Weekly Theme – Direction of Hope Fellowship
Today’s Theme – Consistent Prayer
Scripture – Acts 4.31
As we return to the second week of praying over the future of Hope Fellowship, we start this session by asking God to give us a passion for, and a vision of, consistent prayer in the life of this church. You may recall the earlier week in the 100 Days of Prayer where we spent much time in Acts 4. The church felt threatened and they prayed. They were concerned they may shy away from telling the world about Jesus, so they prayed for boldness.
Prayer was the first place they went to and they were blessed by it. How? Read Acts 4.31 again. And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. The Lord made His presence visibly known with a shaking, the believers were blessed with a filling (empowering) of the Spirit and they carried on boldly for Christ.
Too often we tag prayer on to a service or use it as filler, when it really should be part of the lifeblood of a church. So, how can we better prioritize prayer, so we have it engrained in our personal and corporate lives?
Themes to pray over
- Ask God for a personal passion for prayer
- Ask the Lord to move us to pray first in our daily lives
- Ask God to excite us for prayer and drive us to pray in our worship services
A Prayer for us.
We are not saved by our good works, but for good works (Ephesians 2:8-10). Focus our hearts on the mission you have for us to share the gospel and make disciples of Christ (Matthew 28:18–20). Remind us how our marriages, family lives, work, and hobbies can be avenues to adorn the gospel through our proclamation and Christ-exalting lifestyles. Use our time as your gathered body to build us up and send us out for ministering your gospel, in the power of your Spirit, to our broken world. May we be passionate for prayer, to lean on You, to hear from You, to be equipped by You.
Be honest, how do you approach prayer? Does it excite you or is it something that you tolerate?