Dear New Life in Christ Church Family,
Things continue to change for our nation, state and community. Our state has entered Phase 1 reopening for businesses and churches. We met today and so did other churches.
And yet, there is a lot of nervousness and still a lot of difficulty. People are still getting sick, joblessness continues to grow, the economy is suffering, people feel anxious, angry, alone and isolated. For these reasons, I am asking New Life in Christ Church to take Monday, May 18, 2020 as a day for prayer and fasting.
Would you be willing to join together in prayer? I will meet at 5 PM in a Zoom Prayer Room. If you would like to join and pray at 5, follow this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/770719915
Monday’s guide has been adapted from the PCA’s call to 30 days of prayer. I broke it up into 5 sections, and suggest taking 5 different times through the day to pray for each one. If you have more opportunities, just repeat!
In this prayer guide, we turn to the attributes of God as listed in the Westminster Larger Catechism, The Psalms, and Galatians 5:22-23 (the Fruit of the Spirit) to guide our prayer and focus our hearts and mind on the attributes of God:
Prayer Time #1 – Focus: God Our Peace
Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
- The only way we can be agents of peace is by Your presence because of the work of Christ.
- Lord, help us to rest in perfect peace because of You.
- Help us to be anchored to You—not our circumstances—because You are the Prince of Peace.
- And help us to remember that ultimately our fight for peace was won at the cross and through the resurrection. We don’t have to do anything more, because You have already done it all.
Prayer Time #2 – Focus: Self-Control
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
- Oh, Lord, how easy it is to face this crisis by either indulging our desires— shopping online, eating and drinking too much, binging on streaming services or online games—or by indulging our fears. May we have self-control that reflects our eternal values and may we live according to the Spirit.
- May we use this time strategically.
- May we seek Your purpose as we have more time at home and live “safer at home”
Prayer Time #3 – Focus: Gentleness
Matthew 11:29 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
- Lord, this world is hard, and sometimes we equate gentleness with weakness. But You called Yourself gentle, and Your gentleness never compromises Your strength.
- During these trying times, help us to reflect Your gentleness. Help us . . .
- To willingly serve others. – To walk in humility.
- To sacrifice and serve the weak and hurting.
- Help our gentleness to be in direct contrast to the hardness of this world in a way that brings glory and honor to Your name.
Prayer Time #4 – Focus: God is Compassionate
Psalm 86:15 “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
James 5:11 “Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.”
- At the tomb of Your friend, You wept. The very act of leaving the glory of heaven to walk in a sinful world reveals Your compassion. Thank You that You see and care.
- Oh, Lord, we are so broken by sin that it is easier to think of ourselves than to see the needs of others. Only through the presence of Your Spirit can we hope to compassionately care for our neighbors, those in our community, and even our nation.
- Grow our hearts and give us:
- Eyes to see others the way You do.
- Hearts to care for the vulnerable.
- Your guidance that we would know what is truly helpful.
Prayer Time #5 – Focus: God is Our Sustainer and Support
Psalm 18:35 “You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.”
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”
- You call on us to cast our cares upon You because You sustain us.
- We are weak and the burdens of this world are heavy. We are deeply in need of You!
- Our faith that we will not doubt.
- Our resolve to be faithful.
- Our understanding of our need for Your presence in our lives.
If you have specific needs, please let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org || 540-786-4848) so that we can pray for you and offer any practical help. Our elders are available as are our deacons (https://goo.gl/forms/wZ8miuU2BptSmOtG3). Please be aware of your neighbors needs, especially the elderly and vulnerable. Please let us know if any have needs.
Also, if you missed yesterday’s class on the Apostle’s Creed with Bob Rumbaugh, you can watch it online by clicking here.
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