Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6)
“If God can turn death into life, he can turn something beautiful out of a lost, dark and messy life.” - Paul Tripp
Congregational Bible Prayer (recite as a congregation)
A Prayer from Psalm 112
“Praise the Lord! Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who greatly delight in his commandments!
The generation of the upright will be blessed,
for the righteous will never be moved.
The righteous are not afraid of bad news;
their hearts are firm, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are steady; they will not be afraid,
They distribute freely, and give to the poor.
The Lord’s righteousness endures forever;
the desire of the wicked will perish!”
Bible Prayer Story
Joseph Forgives his Brothers - Genesis 37: 12-36; 45: 1-20
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:
Thailand (King Vajiralongkorn)
Thailand is the only country in south-east Asia to have escaped colonial rule. Buddhist religion, the monarchy and the military have helped to shape its society and politics.
Lord, despite a relatively peaceful existence, we know that Thailand is lost and desperate for the hope of the gospel. We pray that you would establish, encourage, and supply all the needs of your church here, and that from their faithfulness and love a revival would spark among this nation.
Turkey (President Erdogan)
Once the centre of the Ottoman Empire, the modern secular republic was established in the 1920s. Although Kurds only make up about a fifth of the population, Kurdish separatists who accuse the Turkish state of seeking to destroy their cultural identity have been waging a guerrilla war since the 1980s.
Holy Spirit, we pray for peace among the Kurds and Turks, and we pray for opportunities for the gospel to be preached freely among these people. Protect your church in Turkey from violent oppression so that the hope of the gospel may flow freely, turning many Turks and Kurds from death to life.
Turkmenistan (President Berdymukhamedov)
Known for its autocratic government and large gas reserves, Turkmenistan also has a reputation as an island of stability in restive Central Asia. Despite its gas wealth, much of Turkmenistan's population is still impoverished.
Jesus, thank you for the stability that is present in Turkmenistan. We pray that peace and stability would give way to openness to the gospel, and that by the transforming power of the gospel revival may take place in the hearts and minds of many Arabs in this region.
United Arab Emirates (President Khalifa)
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven states that has grown from a quiet backwater to one of the Middle East's most important economic centers. Though traditionally conservative, the UAE is one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, with other cultures and beliefs generally tolerated. Politically it remains authoritarian, however.
Father, we thank you for the tolerance of other cultures and religions that has been fostered in the UAE. We pray that this tolerance would provide a stronger foothold for the gospel to take root among this nation, that by it we may see it be in the Middle East as it is in heaven.
Uzbekistan (President Mirziyoyev)
Under authoritarian President Islam Karimov, who ruled from 1989 until his death in 2016, Uzbekistan was reliant on exports of cotton, gas and gold to maintain its rigid, state-controlled economy. President Karimov's successor, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has made efforts to break Uzbekistan out of its international isolation and economic stagnation, but has yet to initiate any serious political liberalization.
Lord, we pray that you would give government leaders wisdom as Uzbekistan navigates the negative impact of previous generations of authoritarian rule. As Uzbekistan become more open, provide opportunities for the gospel seeds to be planted in the hearts and minds of a new generation of Uzbeks.
Vietnam (President Trong)
Vietnam, a one-party Communist state, has one of south-east Asia's fastest-growing economies and has set its sights on becoming a developed nation by 2020.
Holy Spirit, though it has not happened in the way may hoped it would have, we praise you for the development and progress that has taken place in Vietnam as the nation seeks to overcome decades of conflict and political unrest. We pray that you would do the work that no worldly entity can do in softening the hearts of Vietnamese leaders and citizens alike, and turning Vietnam from Communism to Christ for your glory alone.
Yemen (President Hadi)
Yemen was created after communist South Yemen merged with North Yemen in 1990, following years of strife, but tensions have never been far below the surface. By 2015 Yemen had plunged into civil war and a grave humanitarian crisis, exacerbated by the presence of the al-Qaeda and Islamic State jihadist groups.
Jesus, we pray that you would provide relief to Yemen amid the ongoing turmoil within its borders. Eradicate the violence, presence, and influence of al-Qaeda and Islamic State jihadist groups, and provide the necessary resources and support to end and mend from Yemen’s humanitarian crisis. May these wounds open the hearts and minds of Yemen to see Christ as their deepest comfort, closest friend, and sovereign savior.
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
“Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14: 11)
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)
“Let us look 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: 2)