Call To Prayer: Your Daily Rhythm

A Call To Prayer: Daily Prayer

At the heart of our Call To Prayer is the challenge to grow as a person of prayer. Our hope is that what we choose to do for a week will become the habit of a lifetime.

Morning: praying using the 1,2,3 format.

Midday: praying The Lord’s Prayer.

Evening: praying as our day ends.

 

Morning Prayer: Praying 1/2/3

Encountering God through Worship, the Bible and Prayer. 

Worship    

There are a number of ways you can choose to worship God. Here are three suggestions.

Worship Songs    

Take time to listen to/sing along to a worship song(s) or hymn(s). Play these from Spotify, YouTube, a CD etc. Create a playlist of worship songs that you can turn to easily.

Psalms    

Read aloud a Psalm. Our suggestions are as follows: 24, 66, 100, 126, 130, 136, 146, 148, 149, 150.

Prayers of Praise    

Choose a specific theme to praise God. Suggested themes: God’s love, righteousness, power & might, creative acts, salvation, lordship, faithfulness etc!

Pray prayers thanking God for specific things he has done and for answers to prayer you have seen.

 

Bible Reading

We recommend the Bible in One Year (bibleinoneyear.org). You don’t have to read everything. If this is new for you, why not read just the New Testament reading.

If you are not using the Bible in One Year here are gospel readings for each day of the Call To Prayer. These readings take you through the Sermon on the Mount.

Sunday: Matthew 5:1-12.         Monday: Matthew 5:13-20.     

Tuesday: Matthew 5:21-30.         Wednesday: Matthew 5:31-48.     

Thursday: Matthew 6:1-15.         Friday: Matthew: 6:16-34. 

Saturday: Matthew 7:1-14.         Sunday: Matthew: 7:15-29.

As you read the Bible ask yourself these three questions:

  • What does this passage reveal to me about what God is like?
  • What does this passage reveal to me about what I am like?
  • Where in this passage do I see either a command to obey or an example to follow?

Pray about your answers.

 

Prayers of Intercession

Intercession is simply speaking to God for and on behalf of others and asking for God’s power and provision into different people’s lives and situations. 

5 Knots    

Pray for those people you are committed to praying for to encounter Jesus as Lord. Ask God if there is anything he wants you to do with or for any of these people.

Your Day    

Think about the day ahead. What tasks do you have? Who will you be seeing? Pray about these. Ask God for strength, but also ask him if there is anything he would say to you about the day.

Bristol & The World    

Pray for the needs of our city and the world. Using the news is a good starting point. If anything has struck you about what is happening, take time to pray for that situation.

Monday

Kids & youth     will feel welcomed and will look forward to church.

            will get to know and encounter Jesus.

            will be excited and encouraged to tell their friends.

Mission        TREAD (friendsoftread.org)

            Pray for financial provision for TREAD’s ongoing work.

 

Tuesday

Young Adults    For growth in numbers who are making B&A their home.

            That they come to faith through our church family.

Mission        MOVE (movements.net)

            For their work training Christians to be able to share their faith.

 

Wednesday

Seniors        To feel welcomed and find a home at B&A.

            That they come to faith through our church family.

Mission        Tree of Life Manenberg, South Africa (treeoflife.org.za)

            For Pete and Sarah Portal leading Cru62 working with young men.

 

Thursday

Little Churches    To grow as communities of love and welcome.

            To be a blessing to our wider communities.

Mission        Upper Reaches (upperreaches.org.uk)

            Pray for connections with Christians & others in Temple Quay.

 

Friday

Sundays        For newcomers to feel welcome.

            For believers to be built up in their faith & Jesus to be glorified.

Mission        Changing Tunes (changingtunes.org.uk)

            For the teams working in different prisons across our region.

 

Saturday

Diocese        Pray for the appointment of the next Bishop of Bristol.

            Pray for the Senior Team in the vacancy.

Mission        Beloved (beloved.org.uk)

            Working with women in massage parlours in Bristol.

 

Sunday

Little Churches     For Little Church Sunday to be fun, and for those we are inviting.

Mission        St James’ Lockleaze

            For the church family as they gather for worship.

 

Midday Prayer: The Lord’s Prayer

We are asking everyone to pray the Lord’s Prayer each day as close to 12.00 as possible. We can’t all do 12.00 on the dot, but we can all try to get as close to 12 as possible!

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Amen.

 

Evening or Night Prayer

It is good to end your day in prayer, committing the day that has just passed to God and asking for his blessing as you sleep.

Bible Reading

We suggest beginning with a reading from the Psalms. Our suggested Psalms are as follows: 1, 8, 23, 67; 91, 121, 131, 134.

Prayers

Begin by praying from the reading. What struck you about God from the Psalm. Thank him for that.

Take some time to review your day, thank God for the specific blessings you remember, pray to him about any worries or concerns from your day and ask forgiveness for any areas where you fell short of how God would want you to live.

Ask God to bless your night’s sleep. You may wish to finish with this prayer from ‘Night Prayer’.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep this night,

and give your angels charge over those who sleep.

Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, sustain the dying, 

calm the suffering, and pity the distressed;

all for your love’s sake, O Christ our Redeemer. Amen

Wayne Massey