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!
We’re closing in on the end of this book. This week, we start the final part, Part 5: Praying in Real Life.
Part 5: Praying in Real Life
Chapter 26: Using Prayer Tools
There are many different tools, but in this final part of the book, we’ll look at just two: prayer journals and prayer cards. But first a cautionary note about tools and systems used in prayer.
Be Careful of Systems
One prayer system many people have found helpful is ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). But systems can become rote, desensitizing us to God as a person. We can become wooden or mindless as we pray. When I come home, I don’t first adore Jill for a couple of minutes, confess my failure to take out the trash, thank her for making dinner, and then give her my list. Jill is a Philadelphian. Philadelphians boo their own sports teams. I could probably have an ACTS-conversation entrance once, and then Jill would roll her eyes and ask me if I had a touch of autism. And rightly so. When you are autistic, you have trouble picking up social clues from the other person. You are so lost in your own world that you miss people. None of us wants to be treated like robots … including God. He is, after all, a person.
Many people are so aware of this caution that they are suspicious of all systems. They feel it kills the Spirit. Systems seem to fly in the face of what we learned about childlike praying. But all of us create systems with things that are important to us. Remember, life is both holding hands and scrubbing floors. It is both being and doing. Prayer journals or prayer cards are on the “scrubbing floors” side of life. Praying like a child is on the ‘holding hands’ side of life. We need both.
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:
Spring into Action: Registration is now open for this day of service to our community. Pray that individuals and small groups would sign up and that we would have all the volunteers needed to do the projects the school district has requested. Continue to pray for the leadership team working behind the scenes to organize all the projects. Pray tat all the details would fall into place well.
New Classes: Several new classes and groups are starting up this week. Pray for God to use these to deepen community in our church, for many to get involved, and for the leaders to be able to teach and lead the groups well.
Building Plans: This week there is another important meeting with the architects, engineers, and builders who we are working with. Ask God to continue to guide us clearly in all aspects of the design of this building so that the final product is an excellent facility maximized for ministry.
Global Outreach: There are several potential outreach efforts in the planning stages. The Global Outreach Lead team will be meeting this week to consider next steps. Pray for God’s wisdom and direction as we seek to fulfill our mission to “Build communities of Christ centered people to reach the world.”
Easter: Easter is in four weeks, many people come from the community to attend our Easter services who do not normally attend here. Over these next four weeks being praying for God to be drawing many people to our services, and preparing their hearts to hear the gospel. Pray for all the planning and preparation going on for those services, both on Good Friday and Easter.
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 2 Peter 3:18 in the ESV translation.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
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.
We are going to continue praying for all of our missionaries via the countries they serve in (please realize, we will not be able to identify many of the missionaries by name as we work through this list).
Today we will continue to pray for Guatemala. Quique and Becky are serving Guatemala (and other Latin American countries) by serving ProMETA, an online seminary for Spanish speaking Christian leaders. Their new term started just yesterday. Pray for the fruit of this ministry - that better equipped pastors and ministry leaders would better equip their churches and other Christ followers!