In the fourteen days leading up to Easter Cityview is uniting with a few other local congregations in 14 days of prayer. I want to encourage you to take up the challenge of getting together with two other people for a period of united prayer. Our heavenly Father delights to answer prayer and there are things He desires to do in your life when you will maintain a posture of prayer. On many occasions Jesus instructed his disciples in the prayer life. In fact Jesus told more than one parable to encourage boldness and persistence in prayer.
“Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.’ Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.”
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks the door will be opened.”
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Of if he asks for an egg, will you give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Luke 11: 5-13
Some suggestions for how to get the most out of these 14 days of prayer are below.
· Develop your prayer team of 3 people now.
· Meet together to develop your prayer list by Mar 28; see the prayer guide for directions.
· Submit your list to Pastor Craig for his private prayer by March 29.
· Connect daily over the 2 week period for prayer.
· Meet as a prayer team at the two pubic gatherings.
Tuesday March 31 & Tuesday April 7, 7:00 PM
· Watch for God’s response.
Here are few suggestions for your prayer list. Divide it into three parts. Lift these requests and those of your 2 other prayer partners up to God persistently for the two week period.
ASK for God to provide for personal / family needs. Identify 2 or 3 needs.
SEEK for God’s direction for a decision or intervention in a situation. Identify 1or 2 decisions or situations.
KNOCK for God’s salvation for friends, neighbours, coworkers or family that have not yet entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Identify 3 or 4 people.
Cityview will also publish a prayer list specific to the organization needs of our sister churches and congregations that are participating in the two week prayer emphasis.
This year on the journey to Easter WATCH & PRAY.