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 30: Prayer Journaling: Become Aware of the Interior Journey
When life makes sense, it becomes a journey, a spiritual adventure. Writing down the adventure as it happens gives us a feel for our place in the story God is weaving in our lives. Journaling helps us to become aware of the journey.
The idea that we are on a spiritual journey is imbedded deep in the psyche of Christianity. Look at all the hints of a journey in Psalm 23. The Good Shepherd “leads me beside still waters… He leads me in the paths of righteousness … Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death … [he is] … with me …Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (emphasis added).
Many of us rush around with out much conscious knowledge of the pilgrimage God is carving for us. When tragedy strikes, we’ve not learned the ways of God, so we have no frame of reference from which to respond. So, we slog through life, missing the divine touches.
Writing in a prayer journal helps us take stock of our location on the journey. We can become poets, artists with our souls. When we keep a prayer journal, we can reflect on what God is doing, on the patterns of our Father’s care instead of reacting to life. If we see our lives as a pilgrimage, then it becomes an integrated whole. It makes sense. When we understand the story, it quiets our souls. It’s okay to have a busy life. It’s crazy to have a busy soul.
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 Bible translation all over the world. How many Bibles do you own or have access to right now? There are people all over the world that do not have the Word of God translated in their heart language. Let’s pray for the Bible translation efforts that are happening all over the world, especially through Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Gordon and Sara have been working with Wycliffe for most of their careers and are just now taking on new roles in SIL, a branch of Wycliffe. Let’s also pray for Gordon and Sara as they make this transition.