We will use these prayer notes during our kick-off week of prayer of 2016 - Sun 31st Jan to Sun 7th February. However, we hope these notes will continue to inform your prayers for our church throughout the year.
While our God loves to hear his people make requests, we should never forget to praise him for his character and actions and give thanks for his goodness to us.
• Praise God for something that has recently amazed you about Jesus
• Give thanks to God for those who have recently become Christians
• Give thanks to God for our church family.
Please pray that each congregation (Bexley, 9am Carlton, 10:30am Carlton, Bexley North and Church in the Bank) would continue to grow in Christian maturity.
• In line with Colossians 1, you could pray …
Heavenly Father, may our church body continue to proclaim Jesus, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that everyone may be presented mature in Christ. May we labour for this goal, striving with your strength that works powerfully in us. Amen
• See also Eph 1:17-19, Eph 3:14-21, Phil 1:9-11, 1 Thess 3:11-3 and 2 Thess 2:16.
Please pray in line with our vision statement:
• Pray that we will be bold in proclaiming Jesus; that in the ministries we serve, in our personal relationships and in our daily life we would speak of our Lord.
• Pray that we will be encouraging in our speech and persistent in prayer for each other, that we might all grow as disciples of Jesus Christ
• Pray that we might be faithful in serving together
• Pray that God will be glorified in all that we do.
Prayer for the harvest
Pray that, as individuals and as congregations, we would be faithful in praying to the Lord of the harvest for our local communities – for Bexley, Bexley North, Carlton and the surrounding suburbs.
Every Christian has been given the task of ‘speaking the truth in love' with the goal that we would all grow in every way to be more like Jesus (Eph 4:15).
• Please pray that we would all be faithful in speaking the truth in love to one another. Pray for boldness, grace and faithfulness in this task.
• Gospel teams – Please pray that our gospel teams would remain focused on the goal of growing disciples. Give thanks for those who lead and pray that they would be godly and faithful in teaching your word.
• Aged care ministry – Pray that our SNAC team would be faithful in proclaiming Jesus and that we would see many people from the nursing homes that are visited trust in Jesus.
Children’s and youth ministry
In Mark 10:13-16, we’re reminded that young people are important to Jesus.
• Christian parents –The primary responsibility for raising children and youth to know and love Jesus lies with Christian parents, so please pray that the parents in our church would be faithful and diligent in this task. Pray that our congregations would love our young people and encourage them in their Christian life.
• Sunday Morning Kid’s Church – Pray that our Christian kids would deepen in their knowledge and love for God and grow in their dependence on him.
• Jitterbugz – Please pray that our Christian families will make positives connections with families from our community and be bold in sharing the good news of Jesus.
• Kids Plus – Pray for the kids at both our Carlton and Bexley North Kids Plus groups, that many would come to understand who Jesus is and what he has done.
• Scripture – Please pray that we would continue to have the privilege of teaching Scripture at Carlton, Bexley North and Rockdale Public schools. Please pray for our many teachers that they would be faithful and godly in this role.
• Fuel (Yr 7-10) – Please pray that our youth in year 7 would transition well into high school and continue coming to Fuel. Pray that our Christian youth would grow in godliness in the face of many temptations from the world.
• Ignite (Yr 11-12) – As the pressures and temptations of the world increase, please pray for our Christian young people they would remain faithful to Christ and transition well into young adults.
• Leaders - Please pray for Brendan, Sarah and our many volunteer leaders that they would continue to grow in their Christian character and convictions and model godliness to our young people.
• Please pray for godliness and wisdom for our wardens, parish council and staff team as they lead our church.
We have many link missionaries who are supported by our congregations.
• Pray for these missionaries, their families and the people groups they are seeking to reach with the good news of Jesus.
• Pray that we would be faithful in praying for global mission and that we would be supportive of those who have been sent.