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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. We are in the final part, Part 5: Praying in Real Life.

Part 5:  Praying in Real Life
Chapter 29:  Listening to God

Cultivate a Listening Heart

There is nothing secret about communion with God. If we live a holy life before God, broken of our pride and self-will, crying out for grace, then we will be in communion with God. It is really that simple.

Listening is just one of the things that happens in the course of my soul connecting with God. You can’t listen to God if you are isolated from a life of surrender that draws you into his story for you life. And it must be a gospel story. By that I mean your dying, your weakness is what you bring to the table. God brings to the table his grace, his resurrection.

When referring to communication with God, Scripture assumes that I know what God is saying. The problem isn’t the activity of listening, but my listening heart. Am I attentive to God? Is my heart soft and teachable? Am I remembering his ways, his commands? Psalms 25:15 says, “My eyes are ever toward the Lord.” The means of communication is secondary to a surrendered heart. Our responsibility is to cultivate a listening heart in the midst of the noise from our own hearts and from the world, not to mention the Devil.

The interaction between the divine Spirit and my own spirit is mysterious. David captures this mystery in Psalm 16:7 – “I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.” The parallel structure of the verse suggests that “the Lord who gives me counsel” is identical to “my heart {literally ‘my gut’} instructs me.” So what happened? Is David’s heart talking to him, or is God giving him counsel? The two are impossible to separate.

Tuning in to your Father’s voice has a hard-to-pin-down-but-nevertheless-real quality. We can only experience it and observe some of its characteristics. We don’t have the capacity to analyze this interaction. The counsel God gave David is inseparable from David’s active pursuit of God: “I have set the Lord always before me” (16:8). The counsel from God doesn’t function like a fortune teller; it is inseparable from a humble heart seeking after 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 those working to bring the message of the Good News about Jesus Christ into the hostile nation of Indonesia. Several national workers are laboring day after day to see the truth about Jesus revealed and believed, and ultimately to be multiplying disciples of Christ to reach more of their homeland. Even in one of the latest newsletter, they are praying that God would reveal His Son to those they come in contact with, because they are seeing many people hear the truth but not confess belief. Pray for their efforts, that they would be led by the Spirit in all they do and that God would bless them and reveal His Son to those they witness to!

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