God is honoured when we come to him first before we embark on any activities or ministry programmes for him. We are eager to get together as a church in united prayer to seek the Lord at the beginning of another year. In addition, there are our personal lives and our relationships with the Lord. We need to open ourselves him more fully than we ever have.
Our Prayer Week is a great time to re-orientate your life as the New Year begins. Set aside the week to seek the Lord about what all the other weeks of your year should look like.
The following are some opportunities which we would invite you to be involved in:
1. Personal Prayer:
We suggest that during the Prayer Week (26 to 30 January) all of us focus on the vision of Jesus in Revelation 1: 12-20 and the letters of Jesus to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. Starting with Monday and the letter to the church at Ephesus (Revelation 2: 1-7), we suggest you work your way through the letters so that each day will respond to a particular letter.
We encourage you to turn each letter into prayer for yourself, our church and the world.
2. Quiet Personal Prayer Retreats:
Each day the church sanctuary will be open from 8 am to 4 pm to anybody who may want a place for quiet & personal reflection.
“Pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5: 17)
3. Early Morning Prayer at the church, 6:00 am to 6:45 am:
Start these beautiful, fresh summer mornings with prayer together with others at the church. “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” (Psalm 5: 3). We will start and end promptly so that you can be on your way to work.
4. Early Evening Prayer at the church, 6:00pm to 6:45pm:
End the day in God’s house with his people – with possible exception of Wednesday evening, 28 January (to be confirmed). “Now in the evening . . . the hand of the Lord was upon me.” (Ezekiel 33: 22). Again, we will start and end promptly so that you can still meet any evening commitments you may have.
5. Special Evening of Prayer (to be confirmed):
While we do not expect everybody to be at every opportunity for prayer, we would encourage you to make a special effort to attend as you are able and as God leads. How God could work among us in that week if we seek his face early each morning and evening!