Thanks for joining us for Woodlands in Prayer in 2019. We hope this tool will provide some fuel for your prayer life. We pray that as you dive deeper into developing a praying life, you will ultimately find yourself following, loving, worshipping, and serving Jesus more and more!
Woodlands in Prayer is prayer tool designed to provide inspiration and information for prayer. In 2019 we will change up this tool every quarter to keep it fresh. This quarter is will include: an inspirational quote on prayer each day from “The Praying Life<,” by Paul E. Miller, 5 key prayer requests for a week, a weekly Scripture to pray, a new missionary family each day to support. Thanks for giving it a try!
Each day we will try to provide a little inspiration. For the first part of this year, we will be reading through and highlighting quotes from the book “A Praying Life” written by Paul E. Miller. This book is divided into several parts. We’ll be starting in Part 1, but so you have a good overview of where this book will go, check out the outline below:
Part 1, “Learning to Pray Like a Child,” examines the basics of relating to our heavenly Father like a little child. In part 2, “Learning to Trust Again,” we go deeper and look at some adult habits that can dull our hearts to prayer and keep us from being drawn into the life of the Father. Part 3, “Learning to Ask Your Father,” examines barriers to asking that come from the spirit of our age. Part 4, “Living in Your Father’s Story,” is where it all comes together. When we have a praying life, we become aware of and enter into the story God is weaving in our lives. The final part, “Praying in Real Life,” introduces some simple tools and ways of praying that have helped many people learn to pray. As we look at these tools, we’ll continue to learn about our hearts and how God weaves stories in our lives.
Feel free to read along with us, or use the quotes and stories to aid as inspiration for your prayer time.
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:
Youth Ministry: Pray for our students who were at Districts this past week that God would solidify in their hearts and minds the commitments that they made this past weekend at Districts. Pray for our staff and volunteer leadership teams that they would be able to have fruitful follow-up conversations with the students.
Guatemala Medical Missions team: Our team of 47 is partnering with 25 churches this week for four days of medical clinic. They will see over 1000 patients. Pray that they would help them effectively in the name of Jesus. Pray that the churches would be able to share the gospel with all the patients who come through. Pray for those on our team, and those from Guatemala we work with who have not yet received Christ that their hearts would be open to the gospel. Pray for team health and stamina.
Building Plans: Pray that God would guide the architect and our AV consultant as they finalize some key elements this month of the building design.
Families: Pray for spiritual, emotional, and physical health for the families of Woodlands as we head into the New Year. January can be a tough month for many families for lots of reasons. Pray for God’s grace to be poured out.
Spiritual Growth Plans: Pray that people would establish good patterns of reading God’s word, seeking Him in prayer, and other spiritual inputs and outputs that He leads them to, as the New Year begins.
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. 1 John 5:14-15 tells us He will answer our prayers when we pray the things that are His will. Biblical prayers are most assuredly His will.
Matthew 6:9-13, ESV
Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Missionary to Support:
Each day, we’ll highlight a missionary to be praying for. 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 Doug and Rachel Allord who are serving in London with ReachGlobal and CoMission. Pray that Doug and Rachel would find their ultimate confidence in God’s word and be filled with the Holy Spirit as they work in London.