Sevens Prayer

Sevens Prayer

 

Mark, Matthew, and Luke's gospels all share that Jesus took an extended period of time of prayer and fasting to prepare for the beginning of his ministry:

 

Mark 1:12-14 12 Immediately the Holy Spirit compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness. 13 He was there for forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him.

 

Matthew and Luke give us insight into specifically how the enemy tries to tempt Jesus in three ways: disrupting Jesus' fast, worshiping the devil, and treating God's power and protection like a toy. The devil's attempts contain scripture but are not scriptural. Jesus sees right through it. The devil fails.

 

Our New Year's Fast is something like this: we are preparing, as a body, to enter into this year's decisions and ministry with the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit, just like Jesus. In this New Year we are making Big Decisions about our future. Will you join me in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th, Thursday, January 10th, Friday, January 11th, and Saturday, January 12th? It's not every day that we call special times to pray. And it's not every day that we consider a major decision to strike a business deal to cede our property to commercial ventures—one in this case that would cause us to take down the sanctuary and the “west wing” and either renovate or rebuild the remainder of our facility either on the current property in downtown Silverdale or elsewhere. That's big! That's why I am opening up lots of opportunities to pray.

 

Here's how it will look:

 

Sevens Prayer

 

  • Four nights: Wednesday, January 10th through Saturday, January 12

  • 7:00 p.m. start

  • Finish by 8:00 p.m. unless the Holy Spirit moves us otherwise

  • Low-structure: Much of this time will be silent prayer. We will wait on the Lord together. There may be singing, but we will not have a band or sound system or video projectors turned on.

  • Listening Prayer: Waiting on the Lord and asking him for wisdom and discernment.

  • Matters for Intercessory Prayer:

    • The people of Kitsap and how we will reach and serve them

    • church members

    • church leaders

    • District Superintendent Mark Galang

    • Bishop Elaine Stanovsky

    • SUMC's physical plant needs

    • The United Methodist Church

  • A notebook will be available for people to jot down anything they believe may be from the Holy Spirit during their prayer time. This will be given consideration during our meeting Sunday.

 

Many of us are spending the first few weeks of this year fasting and making special time to pray and be with the Lord. This is a great opportunity to have some of that time—come share it with your brothers and sisters in Christ! Come to one or come to all of these prayer times. If you are unable to make it, set aside the 7:00 hour to pray at home. 2019 has Big Things ahead. And we want to be ready to meet them. Jesus' way.