Teach us to pray: Part 4

Dear Church Family  Family

Quietening our hearts

“Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;
    I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
    on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
    whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth,
    the sea, and everything in them –
    he remains faithful for ever.
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
    and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets prisoners free,
    the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
    the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the foreigner
    and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
    but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns for ever,
    your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 146

Why does the Psalmist say we should praise God?  Take and turn those things into praise as we come to God.

Keeping Jesus central to life

“8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: ‘Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: it is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

‘“the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.”

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’”

Acts 4v8-12

  • Thank God for sending his Son so that we can be forgiven.
  • We live in a world that offers all sorts of other means of ‘salvation’, pray that we would know none of them can save except Jesus alone.
  • Pray for those around you in your family and among your friends who do not yet know that for themselves.
  • Pray that we can be bold in proclaiming this truth in a society which denies it and opposes it.

Praying for our church family:

Pray particularly for the following things:

  • Pray for __________________ that as they grieve they would know God’s comfort and love and the strength they need to support other family members.
  • Remember others grieving for recent loss, especially ______ and ______ and their wider families.
  • Pray for __________ with her ongoing medical and health problems.
  • Pray for __________________ mother and father, for their recovery and general health.
  • Pray for _______ and her ongoing health issues
  • Pray for those who long term health needs: _____________________________________.
  • Why not work through the prayer diary and pray for those you have not seen for a few weeks?
  • For each of these people pray that they would persevere in their trust in Jesus despite hardship.  Pray that they would grow in their faith and that they would know God’s comfort and care, and practically that we as a church would be the means of showing that to them.  Pray to that their faith in suffering and grief may speak powerfully to those around them.

Praying for events:

There are a number of things you could be praying for which are happening this week coming:

  • Assembly at 1.45pm and 3.10pm.  Pray for _____ as he takes both assemblies looking at how we can be forgiven?  Pray that children and teachers here the message and trust Jesus.
  • Fellowship meeting – 7.30pm this evening.  Pray as we gather that we would know God’s will and guidance about the future and be united together as a church family.
  • Friday 9-10.30 Little Fishes.  This launches this week.  Pray for the planning and practicalities of running this in a confined space.  Pray for mums to come and for gospel capable friendships tone built.  Thank God for the use of a space at school.
  • Sunday 10 am we meet to pray.
  • We start a new series in Jeremiah on Sunday morning, pray that God would speak to us through this book.
  • On Sunday afternoon we meet from 4pm looking at James 4v1-12.

Our mission

Everyone of us has a frontline where we are missionaries for Jesus.

  • Pray for those at work or schools, where often sharing the good news of Jesus is fraught with difficulties.  Pray for a lived out faith that makes people stand out and provokes questions.  Pray for those places where it is hard to stand out and be different – be it in workload, attitude to the boss or employees, or the office politics.
  • Pray for those at home, pray that families would come to trust Jesus, be it husbands or wives or children.
  • Pray for our neighbourhoods. Pray that we see our neighbours as a mission field and especially as Christmas approaches we think about how to reach them with the good news of Jesus.

Thanks for your partnership in prayer.

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