Guide for Prayer Night
Session One - Praise
Music worship - "10,000 Reasons" "Holy, Holy, Holy (Lift Up His Name)"
John 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!”
We are not here tonight out of fear but in thankfulness and praise to our God for love, mercy and grace. We are here to praise and worship our Saviour and to bring him our prayers of petition for the work which He has given us.
Why do we need to pray? Because God wants us to spend time in His presence and to bring Him all those things which He has placed on our hearts. Look at just a few examples of Jesus praying; and if He prayed it is certain that we should too.
Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
Matt 14:23 After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
Matt 26:36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
Time of praise to our God - with open prayer and readings
Session Two - Repentance
Music worship - "Lead Me to the Cross"
A Prayer to seek the Lord - “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
“Lord, we are crying out to You, we are humbling ourselves before You and seeking Your face. We come together as a church body to seek You. We repent and turn from our wicked ways, thank You for hearing us. Thank you for Your grace, Your forgiveness and Your healing. Amen
Silent prayer time
Session Three - Ask
Music worship - "Great is Thy Faithfulness"
Intercession 1 - prayer needs and corporate prayer for the lost and for our community.
Our community - It is vital that we understand that for us to pray for our community, we need God to truly give us a burden for it. In a mixed community that is fairly fragmented, we find a great number of people with both physical and financial needs, let alone the spiritual desolation that is all too evident. This has to be more than a superficial concern! We need to ask God to break our hearts for the lost who live in the area God has called us, Turning Point Church, to serve. Pray for God to cause to us see the darkness of the lost state of the people of our community. That we would have wisdom in how to serve them, and for us to have the tenacity to keep on serving, loving and witnessing.
Poor and Disadvantaged
Serving those who are homeless across the areas that we serve as a church.
Addicted and recovering people
Intercession 2 - prayer needs and corporate prayer for our church
Pray for all who are involved in the leadership and work of the church - that each person feels respected for what they do. That they will know that there is no hierarchy before the Lord - we are all part of the one body and we do not function as we should without each other. Give praise that God has raised up those willing to serve.
Pray for each of our teams - Set up, Welcome, Music, Catering etc
Pray for the Men’s and Women’s Ministry
Pray for our meetings together - that we will each be faithful in gathering together on Sundays and during the week. That we will come looking to contribute, even if that is just by being there. Pray that God would strengthen us, and add to our number. Pray also for those who have been attending irregularly, that God will bring them back into the glorious fellowship of God's people.
Pray for wisdom in growing as individuals and as a body - that we see people released into serving Jesus; that more people meet Jesus and become active members in His Church. Pray that God gives the resources and the clarity for the future planting of new churches in His timing!
Pray for finance - that God will provide ll that we need for His work
Pray for our programme of teaching, learning and discipleship - all leading to spiritual growth
Pray for each of our brothers and sisters in Christ - it is important to pray for each other as individuals. Use Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians (Ephesians 1:17-19)…
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe..”
Gal 5:22 - the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
A Prayer for our Pastor
“Lord, we pray for Ian, that he will have and will hold onto his joy in You in spite of everything he has to deal with in ministry. That he will have the wisdom in every situation. That he will be refreshed, restored, recharged, rested, renewed, and rejuvenated. We ask that You will go before him in his daily walk. Guard him, keep him and surround him and his family with Your love and protection. In Jesus' Name.”
Session Four - Yield
Music worship - "Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me"
Ambassadors for Christ - 2 Cor 5:16-21 “From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” (Romans 12:1)
“Lord help us to see ourselves as missionaries in our world, dying to ourselves for the sake of the Gospel, as opposed to consumers who care most about whether we are fed, ministered to, or being served.”
“Heavenly Father, help me to be better than I am now. Teach me to be more like you, and less like the world around me. Help me to put aside my selfish desires and vain ambition. Teach me to be a true servant in both word and deed. Give me a servant’s heart, just like Jesus. In His Name, Amen.”
Praying intentionally, living intentionally, speaking intentionally
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matt 22:36-39)
“Lord - help us to obey Your commandments so that our lives will be lived wholly for You. Make us Your servants in our community and may we see fruit for Your kingdom. In Jesus’ Name we pray.”
(1 Cor 11:23-30) For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread and, when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgement on himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.
Music worship - "Man of Sorrows"