Welcome to the August 2020 Prayer Vigil!
Praise the Lord for He has given you the privilege of direct communion with Him all the time. Day or night, Central or Kowloon, America or China, God hears us all, no limitation, no special skill needed. Nothing is more blessed than quiet, unbroken communication with Him. Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving and be still and listen.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” --- Psalm 100:4-5
“True, whole prayer is nothing but love.” --- St. Augustine
Let us bring ourselves before God just as we are. For God is a loving and compassionate Father. We do not have to pretend to be holy or try to conceal our shortcomings but pour our hearts out to Him for …”He is greater than our hearts and He knows everything.” (1 John 3:20)
The truth of the matter is, we all come to prayer with a tangled mass of motives – altruistic and selfish, merciful and hateful, loving and bitter. Frankly, this side of eternity we will never unravel the good from the bad, the pure from the impure. But what I have come to see is that God is big enough to receive us with all our mixture. We do not have to be bright, or pure, or filled with faith, or anything. That is what grace means, and not only are we saved by grace, we live by it as well. And we pray it. --- From Richard Foster
The closer we come to the heartbeat of God the more we see our need and the more we desire to be conformed to Christ. When we pray, God slowly and graciously reveals to us our evasive actions and sets us free from them. Be still now; listen quietly to the silent thunder of the Lord of hosts.
Teach me to stop and listen, teach me to centre down
Teach me the use of silence; teach me where peace is found
Teach me to hear your calling, teach me to search your word
Teach me to hear in silence, things I have never heard
How often do we stop & listen? Slow down & pray ?
Rest. Rest. Rest in God’s love. The only work you are required now to do is to give your most intense attention to His still, small voice within. --- Madame Jeanne Guyon
Read Psalm 32.
Read it again, but pray the Psalm this time. Ask God to reveal the truth & give you fresh understanding of this Psalm to you.
Pray for the Church Leadership
- For the leadership of IBC, now and in the future. Pastor Will Pritchard and our Deacons – John Ariwi, Frederick Chan, Kenneth Lee, Samuel Lam. Pray for Godly wisdom for these faithful servants, for their understanding and discernment to hear God’s voice and obey His commands. For unity and clarity of mind to bring glory to our Lord.
- For those who lead our youths and young adult ministries – Carlos Spencer and Hannah Misi.
- For those who lead our children’s ministry – Analie Spencer, Jackline Chan, Anny Metz, Heather Beselt.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” --- James 3:17-18
“Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end.
Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.” --- Psalm 119:33-36
Pray for Ministries
- All ministries that bring glory to God. For all who teach/lead and for all who learn/participate/benefit in these ministries. Pray that our work for God’s kingdom and His gospel will continue in the Spirit with more power even in the COVID-19 pandemic environment.
- Youth, Young Adult, Children, Women, Men, Prayer, Missions, Worship, Media, Discipleship, Life groups, Small Community groups and more. Pray for God’s guidance and provisions for IBC’s Alpha Course to begin August 31.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.” --- John 15:12-17
“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should
be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” --- Philippians 2:1-8
Pray for the IBC family, friends and loved ones
- Pray for unity in the Spirit for the IBC family, the leadership, ministry workers; everyone. All actions coming out of love for the body of Christ, all parts working in unity as one body – effectively as Salt & Light for Christ to the world.
- “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” --- Ephesians 4:15-16
- Pray for spiritual growth. For both young and mature followers of Christ and especially those who have recently received Salvation through Christ.
- ‘Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” --- Colossians 3:12-15
- Pray for the seeking hearts. Those who are sick, burdened, confused, hurt, weak and in need.
- Pray for our Father’s care and healing for Lena Lam, Beatrice Ariwi, Y.M. Chen, Veronica Tso, Harold Lau, Uncle Ip, James Paul in India.
- Pray for God’s provision & guidance for families affected by COVID-19, for family members abroad, for people we know who work in the frontlines of the pandemic.
- “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” --- 2 Cor 1:4
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” --- Hebrews 10:23-25
Pray for persons as the Holy Spirit guides you today. And finally pray for your own heart, “do life with God”
[This prayer guide was prepared by Charles Ip based on the August 2006 prayer guide by Krystle Yap]