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Resource of the Month: Living on a Prayer


Living on a Prayer booklet

What is prayer really all about?

 

Written especially for the National Prayer Weekend, by Carla Harding with Pete Greig from 24-7 Prayer, this little booklet offers a contemporary and honest look at how effective prayer can be in a person’s everyday life.

Living on a Prayer addresses the questions Why pray? and How can I pray? It invites people to think about prayer in a way that relates to everyone’s ordinary lives, to think about the point of prayer, why they should pray and how to go about it.

This is an excellent resource for you, your small group or your whole church to give out to friends and neighbours to help them discover what prayer really is, providing an introduction to prayer and praying and a focus for thoughtful reflection and discussion.

‘God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)’

Living on a Prayer is available in individual packs of 10, or discounted with bulk box orders.

 

Also available: Why Pray?
Why Pray? is an easy-to-read booklet looking at the most famous prayer in the world, The Lord’s Prayer, trying to answer some of the most burning questions about prayer, including why we pray and who is listening. Find out more…

 

NPWJoin the nation in prayer - 29 September – 1 October 2017

At the heart of the National Prayer Weekend is the desire to see people in our local communities know and encounter God through the power of prayer. Local people praying for their local neighbourhood can transform the nation. One life, one street, one community at a time.

Find out more and Join in with the National Prayer Weekend on 29 September – 1 October 2017.

National Prayer Weekend 2017 – Join In!

The National Prayer Weekend is an opportunity for Christians to show God’s love to those around them in a real and tangible way, as small groups, churches and communities unite in prayer for their local area. The National Prayer Weekend is inspired by CWR’s roots of personal and national transformation through prayer and Bible reading.

The idea is simple. Ask people in your local area whether they would like prayer. Gather prayer requests together and pray for the requests during the National Prayer Weekend 29 September – 1 October 2017.

You can hold your own prayer weekend and pray with your small group or whole church. And you won’t be alone. We’ll be making available free resources to help you plan your weekend, including a How To Guide, which includes useful hints, tips, fun ideas and more.

We believe that local people praying for their community can change lives. Make God’s love known to the people around you. Your street. Your community. Your prayers.

Get involved and sign up for the National Prayer Weekend 2017 today.

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk about National Prayer Weekend

With National Prayer Weekend on its way, we’ve been out and about interviewing people who joined in with the National Prayer Weekend last year and also friends who are getting involved with 2016. Watch the video for a taster of the great stories, thoughts and hopes that they shared with us, and remember to share the video with your friends on Facebook.

 

About National Prayer Weekend

The idea is simple. Inspired by CWR’s roots of personal and national transformation through prayer and Bible reading, the National Prayer Weekend is an opportunity for Christians to unite churches and communities in prayer for their local area.

Working with churches and organisations all over the country, including Hope, 24-7 Prayer, Neighbourhood Prayer Network, Evangelical Alliance and Gather, we are asking individuals, groups and churches to pray for their communities. To gather prayer requests from the people around you in your local area and introduce them to a God who loves them through the power of prayer. We want to bring Christians together to unite communities across the world in prayer for their local area.

If you would like to join in, click below.
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National Prayer Weekend: What will you pray for?

Central to National Prayer Weekend 2016 is the heart to see people in our local communities know and encounter God as their Father through the power of prayer … and that’s why we asked what they would like to pray for!

We know that God can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine. So it is with great expectation that we invite you to join in during 23–25 September 2016 as we pray for our local churches and communities.

Join In now to be kept up-to-date with the latest news and resources to help you take part in your own prayer weekend.
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Resource of the Month: Living on a Prayer


Living on a Prayer booklet

What is prayer really all about?

 

Written especially for the National Prayer Weekend, by Carla Harding with Pete Greig from 24-7 Prayer, this little booklet offers a contemporary and honest look at how effective prayer can be in a person’s everyday life.

Living on a Prayer addresses the questions Why pray? and How can I pray? It invites people to think about prayer in a way that relates to everyone’s ordinary lives, to think about the point of prayer, why they should pray and how to go about it.

This is an excellent resource for you, your small group or your whole church to give out to friends and neighbours to help them discover what prayer really is, providing an introduction to prayer and praying and a focus for thoughtful reflection and discussion.

‘God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)’

Living on a Prayer is available in individual packs of 10, or discounted with bulk box orders.

 

Also available: Why Pray?
Why Pray? is an easy-to-read booklet looking at the most famous prayer in the world, The Lord’s Prayer, trying to answer some of the most burning questions about prayer, including why we pray and who is listening. Find out more…

 

NPWJoin the nation in prayer – 23-25 September 2016

At the heart of the National Prayer Weekend is the desire to see people in our local communities know and encounter God through the power of prayer. Local people praying for their local neighbourhood can transform the nation. One life, one street, one community at a time.

Find out more and Join in with the National Prayer Weekend on 23-25 September 2016.

My faith isn’t private

I’ve been a Christian since birth, or at least, since I can remember. I grew up in a Christian household, went to Sunday school and then various youth groups. I found a church while at university and went on and off, always going to my ‘home’ church during the university holidays. Sometimes I felt close to God, sometimes He was pretty far down the priority list. But I always described my faith as personal, specific to me, private… My encounters with God were nice, enjoyable, comforting…

On 17 September 2013, my husband and I invited several church-goers in their 20s and early 30s to join us for a new small group. The group flourished and we all enjoyed discussing the Bible, our faith and the odd contentious topic in a safe environment. I still thought my faith was fairly private, but it was nice to be able to talk about it with like-minded people. We all took it in turns to lead a session, and one week one of the boys led a very challenging session on miracles, which included showing a film about God doing big, showy miracles in a church in America. This was new to me, and I didn’t understand it. What it did achieve, however, was to open my eyes, just a little, to the possibility that God didn’t need to fit into my understanding, and that I didn’t need to understand why He did what He did. I just needed to embrace it.

A while later, during a session about prophecy, we all prayed for each other in smaller groups. I prayed for a friend who was in the process of buying a new house and in my mind as I prayed I saw an image of my friend and her husband sat in a sitting room with a Christmas tree in the background. A few weeks later she sent a picture of her new house – it was the same as the house I had seen in my mind as I prayed, and they had moved in by Christmas. I was excited and amazed, and my eyes were opened a little more about the possibilities of God’s power and love.

Gradually over the following months, I experienced more of God, always when with my small group. In a session on fellowship, friends had words from God for me, and I saw pictures in my mind which I believe came from God and which tied in with images that others had that evening. I attended a Friday night worship session a couple of times and felt buoyed up in my worship by the presence of other Christians. My meetings with God became breath-taking, awe-inspiring, profound…

And that’s when I realised it – my faith is so much stronger when it is held up by other Christians. All of my ‘big moments’ with God over the past two and a bit years (and they are getting so much more frequent) have happened when I am with people. My faith isn’t private – it is communal, loud, often filled with tears and laughter and so much bigger because my friends help it to grow. I love getting to talk about God with my small group. But even more than that, I love getting to meet God with my small group.

So if you, like I did, have a ‘private’ faith, I would encourage you to seek out ways to interact with God while with other people. If you are part of a small group, don’t just ‘study’ God or talk about Him – talk to Him, and help each other meet Him. Go to your small group expecting to meet God, and ready to share Him with each other.

About Suzie Lambert

Suzie is an HR advisor at a small oil and gas recruitment company. She is an active member of her local church, contributing in a variety of ways including singing in the band, leading the intercessional prayers, and co-ordinating one of the small groups. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, hanging out with friends and has recently started taking on fitness challenges.

Start local, think national, go global

One of my favourite things about my small group (other than the hobnob biscuits) is the priority we place on prayer. Sometimes though, we get caught up in only praying for each other and forget about things outside of our group.

A well-used prayer formula for things bigger than our own life bubbles is: start local, think national and then go global.

LOCAL – Pray for opportunities to be light in your community. Put down the hobnobs and go for a prayer walk around wherever it is that your group meets. Ask God for opportunities to love the community around you.

NATIONAL – Pray for our country’s leaders as we approach the EU referendum in June. Pray for the Church in Europe, that no matter what the outcome of the vote is, it might be united and continue to grow.

GLOBAL – I recently read a brilliant prayer on World Earth Day (April 22) written by Pope Francis. Maybe you could use the following lines as a start for praying for our planet?

‘O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in Your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognise that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards Your infinite light.

We thank You for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace. Amen.’

Whether or not your small group prays for your local community, nation or global issues already, it would be amazing to turn the focus away from ourselves and pray for the things going on around us.

About Emily Owen

Emily Bio Pic smEmily dreams of travelling the world and writing about the great things she sees God doing along the way. Whilst waiting for dreams to come true she happily works for CWR, plays a lot of netball and is trying to learn Spanish.

The family feel…

One of my favourite things about my small group is its strong sense of community and support – excuse the cliché – it really has got a family feel.

I know that the group support me, that they care about me and I miss them if someone can’t make it to the group. But, I have to be honest, it has taken me over a year of meeting with my small group to reach a point where I do feel ‘at home’. There have been times when I feel uncomfortable about speaking out in discussion, when I haven’t wanted to pray out loud and when actually I just want to skip the group altogether and do my own thing.

I’ve tried to figure out what has got us to the point where people feel confidents to share, to be vulnerable and honest and have come up with practical ways that have developed our small group from a Bible study to a caring community with God at the centre:

  1. Prayer – there is nothing that strengthens friendship more than praying together and for each other. By bringing God into friendships they will strengthen.
  2. Take a break – Pause your normal routine to factor in a social event and plan an activity: dinner, a walk, bowling or whatever you want. You get to know a different side of people when you laugh and have fun together and learn more about people when you step outside of your normal surroundings.
  3. Keeping touch – as it’s currently the Easter holidays your group might be taking a break and have decided not to meet for a couple of weeks. Start a group message or email so that you can still encourage each other, swap prayer requests and stay in touch whilst you aren’t physically meeting up.

You can’t force a ‘family feel’, or suddenly expect everyone in your group to be best friends, but by investing time in each other outside of the ordinary small group pattern you will begin to develop a small community of genuine support and love for one another.

 

About Emily Owen

Emily dreams of travelling the world and writing about the great things she sees God doing along the way. Whilst waiting for dreams to come true she happily works for CWR, plays a lot of netball and is trying to learn Spanish.

 

National Prayer Weekend 2016 – Join In!

We are excited to invite you to join with us for the National Prayer Weekend on 23–25 September 2016 as we gather together to pray for our local churches and communities.

Last year, more than 1,300 individuals, groups and churches joined in prayer to cover the nation.

Central to National Prayer Weekend 2016 is the heart to see people in our local communities know and encounter God as their Father through the power of prayer. From the head teacher at your local school, the staff at your local supermarket, to your next-door neighbour, we want them all to discover the love of Jesus through the blessing of prayer. You can make a difference in their lives as you pray for them!

You won’t be alone. We’re inviting churches, groups and individuals from across the country to engage with their communities in prayer, asking for prayer requests from individuals, organisations and institutions in order to transform their lives through personalised prayer on this special weekend in September. We’ll also be making available free resources to help you prepare and hold your weekend. These resources include free invites, flyers and letter templates which you can print to help you communicate with your community.

We believe that local people praying for their community can help transform the nation. One life, one street, one community at a time.

Get involved and register for the National Prayer Weekend 2016 today. We’ll keep you updated with news and let you know when free resources become available on the National Prayer Weekend website.

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Can a nation be changed?

We are excited to invite you to join us in a National Prayer Weekend on 25-27 September 2015.

One weekend, one heart, one vision

Over the coming months we want to bring churches together to unite communities across the nation in prayer for their neighbours and locality and we need you to be involved!

From the head teacher at your local school, the staff at your local supermarket, to your next-door neighbour, we want them all to discover the love of Jesus through the blessing of prayer. You can make a difference in their lives as you pray for them!

You won’t be alone. We’re inviting churches, groups and individuals from across the country to engage with their communities in prayer, asking for prayer requests from individuals, organisations and institutions in order to transform their lives through personalised prayer on this special weekend in September.


Get involved and register your church

For more info on how to take part in joining our national prayer grid, visit www.national-prayer-weekend.com. There you will find out all you need to know about how to be involved, regular updates about the event itself and use our free materials such as prayer-request letter templates, prayer structures, sermon outlines and promotional materials.

* We are putting the finishing touches to the website, which will be live at the beginning of March