Sep29TueSeptember 29, 2020
AN INVITATION TO PRAYER
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.” Romans 12:12
Some have reminded me that before the pandemic, prayer was being
emphasized in the life of our church: we had weekly prayer walks in the
neighbourhood, periodic times of focused prayer and prayer meetings, even praying
together before Sunday worship has taken a back seat in the midst of Covid concerns.
And yet, we have talked together about how Covid actually has created some
conditions which are in keeping with seeking and knowing God. We have more time at
home and fewer distractions (travel, sports, entertainment). It has been for some a
“wake up call,” an opportunity to consider what is really important. It is also a time to
press in to prayer and growing our hearts in God.
I am inviting us afresh to “seek the Lord while He may be found” (Isaiah 55:6).
To call upon Him while He is near. I think the Spirit of God is inviting us to hear afresh
His invitation to draw near to Him, to pray and seek Him, to call on His name, knowing
that He is listening, that He is calling to us.
There is a great strengthening that comes to us from corporate prayer. It may
be that we need to have some times of praying together. But in this Covid time, we
can pray together even if we are not physically together. Here are some possibilities
for strengthening and encouraging our corporate prayer:
Zoom prayer meetings – some men have been praying this way right through the
summer! Zoom allows us to meet “face to face” without having to leave the comfort of
Prayer walks – with people in your “bubble,” in your neighbourhood at a time
convenient to you.
Monthly FMCIC National Prayer – the last Wednesday of the month, one hour of
prayer on Zoom, beginning at 7 pm. https://zoom.us/j/119341740 Meeting ID: 119
Prayer Circles: I read an inspiring book this spring on the Welsh Revival of 1904-
1905. Before the revival began to happen, people had been meeting in prayer circles,
which are small groups of people who agree together to pray for revival or renewal at
the same time of the day. No travelling, no getting together, no Covid concern, just
united focused specific prayer for a set amount of time. So for example, I could be a
part of a prayer circle that prayed for revival or renewal for 10 minutes (or more!) at
6:15 am, 12 noon or 9:45 pm) on Monday-Friday; what time and frequency works for
you? Can you ask around and see if your friends want to pray at that time? Or, if you
want identify the time that works for you and then write it into a poster/sheet at
church that is being prepared, so that others can see the times, and perhaps circles
will form that way.
On the flip side of this sheet are some Scriptures to encourage us in praying,
and some prayer points to focus on in praying for renewal. Please consider how you
may seek God afresh in prayer and encourage others in our church to seek God in
prayer! Let me know what would help or encourage you to grow in prayer!
At the throne of grace,
“... if my people who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and
turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal
their land.” 2 Chron 7:14
“Even now, declares the LORD, return to me with all your heart, with fasting and
weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD
your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in
love ...” Joel 2:12-13
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” 2 Chronicles 20:12b
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place
by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that
is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near
to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our
hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed
with pure water. Hebrews 10:19-22
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and
purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8
Praying for Revival and Renewal
There have been repeated times in the history of the Christian Church when God
has moved strongly by His Spirit to renew his church and draw people to himself.
While these moves of God are within His sovereign grace, He invites His people to
partner with him in prayer, to enter into personal renewal and to be ready as people
become awakened to their need of God. Here are some suggestions for prayer for
yourself and for our church: