Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.Psalm 50:15
Sometimes you will hear people say—or we ourselves will say—“all we can do right now is pray.” And it sounds almost like we feel that prayer is a small work—like we’re not able to do the “big things” that we wish we could do and the “only” thing we can do instead is pray. We hope it’s enough! Of course, that may not be what we mean, but at the same time I doubt that any of us have as high a view of prayer as we should. I confess that I don’t. Yet, the Lord encourages us throughout His word everywhere that prayer is vital, powerful and—being a primary means of communion with Him—it is also a conduit for joy.
To encourage us as a body to engage together in the great work and joy of prayer, we are setting up a schedule where individuals and families can “sign up” for a time slot in which to commit to go to the Lord in prayer. We especially ask that you keep our health care workers in prayer as they work in the hospitals (Tomi Ardiles, John Kitonga Billie Mercer and Jeremy Nieman). Of course, we ask you to pray also for other needs within the body and to use the weekly prayer requests that are sent out, as well as others that are given in Pastor Jim’s “Daily Messages,” to that end. I have attached the prayer requests that were sent out on Saturday for your convenience.
Prayer is not merely supplication, though. The Lord wants us to present our requests to Him (1 Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6), but we should also use our time in prayer praising God for who He is and what He has done. “Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him” (Psalm 33:1).
So, we ask you to commit as an individual or family to one or more 30 minute windows of prayer between 7a-5p, Monday through Friday as presented on this shared spreadsheet. Everyone can put their name or family name in any open slot. The document will update automatically and save all changes. Come back to that page frequently to sign up for any times that you would set aside to commit to in prayer. At the bottom of the sheet you will see tabs corresponding to subsequent weeks’ schedules (see image below), so especially as the weekend nears, look ahead and sign up for timeslots in the following week. If you need help with any of this, please let me know.
*** NOTE: If you access the spreadsheet on your phone, you will probably see the tabs for the weeks in the upper right, not bottom left, and you may notice that the document does not correctly default to the first week. Simply select the tab of the week you wish to view. Also, if you find that you are unable to edit the document on your phone, please try it on your computer. If you cannot edit it on any device, please tell me! ***
Our point in this is not to “relegate” prayer to a specific time in your day, but to provide structure to aid us as a body in praying together for shared concerns and expressing thanksgiving to God over shared joys. Let’s take advantage of the privilege we have to approach God’s throne of grace together!