Monday, December 11, 2017

Write Out Your Prayers

 Pastor Allan welcomed everyone and I took notes about the service

Write Out Your Prayers

Our Sunday morning Service began with an opening prayer by one of our young men. 

Bible Teacher Linda shared a hand out about the Gospel and presented a short admonition.   A young man led the worship as he sang and played his guitar while the other instruments accompanied him.  

Pastor Allan began speaking;  The last several weeks we have taught on different kinds of prayer and that prayer is the foundation of our Christian walk with God.  The only way we can learn to pray is to just do it.  

Begin by expressing what is in your heart.  Pray in your secret place or where ever you are.  Lift up a prayer through out the day. 

Jesus gave us a model of how to pray.  Worship first, ask for God’s will, and your needs.  Ask for forgiveness but be willing to forgive others.  Request to be delivered from evil and not to be tempted, and exalt His name.

Matthew 6:9-13  Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Pastor then asked two young men to pass out a gift pen to everyone and then a half sheet of blank paper.  He requested us to write out a prayer to God that has not yet been answered.  Time was given to do this.

Then Pastor asked us to fold the paper in half and exchange it with a neighbor not looking at the prayer.  Pastor asked us to hold up the prayer paper and pray for it.  Next he asked us to walk to the rear of the church and pin the prayers to the bulletin board and then return to your seat.

Pastor stated that God is working on those requests and now he asked if anyone needed physical healing to raise their hand.  Many hands went up.

Pastor requested that we pray for those near us that God would administer healing to them now.

He reminded us that we are sitting at the table and it is up to us to take and eat.  God desires an active church and we have a responsibility to conform to his will. 

As a church we are going to be proactive in prayer.  We pray over our city and stand up for what is right.  We ask God to separate the wheat from the chaff and establish His will in this place.  God desires a holy people.

Pray for the peace of Israel and pray for the peace over our city.  God is welcome at our city council meetings.  Pray for our godly Mayor and our chief of Police and other Christians who want God to make our city "Great Again."

God is requiring a willing heart to conform and make choices pleasing to God.
Pastor closed with a short prayer: 

"Lord continue to reveal to us how to pray so that your will is accomplished on earth as it is in heaven."


Karen said...

Thank you for sharing this. It is great that your church is a PRAYING CHURCH! If you feel led, please pray for my son and his team who will be handing our Gospels of John on the streets in NYC this week. Even though it seems like a place so resistant to God, they were able to hand out over 100 last year, and got to share the Good News with some people.

Teresa said...

Hazel, I really like your blog. I read your last one about the little girl and the doll.
I thought it was fabulous that pastor Allen had us write down our prayer. Almost every time i pray I include what I wrote down on the prayer paper.
In God's time I know he will answer my prayer.

Karen said...

Update: My son's team gave out 200 gospels just today! Praying that people read them and the Holy Spirit makes God's Word real to them.

Floyd Chaplin said...

Amen. I started writing a prayer at the end of every Bible study I do, kinda summarizing what God has put on my heart. It's powerful!

I'm with you in praying for this country as well, sister.