Vision Prayer

14 Days of Prayer for Peace Church

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18

An Invitation

Since January of this year, the Vision Team has been meeting regularly to consider what vision should guide Peace Church for the next three to five years. We have celebrated how God has blessed us and uniquely positioned us, noted the challenges we face, learned more about our community, and considered our ministry focus, staffing, and facilities. In all of this we have prayed. Having made our recommendations to Session, we now invite you to pray for the elders and deacons as they make decisions. Please take the next 14 days to pray. Use this as a guide, yet don’t stop with these requests: let the Spirit use these short thoughts and reminders of the importance of prayer as prompts to fuller and deeper prayer for the work of the Lord in our midst.

Day 1

Pray that God would give us hearts of gratitude for how he has blessed us as a church with godly leaders, land and facilities, servant-members, and the ability to support many home and foreign missions.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. (Col. 4:2)

Day 2

Thank God for the many new families he has brought to Peace Church, and pray that we will know better how to enfold them into our community by giving them opportunities to exercise their gifts and abilities in service to the church and community.

And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. (1 Jn. 3:22)

Day 3

Thank God for His financial provision for our church, allowing us to pay off our mortgage and hire new staff. Pray that as we are challenged to grown, God will give us cheerful hearts to give sacrificially to meet the challenge.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (Jn. 14:13)

Day 4

Pray that the Spirit will give us a compassion for the lost - our neighbors, co-workers, and family members - such that we will be motivated to share both the Gospel and our very lives with them. Pray that God would add to our number many who come by profession of new faith in Jesus Christ.

And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31)

Day 5

Pray that the Session and Diaconate would make wise decisions about the necessary staffing for the church in the next 3-5 years, and that God would continue to renew, sustain, and equip the current staff to fulfill their various callings.

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. (Jer. 29:12)

Day 6

Thank God for the many renovations being made to our facilities. Pray that God will give us wisdom as we consider when and how to expand our facilities to accommodate growth and better minister to our church and community.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

Day 7

Pray that God will help us to better understand our challenges as a church and how, by his grace, to meet those challenges. Ask God to take us out of our comfort zone and give us a willingness to step out in faith and trust him.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6-7)

Day 8

Confess any unwillingness you may have had to be regular in worship, to engage in fellowship, or to love your neighbor. Thank God for his gracious forgiveness and empowering Spirit.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:16)

Day 9

Ask God to grow our hearts for planting new churches in the Triangle area in the next 3-5 years, and ask him to give us wisdom about how and when to support and encourage such new churches.

And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42)

Day 10

Pray that God would ignite a movement of discipleship at Peace Church such that all members would grow deeper not only in knowledge of the Word but in application of that Word to all of life, thereby transforming individuals, families, our church, and our community.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. (Jn. 15:16)

Day 11

Ask God to give us a willingness to change as individuals and as a church in order to better minister to and reach our community, while at the same time conserving our multigenerational, Bible-teaching, and Christ-focused congregation.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jer. 33:3)

Day 12

Pray that God would give us wisdom as to how to reorient our mission to focus on his priorities for Peace Church in this time and place, particularly in being welcoming to newcomers.

. . . . your father knows what you need, before you as him. (Matt. 6:8b)

Day 13

Pray that God would make us a praying, God-dependent church with humble regard for our own abilities to grow and change but growing faith that God can do immeasurably more than we ask or conceive.

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Rom. 8:26)

Day 14

Thank God for sustaining Peace Church through times of adversity and of blessing, and ask him to deepen our faith, love and hope in Jesus.

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Rom. 12:12)