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Prayer Week 2019 starts Jan 20th

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January 2019 Prayer Week 20th-27th. 

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Paul, in Colossians 4:2.

Introduction.

Each January we dedicate a week to prayer and fasting. It's a great opportunity at the beginning of a  year, with new possibilities and opportunities, to carve out some extra time to pray - for ourselves, those we care about, our church, our city and our world with its great needs. For some of us this will be easy, for others it may feel a bit intimidating! Our hope is that this week everyone will take a step forward in prayer and find a way to join in. When Jesus’ disciples saw him pray, their response was, "Jesus, teach us how to pray." That's a great prayer for us as we head into prayer week, because our prayers change the world and they change us too as we draw near to Jesus. 

"Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance. It is laying hold of His willingness." Martin Luther.

Events. 

Sunday 20th. Our evening service launches Prayer Week where we will spend some time praying together for our church, city and world.

24/7 Prayer Room opens at midnight on Sunday  20th. It's a prepared, interactive space that will help you pray, themed around 'Breakthrough!'  Book an hour slot here and you will be sent the details of how to access the room.  

Monday-Friday, 7.:5-8.:5am Early Morning Prayer in the Foyer. A great way to start the day. Each morning  we will be praying for Woodies and we will include a different city focus, too. There will be tea and coffee!

Tuesday 22nd  7:45-9:30pm Prayer Watch in the main hall, with a focus on praying for the next generation.  Come with your pastorate/small group/on your own for a powerful, interactive evening of prayer and worship.

Friday 25th. Late night Worship and Prayer event, 10-12.00pm led by Woodies worship team, main hall. Join us as we welcome the Holy Spirit, worship and pray.  

4 Other things to help us pray during the week.

1.  Look out for a daily prayer  video each morning on facebook/twitter/instagram from one of our different congregations helping you to pray for WGoC around the city.

2.  Try using Rob’s A4 Prayer Plan. Available to download here, we'll have hard copies too, to help you pray this week and beyond. 

3.  Midday Prayer. Wherever you are, set your alarm to go off at Midday and take a moment to pray the Lord's Prayer.

4.  Take some time to fast and pray  this week. Find our useful guide to fasting here.

Get ready for PrayerWeek Jan 2018!

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When the disciples saw Jesus pray they wanted to pray like him and they asked him to teach them how to do it.  Whether you've been praying for years or are just starting out why not start  PrayerWeek by saying to Jesus  'teach me how to pray.' Many of us want to start the year getting more healthy and increasing how much we exercise, how about we start 2018 by asking the Holy Spirit to increase our appetites for prayer.

As Rob Scott Cook often says, "Prayer is key for releasing God's purposes in our lives, church and city."  I'm excited to think of so many of us praying this week for Gods plans and purposes to be revealed.

 

PRAYING FOR OUR CHURCHES

It's not just Woodies who will be having a focus on prayer this week, all of our congregations in Woodlands Group of Churches are spending this week praying. That's a lot of prayer. Exciting! To help us pray for our churches across the city, every day we will be posting on social media and emailing out a message from each church with some requests for prayer. We would love it if you could take some time each day to pray for each of our churches and bless them.

 

PRAYING THE LORDS PRAYER

When the disciples asked for Jesus help with prayer he replied by teaching them what we now call the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6 . It's a great framework for prayer, but it's also a great prayer to pray. We're suggesting that every day this week you take some time to pray the Lord's prayer  at midday if your able, you could set an alarm to remind you. I'm so excited to think about hundreds of us scattered across the city wherever we might be pausing and praying the words that Jesus prayed 2000 years ago. 

 

24/7 PRAYER

Our 24/7 Prayer room will open on Sunday evening, it's always an amazing space to help you draw near to God, quieten your soul, experience His peace and pray for our church, city and world. If you have never visited it before I'd especially love you book a slot, your hour will fly by! Book in for the Woodlands Church 24/7 Prayer Room here.

 

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PRAYING TOGETHER

It's also a week for us to pray together as church family, there are 3 opportunities and everyone's welcome. Why not come with your small group/pastorate?

  • PrayerWatch PM Mon 15th, 7.30pm in the Main Hall. Where we will pray and worship together.
  • PrayerWatch AM Fri 19th, 7.15-8.15 am in the Foyer, pop in on your way to work.
  • 'Space' Fri 19th at 10pm-12am in Main Hall. Worship & prayer event hosted by the worship team.  
  • and 'Family Prayer Space' on Sat 20th, organised by Woodlands Children's Church.
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GETTING STARTED

If you not sure where to start with prayer, check out these top tips to get you started!

Also we are using the PrayerMate app, so check out our PrayerMate prayer-list which you can download from your phones app store - it's a helpful way to keep track of what your praying for and Woodies will be posting some items for prayer on the app.

James 4:8 says,  "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you...."  As we pray lets expect God to speak, he is our loving Father who loves to communicate with his children. If you have any prophetic words, pictures, encouragements you wish to share with the Woodies team you can email them to prayerweek@woodlandschurch.net we'd love to hear them.

Look out for more details coming out soon, have a great prayer week!

Love Rachel 


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