Thanks for joining us for Woodlands in Prayer in 2019!
Woodlands in Prayer is a prayer tool designed to provide inspiration and information for prayer.
Below, you will find the following:
an inspirational or informational quote on prayer each day. Currently, we’re gleaning wisdom from the book “The Praying Life” by Paul E. Miller,
3-5 key prayer requests for each week,
a Scripture each week to help guide you as you pray,
and a new missionary family each day to support.
Thanks for using this tool to engage with our Heavenly Father!
This week we get to move into Part 3: Learning to Ask Your Father. These are excerpts from “A Praying Life” written by Paul E. Miller.
Part 3: Learning To Ask Your Father
Chapter 14: How Personal Is God?
Prayer is a movement of incarnation – God with us. God involved in the details of my life. Another author of an otherwise excellent book on prayer said that prayer was mainly about us being with God and not about God answering our prayers. As an example he mentioned that, “mothers in the days of high infant mortality used to pray desperately that their children would not die in infancy. Modern medical techniques have put an end to those prayers in the West.” Maybe. Or maybe modern medical techniques were developed in the West because young mothers in the West were praying for the lives of their children.
It is striking how many spiritual writers react to the specificity of real prayer. It runs deeper than Greek Neo-Platonism and the influence of Buddhist spirituality. Frankly, God makes us nervous when he gets too close. We don’t want a physical dependence on him. It feels hokey, like we are controlling God. Deep down we just don’t like grace. We don’t want to risk our prayer not being answered. We prefer the safety of isolation to engaging the living God. To embrace the Father and thus prayer is to accept what one pastor called “the string of particularity.”
Our dislike of asking is rooted in our desire for independence. Reinhold Niebuhr, a leading post-World War II theologian, put his finger on the problem: “The human ego assumes its self-sufficiency and self-mastery and imagines itself secure … It does not recognize the contingent and dependent character of its life and believes itself to be the author of its own experience. “ We don’t like being contingent, completely dependent on another. The little child that Jesus urged us to become is completely dependent on his parents for everything.
What do I lose when I have a praying life? Control. Independence. What do I gain? Friendship with God. A quiet heart. The living work of God in the hearts of those I love. The ability to roll back the tide of evil. Essentially, I lose my kingdom and get his. I move from being an independent player to a dependent lover. I move from being an orphan to a child of God.
WEEKLY PRAYER PROMPTS:
Each week we will provide 3 -5 different prompts to aid you in praying for the people and ministries of Woodlands Church as well as the people within our community. This week, pray for the following five prompts:
Parents Summit: Continue to pray in this final week leading up to the parents summit that there will be a strong attendance at all 32 sites around the country, and that God will powerfully use the speakers and the interactions with other parents to equip, encourage, and resource parents for the high calling of parenting.
Other Churches: Pray this week for the health and vitality of other churches that are Christ centered and Bible focused. Pray for them to be united in their mission, resourced to do all that God has called them to and protected from the attacks of the enemy. Ask God to continue to multiply and grow many healthy vibrant churches in the central Wisconsin area.
Building Plans: As we begin the process of talking to various banks and financial institutions to secure the loan portion of our building expansion, ask God to guide us in the choice of who we will partner with to secure the additional funding we need. Thank you for praying last week. Much progress was made on finalizing some of the details of the building. Continue to ask for Him to lead us clearly in this design phase of the building.
Hope in Suffering: There are many people in our church who are walking through difficult circumstances. Pray for strength, hope in the power of Christ, and trust in the goodness and sovereignty of God. Pray that God would give us eyes to see those around us who are suffering and guide us in practical ways to bring help and encouragement.
Faith at Work: The monthly men’s breakfast is going to be meeting this Wednesday to talk about how we can represent and share Christ in the various places where we work. Pray that many men would come and that they would leave encouraged and resourced with new ideas and wisdom about how to live out their faith at work.
SCRIPTURE TO PRAY:
Each week we encourage you to use one new Biblical prayer as a guideline to pray for family, friends, small group members, our missionaries, pastors and staff.
The verse for this week is from Psalm 30:1-5 from the CSB translation.
I will exalt you, Lord,
because you have lifted me up
and have not allowed my enemies
to triumph over me.
Lord my God,
I cried to you for help, and you healed me.
Lord, you brought me up from Sheol;
you spared me from among those
going down to the Pit.
Sing to the Lord, you his faithful ones,
and praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor, a lifetime.
Weeping may stay overnight,
but there is joy in the morning.
MISSIONARY TO SUPPORT:
Each day, we’ll highlight a missionary for whom to be praying. Remember, several of our missionaries are serving in sensitive areas so we will not always be able to share full names, locations, or their ministry. If you are interested in learning more about any specific missionaries, please contact Whitney Swenson.
Please pray for Kristina as she serves overseas. Recent letters from the country in which she is serving have stated the persecution and tight control exceeds anything they’ve seen in the past two decades. Pray that Kristina would be able to continue to work and labor and share the love of Jesus in a city and with a people the Lord has laid on her heart. Pray that God would protect her in her efforts, that her gospel witness would find favor and success, and that she would be guided daily, moment-by-moment by the Spirit. Pray that the joy in Kristina because of the gospel would be obvious and contagious.