40 Days - A Community Journey of Prayer

40 Days - A Community Journey of Prayer
In response to God’s invitation into greater intimacy in our walk with him, we as a community will be engaging in 40 days of prayer. As we discussed last Sunday at group, prayer is a conversation with God. And like any relationship, conversation is not an end itself, but it is a means to a deeper relationship. End goal of prayer is a deeper relationship with God. A.W. Tozer said, “Knowledge by acquaintance is always better than mere knowledge by description.” This is what we want these 40 days to be about.
 
Can I still sign up to pray?
Yes! There are still a few spots open.
 
Where can I sign up to pray?
You can sign up here: http://bit.ly/2HNRyPj
 
What am I signing up for?
When you sign up, you are committing to spending at least one hour during your day in prayer.
 
What do I pray for?
You can pray for whatever God has been stirring in your heart in this season. In addition, please pray for these things:                                           

  • Pray that you would personally experience a deeper intimacy and love in your relationship with Jesus. This is the foundation for our 40-day prayer journey! The primary goal of prayer is joyful, grateful, worshipful enjoyment of the Father’s company.

  • Pray that Jesus would draw people to himself in Vancouver and build his ekklesia, the church.

  • Pray for our church plant to be effective in our evangelism and discipleship and see 25 new people to become followers of Jesus through our community.

  • Pray for God to raise up leaders to start 3 new small groups this fall.

  • Pray that as we move our Sunday gathering to earlier in the day (probably sometime this summer) that we would see new people, including more families with kids, join our community.

  • Pray for Insoo, Angela, Brent, and Amy, and their kids, as they continue to lead our church plant.

Where should I pray?
Wherever you feel comfortable. Try different locations. 

  • Pray at home

  • Coffee shop

  • Library

  • You can go on a prayer walk by the water, around the city, or in Olympic Village where we gather.

How can I prepare to pray?
Set a time and place – Get out your calendar or journal and set a time and place to pray that is quiet and distraction fee. For most, the mornings are a good time. But you might prefer an afternoon walk or evening.

Remember, we pray as we can, not as we can't! In other words, in this season of falling more deeply in love with our heavenly Father in prayer, we start exactly where we are, not where we think we should be. Start where you are. Be honest with God about where you are and what you feel.

How should I pray?

  • Put away your phones or any other distractions, and get into a comfortable, but alert position.

  • Light your prayer candle. If you don’t have one, ask us for one.

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to come.

  • Pray through the Lord’s prayer, like this:

  • Our Father… Take a moment and think about the idea of God as your Father, with good intentions toward you. If you want, imagine God in your mind’s eye. Picture his face. Make eye contact with him.

  • In heaven… Take a moment to think about the idea that God is all around you. As you breathe in and out, imagine yourself breathing in and out more of the Holy Spirit.

  • Hallowed by your name… Spend a few minutes just sitting with the Father in joyful, grateful, worship. You might want to sit in silence for a few moments. Or sing a chorus. Or rattle off a list of things you’re grateful for. Or praise God with specific things you love about him.

  • Do this with the rest of the Lord’s Prayer following Matthew 6:9-13.

  • Write in your journal – At the top of the page put the name or subject, then write out a few bullet points of Scriptures, dreams, or requests you have. Remember, be specific! Journaling is a wonderful way to slow down in prayer. It is a wonderful tool to help you grow in your prayer life.

  • Close in a prayer of gratitude.

What can I do if I get distracted during prayer?
If you have a hard time with distraction, here’s a little breathing exercise you can begin with, before you start:

  • Take long, deep, slow breaths (if you want, count 4 seconds in, 4 seconds wait, 4 seconds out, repeat). Inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth.

  • Start to pay attention to your breathing. Just “watch” your breath go in and out.

  • Release the constant chatter in your mind. Let each thought go as quickly as it comes, and just focus on your breathing.

  • Your mind will seize this opportunity to run wild with thoughts, feelings, memories, to do’s, and all manner of distractions. That’s okay. Don’t judge yourself, feel bad, give up, or worry. When you notice your mind start to wander, just re-center with a quick prayer word, like, “Father…” or “Jesus, have mercy” or “Holy Spirit,” and come back to your breathing.

  • In the beginning, just 1-2 minutes of this is a huge win, and 10 minutes is a home run. When you feel like you’re ready, move from breathing to praying.

 Are there books on prayer that you would recommend?

  • A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller

  • The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by Mark Batterson

  • Fifty-Seven Words that Change the World: A Journey through the Lord's Prayer by Darrell W. Johnson

  • The Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer: Experience the Wonders of God through Prayer by E.M. Bounds

  • Prayer That Brings Revival: Interceding for God to Move in Your Family, Church, and Community by David Yonggi Cho

  • Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Timothy Keller

  • Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire: What Happens When God's Spirit Invades the Hearts of His People by Jim Cymbala

  • Imaginative Prayer: A Yearlong Guide for Your Child’s Spiritual Formation by Jared Patrick Boyd

When and where are the small group prayer gatherings?
It is wonderful to pray alone. But praying together with a small group is a powerful way to grow in your prayer life. Insoo and Angela are hosting weekly prayer gatherings at their home (67 W. 1stAve.) during the 40 Days of Prayer.

  • Thursday, May 3, 6:30-7:30pm

  • Wednesday, May 9, 6:30-7:30pm

  • Thursday, May 17, 7:30-8:30pm

  • Thursday, May 24, 6:30-7:30pm

  • Thursday, May 31, 6:30-7:30pm

  • Thursday, June 7, 6:30-7:30pm

In addition, we will have a prayer gathering every Sunday before our group at the community lounge from 3:45-4:15pm.
 
What’s happening on June 10?
This is the Sunday gathering right after our 40 Days of Prayer. We will take this time to celebrate by sharing a meal together. Then we will worship, pray, and share stories of what we experienced during the 40 days. So make sure you journal. And please come ready to share about your experience.

Insoo Kim