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31st August 2016
Welcome to the 40 Days of Prayer at the start of the new academic year!
Monday 12th September to Friday 21st October
A new academic year…new opportunities…new challenges
At City Hope we are kicking the year off with the theme:
‘Being the People of God in a post-Christian society’
The Bible tells us that Christians “shine out like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2 v15) but what is it that makes us distinct? What is it that makes us ‘shine out’?
One answer could be that ‘the people of God are a praying people’, or at least we are called to be!
Recently at City Hope we have had some fantastic times praying in the prayer room during our 36 hours of prayer period, as well as our regular
Wednesday evening and Saturday morning Advance prayer meetings.
The 40 days is another way to help give focus to our prayers as a church and this prayer diary gives a prayer suggestion to use each day for the whole period.
The people of God pray! It is what we do and who we are - we talk and listen to our wonderful God and Saviour. The hope is that this prayer diary will help you join with others in the church as we seek God’s blessing together.
The diary is given to fuel your personal prayer life (although that shouldn’t stop you using it to pray with others and in your Connect group).
We also want to meet together to pray, and we have a number of
opportunities to do so during the 40 days of prayer.
Please think about fasting on one or more of the days during the 40 day period.
Jesus fasted 40 days when he was in the wilderness preparing for his public ministry.
It might not be the case that any of us fasts from food for 40 days but it would be encouraging to think that during the 40 day period someone in City Hope is fasting and praying each day as we prepare for the year ahead.
OVERVIEW OF THE PRAYER DIARY
Days 1-5: Praying through the Lord’s Prayer
Days 6-11: Church Vision - Praying about what God has called us to do locally
Days 12-25: Kingdom and Society - Praying we would be salt and light everywhere
Days 26-30: Using some of Paul’s prayers in the Bible
Days 31-36: Global Mission - praying for our friends around the world
Days 37-40: Revival in the UK
If you haven't yet got a prayer diary, you can pick one up on Sunday.
On Tuesday 13th, Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th the upstairs hall at Drummond will be open for prayer from 6:30am - 9:30pm.
We will gather specifically to pray together on each day at:
7:00am-8:00am and 8:00pm-9:30pm.
Posted by Rebecca Whittlesea
1st December 2015
Back in September 2015 City Hope embarked on ‘40 days of prayer’ which included an intense week of prayer right at the beginning. This was a great way of stirring up prayer, both corporate and individual, in the church. In January we have another week of prayer (not ‘40 days’ though) to encourage us all to gather together and seek God. There is plenty of opportunity for every one of us to get along to something. Please stir your heart, spirit and body and get along to a meeting or two! A pdf timetable of the week is available here.
We are encouraging people to plan a day or more of fasting alongside praying during the week. If you have never fasted before why not try skipping one meal. Get together with others to fast - this encourages you to finish what you start!
Prayer Meeting Venues
Unless otherwise stated overleaf all the prayer meetings will be at our building on Drummond Road (SE16 2JY).
3rd, 10th & 17th January: Sunday sermons
On the Sundays running up to and just after the week of prayer we will have a sermon series based on Paul’s prayer found in 1 Thessalonians 3 v9-13. We will also be praying this prayer ourselves during the week.
Family Prayer Meeting for primary school aged children (Wed 13th, 3.45pm-4.30pm)
Please come straight from school. Doors will be open from 3.20pm and refreshments will be available. A great opportunity for our children to be involved with the week of prayer. Adults must stay to supervise their children.
16th October 2015
Tonight is the finale of our 40 days of prayer, a meeting in our 'upper room' starting at 8pm and finishing at midnight. I hope that many people from City Hope will be there to pray together.
What happens next now the 40 days is finished? Quite simply we want to keep going and keep praying. In Luke’s gospel, chapter 18, we find Jesus telling a story that we often call ‘the parable of the persistent widow’. The passage clearly tells us that Jesus told this story to show his disciples “that they should always pray and not give up” (v1). ALWAYS pray! NOT give up. Simple but incredibly challenging. Even as we ‘finish’ the 40 days we obviously mustn’t ‘stop’ praying.
Of course City Hope was praying long before the 40 days. When I first joined the church in 1997 there were a group of older ladies who had been faithfully praying for the church for many years and who continued to do so for a number of years more. This is just one example of City Hope praying over the years, so we are unlikely to ‘stop’ now. But if the 40 days of prayer has taught us anything, I hope it has been a reminder that we need to be a faithfully praying body of people. If you ‘believed in prayer’ at the start of the 40 days, maybe now you are even more passionate and dedicated at the end of the 40 days?
We want to see a powerful move of God in our church with many people coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. Prayer is a vital part of what God calls us to, joining with him and seeing his Kingdom grow. Please continue to pursue God in prayer, both individually and by joining others to pray in your Connect communities and groups and at our church prayer meetings - starting with tonight!