Prayer vigil

Welcome to the March 2024 Prayer Vigil!



We are in the season of Lent, a 40-day period before Easter when Christians prepare for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is a time of spiritual preparation with prayer, reading the Scriptures, fasting and almsgiving. One of the traditions in some Christian communities during Easter is to reenact the Stations of the Cross and offer up prayers. Each Station represents a significant event, either from the Bible or tradition, which occurred on the route which Jesus took as he carried his cross from the place of his trial in Jerusalem to the place of his crucifixion. In this prayer time let us meditate on Christ’s journey to the cross, and some Scripture verses – the longer journey which began in eternity past.


Lord Jesus –

You are one with God the Father since the very beginning, before the creation of the world (Jn 1:1-2, 10:30, 17:22-24). You were responsible for the creation of all things (Jn 1:3, Col 1:16-17). You have been loved by the Father since the beginning and shared the Father’s glory (Jn 10:17, 15:9, 17:5; Matt 3:17, 17:5; 2Pet 1:17). All along you have been one with God the Father. You are the great I AM (Jn 8:56-58).


You willingly gave up your glory and status as God to become a human being, born into humble circumstances in a world of darkness filled with sin and wickedness (2Cor 8:9; Phil 2:5-8). You are the light who came into darkness, to reveal the Father’s love and save sinners like me (Jn 3:19, 12:46; Col 1:13). Yet you were ignored, misunderstood, despised and rejected by those you have come to save (Mark 6:3; Luke 4:24-29; Jn 1:10-11, 6:41-42, 7:5). You faced the threat of murder since you were a child (Matt 2:13-15, 26:3-4; Mark 14:1; Luke 13:31, 19:47; Jn 5:18, 7:1) and you were maligned by wicked and powerful men (Matt 12:24, Mark 3:22). While you loved and ministered to people on earth there was no place you could call your own or belong (Luke 9:58).


You suffered extreme anguish because of what you knew you had to go through (Luke 22:44). You were betrayed into the hands of wicked men by one of your own followers (Jn 13:21, 26). You were deserted by your friends, even the one closest to you (Matt 26:55-56, 75; Mark 14:48-50; Luke 22:61- 62). You were falsely accused and victimized but you remained silent knowing the mission you had to accomplish (Matt 27:11-14; Mark 14: 57-65, 15:9-11). You were harassed, ridiculed and tortured (Matt 27:26-31; Mark 15:15). You were looked upon as a criminal, treated as one, and crucified with criminals (Jn 18:29-32; Luke 23:32, 33). Besides the excruciating pain of crucifixion, you suffered the horror of separation from God the Father which is the same as going to hell (Matt 27:46; Mark 15:34) because you took upon yourself what we deserve, bearing all our sins (1 Peter 2:24) as the perfect sacrifice acceptable to the Father to secure our salvation (Heb 7:27).


Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all that you had to go through for me! But I praise and give thanks to God the Father and celebrate with joy because –


You rose from the dead (Matt 28:6,7; Mark16:6; Luke 24:6-8) and appeared to your disciples and many witnesses (Jn 20:19,20, 21:1; Luke 24:13-44; 1 Cor 15:3-8). You ascended to heaven to God the Father (Luke 24:50-53). You are now seated at the right hand of the Father and interceding for us (Luke 22:67-69; Col 3:1; Heb 7:25), as the eternal High Priest for the ones who belong to you (Heb 4:14, 7:24). You told us you will return to gather together all who belong to you (Matt 24:30,31; Mark 13:26,27; Jn 14:2-3; Acts 1:11).


Lord, help us by your Holy Spirit that as we wait for your return, we go about diligently doing the work of your kingdom so that more people will be saved, recognizing Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Tim 6:14-15; Rev 17:14, 19:11-16).


Let us continue in prayer –

  • Give thanks to the Lord for Pastor Scott and Debbie, their work with the pastor search team, their guidance for and participation in the different ministries of the church.
  • Give thanks for the recent baptisms in our church and for the Lord to touch more hearts with the desire to be baptized and become members of the Body of Christ at IBC.
  • Give thanks for the opportunity to minister to the poor in the Philippines through KIDS International Ministries; pray for the work of this ministry to continue so that many lives will be changed through hearing the gospel and receiving Jesus.
  • Give thanks for those who are working in the children’s ministry, the youth and young adult ministries; for the Lord to provide strength and wisdom so that the children and young people will be nourished spiritually.
  • Give thanks for the deacons and different ministry teams as we work together as one body for worship, study and proclamation of God’s word, prayer, fellowship and missions.
  • For the Alpha Course which began at IBC on February 28, that arrangements for presentation and discussions in different languages will work out well and for hearts and lives to be transformed by the gospel message.
  • That we would take every opportunity to share the gospel with people around us as we prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter.
  • For preparations for the visit to the prison in Siu Lam at the end March.
  • For God to provide a children’s ministry coordinator.
  • For the Lord’s guidance to Carlos for his future direction and ministry.
  • For God’s wisdom and guidance as church leaders prepare for the annual general meeting.
  • For God’s comfort and peace to be with Thomas Lam, Veronica, Samuel, their family members and children after Lena Lam’s departure to be with the Lord on February 21.
  • For those among us who need physical, emotional or spiritual healing; physical healing and care for Michelle Niem (treated for sarcoma); Cliff Tan (to regain mobility after his stroke); Thomas Lam (healing for his eyes); Iris’ two sisters (for long term cancer remission and healing); Stephanie’s mother (protection from cancer recurrence); Quina’s friend Paula in California (treatment for cancer); Alice, sibling of Jackson’s sister-in-law (protection from cancer recurrence); Anna Chen’s niece, MeiMei, and her family (she is receiving care for terminal illness); for God’s grace and care for Beatrice, Y.M. Chen and Herald Lau that they may continue to participate in worship and fellowship.
  • For the Lord’s special gifts and peace for family members and those who are called to care for the elderly or ones with health or special needs.
  • That God may work in the lives of non-believing friends and loved ones – Frank Lai’s brother Jan (who needs healing for glaucoma); Kenneth Lee’s mother and siblings; protection for Michelle Niem’s family members; Angela’s sister and brother-in-law; Pansy’s husband; Stephanie’s parents; Frederick’s mother; Mona’s colleague and neighbour Lily; Ivy’s son and family; Maria Tanielu’s mother and family members in Samoa.
  • That many will turn to God and see their need for Jesus in the midst of wars, a world full of sin and struggles, disease, pollution and climate change.


“And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” (1 Cor 15:14)

Amen!


[This prayer guide was prepared by Charles Ip]


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