Life of Prayer

Trinity Prayer WEB Jan2016Week Life of Prayer

Hey Trinity Church, thanks for prioritizing prayer together last week. It was one of the best experiences yet of seeking the Lord together. Let us excel still more, especially as we pray for our Pastor Search Team and our next Senior Pastor. As a shameless mathematician, I suggest that prayer together operate on an exponential curve as we anticipate and approach the moment we meet and affirm the call to this man and his family. That would look like this:

Exponential Prayer Graph

Last week, I felt strong in the Lord as a result of increased time in prayer personally, with my wife, my kids, friends, worship bands, ministry teams, coworkers, and my small group. This reminded me what it ought to be like every week of my life. Of course the week wasn’t without challenges too. Monday morning prayer around the breakfast table got immediately derailed by my sinful response when one of my kids acted out. I was humbled by this failure, but now see that coming face to face with my sinfulness led to experiencing God’s sufficient grace, the path to greater intimacy with the Father. Drawing near to God is the main benefit of prayer. I now possess a rejuvenated hope, unity, anticipation and joy in the Lord. Here are a few other Week of Prayer testimonies that came in to Steve Springsted via the @tcprayer text group.

What an amazing experience! How near he is to those who call on him!” – TF

The struggle between the flesh and the spirit is real! Thanking God for His truly amazing grace and everlasting mercy.” – NG

I am expectant and encouraged for the Lord’s working among us!” – PL

We needed wisdom and clarity for some important decisions we had to make and God answered our prayers.” – JG

God lead me to ask my auto mechanic to meet weekly to discuss a Christian book. He said ‘yes.’ ” – GS

I took this opportunity to fast from [social media] and have felt more peace because of it. I’ve found that even making this seemingly small commitment to God and being obedient in it helped me to continuously look to Him, find both strength and rest in Him, and long to glorify Him in a focused way.” – JC

I don’t want this to end, and it won’t if we’re standing firm … “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Eph. 6:18a ESV). I am hoping and praying that Trinity’s Week of Prayer leads to an increased mindset that prayer matters most, resulting in a shift in focus from our work to God’s work. Personally I desire more of a life of prayer and not just a week of prayer that comes and goes. What will it take to increase the value and practice of corporate prayer? Perseverance. Paul ends his battle plan for spiritual warfare with prayer. “To that end keep alert with all perseverance,” (Ephesians 6:18). Perseverance means we don’t stop here. Continue to pray individually and with the Trinity people you normally spend time with during the week (small group, service team, spouse, friends, family, etc.) Perseverance is our path forward.

Here are a few additional action points to consider:

  1. If you haven’t already, sign up to receive daily prayer prompts via text messages. To join text @tcprayer to 81010. (you can unsubscribe at any time by typing @LEAVE)
  2. Join our prayer team to get more detailed weekly requests from the Pastor Search Team, as well as some of the “public” weekly prayer requests from those in our church family. Email Julie Humphrey to join.
  3. Join others in the prayer room during our 9:30 and 11:15 Sunday worship services. An appointed leader facilitates those times of prayer. Just show up.

Bill Born, Pastor of Worship Ministries

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One Response to “Life of Prayer”

  1. LynnRae Dupree says:

    Love the exponential curve chart! Great article Bill. Thanks for your commitment to prayer on behalf of our Body and especially the Search Team. I have been encouraged greatly to pray more and by praying more. Wonderful, that we as a church are doing it together. Praise the Lord for He is Good!