“Go Before Us…”
Day of Prayer – 12th July
As we look ahead, so much is unclear. As individuals and as a church, there’s a lot of uncertainty. Despite this, we long to be a church that steps forward in faith, trusting God and looking to him to guide us. On Sunday 12th July, we’ve set aside a day of prayer. Peter will be preaching to us from Deuteronomy 31:1-9, when Moses encourages Joshua and the people of Israel with the assurance that God will go ahead of them and be with them through the fearful times that lie ahead (Deut 31:8). We have a similar promise from Jesus himself, “Go and make disciples of all nations … and surely I am with you always” (Matt 28:19-20).
Through this day, let’s make it our prayer that God would “go before us.” Whatever the rest of this year holds, we want to keep in step with him, as he advances his kingdom in Bournemouth and beyond.
The day will have a number of fixed points, but also plenty of space for people to pray together, either virtually, or in person (observing social distancing). Here’s a suggested plan…
8:00am = Morning prayer launch video (YouTube)
10:00am = Pre-service prayer
10:30am = Morning service
11:45am = Zoom Coffee/Prayer
Afternoon = People encouraged to meet and pray together.
20:00pm = Prayer over Zoom
Throughout our day of prayer on Sunday 12th July, let’s set aside time to pray for our church, our community, our nation and our world. Here are four ideas for how we can focus our praying. Please don’t feel limited just to these, but I hope they help to guide you as you pray together with others from Lansdowne Church.
1. Please bring all the different impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic to God in prayer. Pray for those who been bereaved, as well as all those who are still unwell. Pray for those whose mental health has been hit hard by this extended lockdown. Pray for those who are feeling isolated. Pray for those who face unemployment, because of the economic downturn. Please remember the wider world; any negative effects of the pandemic we experience are likely to be amplified in developing nations. Pray particularly for Christians around the world who are facing persecution alongside the threat of Covid-19.
2. Pray for Lansdowne Church, as we figure out the best way to move forward as lockdown eases. This new phase presents fresh opportunities for the gospel, but we want to navigate these changes with discernment. Pray for the different areas of church life, as leaders figure out our next steps. Pray that we would move forward, trusting God and seeking his wisdom.
3. Give thanks to God that our building project on Lansdowne Road started again on Monday. Praise God that the necessary funds have been provided, through the generosity of his people. Pray for safety on the site and swift completion of this project, so that the building can be used for the extension of God’s kingdom, in Bournemouth and beyond.
4. Pray that every single person who belongs to Lansdowne will become increasingly aware of their role in God’s great commission, to make, mature and mobilise disciples of Jesus. During this period, when large gatherings have been impossible, we’ve been reminded that every believer is crucial to the work of discipleship in the local. Pray that we won’t lose sight of this as we eventually return to some kind of normality. Pray that everyone in Lansdowne Church will gripped with a sense of disciple-making intentionality.
Miles Tradewell | Minister