Prayer Vigil

Our next prayer vigil will be June 24, 2017. Below are some suggestions for getting you started in contemplative prayer, or download these additional materials:

Contemplative Prayer

 Prayer Request Slips – Print, fill out, and return this form to the church to request specific prayers during the prayer vigil

 Prayer Guide – Lent 2017

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SPEND AN HOUR WITH GOD
Spend an hour with God? It’s easier than you think. Break it up into 5 minute blocks and focus on the following during each 5 minute segment:

PRAISE
Start your prayer hour by praising God for things that are on your mind right now, for one special thing in your life in the past week, for God’s goodness to your family. (Psalm 34:1)

WAITING
Spend this time waiting on the Lord. Let the Spirit pull together reflections for you. Think about the hour before you and the things you want God to do in your life. (Psalm 27:14)

CONFESSION
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you anything in your life which might be displeasing. Ask for attitudes to be pointed out that are wrong, as well as specific acts for which you have not yet made a prayer of confession. Then confess all to God and claim 1 John 1:9 so that you might be cleansed for the remainder of the hour before you. (Psalm 51:1-19)

READ THE WORD
Spend time reading promises of God in the Psalms, in the prophets, and passages on prayer located in the New Testament. Check your concordance. (Psalm 119:97)

INTERCESSION
Specific prayer on the behalf of others. Pray specifically for those requests of which you are aware. (Romans 15:30-33)

PRAY THE WORD
Now take the Scriptures and start praying. Certain sections of Psalm 119 lend themselves beautifully to prayer expression. (Psalm 119:38-46)

THANKSGIVING
Spend these minutes giving thanks for things in your life, things on behalf of the church, things on behalf of your family. (Philippians 4:6)

SINGING
Take a hymnal and read or sing a prayer song, a praise song, or a song regarding soul winning or witnessing. Let it be a time of praise. (Psalm 59:17)

MEDITATE
Ask God to speak to you. Keep a paper and pen handy, ready to relate the impressions that the Spirit makes upon your life. (Psalm 63)

LISTEN
Spend time merging the things you have read, the things you have prayed, the things you have expressed thanks for, the things that you have been singing, and see how God brings them all together to speak to you. (I Samuel 3:9-10)

END WITH PRAISE
Praise God for the time you have had to spend in conversation today. Give praise for the impressions the Spirit has given you. Give praise for the prayer requests raised up in your mind. (Psalm 145:1-13)