TUESDAY PRAYER - June 1


We gather to pray for direction, revival, and renewal in our personal prayer lives, 

our church and the world around us. 

Schedule

12:05-12:20 - Part I: Worship & Intercession

12:20-12:35 - Part II: Praying the Psalms

12:35-12:50 - Part III: Praying for Our Church, Our Neighborhood, or The World


If we finish a section early we will wait until the start time for the next section in case someone is only able to join for that part. 

PART I: WORSHIP & INTERCESSION*

*intercession  is a fancy and cool word that DESCRIBES a standing in the gap AND a stepping in on somebody else's behalf through prayer.

  • The empty filled, the wounded heal
    The broken back together
    The poor are blessed, the weary rest
    We will dance forever


    The blinded see, the chained are free
    The doubtful now believer
    The outcast known, the orphan home
    You are my Redeemer


    Behold, behold, behold
    What love can do
    Behold, behold
    He's making all things new


    The lost return, the voiceless heard
    The mourner now rejoicing
    The mountains shake, the world awake
    Creation all composing


    The sad untrue, the earth renewed
    The song has found its singer
    The darkness lie, the dead alive
    You are my Redeemer


    Behold, behold, behold
    What love can do
    Behold, behold
    He's making all things new


    Behold, behold, behold
    What love can do
    Behold, behold
    He's making all things new


    And we've been struck down
    We're not destroyed
    We've sown in tears
    We'll reap in joy

    We've been struck down
    We're not destroyed
    We've sown in tears
    We'll reap in joy

    My eyes are open
    My eyes are open, now


    Behold what love can do, yeah

    Behold, behold, behold
    What love can do
    Behold, behold
    He's making all things new


  • Drew is celebrating and praising God for: 

    A wonderful school year for Lauren and the kids!

    MH staff and the amazing volunteer leaders who are shaping Mercy Hill!


    Please pray for: 

    Drew, Lauren, Eli and Eleanor as they prepare to travel - logistics, health, safety

    Drew's sleep and energy level

    Eleanor's attitude

    The kids to have opportunities to share their faith

    Japan to open up  

PArT II: PRAYING THE PSALMS

Abbreviated and Adapted Introduction to the Psalms by Eugene Peterson

Most Christians for most of the Christian centuries have learned to pray by praying the Psalms. The Psalms are a prayer book that gives us language adequate for responding to the God who speaks to us. The Psalms teach us to pray by giving voice to the entire experience of being human, both honestly and thoroughly. 


The Psalms in their original language are earthy and rough. They are the utterances of men and women passionate for God in moments of anger and praise and lament. Modern english translations can miss something of that. 


In selecting the New Living Translation for our prayer exercise we are hoping to use a translation of the Psalms that show off the immense range and the terrific energies of prayer in the kind of language that is more immediate to the way we speak and think now. Just like the Psalms were originally written in a language and style that was common, understandable, and even raw and emotionally charged to its authors and readers. 


Only as we develop raw honesty and detailed thoroughness in our prayer do we become whole, truly human in Jesus Christ, who also prayed the Psalms. 


Full Introduction to the Psalms



Psalm 34

1 I will praise the Lord at all times.

I will constantly speak his praises.

2 I will boast only in the Lord;

let all who are helpless take heart.

3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;

let us exalt his name together.


4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.

He freed me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;

no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;

he saved me from all my troubles.

7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;

he surrounds and defends all who fear him.


8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.

Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people,

for those who fear him will have all they need.

10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,

but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.


11 Come, my children, and listen to me,

and I will teach you to fear the Lord.

12 Does anyone want to live a life

that is long and prosperous?

13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil

and your lips from telling lies!

14 Turn away from evil and do good.

Search for peace, and work to maintain it.


15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;

his ears are open to their cries for help.

16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;

he will erase their memory from the earth.

17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.

He rescues them from all their troubles.

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;

he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.


19 The righteous person faces many troubles,

but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;

not one of them is broken!

21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked,

and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.

No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

PART III: PRAYING FOR OUR CHURCH, OUR NEIGHBORHOOD*, OR THE WORLD

*WE THINK OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AS OUR PHYSICAL NEIGHBORHOODS, THE PLACES WE PLAY, LEARN, AND WORK AND THE LARGER METRO AREA

PRAYING FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD

Alpha Class  

 

Pray for people to sign up for Alpha

Pray for neighbors to hear about this and want to be a part

Pray for people in our community to invite neighbors and friends

Pray for spiritual breakthroughs during this class

Pray that God works in the lives of everyone who signs up

Pray for upcoming baptisms


(Pray also for the Raising Money in May, that God would provide and people would be generous)