Let’s pray for wisdom. Pray that we will know what to say, how to act and what to do. Pray that we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit in all things, but also to know that the Holy Spirit has already prepared the hearts of people. We are workers in the harvest fields, already prepared by God for us.
Let’s pray for our neighbours and communities. Pray for opportunities to share the gospel with those we encounter. Let’s also pray for projects that are particularly seeking to love our city, such as Unity Park Community Cafe. New Life Church is now providing support services to the lonely and vulnerable on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings through the cafe (in association with the Winter Night Shelter).
Let’s pray that people will receive the good news of Jesus - who he is and what he has done. Pray that the Word of God will grow roots and bear much fruit in the lives of those who hear it and share it. Pray that we will be fruitful, not only in leading people to salvation, but also in bringing them to maturity in Christ.
Let’s pray for divine impartation. Pray that as we talk about Jesus and God's love, the power of God will come to bring about transformation. Without the power of God, we are only sharing knowledge and information. Let’s pray that when we speak, lay hands, commission or encourage people, God's power will fall on them and that they will experience the love of God in a supernatural way. Pray that these people will, in turn, testify to God's goodness as in Isaiah 61:1-3 and go on to make disciples - as we see from the end of verse 3 to verse 7 in the same passage.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Pray that we will have the conviction and courage to seek out others to disciple ourselves, so that we too can grow in maturity in Christ.
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