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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.