Every church recognizes prayer is important. But when a congregation unites to pray collectively and consistently
for God to break through in new and miraculous ways, great things can happen.
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Friendship is a church that believes in
Break Through Prayer
In addition to prayer, the #AbideAndObey challenge is to spend some qualitative time abiding in the presence of Christ (prayer, reading, meditation, anything that helps you focus on Christ).
After abiding, get up with the determination that you'll obey whatever God puts on your heart. No rationalizing, no asking, "is that really God or not." This challenge is about learning joy of abiding and experiencing the gift of simple obedience.
Break Through Prayer Practices
Daily prayers: Every day at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m, we invite you to read a scripture and pray
the special prayers listed below.
Praying over our rooms: When you meet in a room at Friendship, we invite you to pray over the room, for the spiritual enrichment of all who meet in that room.
Praying for Wyoming: There is a map of Wyoming in the Narthex and outside Thomas Family Hall. We invite you to pray over a street you happen to be on, and to mark that street with special markers on the map the next time you are at Friendship. The goal is to pray over all of Wyoming by April 15. We pray for Wyoming because it is where our church is located. We know many of our members live in different parts of the city--we hope you are also praying for the community in which you live.
Prayer at 7 a.m. for our future
Show us your ways, O LORD, teach us your paths; guide us in your truth and teach us, for you are God our Savior, and our hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25: 4-5
Prayer at 7 p.m.
Dear God, Please make Friendship a church that is unified in heart and mind as one body of believers. Designate this body for a special purpose. Break through all the barriers that may hinder the path to our new future in you, and equip us to follow you in your way. Amen.
Immersion Opportunity: “Anxiety, how do you always get the best of me?” You can hear the lament and exasperation in the voice of Jason Isbell in his song, appropriately titled, “Anxiety.” His question is one I am sure many of us have asked at some point. Why does anxiety always get the best of us? We wake up in the middle of the night and we can feel anxiety as if it is sitting right on our chest staring down at us, and its weight is so terrible we can’t help but spend countless hours circling back to the same thought over and over again. For some of us anxiety sticks closer to us than our own shadow. We take it with us to work, where the stresses of the day cause it to grow. We bring it home with us, where even in our weak and wearied state it finds a way to strengthen. If we aren’t careful, anxiety can become so destructive that, even though its epicenter resides within us, its tremors can spread out into the lives of our spouses, children, and friends, causing unspeakable damage. Truly, anxiety is no friend to us. All of us fear and dread anxiety. We all sense and seem to know that life shouldn’t be lived with it. At some point, we know, either we need to be free of it or it will do us in. Our fear is that freedom from anxiety is merely a fantasy, or if it is a reality it is only so for a special group of people we like to call “saints.” Because this fear runs so deep, many of us have a difficult time imagining, let alone experiencing, a life with peace. I don’t doubt for one moment that any one of us would turn down living with peace in our lives, especially if the alternative is anxiety. The trouble —as I have found and I am sure you know— is knowing how to experience this peace. 2 Peter 1:2 tells us peace is ours in abundance through “knowledge of God and Jesus Christ our Lord.” How is that possible? Philip Melanchthon, the Reformer and disciple of Martin Luther, said that “to know Christ is to know his benefits.” In other words, if you know Christ, who is the Prince of Peace, you will experience peace. This knowledge of Christ is a “living” and “saving” knowledge; it is not, for that reason, abstract or impersonal, as in knowing that 2+2=4. So I would challenge you with this: know Christ. Know Christ because in knowing him you will know his peace which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). And when you find yourself up at 2 a.m. overwhelmed with anxiety, find succor or help through knowledge of Christ with a prayer, not just to be free of anxiety but to truly know the One who has the power to cast out demons like anxiety.
Prayer: Lord God, help me to know you in all your glory. Teach me that my prayer, and all my prayers, are opportunities to know you more fully that I might experience your peace more fully. I’m tired of anxiety, Lord; sick and tired. Give me sight to see beyond my anxiety and to look to your face, so that when the waves of fear and doubt come crashing down I may not be like Peter and lose sight of you. But, even if I do turn away as Peter did and begin to sink, pull me up from the depths of despair and into the light of your forgiveness and grace. Amen.