More than anything
We want to take this time to pray for God's Will to be done. We believe He is doing that in us by "making the gospel relevant in our community." He says he does that as we "love God, love others, and make disciples."
As we pray together, that should be our focus.
Praying through scripture is a great way to reset and refocus. Immerse yourself in God's Word and set your heart and mind on him during this time. Psalms 1 and 2 are a great introduction to prayer.
Eugene Peterson said,
“Psalm 1 is quiet, gathering our distracted lives into an act of supreme attention.
Psalm 2 is vigorous, countering the bullying world that intimidates us into hiding.
By means of Psalm 1 we become like a tree, putting down roots into the soil and streams of God’s Word. Psalm 2 helps us see Jesus. He is often easy to miss, but he is always here. Once he has our attention, we are ready to pray.
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the LORD,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the LORD watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
1 Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together
against the LORD
and against his anointed one.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
4 But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”
7 The king proclaims the LORD’s decree:
“The LORD said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.
8 Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.
9 You will break them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’ ”
10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
11 Serve the LORD with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!
We will pray for a moment here before moving on to the ACTS of prayer.