February is Prayer Month
We believe that prayer is also an important ingredient in experiencing transformation. Why? Because, like Scripture, it is one of the primary ways we experience God and thereby experience transformation. Because prayer is so important, we believe it is a vital element of our church. We desire that our church family pray with one another and for one another. How can we do that together?
Tips for Praying Together
In Habits of Grace, David Mathis, discusses the importance of spiritual disciplines, including the discipline of praying together. In the book, he offers five counsels for praying with company.1 These are valuable tips for anyone, including our leaders.
Make It Regular. Mathis encourages us to make it a regular habit to set aside time in our connections groups to pray for one another. He encourages small groups to commit to a set amount of time to focus on prayer. At the end of that time, reconsider how you will continue to emphasize prayer.
Start with Scripture. A great way to begin prayer is by reading Scripture. Prior to praying, read a Psalm together and then pray.
Limit Share Time. This can be one of the most difficult elements of praying together. One of the best ways to limit share time is to encourage people to share their requests by praying for them with the information needed to let others in on what they're praying for.
Encourage Brevity and Focus. To maintain focus and attention, encourage people in your Small Group to pray short, concise prayers. This can best be done sometimes by people praying one-sentence prayers.
Pray without Show, but with Others in Mind. It's always important to remember that pray is not about impressing God or others. So, encourage people to pray simply to God with others in mind. Have the focus be not on who is praying but who is being prayed for.
Staring February 7th Rivers Church will collectively pray for the following .
7th Increased Discipleship through Life on Life though Connections Groups
8th Papa's Pantry ( Glen Rose Food Bank)
9th Medical Clinic
10th City Officials
11th Texas Officials
12th National Leaders
13th Church Plants
14th Our Pastors & Families
15th Connection Group Leaders and Hosts
16th Rivers kids
17th Rivers Students
18th Josh Casey Missionary to Spain
19th Esteban Alverez Missionary to Uruguay
20tth Manna worldwide
21st Glen Rose ISD
22nd Bible College and Seminary
23rd Your family24th Local churches
25th Rivers Church Future
26th More Guests
27th Growth of Church in Glen Rose and beyond
28th More Salvations & Baptisms