Prayer Guide 3.28.18
Pray through Scripture
Choose one chapter to pray through.
- Psalm 28: The Lord Is My Strength & My Shield
- Psalm 58: God Who Judges the Earth
- Psalm 88: I Cry Out Day and Night Before You
- Psalm 118: His Steadfast Love Endures Forever
- Psalm 148: Praise the Name of the Lord
- Proverbs 28: The Bitter End of the Wicked
Pray for Your Church
- That adult members would work to disciple teenagers and not just leave it to programming.
- David & Natalia Turner
- Ryan, Amanda, Abby & William Visser
- Greg, Karen & Kyle Ward
General Church Prayers
- Prayer request from Lindsay Yackey: Please pray for my brother, Wes. He lives in NC and has been having terrible back pain for over a week now. He has been to the ER several times and finally today they realized the last disc in his back is herniated. He was transported by ambulance to Charlotte (about an hour away from their house) and he was just told he needs emergency surgery tonight. He is at the hospital by himself and I’m feeling helpless I can’t be there. My step dad will be up there first thing in the morning. Please say a prayer for him! Thank you!
UPDATE: It’s a long story, but short version is he had to have emergency back surgery last tonight. The doctors were VERY concerned about numbness he was having from his chest down as a result of a herniated disc. They were very worried about his bowel and bladder functions. Surgery went well, and he has been up moving around, but they are going to keep him another night just to take precautions. He is still having some numbness in his leg, but they are hopeful that when things settle down it will get better.
- That God would help us to pay off the church building.
Pray for Your Husband
Pray that your husband will be a man of prayer. Pray that he will seek and pursue God in purposeful quiet times. (1 Thess. 5:17; Luke 22:46; James 5:16)
Pray for Your Wife
Pray that your wife will strive for personal excellence as a “Proverbs 31” woman, and will believe God to accomplish His will in her as a virtuous woman. (Prov. 31:10-31)
Pray for Your Children
Self-Discipline—”Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)
Pray for Your Singleness
May the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. (Hebrews 13:20–21)
Use me and my gifts to make your name great in the world. I want my life to count for the mission you have given us. I want it to count today, even while I am still young and single. Fill me with ambition, creativity, and selflessness for the sake of your glory.
Pray for Unbelievers
Pray for them faithfully and persistently. Our temptation is to grow discouraged in prayer, to pray for a while and, when we see no visible results, to give up. But God calls us to persevere in prayer. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). (See also the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8.)
Pray for the Nations
Dominion of Canada
Area: 9,970,610 sq km
The world’s second-largest country. Wide diversity of mountains, prairie grasslands and forests, but much is sparsely populated wilderness and arctic tundra.
Population: 33,889,747 Annual Growth: 0.96%
Largest Religion: Christian
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Challenges for Prayer
Missionary vision was once very strong but has steadily declined over the last 20 years. Support of national missionaries and relief and development programmes, however, has remained steady. Areas for prayer:
a) Overseas ministry. Canada once enjoyed a pride of place in sending aid and peacekeeping forces and in having a strong missionary-sending tradition. The latter of the three has decreased markedly. Pray for increased involvement by churches and individuals in the evangelization of the unreached around the world.
b) The great influx of immigrants creates sizeable unevangelized communities in Canada’s cities. Reaching the scores of unreached ethnicities can happen within a stone’s throw of most urban churches. Pray for a passion to reach out to these peoples whom God has placed on the doorsteps of evangelical congregations.
c) Missionary concern from within the many growing, ethnic-minority churches. Such a vision is vital for Canada and could be strategic for the evangelization of their lands of origin.
d) Nationwide missionary mobilizing. Pray for the unifying and strategic work of the Task Force for Global Mission of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. Pray also for Missionfest, a mobilizing conference held in several cities every year to raise awareness and stimulate missions vision.
Specialized ministries for prayer:
a) Christian media. There are a number of widely appreciated religious programmes and stations, particularly Vision TV, Crossroads and “It’s a New Day”. US Christian programmes continue to exercise notable influence over Canadian churches as well.
b) Student ministries in the nearly 300 colleges and universities, serving 1.1 million tertiary students. These give wide exposure to sections of the campus community. There are three movements linked with IFES (IVCF-English, GBU-French, Ambassadors for Christ-Chinese) who have groups in over 60 universities. There are also extensive ministries linked with Navigators and CCCI. YFC and OAC have good ministries in high schools. Pray that these and other ministries may make a deep and lasting impact.
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)