Thank you for signing up to pray during our 24 Hours of Prayer, we are delighted that you’ll be joining us from home while others will be meeting physically at Sandon Rd Baptist Church for the first time!
You will be working through the same prayer stations that are set up at Sandon Rd right now, these are based on the Lord’s prayer. Together we want to join our prayers as one as we lift up our friends, families and neighbours to God. We want to lift up our nation and its leaders and pray for God’s kingdom to come and his will to be done in our lives and in our world.
This page is a resource you can use to help guide your time of prayer. You will find music you can play during your prayer time, guided prayer points, and some interactive spaces. We hope you’ll be able to make use of this to encourage your time of prayer.
If you find it helpful this instrumental music is 2 hours long so can be used during your time of prayer.
Read these verses and reflect on your Heavenly Father
Isaiah 63v15-16 Look down from Heaven and see, from your lofty throne, holy and glorious. Where are your zeal and your might? Your tenderness and compassion are withheld from us. But you are our Father though Abraham does not know us or Israel acknowledge us. You Lord are our Father, our redeemer from of old is your name.
Isaiah 64 v8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand.
Psalm 103v19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven and his Kingdom rules over all
1 John 3v1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
What is your biggest fear right now?
How can the image of Almighty God, being your Father, a Father who reigns and sits on the throne in the heavenly realms ruling over all – how can this image help you face it?
Not ‘my’ Father, but ‘our’ Father
He is not my Father but OUR Father (Matt 6 v9b)
Look at the image of the cross below where the vertical part of the cross represents our relationship with God and the horizontal our relationship with our earthly family.
Pray for our ‘earthly family’
Pray for our brothers and sisters around the globe
Pray for God’s will and unity within our church family
Pray for any difficult relationship(s) you are experiencing
Think of two people in our church family who really need prayer and pray for them
Pray that Jesus will shine in us and through us and our family will grow through others coming to know Jesus as their King
Hallowed = made holy, consecrated / greatly revered and honoured
1 Peter 1v15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do: for it is written ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ – read Leviticus 11 v44-45
- ask God to guide you and teach you how to be more holy
- ask God to show you how to bring honour to God’s name in your everyday life
- ask God to teach you what to do when someone dishonours His name
Honour and praise the Lord our God:
Slowly read Psalm 150 & reflect with each line how great our God is….
Praise the Lord
Praise God in his sanctuary
Praise him in his mighty heavens
Praise him for his acts of power
Praise him for his surpassing greatness
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet
Praise him with the harp and lyre
Praise him with tambourine and dancing
Praise him with the strings and pipe
Praise him with the clash of cymbals
Praise him with resounding cymbals
LET EVERYTHING THAT HAS BREATH PRAISE THE LORD
Praise the Lord
Spend some time praising the Lord and honouring His holy name
List 10 things in your own notes that you would like to praise the Lord for today!
Those meeting physically will be writing one of these things on a tag and hang it on the tree. Why not also choose one, but add it to the prayer wall below.
‘This clause of the Lord’s Prayer goes to the heart of God’s intentions and actions in his world. The idea of God as King, God’s Kingdom and the need for God’s people to be loyal citizens under God’s kingship are themes that are close to the heart of the Bible and are either directly or indirectly referred to on every one of its pages.’ (J John 2020)
We currently live in the United Kingdom with the Queen as head of state – do we know what God’s Kingdom will look like?
In Matthew, Jesus tells us several parables that begin with ‘…the Kingdom of Heaven is like…’
Matt 13 v24, v31, v33, v44, v45, v47 Matt 25 v1, v14
All the parables in this chapter tell us about God and His Kingdom, this is not a physical place but a spiritual one where God is King and where we can have eternal life.
Read Matt 7 v24-27 The wise and foolish builders
If our lives are going to be useful to the King, it needs to be well founded
Reflect and think about your own foundations – Spend a few minutes asking God to help you build on good foundations
Read Matt 25 v14-30 The parable of the bags of gold
If our lives are going to be useful to the King we need to use the gifts He has given us
Reflect and think about the gifts God has given you – spend a few minutes asking God to reveal your gifts to you and how to use them more for His Kingdom.
Where in your life do you want to see God’s Kingdom come?
- In your home?
- In your work place?
- In your community?
Ask God to give you a greater desire to see His Kingdom come in all areas of your life.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” Ephesians 2 v 10
What do we need to ask from God to be able to walk in His purpose for us?
We pray for each other …..
- For our church leaders and church family as we wrestle with finding God’s way forward at this time
- For those in authority and power in our town and nation
- For family and friends who don’t know Jesus
- For our brothers and sisters who are struggling with illness and wellbeing
- For those struggling with faith
- For those suffering persecution
- For those around the world suffering the effects of war, poverty, injustice, deprivation and the devastation of coronavirus
Those meeting physically will be putting their prayers on a prayer wall. Why not do the same, but using the online prayer wall below.
Palms Up, Palms Down
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” Psalm 55:22
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5 v 7
Sit in a comfortable position, not rigid but not slouched either, and invite the presence of God. Begin by placing your hands, palms facing down, on your legs. This ‘palms down’ posture is a symbolic indication that you want to ‘hand over’ your requests to God.
As you sit before the Lord, begin to name any worries or anxieties you may have. Don’t pray what you think God wants to hear, pray what is inside you. Whatever is weighing on your heart or on your mind, name it in prayer before God and imagine yourself releasing it on to God. You may even want to picture the hands of your Heavenly Father under your hands, receiving those things you are handing over to Him.
As you engage with the presence of God notice any sensation in your body or spirit – perhaps a sense of relief or release – as you surrender to His love and care.
After a number of minutes in silence, turn your hands around, palms facing up, the backs of your hands gently resting on your legs.
As you do, begin to ask Jesus for His peace, His courage, His presence, His love or His direct action, in place of the worry, concern, anticipation or request that you had released to the Lord only moments before this.
In the quiet, rest in this divine exchange, receiving fresh peace, presence and power in place of the natural concerns and requests. Be open to receive a particular promise from scripture, a sense of direction or an impression in your imagination concerning some of these requests.
Finally, remain a few more moments without asking for anything. Simply rest in His love, and as you have handed your petitions to God remember He has still got the whole world in His hands. Believe that God is loving you in these moments and allow His presence to be more than enough.
Extract from: theprayercourse.org/toolshed/ as inspired by Richard Foster’s book “Celebration of Discipline”