Join with us for a five-week season of prayer each weekday from 12:00 to 12:10pm. Specifically, we are praying for eyes to see who God has for us, where He has us, and where He is leading us. As you move through the guided prayers**, we’d encourage you to keep a journal to record your journey.
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The second week starts on May 20, and the theme is A Holy Church. We will be focusing on Romans 12:1-5 this week.
Day One – Sacrificial Church
I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God (verse 1)
Following Christ is not a path of ease – he calls us to pick up our cross. Yet we do this “in view of” the mercy he has already shown us. So thank God, and pray that Christians would set aside comfort, status and power and live wholeheartedly for the Lord in response.
Day Two – Countercultural Church
Do not conform to the pattern of this world… (verse 2)
Our holy God calls us to live holy, distinctive lives. Pray that Christians would care for those that society finds hard to love, and be generous to those that society says are undeserving. Pray that church members would show unswervingly biblical priorities when it comes to education, work, socializing and their use of time.
Day Three – Transformed Church
…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (verse 2)
Believers are called to a life of change. Think of one or two Christians in your church, and pray that God would mold them to be more like Jesus as they face joys and trials.
Day Four – Humble Church
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment (verse 3)
Few characteristics are as ugly as pride. We are all sinners saved by grace and have no reason to look down on others. Take a moment to reflect on and repent of any pride in your heart. Pray that the church would have a compelling witness in your city, as Christians put others before themselves.
Day Five – Committed Church
…so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others (verse 5)
Rejoice that every congregation in your city is made up of different people with different gifts – but that all are to be used to the glory of the one God. Pray that every Christian in your city would be passionate about using their gifts in ways that honor Jesus and keen to encourage others to use their gifts too.
**Selected readings from 5 Things to Pray for Your City by P. Nicholas and H. Thorne