Posted: March 11, 2017 by Joshua Knott
CONGREGATIONAL WEEKLY PRAYER GUIDE
This week we will use the values of our congregation as a guide for prayer. The values of a congregation are those commitments that it clings to regardless of circumstances. The way ministry is structured or expressed in a church may change over time but the values will remain constant. This week we will pray that God will enable us to be true to our stated values as a congregation. We can also pray that we would be willing to acknowledge where we have departed from our values or where we need to clearly state new values rooted in Scripture.
Faith and Doctrine—(1) The Bible – God’s written, infallible Word, the final authority in all matters of faith and life (2) The Westminster Confession of Faith – best summary of the system of doctrine taught in the Bible, commonly known as the “Reformed Faith.” “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2nd Timothy 3:16). Pray that God would give us a love for his word, a willingness to learn from it even when it is challenging to us, and a desire to place faith in and obedience to the Word of God above everything else that seeks our loyalty.
Worship—Christ-centered corporate worship (Hebrews 10:19-25). To state that Christ-centered worship is a value is significant. It means that the elements of our worship service are selected and arranged in a way that exalts Christ and makes the gospel clear. Ask that the Lord would make the gospel clear in our services. Pray for God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to be exalted in worship. Christ-centered worship is also Trinitarian worship. Pray for our members to make corporate worship a priority for themselves and their families.
Relationships—(1) Discipleship ministries that reproduce changed lives (2 Timothy 1:1-2); (2) Mutual support and practical care for our Church family (Romans 12). Pray for God to raise up more one on one discipling relationships in the church where believers are investing in one another’s spiritual growth. Pray for God to knit us together as a church family so that we can bear one another’s burdens well.
Christian Education—(1) Children ministries that nurture and teach children to love the Lord, and train them in Godly wisdom. (Deuteronomy 6:5-7; Proverbs 22:6); (2) Training that builds and strengthens Covenant homes. (Ephesians 5:21-6:4); (3) Equipping Christians to eagerly serve our Lord. (Hebrews 13:21; Ephesians 4:11-16). Pray for our children’s ministries to serve the spiritual needs of our children and youth well, and for the hearts of our children to be open to the gospel and the Word of God. Pray for teachers and mentors who are willing and equipped to help teach, disciple and train others. Pray for wisdom in developing curriculum options for Sunday school classes and other ministries.
Missions/Outreach—Evangelistic and missionary outreach, local, national, and global, driven by the gospel. (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:19). Praise God for using our church for many years to support the work of global missions and plant many churches. Ask the Lord to grant us wisdom to partner wisely for missions in the future. Pray for the Lord to provide for his church that we may continue to be a support to many missionaries and church planters.
Generosity—“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2nd Cor 9:6-8). Currently generosity is not a stated value of our church. Of course, stewardship and giving are part of discipleship overall. But perhaps we should consider making generosity an official value of ministry for EPC. Pray that God give us a heart as a congregation to give generously to the work of ministry and to diaconal works, both of which are richly represented in Scripture. Pray that the Lord would grant our members joy in giving and would meet their needs in incredible ways as they trust him financially.
Daily Worship - March 13-18, 2017
"Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer
to God acceptable worship with reverence and awe." Hebrews 12:28
5 The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8 I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” (v. 2)
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
save in the death of Christ my God:
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Questions 94-95.
Q. 94. What is baptism?
A. Baptism is a sacrament, wherein the washing with water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, doth signify and seal our ingrafting into Christ, and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace, and our engagement to be the Lord's.
Q. 95. To whom is baptism to be administered?
A. Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church, till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience to him; but the infants of such as are members of the visible church are to be baptized.
Monday John 6:48-51
Tuesday Matthew 26:26-28
Wednesday John 6:26-27
Thursday 1 John 4:19-21
Friday 1 John 2:3-6
Saturday 1 Corinthians 11:17-18, 20-21, 30
(Readings from Training Hearts, Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism, by Starr Meade)
Time of Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen, amen.