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Weekly SNAC, 1 July 2018 - Praying for our church

One of my hopes for our gospel team studies this term, is that we would all be encouraged in our prayerfulness for our church. We were reminded in our study of 1 Cor 3, that God is the one who brings the growth - and so it’s only right that we’re committed to praying that He would grow us together to be more like Jesus. This is the reason I have been sending out weekly emails with prayers written by people across the parish. One of my hopes for our gospel team studies this term, is that we would all be encouraged in our prayerfulness for our church. We were reminded in our study of 1 Cor 3, that God is the one who brings the growth - and so it’s only right that we’re committed to praying that He would grow us together to be more like Jesus. This is the reason I have been sending out weekly emails with prayers written by people across the parish. 

However, as this term comes to a close, it’s worth thinking about how you continue (or start!) some good habits in praying for your church. Here are a couple of suggestions you could try:

1. Download Prayermate on your smartphone – This is a free ‘app’ that will help you manage the different things that you would like to be praying for each day. If you use the prayermate app, you can subscribe to our SNAC prayer feed which will give you suggestions of what you could be praying for our church that day.

2. As an alternative to downloading prayermate, you can receive these prayer points in an email. You can choose to receive an email each day or once per week. If you’re interested, please email Kevin for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Set an alarm on your phone for Saturday night (or some other time) to pray for your congregational meeting the next day. Pray for the preaching of God’s word, the encouragement of each member and that God would bring newcomers.

4. Make a point of speaking to someone from your gospel team each Sunday and asking what you can pray for them. If you choose a different person each week, you’ll be able to ask your whole group. You can either pray on the spot or make a note to pray later. 

5. On Monday morning, spend some time giving thanks for the opportunity to meet with your congregation. Give thanks specifically for the people who you spoke to the previous day. 

6. Print out a copy of each of Paul’s prayers recorded in the New Testament and leave in your Bible. Each time you come to pray for your congregation, choose one of these prayers and use it to pray for those in your congregation. You may need to change some of the words for the prayer to make sense (e.g. change ‘you’ to ‘we’ or ‘us’)

7. Choose a particular ministry and commit to being a prayer supporter (e.g. Scripture, Kids Plus, Jitterbugz etc.) Ask the coordinator of that ministry for some specific prayer points then start praying!
       

Kevin Stepniewski