Prayer room 1

In this room:

Preparation 4 Pray for yourself 8 Pray for the world
1 Adoration 5 Pray for UBC 9 Listen
2 Confession 6 Pray for High Wycombe 10 Respond
3 Thanksgiving 7 Pray for the nation  

Preparation

Decide where you will spend this time in prayer - a quiet room in your house or even escape to your car, or shed if you have one!

If your house isn't quiet enough then try listening to instrumental worship music on headphones

You will need:

  • Bible
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Coffee or tea

Tell other members of your household that you'll be praying for the next hour and ask them not to disturb you if at all possible!

1 Adoration

(10 mins)

Read out loud Psalm 103 (or another Psalm of your choice), worshipping God for who He is.
If you find your mind wandering off as you read the psalm, go back and read it again until you feel like you are focusing.

Write down a few of the attributes of God’s character that you particularly want to praise Him for today.

Then, listen or sing along to a worship song.
We suggest this one:

Or you may like to listen to another worship song that you like from Union Baptist's worship playlist or choose your favourite worship song on CD or Youtube.

Add a prayer of praise to God for who he is to the Prayer wall

2 Confession and receiving forgiveness

(5 mins)

Read Psalm 51

Say sorry to God for the behaviours, words and thoughts in your own life that don't please Him. You may like to read aloud the following prayer, based on 1 John 4:

Dear God

Thank you that you are love

Sorry for forgetting that love comes from you

Help me to know and rely on the love you have for me

Sorry for not loving other people in a way that reflects your love

Sorry for times I have not lived in love but instead I have lived in selfishness

Thank you that your perfect love drives out fear

Sorry for times when I have been guided more by my own fears than your love

Sorry for not loving you as I should

I am sorry that sometimes my words haven’t matched my actions

Sometimes I have said “I love God” but I have hated my brother or sister, and that makes me a liar. I am sorry Lord.

I love in a limited way, but you God love in an unlimited way

Sorry for the times I have limited the love I show because I have not been ready to receive the love you long to give me.

Thank you that you loved me first

Help me to love you, my Father as a response to the love you have shown me

Help me to love others as a response to the love you have shown me

Thank you that you sent your one and only son as a sacrifice for my sins

Thank you for the forgiveness I receive from you because of your love for me.

Ask God to reveal to you anything else that He wants to put right in your heart. Wait on Him and open your heart as He shares any issues with you. When He does, don’t revert to feeling condemned. Scripture tells us that God corrects those He loves. He desires to commune with you, so when He shares issues, remember that it’s His love, not Him condemning you for your faults.

As you receive God’s forgiveness, ask God to show you if there is any forgiveness that you need to give. Forgiveness is a complete pouring out and releasing of any negative feeling that might be held against another person, church, or group. It’s not holding a grudge, or desiring revenge. It’s easy for us to become bitter against someone who has hurt us, but remember that you have also hurt others, including God. Pray for those that you feel negatively against and thank God that he has the power to release you from having to hold on to negative feelings.

Praise God that 

he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us 
(Psalm 103:10-12)

3 Thanksgiving

(5 mins)

Read Psalm 9:1-2

Thank God for what he has done for you and the good things he has given you. Remember the big things (e.g helping you through a family crisis last year) and the little things (e.g. buds on trees, coffee)

Write down a list of good things you are thankful for, then pray through them.

Add a prayer of thanksgiving to the Prayer wall

4 Prayer for yourself

(5 mins)

Write a list of the things which are most worrying you or occupying your mind today.

Read Matthew 6:25-34

Pray through your list, telling God what you’re worried about, giving up your worries and concerns to Him. Ask God for a greater understanding of his Kingdom and a greater understanding of what is important from His perspective.

Read Luke 11:9-13

Tell God what you think you need to serve him (e.g more wisdom, more peace, more courage, spiritual gifts). Thank God that he is a father who knows what we need and loves to give us what is good for us. Ask him for what we need and if nothing happens, ask him to show you if you’re asking for the wrong thing.

5 Prayer for Union Baptist Church

(5 mins)

Read Colossians 1:9-13 as a prayer for Union Baptist Church.

You may like to repeat the prayer for particular individuals that you feel led to pray for.

Write down the names of people in the church who are in particular need of God’s loving touch now.
Take time to pray for them now and ask God to give you words of encouragement for them. If possible, call or message them later to give them an encouragement.

If you’re a church member with access to ChurchSuite, scroll through the address book and pray for people whose names appear. Pray for people known to you, as well as the names you don’t know

6 Prayer for High Wycombe

(5 mins)

Choose 1 or 2 of the ministries or organisations below that you feel led to pray for; click on the links to bring up the prayer points to guide you

Wycombe Homeless Connection Wycombe Youth For Christ Open Door / Face to Faith
WOW Azalea One Can Trust
   
Alpha    

7 Pray for the nation

(5 mins)

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

Pray that God would use the current pandemic to achieve his purposes for the UK

Pray the following prayer out loud:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us
from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

Pray for the frontline workers helping the sick and vulnerable and those serving our community; base your prayers on Deuteronomy 31:8:

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged

8 Pray for the world

(5 mins)

Select one of the link missionaries in the table below that you feel led to pray for and use the prompts to guide you

BMS – Mark and Andrea Hotchkin
Bardai, Chad
1. A valuable time of reconnecting with churches and friends on zoom, here in the UK.
2. All the Bardai hospital staff treating many illnesses and injuries (but no Covid-19 yet).
3. Andrea’s mother in Penzance and Mark’s mother recovering from a broken hip.
BMS – Claire Bedford, Chad 1. Claire to be able to re-enter Chad very soon; patience and peace in this waiting time.
2. Hospital Director, Kalbassou and all the staff dealing with malaria and many other illnesses.
3. Wisdom for the Chadian government in taking measures to prevent Covid-19 spreading.
4. X-Ray and other equipment – protection from Chad’s climatic extremes and wind-blown dust.
BMS – Philip and Rosemary Halliday, France 1. The ambitious building project in Massy and good progress for language students.
2. Alison Wyld, and her husband Brian, as they move to Morlaix-Roscoff.
3. The guests who took part in Christmas events on-line and the Alpha course in Gif-sur-Yvette.
WEC – Matt and Rachel McNulty, Perth, Australia 1. The growing numbers at Open House events and applicants for WEC short-term service.
2. Following up contacts from the camps and invitations to speak at church and youth events.
3. Rachel attending on-line meetings but hoping to travel inter-state before too long.
EI – Ibrahimu, Jesca, Ajery and Susan – Iringa, Tanzania

1.     Pray for a new health project which Susan is leading with the Pentecostal Holiness Church
2.     Pray for the IMARIKA project as the team travel to the villages involves. Travel is often disrupted at this time of year due to the rainy weather
3.     Pray for God’s protection on Tanzania from Coronavirus as there are now reports of cases on the rise 

Latin Link – Lauren Childs Please pray for Lauren as she rests with her brother and sister in law in Edinburgh.

9 Listen

(10 mins)

Now it’s time to listen to what the Holy Spirit might be saying to you. Listening isn’t easy or comfortable and it takes practice; don’t be discouraged if you don’t ‘hear’ anything the first few times you try this, you will be growing in the holy habit of being still and waiting on God.

You might find that as you try to sit in silence, you keep getting distracted by random thoughts. Try turning each of the random thoughts into a prayer then dismiss it.  For example, if you start thinking about what you’re going to cook for dinner, thank God that you have a choice of food and pray that He will guide you in choosing healthy nutritious food which is good for you / your family.

You might find it helpful to periodically repeat simple prayers like “What’s on your heart God?” , “What do you want to show me today God?”,”What do you want to remind me about who your are today God?”, “Who do you want to bring to my mind today God?”

You might find it helpful to have some instrumental worship music playing in the background.

Try to simply be still and enjoy God’s presence

  • If God seems to bring things to mind but it’s not clear, write it down and ask God questions about it – “What do you want me to do with this?”, “who is this message for?”, “Can you help me understand this better?”. Remember that God often doesn’t give us the answers we think we want straight away because he wants us to spend more time with him first.
  • You may like to start with a blank sheet of paper and draw or sketch what you feel God might be showing you.
  • Remember that the primary ways God speaks to us are through His word. You may like to read back over passages we have studied together recently e.g Acts 27, Job 1-3 or passages you have been reading yourself and ask God to highlight to you what he wants you to hear in His word. 

Share what you feel God has been saying to you on the Prayer wall

10 Respond

(5 mins)

Make a note of anything you want to follow up on for the rest of your day coming out of your prayer time, as well as anything you want to pray more into during your next prayer time.

You may like to finish your prayer time with this interpretation of the Lord’s prayer, or pray the Lord’s prayer in your own words:

Nuturing, caring God
Whose ‘location’ is something of a mystery but whose dwelling place is surrounded by wholeness and thriving;
Who you are is holy
May the signs of your perfect stewardship flourish into reality,
May your loving purposes be enacted, here and now,
In this place and time,
As well as in the visions we glimpse and the future we hope for.
We reach to you in trust for the sustenance we need for today.
Lift the burden of our brokenness and the lacking of our limits
With your kindness and grace
Teaching us by your example to do the same
Call us away from the harmful things we are enticed by and fall into – deliver us from ruin
In you is the destination, the key, all beauty and truth. Always

AMEN

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Pages of prayer points:


Prayer for WOW

Prayer for Azalea

Prayer for Open Door & Face to Faith

Prayer for Alpha

Prayer for One Can Trust

WYFC Prayer

WHC Prayer