Join the Global Wave of Prayer: 10th -20th May 2018
Being a disciple: making disciples
Justin Welby’s invitation is simply asking people to pray for five people to come to know Jesus. Once again our church is joining with others and taking up this challenge. Please pray for five people during this time. If you feel able, you might like to fast in some way on Thursday 17th May. Please also come and join us at the Church Meeting in the evening of 17th May, when half the time will be spent praying for our church, country, city and friends and family.
Praying for others to know Jesus is one of the most powerful things we can do. Persistent prayer for others brings transformation to their lives. Consistently praying for others takes discipline, and there are many ways that we can build up habits that will help us to pray for our friends and family. Choose five people you would regularly like to pray for and write their names down onto a list. If you’re not sure who to pray for, ask God to guide you as you choose. Once you have settled on 5 names, commit to praying for them regularly by praying the following:
Loving Father, in the face of Jesus Christ your light and glory have blazed forth. Send your Holy Spirit that I may share with my friends [here, name your friends] the life of your Son and your love for all. Strengthen me as a witness to that love as I pledge to pray for them, for your name’s sake. Amen.
Loving Father, Send your Holy Spirit so I can share your love, life and message with [here, name your friends]. Reveal Jesus to them, that they might know, follow and love him, for Your glory. Amen.
Here are three easy ways to pray for five people regularly. Choose the one that suits you best.
- Piece of string: Take a piece of string or cord, and tie five knots in it to represent each of the five people you have committed to pray for. You could carry the knotted string in your pocket, tie it round your wrist or place it somewhere that you’ll see it regularly. Use the knots to remind you to pray for each person on your list of five.
- Small stones: Find five small stones (light coloured ones are best) and write each of the people on your list onto each of the stones. Place them on your desk, bedside table or fireplace as a reminder to pray. Alternatively, you could place each stone in a different room of your home and pray for each person as you enter or leave the room.
- Prayer room: Use the prayer room at the Hub, which will be open during this time*.
(*10am – 4pm weekdays for individual use or out of hours for small groups if booked in advance).