“Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice.”

Luke 10:41-42

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Model Prayer

Adoration, worship and praise

“Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.”

Pray the following Scriptures to God, in praise of His greatness.

Psalm 51:15-17
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Hebrews 13:15
Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that confess his name.

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

• Enter His presence reverently and humbly, not casually or hurriedly.
• See Him as He is, high and lifted up.
• Spend some time praising God.

Recommitment, Release, Surrender

“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Pray the following Scriptures to God, expressing to Him your total surrender to His will.

(Psa 40:6-8 NIV)
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but my ears you have pierced; burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come– it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

(Hebrews 12:1-3 NIV)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

(Ephesians 4:1-3)
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

• Recommit myself to Christ and to doing His will.
• “Throw off” anything that hinders or sin that weighs down.
• “Not my will, but yours be done.”

Provision

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Prayerfully consider this quote and definition:
“In intercession you bring the person, or the circumstance that impinges on you before God until you are moved by His attitude towards that person or circumstance.”–Oswald Chambers

(Phil 4:19 NIV)
And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

• Pray for the needs you recognize, and for anything and everything you do
not see or understand.
• Pray for specific people and needs, using prayer lists. Begin a list of needs
if you do not already use one.

Pray:
• God’s blessing and guidance for the day
• God’s protection
• That you will be attentive to the needs of those around you and will take
advantage of
opportunities to witness
• Thanksgiving for the specific blessings of yesterday
• A new understanding of truth from God’s Word
• Needed personal qualities

Forgiveness

“And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.”

Pray Psalm 51 to God, confessing your sin to Him.

Psalm 51
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts ; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

• Is there anyone you have not forgiven?
• Is there hidden sin or an undetected offense against another?
• Sins of thought. Ps. 139.23-24
• Sins of words. Ps. 19.14
• Sins of deeds. Ps. 15.1-2

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
(Psa 139:23-24 NIV)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:7-9 NIV)

Guidance

“And lead us not into temptation.”

Read the passage below and meditate on its meaning and application to you.

Galatians 5:18-25
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Pray:

• To be sensitive to God’s leading.
• To be open to every person You want me to encounter and every
experience you want me to have.

Protection

“But deliver us from the evil one.”

Read the following Scripture passages. Evaluate your life according to the truth. Pray that God will help you to live by the truths expressed.

James 4:6-10
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Ephesians 6:11-17
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Psalm 91:10-16
If you make the Most High your dwelling– even the LORD, who is my refuge– then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

As you pray, affirm these truths to God:

• Satan is powerful; but God is more powerful.
• God already has the victory.

Claiming the Victory

“For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.”

Read the passages below and claim victory in Jesus!

Rev 11:15 NIV
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

2 Cor 2:14 NIV
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

Who to Pray For

Prayer for Persecuted Christians
We encourage you to pray for Christians around the world suffering for following Christ.
Here are 10 specific ways you can pray today for members of our persecuted family:

• Pray they will sense God’s presence (Heb. 13:5)
• Pray they will know we are praying for them (2 Tim. 1:3)
• Pray they will experience God’s comfort (2 Thes. 2:16-17)
• Pray they will see God open doors for evangelism (Col. 4:3)
• Pray they will boldly share the gospel (Acts 4:29)
• Pray they will mature in their faith (Col. 1:28-29)
• Pray they will be granted wisdom in covert ministry work (Acts 9:23-25)
• Pray they will remain joyful amid suffering (Acts 5:41)
• Pray they will be able to forgive and love their persecutors (Matt 5:44)
• Pray they will be deeply rooted in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

Prayer for Our Missionaries from A to Z:

Anointing of the Holy Spirit
Boldness to speak the Word of God
Comfort when discouraged, brokenhearted or stressed out
Direction from God
Encouragement from other believers and the Holy Spirit
Family: to guide the children in the way they should go
Glory to God: to live each day to glorify God
Humility, and to reject pride
Insight to see people and things form God’s perspective
Joyful in all situations
Knowledge to apply God’s word consistently
Love: to be a vessel which God’s love flows to others
Motivation: to labor from Godly motives and not to please others
Needs: in Christ all needs will be met
Open Door to recognize opportunities to share the gospel
Prayer Partners who will intercede on a regular basis
Quiet Times daily with the Lord
Revival in the heart of the missionary
Sevanthood: to do his work with a servant spirit
Thankful heart even in difficult situations
Unsaved to develop a hunger and thirst for Christ
Victory in spiritual warfare
Weariness: to “not grow weary in doing good”
X-ray Vision of the heart and a desire for a cleansed life
Yieldedness to Christ and willingness to die to self
Zeal to share the gospel

Prayer for Other Christians
How many people in your life could be touched if you prayed this way?

The prayers are based on Colossians 1:3-11
• Be thankful for their faith and changed lives
• Ask God to help them know what He wants them to do
• Ask God to give them deep spiritual understanding
• Ask God to help them live for Him
• Ask God to give them more knowledge of Himself
• Ask God to give them strength for endurance
• Ask God to fill them with joy, strength, and thankfulness

Prayer for the Lost
From Prayer Guide 11, PrayerLife: Walking in Fellowship with God, by T. W. Hunt

Five Steps in Praying for the Lost:
1. Cultivate genuine concern and love for the lost.
2. Discover specific people in your concentric circles of relationship who are lost.
3. Pray appropriately and in detail for these specific persons.
a. Lord, bring effective witnesses, including me, across their path.
b. Savior, arrange circumstances in their lives in such a way that the very details of their living will point them to Christ.
c. Lord, send your Holy Spirit in great power to convict them of their sin and their lostness.
d. Father, cause them to understand, through Your Holy Spirit, that Jesus is adequate for their salvation from sin.
4. Persist in prayer.
5. Thank God for each step He takes in moving them to salvation.

Broaden your vision for the lost:

• Pray for God to remind missionaries of their original call as ambassadors for Christ. If you can, name specific missionaries you have met or heard.
• Pray for God to quicken the hearts of lost persons in the paths of missionaries and to give them sensitivity to the lost in meeting their needs, relating to them, and drawing them to Christ.
• Pray for God to enlarge the evangelistic vision of our church and to equip witnesses in it.
• Pray for God to give you a greater burden for the lost, and skill and sensitivity in witnessing.

Praying The Scriptures

Praying the Scriptures
The Ancient Tradition of Lectio Divina

I. Reading: Lectio

Gently read the Scriptures aloud to yourself slowly savoring and repeating the parts of the text that speak to the depths of your heart. Listen to the Word “with the ear of your heart,” and be willing to linger on portions of the text that seem to speak to you in a special way.

Through repetition, gently allow the text to percolate into your memory. Be willing to set the printed text aside and to listen quietly to the Word which you have taken into your heart.

II. MEDITATION: Rumination—meditatio

Lovingly and slowly repeat the text you have internalized. Allow this interior “mulling over” to help the text “yield its savor.” Allow the text to interact with your memories, your hopes, your concerns. Don’t be afraid of “distractions;” simply acknowledge them and let go of them, always returning to the portion of the Scriptures you have taken into your heart.

III. PRAYER: oratio

Let the text summon you to place before the Lord all of yourself. Make the Word you have taken into yourself be a real word of consecration—a Word of blessing and a means of offering to the Lord your deepest hopes and concerns. Let the gentle repetition of the Word lead you into a dialogue with the God Who originally inspired the text, and Who has now used the Scriptures as a way of drawing you into His presence.

IV. CONTEMPLATION: contemplatio

As you feel called to do so, simply rest silently in the presence of the Lord. Be willing to let go of the text which has led you into God’s presence. Enjoy the sweetness of silent communion with the God Who stands behind the Scriptures.

CONCLUSIONS

Recognize that these steps are not stages in an orderly process; they are a way of allowing the inner rhythms of our spiritual lives to become more and more charged with the presence of God. We are not to judge the quality of our Lectio by how much or how little time we spend in any of the above activities. The rhythm of Lectio Divina reflects the rhythm of our lives: we may move from one step to another without realizing it; and we may find several steps coexisting at the same time. Lectio Divina is simply a way of experiencing in our reading of the Scriptures what God intends our whole lives to become—a continuous experience of His presence, a continual and unending prayer.

Prayer Verses:

Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD ! Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven:
Lamentations 3:40-41

“You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life. Lam. 3:58

1 John 5:14-15
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.

Eph. 6.18
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Eph 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

John 15:7
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Jeremiah 33:3
But the Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before him.”
Habakkuk 2:20

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. – John 16:23-24

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. – Philippians 4:4

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
8 Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable — if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy — dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Bow down Your ear, O LORD, hear me; For I am poor and needy. (Ps. 86:1)
6 Give ear, O LORD, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
7 In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me. – Psalm 86:7-8

All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name. – Psalm 86:9

I WILL sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 89:1

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! – Psalm 139:23-24

Yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
He makes my feet like the deer’s;
He makes me tread on my high places. -Habakkuk 3:18-19

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. Luke 6:12

But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matt. 6:6

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me. Ps. 5:8
Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.
O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. Ps. 5:1-3

Whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 1 John 3:22-23

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:1-2

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:14-15

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26

In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul. Ps. 95:19

Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. – 1 John 3:21-22

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. – Jeremiah 17:14

Prayerwalking

About Prayerwalking

“Prayer walking is praying and walking.” I usually begin any training on prayer walking with that very simple, self-evident statement. I am going to give readers a lot of ideas and examples and categories in this little booklet but I hope no one loses sight of the very simple basis of the term. If someone is praying and walking, they are prayer walking.

A few years ago I began to have a problem with my blood sugar. My doctor told me it would help if I exercised more. He suggested walking. I tried running. I tried the cross-trainer. I tried cycling. I tried everything except walking because walking just seemed boring. Finally I realized walking was the most practical, least expensive, easiest way to improve my health. So I started walking.

Years before, while on a mission trip, I had been introduced to the concept of prayer walking. At first I thought of prayer walking as something to do when we didn’t have anything else to do. Missionaries consistently tell me that prayer is the most important thing we can do for them. As I began to walk daily, aiming toward 10,000 steps (5 miles) per day, it occurred to me I should add prayer to my exercise routine. Suddenly my long walks had purpose. Now I was multi-tasking! My morning walk became part of my daily quiet time with the Lord. My walks through my church during the day became an opportunity to pray for my pastor and fellow ministers. Exercise for my physical body became exercise for my soul. Prayer walking has become one of my most favorite and impactful things to do.

My prayer walks have become so meaningful to me, I felt compelled to write out some of the things I have learned in an effort to motivate others to become regular prayer walkers. Prayer walking can change your life and become a major weapon in the war to win our city for Christ. I hope you find inspiration and guidance in this booklet.

Here are some general suggestions for making the most of every prayer walk:

• Pray with eyes open while walking
• Consider taking a prayer partner
o Let your only conversation be in prayer with the Father
o Consider the Father as an additional participant walking with you
o Take a less experienced person with you and teach them
o The best prayer partners are the same gender as you; or your spouse
• Know the area or take a map (or know how to use your GPS)
• Try not to look “weird”
• Be ready to share with people what you are doing
• Look for evangelistic opportunities
o If the opportunity is present, take it
o If the opportunity is future, make a note and return
• Look for ministry needs
• Look for believers who might be potential partners in the mission of God
• Look for prayer requests
• Look for opportunities to pray with people you meet
• Take notes of what you see and experience
o Keep a small notebook with you or use your phone (camera) to make notes
o Report needs to others who will pray with you and to church leaders

I have divided the subject of prayer walking into five broad categories. Under each category is a word of explanation and some specific ways to pray and walk.

FREE STYLE PRAYERWALKS

“Free Style” is my term for praying and walking with an open heart and mind. Walk wherever you want and pray for whatever comes to mind. No specific assignment, no specific target, no specific focus. Sometimes Free Style is a great style when you are walking an area for the first time.
• What ministry opportunities do you see?
• What needs?
• Pray for the people you pass
o Do they know Jesus?
o Are there obvious needs/concerns?

FOCUSED PRAYERWALKS

A focused prayer walk is one in which there is a specific need or event or ministry that is being emphasized. On a focused prayer walk, the walker may have a specific area to walk but no specific route. I have listed below several types of focused prayer walks.

• Evangelism Walk
o The greatest need anyone can have is to have a relationship with Jesus.
o Prayer walk, looking for opportunities to share Christ. Never miss an opportunity to tell someone the Good News!
o Make a note of businesses, parks, places where you believe there is a great need for Jesus and opportunities to share.
o As you walk, pray that doors will open and people will listen.
o An Evangelism Walk is a great preparatory step to an evangelism day in a local neighborhood when Christians will go door to door to share Christ.
o As you walk, ask God to lead you to someone who needs Jesus.
o As you walk, ask God to touch hearts and prepare the way.
• Praise
o Of course, all praying should include a time of praise to our Great God!
o As you walk, praise God for Who He is.
o Make note and lift up in prayer the many ways you see that God is
making Himself known.
o Memorize or write on note cards a Psalm of praise to read/recite as
you walk.
o God loves it when we praise Him and acknowledge Him for Who He is.
He doesn’t get tired of hearing it, so it’s OK to repeat it!
• Scripture Walk
o In a Scripture Walk, you are walking and praying back to God specific
passages of Scripture.
o A Scripture Walk is a great way to memorize Scripture.
o As you pray and walk, the Scripture will “come alive” with new meaning
and practical application.
o Choose specific passages before you go on the walk. Ask God to lead
you to passages that He will use during the walk.
o Write the passages down on note cards—legibly. You still have to watch
for where you are walking!
o I love to memorize larger passages (10 verses or more) to use on
my walks. As I recite the verses to God, I have a very strong impression
of His presence and pleasure with me. It’s like walking with the Lord!
• Thanksgiving Walk
o God wants us to be thankful in all things. (Eph. 5:20; 1 Thess. 5:17)
o Give thanks for “good” things you see and also for things that are
not so good.
o Thank God for people you pass.
o Ask God to open your eyes to all that He has done and created for us.
• Event Focus
o Community block parties, town festivals, concerts, VBS, special revival
services or evangelism crusades
o Target areas where the events will occur or where people will
be impacted
o As always, pray for opportunities to share Christ
o Make notes of people who need special attention or invitations, areas of
special interest, anything that you think event leaders should know
o Take opportunities to tell people about the event

DIRECTED PRAYERWALKS

We have used Directed Prayer Walks many times at FBS, especially in our ministry in the Northside. In a directed prayer walk, walkers are given maps with specific routes and specific targets of prayer.

• Directed Prayer Walks are often used as a strategy for beginning new ministry
• Make notes of ministry opportunities and needs you see
• Directed Prayer Walks are often used with large groups, and participants are directed to different areas of the city with a goal of prayer walking a large area
in a short time
• Prayer points give participants opportunities to stop and pray for specific
needs that have already been discovered
• Directed Prayer Walks are often used with participants who have not done
a lot of prayer walking and may not be comfortable with “Free Style” or other
strategies
• We have many Directed Prayer Walks ready for you and available in our office
or for download from our website

INTERROGATORY PRAYERWALKS

Interrogatory Prayer Walks are walks to seek God’s will and direction for specific events or decisions. The issue you seek help with may or may not be geographically connected to the area where you walk. Sometimes it helps to get out of the house or the office and away from the phone and computer in order to seek the will of God.

• What is God doing?
• What does He want?
• What Scripture should guide the decision?
• Who might help me in the decision?

VISION WALKS

On a vision walk, participants are praying for a fresh vision for what God wants to do in their lives, in the life of their church, or in a specific geographic area.

As you walk,
• Pray that God would open your eyes to the ministries and needs that He sees
• Pray that God would give you a glance into the potential before you
• Pray that God would guide you in every decision and not let you take even one
step off the path He has set for you

Prayerwalking FBS Campus

PrayerWalking the Church

Spend a morning or afternoon prayerwalking our church—covering every ministry, Life Groups, leaders, and every aspect of church life. PrayerWalking is, most simply, praying and walking. PrayerWalk in small groups, pairs, or alone, using the suggestions below for each area of prayer concern. You will find additional prayer requests throughout the building to further inform your prayers. Take a notepad to help you remember prayer requests. Make pictures of the additional requests you find to reference later.
Enter the building through the glass doors, the North Entrance. Check in with our security. Begin your prayer time in the Sanctuary.
• Begin this time of prayer by spending time praising God in the sanctuary—focusing on who He is. Pray that His Kingdom come and His will be done in our church as it is in Heaven.
• While still in the sanctuary, spend time in confession, asking God to forgive and heal the church. Include a time of personal, silent confession prayer time, asking God to seek your heart and convict of sin. Confess, ask for forgiveness, and invite God to replace sin with more of Him.
• Pray on the platform for the sermons and music, choir, orchestra, praise team, and Genesis band—the worship service, that God’s Word will accomplish all He desires each Sunday, opening the hearts of people to be convicted, challenged, encouraged, and affirmed by the message.
• From the platform, notice in the balcony the audio and video control area. Notice the cameras, the lights, and the video equipment. Thank God for Britt Dillard and our Media Team and ask God to use every means possible to make His glory known in Spartanburg and to all nations.
• Pray in the foyer, just inside the front doors, for the community, that God would draw those who are seeking Him to the church, also praying for the church’s outreach ministries, inviting God to give wisdom, discernment and ideas for connecting with people in the community.
• Walk back through the Sanctuary, walking slowly. Pray for all who worship here. Try to envision the people in the pews. Pray that all will seek God’s will, that they will listen to His Word, and that they will obey His commands.
• Exit the Sanctuary into the Hub. Pray in the Hub and Guest Services area for the visitors who attend church, that they will feel welcomed, learn more about God, and want to return. Pray for Matt Kuhn and the many volunteers who serve in this vital ministry.
• From Guest Services go around the corner toward Main Street, down the hallway to the Chapel. Every Wednesday our church gathers for prayer in the Chapel. Pray for Sal Barone and the members of our Pastoral Care team as they minister to the needs of our church members.
• From the Chapel, take the hallway between the Chapel and the Sanctuary. Notice the Prayer Room. Pray for an increased passion among our congregation to pray for God’s Kingdom.
• Proceed back to the Hub and from the Hub to the church offices. Pray in the hallway outside our church offices. Pray specifically for Dr. Wilton, his wife and his family. Pray for the administration of the church, that we would be good stewards of the blessings God has given us and that the ministries of the church would be well managed. Pray for Rev. Sam Davis, our Associate Pastor, and for David Dennis, Church Administrator.
• Pray outside the Kid Depot, located on the same hallway. Thank God for the children and families that attend our church. Thank Him for Greg Springsteen, the Kid Depot staff, and for the leaders and volunteers he leads. Ask God for safety and protection, and for His blessing as we “make disciples one kid at a time.”
• Just across from the Kid Depot Bridge is the Office Conference Room, where many of our church leadership meetings take place. Ask God to give each leader wisdom and a heart for Him and for others, and that the leaders focus their energies on ministry, mission, and the Kingdom of God. Pray for our Deacons and the Church Council.
• Just around the corner, pray outside the choir room, thanking God for the gift of music and for the hard work that goes into the preparation of every worship service. Pray for Rev. Steve Skinner and the Worship Team.
• Down the long hall, pray outside the gym. Thank God for Rev. Eddie Robertson and his team. Pray for the families that are touched by our recreation ministry. Thank Him for the opportunity to reach people through sports and recreation. Ask God to continue to use the ministry to point people to Jesus.
• Outside the gym doors you can see the Hangar. Thank God for the students and families that form our Student Ministry. Thank Him for Rev. Seth Buckley and the Student Ministry Team, along with the teachers and volunteers that work with him. Pray God’s blessing and protection.
• As you turn back toward the Hub, walk to the New Day Counseling Center. Thank God for Dr. Keith Phillips and for Deandra Comer and their counseling ministry. Pray God would use them to share His comfort and guidance to all who visit.
• Next door to New Day is the MPACT Office. Pray for Steve Wise and his team as they mobilize the people of God for the mission of God.
• As you return to the Hub, notice the Life Group rooms. Pray for each teacher and each student, and asking God to use our Life Groups to draw each person closer to Him, to open their hearts to understand His Word, and to grow His Kingdom. Pray for Dr. Eric Kuykendall, who leads our education ministry.
• As you return and enter the long hall, notice the snack room that leads into the gym. Refuge (our homeless ministry) meets here every Sunday morning. Pray for the homeless of our city, that they would find refuge in Jesus. Pray for the volunteers who serve each week, providing hot showers, hot breakfast, warm fellowship, and life changing Bible Study to all who come.
• Down the long hall, turn left down the stairs or take the elevator. Pray in the dining hall for the social activities and friendships of the church, asking God to grow friendships and enable every single member to feel accepted and like they belong and are a part of the church.
• Each month, the Young at Heart meet here in the Dining Hall. Each month, the Sunshine Club meets here. Each Sunday, Wilton 101 meets here. Pray for all of the regular activities and special events that happen here.
• Walking to the glass doors (North Entrance), stop at our Security Desk. Thank God for the workers who keep us safe, the team who cleans our buildings, and the team that maintains our facilities. Pray for blessing and protection as we use our facilities for the work of the church.
• Near the Security Desk, notice the entrance to the Woodlands. Pray for Martha Blackstone and the team of staff and volunteers who minister to our preschoolers and families. Pray that young hearts will turn to Jesus and lead their families to Him. Pray for protection.
• Return to the sanctuary and end the time of prayer with a season of thanksgiving and praise, thanking God for the ways He is working in and through the church.

Prayerwalking Downtown

WALKING MAIN TOWARD DOWNTOWN
• Across Main Street from our church is Richardson Park, where many of our Refuge friends spend their day. As you walk by the park benches, pray for Refuge Ministry. Ask the Lord to give volunteers opportunities to share Christ one-on-one with our homeless friends when they come for a shower, fresh clean clothes, and a hot breakfast. Pray for our homeless friends to hear and surrender to the Gospel with open hearts and minds. Pray for salvations! Pray that those coming to seek help might see that their greatest need is Jesus.

• Did you know that there are seven colleges located in Spartanburg County? While you’re still standing at the Corner of Main and Converse, Spartanburg Community College is located in the Evens Building, one block behind Richardson Park. Each day, students come in and out to attend classes and learn. Will you pray for our college students in Spartanburg? Pray that God will raise up men and women fully committed to obey Him.

• Our tallest building in Spartanburg stands as a major landmark in our city. Pray that just like the Denny’s Tower stands tall, Christians in our city would stand tall and honor Christ in all they do.

• Our city is filled with lots of fun light bulbs spread around town. On the corner of Liberty and Main (at The Local Hiker) is one of these cool light bulbs. Pray that we will be a bacon of light in our city, bringing glory and honor to God by sharing the hope of Jesus with all people.

• In the middle of Morgan Square, there is quite a beautiful fountain. Will you stop and pray for all to experience the living water of Jesus Christ? Just as the fountain is refreshing and beautiful – we know that Jesus is the living water and only source of life that our city so desperately needs.

• Wall St. has been closed to cars and is open to foot traffic only and is a great place to walk and enjoy new restaurants and shops. As you prayer walk, stroll by this path and pray that God would use our feet to spread the Good News of the Gospel across Spartanburg. Pray also that God will call out more people who will go and share Christ around the world from our church family.

• Spartanburg Herald Journal sits right on the end of W. Main St. as you head out of town. The paper is printed daily with lots of news, sports, weather, and much

more. Pray that just as the paper goes out each day, the Good News will go forth from each of us each day.

TURN AROUND AND GO TO THE LEFT OF MORGAN SQUARE – WALK DUNBAR TOWARD FBS

• A statue of a mom holding her daughter sits right in front of the Advance America building on Church St. As you look at the statue, remember the scriptures that teach us to care for orphans. Will you take a minute to pray for the orphans living in our city? The foster care system is full of children waiting to be held and loved, just like this child. Will you pray for the orphan ministry at our church? Pray for ministries like Miracle Hill, Come Closer, and Hope Center who are working to place foster children in homes where they are loved and cared for.

• The Bus Station is located right across from the front entrance to the Hangar. People come in and out all day long, hopping on the city bus to get around town or catching the Greyhound Bus for a long trip. The bus station is a busy, busy place. Will you pray that in the hustle and bustle of the day, we won’t miss opportunities to share Jesus? Pray that we will slow down and see people. Pray also for those coming and going on the bus each day.

Prayerwalking Northside

PRAYERWALKING THE NORTHSIDE
1. As you enter the Northside via Magnolia St. and Howard St., please take a moment to thank the Lord for the work of the Northside Development Group and the Voyagers (a group of community members) who are striving to turn this community around. Pray that they will have wisdom and the resources needed to impact this community.

2. VCOM (Virginia College of Medicine) is located on the corner of Howard St. and College St. Pray for the students and professors who go in and out each day to learn how to use their minds and their hands to help heal people. Pray for the health and wellness of this community. Many are without proper healthcare and struggle with just the basic medical necessities. Praise the Lord for the work of VCOM, ReGenesis, and St. Luke’s who help meet the medical needs in this community.

3a. As you continue on Howard St., you will see the Monarch Café which is staffed by the Butterfly Foundation. Will you pray for the work of the Butterfly Foundation who works with individuals needing job training skills through their culinary program? If you have time, stop in at Monarch Café and support the work of those striving to change their lives. Pray for those preparing your food, serving you, and cleaning — most of which are either in the Butterfly Foundation or graduates of the program. Pray for Liberty Canzater and the great work that she is doing in this community!

3b. Connected to the Monarch Café, is the Hub City Farmer’s Market. Many in this community struggle with basic food needs. The Northside is a food desert — meaning there is no grocery store accessible to the community. Pray that the through the work of the Farmer’s Market, residents can have access to healthy, fresh, local food. Pray for our Helping Center which will be located at Green St. Community Center as they give food to those in need. Pray for Caroline Sexton and her staff as she leads the Hub City Farmer’s Market.

4. J.W. Woodward Funeral Home is at the corner of Arch St. and Howard St. It reminds us that all of us have a life cycle and at some point, all of us will pass away and face eternity in either heaven or hell. Will you stop and pray for the people in this neighborhood who are far away from Christ. Pray that they will choose to follow Him before it is too late.

5. Victoria Gardens, a residential community, owned by the Spartanburg Housing Authority is located right on Howard St. Pray for the residents of this neighborhood. Praise the Lord for the work that we have been accomplishing here for the past several years through the work of our student MPACT team. Praise the Lord for the work of the Housing Authority. Pray for continued relationships and for residents to come to know Jesus.

6. Cleveland Academy of Leadership is located off of Franklin St. and Howard St. This elementary school serves as a place of hope through education in this community for the youngest of residents. Pray for Dr. Booker, District 7

superintendent. Pray for Fred Logan, the principal and for the many teachers, staff, and students who attend this school.

7. As you make your way back down Howard St. toward FBS, Oakview Apartments is on the right side across from Victoria Gardens. Oakview has recently been condemned by the city in an effort to move forward with the Northside Initiative. Pray for the residents who are currently relocating and seeking better housing and are leaving behind their homes. Pray for the future plans for this area.

8. As you turn right on Folsom St. and then make a left on Brawley St., you will pass the Northside Initiative model block. These homes are examples of what this neighborhood could one day look like. Pray that not only would the outside of the homes look great, but the inside (representative of their hearts) would be great too. Pray for transformation of this community.

9. Green St. Baptist Church is located at the corner of Green St. and Brawley. It has stood here as a beacon of light for 125 years. Will you stop and praise the Lord for the work that HE accomplished through the ministry of GSBC. Pray for what is still to come! Pray for the Helping Center and for the many opportunities to impact this community right here. Pray for future plans that are currently being worked out. Pray for wisdom and direction. Pray that FBS will continue the work of GSBC and make a deeper impact for Christ on this Northside community, and that we will see transformation that only Jesus can get the credit for.

Family Devotionals

GETTING STARTED

Family Devotions

This guide will help families of all sizes spend time in Bible reading and prayer together. Our challenge to you is that you spend some time together one time per week for the next 7 weeks. We pray God will use this guide and your time together to bless you greatly.

A few suggestions:

  • We provide a suggested Scripture for each week. You may use any version/translation of the Bible, but we have provided the text from the English Standard Version, unless otherwise noted.
  • As the leader, you should read the Scripture in advance and pray for your family; no other advance preparation is required.
  • Begin your family time with a short prayer, asking God’s presence and guidance.
  • Read the Scripture aloud 3 times. Let others in your family read.
  • We have provided some simple questions to guide discussion. We suggest you use the same questions each week. As you study the Bible together you will be learning an easy method for Bible Study.
  • Memorize the central verse. Make it fun! Memorize together with others. Practice together and recite to each other throughout the week.
  • Make notes of what you are learning, and spend some time each week in review.
  • As you close your time together, encourage everyone to voice a prayer.
  • Keep a list of prayer requests for your family to pray together.
  • There will be other families who are using the same verses each week. Talk to friends about what you are learning. If you have children, encourage opportunities for them to talk to their friends.

A Note to Single Adults:

You are a family of one! Please adapt and use these suggestions for your personal devotion. Consider planning a weekly time with a close friend or friends—perhaps your Life Group—or a neighbor. You are greatly loved by God and He has designed this time for you.

Weekly Devotions

WEEK ONE

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-13

Memorize:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-13

Write down any other notes from your group time.

WEEK TWO 

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13

Memorize:

You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13

Write down any other notes from your group time.

WEEK THREE

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. John 15:5-9

Memorize:

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7-8

Write down any other notes from your group time.

WEEK FOUR

Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house. All that Solomon had planned to do in the house of the Lord and in his own house he successfully accomplished. Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:11-15

Memorize:

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

Write down any other notes from your group time.

WEEK FIVE

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,
over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!
Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off,
but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. Psalms 37:3-9

Memorize:

Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act. Psalms 37:4-5

Write down any other notes from your group time.

WEEK SIX

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24

Memorize:

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Write down any other notes from your group time.

WEEK SEVEN

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 1 Timothy 2:1-8

Memorize:

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people. 1 Timothy 2:1

Write down any other notes from your group time.

 

WEEKLY QUESTIONS

We have provided some simple questions below to guide discussion. We suggest you use the same questions each week. As you study the Bible together you will be learning an easy method for Bible Study.

Questions:

Each week, ask the following questions and encourage everyone to participate. The questions are adapted from The Complete Bible Discussion Guide: New Testament, © 1993 by Questar Publishers, Inc. (All rights reserved.)

  • Discuss how the verses relate to prayer. Take a fresh look at each passage, searching especially for (a) God’s commands and standards to keep, (b) someone’s example to learn from, (c) a promise from God to believe, (d) a warning to heed, or (e) a challenge to face.
  • What vital, fundamental principles can you see in these passages (principles which are consistent with other Scriptures you know)?
  • What does God want me to understand most about Himself?
  • What does God want me to understand most about others?
  • What does God want me to understand most about myself?
  • And in light of all this, what would He have me do?

As you conclude, lead your family to consider an evaluation:

  • In general, how would you evaluate the consistency and intensity of your prayers at this time in your life, compared with times in your past? To help you decide, use a scale of one to ten (1 = much less consistent and intense than ever, 10 = much more consistent and intense than ever).

Each week, develop a definition of prayer as a family. Use the principles you learn each week. If you have children, let the children help you craft a definition they can understand. Below are some definitions to inform you, but don’t feel compelled to use them.

Some Definitions:

A primary means of communication that binds together God and humankind in intimate and reciprocal relationship. Its foundational assumption is the belief that the Creator of the world is both available for human address and committed to a divine-human partnership that sustains, and when necessary restores, the world in accordance with God’s creational design.

In its broadest sense prayer is communication with God that comprises both word and deed, both verbal discourse and nonverbal, performative acts.

(from Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, © 2000 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. All rights reserved.)

PRAYER

Communion with God, usually comprising petition, adoration, praise, confession, and thanksgiving. The ultimate object of prayer in both OT and NT is not merely the good of the petitioner but the honor of God’s name.

(from International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, revised edition, Copyright © 1979 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. All rights reserved.)

PRAYER

Communication with God. Because God is personal, all people can offer prayers. However, sinners who have not trusted Jesus Christ for their salvation remain alienated from God. So while unbelievers may pray, they do not have the basis for a rewarding fellowship with God. They have not met the conditions laid down in the Bible for effectiveness in prayer.

(from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

Prayer

The act of addressing supplication to a divinity, especially to the true God; the offering of adoration, confession, supplication, and thanksgiving to the Supreme Being

(from Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 2011 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

PRAYER

A request or petition for mercies; or it is “an offering up our desires to God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, by the help of his Spirit, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies.” Nothing can be more rational or consistent than the exercise of this duty. It is a divine injunction that men should always pray, and not faint

(from Buck’s Theological Dictionary. Biblesoft formatted electronic database. Copyright © 2015 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)

 

 

 

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