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:
prayer inspiration - this week we’re going to look at song lyrics to reflect on Easter week!
3-5 key prayer requests for each week,
a Scripture each week to help guide you as you pray,
prayer prompts for missionaries and/or the world.
Thanks for using this tool to engage with our Heavenly Father!
Last week we wrapped up the book “A Praying Life” by Paul E. Miller. And this week we enter Easter week. Song lyrics are a wonderful way to lead you into a worshipful, sweet time of prayer time. So this week we will look at a handful of different songs meant for you to reflect on and inspire you to pray in a way that will lead our hearts to Good Friday.
Today’s song is “How Deep The Father's Love For Us”. Read and reflect on the lyrics below.
“How Deep The Father's Love For Us”
How deep the Father's love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts no pow’r no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
CCLI Song # 1558110
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: We are in Easter week. This week we reflect on Jesus’ walk to the cross and His triumphant victory over sin and death that He won for us! Pray, as you walk through this week, that your love for the Lord Jesus would deepen. Pray that as the knowledge of your own sinfulness grows, your knowledge of what Christ won for you would also– that your reverence and deep love for Him would grow, too.
Easter Sunday is a time when many who have not heard the gospel will come to Woodlands. Pray that the Lord would be softening and preparing hearts to hear and respond to His good news for life and salvation!
InterVarsity Easter Event Follow Up: This past Saturday, InterVarsity hosted an Easter event for international students at Woodlands with the help of some from the Community of Hospitality. Pray for the follow up of that event. Pray that the Lord would draw many to Himself through this event and through those working with InterVarsity.
Spring Into Action: Sign ups for Spring into Action are in full swing. Pray that many from Woodlands would take part in this tangible act of service to our community. Pray that the Lord would establish the work of our hands and that He would work through this event to bring more from our community into a loving relationship with Himself.
Kids Crossing Fun Fair Outreach: Kids Crossing not only equips our kids to know God and love Him, but it also equips them to share the Good News. Praise and thank God for this ministry and the many volunteers it takes to make it happen week in and week out!
We are nearing the end of the ministry year for Kids Crossing, and thus, the Fun Fair. This is a replica of the “Kids Crossing Carnival” that takes place earlier in the week, but intended for Kids Crossing participants to invite their friends to experience a little of what Kids Crossing has to offer. Pray for the logistics of this event, that we would have an abundance of volunteers, and that many news kids would walk through the doors on Thursday, May 9 and that they would continue to return to hear the truth about Jesus!
Growing in Wisdom: As we end the series “Forks and Fences”, continue to pray for wisdom – for yourself, for your church family, for church leadership, and the list goes on.
This is also the time of year when many of us have built in a ‘mid-course correction’ in our Spiritual Growth Plans- a time to inventory and make changes as needed to our SGPs. Pray that those who attend Woodlands would be seeking God’s wisdom, and would be spending time in His word and in prayer every day.
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 Ephesians 2:13 in the CSB translation.
But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
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.
Let’s continue to pray for Easter outreaches around the world this week!
As you pray, remember many of our missionaries are planning and praying over how God will work and move and draw people to Himself through their efforts this Easter week. Let’s pray with them!