Prayer Ministry

2018 Summer Prayer Focus

As we finish this season of ministry and life and enter some time of rest this summer we look to the Lord:

Use this time to refresh your relationship with the Lord and refuel.
Perhaps growth in your prayer life is needed. 
Maybe you want to know God in a deeper way.

Chip Ingram says “Knowing God always precedes serving.”

I’ve always said prayer is not a “how to” but a “Whom to.”
When we know the One we pray to we know how to pray.

I’ve recently started using the discipline of daily writing a Haiku poem that succinctly puts into 17 syllables what I’ve heard God say to me or my prayer to Him as I set aside time to be with Him and know Him more intimately. 

After reading Numbers 24 I too set my face toward God. Like Balaam, what the Lord speaks, I will speak, and do.

Eyes opened, ears hear
Knowledge of Most High alone
Almighty’s vision

Seeking rest in God’s sovereign plan. You alone are holy. You alone are wise. You alone are God.

Jesus, kind and pure
Hold me Lord, still, calm, secure
Soul at rest in You

Ask the Lord how you might meet with Him, maybe in a new way.

Read Exodus 33 and 34 and use your meditation on it to prompt your prayers and knowing of God.

Moses and God spoke face to face. v. 11
Moses asked God, “let me know Your ways, that I may know You.” v.13
Moses sought God’s presence and God promised it. v. 14
Moses asked to see God’s glory, more of Who God is.  v. 18
God said He would show Moses all His goodness. v. 19
Then in chapter 34:6-9 God reveals Who He is. (This is repeated many other times in the Bible) 

6 Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” 8 Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. 9 He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”

The end of this passage is precious. Moses asks to be taken as God’s own possession. What better?

As you begin to meditate on these passages ask yourself and God:

How am I growing in my knowing of you God?
How have I seen Your glory, Your goodness?
How have You been compassionate to me?
How have You shown me grace, Your favor?
How have You been patient with me?
What are the ways You show You love me?
You have forgiven me much, how can I show my love to You?
How have I seen You present in my life, or in other’s lives?
How have I seen You walking alongside me and caring for me as Your child?

I have, and will continue to, pray for you as you come to know your loving Father, Savior Jesus, and indwelling Holy Spirit this summer and grow in your prayer intimacy with your God.

This was Jesus’ prayer as well in John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

Chris Bratton
MVPC Prayer Ministry Coordinator

Other Areas of Focus for our prayers:

Outreach

The global church and our mission partners as they minister and often suffer for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Care
Families in crisis. Those who are sick. The lonely. The poor. The oppressed. The discouraged. The fearful. The anxious. The grieving.

Community
For the encouragement and empowering by the Holy Spirit of all our staff and leaders and church family. VBS.

Growth
The many opportunities and potential changes ahead of us can create a season of potent spiritual growth for us. Pray that we take hold of God as we proceed and grow in maturity and are found faithful.

Do you need prayer?

  • Come to the Prayer Corner after worship.
  • Fill out the Prayer and Care Requests card in the pew rack.
  • Request that your name be listed in the Together in Prayer section of the bulletin.
  • Call your deacon for prayer and care for any need.
  • Ask to be put on the Prayer Chain.
  • Ask to pray with anyone wearing a Prayer Ministry name tag.
  • Request a Stephen Minister.
  • Participate in any of the prayer gatherings listed below.

Ways to participate in prayer at MVPC

A.M. Prayer | Wednesdays, 8-9:15 am, in the New Prayer Room to the right of the organ in the Sanctuary
Pray for each other and our church family and ministry, and pray confidentially for requests on the Sunday Prayer and Care Requests cards.

ePrayer Team
Receive periodic emails of prayer inspiration and information on specific prayer needs for MVPC. Sign up by sending a request to Chris Bratton.

Prayer Chain
The prayer team prays for unexpected or urgent prayer needs. Call Valerie Bigelow (925.376.4800×223) to share your request.

National Day of Prayer | www.nationaldayofprayer.org
First Thursday in May

Global Day of Prayer
Pentecost Sunday, May 20, 2018