Welcome to the Jan 2021 Prayer Vigil!
As you approach the Throne of Grace this first weekend of 2021, may these thoughts, hymns and Scriptures touch your heart and lead you into reverence for the Most High God. Be conscious of the privilege it is to unite in prayer with brothers- and sisters-in-Christ and to be in accord on issues that affect the life of IBC. May you be blessed for committing to prayer!
Let me at Thy Throne of Mercy, find a sweet relief,
Kneeling there in deep contrition – help my unbelief.
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN HALLOWED BE THY NAME
"Father" is a precious form of address to all New Testament believers. Hallowed means "beheld in reverence", "treated as holy". God asks that we come to Him as our Father - praise Him that He is your loving Father, a God who personally knows you and loves you. He knows who you've been and He alone knows who you will become. Ponder the attributes of a holy God - honour Him with your words.
• Psalm 48:1 “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise”
You are worthy, Father, Creator, You are worthy, Saviour, Sustainer, You are worthy, worthy and wonderful, Worthy of worship and praise.
• Duet. 32:3 “O praise the greatness of our God”
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight
All praise we would render, O help us to see
Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee.
Please pray for the worship/music team that each week they lead the congregation into a deeper sense of worship of God that hallows His name and is pleasing in His sight. Pray also for our Pastor Will as he prepares sermons week after week - that he might hear from God and be equipped and enabled to shepherd us closer to the Lamb of God. Remember too our children and youth workers ... that all that they do will have sweet eternal consequences in the hearts of those they teach and lead.
THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
All believers in Christ should have a vital interest in the kingdom's arrival. We do not fulfill the Great Commission unless we heartily desire the nations to hear of our Saviour. Romans 10:14-15 says “How, then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'”
To the hardest of places, He calls me to go
Not thinking of comfort or ease,
Though some may pronounce me a dreamer, a fool,
Enough if the Master I please
Pray for those who are called to evangelize other cultures - who give up much to win souls for the Saviour. Please pray for the different people groups in China, the Lisu Christians in Yunnan Province, that the Gospel and God's Word will be passed from generation to generation and that the young people will not forsake Jesus for worldly temptations. Pray for God’s work among the Muslims in Hong Kong.
• John 20:21 “As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you.”
So send I you to bind the bruised and broken,
O'er wandering souls to work, to weep, to wake:
To bear the burdens of a world aweary.
So send I you to suffer for My sake.
We don't have to go far when we are "sent'... many in IBC are reaching out to the lost right here in HK, either on an individual basis (i.e. one-on-one with friends, family and neighbours) or as members of different ministry groups. Please pray for those serving in areas such as Love and Peace Ministry, the Care and Share Homely Shelter, Prison Ministry, Banana and Water Ministry and others. God doesn't promise that serving will be easy - but oh there is joy to be found in doing the Father's will!
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
What an awesome blessing to be able to bring our petitions before the Father, and we are to do so daily! But not only our own needs should be brought to God's feet - but those of our brethren. Galations 6:2 reminds us to “carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Allow the Lord to take your hand as you struggle with issues such as illness, depression, loneliness, marital problems, disappointment, job loss, travel obligations. And ask the Father to hold tight to those you know who suffer similarly.
• Isaiah 41:13 “1am the Lord ... who takes hold of your right hand”
Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, help me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn;
Thro' the storm, thro' the night, lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.
• Hebrews 13:5 “...Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”
• Matthew 28:20 “...And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Never a trial that He is not there,
Never a burden that He doth not bear:
Never a sorrow that He doth not share,
Moment by moment, I'm under His care.
Please bring these names before God - you may not know them or their particular burdens - but you can be assured that God does and He waits to bless and strengthen and guide: Beatrice, Y.M. Chen, Lena, Herald, Uncle Ip, James and Latika. Are there other names, in this time of the pandemic that God lays on your heart? Bring them also before His Throne of Mercy.
FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
Forgiveness of sin is always by God's grace and based on Christ's atonement. Now is the time to confess your sins - Isaiah 1:18 says: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
• Psalm 51:7
"Wash me, and l will be whiter than snow"
Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole,
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol, cast out every foe -
Now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.
The Lord sees what you do and knows what's in your heart - confess today and experience the cleansing only Christ can bring. But it isn't enough to simply seek the Father's forgiveness for yourself... we are clearly told in Luke 6:37-38 to “forgive and you will be forgiven ... for with the measure you use, it will be measured to you”. How can we withhold forgiveness from someone else at the same time we ask God to forgive us? An unforgiving spirit is sin. Just consider how much God has already forgiven you! Ephesians 4:32 reminds us to “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you”. Pause now and ponder from whom you have withheld grace (the -same grace that you so desperately sought and gratefully received) ... and go no further till you and The Almighty agree.
LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
James 1:14 says “But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed”, and in 1 Corinthians 10:13 we read that “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful. He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it”. We will all face temptations (blessedly even Jesus was tempted) and it is not a sin to be tempted - but sin comes when we yield. Ask God to spare you from needless temptations and to strengthen you to persevere. Rejoice that Jesus was tempted but remained sinless and thereby became our spotless Passover Lamb.
• Hebrews 2:18
“Because He Himself suffered ..He is able to help those who are being tempted”
O how the world to evil allures me!
O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the victory win.
• 2 Peter 2:9
The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby.
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
May you never lose sight of the joyous fact that “He that is in you is greater than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4)
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER AND EVER
- Psalm 145:13 “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations.”
- Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God.”
- 1 Timothy 1:17 “Now to the King eternal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory forever and ever.”
Praise God that He alone is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent; that He was before time began and will be when time is no more.
Hear our prayer, O heavenly Father, for our dear Redeemer's sake.
[This prayer guide is from a 2008 prayer guide by Andrew and Robyn Cameron]