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Monday, September 26, 2011

40 Days of Prayer

My church is going through 40 days of prayer, and I want to spend the next 40 days inviting you on this journey with us.  I am going to be quoting the little booklet that was handed out at our church.  So let the journey begin:

Dear Friends,
We are inviting you to pray with us for the following 40 days.  We believe that prayer is the most important part of thanksgiving.  The Heidelberg Catechism asks the question why we should pray in Question 16, the answer is clear:

A: "Because prayer is the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us"

The answer goes further"

"And also because God gives his grace and Holy Spirit only to those who pray continually and groan inwardly, asking God for these gifts and thanking him for them."

Let us use these 40 days to diligently pray for God's leading during this time of discernment.  We all want the best for Bethel because we all love and care for this church.  Many of you has a lifetime invested in Bethel.  Pray with us for Bethel's future.
But it is important that we pray with the right attitude and purpose:

The core purpose of our journey of discovery and this 40 days of prayer is for each of us to get into a closer walk with God; by dealing with our own brokenness through confessing our sinful nature.  Prayer is to bend the knee and sincerely submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives.  It is a time to allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse our lives of what grieves Him and to let the light of God shine in every area of our lives.

These 40 days are most valuable for us as a congregation and every individual to truly deepen our walk with God.

Week 1: We Pray for our Community
Day 1: Monday, September 26

Read Romans 12:1
A Living Sacrifice
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship.

Today we pray for:
Bethel's Share and Care Ministry.  We have a clothing centre in our church - where people can come for free to pick up clothing for the various seasons.  All clothing is donated to the church! 

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