7 Weeks of Prayer
7WOP: 7 Weeks of Prayer
Praying for the New Decade…
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.
They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.”
We are coming to the last quarter – the end of a decade. The sun of 2019, golden and hazy, is yawning and laying itself to rest. It’s what photographers call, ‘Golden Hour’ – when the sunshine adorns the trees with glorious golden hues. The sky is left with a parting gift of bright crimson red. They say, “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight!” Yet what does this next decade hold? Will these be the new “Roaring ‘20s”?
To pray is to plug yourself into an infinite source of power. It’s to come before the One who is the King of the universe, yet who has adopted us as His children and beckoned to cry out for Him to move. In prayer we are handed a weapon, a channel of the very might of the Creator God, that can transform our nation. Hear His promise for revival in our dry and weary land: “I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground” (Isaiah 44:3).
But after the sunset, the glorious beauty of that ruddy sky, comes the night. And today we might feel wearied by promises of decades past – and still we don’t see them come to fruition. It’s easy to feel the night will never end. Imagine a person who’s only ever lived in midnight – would they not laugh at the idea of the whole sky being filled once again with light?
Look to the east! A faint glow of hope is beginning to stir on the horizon. Let us not lose heart – the fulfilment of God’s promise is sure as the dawn. Let our hearts not accuse God of being a promise-breaker! Soon the east will be beautified by another red sky – the red sky of warning. Rain is coming! The rain of the Holy Spirit is coming soon…
God promises to send the Holy Spirit on those who ask – so let us pray! As the sun sets on this decade – in the ‘Golden Hour’ just before dusk – churches across this city and county are rallying together to seek God with all our hearts. Come surf this wave of prayer with us, and watch the strongholds of darkness fall like sandcastles!
Launch Week (7-13 Oct)
84 hours were covered in prayer over this week.
Week of 24/7 Prayer
“All day and all night they will never keep silent.”
We want to start as we mean to go on, with a week saturated with 24/7 prayer, day and night. This sort of prayer emphasises creative participation – writing, drawing, singing, painting, doodling – unlocking gifts of creativity to point others to the inexpressible wonder we find in the Lord. We long to wholeheartedly pursue our God, calling upon Him to purify and prepare our hearts for 2020, ready for Him to transform our nation. Could you join in for an hour, day or night?
4PM SUN 13 OCT – ST PAUL’S, TUPSLEY
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
The whole Church from across Herefordshire is invited to pursue God’s heart together – a true family – and begin this seven weeks of prayer with a bang of music, prayer and hearing more about the vision for 7 weeks of prayer! Could we make it one of the largest and most diverse gatherings of Christians in our county in this century thus far? We long to be the answer to Jesus’ longing prayer in John 17 for our complete oneness – and cannot even conceive of the wonders He would pour out on us if we truly sought Him in unity. All welcome – every denomination, every background – all united by our shared adoption into the family of Christ!
The 7 Weeks of Prayer
The 7 weeks begin on Monday 14th October, and during each week we’re calling God’s people to stand together in their personal prayer for each of these spheres of society, as well as having opportunities to pray together. (See button below for what events are planned thus far – or book the Upper Room prayer space anytime…)
Week One: Faith
MON 14 – SUN 20 OCT
“…for my house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations.”
Week Two: Family
MON 21 – SUN 27 OCT
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
(1 Cor. 13:4-5)
Week Three: Business
MON 28 OCT – SUN 3 NOV
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Week Four: Education
MON 4 – SUN 10 NOV
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
Week Five: Government
MON 11 – SUN 17 NOV
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”
(1 Tim 2:1-2)
Week Six: Media
MON 18 – SUN 24 NOV
“Like a snow-cooled drink at harvest time
is a trustworthy messenger to the one who sends him;
he refreshes the spirit of his master.”
Week Seven: Arts
MON 25 – SUN 1 DEC
“I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills – to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.”
6:30PM, SUN 1 DEC – HOSTED BY FREEDOM (CINEMA)
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.
After all God’s done, after His sacrifice, His constant nearness, His wonders in the present, how can we not celebrate?! Why hold back our joy? Here’s our chance to rejoice in all He will do in the new decade in passionate worship – singing, crying out, jumping, dancing – joy in the Lord!
Next Stop: The Next Decade Together…
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