Together We Seek Prayer Meeting 1/17/2017
Dear church, every Tuesday night at 7 pm we meet for prayer, seeking the heart of God for our church and our city. Each week I’ll share the highlights of that prayer meeting.
Tonight’s theme: Unity
Ben Wilburne: God is calling us as a church to be unified in our pursuit of Him.
Pastor Clay: We know that God has given us the mission of sharing the gospel, and equipping the church for the work of the ministry. We as a church will stand in unity in that mission.
Tammy Ritter: God has put on my heart to go to different areas of Wilmington with another woman to pray over our city. Might our church take up the cause and be willing to commit one hour per week to go with another and spread out across our city to pray for our city?
Ephesians 4:1-6 (Shared by Chandler Ritter)
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
God’s heart for His church has always been to be unified in our common goal of spreading the gospel to the lost, and to be the hands and feet of Jesus. This sounds great on paper, but is rarely seen in todays church. The human race is plagued with pride, and it unfortunately bleeds over into churches. Im sure you have felt it. Its the unspoken sin that many church leaders will never confess to. Having the desire for their church to be better, bigger, nicer, than the next guy. Its a desire to feel like you have accomplished something, or that what the Lord has blessed you with somehow correlates to anything you have done. God has been breaking me of this thought process, and I am praying that He does the same for churches across America. We all need to be unified in our goal to make Christ known! No more counting the attendance at the church across the street. No more envy for the church that has a great worship team. No more feelings of failure because that church had twice as many people at their prayer service. I pray that we would all recognize that we have a part to play in the kingdom, and everyones part looks different! But it doesn’t mean its less important. I pray that the churches in Wilmington would band together and fight for the people who don’t know Christ. I pray that the Lord would give us boldness and a sense of urgency when it comes to sharing our faith. I pray that the Lord would give us His heart towards the people we come into contact with. I pray that He would put in me a sense of deep anguish for the people who have rejected Christ. I pray that we would show Christ in all we say and do, and not only talk like Christ, but live like Christ.
Isaiah 45:1-13: (Shared by Tammy Ritter, encouragement for the country, “you will see the king”)
“Thus says the Lord to His anointed, To Cyrus, whose right hand I have held— To subdue nations before him And loose the armor of kings, To open before him the double doors, So that the gates will not be shut: 2 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. 4 For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. 5 I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, 6 That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; 7 I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.’ 8 “Rain down, you heavens, from above, And let the skies pour down righteousness; Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, And let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it. 9 “Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’? 10 Woe to him who says to his father, ‘What are you begetting?’ Or to the woman, ‘What have you brought forth?’” 11 Thus says the Lord, The Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons; And concerning the work of My hands, you command Me. 12 I have made the earth, And created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded. 13 I have raised him up in righteousness, And I will direct all his ways; He shall build My city And let My exiles go free, Not for price nor reward,” Says the Lord of hosts.
Isaiah 44:1-5 (Shared by Clay Ritter, encouragement to Ben Wilburn)
“Yet hear now, O Jacob My servant, And Israel whom I have chosen. 2 Thus says the Lord who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you: ‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant; And you, Jeshurun, whom I have chosen. 3 For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, And My blessing on your offspring; 4 They will spring up among the grass Like willows by the watercourses.’ 5 One will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’; Another will call himself by the name of Jacob; Another will write with his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’ And name himself by the name of Israel.
Colossians 1:9-12 (Prayed over Jess Pearce)
9 For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
Psalm 101 (Shared by Jeff Clancey, encouragement “remember your first love”)
I will sing of mercy and justice; To You, O Lord, I will sing praises. 2 I will behave wisely in a perfect way. Oh, when will You come to me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. 3 I will set nothing wicked before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not cling to me. 4 A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know wickedness. 5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, Him I will destroy; The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure. 6 My eyes shall be on the faithful of the land, That they may dwell with me; He who walks in a perfect way, He shall serve me. 7 He who works deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who tells lies shall not continue in my presence. 8 Early I will destroy all the wicked of the land, That I may cut off all the evildoers from the city of the Lord.
Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?
Ephesians 2:14 (Shared by Ben Wilburne)
For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
Romans 13:11-14 (Shared by Jeff Clancey)
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 8:29 (Shared by Tammy Ritter, encouragement to church “we want more”)
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.