Mid December - Mid January: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us! During the month of December we’ll be reformatting this prayer tool. You will see these changes in mid January. Until then, please join us to pray over these five prayer prompts for the weeks leading up to Christmas and the few days after the New Year.
We would appreciate your feedback as we make changes to this tool, you can share it with us by filling out this short survey!

  1. Be in prayer for our Christmas weekend services! Christmas is one of our most attended services. Pray that the gospel would go out in power, that the Spirit would be moving hearts to respond, and there would be an eternal harvest from these services. Pray that God would be glorified through Woodlands Christmas weekend services!

  2. Woodlands sends over 200 kids and leaders to Green Bay in early January to a conference called Districts. The student and leaders will have many opportunities to hear and respond to the gospel over this weekend. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be going ahead of this group, moving and softening hearts to respond to the call to follow Jesus. Pray for wisdom, discernment, and boldness for adult leaders as they walk through this weekend alongside their students. Pray for boldness, faith, trust, and obedience in the students that will go to hear the Good News.

  3. A team of 46 will be heading down to Guatemala in early January to serve hundreds of Guatemalans through a medical clinic. This is a logistics heavy trip - pray for clarity, accuracy and competent work in logistics. Even more so, pray for unity in the Spirit as this teams serves under the name of Jesus. Pray that many would come to Christ and/or be connected to a local church body through this clinic. Pray that God would be glorified through this team.

  4. As we near the end of the year, be in prayer for your fellow Woodlanders to enter into a time of reflection, contemplation, and planning for the New Year. Pray we would be intentional with our spiritual growth in 2019. Pray that the Spiritual Growth Plan tool that has been used here would be a vehicle to draw our fellow Christians into a deeper relationship with Jesus in 2019. And praise God for what He’s done in our lives in 2018!

  5. December and January are busy months in building planning! We are interviewing and deciding on the subcontractors that will be involved in the actual building of the new Worship Center, lobby area, and children’s area. Pray for wisdom and discernment for the building committee team that is heavily involved in gathering the needed information to make the best decision.

Note: We will re-launch this tool in early to mid-January. Continue to pray with us over these 5 prayer prompts through December and into January!

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short, two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

December 10-12: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us! During the month of December we’ll be reformatting this prayer tool. You will see these changes in January. Until then, please join us to pray over these five prayer prompts this week. We would appreciate your feedback as we make changes to this tool, you can share it with us by filling out this short survey!

1) Districts: Each January, we send a pack of junior and high school students to Green Bay to a conference called Districts. Pray for the student ministries office as they nail down all of the logistics and details involved in sending over 200 students and leaders. Pray for the students and leaders - this is a place where many kids will come to Christ. Pray that the Lord would impact their lives for a lifetime.

2) Bell Ringing: This year small groups of students are ringing bells for the Salvation Army as well as adults and families engaging in the Bears/Packers Challenge. Pray that enough volunteers would sign up for the Bears/Packers Challenge happening this Saturday.
In a season that can seem saturated by consumerism, the Red Kettle campaign reminds us to focus outward, beyond our own families to those who will struggle this holiday season to provide basic needs for their loved ones. Pray for the families that will be impacted through the Red Kettle campaign - that they will recognize that God gave us the best gift of salvation in His Son

3) Bolivia Compassion Team: We are sending a team from Woodlands down to Cochabamba, Bolivia this March. Our current team has 15 participants. Pray that God would be working early in these participants to follow Him obediently and joyfully, that He would unify the team under His vision and purpose for them, and that above all, He would be glorified in the sending of this team.

4) GroupLife Connect: The beginning of January is a time we set aside to launch and refocus on getting our congregants connected into transformational groups through our GroupLife Connect. Ministries are preparing for this now. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be moving as they are making decisions about what classes to offer and pray that there would be groups open to new members. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be moving and stirring in the hearts of those who are not yet connected in a Life Group or class- that they would take the courageous step to get connected deeper into the life of Woodlands Church by signing up for a group or class.

5) Congregational Meeting: Praise God for the way He is unifying and stirring up excitement within our congregation to continue to pursue our purpose of reaching as many people for Him as quickly as we can! Praise Him for raising the amount needed to move into our next phase of the Kingdom Expansion campaign. Yesterday, we had a Congregational Meeting to vote on the proposal to move ahead with building the proposed addition and it passed! We are thanking and praising God for all that He has done through this process. Pray for wisdom and guidance as we take the next steps to move forward.

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short, two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

December 3-7: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us! During the month of December we’ll be reformatting this prayer tool. You will see these changes in January. So, for the rest of the month, we will continue to share five prayer requests a week. We would appreciate your feedback as we make changes to this tool, you can share it with us by filling out this short survey!

1) Districts: Each January, we send a pack of junior and high school students to Green Bay to a conference called Districts. Pray for the student ministries office as they nail down all of the logistics and details involved in sending over 200 students and leaders. Pray for the students and leaders - this is a place where many kids will come to Christ. Pray that the Lord would impact their lives for a lifetime.

2) Bell Ringing: This year small groups of students are ringing bells for the Salvation Army as well as adults and families engaging in the Bears/Packers Challenge. Pray that enough volunteers would sign up for the Bears/Packers Challenge.
In a season that can seem saturated by consumerism, the Red Kettle campaign reminds us to focus outward, beyond our own families to those who will struggle this holiday season to provide basic needs for their loved ones. Pray for the families that will be impacted through the Red Kettle campaign - that they will recognize that God gave us the best gift of salvation in His Son

3) Bolivia Compassion Team: We are sending a team from Woodlands down to Cochabamba, Bolivia this March. Our current team has 15 participants and they will meet for the first time as a team on Sunday, December 9th. Pray that God would be working early in these participants to follow Him obediently and joyfully, that He would unify the team under His vision and purpose for them, and that above all, He would be glorified in the sending of this team.

4) GroupLife Connect: The beginning of January is a time we set aside to launch and refocus on getting our congregants connected into transformational groups through our GroupLife Connect. Ministries are preparing for this now. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be moving as they are making decisions about what classes to offer and pray that there would be groups open to new members. Pray that the Holy Spirit would be moving and stirring in the hearts of those who are not yet connected in a Life Group or class- that they would take the courageous step to get connected deeper into the life of Woodlands Church by signing up for a group or class.

5) Congregational Meeting: Praise God for the way He is unifying and stirring up excitement within our congregation to continue to pursue our purpose of reaching as many people for Him as quickly as we can! Praise Him for raising the amount needed to move into our next phase of the Kingdom Expansion campaign. On Sunday, December 9th, we will have a Congregational Meeting to vote on the proposal to move ahead with building the proposed addition. Pray for a continued spirit of unity among us for the Sake of the NAME.

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short, two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

Friday, November 30, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks or join us! As we launch this prayer tool again, let’s begin by praying through these five prayer prompts this week:

1) In this season of thanksgiving, give thanks to God for the incredible outpouring of generosity from the people of Woodlands in the "For the sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion. Pray that God would give church leadership wisdom as they prepare the proposal for the December 9th congregational meeting to move forward with the building project. 

2) Continue to pray for wisdom and guidance for the building committee in this month of December as important decisions about the design of the building and the choice of subcontractors will be made after December 9th. 

3) The holidays can often be a time of emotional turmoil and challenge for people.  Pray for grace and peace and unity for families and individuals.  Prayer for marriages to remain strong and deeply connected during this time.  Pray for meaningful Christ-centered times for families during this period.

4) Ask God to create hunger and thirst in the lives of unbelievers in this season and to draw them to Himself through the themes of Christmas.  Ask God to give us courage to invite people to church and to initiate spiritual conversations.  Pray that God would bring many people from the community to our “The Thrill of Hope” series, where we will pointing people to the powerful hope that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  Pray for other churches Christmas outreaches to be fruitful.

5)  We are sending a team of 45 on a medical missions trip to Guatemala in January.  On Sunday December 2nd, the team will be having a very important team meeting. Pray that the meeting would go well, that team unity and clarity of purpose would be launched and all the final logistical details would come together soon for the four days of clinic outreach. Pray that the 30 churches we are partnering with through this project would be strengthened and helped in their outreach efforts. Pray that many would come to Christ at the clinics.

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short, two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

Thursday, November 29, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks or join us! As we launch this prayer tool again, let’s begin by praying through these five prayer prompts this week:

1) In this season of thanksgiving, give thanks to God for the incredible outpouring of generosity from the people of Woodlands in the "For the sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion. Pray that God would give church leadership wisdom as they prepare the proposal for the December 9th congregational meeting to move forward with the building project. 

2) Continue to pray for wisdom and guidance for the building committee in this month of December as important decisions about the design of the building and the choice of subcontractors will be made after December 9th. 

3) The holidays can often be a time of emotional turmoil and challenge for people.  Pray for grace and peace and unity for families and individuals.  Prayer for marriages to remain strong and deeply connected during this time.  Pray for meaningful Christ-centered times for families during this period.

4) Ask God to create hunger and thirst in the lives of unbelievers in this season and to draw them to Himself through the themes of Christmas.  Ask God to give us courage to invite people to church and to initiate spiritual conversations.  Pray that God would bring many people from the community to our “The Thrill of Hope” series, where we will pointing people to the powerful hope that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  Pray for other churches Christmas outreaches to be fruitful.

5)  We are sending a team of 45 on a medical missions trip to Guatemala in January.  On Sunday December 2nd, the team will be having a very important team meeting. Pray that the meeting would go well, that team unity and clarity of purpose would be launched and all the final logistical details would come together soon for the four days of clinic outreach. Pray that the 30 churches we are partnering with through this project would be strengthened and helped in their outreach efforts. Pray that many would come to Christ at the clinics.

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short, two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks or join us! As we launch this prayer tool again, let’s begin by praying through these five prayer prompts this week:

1) In this season of thanksgiving, give thanks to God for the incredible outpouring of generosity from the people of Woodlands in the "For the sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion. Pray that God would give church leadership wisdom as they prepare the proposal for the December 9th congregational meeting to move forward with the building project. 

2) Continue to pray for wisdom and guidance for the building committee in this month of December as important decisions about the design of the building and the choice of subcontractors will be made after December 9th. 

3) The holidays can often be a time of emotional turmoil and challenge for people.  Pray for grace and peace and unity for families and individuals.  Prayer for marriages to remain strong and deeply connected during this time.  Pray for meaningful Christ-centered times for families during this period.

4) Ask God to create hunger and thirst in the lives of unbelievers in this season and to draw them to Himself through the themes of Christmas.  Ask God to give us courage to invite people to church and to initiate spiritual conversations.  Pray that God would bring many people from the community to our “The Thrill of Hope” series, where we will pointing people to the powerful hope that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  Pray for other churches Christmas outreaches to be fruitful.

5)  We are sending a team of 45 on a medical missions trip to Guatemala in January.  On Sunday December 2nd, the team will be having a very important team meeting. Pray that the meeting would go well, that team unity and clarity of purpose would be launched and all the final logistical details would come together soon for the four days of clinic outreach. Pray that the 30 churches we are partnering with through this project would be strengthened and helped in their outreach efforts. Pray that many would come to Christ at the clinics.

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short, two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks or join us! As we launch this prayer tool again, let’s begin by praying through these five prayer prompts this week:

1) In this season of thanksgiving, give thanks to God for the incredible outpouring of generosity from the people of Woodlands in the "For the sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion. Pray that God would give church leadership wisdom as they prepare the proposal for the December 9th congregational meeting to move forward with the building project. 

2) Continue to pray for wisdom and guidance for the building committee in this month of December as important decisions about the design of the building and the choice of subcontractors will be made after December 9th. 

3) The holidays can often be a time of emotional turmoil and challenge for people.  Pray for grace and peace and unity for families and individuals.  Prayer for marriages to remain strong and deeply connected during this time.  Pray for meaningful Christ-centered times for families during this period.

4) Ask God to create hunger and thirst in the lives of unbelievers in this season and to draw them to Himself through the themes of Christmas.  Ask God to give us courage to invite people to church and to initiate spiritual conversations.  Pray that God would bring many people from the community to our “The Thrill of Hope” series, where we will pointing people to the powerful hope that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  Pray for other churches Christmas outreaches to be fruitful.

5)  We are sending a team of 45 on a medical missions trip to Guatemala in January.  On Sunday December 2nd, the team will be having a very important team meeting. Pray that the meeting would go well, that team unity and clarity of purpose would be launched and all the final logistical details would come together soon for the four days of clinic outreach. Pray that the 30 churches we are partnering with through this project would be strengthened and helped in their outreach efforts. Pray that many would come to Christ at the clinics.

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short, two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

Monday, November 26, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks or join us! As we launch this prayer tool again, let’s begin by praying through these five prayer prompts this week:

1) In this season of thanksgiving, give thanks to God for the incredible outpouring of generosity from the people of Woodlands in the "For the sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion. Pray that God would give church leadership wisdom as they prepare the proposal for the December 9th congregational meeting to move forward with the building project. 

2) Continue to pray for wisdom and guidance for the building committee in this month of December as important decisions about the design of the building and the choice of subcontractors will be made after December 9th. 

3) The holidays can often be a time of emotional turmoil and challenge for people.  Pray for grace and peace and unity for families and individuals.  Prayer for marriages to remain strong and deeply connected during this time.  Pray for meaningful Christ-centered times for families during this period.

4) Ask God to create hunger and thirst in the lives of unbelievers in this season and to draw them to Himself through the themes of Christmas.  Ask God to give us courage to invite people to church and to initiate spiritual conversations.  Pray that God would bring many people from the community to our “The Thrill of Hope” series, where we will pointing people to the powerful hope that comes through a relationship with Jesus.  Pray for other churches Christmas outreaches to be fruitful.

5)  We are sending a team of 45 on a medical missions trip to Guatemala in January.  On Sunday December 2nd, the team will be having a very important team meeting. Pray that the meeting would go well, that team unity and clarity of purpose would be launched and all the final logistical details would come together soon for the four days of clinic outreach. Pray that the 30 churches we are partnering with through this project would be strengthened and helped in their outreach efforts. Pray that many would come to Christ at the clinics.

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short, two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

We are so grateful that you journeyed with us for these 30 Days of Fasting & Prayer! We hope that this month of prayer has enabled you to connect with Jesus deeply each day and grow in Him. We will be refreshing the format of this tool so please check back on Monday, November 26th for more information about the future structure of the prayer tool. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

*If you want to help improve this tool, please fill out a short two question survey here.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 30

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

“For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

Prayer by John Piper

Unless I’m badly mistaken, one of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant life of prayer is not so much that we don’t want to, but that we don’t plan to.  If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don’t just get up one summer morning and say, “Hey, let’s go today!”  You won’t have anything ready.  You won’t know where to go.  Nothing has been planned.

But this is how many of us treat prayer.  We get up day after day and realize that significant times of prayer should be a part of our life, but nothing’s ever ready.  We don’t know where to go.  Nothing has been planned.  No time.  No place. No procedure.  And we all know that the opposite of planning is not a wonderful flow of deep, spontaneous experiences in prayer.  The opposite of planning is the rut.  If you don’t plan a vacation, you will probably stay home and watch TV.  The natural, unplanned flow of spiritual life sinks to the lowest ebb of vitality. There is a race to be run and a fight to be fought.  If you want renewal in your life of prayer, you must plan to see it.

Therefore, my simple exhortation is this:  Let us take time this very day to rethink our priorities and how prayer fits in.  Make some new resolve.  Try some new venture with God.  Set a time. Set a place.  Choose a portion of Scripture to guide you.  Don’t be tyrannized by the press of busy days.  We all need midcourse corrections.  Make this a day of turning to prayer – for the glory of God and for the fullness of your joy.


We are so grateful that you journeyed with us for these 30 Days of Fasting & Prayer! We hope that this tool has enabled you to live out the words above from John Piper - for the glory of God! Check back on Monday, November 26th for more information about the future structure of the prayer tool.

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

 

Monday, November 19, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 29

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) Ephesians 6:18

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

A few weeks ago I was in Cape Town, South Africa, for a gathering of world Christian leaders from 200 countries. One of the speakers was the Anglican archbishop of Jos, Nigeria. His name is Benjamin Kwashi, and he shared a story that was horrific and inspiring at the same time. Jos, this city in Nigeria, has been rocked by sectarian violence for years now, primarily between Christians and Muslims. There have been endless cycles of violence and vengeance and hundreds of people killed. In March of 2009, a gang of people broke into the bishop's house to kill him. He wasn't home, but his wife was. They did unspeakable things to her, and they beat her and left her for dead. He found her, and she was still alive, but she spent most of the following year in recovery. A year to the day after this gang beat her, in March of 2010, they came back. They broke into his home again, and this time they did find Benjamin. They dragged him out of his house, and they were about to kill him. They had machetes and clubs. Benjamin asked for just a moment to pray before they began. So he knelt there on the dirt and began to pray.

A moment later he felt someone holding his hand. He looked up, and it was his wife. I still can't believe the courage of that woman. She could have run, but instead she broke through this line of the same people who had attacked her a year ago and knelt with her husband to pray with him, knowing that her life was over as well. And then a moment later, he felt someone holding his other hand. He looked, and it was his teenage son. Benjamin begged his son to leave so that he wouldn't be killed as well. And his son said, "Father, they've all left. They're all gone."

Why did they leave? Benjamin said he has no idea. And he knows they'll be back. I'd like to believe that the reason they left is that when this bishop and his wife were kneeling in the dirt in prayer, the manifold wisdom of God was put on display before the powers and authorities in the heavenly realm. There was wisdom and power there that these people could not comprehend, and they became afraid and they fled.

-Skye Jethani, from the sermon "Church: The Wisdom of God on Display,"

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Sunday, November 18, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 28

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) Romans 12:9-12

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer…

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

“Prayer” by Philip Yancey:

A month ago I was standing, frantic, in downtown Budapest, Hungary, after a ten-hour flight.  On my laptop computer I had notes to prepare for a series of speeches, and upon checking into my hotel I realized I had left the AC power cord in an airport lounge somewhere in transit.  Stores were closing in an hour, the next day was Sunday, and I had no clue where I might find computer parts in that foreign city, much less navigate the public transportation to get there.  I breathed a quick prayer and started searching for anyone who spoke English. No success.  Just as I was feeling desperate, a young man and his mother came up to me and said, “Can we help you?”  The young man, a student, had just completed his English proficiency exam and the two were heading toward a train station adjacent to a mall that included a computer store – one of two stores in Budapest, it turned out, that carried the particular part I needed.  Was that coincidence?

 A year ago I attended a conference of 1,200 people and had one meal on my own.  I entered the dining hall, walked past a long line of tables, and chose a seat at random. As conversation unfolded, I learned that all five other guests at the table were members of the same family. The father, back home in Michigan, was living through the final stages of esophageal cancer, days from death, and at the last minute two in-laws had made arrangements to stay with him.  The daughters had driven twenty hours, through the night, from another state.  For six months the mother had not left her husband alone.  She came to the conference hoping to talk to me about the topic of suffering because she knew that my wife had worked as a hospice chaplain. She had brought along a list of questions, in faint hope of spending some time discussing them.  Would I mind?

 “When I pray, coincidences happen,” said Archbishop William Temple; “when I don’t, they don’t.”

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Saturday, November 17, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 27

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) Philippians 1:19-20

For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

“In the midst of packing, I noticed that the diamond was missing from my wedding ring. I had been packing for hours. Packing multiple boxes in every room. 

I told my husband Aaron and he started hunting frantically. I looked in the box I had been most recently packing. Nothing. I started getting annoyed at Aaron, undoing all my hard work. This was a small diamond. There was no way we would find it. 

“You aren’t even going to pray about it?” Aaron asked as he continued looking.

I sat at our empty table and put my head in my hands. I was annoyed. I hadn’t even wanted a diamond. So stupid, spending so much on something tiny that could be lost in an instant.

But then I was reminded of the moment Aaron gave me this ring. His nervous smile, the beautiful lake as the sun was setting. I thought about the fact that he handpicked this particular diamond. This was a one of a kind ring that Aaron made for just for me. I loved this ring. Because I loved this man. So I prayed. 

God…forgive me. For being angry. For being prideful. Please help us find this diamond. I know it’s just a ring. I know it’s just a possession. But help us find it. Just to show Aaron that you can. That You speak. 

After that prayer I stayed silent. And I heard a voice. Not an audible voice. It just sounded like a thought. But it said “Eragon” (a title of one of my books). So I got up, went into the library, and opened the enormous suitcase. At the bottom was the Eragon, I picked it up and right underneath the left corner was a tiny shimmer. My diamond. 

If I hadn’t been challenged to pray, there is no doubt in my mind that we never would have found it. 

But there it was. Right where He said it would be. I don’t know why God chose to answer this prayer, but be encouraged that He answers the prayers of regular people about regular things.”

-Tory Esqueda, Woodlands Church staff member

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Friday, November 16, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 26

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) Isaiah 37:14-17, 20-22(a)

Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. Hezekiah prayed to the Lord saying, “O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to all the words of Sennacherib, who sent them to reproach the living God. 

Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, Lord, are God.” Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent word to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word that the Lord has spoken against him…

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

Around 7 p.m. on the evening of Friday, May 31, 1985, an F3-magnitude tornado swept through Beaver County, Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh. We were at church for a meeting, and when we got word of the storm, we had no idea how bad it had been. When our meeting came to an end, we headed to the home of some friends just as we had planned on doing.

My friend is a surgeon, and when we arrived at his home, one of his colleagues was already at the door. All the physicians in the area were being summoned to the medical center. My surgeon friend, Roy, ran to his car and left immediately. We stood there wondering what we could do. I thought, I'm a pastor. Maybe I should go to the Medical Center, too. But I did not want to go. I was frightened. I'd probably be in the way, I reasoned. What could I possibly do? They've already got people lined up for these things.

You may think pastors enter their line of work to help people, but that night I wanted no part of it! Finally, with God's sharp finger in the middle of my back, I reluctantly drove to the hospital.

The devastation was worse than we'd imagined. Phone lines were down. Traffic was at a standstill. Kids were driving around, and their parents had no idea where they were. It turned out that the hospital was the only place where worried people could think to go. Many had been injured and three people were dead. The lady in charge of the emergency room—a woman from our church—would call out from time to time: "Is there anyone from the Jack Smith family here?" Otherwise, folks sat and worried.

Having no better idea of what to do, I just started walking up to clusters of people. I would say, "I'm a pastor, and I wonder if you'd like me to pray for you and your family."

"Yes, please," they said. "That would be great."

No one asked me what church I served, and no one—not one person—even hesitated to accept my prayers. I think I was the only one at the hospital that evening praying for people.

It hit me later that night that I am an agent of Christ's compassion in this world, and that means going where people are "harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." And I do this not because I'm a pastor, but because I am a Christian. When others retreat from heartache and sorrow, we step in because we walk with Jesus.

-Lee Eclov, Vernon Hills, Illinois

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Thursday, November 15, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 25

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) Psalm 32:3-6

When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

In the book Stories for the Journey, William R. White tells about a European seminary professor named Hans and his wife, Enid. World War II forced them to flee to America where he found a job teaching. He was warm, gentle, beloved by his students, and he brought Scripture to life for them.

Hans and Enid were very much in love. Nearly every day they took long walks together, holding hands, and they always sat close in church, until Enid died, overwhelming Hans with sorrow. Worried because he wouldn't eat nor take walks, the seminary president, along with three other friends, visited him regularly, but he remained lonely and depressed. Experiencing the dark night of the soul, Hans told his friends, "I am no longer able to pray to God. In fact, I am not certain I believe in God any more."

After a moment of silence the seminary president said, "Then we will believe for you. We will make your confession for you. We will pray for you." So the four men met daily for prayer, asking God to restore the gift of faith to their dear friend.

Many months later, as the four gathered with Hans, he smiled and said, "It is no longer necessary for you to pray for me. Today, I would like you to pray with me." The dark night of the soul had passed. Instead of carrying Hans to Jesus on a stretcher, they had carried him on their prayers.

-William R. White, Stories for the Journey, (Augsburg, 1988), pp.47-49

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 24

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) Jeremiah 23:2-3

Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the Lord. “Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me. His face, that hitherto may have been strange and intolerable to me, is transformed in intercession into the countenance of a brother for whom Christ died, the face of a forgiven sinner. This is a happy discovery for the Christian who begins to pray for others.

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Life Together” (HarperSanFrancisco, 1954), p. 86

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 23

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) Jude 1: 20 & 21

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

Prayer by John Piper:

Could it be that many of our problems with prayer and much of our weakness in prayer come from the fact that we are not all on active duty, and yet we still try to use the transmitter?  We have taken a wartime walkie-talkie and tried to turn it into a civilian intercom to call the servants for another cushion in the den. 

There are other examples in Scripture of the wartime significance of prayer.  In Luke 21:34-36, Jesus warned His disciples that times of great distress and opposition were coming.  Then He said, “But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of man” (v. 36).

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Monday, November 12, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


Day 22

Imprint: (memorize this) Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

Insight: (reflect on this) Matthew 26:39-41

And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  We ask that you would multiply many healthy churches in the Central Wisconsin Area, and give the ones that exist deep passion, focused purpose and all the resources they need to faithfully play their part in the Great Commission. And help us to always be kingdom minded, to team with other God honoring churches to see the NAME of Jesus exalted.                                                                        

2)  As we enter into the final week of our Kingdom Expansion process we pray that You would seal in our hearts, forever, the lessons we have learned through this process and in prayer, and the unity that we have enjoyed as we have sought to sacrifice together for the sake of Your NAME.                                                                    

3) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom, as a church, as we take many focused next steps in December to move forward into the next  phase of this Kingdom/building Expansion.

4) We pray for Your clear guidance and wisdom for families as they finalize their decisions about what You are calling them to do to help this Kingdom Expansion move forward. And fill all of our hearts with an unwavering desire to always: trust You, obey You, and treasure You above all else, in the choices we make.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building Expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

In the book Stories for the Journey, William R. White tells about a European seminary professor named Hans and his wife, Enid. World War II forced them to flee to America where he found a job teaching. He was warm, gentle, beloved by his students, and he brought Scripture to life for them.

Hans and Enid were very much in love. Nearly every day they took long walks together, holding hands, and they always sat close in church, until Enid died, overwhelming Hans with sorrow. Worried because he wouldn't eat nor take walks, the seminary president, along with three other friends, visited him regularly, but he remained lonely and depressed. Experiencing the dark night of the soul, Hans told his friends, "I am no longer able to pray to God. In fact, I am not certain I believe in God any more."

After a moment of silence the seminary president said, "Then we will believe for you. We will make your confession for you. We will pray for you." So the four men met daily for prayer, asking God to restore the gift of faith to their dear friend.

Many months later, as the four gathered with Hans, he smiled and said, "It is no longer necessary for you to pray for me. Today, I would like you to pray with me." The dark night of the soul had passed. Instead of carrying Hans to Jesus on a stretcher, they had carried him on their prayers.

-William R. White, Stories for the Journey, (Augsburg, 1988), pp.47-49

Click here to view Woodlands in the Word.

 

Sunday, November 11, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

Imprint: (memorize this) 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Insight: (reflect on this) Nehemiah 1:4,6,11

When I heard these words, I sat down and wept and mourned for days; and I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven. Let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night, on behalf of the sons of Israel Your servants, confessing the sins of the sons of Israel which we have sinned against You; I and my father’s house have sinned. 11 O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man.”

Now I was the cupbearer to the king.

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  As we expand, we ask that with the tool of this new building You would enable us to love and serve our community better, with new local ministries that address points of real need and lead people to  Jesus.

2) Through a larger home base we ask that You would give us new global ministries and increase our footprint of influence in the world through global partnerships and missionary personnel, for the sake of the NAME.

3) We pray that You would use this process of Kingdom Expansion to unify us and to refocus us, and to reenergize us around Your great gospel purposes. Through our engagement in this effort  make us an even stronger army of Your ambassadors and servants.

4) Give courage to families and individuals to honestly and openly talk, pray, think and listen to You about their part in this Kingdom Expansion, during these final two weeks. Give us the same widespread participation in Kingdom Expansion that happened in the building of the tabernacle.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

The Sunday evening service on February 20, 2005, had just ended and I wanted to get home. I was frustrated. The previous Thursday a virus landed in my chest and throat, and in a period of less than three hours I went from being normal to having the worst case of laryngitis in the 35 years since college. On Friday I went to our walk-in clinic and received the bad news. The doctor warned that this virus was going around, she had seen several cases of it in the last few weeks, and there was nothing that could be done about it. I just had to wait it out. The laryngitis would last 7–10 days.

This couldn't be, I whispered to her. My main day of teaching at the university was Monday, and I was looking at a full day of lecturing. I couldn't afford to cancel classes because I had already missed my limit of canceled classes for that semester. To make matters worse, I was scheduled to deliver a three-hour lecture at a nearby church that Tuesday evening, and I didn't want to let the church down.

It made no difference. The doctor said I wasn't going to be able to speak either day, so I had to make other plans. My throat felt as if it had broken glass in it, and I was reduced to whispering. On Sunday evening I whispered a few greetings to various church friends; I tried to speak normally, but it hurt too much. After the service I had to get home, try to contact our department secretary that night…and cancel my classes for Monday. I could cancel with the church the next day.

As I was walking out of the sanctuary, two lay elders intercepted me. "Hey, J. P.," one yelled, "you can't leave yet. Hope (my wife) just told us you have laryngitis, and we can't let you get outta here without loving on you a bit and praying for your throat!" So one elder laid hands on my shoulders and the other placed his hand on my lower throat area and started praying.

To be honest, I wasn't listening to a word they said. I had already left the church emotionally and wanted to get home to make my phone call. But something happened. As the two men prayed gently for me, I began to feel heat pour into my throat and chest from one elder's hand. After two or three minutes of prayer, I was completely and irreversibly healed! I started talking to the brothers normally with no pain, no effort, no trace that anything had been wrong. I never had to make that call to my secretary. The laryngitis never returned.

-J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology; source: Kingdom Triangle (Zondervan, 2007)

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Saturday, November 10, 2018: Woodlands in Prayer

WELCOME TO WOODLANDS IN PRAYER

Thanks for joining us!
 

30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

We invite you to join us for 30 days of prayer and fasting to wrap up our “For the Sake of the NAME” Kingdom Expansion.  Think of these 30 days as a fight and a journey.  We fight in prayer together by praying each day for 5 mission critical prayer requests.  We journey in prayer together by learning from key scriptures and stories of prayer. This app will be updated each day of these 30 days. If you missed Pastor Brian’s call to prayer message on 10/21 we encourage you to listen to it here.

Here is the format we will follow: 

Imprint: A weekly memory verse.
Insight:
A daily scripture on prayer.   
Intercede: Five weekly prayer requests to labor in prayer for Kingdom expansion.
Inspiration: A daily story of prayer.


30 Days of Fasting & Prayer

Imprint: (memorize this) 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Insight: (reflect on this)

Revelation 5:8

When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Revelation 8:3-4

Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand.

Intercede: (pray for these 5 things this week)

1)  As we expand, we ask that with the tool of this new building You would enable us to love and serve our community better, with new local ministries that address points of real need and lead people to  Jesus.

2) Through a larger home base we ask that You would give us new global ministries and increase our footprint of influence in the world through global partnerships and missionary personnel, for the sake of the NAME.

3) We pray that You would use this process of Kingdom Expansion to unify us and to refocus us, and to reenergize us around Your great gospel purposes. Through our engagement in this effort  make us an even stronger army of Your ambassadors and servants.

4) Give courage to families and individuals to honestly and openly talk, pray, think and listen to You about their part in this Kingdom Expansion, during these final two weeks. Give us the same widespread participation in Kingdom Expansion that happened in the building of the tabernacle.

5) Pour out on all of us a spirit of obedience, sacrifice and generosity so that enough money is committed to enable us to move forward with this Kingdom/building expansion initiative.

Inspiration: (learn from this)  

A few weeks ago I was in Cape Town, South Africa, for a gathering of world Christian leaders from 200 countries. One of the speakers was the Anglican archbishop of Jos, Nigeria. His name is Benjamin Kwashi, and he shared a story that was horrific and inspiring at the same time. Jos, this city in Nigeria, has been rocked by sectarian violence for years now, primarily between Christians and Muslims. There have been endless cycles of violence and vengeance and hundreds of people killed. In March of 2009, a gang of people broke into the bishop's house to kill him. He wasn't home, but his wife was. They did unspeakable things to her, and they beat her and left her for dead. He found her, and she was still alive, but she spent most of the following year in recovery. A year to the day after this gang beat her, in March of 2010, they came back. They broke into his home again, and this time they did find Benjamin. They dragged him out of his house, and they were about to kill him. They had machetes and clubs. Benjamin asked for just a moment to pray before they began. So he knelt there on the dirt and began to pray.

A moment later he felt someone holding his hand. He looked up, and it was his wife. I still can't believe the courage of that woman. She could have run, but instead she broke through this line of the same people who had attacked her a year ago and knelt with her husband to pray with him, knowing that her life was over as well. And then a moment later, he felt someone holding his other hand. He looked, and it was his teenage son. Benjamin begged his son to leave so that he wouldn't be killed as well. And his son said, "Father, they've all left. They're all gone."

Why did they leave? Benjamin said he has no idea. And he knows they'll be back. I'd like to believe that the reason they left is that when this bishop and his wife were kneeling in the dirt in prayer, the manifold wisdom of God was put on display before the powers and authorities in the heavenly realm. There was wisdom and power there that these people could not comprehend, and they became afraid and they fled.

-Skye Jethani, from the sermon "Church: The Wisdom of God on Display,"

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