In line with what we did last year, we will once more be spending the month of January in prayer, together, as a church. January 2016 is about seeking His face.
So how is this going to work?
We will be holding church prayer meetings every Tuesday evening in January and also after the church service every Sunday Morning in January. There will be no Sunday evening meetings in January. We are also encouraging every Tuesday in January 2016 to be a day of fasting, if you are able.
The intercessory prayer meeting will not be taking place on Wednesday evenings during the month of January but, as last year, if you are willing to host a prayer meeting on a weekly basis through the week, please get in touch so that we can put the details in the newsletter. The more prayer, the better 🙂 The only thing that we would ask is that if you are hosting a prayer meeting outside of the scheduled church prayer meetings, please can you let Robbie or Chris know anything you feel God is saying at these meetings, so that we can get a sense of what God is saying through the whole month.
What are the themes?
The image above says “Keep Calm and Seek His Face” and that word FACE, is also going to help us, because we are going to use that as an acronym to the themes we are going to be praying into.
F will stand for Family.
A will stand for Anointing.
C will stand for Community.
E will stand for Expectation.
1. Seeking His Face on Family.
By family we mean church family. Scripture has much to say on how we we are to be with one another.
To be devoted to one another
Honour one another above ourselves
Live in harmony with one another
To love one another
To not pass judgement on one another
To instruct one another
Greeting one another
Agree with one another
Serve one another
Be kind and compassionate to one another
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ
Encourage one another
Scripture also talks about unity and how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in unity. That there be no divisions among us, that we may be united in love.
But also throughout scripture we see the practical aspects of care that is so essential in any church.
So as well as praying for each other and with each other, we will be praying into these themes regarding one another, regarding unity, regarding care because at the foundation is love. Love for God and love for one another. Because the church is made up of people, living stones, and those stones need to be held together in love – Jesus said that by this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.
2. Seeking His face on Anointing.
This is specifically oriented to the prophetic word brought to us as a church on 13th December: To find our role and place within the church.
We all have a role but I different roles, but we have a commonality in our different roles in that both are equally vital.
But not only that we will be praying that the gifts God gives by His Spirit will be manifest among us. The gift of prophecy, healing, words of wisdom, words of knowledge, leadership, administration, compassion, giving, the list could go on – that spiritual gifts will be evident by their operation among us – why? So that those who come in openly declare, that surely God is among us. A place where His Spirit dwells and moves.
We are going to be praying for the anointing of God to come not only on this place, but on each one of us whether we are involved in spiritual ministry or practical ministry because what turns a role in the church from a chore and a duty is the anointing.
3. Seeking His face on Community.
And when we were praying at a leaders meeting about what pray about in January, there were 2 pictures the Lord brought that really spoke into this area.
The first one what that the streets of Merkinch were covered in seeds. Mustard seeds to be precise. The second one was a picture of an old fashioned telephone box on the roundabout that is in the middle of South Kessock. That spoke to us in a number of ways – firstly the need for 1:1 communication being central. But also it spoke to us that going to a telephone box to have a conversation and that there would be cost involved
And so we when we come to that theme, we will not only be praying for the community – but to pray that we will be vessels that water the seeds that are sown, to have those 1:1 conversations, and that God will move us to go, irrespective of the cost.
4. Seeking His face on Expectation
And finally, we pray into Expectation. A couple of passages, one in the New Testament and one in the Old Testament, to illustrate.
The first was regarding the upper room when the disciples had seen Jesus ascend and were now waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. They were in prayer daily, waiting. And the picture is this.
Day 1, they prayed expecting Holy Spirit to come. Nothing happened.
Day 2, they prayed expecting Holy Spirit to come. Nothing happened. Did not stop them praying.
Day 3, Day 4, Day 5 etc.
Then the Day of Pentecost came and boom. The Holy Spirit came – did the disciples know when that Day would arrive? No, but God did and it did arrive because Jesus had promised it and the disciples were ready for it because they expected it.
The second example was Elijah on top of Mount Carmel. Elijah had just proved that Lord is God and all the prophets of Baal were slaughtered, then Elijah said to Ahab that there was the sound of heavy rain: Ahab went off and Elijah went to the top of Mount Carmel with his servant and started praying. He told his servant to look towards the sea. Nothing. Elijah prayed again then sent his servant to look towards the sea. Nothing. 7 times Elijah prayed and on the 7th time that the servant went to check, a cloud as small as a man’s hand was rising from the sea. The heavy rain was coming.
The Lord had told Elijah what was coming, and Elijah prayed into it. Each time expecting the prayer to be answered, but when it was not he prayed again expecting and then on the 7th time it happened and Elijah was ready. Is there a significance on the 7th time? Only that 7 is a number used to illustrate perfection, in that in God’s perfect timing God’s answer will come.
The promises of God will be fulfilled. What God says to us is going to happen, will happen – it will happen in His perfect timing, and we’re going to be praying into these things and we’re going to be praying expectantly.
So in conclusion, In January 2016, we will seek His face for Family, Anointing, Community and Expectancy because it covers everything we desire church to be – unstoppable. The Lord has been faithful to us, leading us, in 2015 and I know He will do the same in 2016.
There will be times of blessing, there will be times of trouble, but He is faithful and as we seek His face, we will find Him, when we seek Him with all our heart.
Prayer precedes any move of God and in 2016 we are praying that individually and corporately we will be a place with God dwells and moves, to His glory and praise.
Speak Lord, your servants are listening.