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Tuesday: Noon Prayer Guide

Tuesday’s Requests:

Pray for the administration and facilities of our church.

Pray we will have wisdom to lead our church well. 

Pray we will be wise stewards of all the material resources of our church.

Pray we will be obedient to the call of the gospel even in our business dealings.

Commit our church to paying off the debt and ask God to provide the needed resources and wisdom in our decision making.

 

Scripture to guide our prayers:

Psalm 51 

Have mercy, God, according to your gracious love, according to your unlimited compassion, erase my transgressions. Wash me from my iniquity, cleanse me from my sin.For I acknowledge my transgression; my sin remains continuously before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done what was evil in your sight.

As a result, you are just in your pronouncement and clear in your judgment.

Indeed, in iniquity I was brought forth; in sin my mother conceived me.
Indeed, you are pleased with truth in the inner person, and you will teach me wisdom in my innermost parts. Purge me with hyssop, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me know joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. Hide your countenance from my sins and erase the record of my iniquities. 10 God, create a pure heart in me, and renew a right attitude within me.

11 Do not cast me from your presence; do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and let a willing attitude control me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors about your ways, and sinners will turn to you.

14 Deliver me from the guilt of shedding blood, God, God of my salvation. Then my tongue will sing about your righteousness.15 Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

 16 Indeed, you do not delight in sacrifices, or I would give them, nor do you desire burnt offerings. 17 True sacrifice to God is a broken spirit. A broken and chastened heart, God, you will not despise. 18 Show favor to Zion in your good pleasure; and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 19 Then you will be pleased with right sacrifices, with burnt offerings, and with whole burnt offerings. Then they will offer bulls on your altar.

Individually and as a church, we need to confess and realign with the Father.

 Psalm 51 was a Psalm of David after he was confronted for his adulterous and murderous sin with Bathsheba and against Uriah. David was the King of Israel he was the leader of God’s people he was a man after God’s own heart and he walked away from obedience and into sin.  There was only one right response when he was confronted by the prophet Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord and this psalm declared the depth of his remorse in sinning against the Lord most high.  He confessed as a man and as the king of Israel. He knew he needed restoration and that Israel would need the Lord’s restorative grace. Many of times, again and again Israel and her King were called to collective repentance, for their sins as a nation and their failure to submit the plans purposes and truth of the Father. Individuals, nations and churches are called to confess repent and seek restoration.

 Let us as a church and as individuals confess where we have failed to follow the Lord’s plans to care for his people well,  where we have not been good stewards of his resources, or did not give to those who have needed the Lord’s resources.   Confess when we have feared the future instead of boldly going into the future with Jesus leading the way. 

 Repentance is to be sure of God’s grace and acceptance so we confidently turn away from that which is opposite of God’s best and then turn toward him trusting him fully.  He forgives, now we must walk faithfully with him.  In our turning away from sin and back to him we are given a new day, to follow him, love him and walk faithfully with him. Let us be faithful with the resources, plans and pursuits he has given us as a church and follow the wisdom he has been revealing to us.

 

Prayer to the Father:

Forgive us Lord when we have sought to make ourselves famous instead of you.  Forgive us Father, for the arrogance of our leadership and the presumption of our knowledge. Thank you for your grace and restorative mercy and love.  Forgive us for the times we misused your resources and gifts that you have given us. Forgive us Lord when we have looked away from the hurting or when we turned our back on the depraved and harassed and sin soaked people of this world. Forgive us for being short sighted with our dreams and opportunities. Forgive us for not expecting greatness from our great God. Forgive us for not trusting and loving you with the whole of our hearts and lives. Forgive us when we have not pursued unity or when our individual desires outweighed your desire for this amazing church. Thank you, that you never took your hand off of us and that you like a great father guided us back to the path of righteousness and blessing.  Thank you, for the many ways you have blessed and then restored us when we failed to do well with your resources. Father we again commit our ways to you individually and collectively as a church.

 In the name of your Holy Son Jesus,

 Amen

 

Have a great evening in prayer with our precious Lord. We will post our evening scripture, encouragement and prayers by 6pm today.

-- Pastor Tim

Tuesday: Morning Prayer Guide

Tuesday’s Requests:

Pray for PLC and Providence Academy.

Pray that their plans, purposes and allocation of resources would glorify him.

Pray they would be a beacon of light for families in a dark world.

Pray they would keep their focus on Christ as they educate and prepare our children for a life time of discipleship and evangelism.

 

Scripture to guide our prayers:

Psalm 139

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you. 19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty! 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 

1 John 1:5-10

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

 

God’s grace is continuous as should be our confession.

 Good Tuesday morning, Monday was such an amazing day with the Lord, seeking his guidance and wisdom.  In seeking his wisdom and experiencing his faithfulness we are reminded that we often walk away from his ways and his truth.  When we do that we not only go our own way, we are living in a manner that says my wisdom is greater, my understanding of what is best is superior, my wants are greater than yours and my needs are better met by me.  

 

In First John we are told to turn from our sin for he will forgive us.  This passage is a reminder that we are needing to stay in a constant state of confession for we don’t want anything to hinder our relationship or our ability to hear the Lord’s next right step.  While the Lord will never leave us and will always be for us, it is only in confession and repentance that we align ourselves with him, turning from our sin and selfish ambitions, to walk in his ways and truth. 

 

This morning take time with the Lord and ask him to reveal your heart and attitude to you. Ask him to show you where you have walked away or have not been faithful to his call on your life. Ask him to reveal where you have misused what he has given you or the resources he has entrusted to you. Ask him to show you how you have hurt others or taken advantage of others.  Ask him to reveal how you have ignored his best for your life. Then confess, repent and turn away! Let him restore your vision and passion to walk with him and to be satisfied with his plan, purpose and provision for your life. 

Prayer to the Father:

Father,

 Show each of us where our lives have gone astray, where we have stopped following you and living for your kingdom.  Father, show us where we have hurt others and neglected where you have asked us to be faithful; family, relationships, opportunities and loving you first above all else. Father, show us our sin, that we might repent and turn back to you.

Forgive us where we have walked away from you. Forgive us where we have not trusted you. We confess there have been times and moments that our will has been greater than your will. We have gone astray from your will and acclaimed our plans and greatness above you.  Father we confess our sin, our arrogance and we turn to you. Father restore us so that we might again hear your plans, follow your path and live boldly in your will pursuing your best and loving you and others as you have called us to. 

In the name of your Holy Son Jesus,

 Amen

 

Have a great evening in prayer with our precious Lord. We will post our afternoon scripture, encouragement and prayers by noon today.

--- Pastor Tim

MONDAY: EVENING PRAYER GUIDE

MONDAY’S REQUESTS:

Pray for our Discipleship Ministries

Pray for our plans, purposes, leadership and the allocations of God’s resources

Pray that our small groups expand, our classes would fill up with those wanting to grow in knowledge, and that many will be Baptized as they follow Christ obediently.

Ask God to move in the hearts of those not yet committed to belonging to this body in membership. 

SCRIPTURE TO GUIDE OUR PRAYERS:

Proverbs 3:13-18  (NIV)

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
    and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
    those who hold her fast will be blessed.

God’s wisdom is good, we can be sure it is best for us.

Good Monday evening, I hope your day with the Lord in prayer was amazing.  As we have sought the wisdom of God we can be sure his wisdom is good and will lead to life. His wisdom will lead to that which is best for us and our church.  The Lord has asked us throughout scripture to unite around his word and consequently his will.  We can be sure that when we seek wisdom from the Lord, not only will he give it to us but what he reveals to us will be good and profitable for us as individuals and collectively as a church.  We are the sheep, he is our good shepherd and he will care for us and guide us to the next right step and toward a path of righteousness and blessing.  Praise him for his wisdom, it is what we need and will direct us in the way we should go.  Praise him for the words of guidance and direction he has given you today, for it is good, right, and holy. His guidance is absolutely trust worthy.

 

PRAYER TO THE FATHER:

Father,

We praise you for your wisdom and discernment, for the understanding you have been pouring over us.  We know your wisdom is good and best.  We know you always have our best in mind with the wisdom you reveal to us.  You are an amazing God and we praise you and thank you, all you give is good, helpful and for our benefit. We have believed that when we asked you for wisdom you gave it and what we have received is good and profitable.

Father, help us to be in unity in what have heard throughout this day.  As we gather our thoughts after a day given to you in prayer, Lord bring clarity and understanding to what we have learned. Father help us to apply and move forward in the wisdom you have so faithfully and perfectly given to us. 

 Father, we commit our ways and thoughts to you as we contemplate all you have shared with us.  Thank you Lord, now help us to be faithful.

In the name of your Holy Son Jesus,

 Amen

 

Have a great evening in prayer with our precious Lord. We will post our morning scripture, encouragement and prayers by 7:00am tomorrow.

--- Pastor Tim

Monday: Noon Prayer Guide

monday’s Requests:

Today's focus has been about asking for God’s guidance and wisdom in the budgeting process. As you pray approach your times of asking for wisdom and guidance with boldness. This afternoons reading reassures us that God will not only give us wisdom but desires to do so. He wants to give us what’s best for us as it will ultimately glorify him. So pray with confidence knowing that God will give us as a church the wisdom to make the right decisions, not only for this budget process but for the daily decisions that will ultimately lead our church over the next year.

Scripture to guide our prayers:

Proverbs 3:13-18(NIV)

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
    those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
    and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
    those who hold her fast will be blessed. 

Prayer to the Father:

God,

Thank you for your steady presence in our lives. Thank you that you care about the smallest details within our life and want to give us insight into that which is best for our lives. God gives us guidance in the way that we should go as a church. Give us wisdom, if there is something within our budget that should be removed make it abundantly clear to us. Align our hearts to yours so that we may honor you with our lives.

Amen

Monday: Morning Prayer Guide

Monday’s Requests:

Pray for our children’s ministry.

Pray for our plans, purposes, leadership and the allocation of God’s resources within our children’s ministry.

Pray God will use our plans and resources to dramatically change the lives of littles one.

Pray that he will show us how to better partner with families to help children become fully devoted followers of Christ.

 

Scripture to guide our prayers:

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

James 1:5-7

5Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to everyone generously without a rebuke, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without any doubts, for the one who has doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. Such a person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. He is a double-minded man, unstable in all he undertakes.

We seek wisdom and guidance from our all-knowing Lord: 

Good Monday morning.  As we spend our time in prayer for our church, vision and future; we need wisdom.  Our staff and leadership teams have sought wisdom from God. We have sought to know his will for our church, we have sought to honor Him with our plans above all else. We have continuously gone before the Lord knowing he is the giver of knowledge and wisdom without him all we have is human plans that will amount to very little.  They may end in blessing and abundance or they may end in ruin. 

However, knowing that God is absolutely sovereign and providential over everything, we want His plan to shape our ideas, dreams and desires.  To the best of our ability we have brought to you, our faithful congregation, what we believe God has given us and the wisdom he has shown us.  Now with the same reverent fear that the leadership has approached God, seeking our next right step, we ask that we now collectively seek the Lord’s wisdom and understanding. Together let us seek the Lord to know if anything in our plans, vision or budget fail to honor him or go against his will.  Ask him to reveal if our plans need to be changed, shifted or moved.  Ask him to speak to us plainly and loudly, giving us all a unity of understanding as to what is best and right for our church. 

Prayer to the Father:

Father,

 Thank you for not leaving us to our own understanding.  Thank you for revealing to us your plans and will. Thank you for your sovereign grace, mercy and power in our lives.  You are an amazing, holy God, that always has your desires available for us, so that we might move accordingly.  Thank you Lord, for giving us your amazing truth that teaches us your will and plans as it guide our lives.  Thank you that you did not leave us to our own understanding, that is so often short sided and selfish in its pursuits.  Thank you for sharing your eternal vision and for allowing us to be part of the plan to carry out that vision. 

Now sovereign Lord, we need your guidance.  Our pastors and leadership have made plans, and they have directed your resources, the gifts that have been given to you. They have sought you for guidance in how to do what they have done. So today Lord, we come to you as a united church humbly asking you to affirm what we believe is from you or to change and shift our plans.  Father we ask you to set our feet on the path that you have for us as a church and not to let us look to the left or to the right. If we have missed anything or have not aligned with your will then Lord show us how to change and move accordingly. 

Lord, we believe with all of our hearts that you are the guide and authority of our lives.  We trust you and confidentially believe you will give us unity in our understanding of your will. 

We commit our ways to you Lord, we will follow you closely and move according to your wisdom and revealed will. Father, we wait, in great anticipation for your wisdom, guidance and direction. 

 

In the name of your Holy Son Jesus,

 

Amen

 

Have a great morning in prayer with our precious Lord. We will post our afternoon scripture, encouragement and prayers by noon today.

--- Pastor Tim

Sunday: Noon Prayer Guide

Sunday’s Requests:

Pray that we will be available for him to direct and guide our steps.

Pray that we will submit to the LORD in all of our plans.

Pray that we will hear the Lord’s voice and be sure of his leading. 

Ask the Lord our God to reveal anything in the budget or our plans that do not honor him.

 

Scripture to guide our prayers:

Psalm 100

Shout to the Lord all the earth!
Serve the Lord with joy.
        Come before him with a joyful shout!
Acknowledge that the Lord is God.
    He made us and we belong to him;
we are his people
    and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
    and his courts with praise.
Thank him and bless his name,
for the Lord is good
        and his gracious love stands forever.
His faithfulness remains from generation to generation.

Psalm 89:1-8

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
    with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
    through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
    and make your throne firm through all generations.’”

The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
    your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
    Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
    he is more awesome than all who surround him.
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
    You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

 

We praise the Father for his many provisions:

As we begin our time in prayer it is important that we thank the Lord for all the ways in which he has blessed our church.  For over 130 years he has been providing faithfully for our church and those here at Leesburg Community Church that call on his great name.  He has caused Leesburg Community Church to be a beacon of life and hope in Leesburg and a place of refuge for many.  He has brought us through difficult times and times of celebration. He has used our church to meet the needs of others and to help many come to know Christ and grow up in him.  He has always sustained us even when we didn’t know where or how our next provision would arrive.  He is gracious and merciful and deserves the praise of his people.  Give him praise for who he is and what he has done throughout the history of our church.

Prayer to the Father:

Father, 

Thank you for your provisions. We praise you for always caring for our church, sustaining us and using us in the lives of people in and out of this amazing church.  Thank you for your hand of faithfulness and meeting our needs, creating in us a heart and passion for your Word. Thank you for a family of faithful followers to help us pursue you and your great love for us.  Thank you for always directing our steps and bringing our choices and decisions into alignment with your will.  Thank you for being the beginning and the end of all we do. Thank you for never abandoning nor forsaking us.  Thank you Father for having your hand so firmly on Leesburg Community Church for all of these years. 

Father as we begin our time seeking you, your guidance and direction as to the vision of our church and the use of our resources, show us how to walk with you and follow you. Your love compassion and faithfulness never ceases to amaze us or cause us to be in awe. Father your provisions have never been failing may we remember and be faithful to trust you once again for the future of your church. Dear Abba Father, thank you for being our good, good father and now Lord show us the way we should go and bring each of us into unity with you and your will.  

In the name of your Holy Son Jesus,

Amen

 

Have a great afternoon in prayer with our precious Lord. We will post our evening scripture, encouragement and prayers by 6:00pm tonight.

--- Pastor Tim