Monday, December 07, 2009

Week 2 - Worship

What is 5(hundred) Hours?

5(hundred) Hours is an ambitious, church-wide call to prayer aimed at spending five hundred cumulative hours in corporate and private prayer to prepare for the January launch of re:Generātion, a new Young Adults Ministry taking place Sunday nights.

Week 2 - Worship

Worship is the whole-person response to the revelation of God in the gospel. Human beings were made to worship; we were created to “glorify God and enjoy him forever.” This means that worship isn’t a specific action that only takes place at certain times; rather, worship is the action behind all other actions. To worship something means to make it our treasure, to invest our life, meaning and significance into it.

re:Generātion exists to catalyze a response to God that affects and penetrates every area of life.

What to pray for as we ought . . .

Great and Glorious Father, I pray that through the work of your Holy Spirit you would inspire and enable the people and ministry of New Life re:Generātion to worship you in spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:24).

Impress upon those who will gather together Sunday nights a deep and heartfelt sense of your redeeming mercy and move them, in light of that mercy, to offer their bodies to you as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable. Make this to be their spiritual act of worship (Rom. 12:1).

Let them no longer be conformed to the pattern of this world, but rather transform them through the renewing of their minds (Rom. 12:2).

Cause them, I pray, to engage their entire beings in their worship of you:
To pray with their spirits as well as with their minds,
To sing with their spirits as well as with their minds (1 Cor. 14:15).

As they come together, may each member play their part—whether with a song, a prayer or a lesson—so that everything will be done to build up and strengthen the whole (1 Cor. 14:26).

May they sing praises to you, O Lord, and tell of your salvation, your wondrous works to the children of men.

May they glory in your name and rejoice with their whole heart.

For you, Lord, are great and worthy of great praise, you are awesome above all gods, above all the idols of our hearts.

Show forth your splendor and majesty and pour out your strength and joy.

May those who are yours ascribe to you the glory due your name; may they worship you in the splendor of your holiness and tremble before the God who established and sustains the world.

Through their worship, may creation itself be glad and rejoice; may they and all the nations say, “The LORD God reigns!” (1 Chron. 16:21-31).

I pray especially for Taylor and Grant that you would guide them as worship leaders, make them blameless and above reproach.

Give them wisdom and ability, insight and direction.

Gathering around them , even now, a team to share in the ministry of worship.

Equip them and gift them to be a blessing to one another as well as to the people they lead.

Finally, Lord, draw in the outsider and make Sunday nights such that as the lost enter in their hearts would be laid bare, their consciences convicted, their lives called to give account so that falling on their faces may they turn to worship you and declare that God is truly in that place (1 Cor. 14:23-25).

Printable Prayers

For a printable version of these prayers to take with you throughout the week click on the following link.

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