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
continued from yesterday … the second is using my journal during a day of prayer.
Using a Prayer Journal During a Morning Prayer Time
Writing in a prayer journal helps us to articulate the state of our hearts. Follow me as I take you a morning prayer time when some hard things were going on in my life.
As soon as I slowed down to pray and reflected on how I was doing, I realized I was upset. The first word I wrote down was anger. I wrote about why I was angry, and I prayed for grace. Then I reflected on what God might be saying to me. I paged through psalms until I found one that reflected the state of my heart: Psalm 102.
· I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop. (verse 7)
· You have taken me up and thrown me down. (verse 10)
· My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass. (verse 11)
· Take me not away in the midst of my days. (verse 24)
In a strange way, it was comforting to meditate on Scripture that reflected the state of my life. I told God, I am not confident of your deliverance. I feel like I am drowning. I prayed that he would save me, and as an afterthought, I wrote, Until you do save me, give me the faith to wait.
Then I reflected on the state of my soul: My inability to wait on you comes from thinking salvation comes from me. That got me thinking about all the suffering in the book of Revelation, so I turned there and looked up the passages on patient endurance (emphasis added).
· I, John your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus (1:9)
· They were … told to rest a little longer. (6:11)
· Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints. (13:10)
· Here is a call for the endurance of the saints. (14:12)
Then I remembered three recent situations where I’d not waited. I jotted them down. Toward the end of my prayer time I turned to Isaiah 30:15, where God tells Israel that their salvation came from “repentance and rest” and “quietness and trust” (NIV), as opposed to running around and trying to save themselves.
My prayer time began with me feeling angry and overwhelmed, and it ended with the Spirit personalizing Scripture to the state of my heart. Without realizing it, my prayer time had shifted from “Paul as victim” to “Paul as sinner”. By the end I had a clear plan: Do nothing. Wait on God.
The key was being honest about what I was feeling and then letting Scripture speak to my heart. By being honest, the really me was talking. I wasn’t trying to be good. When we look at our life through the lens of Scripture, we seldom lose our way. We can be real, but we don’t get lost in our feelings.
If I hadn’t written down my reflections, I wouldn’t have known what God was teaching me.
You don’t have to write well to keep a prayer journal, nor do you have to be consistent. It is just a written version of childlike praying, except more organized. Being with what’s on your heart, what’s bugging you, what are you thankful for. If you are real before God, then everything else flows.
The act of writing out your worries, joys, and prayers helps you focus and keeps your mind from wandering. But the best part is that over time you will begin to see patterns of what God is doing, to pick up the threads of a story.
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 week is just one week away! Last week we prayed for the many people that will come from the community to attend our Easter services who do not normally attend here. This week let’s pray for the gospel message that will go out. Pray for the Spirit to be moving even now, in the hearts of those who will hear the gospel this Easter, whether at Woodlands, or another Bible based, Christ focused church. Pray that many would come to know Christ and accept Him as their Lord and Savior this Easter season!
Volunteers: As we continue to move into a season of ministry wrap up, let’s remember the army of volunteers that support all of the ministries at Woodlands Church. Pray for perseverance for all of our volunteers to finish out the year well. Praise God for the good work and jobs well done by these servants! Pray that the fruit of their labor would be lasting!
Life Groups: Pray for life groups as they, too, finish up the ministry year. Pray for groups to continue through strong to the end. Praise God for the meeting, supporting, and praying for one another, and also pray that these groups would encourage spiritual growth and maturity in those involved.
Wisdom: As we continue in the series Forks and Fences, let’s pray for wisdom. Pray that God would pour out His wisdom on us as individuals and also as a church body, that He would convict and move us to obedience through the power of His Holy Spirit.
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 5:20-21 in the CSB translation.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.” He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
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.
Over the last few weeks, we have worked through our list of missionaries via their countries or regions. Would you lift each of them up individually, and as a collective group of disciples and disciple-makers!
Specifically today, let’s pray for the Easter outreaches of each or our missionaries (see list on yesterday’s post)! Whether they are planning Easter services, outreaches, or neither, this holiday provides opportunity to talk about the hope we have as Christians. Pray for a harvest of new believers this Easter season from God working through these missionaries!