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Prayer Guide

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

Psalm 139:7-10

March 19, 2017

Here’s how you can be drawing close to God this week in prayer…

READ: LUKE 7: 36-50 (The Message)
Then turning to the woman, but speaking to Simon, Jesus said, “Do you see this woman? I came to your home; you provided no water for my feet, but she rained tears on my feet and dried them with her hair. You gave me no greeting, but from the time I arrived she hasn’t quit kissing my feet. You provided nothing for freshening up, but she has soothed my feet with perfume. Impressive, isn’t it? She was forgiven many, many sins, and so she is very, very grateful. If the forgiveness is minimal, the gratitude is minimal.”

Then he spoke to her: “I forgive your sins.”

That set the dinner guests talking behind his back: “Who does he think he is, forgiving sins!”

He ignored them and said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

PRAY:
• Thank the Lord for forgiving your sins and granting you a fresh start and clean slate. If there is something for which you need to ask forgiveness, ask right now. Receive God’s mercy for you.
• Pray that God will show you ways, even costly ways, to give your whole self to Jesus, to pour out what is priceless to you, in gratitude for His forgiveness.
• Is there anyone you might regard as an “outsider” or unwelcome? Ask God to help you understand this bias and to change your heart and attitude toward this person or group. (This is just between you and God. Be honest. It’s OK. Prayer is where God helps us see and address these things.)
• Consider humbly praying that at some point, as you selflessly express your love for the Lord, that God might you use you to teach someone else and draw another closer to Him through you.
• Pray by name for someone who does not yet know the Lord.
• Pray for Bel Air Church, asking God to guard us from thinking and acting as though we’ve got it all together, standing on propriety rather than selfless expressions of thankfulness for our Savior.
• Pray for BAC’s mission teams who are building houses in Mexico the next two weekends. Ask God to provide all needed resources, and to bless the future inhabitants of these homes, and to keep everyone safe and well during travel and building.

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)

LISTEN and DRAW NEAR:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZVjKrmvYYQ (Sanctus Real, Forgiven)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdrBB0yb-Mo (Cece Winans, Alabaster Jar) M

Weekly Prayer Guide

Here’s how you can be drawing near to God as you pray this week…

READ:
Matthew 10: 1, 8-14 (NLT)
Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness… “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins. Don’t carry a traveler’s bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve to be fed. Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town. When you enter the home, give it your blessing. If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave.”


PRAY:
· See yourself as a modern-day disciple in these verses. Jesus has given you authority, to go and proclaim the reality of the Kingdom of God. Pray for a fresh passion to draw near those to whom God sends you. Ask God to help you assume the responsibility of having authority.

· Pray that as you encounter the lost, you’re able to speak truth and love into their lives. Ask God, as you read scripture, to plant it deeply in your heart and mind so that you can recall it and speak it in these God appointed times. Prepare yourself for the unexpected! “But the Advocate,the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”(John 14:26)

· Ask God to bring to mind someone on whom you’ve given up. Who is a “lost cause” in your life? Ask God to renew your faithfulness to this person. Go seek this person. Pray that this person will be transformed in a personal relationship with Jesus.

· Ask God to give you understanding about how to “give freely as you have received”. How is He speaking to you in this phrase? Also pray that BAC, as a body, would likewise be given this understanding and impetus.

· Sometimes we can get lost too! On those days where you can’t help but feel like you’re straying or you’ve lost sight of His path for you, pray for guidance. “I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.” (Psalm 119:176)


Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)

The frontiers of the kingdom of God were never advanced by men and women of caution." - J. Oswald Sanders


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