Hey prayer heroes, we have decided to reschedule our prayer meeting tonight due to the extreme cold. We want as many of us as possible to be able to join us when we pray together. However, we are only pushing it back two weeks to Wednesday, February 13th 6:30pm-7:30pm. I know some of you might be disappointed while others are somewhat relieved. Wherever you are, I want to ask you to take action tonight at home and into the next couple of weeks. Would you all be willing to pray tonight whether by yourself, with friends or your community group, or even before bed with your family? I have included the focus for our prayers for this season below. I am asking you to start praying toward these areas not only to be more engaged and prepared for when we are before the throne of God together in a couple of weeks but more so because we need prayer in these areas right now and it can't wait. I am grateful for all of you and it is an honor to be shoulder to shoulder with you before our Almighty Father, even when we are not in the same room together. Remember as you pray, speak directly to your Father, keep it simple, ask boldly from your heart, and know he enjoys you.
"I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!"
-- Ps 116:1-2
Encouraged reading: Acts 4
Prayer for Courage and Power
As we have been praying for our hearts to grow in compassion and desire to share the liberation of knowing Jesus, we want to continue in light of Christianity Explored beginning it’s first meeting next week. Already we have heard amazing stories of people being not only willing but interested to hear more about who Jesus is. This is a spiritual miracle and we want to see more of God’s power at work in us and in those who come into contact with Jesus through these meetings.
Prayer for Ministers of the Word
We have lost a heavy-weight pastor since Jamie left and although the Lord has continued to provide for us as a staff team, we need our Father to provide the right complements to the ministry team here at Redeemer. If that were not enough, we are currently in the process of hiring a pastor to oversee Spiritual Formation, a pastor to minister to college students at IUPUI, and a pastor with the special skills for planting and nurturing a new spiritual community. These are all very significant positions and we do not have the wisdom to know who would be the right fit or how to find them.
Prayer for Unity in Mission
Since September we have renewed our common mission to connect people to Jesus because he is bringing wholeness to our city. We need this mission to be planted in the passions of each of us. That it would not be something that the staff or the leadership is about but that it would be something that we all share with “one heart and mind”. Only the Spirit of God brings this kind of unity and focus so we want to ask for him to bring that about in all of us, so that we might be fruitful in our lives, our relationships and all our endeavors.