Small Group Prayer Agenda

SMALL GROUP PRAYER AGENDA

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Opening Prayer/Praise Chorus

5 Minutes

 Personal Prayer Time
10 Minutes

During this time, I must ask God (silent prayer) to use me in this campaign:

1.    Faith to believe God for continued miracles regarding the campaign.
2.    Unity with the leadership concerning the campaign journey of First Community Church.
3.    My personal financial commitment for the next three years.

Group Prayer Time
15 Minutes
Prayer Requests

1.    Each person open to the voice of God during the capital stewardship campaign.
2.    The Pastor to effectively cast the vision for the future.
3.    The blessing of God upon the worship services.
4.    Each household willing to take ownership of “(Campaign Title).”
5.    The campaign leadership team for the campaign.
6.    Attendance at the celebration event.
7.    Financial commitments to reach our church’s highest goal.
8.    Congregational focus upon God and His ability to help First Community Church.
9.    Revival within the church as a result of obedience and sacrifice. 

One-on-One Prayer Time
10 Minutes
Find a partner and share a personal request and pray audibly for one another. Pray together for the capital stewardship campaign.

Intercessory Prayer Time
15 Minutes
Take the sheet of prayer requests and pray silently for each person and their request.

Group Praise Time
5 Minutes
Close the hour together. Give God praise for what He is doing for First Community Church and for what He will do in the next few weeks.

 

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Checklist for Prayer Leaders

Checklist for Prayer Leaders

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Use this checklist to assist you as you develop your local church prayer ministry.
Focus additional effort on any areas that you did not check.

Designate one of the following: ( C) Completed (I) In process (N) Needs initiation

□ I have a regularly scheduled meeting with my pastor at least once a month.

□ I have developed a prayer ministry team and meet with   them at least once at month.

□ I have a written job description for my role as prayer coordinator signed by my pastor and myself.

□ I have met with the leader of every ministry in the church to find how the prayer ministry can help them with prayer resources and training.

□ I have scheduled a workshop for prayer and ministry leaders on how to lead small group and corporate prayer.

□ I am working with my pastor and prayer ministry leadership team to develop a church prayer strategy or update the one in existence.

□ I have developed and submitted next year’s prayer ministry budget to the board.

□ I have scheduled at least one annual all church prayer and fasting event.

□ I have plans in place for an annual church prayer seminar/conference.

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Praying on the Armor of God

The Armor of God

Use the following guide to spiritually cover yourself with the armor of God each day.

  1. Helmet of Salvation – Protect my mind.
    Lord, keep my mind and eyes focused on you. Let me think right; let me view things through your eyes.
    For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
  1. Breastplate of Righteousness – Protect my heart.
    God, filter everything that comes into or out of my heart, through your righteousness. Let me be easily impressed by Your Spirit. Defend me when the enemy tries to corrupt my heart.
    Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
  1. Loins Girt (Belted) with Truth – Loving Truth
    Lord, Gird (or encircle) me with truth; wrap yourself around me. Let truth keep me from lies and error. Help me choose a lifestyle of honesty and integrity. Show me the truths I need to know.
    Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17)
  1. Feet Shod with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace – Let everywhere I walk bring peace.
    Lord, anoint and guide my feet to wherever you want me to go. Let everywhere my feet touch bring Your peace.
    But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15)
  1. Shield of Faith – Quench the fiery darts of the enemy and help me when I don’t understand.
    Lord, you are my defense. I ask for protection from the attacks of the enemy. Hold before me and around me the shield of faith. Help me use my shield to stop any attempts to make me doubt or waiver.
    But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; (Romans 10:8)
  1. The Sword of the Spirit (The Word of God) – Let me on offense with the truth.
    Anoint the Word in my hand, my heart and my mouth. Let your Word do a work in me. Help me realize that your Word is alive and powerful and will sustain me. When in trouble, quicken your Word to my mind to gain victory against the enemy.
    For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
  1. Praying Always in the Spirit – Let me give myself daily to prayer.
    Lord, I want to be faithful to prayer. I ask you to help me have the mind of Christ as I pray. Help me pray with Your heart and priorities in mind. Help me draw closer to you as I am led by Your Spirit in prayer. Use me to intercede for others.
    And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27)

 

Weapons of Our Warfare

  1. The Word of God
    • Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matthew 24:35)
  2. Prayer with Praise
    • Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (Psalm 42:11)
  3. The Name of Jesus
    • The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. (Proverbs 18:10)
  4. The Word of Our Testimony
    • And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)
  5. The Blood of the Lamb
    • Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, (Hebrews 10:19)
  6. The Spirit of God
    • Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4)
  7. Angels
    • The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. (Psalms 34:7)
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A Month of Prayers for Your Church

A Month of Prayers for Your Church

  1. Pastor – Lord, I lift up my pastor to You. Thank You for his servant’s heart. Keep him from losing heart when ministry gets tough. Help him prove faithful with the things you have entrusted to him. Teach him Your ways so that he knows You and finds favor with You as He leads us. Keep him open and honest before You and help him to represent the truth plainly. (2 Cor. 4:1; 1 Cor. 4:1-3 Ex. 33:13)
  2. Elders – Lord, I lift up my elders (church board) to You. Help us respect and honor them as they direct the affairs of our church. May they wholeheartedly give their attention to prayer and ministry of the Word. Keep them above reproach, devoted to their families, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable and able to teach. May they be gentle and honest as they deal with people. (1 Tim. 5:17; Acts 6:4; 1 Tim. 3:1-2; Titus 1:7)
  3. Deacons – Lord, I lift up my deacons to You. May they walk worthy of respect with sincere hearts. Keep them from indulgence and greed. Help them keep hold of truth. May they keep short accounts with You so that their conscience is clear. Bless their households with peace and respect. Fill them with Your Spirit and let them operate in wisdom as they carry out their responsibilities. (1 Tim. 3:8-9, 12; Acts 6:3)
  4. Adults – Lord, I lift up the adults in my congregation to You. May we live worthy of Your call on our lives. As we respond to that call, fulfill every purpose, every faith-filled act of service by Your power. May we be clothed in righteousness with hearts that sing for joy and delight greatly in You. We want to walk with You, Jesus, dressed in white, adorned with jewels. (Eph. 4:1; 2 Thes. 1:11; Ps. 132:9; Isa. 61:10; Rev. 3:4)
  5. Children/Youth – Lord, I lift up the children and youth in my congregation to You. May the little ones remain humble examples of what we adults need to become in the kingdom. Let their conduct always be pure and right with reputations that show that they remember You, Creator God. Teach them to declare Your marvelous deeds. May they flee evil desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace. (Matt 18:3-4; Prov. 20:11; Eccl. 12:1; Ps. 71:17; 2 Tim. 2:22)
  6. Seniors – Lord, I lift up the senior members of our congregation. Thank You for every gray hair attained by righteous living. We are blessed by their example and ability to train us. Help us to be humbly submissive as we benefit from their wisdom and understanding. Help them receive the strength and power You’ve promised to the weary and weak. May they put their hope in You and be renewed in the process. (Prov. 16:31; Titus 2:4; 1 Pet. 5:5; Job 12:12; Isa. 40:29, 31)
  7. Lost Among Us – Lord, I lift up the lost members of our congregation. Let the gospel be presented to them not only through the sermon but also with power, the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. Teach us to make the most of every opportunity to share Your salvation. Help us to be the fragrance of Christ to them. We stand against the enemy and his attempts to keep them blinded to Your truth. (1 Thes. 1:5; Col. 4:5; 2 Cor. 2:15; 2 Cor. 4:4)
  8. Worship Leaders – Lord, I lift up our worship leaders. Appoint people to this position who understand the splendor of Your holiness and praise You out of that understanding. Help them lead us faithfully in thanks for Your enduring love. Use their praise to defeat the enemy. May they be the true worshipers You are looking for who worship in spirit and in truth. Let them glory only in You, Jesus, so that they put no confidence in their own flesh. (2 Chron. 20:21-22; Jn. 4:23-24; Phil. 3:3)
  9. Speakers/Teachers – Lord, I lift up the speakers and teachers in our church. May everyone who holds that position—pastors, Sunday school teachers, small group leaders, guest speakers—rightly divide Your word of truth. Let them admonish and teach with wisdom. Reveal the mysteries of Your word to them and encourage them to speak those mysteries courageously and fearlessly. Let them speak with a spirit of faith that springs from their relationship with You. (2 Tim. 2:15; Col. 1:28; Dan. 2:47; Phil. 1:14; 2 Cor. 4:13)
  10. Women’s Ministry – Lord, I lift up our Women’s Ministry. Encourage our older women to train the younger in family issues. Teach our women to be virtuous—women with gentle and quiet spirits who put their hope in You. Let this ministry produce women who feel Your passion for them and who choose to spend time at Your feet. Train them to contend for the gospel side by side with the men. (Titus 2:4, 5; Pro. 31:10; 1 Pet. 3:4, 5; Ps. 45:11; Lk. 10:38-42; Phil. 4:3)
  11. Men’s Ministry – Lord, I lift up our Men’s Ministry to You. Use this ministry to build our men in their faith. Teach them to be in right relationship to You and each other, to love their wives sacrificially and to instruct their children with patience. Encourage them to hold each other accountable as they carry each other’s burdens. May they speak the truth in love to each other even when its hard. (Jude 1:20; Titus 2:2; 1 Tim. 5:1; Eph. 5:25, 6:4; Gal. 6:2; Eph. 4:15; Prov. 27:6)
  12. Youth Workers – Lord, I lift up our Youth Workers.  Let these young men  and women set an example in their speech, life, love, faith and purity.  Cause them to be strong, alive-in-the-Word overcomers. Help them to have  discernment as they deal with the young people in our church. Help them to  notice any youth who lacks judgment so they can teach them to value Your  life-giving principles. Pour out Your Spirit on them. (1 Tim. 4:12; 1 Jn  2:14; Prov. 3:21, 7:7; 7:2; Joel 2:28).
  13. Behind-the-Scenes Workers – Lord, I lift up the people who work behind the scenes at our church. Thank You for every nursery worker, parking lot attendant, office volunteer, building janitor, etc. who has devoted themselves to the service of the saints. Bless them for the obedience and generosity they have displayed—may You receive praise as a result! Keep them in an attitude of humility that comes from wisdom and wholehearted service to You rather than to be noticed by others. (1 Cor. 16:15; 2 Cor. 9:12-13; Jas. 3:13; Eph. 6:7)
  14. Children’s Ministries – Lord, I lift up our children’s ministries to You. Create an atmosphere here that encourages our children to find You. Let the teachers be careful to remind each child of the marvelous things You have done. Cause everything they learn about You to become a part of them forever. May they consistently choose life and blessing each day because of the training they receive in our church. Keep them walking in the truth. (Mk 10:14; Dt. 4:9; 29:29; 30:19; Prov 22:6; 3 Jn 1:4)
  15. Prayer Focus – Lord, I lift up the prayer focus in my church. Make us into a house of prayer. We desire to be clear-minded and self-controlled so that we can pray first, always, continually and thankfully. May everyone recognize that this is Your desire for all and not just a few. Use us to stand in the gap for others. Let there be prayer ministry among us that is powerful and effective. (Mk. 11:17; 1 Pet. 4:7; 1 Tim. 2:1; Eph. 6:18; 1 Thes. 5:17; Phil. 4:6; Ps. 32:6; Ezk. 22:30; Jas. 5:16)
  16. Spiritual Level – Lord, I lift up the spiritual temperature of my church. Revive us! Refine us so that we burn hot for You. Give us singleness of heart and action so that we always fear You and follow Your precepts.  Pour  out a spirit of Josiah on us so that we turn to You heart, soul and  strength. Open our minds to understand Your Word so that our hearts burn  within us. (Ps. 85:6; Rev. 3:14-18; Jer. 32:39; Ps. 111:10; 2 Ki. 23:25;  Lk. 24:45, 32)
  17. Spirit-Led – Lord, I lift up the issue of our willingness to be led by Your Spirit. Holy Spirit, show us any way we are grieving, quenching or resisting You. Convict us and lead us to level ground. Help us keep in step with You as we live by You. Reign in us so that we experience Your freedom. Lead us into grace, life and peace. (Eph. 4:30; 1 Thes. 5:19; Acts 7:51; Jn. 16:8; Ps. 143:10; Gal. 5:25; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:18; Ro. 8:6)
  18. Spiritual Gifts – Lord, I lift up the use of spiritual gifts in our church. We eagerly desire spiritual gifts that You’ve given for our common good. Help us understand the various gifts and how they work. Teach us to use what we’ve received to serve others and faithfully administer Your grace—whatever form that takes. Help us exercise our gifts in love. Remind us to keep fanning into flame the gifts You’ve entrusted to us. (1 Cor. 14:1, 12:4-7;1 Pet. 4:10; 2 Tim. 1:6)
  19. Love/Unity – Lord, I lift up our love for one another as a body. Help us purify ourselves by obeying the truth so that our love for each other will be sincere, deep and from the heart. May our love for one another prove that we are Your disciples. Give us a spirit of unity so that we may glorify You with one heart and voice. Help us accept one another as we clothe ourselves in love. (1 Pet. 1:22; Jn. 13:34-35; Ro. 15:5-7; Col. 3:14)
  20. Finances – Lord, I lift up our church finances. May we sow generously into our church without reluctance or compulsion. Make all grace abound so we have all we need for every good work You’ve assigned us. Make us rich in ways that result in generosity on our part so You will be praised. Keep reminding us of your promise to throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out blessing on all who bring the whole tithe into Your house. (2 Cor. 9:6-11; Mal. 3:10)
  21. Outreach/Missions Projects – Lord, I lift up our outreach programs. Remind us to do good and share with others as a pleasing sacrifice to You. Keep us outwardly focused so we don’t become self-absorbed. Help us teach one another to be faithful ministers of Your Son. Enable us to meet people wherever they have a need. Help us minister faithfully as we proclaim the gospel so that the ones we reach might become an acceptable offering to You. (Heb. 13:16; Phil. 2:4; Col. 1:7; Jude 1:23)
  22. Single parents – Lord, I lift up the single parents in our church. May they know You as father to the fatherless and defender of widows! Let us be a real family to them when they are lonely. Show us ways to include them and minister grace to them. Stir up practical ideas in us that show Your love and care. Help them relax in Your grace and provision which is more than enough for every weakness and need. (Ps. 68:5, 6; 25:16; Matt. 25:35-40; 2 Cor. 12:9; Phil. 4:19)
  23. Help for the Hurting – Lord, I lift up those who are hurting right now. May they come to know You as El Roi, the God who sees them. For every situation of rejection, help them feel sonship. Bind up the brokenhearted! In every area of bondage, set the captives free; in every case of mourning, replace it with Your oil of gladness. Comfort them so that they will have a ministry of comfort to others. (Gen. 16:13; Ro. 8:15; Isa. 61:1-3; 2 Cor. 1:3-4)
  24. Freedom from besetting sins – Lord, I lift up every one of us who struggle with sin issues. Keep us from the enemy’s scheme of condemnation. Grant us repentance so that we can escape the trap of the evil one. Thank You that sin was done away with on the cross and that we are no longer slaves to it. Help us to throw off everything that entangles—help us run the race with perseverance. (Ro. 8:1; 2 Tim. 2:25, 26; Ro. 6:6; Heb. 12:1)
  25. Kingdom focus/priorities – Lord, I lift up our priorities as a congregation. Give us ears to hear what Your Spirit is saying to our church. Open our eyes to see things as You see them. Help us move beyond issues of immediate need to pursuing Kingdom issues. Bring us to a place where “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is more than just words we say. (Rev. 3: 22; 2 Ki. 6:17; Matt. 6:25, 33, 10)
  26. Growth through evangelism – Lord, I lift up our church growth to You. Add to our number daily through new converts. Birth spiritual children through us. Let our actions win people over without words. Use us as Your agents to rescue people from darkness and bring them into Your Son’s kingdom. We long to be worthy ambassadors in this ministry You have entrusted to us: that of proclaiming Your message of reconciliation to a lost world. (Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 4:15; 1 Pet. 3:1-2; Col. 1:13; 2 Cor 5:20)
  27. Our neighborhood – Lord, I lift up our community, especially the surrounding neighborhood. Let us love these people as we love ourselves. May our concern for their needs override other things that take our time and focus. Rebuild and restore areas that have been devastated. Renew our community—send Your peace and prosperity into this place where You’ve planted us. Bless each individual home and family. Build each house from the inside out; watch over our city. (Gal. 5:14; Prov. 3:28; Isa. 61:4; Jer. 29:7; Lk 10:5-6; Ps. 127:1)
  28. Connectivity with the Church in our city – Lord, I lift up the Church in our city. Thank You for creating the body as one unit made up of many parts. Help us understand the value of each part as You have arranged them. We confess that we’ve minimized other parts. Forgive us, for we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body. Help us to work at being one: concerned about one another—suffering with and rejoicing with other congregations as appropriate. (1 Cor. 12:12-26)
  29. Connectivity with the Church in our nation – Lord, I lift up the Church in our nation. We humbly unite and confess as one people—one Church called by Your name—that we have sinned. We’ve operated out of acquired wealth thinking we could do it on our own—but we are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. We seek Your face, O God! Thank You for hearing and forgiving us. We wait on You for the healing of our land! (2 Chron. 7:14; Rev. 3:17)
  30. Connectivity with the Church around the world – Lord, I lift up the Church universal. Father, we claim the power of Your name over us so that we will be one, as You and Your Son are one. We want Your joy in full measure just as Your Son, Jesus, prayed for us. Help us live as though we are not of this world; sanctify us by Your word. May we be brought to complete unity so that the world will know the truth of the gospel. (Jn. 17:11-23)
  31. Protection from the Enemy – Lord, I lift up our need for protection. Protect and deliver us from the evil one. Help us be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves as we deal with the wolves around us. Show us how to test every spirit to see if they are from You. Help us recognize the enemy’s disguises and schemes so that he won’t outwit us. (Jn. 17:15; Matt. 6:13; Matt. 10:14; 1 Jn.. 4:1; 2 Cor. 11:14; 2:11)

 

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