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DECEMBER PRAYER FOCUS

PRAY FOR PEACE

 

During this time of Advent, we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace. We also look ahead to the 2nd coming of the King of Kings who will one day reign in power and in peace. And in the midst of a troubled world we give thanks for the peace that he gives to the heart of all who put their faith in Him. The Scriptures are full of references to peace. As you pray this month, there will be prayers for personal peace; for national peace and for peace between brothers in Christ. May God fill your heart with His peace as you pray.

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PRAYFIRST! The prayer ministry of the Missionary Church

It is not an office in Fort Wayne but is a network of praying people from across the nation and around the world who are committed to praying for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

PRAYFIRST! is both a call to action as well as a statement of priority.

 


IT IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY!

Paul wrote to Timothy, “I urge, then, first of all, requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone” – I Timothy 2:1.

IT IS A LEADERSHIP PRIORITY!

In Acts 6:4, when ministry demands increased, the disciples made arrangement for that expansion and then said, “but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Prayer was of first importance for leaders.

IT IS A TOTAL CHURCH PRORITY!

Scripture tells us that the early church gave themselves to four disciplines, “the apostles doctrine; fellowship; breaking of bread; and prayer.” – Acts 2:42

IT IS A MINISTRY PRIORITY!

In Acts 13, the disciples were seeking the Lord in a time of fasting and worship and during that time the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them. So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

IT IS A KINGDOM PRIORITY!

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He said, “When you pray” – not “if” but “when” you pray. The first request was, “your kingdom come, your will be done.”


It is a Network of Prayer coordinators who…

Partner with pastors to help the church become a house of prayer.

Connect monthly by conference call to pray for one another; for the needs of the church and for the expansion of the Kingdom.

Exchange ideas, resources and encouragement on facebook. @PrayFirstMC

It is a call to prayer for…

God’s anointing, leading and protection for pastors and those in leadership.

The multiplication of disciples through the Missionary Church around the world.

Perpetual renewal/revival in local churches and throughout the country.

Unity as Jesus prayed in John 17.

For grace and protection for believers around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

RESOURCES

 

The resources posted here are intended to assist in your prayer ministry. The prayer initiatives are generally national initiatives that provide ways for you to join with thousands around the world in praying for our nation, schools and the persecuted church.

Prayer Aids

Local Church Prayer Coordinator Job Description

This ministry position description for Prayer Coordinators is offered as a guideline. We recommend that the pastor and the Prayer Coordinator determine what his or her exact responsibilities should be.

We suggest the Prayer Coordinator be selected prayerfully and carefully and that an appropriate public commissioning prayer mandate be given to this person when they are being installed.  This is not a paid church position, but instead is taken up by a person feeling led to do so.

Planning a Prayer Breakfast for your church

Suggestion for Prayer Coordinators:
Begin the New Year with a Prayer Event in January

HOW TO PLAN A PRAYER BREAKFAST

(from “Partners in Prayer” by John Maxwell pp.140-141)
Step 1 – *Select the date ASAP and get it on the church calendar.

1.     Begin early to make your church aware of this event by announcements in your church newsletter and Sunday Bulletins.

2.     Sign-up sheets should be made available in December to Adult Classes and at the Information Desk in the church foyer. (DO NOT WAIT UNTIL JANUARY—CALENDARS FILL UP QUICKLY)

*NOTE:  When selecting a date the second or third Saturday in January is usually best—by then people will be ready to think about the New Year—Christmas is now over.  When setting dates always be aware of other church and community activities—then people will not have to chose one over the other.

 

Step 2 – Ask your pastor or staff person to plan an in-depth lesson focused on “How to Grow in Your Prayer Life”.

1.     Make your request early—never wait until the last minute.

2.     Some good topics include praise, thanksgiving, intercession, meditation, listening to God, praying Scripture, How to pray for others, etc.)

 

Step 3 – COMPONENTS OF AN ENCOURAGING BREAKFAST

1.  Food and Fellowship (45-60 minutes) great way to establish easy interaction.

    (Menu suggestions:  egg casseroles, muffins, juice & coffee)

2.  Worship (15minutes) is the best way to prepare hearts to hear God’s Word.

3.  Equipping (45 minutes) Make sure lesson gives specific truths to think about.

4.  Prayer (30 minutes)

Since the focus of this ministry is on prayer, it should always be the last thing you do together.  While still in one large group, share some recent answers to prayer, since this reminds participants of the results and value of prayer ministry.  Then list current prayer requests for the pastors and the church.

Divide everyone into small prayer groups of three or four.  First, remind them of how they can apply the day’s lesson to this prayer time.  Ask them to share personal prayer requests for five to ten minutes.  Then they will pray for the church, the pastors, and each other for twenty to thirty minutes.  John Maxwell recommends that you tell them they are dismissed when their group has finished praying.

Prayer Initiatives

National Day of Prayer

See You At the Pole

For more than two decades, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. SYATP is still about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation. 

There are two opportunities to unite in prayer with your friends: 

  • DAY: SEE YOU AT THE POLE day is on the fourth Wednesday of September, at 7:00 a.m. local time. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. SEE YOU AT THE POLE is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation.
  • WEEK: The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER (the last full week of September) encourages students to find new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the week. Whether you attend PUBLIC SCHOOL, PRIVATE SCHOOL, or HOME SCHOOL, gather your friends wherever and whenever and pray! The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER is dedicated to prayer and launching your on-campus Bible clubs, prayer strategies, and student ministries. 

For more information, resources and ideas go to http://syatp.com/

Prayer for the Persecuted Church

This is an international initiative, on the second Sunday of November, calling for the Church to pray especially for those believers in countries where persecution is a regular part of life.

The International Day of Prayer crosses geographic and denominational borders. Please join this Christian community in prayer for our brothers and sisters who are persecuted because of their commitment to Jesus Christ.

“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” –Hebrews 13:3.

More information and resources are available at live.opendoorsusa.org/idop/

“If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Seek God for the City

Seek God for the City helps you to mobilize many to pray with united, sustained vision for people of your community. The prayers in this prayer guide are biblically grounded and easy to pray.

The forty days to Palm Sunday makes an ideal time to venture into a season of sustained, hope-filled prayer. Dated February 10 – March 20, 2016.

Pastors, mission leaders and positioned prayer leaders may call for a complimentary review copy at (800) 264-5214 or (512) 419-7729.

Call to Prayer & Fasting

The Missionary Church Ministry Leadership Council and the General Oversight Council have, unanimously and enthusiastically, signed a Pledge of Brotherly Commitment to faithfully practice the discipline of prayer and fasting.

With this pledge in mind they personally affirm the biblical mandate to fast and pray and passionately call everyone in our fellowship to intentional prayer and fasting*.

In obedience to our Lord, the massive challenges of our times, and the effective expansion of His Kingdom through the ministries of His church, let us commit to at least one day of prayer and fasting each month over the next twelve months.  While you may choose any day you wish, we invite you to join us on the 1st Thursday of each month.

Let our primary focus be:

1)     Prayer for great humility, personal repentance and corporate unity;

2)     Listening to His voice through His Word and His Spirit;

3)     Prayer for a renewed passion for God;

4)     Prayer for the revival and renewal of your local church as well as our Missionary Church ministries worldwide;

5)     Prayer for the accomplishment of the Vision of the Missionary Church focused upon, 1perpetual intercessory prayer, 2evangelizing the lost and making disciples, 3strengthening local churches, 4planting new churches and districts of churches, and 5intentional recruitment and development of catalytic, passionate leaders.

Let us personally embrace His promise,

“If my people, who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

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*We welcome and encourage individual participants to consider a variety of different kinds of fasting, especially when there are medical issues involved (i.e. one meal, fruits and vegetables only – “Daniel fasting,” fasting of entertainment or recreational activity, etc.).  The purpose of fasting is giving up a routine or everyday activity in order to devote oneself to prayer and seeking God.

*We encourage local churches to organize 24 hour as well as 24/7 prayer vigils that include the call to prayer and fasting.  For details of 24/7 go to www.mcgpn.org.

STRENGTHENING PRAYER IN YOUR CHURCH

HarvestPrayer

Provides resources to help churches make prayer foundational to their ministries so that they can become houses of prayer.  Harvestprayer.com

PrayerConnect

A full color, quarterly magazine entirely on prayer, designed to equip the reader toward deeper levels of personal prayer and to become a catalyst for prayer in their local church.  prayerconnect.net

CHurchPrayerLeaders

Connects local church prayer leaders to encourage and equip in their efforts  to develop prayer in their local church.  www.prayerleader.com/

prayershop

Everything prayer – books, prayer guides, workshops, small group material, children’s material, personal prayer, corporate prayer and prayer evangelism. www.prayershop.org

PRAY FOR THE HURTING OF YOUR COMMUNITY

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OneCry is a movement of believers who are urgently crying out to God to revive the church and transform the culture. It isn’t an organization, program, or event. It’s a movement of like-minded people, churches, and organizations who agree that our nation needs a dramatic turnaround. onecry.com

JOIN WITH MILLIONS AROUND THE NATION IN PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

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The 6:4 fellowship, inspired by Acts 6:4, equips, encourages and coaches pastors to lead their churches in prayer.

JOIN WITH MILLIONS AROUND THE NATION IN PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL AWAKENING

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OneCry is a movement of believers who are urgently crying out to God to revive the church and transform the culture. It isn’t an organization, program, or event. It’s a movement of like-minded people, churches, and organizations who agree that our nation needs a dramatic turnaround. onecry.com

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