Every Monday night from 7:00-7:30 our church opens its doors for a time of corporate prayer. We believe that not only is prayer powerful and effective but we also believe that spending this time together is special and bonds our hearts together. We know that not everyone can make it out to the church building on Monday nights, and we would like to offer you the prayer guide that we use each week so that you can pray with the church from home this week.
Evening Prayer: September 18, 2017
1. Take a moment of silence to calm and center yourself before God; before you begin to speak to God, first come to Him ready to quiet your heart and to listen. Allow the Holy Spirit to focus your attentions and affections as you begin.
2. Meditate on and consider this prayer from Ephesians 3:14-21:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
3. This evening we want to take some time to pray for our sister churches in the Bolivar community and for the pastoral leadership of these churches. Use the list below and pray that:
•God would pour out His Spirit in power on the church and that the people would be revived to love each other well and to proclaim the Gospel boldly
• The pastors and leaders of the church would walk by the Spirit of God and lead with faith, vision, and courage; that they would equip and empower their people for the work of ministry
• The church would fulfill her calling to make disciples of all nations
Berean Baptist — Derek Lewright Heritage Baptist Church — Gary Walton
First Baptist Church — Billy Russel Southern Hills Baptist — Ted Bachman
Sacred Heart Catholic — Father Jose Open Hearts United Methodist — David Collum
First Christian Church — Bill Nichols Zion Lutheran Church — Tom Rhodes
Country Side Assembly of God — Gray and Michelle Nordan
St. Albans Episcopal — “Bishop Marty” First Assembly of God — Gary Ankrom
Wellspring Baptist Fellowship First Church of the Nazarene Hwy 13 Church of Christ
Church of Christ — Darrin Chappell Pentecostal Church of God — Daryl Miler
Bolivar Christian Church Seventh Day Adventist
New Life Community Church — Bill Jones Central Church of Christ — Steve Stamatis
Mt Gilead Methodist Church — Hubert Parnell Grace Fellowship Baptist Church
Mt Olive Baptist Church — Lindell Shelden
Calvary Missionary Baptist — Michael Calhoun
Maranatha Baptist Church — Keith Carnahan The Heights — Matt Bunn
4. Pray that our church, Freshwater, would be a vessel of blessing to this community, that our fellowship would be bound together by the Holy Spirit, that we would be empowered and compelled to carry out God’s mission for us, and that by His mercy, God would release us from all our debts so that we might devote our resources more fully to the spread of the gospel now and in the years to come.
5. Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever, Amen.
Be blessed as you go; know that the work of prayer is a work of eternal significance.
“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world” -Karl Barth