Our attitude toward prayer has often been characterized by saying, “well, all we can do now is pray!”.
Prayer is not the hopeless act of desperation. Prayer is a gift that God has given to us as a means to approach the throne of grace with confidence—like that of a child coming to her parents sharing concerns, victories, defeats and every part of life. It is an opportunity to express the deepest heartache and the greatest joy. Prayer is a conversation between the Creator and the created…and the conversation began with God, for us, in Christ Jesus.
Organize these three days of prayer any way that seems good to you. Some of our congregations will put together a prayer vigil—a person signing up to pray in 30 minute intervals for example—for all three days, or a few hours each day; some will offer a prayer service at a set hour each of the three days, some will simply ask each person to spend some time each day in prayer…whatever works best in your congregation is the right way to go.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013: A Day of Confession
The church of Jesus will never rise up until it first gets to its knees. We have much to confess. We have turned the Body of Christ, the church, into a building, a location, a spot on a map and then we spend most of our time, resources and energy in taking care of it. We have turned on each other by holding grudges and resentments. We have talked about each other but not to each other. We have set aside the Word of God for the words of people. We have been very good at making members, but not disciples of Jesus. We have not loved one another. Let’s lay all of this at the foot of the cross and confess. And then hear the word of forgiveness and renewal.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013: A Day of PetitionThere are many in our congregations who are in pain, dealing with loss, facing battles. A time of prayer for those personal needs is important for the Body of Christ to heal. But let this also be a time of prayer for the congregation. Many of our churches have dreams of what they might do for the cause of Christ but believe they lack the resources. Pray for your own church: for the Sunday school, the youth, for the leaders of the congregation, the church council and others, for the pastor. We are to bring every care and concern to God in prayer, for we know that He cares about us. Pray for ears to hear and eyes to see. Pray for those who serve Jesus in the mission fields around the world, many who face persecution and harassment because of Jesus. Pray for the congregations of LCMC both here and abroad. Go to our website at www.lcmc.net and pray for each of our international partners and the ministries listed there.
Thursday, January 10th, 2013: A Day of InvitationLet us together pray for the Holy Spirit to breath new life into the church across this nation, the congregations in your community and in your congregation as well. We have become one of the largest and most difficult mission fields in the world. We live in a time of great spiritual interest, but little interest in the forms of the church of the last generation. Let’s pray for renewal and revival in the church. Ask the Lord of the Church to raise up the church so that we might be a light in the darkness, salt for a tasteless life, and real and abiding hope for those who live in despair. Pray that Jesus may be lifted up and that all might come to know Him as Savior and Lord. Pray that we might be a part of what the Holy Spirit is doing in the world and that we would find ways to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation.
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