Welcome to the Sep 2021 Prayer Vigil!
Thank you for participating with other brothers and sisters in this time of prayer at IBC. As God’s children and citizens of God’s kingdom, prayer ought to precede any actions we may take or any plans we may make. The Bible teaches us that it is always best to be conscious of God’s presence and have oneness with His purpose and plans because He is creator and sovereign of all in the universe, He is omniscient, omnipotent and He loves and cares for us (Ps. 55: 22; 1 Pet. 5:7).
“No one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.” (Jer. 10: 6 & 7).
Let us pray knowing that God sees and knows all things, He has all wisdom and He has the authority to judge - “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we have to give an account.” (Heb. 4: 13).
“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Prov. 2: 6).
Let us pray by entering into His presence with reverence, worshipping Him who as Lord, God and King. How wonderful also that we can draw near to Him because we have a love relationship with Him (1 John 4: 15 – 19) and He is our Father in heaven. Our faith in Jesus Christ has given us this privilege - “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him….Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1: 9 – 12).
Let us pray knowing that we can only get to God the Father through Jesus - “Jesus answered, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”” (John 14: 6 & 7).
Let us pray to God the Father knowing that we have the privilege of being brothers and sisters with Jesus - “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” (Mark 3: 35). "Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” (Rom. 8: 17).
Let us pray knowing that Jesus is interceding for us in heaven as our eternal high priest. He is sitting at God’s right hand after offering himself on the cross as the sacrifice for all our sins once and for all times - “…because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to safe completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them….he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins and then for the for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself.” (Heb. 7: 24 – 27).
Let us pray knowing that because of Jesus we have confidence to draw near to God - “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Heb. 4: 14 – 16).
Let us pray knowing that God is faithful and just - “He is the Rock. His works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.” (Deut. 32: 4).
Let us pray knowing that God’s ways are always superior to our ways and that God has the power to use all things, even bad things for good – “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Is. 55: 9). “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8: 28).
Let us pray in Thanksgiving –
- - For God’s goodness and mercy in providing both physical and online worship for IBC; Give thanks for all the members of the body who make this possible.
- - For our deacons who delivered Spirit-filled sermons each Sunday which strengthen our faith and knowledge of God and His word; and that Pastor Will can have a time of rest.
- - For Pastor Will, our deacons, ministry leaders and workers, worship teams, our church staff, and for God’s grace as He has blessed us with love and unity in His Spirit.
- - That Rose Lim’s brother-in-law, Ian has been improving since his heart operation and discharge from hospital in the beginning of August.
- - For the wedding of Timothy Metz and Olivia Hartford in Montana, USA, on September 2.
- - For the many ways that the Lord has used and blessed IBC for his purposes – for the VBS in early August; for how our children have grown and participated in worship; for the funds for COVID relief we were able to send to India; For the people and work of Christ we are supporting here and elsewhere; For how we are able to pray for each other and help in each other’s burdens.
In Supplication –
- - For strength and wisdom in the Spirit for Pastor Will, the deacons, ministry leaders and workers and church staff as they attend to all aspects of God’s business.
- - For those who have joined us recently in worship and ministry; for growth in faith and knowledge of God’s word for new believers among us.
- - The pastors, brothers and sisters in Afghanistan in this very uncertain and difficult time; for God to provide protection, strength and wisdom that they may endure in their faith.
- - Protection for those who have travelled abroad – the Brown family (Ian, Joy, Jimmy and Maggie) to England; Timmy and Joshua Tso and other young people who have to attend school abroad.
- - God’s strength and wisdom for individuals and families who are burdened by difficulties or challenges.
- - God’s grace and peace for those who have recently lost loved ones – Grace Tham and her family; Kenneth Lee’s wife Pauline whose mother went to be with the Lord.
- - God’s healing hand upon Lena Lam, Veronica Tso, Henry Wong’s mother, Yanni’s daughter Diana (bone cancer), Tony Mo’s wife Fanny, Pansy Lam (recovering at home from hip injury), Rose Lim (second foot operation) as well as her brother-in-law, Ian.
- - God’s grace and special care for Beatrice, Y.M. Chen, Herald Lau, James Paul; and God’s strength for those who provide care.
- - For IBC to continue as a caring community of disciples in Prayer, in Reaching out with the Gospel, as a Body for Serving God’s Kingdom and the community, and Abiding in the Word.
Let us offer up our prayers in Jesus’ name in conformance to the Father’s will and for His glory. “…And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son will bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.” (John 14: 12 – 14). Amen!
[This prayer guide was prepared by Charles Ip]