Monday through Thursday of next week (11/6 – 11/9), Mercy Hill is setting up a 24 -hour prayer train for the Together Initiative. We are asking that you would sign up for a 15-minute slot to pray leading up to Commitment Weekend: Click to access Prayer Chain. The following is a blog to help set-up your prayer time.
“ . . . in [Christ Jesus our Lord] we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him” (Eph. 3:12)
Here is Paul, after reflection on the eternal plan of God to reconcile the world to himself through Christ, answering the implied question, “What does my reconciliation with God mean?” Paul’s answer is that through our faith in Jesus and the gospel, our sins are washed away, and we can now be bold and confident in our access to God. We have communion with God and can bring our prayers and requests to him at any time as loved sons and daughters of God, through Jesus’s faithfulness.
Yet, many of us don’t know how to pray. And this isn’t just a modern Western problem. One of the disciples requested of Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples” (Luke 11:1). Jesus then delivered to them what we now call the Lord’s Prayer. Many theological giants have trained their students to use the Lord’s Prayer as a framework for their prayers.
Using the Lord’s Prayer to Pray for the Together Initiative
So, how can you work this into your 15-minute prayer for the Together Initiative? One of the lines of the Lord’s Prayer is “Your Kingdom come” (Luke 11:2). When speaking of the Kingdom of God, there is an “already” and a “not yet.” The not yet of the Kingdom is the day when Jesus returns and brings the establishment of his Kingdom with him. He will accomplish it, and this is reflected in the prayers of the New Testament where writers beg Jesus to come soon (1 Cor. 16:22, Rev. 22:20).
But the already part, is that the Kingdom is advancing throughout the world by the spreading and acceptance of the gospel. Jesus is creating his Kingdom people through faith before he establishes the Kingdom fully. And this is the part of the Lord’s Prayer that we can use as a framework for our Together Initiative prayers. We can pray, “God, your Kingdom is coming, and we know that the only way to have access to that Kingdom is by faith in the life, death, and resurrection of your Son Jesus. We ask that our giving to the Together Initiative will be acceptable to you and that you will use it for the advancement of your Kingdom on earth as it saves and transforms people fit for the Kingdom. We know that you have promised to do this. We pray that you will allow us to participate through these financial gifts—that compared to you are small and insignificant. And please create in the hearts of the people at Mercy Hill a love and joy for your mission and give us confidence that our sacrifice is not in vain. In Jesus Christ, Amen.”
You don’t have to use these words, but I hope that they can help direct your thoughts.
-Alex Nolette (Community Groups/Equip Coordinator)