Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.
Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith — forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:7-9, 13-14)
“Self-denial means knowing only Christ, and no longer oneself. It means seeing only Christ, who goes ahead of us, and no longer the path that is too difficult for us. Self-denial is saying only: He goes ahead of us; hold fast to him.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 126
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of his people,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
We remember the Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
Restore our fortunes, again, O Lord,
like streams in the desert place!
This is the promise for those
whose faith is in the Lord:
Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his harvest with him.”
Bible Prayer Story
1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” (John 12:1-8)
Lent Reflection & Weekly Fast
“When clouds of darkness, atheism, and unbelief come to me,
I see thy purpose of love
in withdrawing the Spirit that I might prize him more,
in chastening me for my confidence in past successes,
that my wound of secret godlessness might be cured.”
- Excerpt from a prayer in “The Valley of Vision”
This week, take time to fast from listening to radio and music. At this point in the Lenten season, we are entering into the time where Jesus is preparing his disciples and followers for his absence and silence in the wake of his crucifixion. Through the small practice of fasting from radio and music, enter into this self-inflicted silence and seek out the Lord through prayer and worship. Prepare your heart for the times in life where the Lord feels removed, distant, and silenced. Read Psalm 42, and like the psalmist commit to memory the times where you remember the Lord answering you, restoring you, and filling you with joy. Use these small disciplines of self-denial to instill in yourself hope and faith that the Lord goes before you. Train yourself to hold fast to Him, trusting through the times when your soul is cast down and you feel cut off from the Lord, that He will restore your joy and that you will again praise Him, being glad for the great things that he has done for you.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we pray for our gospel partners, asking that by your grace they would “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord their labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58) 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
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:9-11)
Confession for Forgiveness
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!”
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”