Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2: 14-15)
“Every decision to grumble is a decision not to pray. And every decision to pray is a decision not to grumble.” - Scott Hubbard
Congregational Bible Prayer (recite as a congregation)
A Prayer from Psalm 80
“Restore us, O God;
let your face shine, that we may be saved!
Give ear, O Great Shepherd,
you who lead us like a flock.
You who are enthroned in heaven above.
Stir up your might and come to save us!
O Lord God of hosts,
how long will you be angry with our prayers?
You make us an object of contention for our neighbors,
and our enemies laugh among themselves.
Turn again, O God of hosts!
Look down from heaven, and see;
Then we shall not turn back from you;
give us life, and we will call upon your name!”
Bible Prayer Story
Jonah’s Grumbling & the Lord’s Compassion - Jonah 1-4
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:
Nepal (President Bhandari)
Nepal was closed to the outside world until the 1950s. Since then the country has seen the creation of a multi-party parliamentary system, a decade-long insurgency, and the abolition of its monarchy. A devastating earthquake in 2015 killed thousands of people, flattened villages, and reduced numerous heritage sites to ruin.
Lord, we praise you for opening Nepal to the outside world. We grieve with you for the destruction and loss of life that resulted from the 2015 earthquake, and pray that you would raise up gospel-bearing aid workers to repair this nation and share the good news of Christ.
North Korea (Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un)
For decades North Korea has been one of the world's most secretive societies. It is one of the few countries still under nominally communist rule. Decades of this rigid system have led to stagnation and the totalitarian state also stands accused of systematic human rights abuses.
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would break down the barriers that separate North Korea from the rest of the world. Cast down leaders who willingly and knowingly abuse the human rights of North Koreans, and open doors for the gospel to redeem and heal this nation.
Oman (Sultan Qaboos)
The oldest independent state in the Arab world, Oman is one of the more traditional countries in the Gulf region and was, until the 1970s, one of the most isolated. The country has so far been spared the militant Islamist violence that has plagued some of its neighbors.
Jesus, we thank you for the protection of Oman from radical Islamic violence. We pray for continued peace, and that you would use this peace to provide opportunities to plant seeds for the gospel that you make bring to harvest.
Pakistan (President Alvi)
The Muslim-majority state of Pakistan was born out of the demands of Indian Muslims for their own homeland. Development in Pakistan has been hampered by Islamist violence and economic stagnation, and relations with its key neighbors India and Afghanistan are often fraught.
Father, we pray for peace to cover Pakistan. Remove the hatred and violence stemming from radical Islam, and use your church in Pakistan to usher in a revival that will raise up a generation of peace-making, truth-speaking, neighbor-loving, and gospel-bearing Christ followers.
Palestine (President Abbas)
The Palestinian population is divided between historic Palestine and a diaspora. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were forced out of their native land during the war that followed Israel’s declaration of independence. Efforts to create a Palestinian state on the West Bank of the River Jordan and Gaza on the Mediterranean coast have been frustrated by the continuing conflict with Israel and disputes over the status of diaspora Palestinians.
Lord, we grieve with you over the hatred and violence that has broken relations between Palestine and her neighbors and resulted in families and communities being divided. We pray that the dispute of the Holy Land would be washed away by a recognition of YOU and your desire to know, love, and redeem all people.
Philippines (President Duterte)
The Philippines was taken over by the US in the early 20th century after a protracted rebellion against Spanish rule. The US is a close ally and has provided military aid to help combat Muslim and communist insurgencies.
Holy Spirit, we thank you for the international aid which has allowed the Philippines to remain free from militant Islamic influence and dictatorship. We pray that you would use these islands as a gospel lighthouse to their Asian and Pacific neighbors, displaying Christ’s love and compassion for all the world to see.
Qatar (Sheikh Tamim)
Qatar’s regional interventions are unpopular with other Arab leaders, which led to Saudi Arabia leading efforts to cut the country off and force it to abandon its alleged support for radical Islamist groups. Oil money funds a welfare state, with many services free or heavily subsidized, but the treatment of migrant workers is frequently criticized by rights groups.
Jesus, we pray that you would strengthen and embolden your church in Qatar to model Christ-like love to their neighbors and migrant workers alike. When the world sees Qatar, may they see the embodiment of gospel love which seeks to serve “the least of these” (Matthew 25: 31-46).
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for our church family, 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)
Command of Christ
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 33)
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)
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2)