Join us for a free concert on Thursday December 7 at 7 pm in the historic sanctuary of First Protestant Church as we celebrate Wassail Fest with our children leading in song!
Children’s “Lessons and Carols” will be performed in the sanctuary.
Free Wassail and Cookies will be available as well!
Here are prayer resources to help you Watch and Pray with Jesus!
EHC_Watchman Prayer Guide – A 30 Day Prayer Guide allowing intercession for the world.
The Hour That Changes The World (Summary) – How to spend one hour in prayer with the Lord on a regular basis. Especially good if you’ve never done this before! (Buy the full length book here)
Take Words With You – Another fantastic resource for praying God’s promises!
George Mueller’s Strategy for Showing God
Frank Laubach and the “Game of Minutes” at DallasWillard.org
Pray4Everywhere.com – Using public information allows you to systematically pray for your neighbors – 5 per day (or however you choose). Learn how one church used this (and other tools) to reach their neighborhoods for Christ here.
What other resources would be useful to you as you seek to pray?
Please contact us and let us know!
We’ll be re-launching PrayTheBible.net soon. It will focus on 4 Disciplines of Drawing Near to God and will be centered on helping historic churches assist people in drawing near to God.
One of the things it will help them do is practice the discipline of COMMUNITY.
We don’t normally think of that as a “discipline”. We usually think of community as something that “happens” to us… that we have little active role in shaping.
Instead seeing and building Christian community are part of the discipline of community.
We see the growing community God is giving us as we map out the existing relationships we find ourselves in and prayerfully asking 2 questions:
“Lord in the community you have already given me or in the community you are building for me….”
“…Who can I love in Christ’s Name this week?”
“…Who can I help Draw Near to God for themselves this week?”
Missionary Bob French is the subject of this excellent article at Mission Frontiers: Solid Grounding Transforms Worldview to Bring Forth Multiplying Fruit
He has published a number of study guides in the Philippines for use in his church planting movement.
He has also published information using the acronym “P.R.A.Y.”…
It’s similar to ours in some ways … this is from his publisher’s blog at CSM Publishing:
1. Pray: Talk to God before and throughout your study of the Bible. Praise and worship God. Confess your sins. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to understand your text.
2. Read: Read an entire chapter of the Bible and select a text to study.
3. Ask questions: Ask questions and write your answers according to what the Bible says.
Who is mentioned?
What does the text say?
When did (will) it happen?
Where did (will, should) it happen?
Why did (will, should) this happen?
What do you think the author intended the text to say?
4. Your application: Apply what you learned to your life today. Ask God, “What would You like me to do today?” While praying, make a practical plan by answering the following questions:
What will I do?
When will I do it?
Where will I do it?
This study is called by some a “Manuscript Bible Study“. The pages can be taken from the 3 ring binder and laid out as a manuscript for easier observation. The text does have bible versification (in our use) but is allowed to look more like a “real book” to make reading easier.
It follows the normal goal of “P.R.A.Y.ing” through the Bible. The act of prayer is – by the title – linked more directly to the process of study and the resulting action by the title:
R.E.A.P. | P.R.A.Y. | S.O.W.
This way the process of study, prayer, and action are not artificially separated.
Download your study guide here:
Sermon On The Mount Study
During these 100 days we are focusing on “worshiping in the common places”… Such prayer can be both “ordinary” and “revolutionary”. Daniel 6 offers some insight in that regard. Daniel prayed three times per day. Even when prayer to any “god” but the emperor was outlawed for a time, he continued his routine of prayer. His worship (routine prayer) in the common places (his home) which was quite “ordinary” in some senses had become “revolutionary”!
Where are some “Common Places” outside the church building that we might pray during these 100 days? Tim Dillmuth from SeoulUSA offers some examples of where he and his family have prayed during the 100 days so far while reminding us that our goal is to be faithful each day where we live.:
- Home – You may have never considered your home to be a common place, but notice that we used the word “common” and not “public.” Most of us spend the greatest amount of time in our homes, thus making it the most common of all our common places. Admittedly, it can be easy to bypass this common place in favor of more exotic locations, but our family has experienced some of our greatest growth in Christ during our evening worship time (in our home). This past week we’ve worshiped at the dinner table, around the fireplace and in our bedrooms.
- Park – Our family spends a great deal of time at the park, so we’ve purposed to make the park a place where we glorify God. On Sunday, we invited the .W Fellowship to worship at our park as well, and we did the Four Pillars underneath a gazebo that was adjacent to the playground. By design, we tried not to draw attention to ourselves, but also not to hide what we were doing. We had a few curious people watch us, but we continued to worship regardless of who was watching.
- Restaurant – As our family sat down to eat, I must admit, I was considering bypassing the worship. But my nine-year excitedly remarked that we needed to worship, and I’m glad that we did. We focused on the Ten Commandments portion of the service and after reciting it together, we compared the Ten Commandments to the Ten Principles in North Korea. The kids were fascinated with the truth that Kim Il Sung reformatted the Ten Commandments to suit himself.
- Office – While everyone in our office is a Christian, regular worship is not a regular activity amongst the staff. We gathered together to sing the song in our booklet and to pray together before we again became engrossed in the busy office activities.
What happened during my worship time may seem a bit anti-climactic, but I believe that this is the nuts and bolts of discipleship. We have a tendency to try to keep God within the four walls of the church, instead of keeping our hearts centered on him throughout the day, wherever we are. And, as I am learning from the North Korean underground church, keeping our hearts centered on Him has a lot to do with the “quiet steady faithfulness” in the common places.
If you’re visiting from “Do The Word” (or anywhere else!) you can get a feel for how we use the phrase “P.R.A.Y. the Bible” here on our “What-How To” page.