Sunday 16 – Saturday 22 January
Pressing into God and inviting his kingdom to come
This week, as a church, we will be praying 24/7, spending time in God’s presence and seeking him in our lives and the work of our church.
Here are four ways to get involved:
One. Pray together with others. We are starting the week praying together on Sunday 16 January, 7-8pm, on Zoom. We would love for you to join us – look our for an email with the Zoom details on Sunday afternoon.
Two. Book an hour slot during the week to pray and spend time in God’s presence, using the daily guides below if you’d like to.
Three. As we press into God this week, let’s fast on Wednesday together.
Four. Look out on our social media for encouragements, prayers and reminders throughout the week.
Our heart is to be a church that’s devoted to prayer – our weekly prayer meetings play a vital role in church life (they’re really the ‘engine room’ behind everything we do together).
During the winter months, we are only meeting on Zoom. For the Zoom details, join the mailing list.
KEEP PRAYING FOR:
OUR LEADERS – To lead the church with the wisdom that comes from above during this challenging time.
OUR STAFF TEAM & VOLUNTEERS – who are putting in lots of work to prepare for and implement online church, Small Groups and prayer.
OUR SUNDAY MEETING – For the planning and practicalities to all come together, and for there to be a greater sense of unity and ‘togetherness’ in the church than ever before. Pray that we would encounter God as we ‘meet’ together on Sunday mornings.
THOSE IN ISOLATION – That they will experience God’s love and peace during their time in isolation, and would be connected to people in the church.
SMALL GROUP LEADERS – to be able to lead well and care for those in their groups.
SALVATION – As we continue to reach out to those on our BLESS lists and neighbours who are vulnerable, that many would come to know Jesus at this time. That the good news of Jesus Christ would be more infectious than any virus.
THE GOVERNMENT – For wisdom, guidance and compassion for those in government responsible for making decisions.
MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS – for protection and strength for all those caring for the sick. Also for scientists looking to develop a vaccine.
OURSELVES – To respond with faith, not fear; confidence, not anxiety. To be a light in the darkness for those who don’t know Jesus.
GOOD TO RESULT – for God to use this situation and His church to bring good into the world.
Select the day below:
Today’s scripture: Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
you taught me wisdom in that secret place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.
14 Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,
you who are God my Saviour,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
15 Open my lips, Lord,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
16 You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
17 My sacrifice, O God, is[b] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart
you, God, will not despise.
18 May it please you to prosper Zion,
to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then you will delight in the sacrifices of the righteous,
in burnt offerings offered whole;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.
Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin
What do you personally need to repent of: habitual patterns of sin or something you have done in the last few days? Invite the Holy Spirit to wash away your sins and rejoice that you are made new. Seek God’s forgiveness. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you strength to resist temptation and live as a new creation free from destructive patterns of sin.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me
Pray for the church body as a whole that we will repent of times we have taken our salvation or Jesus’ grace and mercy for granted. Pray that we would be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit and that would spill over into our outreach. Pray that as a church we would be quick to repent of sin against others and be open to the redirection of the Spirit.
May it please you to prosper Zion, to build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Pray for your home nation that, where repentance is necessary, the nation would recognise that and turn from ungodly ways. Pray that God would bless and prosper that nation.
Pray for God to bless this nation with a renewed sense of right and wrong, and that our government would realign its law-making, policies and decisions with the kindness, righteousness and wisdom of God’s Word.
Today’s scripture: Psalm 111
Praise the Lord.[b]
I will extol the Lord with all my heart
in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
2 Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
5 He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
6 He has shown his people the power of his works,
giving them the lands of other nations.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them
Let’s ponder the works of the Lord today. What has God done in your life that you can be thankful for? Write a list, and then thank Him for each point on the list. Then thank Him again. Maybe you can add to that list as you keep thanking Him. Then thank Him one more time. Let your thanksgiving refresh you, your view of God’s goodness and give Him glory.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate
Pray for the church body as a whole that we will be open to the work of the Holy Spirit and quick to celebrate all that God is doing in our midst. Pray specifically for all of the staff team who lead us, that they would be sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that God would protect them from temptation and the plans of the evil one, and that they would be filled with God’s grace and compassion.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
Pray for your home nation that the leaders would revere and honour God. Pray that they would make wise and God honouring decisions that will bless the nation. Pray that the Spirit of the Lord would move across the nation leading people into the fear of the Lord. Ask for God to stir people during this national health crisis to reflect on the big questions of life, including a refreshed openness and passion to seek Him.
Scripture: Matthew 11: 25-30
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children
Little children know how to be joyful: they crave time with their parents. Spend time with God in a way that fills you with joy today, we are all different and so God meets us all in unique ways: if you love nature go for a walk and talk to God as you walk, if you love worship, play worship music and sing, dance or just rest before God. If you love creative expression – paint a picture or write a poem.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Pray for our ministries that reach out to those who are weary and burdened. Pray for the leaders of these ministries that they would work out of a place of rest and dependence on God. Pray for those they are reaching out to, that the Spirit would open the eyes of their hearts to truth and they would lay down their burdens at the feet of Jesus and accept his free gifts of grace, salvation and rest.
Please pray for the following:
Azalea: Ask God for a harvest of salvation and deliverance through this work, and that the women would exit life-controlling addictions and sexual exploitation.
King’s table: pray that our guests would come regularly and experience the tangible love of Jesus. Pray also that our guests would be open to life-changing encounters with Jesus and the Gospel. Pray that God would move powerfully in healing, deliverance and life transformation as we pray for our guests. Ask God to keep encouraging and building the team who serve our guests.
CAP: Pray for CAP Headquarters in Bradford to continue to devise good debt solutions for families coming to us for help. We want to see individuals and families coming to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour: ask the Holy Spirit that we would see a fresh openness to the Gospel from our clients. Pray that we can re-open Tuesday afternoon’s CAP Drop-In following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, and see many coming, being knitted into the church, and helped out of debt.
Nation: for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Pray that the nation would discover healthy God-ordained patterns of rest. Pray that the Spirit would move across the nation stirring people to seek rest in God.
Scripture: Psalm 24
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.[a]
7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.
Take each of the verses above in turn. Read the verses one at a time, then pray based on the verse e.g. for verse 1, you might like to pray as follows:
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Thank you, Lord, that you are in control. Thank you that you created the world and that you know everyone who lives here. Thank you that you are so great, and that I can trust you to be loving, wise and in control of everything that happens. Thank Jesus that He is coming again in great glory, power and salvation.
They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Saviour. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.
Pray for our worship team, and all those who faithfully serve us in production. Pray that as they lead us to seek His face, the Holy Spirit would bless us and fall on the church in greater measure. Pray for our preachers that they speak out the Lord’s inspiration, challenge, wisdom, healing and strength every time they preach.
Nations: Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Our mission’s partners are working so that the King of Glory is known in places where He is not yet known or accepted. Pray for each of them today, that the Holy Spirit would be moving in their locations drawing many to know Him. Specific prayer points are found below:
Nepal: Please pray for:
- the nation and the government as they navigate through this coronavirus crisis with considerably fewer resources than we have – pray against any corruption in the government and for righteousness to prevail.
- many to come to Christ and be added to the church as they see the love of Jesus demonstrated through the relief efforts of King’s Church Kathmandu (providing food, medical supplies and other support to well over 300 families)
- the leaders of KCK (Amos & Dolma, Jen & Samjhana) as they lead the church through this time, and for Amos & Dolma as they run the Dolpa Children’s Home.
Gulf: pray for Dan and Monica as they equip the church and its leaders in the Gulf region to be equipped with God’s insight, wisdom, strength and power. Ask God to give them favour with Muslims in their neighbourhood, and that they would radiate the power of God’s love in a winsome and irresistible way. Ask for God’s protection over their physical and emotional health.
South Sudan: pray for Jackie and Wes as they lead the Bible translation teams there. Pray for increased fruitfulness in translating the Bible into local languages, and that those who receive Scripture in their native tongue for the very first time would be open, thirsty and receptive to the Gospel. Pray for a harvest of many, many saved because of this work.
Pray for a great deliverance in your home nation from the coronavirus, for its eradication, and for people to be able to meet together safely and confidently. Ask God to give our governments wisdom, integrity and discernment in how best to tackle this crisis.
Scripture: Psalm 100
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his[a];
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
Think of ten things that you are thankful for today. Even in the most difficult situations we can thank him for the gifts of His salvation and His spirit. Thank Him for each one of them and spend some time worshipping Him.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
King’s Kids (from birth to 11 years old). Please pray for:
- Wisdom for Ben and Claire regarding which topics to teach, that will engage such a wide age span – from 3 to 11
- More kids activated in the Gifts of the Spirit, filled with faith that Together with God they can do great things, and that their Heavenly Father can do anything!
- A belter of a term!
King’s Youth (from 11 to 18 years old). Please pray that
- Those who have made the move from primary to second school: good friends, they would feel at home in King’s Youth very quickly.
- All the young people of King’s Church would seek and experience a major upgrade in their prayer lives
- Our worship and prayer times together would see fear and anxiety melt away in our young people
- Our young people would share, prophesy and pray powerfully, confidently and with anointing in our meetings together
- To see growth in our numbers fuelled by a deep-felt passion of the young people to invite their friends so they can encounter Jesus
- That our youth would personally encounter Jesus frequently, powerfully and in life-changing ways.
Nation: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Pray today that the Holy Spirit would move in a huge way across our town and nation. Pray for a release of joy and for many to come to know Jesus and lift their voices in praise of Him. Pray specifically for those on your BLESS list today that they would experience God’s joy in surprising ways.
Theme: Reaching out
Scripture: Acts 1: 3-8
After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. 4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”
6 Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 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.”
Personal reflection: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. 5 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Have you been baptised in the Spirit? If not, why not ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit today. Spend some time listening to the Holy Spirit. Take 5 or 10 minutes to sit in silence and wait on the Lord.
Church wide: 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.”
Pray for outreach ministries to our community, that they will be led by the Spirit, that they would bless every person that attends and that many would come to know Jesus because of them:
Please pray for Charlie and the Little Stars team, for Holy Spirit-inspired ideas, and favour from the community. Pray that families would meet Jesus through this connection and move into the life of the church.
Pray that the Bible Stories and Christian songs would touch people’s hearts and cause them to seek after Jesus.
Pray for the refugee families that we have connected with, that we can find ways to invite them into church activities, and that we can continue to bless them and their children.
English classes: pray for the leaders of these classes that they would find great joy in serving those who attend. Pray that they would build strong connections that sign-post people to Jesus’ love and salvation.
Alpha: pray for lots of people to sign up this term and experience the joy of salvation, and to be baptised in the Holy Spirit. Ask God to equip the Alpha team, encourage them and enjoy the interaction with the guests.
- young adults within the church to be filled with the Holy Spirit, to be seeking God and hearing his voice
- young adults to find real friendship and community in King’s, for a community to grow among the young adults
- for students to find God when they move to High Wycombe to study.
- all Christian students to get plugged into a local church within the first month and for them to be Jesus to those around them
Nation: 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.”
Pray for our community and our nation to know Jesus. Pray for a fresh move of the Spirit leading many to Jesus. Pray that many eyes would be opened to know the truth of the Word and many hearts opened to receiving salvation.
Pray again for those on our BLESS lists, and that we would be bolder and take more Godly risks to point them to Jesus. Pray that God would give you fresh opportunities to listen, serve, share your stories, and that there would be a new openness for those on your list to the Gospel. Ask God to give us a wave of salvation for those on our BLESS lists, and that many on our BLESS lists would join us at our online Sunday meetings, and then to come in person after lockdown.
Scripture: John 14 12-21
Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. God loves to give us good gifts.
Ask God today what gift of the Spirit he would like to give you. Pray for this. Take time to listen to God today – is He asking you to take a risk for Him today?
Church wide: We want to be a church that takes risks for Jesus and that steps out in faith as the Spirit leads us, praying for healings and miracles and following the lead of the Spirit throughout our daily lives. Pray today that we would be a risk-taking church for His glory, not ours. Pray that each person in the church would step out in faith to do the works the Holy Spirit has prepared for them to do.
Pray for our prayer team: they would see the sick healed, the downhearted lifted up, the weak strengthened and encouraged, and those suffering delivered powerfully and instantly.
Pray for our small groups and the leaders: wonderful times of community and mutual support. Ask for God to speak powerfully in our small group meetings, and for an upsurge in the use of Spiritual Gifts such as prophecy, tongues, healings, words of knowledge, words of encouragement.
Pray for our FOCUS group for those over 50: they would take new risks and see God move powerfully in their friendships, their families and in their meetings.
Nation: Pray that the Holy Spirit would flood our churches across the nation and that He would break out into our communities. Pray that the church body across our town and the nation would step out and take risks to bring glory to the name of Jesus. Pray that we would have unity and demonstrate to a hurting world the love of Jesus. Pray for a huge move of the Holy Spirit across the nation leading many to Jesus.