Schedule & Daily Focus
This week, we pause from our normal routines as much as we can to consecrate ourselves for 2017. We will do this through prayer and fasting from food while feasting on God’s Word and in His presence.
James 4:8 is the central scripture that we are using to guide our week of corporate consecration: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” In these words, we have both a command (draw near to God) and a promise (he will draw near to you). Throughout this week, let us draw near to God through spending time in his word and through seeking his face in prayer, and the Lord will indeed draw near to us.
Schedule for the Week
We will meet as a church family in the main auditorium for a time of worship, prayer, and ministry each night during the week at 7:30 pm. The prayer focus areas noted below are some of the areas we will pray concerning when we meet together. Please note that these areas are representative, not exhaustive, and should help to shape both our personal and corporate prayer times.
Monday - Area of Focus: Drawing Near to God
Scripture: James 4:8: Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (ESV)
Today, as we commence our first day of corporate consecration, let us by God’s grace draw near to God. In James 4:1-10, we are reminded that even though we are Christians, at times we conduct ourselves as though we are not. And James plainly tells us that we need to draw near to God, and we do that by renouncing and repenting of sinful ways.- That we will truly embrace the call to draw near to God, and let’s ask the Lord to grant us repentance, especially in areas of patterns of sin with which we have become comfortable;
Let us pray:
- That we would see the link between pride and sinfulness and humility and holiness (James 4:6).
- For an increased awareness that all of life is lived before the face of God, and knowing that nothing is hid from him, we will live in the fear of the Lord.
- That the Lord would help us to love his word and its piercing, dividing, and discerning function in our lives.
- For the sanctifying power of God’s word in our lives this week, this year, and beyond.
Tuesday - Area of Focus: Being a Community of Disciples
Scriptures: John 8:31-32: So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 13:35: By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
John 15:8: By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (ESV)
More than anything else, those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ are called to be disciples. In the three scripture passages above from John’s gospel, three discipleship marks are identified: the word of God, love for one another, and bearing fruit. How evident are these marks in your life?
Let us pray:
- In 2017 Kingdom Life Church will experience growth as a community of disciples.
- As a community of disciples we will be abide in God’s word. Let’s pray that through the preaching of God’s word and the memorization of scripture we abide in God’s word.
- Let’s pray that our love for each other will grow in tangible and meaningful ways.
- Let’s pray that we will bear fruit as Christ’s disciples, bearing godly fruit in our lives and bringing others to him through evangelism and discipleship.
Wednesday - Area of Focus: Strengthening Family Life
Scriptures: Ephesians 5:22 – 6:4, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Let’s pray that, motivated by God’s grace to us in Christ (Ephesians 1-2), walking worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1), and being imitators of Christ (Ephesians 5:1), we will see:
- Marriages strengthened through husbands and wives seeking to honour the Lord and embracing and fulfilling their God-given roles and responsibilities in marriage;
- Parents in general and fathers in particular raising their children in the fear and instruction of the Lord and for the children to be responsive to their parenting;
- Our singles leading exemplary lives that maximize the blessings of singleness in serving the Lord for the period of time that they are single; and
- Family life generally strengthened in our midst.
Thursday - Area of Focus: Being a Community of Servants
Scripture: Isaiah 6:5-8: And I said: "Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!" Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: "Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for. And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." (ESV)
This year, we will be making a concerted effort to call the entire Kingdom Life Church family to a great life of service to the Lord. We want to be a community of servants.
Let’s pray that:
- Like Isaiah, we will all recognize our inadequacies and look to the Lord to make us sufficient.
- Like Isaiah, as opportunities of service are presented to us, we will answer: “Here am I! Send me.”
- Those who have been identified as candidates to serve as deacons and deaconesses will prayerfully consider serving, and all who do serve will serve for the glory of God and the good of the church.
Friday - Area of Focus: Reflecting and Sharing
Scripture focus: Psalm 66:16: Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. (ESV)
Today, we will be concluding and breaking the fast together after a time of open sharing about the week of consecration. Take some time to reflect on the previous four days and note the specific ways that you sensed the Lord speak or that you saw Him work. Come with a readiness and openness to tell what the Lord has done for your soul.
Please note: We need to be time conscious in order to allow as many persons as possible to share. If you plan to share, please write your thoughts and keep them to a minimum of about 3 to 5 minutes. At 9 p.m., we will break the fast with appropriate food and drinks and have further sharing as we fellowship together.