2/9/13 Saturday Prayers

The Purpose of Saturday Prayers: I write out my prayers on Saturday for three primary reasons:

  1. It is a strategic way for me to prioritize praying for our worship services.
  2. It is a specific way for me to journal my prayers and track God’s activity.
  3. It is a special way for me to invite you to pray in agreement with me as I lead the church.
New and Improved:
  1. I’m going to shorten them and highlight priority prayers to help more people to join us in prayer.
  2. I’m going to prioritize just praying for the worship services unless led otherwise by the Holy Spirit.
  3. I’m committed to providing an honest look into my prayer life because I believe prayer is more caught than taught.
Father,
I pray that You will prepare people’s hearts for this Sunday. I pray that You will draw people to Yourself and undeniably lead people to an encounter with You tomorrow. I pray that all the people who’ve been invited will unexplainably find themselves drawn to coming this Sunday. I pray that inconsistent highpointers will choose to come this Sunday. I believe this Sunday is so important in helping people discover their purpose and passion in life. I pray that they will prepare their hearts by praying and putting their “yes” on the table. Give people the ability to move beyond agreeing to acting this Sunday. I pray for people to act this Sunday. I pray for people to jump in this Sunday. I pray that You will change the direction of people’s lives. I pray that You will change the pace of people’s lives. I pray that You will give them the ability to go further faster.
I pray people will see that the deepest desires of their hearts can be met by meeting the deepest desires of other’s hearts. I pray that You will call forth laborers this Sunday. I can’t pray that enough. I beg You and plead with You to call forth laborers this Sunday. I pray that people will obey You this Sunday the way they obeyed You in the Connect message. I pray that people will choose to go to 301 Discover Design and 401 Discover Team. I pray that every person who isn’t serving will decide to serve. I pray that people decide to become all things to all people that by all means they might save some. I pray that people will do all things for the sake of the gospel. I pray that people will discover the joy of sharing with people in their blessings.
I pray that You will give Highpoint the privilege of winning the religious and irreligious. I pray that we will win the prodigals. I pray that we will win the cynics and critics. I pray that we win the lower, middle, and upper class. I pray that we will win people from every race and every class. I pray that Highpoint will reflect the city of Memphis. I pray that You will give us favor with African American leaders and families. I pray that You will give us the privilege and stewardship of being bridge builders in the city of Memphis. I pray that You will also give us wisdom regarding Latino Ministry. Show us how You want us involved.
I pray that people will see that serving is costly, but that the return on the investment is worth it. I pray that people will start small, be faithful in a few, and be ready for more. I pray that people will have the privilege of hearing You say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I pray that people will experience the joy of their Master. I pray that highpointers will be committed to doing all things in excellence unto You. I pray that we will give You our best, not our least. I pray that we will do everything all to the glory of God. I pray that highpointers will try to please everyone in everything they do, not seeking their own advantage, but that of the many, that they may be saved. I pray that highpointers will live for the glory of God and the good of man.
I pray that You will call forth laborers in the children’s minstry. I pray that You will give us the leaders and teams needed to invest in the lives of children. I pray that we will plant the seed of God’s Word on the good soil of their hearts and see a harvest of 100-fold in their lives. I pray that You will call forth laborers for the students, for the college, and for the 20-somethings. I pray that You will call forth more laborers than we can ever ask, think, or imagine in 2013. I pray that You will use all of 2013 to plow the soil, prepare the seedbed, plant the seed, and pray for rain in the 15 to 30 year olds. I pray that You provide the resources to fuel this movement. I pray that our people will put You FIRST spiritually and financially. I pray that You will open the floodgates of heaven upon us and pour out a blessing until there is no more need. I pray that You will put us on the hearts of people with the gift of giving and that You will lead them to believe that we are the best investment for their kingdom resources. I pray that we will receive large gifts that enable us to do what we couldn’t do otherwise. I pray that we will receive gifts that will enable us to pay off debt, renovate asap, and go multi-site asap. I pray that our people will tithe and that our offerings will increase every month. I pray that You will prepare people’s hearts for the renovation and multi-site campaign. I pray that You will give our people a vision for making this campus the most attractive and irresistible place for people to experience the love of God.
I pray for Holy Week. Give us holy inspiration as we prepare Holy Week. Give me the messages for Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. I pray that we will be the best story tellers in the world. I pray that our people will invest and invite. I pray that our people will commit to serving. We must have laborers to reap the harvest. Give us the laborers needed for 3500 on Good Friday and 4000 people on Easter Sunday. Give us the Guest Services servants, give us the Children’s servants, give us the Creative Team servants. I pray that You will do immeasurably more than we can ask or think according to Your mighty power that works in and through us.
I pray that Your Holy Spirit will move people to be difference makers this Sunday. I pray that You will move people to participate in local and global missions. I pray that You will inspire people to define their life by serving. I pray for people to “Be a Friend,” and “Meet a Need.” I pray that people will commit to a lifestyle of serving. I pray that people will serve in the church, in the city, and around the world. I pray that people will answer the call to be laborers. I pray that people will obey instead of delay. I pray that people will be definitive and decisive this Sunday. I pray that people will answer the call of the Great Commission this Sunday. I pray that others will answer the Call to vocational ministry this Sunday. It is time to stop agreeing and act. I pray that every unsaved person will be saved. I pray that every unbaptized person will commit to be baptized, and I pray that every person who isn’t serving will commit to serving. I pray Thee, “Show me Your glory.”
Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

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