Tonight Crew is staying up all night to pray, just as Jesus asked his disciples to do the night before he was crucified. (Matthew 26:36-45). We will begin praying at 6pm and continue until 6am. Instead of everyone staying up all night, we have asked you to pick an hour slot to pray. After you are done, post a comment to this blog with your reflection, prayer, testimony, whatever.
Everyone needs to stick to their hour that they signed up for. Sign-up sheets were passed around last Sunday, and each slot was filled, so if you weren’t there then just pick an hour block. If you don’t remember what time you signed up for then e-mail or call Josh Perry.
Now there isn’t any one right way to pray, but here are some ideas and suggestions of ways to pray:
- Make sure you are free from distraction – turn off your cell phone, the TV, radio, etc.
- Turn on some soft worship or instrumental music.
- Start with your daily reading from the Lent booklet.
- You can pray while sitting, kneeling, standing, walking, jumping, dancing, whatever. Moving around a little bit may help keep your focus.
Suggestions for Prayer:
- Tell God your favorite aspect of his character and why.
- Praise God for who He is an what he has done.
- Confess sin and leave it with God
- Pray that God reveals areas of your life that need changing or improving.
- Pray for an open heart and mind as God works in your life
- Thank God for what he has done for you, is doing for you
- Affections stirred for Jesus
- Develop a deep love for the Cross of Christ
- Pray for friends who don’t know Jesus
- Thank God for allowing us to live in a country where we are free to celebrate his awesomeness and worship openly and freely
- Pray for Crew
- Pray for your leaders
- Pray for your city
- Pray for your neighbors
- Pray for your family
- Pray for your small group
- Pray for missionaries and missions both locally and worldwide.
- Pray through scripture: Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Psalm 91, Psalm 139, etc.
- Pray for what is on your heart
- Ask God to give you a meaningful Good Friday, anticipation for Easter, and the celebration of the resurrection.
Finally, post your reflection, prayer, comment, or testimony to the comment section of this blog.