understood and agreed to work within.
  2. King’s Table Substance Questionnaire –
    • Complete this online questionnaire that needs to be received and reviewed by one of our Safeguarding Officers (only they will see your responses) BEFORE serving at King’s Table… they will contact you directly if they have any further questions relating to your answers.

King’s Church Safer Recruitment Process –

  • Below is the full pathway that needs to be completed BEFORE serving with vulnerable adults at King’s Church High Wycombe.
  • All relevant links and forms can be found at King’s Church Safeguarding webpage.

King's Table

19 January 2022

See today’s Prayer Week guide here.

 

The fundamental building block in a believers life is to lead themselves.
This course covers key matters of self awareness, breaking the power of the past, living in vulnerability and developing Godly character. It runs over five sessions with time between each session to pause and reflect on what God is saying to us individually.
A leadership priority at King’s is to develop people and this course is designed to do exactly that.

The course is by run Neil Bartlett and Nicola Wade and we would love for you to be a part of it.

Part of this course is in-person and part it will be on Zoom. This is a pilot of the course and although we believe that it is good to meet in person, Zoom can be a helpful way to make it more accessible for those who are already in leadership roles and with commitments and so we are interested in how it works on Zoom but also being able to meet as a group the first week to get to know each other in person and then also celebrate the end of the module in person.

Wednesday evenings, 8-9:15pm.
29 Sept – at King’s Church
13 Oct, 3 Nov, 17 Nov – on Zoom (only an hour)
1 Dec – at King’s Church

To sign up, fill in the form below.

Growing in Leadership - Leading Yourself

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