Welcome to the Jun 2019 Prayer Vigil!
As we come together to pray this first weekend of June 2019 as believers, let us draw near to God’s throne of grace with confidence (Heb. 4: 16). Confident that what the Bible says about our Father in heaven is true, confident in His steadfast love for us, confident that He is Almighty and nothing is too difficult for the ruler of this universe. Let us praise and worship Him for who He is even if we are facing the most difficult or daunting situations in our lives. Let us trust in Him like a child trusts in his loving earthly father and as a people who trust in God’s promises and who “live by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. 5: 7).
Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, was told that a “vast army” from Edom was about to invade Judah. Alarmed, the King and his people gathered in Jerusalem and prayed to God (read 2 Chron. 20: 1 - 30). They recounted God’s promises to their ancestors in their prayer and then trusted in God’s promise which was given by His Spirit through Jahaziel – “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.…..Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” The Scripture tells us that what followed was not an efficient and quick response to prepare for battle, but worship and giving praise to the Lord! And as they set out to face their enemy, King Jehoshaphat commanded his people to trust in the Lord and “…..appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.’”
While they were singing and praising God, the Lord worked and destroyed their enemies. The result was more praise and worship for the Lord by His people and the reputation of the Lord spreading to the surrounding nations.
In the book of Acts, Chapter 16, the Apostle Paul cast out a spirit which could make predictions, from a slave girl whom the owners were depending on to make money. This resulted in a great uproar, and Paul and Silas being severely flogged and locked up in the inner cell of a prison (read Acts 16: 16 – 40). However, while in this distressing situation, Paul and Silas were not trying to figure out a human way to be freed but “were praying and singing hymns to God”. What followed was God performing a miracle to have them freed and turned people’s hearts to Him.
Therefore, let us sincerely worship and praise our heavenly Father for who He is, trusting in the promises in His word and expecting Him to respond to our supplications and intercessions. Let us come together to pray and to pray in faith knowing that our Father will work in His remarkable ways and in His own timing as we see in the following Scriptures –
Read Acts 12: 1 – 10, which tells us of the imprisonment of Peter by King Herod and how “the church was earnestly praying to God for him.”
Read Matt. 8: 5 – 13, which tells us about the centurion, who went to Jesus to ask for healing for his servant. He amazed Jesus by his faith and Jesus responded by “’Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.’ And his servant was healed at that moment.”
Read Matt. 15: 21 – 28, which tells us about the Canaanite woman, who went to Jesus asking for healing for her daughter. Her “great faith” resulted in the healing of her daughter “at that moment.”
Let us praise and thank the Father –
- For the gift of faith and salvation that we have received by His grace through Jesus Christ who died for our sins on the cross, and was raised to life to give us the hope of resurrection and eternal life in His presence.
- For bestowing upon each of us His Holy Spirit as a mark on those who belong to Him and who is the guarantee of our inheritance in His kingdom.
- For His love which has been “poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 5: 5).
- For allowing us to be part of the IBC community of faith to worship, fellowship, to participate in the work of His kingdom. Thank the Father for our worship teams who lead us in worship week after week; for the faithfulness of our Life Group and Small Community Group leaders.
- For His protection, provisions for all our needs, answers to our prayers and His guidance and care as we navigate through difficulties in this world.
Let us pray with faith and in the Spirit as we lift up the following to the Father –
- Healing for Paul Jackson and Lena Lam as Paul awaits diagnosis from his brain scan and Lena will be undergoing brain surgery for brain lesions on Tuesday, May 28 (this is the information at the time of this writing. Updates will be sent out by email).
- Strength and healing for Y.M. Chen, Harold Lau, Beatrice, Pastor Kamran’s son Samad (suffering from eczema), Sylvia Teh in England (for cancer treatment); pray also for strength, peace and wisdom for their loved ones who provide care.
- James and Latika Paul in India - may the Lord grant them peace and strength as Latika and family members provide care for James.
- Those who are facing difficulties of unemployment, at work or in relationships; ask that the Lord’s presence be with them to give them faith, strength and wisdom to cope with the difficulties.
- Analie Spencer who is coordinating the children’s ministry together with Anny Metz, Jackline Chan and Heather Beselt; may the Lord enable this work to bear much fruit among the children and their parents; pray also for the mentoring of new teachers for the children.
- Preparations for the Vacation Bible School in August.
- Hannah Misi and Carlos Spencer who are working on the youth ministry; pray for the youths as they prepare for their mission trip to the Philippines to work with Kids International Ministry there.
- The men at IBC, for growth in their faith; more men to come into fellowship and become leaders.
- Kaushic and Dang Biswas in the Philippines for the Spirit’s power and protection for them and their children; Kaushic reaching out to the Indian community and Dang as communication coordinator with WEC.
- Those we are reaching out to at the Ling Oi Drug Rehab Centre, Mui Wo Elderly Home, the Elderly in Wah Fu, the homeless in Shamshuipo, the prisoners in Pik Uk and other prisons; the Love and Peace outreach to Muslims during Ramadan; pray also for Lincoln Loo’s Saturday street evangelism in Tsimshatsui; that the gospel will touch many hearts.
- Pastor Will and his family, our deacons and their families and our church staff and their families; may the presence and power of the Lord be with them and with the Body of Christ at IBC.
are my God, and I will praise you;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for
he is good;
his love endures forever.” (Psalm 118: 28, 29)
[This prayer guide was prepared by Charles Ip]