Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Address one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5: 19-20)
“Singing to God isn’t just a nice emotional trip to spice up a worship service. It’s an attack against sin and Satan.” - John Piper
Congregational Bible Prayer (recite as a congregation)
A Prayer from Psalm 107
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble.
We have been fools through our sinful ways,
and because of our iniquities suffered affliction;
But when we cry to the Lord in our trouble,
he delivers us from our distress.
He sends out his word and heals us,
and delivers us from our destruction.
Let us thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
And let us offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!”
Bible Prayer Story
Crossing the Red Sea & the Song of Moses - Exodus 14 & 15
Prayer for the Nations
Father, we pray for your Church and the peoples of Asia and the Middle East, that by your grace they may “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [they] have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4: 1-3) To this end, we pray for the nations and people of:
East Timor (President Guterres)
When the Portuguese withdrew in 1975, Indonesia claimed the territory for itself and ruthlessly suppressed the independence movement. Eventually the UN took over the administration and supervised the territory's transition to independence, achieved in 2002.
Lord, we thank you for the peaceful transition to peace in East Timor. We pray that you would heal the scars of colonization and the ruthless oppression that ensued, and use East Timor as a beacon for the gospel.
Georgia (President Zourabichvili)
Since emerging from the collapsing Soviet Union as an independent state in 1991, Georgia has again become the arena of conflicting interests in the region, leading to tense relations and conflict with neighboring Russia.
Holy Spirit, we pray for peaceful relations among Georgia and its neighbors, particularly with Russia. Continue to strengthen its economy and government, so that the majority Christian nation may impact this region greatly for the Kingdom.
India (President Kovind)
As a rising economic powerhouse and nuclear-armed state, India has emerged as an important regional power. But it is also tackling huge, social, economic and environmental problems. Its population is expected to overtake China's in 2028.
Jesus, we pray for peace among tense relations and conflict with Pakistan. We pray that you would raise up Christian workers to do the hard work of putting down roots and reaching this ethnically, socially, and religiously diverse nation with the gospel which can unite each distinct group.
Indonesia (President Widodo)
Indonesia has become one of the world's major emerging economies, but faces demands for independence in several provinces and increasing attacks by Islamist militant groups. Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population and Southeast Asia's biggest economy.
Father, we pray for protection, both physical and spiritual, from Islamic extremists threatening Indonesia. Strengthen your church here with the hope of the gospel, and grant them endurance and boldness to proclaim their faith in this predominantly Muslim nation.
Iran (Supreme Leader Khamenei)
Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979. The Iranian revolution put an end to the rule of the Shah, who had alienated powerful religious, political and popular forces with a program of modernization and Westernization, coupled with heavy repression of dissent.
Lord, we pray for stability as Iran continues to heal from its revolution. Grant political leaders wisdom, and open doors for the gospel to be welcomed.
Iraq (President Salih)
Instability and sabotage have hindered efforts to rebuild an economy shattered by decades of conflict and sanctions. The mainly Shia-led government has struggled to maintain order, and the country has enjoyed only brief periods of respite from high levels of sectarian violence.
Holy Spirit, we pray for healing of this war-torn and politically bludgeoned land. Bring an end to the sectarian violence that plagues Iraq, and raise up Christian workers and disciples to lead the way in reconciliation.
Israel (Prime Minister Netanyahu)
Israel is the only state in the world with a majority Jewish population. It has been locked in conflict with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors over ownership of land considered holy by many Jews, Christians, and Muslims since its creation in 1948.
Jesus, we pray that you would bring an end to the longstanding conflict in this region. Remind these people that this world is not their home, and remove the scales from these religious groups eyes that have caused them to hate one another in the pursuit of drawing nearer to you.
Japan (Emperor Naruhito)
Japan has the world's third-largest economy. Its role in the international community is considerable, though Japan's relations with its neighbors are still heavily influenced by the legacy of Japanese actions before and during the Second World War.
Father, we pray that you would continue your work of redemption in Japan through your church and Spirit. Raise up a generation of Christ followers that will help to change this nation’s legacy.
Jordan (King Abdullah II)
Jordan is one of only two Arab nations to have made peace with Israel. Jordan's significance results partly from its strategic location at the crossroads of the Holy Land, and it has played a pivotal role in the struggle for power in the Middle East.
Lord, let Jordan’s peacemaking ways set off a domino effect in the Middle East so that this region would no longer be identified by conflict and instability. Win over the hearts of Jordan so that the gospel may spread throughout this region once again from this land.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for our gospel partners, asking that by your grace they would be strengthened and filled “with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit [they] may abound in hope” (Romans 15: 13). 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)
Church on the Way
The Saltwater Collective
Coquina Missional Communities
Command of Christ
“Beware. . .hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.” (Luke 12: 1-3)
Confession for Forgiveness
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” (Psalm 51: 1-2)
“Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15: 3-4)