Prayer Plan //
September 2021

Spotlight

We desire to regularly come together and lift up specific requests to God.

  • Volunteer needs to be met in our ministries
  • Students who have food insecurity during summer months
  • Biological families of the foster children in WV
  • Those affected by the building collapse in Miami
  • The ongoing conflict in the Middle East

ACTS Method

Many believers have found the A.C.T.S. method for prayer helpful. This acronym is based on Jesus’ prayer in Matthew 6:9-13 and contains 4 pieces that are essential to prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

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Adoration

Praise God for who He is & what He has done.

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Confession

Be honest before God about the sin in your life. Acknowledge the ways that you have sinned against God and others with your thoughts, words, and actions. 

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Thanksgiving

Thank God for what He has done in your life and in the lives of others.

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Supplication

Ask God for specific requests and trust that He will answer your requests according to His will, not our own. 

Pro tip

Keep a prayer journal! Writing your prayers down will not only help you stay accountable to consistently communicate with God but will also provide you an easy way to see what God is doing in your life!

Spotlight

We desire to regularly come together and lift up specific requests to God.

  • Volunteer needs to be met in our ministries
  • Students who have food insecurity during summer months
  • Biological families of the foster children in WV
  • Those affected by the building collapse in Miami
  • The ongoing conflict in the Middle East

Concentric Circles

One helpful way of thinking about prayer is to think of concentric circles, you know the circle that’s inside of a circle, which is inside of another one and so on. If we visualize our prayer life in this way, it can help us to pray for all the people and situations in our different “circles.” For example, your smallest circle would be your home, then your community, and eventually your world. For some of you, there might be other circles you want to add in such as: your job, your church, your extended family, etc. That’s great! This is a flexible method that molds to help you pray for everyone in your life.

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YOUR HOME

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YOUR COMMUNITY

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YOUR STATE

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YOUR COUNTRY

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YOUR WORLD

Pro tip

Keep a prayer journal! Writing your prayers down will not only help you stay accountable to consistently communicate with God but will also provide you an easy way to see what God is doing in your life!

Spotlight

We desire to regularly come together and lift up specific requests to God.

  • For volunteer needs to be met in our ministries
  • For all the students as they transition back into a new year of school
  • For the teachers, faculty, and other personnel as the prep for the new school year
  • For all the local families who are in need of quality employment
  • For those affected by the wildfires on the West Coast
  • For an end to come to all ongoing COVID concerns

Key Relationships

We all have key relationships in our lives; relationships that are highly important to us. Unfortunately, it can be easy to go through our days and weeks forgetting to pray for those people in our lives. One helpful way to combat this is to be intentional about praying through our key relationships like Paul was. We see this in the opening of his letter to the Philippian Church: “I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer” (Philippians 1:3-4). Set aside time each day to pray through your key relationships: I.e. God, family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc.

Pro tip

Keep an index card (or notes section on your phone) with the names of all the people you are praying for this month. Rather than pulling out your phone and hopping on Facebook – take that time to pray through your key relationships.

Scripture

What better thing to shape our prayer life than God’s own Word? When we engage God’s word, there are three key things we can do to get the most out of it. Read. Reflect. Respond. Read through the text. Reflect on what you just read. What stands out? What questions do you have? What did you learn about God? Yourself? And finally respond. God speaks to us through His Word. As we take in what He has given us, it is natural to reply back to Him in prayer. This month we are looking at Psalm 1.

Psalm 1  

How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers! 

Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s Instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 

The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not survive the judgment,and sinners will not be in the community of the righteous.

For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.

Response

Father God,

Help me to not be influenced by the chaos of the world around me but rather to delight in You and Your Word day and night.

Help me to plant my roots in the overflowing stream of Your love.

Help me to know that You will bear Your fruit through me in its season.

Help me to not be blown away by the winds of this world but be blown away by the strength of your love for me. 

Help us to stand together and lean on one another during turbulent times.

Thank You for watching over us and protecting us from whatever would lead us to ruin.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

Spotlight

You can pray for the crisis in Afghanistan and lift up these requests to God:

  • Pray for God’s protection over all His people in Afghanistan.
  • Pray for the wisdom and discernment for all our leaders that they make wise decisions.
  • Pray for the families of our service members and Afghans who were tragically killed.
  • Pray for the safety and provision of the U.S. and Afghan military forces.
  • Pray for the safe passage of all the people who wish to leave Afghanistan.
  • Pray for the thousands of refugees that have been displaced from their home.
  • Pray for the Afghan women and girls that the basic freedoms they’ve enjoyed over the past nearly two decades would remain intact.
  • Pray for the missionaries and aid workers who remain in Afghanistan.
  • Pray for the believers in Afghanistan that they would find fellowship and for the Afghan church that it would grow.
  • Pray for hope in a situation that continues to look bleak that God would bring beauty from ashes.

Pro tip

Make it a habit of every time you read scripture to pray through it.