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 27: Keeping Track of the Story: Using Prayer Cards
The idea of using prayer cards instead of a prayer list came to me one day when I was sitting on our living-room sofa, trying to pray. Life over the past few months had become almost unbearable. I was frozen on the inside.
While sitting like this, spiritually numb, a thought suddenly came to me: Put the Word to work. I got some three-by-five cards, and on each one wrote the name of a family member, along with Scripture that I could use to shape my prayers for that person. I began developing a stack of prayer cards that allowed me to pray through my life – for loved ones and friends, for non-Christians I’m building relationships with, for my church and its leaders, for missionaries, for my work and my co-workers, for character change in my own life, and for my dreams.
Here are the overall guidelines I use when creating a prayer card.
The card functions like a prayer snapshot of a person’s life, so I use short phrases to describe what I want.
When praying, I usually don’t linger over a card for more than a few seconds. I just pick out one or two keys areas and pray for them.
I put the Word to work by writing a Scripture verse on the card that expresses my desire for that particular person or situation.
The card doesn’t change much. Maybe once a year I will add another line. These are just the ongoing areas in a person’s life that I am praying for.
I usually don’t write down answers. They are obvious to me since I see the card almost every day.
I will sometimes date a prayer request by putting the month/year as in 8/07.
A prayer card has several advantages over a list. A list is often a series of scattered prayer requests, while a prayer card focuses on one person or area of your life. It allows you to look at the person or situation from multiple perspectives. Over time, it helps you reflect on what God does in response to your prayers. You begin to see patterns, and slowly a story unfolds that you find yourself drawn into.
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 pray for France and a couple who has been serving in Paris for many years now, Rich and Rachel Hendrikson. Rich and Rachel are serving with a Parisian church in effort to equip, motivate, and challenge families and youth to know Christ! They desire to see young French leaders rise up and continue the great commission work in their own country. Pray for Rich and Rachel and their work today!