Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (James 5:16)
“Nothing tends more to cement the hearts of Christians than praying together. Never do they love one another so well as when they witness the outpouring of each other's hearts in prayer.” - Charles Finney
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 8
“O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Bible Prayer Story
The Lord’s Prayer - Matthew 6:5-15
Prayer for the Nations
Father, we pray for your Church and the peoples of Africa, that by your grace their “love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that [they] may approve what is excellent, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:9-11)
To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:
Algeria (President Bensalah)
Lord, reports about the death toll during the war against France for independence in the 1950s and early 60s estimate that between 400,000 to one million Algerians were killed. This same country is still reeling from enduring a brutal internal conflict after elections that Islamists appeared certain to win were cancelled in 1992; a low-level Islamist insurgency still affects Algeria. Restore this nation as only you can, and grant Algerians peace which surpasses all understanding, which can only come from you.
Angola (President Lourenço)
Holy Spirit, Angola is striving to tackle the physical, social and political legacy of a 27-year civil war that ravaged the country after independence. Use your church in Angola to break the barriers of decades-long conflict still exist through “loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
Benin (President Talon)
Jesus, you know the evils which have long victimized these people made in your image: Benin's shore includes what used to be known as the Slave Coast, the departure point for captives to be shipped across the Atlantic; Voodoo has made a comeback recently; Benin is severely underdeveloped, and corruption is rife. May your name have power in the hearts and minds of these people, and may they witness your hand working miracles and wonders among them, so that they may turn to you and experience justice and restoration.
Botswana (President Masisi)
Father, Botswana once had the world's highest rate of HIV-Aids infection. UN figures for 2014 suggest that for adults aged 15 to 49 the prevalence rate is 25%. Thank you, that by your grace the country has developed one of Africa's most-advanced treatment programs, and now medicine for the virus is readily available. May you use this grace to bless their neighboring nations, that others may see their good works and give glory to you.
Burkina Faso (President Kaboré)
Lord, Burkina Faso has significant reserves of gold, but the country has faced domestic and external concern over the state of its economy and human rights, and has suffered from recurring droughts and military coups. Bring stability to this nation, and grant political leaders wisdom and grace to lead in a way that points others to the King of kings.
Burundi (President Nkurunziza)
Holy Spirit, Burundi, one of the world's poorest nations, is struggling to emerge from a 12-year, ethnic-based civil war. Convict the hearts of those who claim to be followers of Christ here, and use your church to bring a spirit of unity and revival among the Tutsi and Hutu peoples to end their vicious and hate-filled conflict.
Cameroon (President Biya)
Jesus, Cameroon has one of the highest literacy rates on the continent, but its economic progress has been hampered by corruption and decades of authoritarian rule. A secessionist movement emerged in the 1990s, and turned into an insurgency in 2016. The mainly-Muslim far north has been drawn into the regional Islamist insurgency of the Boko Haram group. We pray to see the end of the unjust rule of political leaders and the efforts of groups like Boko Haram to be thwarted. Let peace rule in the hearts and minds of people here, and let your grace multiply where sins against one another abound.
Cape Verde (President Fonseca)
Father, the Cape Verde Islands were at one time an important centre of the slave trade. During the 20th century severe droughts caused the deaths of 200,000 people and prompted heavy emigration. We pray that you would use here what seems small and insignificant to make a mighty impact for your Kingdom through the many Cape Verde expatriates that have emigrated across the globe, just as you used the early Israelite believers that were scattered due to strict Roman oppression.
Central African Republic (President Touadéra)
Lord, the Central African Republic has been unstable since its independence from France in 1960, recently enduring turmoil from when Muslim rebels from the Seleka umbrella group seized power in the majority Christian country in 2013. Seleka handed power to a transitional government in 2014 under international pressure but months of violence followed, and the country has since been undergoing an internationally supervised transition involving a constitutional referendum as well as presidential and parliamentary elections. We pray for much needed stability here. May your church be a beacon of wisdom and truth which leads this nation forward out of its turbulent past.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for our gospel partners, asking that by your grace they would be strengthened and filled with hope to “continue to speak Your Word with all boldness, while You stretch out Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of Jesus.” (Acts 4:29-30) To this end, we pray for:
Josh Freeman (Togo, West Africa)
Greg, Christina, and Colin Willson (Redeemer Church Manchester)
Gene and Susan Coleman (serving with TEAM in Italy)
Kathy Sanchez (ESOL ministry)
Coquina Missional Communities
Command of Christ
“How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.” (Luke 6:42)
Confession for Forgiveness
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, and whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”