Father, I pray that tomorrow’s service will be Spirit-filled and accomplish Your purposes. I pray that people will truly see the glory of Your Son. I pray that our worship, teaching, and communion will lift You up and that You will draw all men and women to Yourself. Give us the ability to see Your glory tomorrow and truly be humbled. Please protect us from the routine and cause us to worship You as if it were our last time to worship You.
I pray for Your Spirit to go before our people and prepare them for worship before they arrive tomorrow. I pray that people will spend time today or tonight praying for tomorrow. I pray that people will pray that about their worship personally as well as the church’s worship corporately. I pray that we won’t take worship for granted; I pray that people will prioritize worship privately and publicly. I pray that people won’t be casual about worship tomorrow; I pray that Your Spirit will give them the desire and determination to do more than attend worship but to truly worship.
I pray that people will come prepared to worship. This idea just popped into my head so I’m going to trust that it is from You, I pray that for Josh to write something that teaches people how to prepare for worship. If this is from You, confirm it in Josh’s heart. I’d love to see us write something about private worship and public worship. We need to write something on preparing for worship and participating in worship. Father, should this be a complimentary piece with Josh’s CD? Father, if this is You, breath life into this vision. It is my desire to teach our people how to prioritize worship, how to prepare for worship, how to pray for worship, and how to participate in worship. Father, I pray that these are God-ideas instead of good ideas.
I pray that 2012 will be the year of the Word and Prayer. I pray that 2012 will be the year of the Word and Worship. I pray that our people will read through the New Testament with me daily and pray with me on Saturdays. I pray that our people will discipline themselves to prioritize private worship and public worship. Father, if our people do that then their lives will be an expression of worship. Father, if our people do that then 2012 will be the year of the Word, Worship, and Work. If we prioritize the Word of God and the Worship of God, then we will prioritize the Work of God.
Father, I praying big and bold prayers for 2012. When our people prioritize the Word and prayer then 2012 has unlimited possibilities. I want 2012 to be the year of breakthroughs on every level. I want people to experience the breakthrough of putting You FIRST. Wow, that may be from You right there. Is that the one word You want us to emphasize for 2012?
I’ve been praying asking you to show me Your vision in one word for 2012. Is it the word FIRST? I’ve wanted to make it Love Works to reinforce our vision, but that is two words, but the word FIRST says it all. Holy Spirit, show me if that is Your provision of the one Word. Holy Spirit, confirm that to me, confirm through the Word, prayer, circumstances, and wise counsel. Holy Spirit, confirm it through our staff team.
FIRST works in the sense that private worship is putting God FIRST, public worship is putting God FIRST. It works in the respect that the Year of the Word, Worship, and Work is putting God FIRST. It is alignment with reading through the New Testament and praying with me on Saturdays. Father, what do we want people to do? You want people to put You FIRST. It goes all the back to the FIRST commandment: “You shall have no other gods before me.” It is in perfect agreement and alignment with our mission of Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples.
Father, if we put You FIRST then everything else takes care of itself. FIRST needs to be the name of my message on January 1st, FIRST needs to be the brand for setting spiritual goals for 2012. FIRST needs to be the reason we have a daily priority time and the reason why we pray together on Saturdays. Father, FIRST is the answer to every problem. FIRST is the answer to every goal. FIRST is the answer to the first 10 years and FIRST is the answer to the next ten years. FIRST is the answer to holiness and happiness.
Father, I pray that people will make decisions to put You FIRST tomorrow. I pray for many to trust You as their Lord and Savior; I pray for others to repent of not having You FIRST. I pray for people to put FIRST by going public with their faith. If someone has trusted You as their Lord and Savior but has been baptized, I pray that they will quit delaying and obey. I think it is offensive to the Lord not to go public. It is like getting married but refusing to wear a wedding ring. Not only is it offensive, but it give the enemy an opportunity to create doubt and to steal, kill, and destroy.
Father, why did You think it was necessary for us to go public? You didn’t do it to make us job through a hoop; You knew we needed the confirmation and confidence. You knew we needed the spiritual marker. What happened after Jesus was baptized? You led him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil three times. Our faith will always be tested and we need to be able to look back and know that we once believed enough to go public. I pray for anyone who hasn’t been baptized yet to be led of the Spirit to go public with his or her faith. I definitely need to do a new video walking people through the journalistic questions of baptism.
Father, I want our people to quit doing things their way instead of Your way. I want our people to quit holding to their opinion instead of obeying Your Word. Father, grow our followers from 30% to 40% to 50% and beyond. Father, give me the ability to lead and communicate better than ever before this year. Give me the boldness of the Holy Spirit to say what needs to be said and to say it the way You would say it. Give me the boldness of the Holy Spirit to do what needs to be do and to do it the way that You would do it. Father, give me more confidence than I’ve ever had before for the purpose of loving You, living for You, and leading for You.
Father, I pray that You will anoint Josh and Andy tomorrow and for our O Holy Night Christmas service. I pray that they will be sensitive to Your Spirit and follow every prompting of Your Spirit. I pray that You will fill them with Your Spirit and use them to the max tomorrow. I pray that Andy will teach in the power and demonstration of Your Spirit. I pray that tomorrow will be Spirit-filled and that You will accomplish Your purpose. Whatever You do, do not allow us to lower expectations for any reason. I pray that we will finish the year tomorrow with our best Sunday Service of the year. I pray that we will pray more, be prepared more, and obey more. I pray that we will expect much and anticipate much. I pray that You will we will see the service from Your perspective. What do you want to see during worship tomorrow? What do you want to see from the teaching tomorrow? What do you want to see from communion tomorrow? What do you want to accomplish in the respond time? Father, we aren’t successful unless Your will is accomplish. Success is pleasing You and being used by You to accomplish Your will.
Father, please anoint Andy’s book and use it to plant seeds in the hearts of children and parents alike. I pray that the book will find itself in the hands of the right person to publish it and give it broader circulation and effectiveness. I pray that You will anoint Josh’s CD “Live to Love” and cause the songs to be song around the world. I also pray that his CD will fall into the right hands and be given broader circulation so that it influence and impact more lives.
Father, I pray that You will cause our people to invest and invite for our Christmas service and for 2012. I pray that we will surpass all of our goals for 2012. I pray that our goals will be small compared to what You want to accomplish in and through us. I pray that You will do exceedingly abundantly beyond all that we can ask or think. I pray that You will give Holy Spirit inspired creativity for Holy Week. I pray that we will create an experience that brings unbelievable numbers of people to salvation, baptism, and partnership in and through Highpoint Church as well as other churches.
Father, I pray that You will give us end of the year gifts that will enable us to purchase Briarcrest ($500,000 to $700,000). I don’t know who has the money or where it would come from but that isn’t my job; I pray that You give us exposure to people with the resources and supernaturally touch their hearts to give. I pray that You will give us the ability to purchase asap and renovate with excellence. I pray that You that You will bless us and give us the breakthroughs needed. I also pray that You will lead us to personnel hires that we need and bring them asap. Give us the student positions, serve positions, and administrative positions needed that will enable us to fulfill our vision and mission.
Father, thank you for everything that You’ve done in 2011. Thank you for all the salvations, baptisms, and spiritual growth. Thank you for all the answered prayers. Thank you for the sabbatical. Thank you for Mark and Annika’s salvation and growth. Thank you for the new staff members and new positions. Thank you for all the progress as a staff and as a church.
“I pray Thee, Show me Your glory.”