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Week Commencing Monday 16th May, 2022

The week’s prayer points are spread across days of the week so that there are opportunities to pray for specific needs each day … some needs will coincide with the days on which they are listed. Please pray as the Spirit leads and reveals things to you.


Monday

We are so grateful for the team You have given us, people dedicated to continuing to represent, demonstrate and declare the kingdom of heaven ON earth in accord with whatever the conditions are on any given day. We thank you that we are able to be engaged by so many in this way of communicating with the community and praise you for the answered prayer about resources, gifts and knowledge to be able to gather your harvest in accord with the plan you have revealed to us these past few years. We ask that You bless the new people who have been journeying with us lately and our prudent use of the new ways to connect (Zoom, Live streaming, email and video teaching/devotions).

We continue to pray Lord, for those in our households, our work and learning places, our recreational activities and community involvements who don’t know Your favour and need Your rescue. Particularly as there is so much perceived uncertainty in our world. With compassion we name these people and bring them before You now (in our own minds, hearts and spirits) and ask You to give us what we need to share Your purpose for them and for them to see You and follow You and experience all the resource and support and care of heaven for them and all those they are connected with. Give us a sense of responsibility for their discipleship, however You decide to facilitate that – we are ready!

We pray for the Northern Illawarra Scripture Board (NISB) as our Teachers Clara, Dal and Leanne, and our NEW Chaplain Amanda, engage Term Two fully with their respective school communities connected to Bulli, Corrimal and Woonona High Schools. We ask Lord for wisdom, patience and grace for Graeme as he chairs the Board and facilitates support for these gospel workers.

Tuesday

Lord, we pray for all the needs that we became aware of in response to our Sunday gathering and via the prayer-care engagement during the week. Lord, please bring healing, comfort and strength to all those we know across our community who are struggling with health, finance, family or relationships and or other emotional or spiritual issues.

Lord we pray for the outworking of current meetings focusing on the theme of INTIMACY, in the context of our mission to ‘Continue the work of Christ ON the earth’ in very practical ways. We ask that you lead us as we work through questions and lessons learned, and give our church family confidence (as some already have) to keep inviting family, friends and connections to engage with us and more importantly YOU, whether that be at the HUB on Sunday or at some other time and everyday venue during any given week. More of you Jesus, we pray for fullness as we dig in to this ‘seed of sustainability’ season.

We pray today Lord for all those lovely people connected to the community groups we have the privilege of hosting at or out from the Hub; the Illawarra Quilters, the Towradgi Craft Group, the Wollongong Sewing Guild, Wolf Whistle Band, Ali’s Drama Workshop Team and the Korimul Gangshow. We ask that You keep them safe, well and healthy as they engage with us and utilize the facilities you have given us stewardship of.

We pray for our Bible Study and Kingdom Conversation groups, now happening somewhere in our spheres of responsibility across most days of the week – some of which aren’t advertised because they are targeted to invited people from those spheres of life, work and or play. We pray for confidence in summit team facilitators AND for breakthrough in the hearts and souls of those people being reached.

Wednesday

Lord, today we ask that as the administration team reflects on the management of our current and emerging situation, that you will inspire us with ways we can continue to be the calm in this storm; to help the vulnerable where possible. We are so thankful Lord for all who partner with us to pursue this mission and pray for Your continued increase and blessing on ‘giving’ (against all human odds) and for wisdom to allocate those funds in appropriate and life transforming ways.

Lord, we pray that in the midst of the tyranny of the urgent and continuing to safely keep the Hub open, that we will keep strategically focused and orientated towards equipping disciples for these first 3 years of the 7 years of Gospel Impact. At the end of the day we need to be armed with Jesus’ strategies for building HIS church and so Holy Spirit lead the team so that strong directional and facilitating announcements can be made in the days to come.

Thursday

Heavenly Father, we pray for our team who faithfully serves our Food for Life Community Care partners, providing an effective, accessible and affordable grocery service for our neighbourhood. Lord bless Murray and Julie and their family as they adjust, both personally and corporately, to the rapid changes that the return to more ‘normal’ operations has created for them and their team as well as plans for re-aligning the logistics of how the service is delivered. We pray for positive interactions and even kingdom conversations with our customers, and that we are all able to stay safe in the surrounds of the car park at the back of Guest Park/Fairy Meadow Demo School. We pray for our very own Gary who is now an active Food for Life Board member and advocate.

We also ask that you help us to use what we have learnt as a launching pad for the next phase of mission and not default to things that have prevented the advance of Your kingdom gospel. Lord, develop a clarity in us towards your purposes and in particular as the team uses all the tech at our disposal to develop ways of engaging and equipping, those previously inaccessible to us.

Friday

We pray today Lord for all people dealing with anxiety or depression or grief. We praise you for the comfort and encouragement that online message broadcasts have and will bring people – thank you for the part we can play in this – and we ask that during this time, our families, friends and neighbourhood/community connections will re-think their relationship with the God of heaven and earth and re-establish a desire to dwell in the revelation Christ brought.

We also pray that you will help us engage the FOUR Pillars (Prayer, Care, Prepare & Share), allowing your supernatural presence to empower us to seek these things at the same time. We pray at this time for the emphasis we are attaching to the Pillar of Prepare. Help us establish the HUB as a ‘community platform for equipping’ and lead us as we shape and launch HOPE College in the weeks to come to prioritize discipleship as a lifestyle for the dozen or so inaugural students, our church family broadly and our kingdom partners in 2022.

Saturday

Lord, we also pray each Saturday for a continued sharpening of the revelation regarding the coordinates being developed in this ‘Season for Gathering the Harvest’. This is our journey IN Christ whatever is going on around us in the world. Please continue to apostolically and prophetically align us with the kingdom of heaven as it works ON earth and strengthen our ministry team to pursue with passion, the work in targeted spheres as you make us aware of them and the needs thereof.

We have been and continue praying for Jono & Nicky as they prepare for the long haul now, hearing well from God about the development of ‘The Sanctuary’ faith community and mission outpost in the Southern Illawarra region. We pray that each Sunday’s 3pm Live Meeting, live-streamed from their YouTube Channel and linked via Facebook and an after chat on Zoom, will keep sparking interest and ignite a hunger in people who need a touch from heaven. We pray Lord that the Hyratt’s find energy and blessing as they initially open their home for a face to face gathering to compliment the ministry that has been established, each Thursday at 8pm. Bless them too Lord as they continue to provide a safe place on Monday nights for people fighting against all sorts of addictions. If you would like to be more informed for prayer support for this venture, check into The Sanctuary Facebook page here. We pray Your protection Lord, over Jono’s and Nicky’s families who are right in the cross hairs as they play their part in advancing the kingdom of heaven in their spheres of influence, and keep them energized and focus as they navigate tent making jobs in community care spheres.

We continue to pray for growing engagement with Graeme’s NEW Album ‘Better Now’ as a tool for kingdom advancement and mission development and for the funds that will continue to be consistently raised for our special children in need. And we thank you Lord for 6 songs on the album getting through the initial listening round of the International Song Competition for ‘unsigned’ Independent Singer/Song Writers. What a bonus from you Lord! You can be more informed for prayer by being part of THIS ongoing conversation here.

We praise you for effective preparations towards re-engaging the neighbourhood through Coffee and Kingdom Conversations and we are grateful for the gift from our Helensburgh partners and the training they have provided. Guide us Lord as we step this up in the coming week or two.

Sunday

We ask your favour and increase for our brothers and sisters in Churches across our region as each one responds to what God is revealing to THEM during this challenging season. We pray for the key leaders of the churches in our area, for their teams and all their families, and of course all the good people connected to these assemblies; particularly as we continue to work towards what a kingdom journey together might look like. These churches and their leadership teams that we are working hard to develop relationship with currently are: Tarrawanna Salvos and Magnetic Church, Corrimal Uniting, Corrimal Anglican, City Life-Serve, Woonona Baptist, Woonona Presbyterian, Nth Illawarra (Bulli) Uniting, Bulli Anglican, Village Church, Thirroul Anglican, C3 Thirroul, Austinmer Anglican, Austinmer Uniting and Hope Church and Cupbearer/Baptist both in Helensburgh.