PRAYER SERMON SERIES
Jesus died for us so that we might be brought to God and have him as our Father in a relationship of intimacy and awe. Milton Vincent, in his book A Gospel-Primer for Christians, put it this way:
“God is radically committed to my life of prayer. He shed the blood of His Son so that I might be cleansed and rendered fit to stand before Him in love. He also permitted the brutal rending of His Son so that I might now have a way to enter into the Holy Place through the torn flesh of Jesus. ‘Draw near,’ he says… How can I not feel the infinite sincerity of these invitations, especially when considering the painful lengths that God endured so that I might enter his presence in prayer. Indeed the Gospel serves as the sweetest of invitation to pray.” – Milton Vincent
We pray because God invites us to come to him and enjoy him as our Father, delighting in all that he is for us because of Jesus. But we also pray because we believe he is our Father in heaven with all power and authority. He is omnipotent and with him, all things are possible (Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37). As we look out at the brokenness around us and even inside of us, we are forced to face our need for the grace and renewing power of God. Prayer is how we express that need.
That is why we have launched Pray 30/20/10. We are encouraging the people of Church at the Cross to commit to creating three slots of time in your day to give 30 minutes, 20 minutes, and 10 minutes to the Lord in his Word and prayer. If you are a night owl, make the 30 minute slot in your evening. If you are an early riser, schedule your 30 minute slot in the morning. The goal is to keep your hearts tethered to God throughout the day, listening to him in his Word and speaking to him in prayer.
AS YOU PRAY
- Schedule it in or everything else will schedule it out.
Pray with confidence that Jesus has given you access to the Father.
Pray the Bible (use the Psalms or the Lord’s Prayer).
Prayer prayers of praise, confession, and gratitude.
Pray for specific needs: yours, others’ and the world’s.
Pray for those who do not know Jesus.
Pray for our Church’s maturity, mission, and leaders.
Helping people and places encounter Jesus is an impossible vision apart from prayer. If we are going to experience God renewing our lives and relationships as well as using us as instruments of renewal in the world, we must become a praying people. We want to encourage you to use the following prayer prompts to guide you as you pray. You need not limit your prayers to this specific language, but use these prompts to lead you into more specific and robust prayers. These prompts are informed by the values of Church at the Cross and will serve us as we pray for our leaders, our life groups, our homes, and for our own personal lives. We encourage you to use these prompts in your 30/20/10 prayer times as well as in times of corporate prayer.
CENTERED ON JESUS
Pray that God by his Spirit would give us the grace to know, love and obey Jesus in greater measure.
DRIVEN BY GRACE
Pray that God by his Spirit would give us the grace to rest in and respond to his unshakeable love.
SHAPED BY SCRIPTURE
Pray that God by his Spirit would uniquely shape and direct his Church through the truth in his scripture
RENEWED AS COMMUNITY
Pray that God by his Spirit would enable us to promote love, wisdom, and holiness among one another.
SENT ON MISSION
Pray that God by his Spirit would empower us to courageously declare and demonstrate the gospel to our neighbors and among all nations.
EMPOWERED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
Pray that God would grant us more of the Spirit’s presence and power in our lives.
TUESDAY MORNING PRAYER
Our God is a God on mission! We will have a weekly time of prayer here at Church at the Cross on Tuesday mornings at 6:30am to pray for the mission of God. All are welcome. In this time, we will focus on praying for God’s continued mission around the world and seek wisdom of how we might take part in it.