Welcome to the June 2018 Prayer Vigil!
Hebrews 11:6 speaks familiar words to us. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Read that again and insert the words “believing God” where the word “faith” is located -
“And without believing God it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Consider what and how you believe God as you walk through our prayer vigil this month.
A Bible Study by Beth Moore is called “Believing God.” There is a five-statement pledge of faith that the author is challenging participants to reconfirm commitment to and these include: God is who He says He is; God can do what He says He can do; I am who God says I am; I can do all things through Christ; God’s Word is alive and active in me.
Pray that we as a church will believe that God is who He says He is.
Pray we will believe He is the God described in the following verses. Meditate and pray these verses out loud or in your heart and end the reading with “I believe You, Father”.
Isaiah 45:5-7 I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.
Jeremiah 9:24b I am the Lord who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the Lord.
Psalm 103:8-11 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.
Pray that we as a church will believe that God can do what He says He can do.
Pray these verses and thank the Father for His unfailing love that covers every crisis, need, change, transition, even doubt. Conclude with “I believe You, Father.”
Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken, and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
John 15:7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
Pray that as a church, as individuals we will believe I am who God says I am.
Ponder these truths. Do you believe them completely? Pray with thanksgiving for yourself. Pray these truths for someone you know who might be struggling with who they believe they are. Conclude with “I believe You, Father.”
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
I Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
Ephesians 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – believing God – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works.
Pray that we as individuals will believe that I can do all things through Christ.
Colossians 2: 9-10 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is head over every power and authority.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
John 15: 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Because of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us, we have been forgiven, adopted into God’s family, given power through the Holy Spirit, and equipped for every good work designed for us before the world was formed. Pray in praise and awesome thanks for this reality. Confess your doubts and lack of faith to believe what God has done in and through you as His child.
With thanksgiving say, “I believe You, Father.”
Pray that we as individuals and the family of IBC will believe that God’s word is alive and active in each of us.
Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Pray that you will live the promises that God has given you from His Word. Pray that any truth you are struggling with He will clarify for you. Pray that where you are disobeying God’s Word you will see and confess so His forgiveness and healing can be alive and active in you. Pray that as a church we will not avoid the truth of the Bible. Pray we will be holy people because we have accepted, embraced and given God’s grace to ourselves and to others. With tenderness and confidence conclude with “I believe You, Father.”
Isaiah 55:12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers that myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.
Did you see it? Believing God is for the Lord’s renown, His praise, His glory. Believing God for all of the above and so much more is for His honor. It’s never about us. It’s all about Him, our Living, Powerful, Awesome God. This same One who wants us to know him as Abba…Baba…Daddy.
Because of this time with the Father, His Word, your reflection, now direct your prayer to needs for intercession and petition.
Those among us who need healing, comfort and encouragement:
- Beatrice Ariwi, that the Lord will give her wellbeing and strength to love her family and participate in ministry at IBC and bring glory to Him. Pray also for John who is caring for her.
- Y.M. Chen, for restoration of his body and speech that he may bear witness to the lost of God’s goodness. Also pray for Anna who is caring for him.
- James Paul, that the Lord will protect and guide him and use even his weak health for His purposes. For both him and Latika as they spend the Summer in India visiting family members.
- Samad Hashmi, that the Lord will heal him of his severe eczema and take away the cause.
- Mr. Lau (Samatha and Preston’s father), that the Lord will heal his glaucoma and restore his vision. Uncle Ip, that the Lord will heal his macular degeneration and restore his vision.
- Miranda Luk’s father who is suffering from cancer and is undergoing a new form of treatment. Pray also for his salvation.
Those who have experienced or are expecting significant changes in life:
- Alfie Ariwi who announced his engagement in the USA recently while continuing his studies at the Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia.
- The young people from IBC who have left home or will leave to further their studies, and also their parents who will miss them.
- Preston Lau as he desires the Lord’s guidance on how to use his musical talent to bring glory to the Lord.
- Kaushic and Dang Biswas as they settle in the Philippines as missionaries with their children under WEC. Pray that the children will adjust well to new environments and friends.
Pastor Will and his family, the church staff, the deacons and ministry leaders at IBC and the different ministries. Pray also for the Small Community Groups and the Life Groups, especially the families and individuals who are hosting these groups. Pray in particular for our children, youths and young adults, and for the teachers and the parents who have the responsibility to pass the Word of the Lord to the children and young people (Deut. 11: 19).
Those among us who are non-believers – our loved ones, friends, relatives, colleagues. That the love of God which they experience at IBC will draw them to the Lord and result in their salvation through Jesus Christ.
IBC’s missions and outreach ministries. The outreach to elderly people of Wah Fu Estate and our partnership with the Wah Fu Swatow Christian Church. The visits to the Ling Oi Drug Rehab Centre and the inmates who heard the Word. The Love and Peace Society and its events which reach out to the Muslim community, also Tabitha’s outreach to Muslims in the universities in South Korea. Prison ministries and our partnership with the Hong Kong Kun Sun Association. Friday night youth gathering “FUSE” and youth Alpha. Preparations for the Vacation Bible School to reach out to children and their parents, end of July and early August.
All of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ in IBC and around the world, that our believe in God the Father will make people amazed when they see our lives, such that they will be drawn to seek Him who gives life and salvation through Jesus Christ.
[This prayer guide was prepared by Charles Ip based on a 2005 prayer guide by Cindy Gaskins]