40 Days of Prayer: Week 5
I want us to take the six weeks (7/24-8/28) leading up to the Fall semester to pray as a church. This is Week Five — Our Trust is in you for Favor. As well, every Tuesday morning, I will lead a time of prayer at the church office (910 Collier St, Suite 200, Fort Worth, TX 76102), from 7-8am. I would love for you to join me.
Our Trust is in You For Favor
This week in our 40 Days of Prayer together we will pray for the LORD to grant us favor in Fort Worth, specifically in our pursuit of our own facility. Let us pour out our prayers like the Psalmist in Psalm 90:16-17:
Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!
Our own 24-7 facility is an efficient tool for the mission to which God has called us. It gives us a mission headquarters to disciple, equip, and train leaders. As a missional, sending, church-planting church, it increases our sending capacity—our ability to send out everyday missionaries into the city and to send out church planters, church planting teams, and international missionaries. Further, it’s a way for us to put down roots in the city, a sign that we are here to stay, that we are for the city and not just using the city’s resources, that we are here to serve for the long term, for the Gospel renewal of Fort Worth.
Because of this, will you join me in asking for favor from the LORD? Ask Him for favor with the city. Ask Him for a place to put down roots, a place to bless the city. Ask for the “favor of the Lord our God [to be] upon us.”
Example Prayers based on PRDX365 reading (Psalms 83-89):
On Tuesday ask God to “not keep [silent], do not hold your peace or be still, O God!” (Ps. 83:1) On Wednesday you can pray and meditate on how the “Lord bestows favor and honor” (Ps. 84:11) and ask for favor with a building. Thursday meditate on how “lovely is [the] dwelling place” of the LORD (Ps. 84:1).
As you read your bible or just consider God’s promises and your need, depending on where you are in your heart you can:
• Praise – Thank God for how He has provided for us. Praise him for the many venues He has given us.
• Ask – Ask God to give us favor with the pursuit of a building. Trust that God does not withhold any good thing from those whom he loves. (Ps. 84:11)
• Lament – Tell God where you have not trusted Him or how you have trusted in your own sufficiency.
• Intercede – Ask God if there is a word or vision He has for the church.
More Info on 40 Days of Prayer:
Seasons of intentional prayer, where we posture ourselves before Jesus in expectant dependency, are important for any church—I believe this is a necessity for our church family at this time. Prayer is the practice of being in His presence and receiving His blessings—doing nothing, in complete dependence on Jesus.
Each week we will pray about one of three overarching themes: Affections for Jesus, Love for Others, and Wisdom for our Church. As we work toward planting churches, maturing as a church, and growing in our dependence on the Holy Spirit, we need to start the Fall off with intentional time of prayer. Here’s what we will pray for specifically each week:
Affections for Jesus
• Week 1 – We Confess our Dependence on Jesus
• Week 2 – We Need to Know the Love of Christ for Us
Love for Others
• Week 3 – Call us to Love Others Through Hospitality
• Week 4 – Call us to Proclaim you Through Bold Evangelism
Wisdom for our Church
• Week 5 – Our Hope is in the Spirit to Give us Wisdom
• Week 6 – Our Trust is in you for Favor
Our 40 Days of Prayer will coincide with PRDX365, our daily bible reading plan—so if you haven’t jumped in or have fallen out of rhythm with your reading, jump back on! Each week we’ll post a blog with the theme we will be praying about, along with some examples of what those prayers could look like. As you do your daily PRDX365 reading, and throughout the day, together as a church we can “present our requests to God.”
As well, every Tuesday morning, I will lead a time of prayer at the church office (910 Collier St, Suite 200, Fort Worth, TX 76102), from 7-8am. I would love for you to join me.