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. We are in the final part, Part 5: Praying in Real Life.
Part 5: Praying in Real Life
Chapter 29: Listening to God
Where Christians Go Wrong
Let’s explore two common ways Christians go wrong when it comes to hearing God’s voice in their lives and how we can correctly discern when God is speaking to us.
1. “Word Only” – Going Wrong by Not Listening
2. “Spirit Only” – Going Wrong by Elevating Human Intuition
To correctly discern when God is speaking to us, we need to keep the Word and Spirit together.
Spirit Only people, can separate the activity of listening to God from obedience to God’s Word. Under the cover of ‘being led by the Spirit,’ they can easily do what they want. What they ‘hear’ from God might be masking their self-will. This is emotionalism, which makes feelings absolute.
Word Only people can also separate hearing and obedience by focusing on obedience and ignoring a life of listening and repentance. Listening to and obeying God are so intertwined in biblical thought that in the Hebrew they are one word, shama’. Under the cover of being obedient to the Word, Word Only folks can be rigid. We need to guard against rationalism as much as we need to guard against emotionalism.
We need the sharp-edged, absolute character of the Word and the intuitive, personal leading of the Spirit. The Word provides the structure, the vocabulary. The Spirit personalizes it to our life. Keeping the Word and the Spirit together guards us from the danger of God-talk becoming a cover for our own desires and the danger of lives isolated from 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:
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 deepen 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/country/region/movement 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 specifics, 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 the Christian work that is going on in India. It has been just over two years since Compassion International has had to leave India - the organization had to leave, but the children, the beneficiaries, the workers - they’re still there carrying whatever part of the Gospel message they were able to hear with them.
Pray for the formerly sponsored children in India today. Pray that the seeds planted would, indeed, produce lasting, eternal, kingdom fruit!
Pray for the workers, formerly Compassion as well as other Christian workers. Pray that their witness would remain strong, they would persevere through trials, and they would know the joy of the Lord as the work!