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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!

INSPIRATION:

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 28:  Prayer Work

When I begin praying Christ into someone’s life, God often permits suffering in that person’s life.  If Satan’s basic game plan is pride, seeking to draw us into his life of arrogance, then God’s basic game plan is humility, drawing us into the life of his Son.  The Father can’t think of anything better to give us than his Son.  Suffering invites us to join his Son’s life, death, and resurrection.  Once you see that, suffering is no longer strange.  Peter writes, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon  you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings” (1 Peter 4:12-13).

Working Your Prayers

My prayer for Bob had a familiar threefold pattern.  First I wrote the prayer down.  Then I watched for God to work while I prayed.  Finally, God provided an opportunity where I “worked” the prayer request.  By worked I mean that God involved me in my own prayers, often in a physical and humbling way.

Look at how similar this patter is to Jesus’ description of how the kingdom works:

The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.  He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.  The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. (Mark 4:26-29)

Notice the three-step pattern:planting, waiting, and then working again at the harvest

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:

  • Easter:  Easter is in three weeks; many people come from the community to attend our Easter services who do not normally attend here.  Over these next three 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. 

  • Worship Summit: Over 220 people from around the state came to Woodlands this past weekend for a worship summit. Pray that as they go back to their respective churches that God would give much grace to implement the skills, teachings and learnings that they received.  Pray that the fruit of the summit would be deepened genuine Biblical worship in the churches that participated.

  • Building Plans:   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. Pray for guidance in choosing a company to work with that will provide the construction loan, and that God will continue to provide financially for this project through the faithful giving of His people.  We are also planning how to incorporate the design elements of the current building with the new one. Pray for wisdom.

  • Ministry wrap-up’s. As we begin the month of April, many ministries in our church are heading into their final 6-8 weeks before summer break.  Pray for perseverance for those leading the ministries, and the ability to finish well and strong. 

  • Strategic Planning: We are about 15 months away from occupying our new worship center! We anticipate this will be a phenomenal opportunity to reach ought to, welcome and assimilate new people into our church.  Lots of discussions are going on about how to prepare for that grand opening and be ready for the influx of new people we anticipate.  Pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we evaluate current ministries and strategies and plan for new ones.

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 Corinthians 4:7-10 in the CSB translation.

Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be displayed in our body.

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 Zach and Aliya Thunder who are serving in a town in Niger, Africa through IT. Currently, though, they are back in the States preparing to welcome their third child into the world, due this month! Pray for Zach and Aliya and their twins as they prepare for their third baby, as well as for their hearts as they long to serve God and obey His call on their lives! Thank God for this young couple who are living out their strong vision to serve God with all they have!

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