As we begin a week of prayer, we do so with God in sharp focus – looking to Him, seeking Him, drawing near to Him and praising Him.
Psalm 100 - Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures for ever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Try using the Psalm above to help you in coming before God in prayer. Pray each sentance out loud then continue praying, outworking the sentance you’ve just prayed. So after the first sentance, try shouting for joy, declaring his goodness and mercies on your life. After the next one take a moment to let that knowledge sink deep. After the next one, try singing a song of worship to God (here’s one to help you) and so on.
The overall tone of this week of prayer is thanksgiving – learning to thank God for everything. Each day will have a different theme. There is a small booklet available here or at The Oak – use the booklet to help you pray. There will also be a small blog post here to help and encourage us in prayer.
There are also Prayer Gatherings at The Oak:
- Sunday 21st January, 7:30pm
- Tuesday 23rd January, 6:30am
- Thursday 25th January, 7:30pm
- Saturday 27th January, 5:00pm (Family tea-time prayer - all welcome!)
Hebrews 10:19-25 - Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.