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PRAYING FOR OUR AIMS FOR GROWTH
Posted by - Helen Porteous, September 2016


As a Parish church family, we aim in dependence upon God and upon his grace in our Lord Jesus Christ to grow in our commitments as demonstrated by the early church in Acts 4:

To prayer as individual Christians and together.

Ask God that we may [Eph 6v18, 19] pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

To God’s Word as individuals and together.

Pray that this may be true of us: [Psalm 119v14-16] ‘I will rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees, I will not neglect your word.’

To proclaiming the Gospel of eternal salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ to our parish.

As the Apsotle Paul says, [Eph 6v19] ‘pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should’.

To love and good deeds towards our parish through community involvement.

Pray that we will [1Pet 4v10] use whatever gift we have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. Pray that [1Pet 4v11] if anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.

To the Body of Christ meeting locally and to loving Christian relationships within the family of God’s church.

Give thanks that [Heb 10v23] He who promised is faithful. Pray that we will [Heb 10v24] consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Pray that we will [Heb 10v25] not give up meeting together as some are in the habit if doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

To regular, planned, sacrificial Christian giving to the work of God’s kingdom in and through the parish church.

Pray that we may give cheerfully knowing that [Phil 4v18] the gifts we send are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. Pray that [Phil 4v19] ‘my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus’.

Compiled by Mrs Helen Porteous

 

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