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TUESDAY 8.6


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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:18


All of history’s great revivals have one attribute in common – people fervently prayed for them. In November 1949 in the Hebrides Islands, two elderly women in their 80’s were troubled at the state of their parish – not one young person attended church. These two women were moved to action and decided to pray about it. They met twice a week and prayed from 10pm – 3am. The women invited the church leaders and elders to pray with them.
A few weeks later Scottish preacher Duncan Campbell visited the island to preach. These women had a clear vision that he was supposed to stay and lead. During his time on Lewis Island, revival broke out and hundreds of people came to know Christ. On the first day of the revival, 122 young people were saved.


PRAY
“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
– Karl Barth said “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” Where is the disorder in y(our) world?
– Take 10min+ to name it and pray into it.
– Pray for the hurting, lonely, and oppressed.

PRAYER CALL FOR COVID-19


Join us Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30pm for a special prayer call specifically to pray about COVID-19; to mourn those lost, pray for the sick, and for the many complexities of pandemic life.. Zoom link here.

Zoom fatigued? Just tune in by audio, or submit a prayer request here.

Come to pray, or to be prayed for.

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EXPOSE


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Search me, O God, and know my heart.

Try me, and know my thoughts.

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.

  • Psalm 139:23-24

The more we grow in our relationship with God, the more we hear him call us to be sanctified and transformed – set apart for his purposes, becoming more like Jesus. The Bible offers various metaphors for this process – a potter working with clay, a gardener pruning a vine, a refiner purifying silver. All of these involve God rolling up his sleeves, getting his hands into our mess, removing impurities or excesses, and reforming us to be more like him. If we want to be a church that embodies God’s love, power, and presence, we must submit to his loving – even if painful – work in our hearts.

Pray for God to refine us, that we would submit entirely to his wise and loving will.

Pray that God would expose and rectify corruption and false teaching in the American church at large.

Pray that we would always be humble, individually and together as a church, to receive the Lord’s correction and the fires of his refining.

DAILY PROMPT

Set aside 10 minutes or more today to pray:

  • Spend 5 minutes listening, allowing room in your heart for the Holy Spirit to speak
  • Spend 5 minutes responding to what God speaks, or praying that God would breathe new passion into people’s prayer lives. Think of 5 specific people each day, or the same 5 for the whole week.
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THE BODY


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The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” – 1 Samuel 3:10

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.   – 1 Corinthians 14:26

A healthy church is not one where a single pastor or small group of people are the sole mouthpiece for what God is speaking, but rather one where the whole community is in passionate relationship with God, listens for his voice, and shares what God is doing and saying for the encouragement and building up of all.

We want to know – what has God been doing in your life during First Seek? How has he been moving in your heart? What has he been communicating to you for your own liveliness or for our community? We would love if you shared by emailing hello@sanctuaryri.org – put the word SHARE in all caps in the subject line.

DAILY PROMPT

Set aside 10 minutes or more today to pray:

  • Spend 5 minutes listening, allowing room in your heart for the Holy Spirit to speak
  • Spend 5 minutes responding to what God speaks, or praying that God would breathe new passion into people’s prayer lives. Think of 5 specific people each day, or the same 5 for the whole week.

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.

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POSTURE


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Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Last Sunday, many in our church took time to walk the perimeters of their neighborhoods, praying for their neighbors and the city. A number of them later expressed feeling a renewed desire to dedicate themselves to personally getting to know their neighbors and praying for their neighborhoods more often. Some even had the opportunities right as they walked to connect with and minister to people! God is using First Seek not just as an opportunity to inspire us for this particular moment, but to shift our postures and renew our hearts to greater levels of love and dedication for those around us into the future.

Set aside 10 minutes or more each day this week to pray:

  • Spend 5 minutes listening, allowing room in your heart for the Holy Spirit to speak
  • Spend 5 minutes responding to what God speaks, or praying that God would breathe new passion into people’s prayer lives. Think of 5 specific people (these could be from your homechurch, family & friends, ministry team, or the fringes of our community) each day, or the same 5 for the whole week.

Pray for your neighbors and neighborhood. Pray that God would increase our love for both Him and for our neighbors, and for opportunities even in this unusual season to demonstrate that love

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FIRST SEEK EXTENDED


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And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:18

We extended First Seek another week because we felt that the spiritual work we set out to do was not yet complete. Beyond setting aside a few weeks dedicated to prayer, fasting, and worship, we believe that God is calling our church to raise the bar on the depth, discipline, and passion of our prayer lives moving forward – to permanently embody the spirit of First Seek, even after these dedicated weeks are completed.

We are inviting everyone in Sanctuary to participate in the same prayer prompt repeated every day in one form or another from now through Sunday: that God would increase our hunger, openness, and passion for his presence, and a greater depth of intimacy and determination in the personal prayer culture of everyone in our community.

DAILY PRAYER 

Set aside 10 minutes or more each day to pray:
– Spend 5 minutes listening, allowing room in your heart for the Holy Spirit to speak
– Spend 5 minutes responding to what God speaks, or praying that God would breathe new passion into people’s prayer lives. Think of 5 specific people (these could be from your homechurch, family & friends, ministry team, or the fringes of our community) each day, or the same 5 for the whole week.


HEART

Gathering in-person to end First Seek with a small, socially-distanced night of worship.
Space is limited! Click here to sign up.

TUESDAY PRAYER & FASTING

Join us as we pray and fast each Tuesday through breakfast and lunch. Make this part of your weekly rhythm as we continue to seek God through 2020.

– midday prayer call every Tuesday at noon (Zoom link here)
– Altar prayer calls Tuesday nights at 8pm (meetings with the specific focus of praying for revival – reply to this email to sign up)


PRAYER CALL FOR SCHOOLS

 Tuesday, September 29th at 7:30pm – Join on Zoom (or just tune in with audio) for a special call dedicated to praying for students, teachers, parents, administrators, universities, and all the complexity of school during a pandemic. Come to pray or be prayed for. 

PRAYER CALL FOR COVID-19

Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30pm – Join us on Zoom (or just tune in with audio) to pray specifically about COVID-19 – to mourn those who have died, pray for healing for those sick, and lift to God the many complexities and side effects of life in a global pandemic. Come to pray or be prayed for. Text “firstseek” to 72345

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DAY 13 . REVIVAL


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Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2


Ever since the Fall, the forces of death and sin have exerted a consistent downward pull on human life and culture. But God, in his mercy, intervenes in seasons of revival – infusing fresh divine energy and life into our cold and dying world.


“Revival is a season of breakthroughs in word, deed, and power, that ushers in a new normal of God’s Kingdom.” – Rev. Ryan Pfeiffer & Rev. Dr. James Choung


As our world grows spiritually darker and colder, we need revival today – for God to send his Spirit to revive his people and use them to bring a spiritual awakening in our nation. We need revival today. God has done it before, in many places, at many times, all over the world.


“Revival is not an anomaly, it is a consistent pattern of God’s redemptive strategy to counteract the default mode of the human heart.” – Rev. Dr. Timothy Keller


We read about revival in the history books, old newspapers and magazines, and the pages of the Bible – but we long to experience revival in our time, in this place. Lord, do it again.

Pray for God to send revival – in your heart and life, your family and circle of loved ones, in your home church and the Sanctuary network, in Providence and the surrounding region.


O God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth, and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you, bring the nations into your fold, pour out your Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

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DAY 12 . COVID


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He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Psalm 91:4-6


Throughout Scripture, we find numerous instances of God supernaturally healing people of disease. We are presented with the incredible truth that Jesus has conquered not only sickness, but even death itself, and we are given the wild promise that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will be joined with him even in the resurrection of our bodies.


Amidst a global pandemic, our world is collectively reminded of the reality and tragedy of death, highlighting all humanity’s need for a sovereign God who offers restoration of both body and soul, abundant and everlasting life.


Pray for healing – whether through natural or supernatural means – for the many who have contracted COVID-19.
Pray for those who grieve loved ones lost to the virus.
Pray that many people turn to God and find spiritual salvation.
Pray for wisdom for leaders, truth and clarity in public communication, and scientific breakthrough in fighting the coronavirus.


Pray for the medical community who are sacrificially pouring themselves out to serve and protect.
Pray that in place of fear, selfishness, or despair, our response to the pandemic, empowered by the Holy Spirit, would be supernatural peace, joy, and love for our neighbor.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”
Psalm 91:1-2


Connect with someone today to share what you’ve been experiencing in prayer this week.

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DAY 11 . GOVERNMENT


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I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” [1 Tim 2:1-2]


Since the beginning, God has entrusted humans with the project of ruling his creation.


Yet, whether through earnest imperfection or blatant corruption, we often fall short. One day, the risen Jesus, who himself now reigns over the world as a human and its true king, will call leaders to account. Yet rather than abandon human leadership, he calls us to pray for our leaders (even those we don’t like, would never vote for, or with whom we vehemently disagree), so that justice and human flourishing will result.
Pray for those in authority, that our public servants will pass and enforce just laws leading to human flourishing.


● For President Trump, his Cabinet, for the Congress
● For Governor Raimondo and the RI Assembly
● For civic leaders in Providence, the Mayor and City Council


Pray for law enforcement and courts at every level to act justly.
Pray for the 2020 Election, for the American public to wisely exercise our civic duty and elect wise and capable leaders.
Pray that our dependence in our government systems will not surpass our confidence in the kingdom of God.

O Lord, our governor, your glory shines throughout the world. We commend our nation to your merciful care, that we may live securely in peace and be guided by your providence. Give all in authority the wisdom and strength to know your will and to do it. Help them remember that they are called to serve the people as lovers of truth and justice; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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DAY 10 . SCHOOL


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Zephaniah 3:17
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”


In the middle of continual changes and updates in our educational plans this fall, we ask God to quiet us by His love today. We pray for all:


Parents

Teachers

Students Administrators

Schools

Universities


In our prayers, we pray for each of these to trust in God Almighty working mighty in their midst.

We pray for a calmness and a peace that passes all understanding.
We pray for safe and healthy learning environments.
We pray for everyone to live with deep patience and love towards one another.
And we pray for God to sing his love over our city today.

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DAY 08 . US


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CHURCH LEADERS + MINISTRIES

Proverbs 3:5-6
2 Chronicles 20:12

Pray for Sanctuary homechurches, ministries, outposts, leaders, staff, elders, and pastors today.

Pray that all who lead and shepherd would hear God’s voice, trust his leading, discern what is right, and submit to his will. Pray for renewal and refreshment, that each would experience intimacy and joy in their personal relationship with Jesus. Pray that our leaders would lead from a place of trust and dependence upon the Holy Spirit, rather than from a place of confidence in the flesh. Pray for encouragement, peace, hope, joy, and for extra reserves of grace and love for those they lead.

Pray that all Sanctuary ministries and programs would honor God, be a blessing to those involved, and a gift to the world around them. Pray that God would use them for his purposes, as we join God in the renewal of all things.