Monday, October 20, 2008

Week 4 - “The Church (Part 2)”


Using the Prayer Resource Book
This week we’re again focusing on Part 3 of the Prayer Resource Book, “The Church” (pg. 18-34). Last week we went for breadth—praying for all the areas of our church’s need. This week we’ll be aiming at depth. Pick three categories from the Prayer Resource Book to focus on in your prayer time. Each day, work through the following steps:

  1. Read all the Scriptural texts that to correspond the area you’ve chosen.
  2. Pick 1-2 verses and look them up in at least two other translations.
  3. Ask yourself:
    What is the theme (or the “big idea”) of this verse?
    How does this verse apply to my prayer life (i.e., how should it change how I pray or what I pray for)?
    How does this verse apply to how I relate to the church personally (i.e., is it asking me to forgive, to serve, to confess, to give, etc.)?
  4. Choose one verse from among the verses you’ve studied and write out how you can pray that verse in a simple and concise way.
  5. Pray that prayer at least 5 times throughout the day. For example: morning, lunch, afternoon break, before dinner and right before bed. To help remember, set an alarm or write yourself a note.
New Resources Available
There are a number of new resources available in the Riverfalls campus foyer to help you, your family and especially your children during these 40 Days.

Small Group Participation
Bring the prayers you’ve written so far this week to group and share how praying throughout the day has been different from praying all at once. Has it been easier or harder? Has breaking throughout the day to pray helped you focus on God? Which way suits you better

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