Seven Days of United Prayer
A global prayer initiative for the EMC in 2017
Thank you for making the commitment to become a more intentional intercessor in prayer. The Holy Spirit is calling us to pray, just as he has always done. Our privilege, and responsibility is to respond so that we may experience personal renewal, corporate revival, and a global harvest of souls.
Prayer is the seed-bed and incubator for revival.
“… if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 nlt
The EMC is encouraging our 3rd world-wide answer to God’s call to prayer … a commitment to intentional, focused intercession for 7 days that culminate on Palm Sunday 2017.
Two prayer themes for these days: Engaging in Spiritual Warfare, and the Lord’s Prayer
During Seven Days of United Prayer 2017, we will be walking devotionally through some of the closing thoughts in Apostle Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church. He encourages us to be equipped for the spiritual battle that rages around us, putting on the armor of God to protect ourselves, and also to take ground for Christ through the use of His powerful Word, and through devoted prayer.
Then, as a template or structure for an hour of intentional prayer, we will be praying through what is often called the Lord’s Prayer, found in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:1-4.
Jesus’ life was totally saturated in prayer. In daily fellowship with God, He found strength, comfort, power, and joy. In what seems an evident pattern, often His early morning hours were spent in intentional communion with His Father, worshipping and seeking guidance for the day.
The disciples were impressed by Jesus’ habit of prayer and asked Him to teach them to pray. In answer, He encouraged the pattern of prayer He had given in the Sermon on the Mount. There is so much more to this simple prayer than we at first understand.
Followed as a guideline (rather than simply recited as a ritual), it turns our attention away from ourselves, and properly focuses us on our Father God. As we align ourselves with Him and His kingdom and will, we can then ask him to meet our needs, both corporately and individually.
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