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Prayer Ministry 2017-05-11T15:08:06+00:00

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” – Oswald Chambers

The Prayer Ministry exists to lift up in prayer and intercession all people so that the light of life might shine in their hearts for the glory of God.  It is our expectation that all ministries and all people be undergirded in prayer so that the power of the Holy Spirit will be active and flowing like rivers of living water.  Our desire is to provide opportunity for all to be active in this life-changing “greater work” and to “pray without ceasing.”

The Prayer Ministry Team exists to inspire, encourage, and support the congregation in their prayer life, offer volunteer opportunities and events related to prayer, and as a team, be active in prayer for First Woodway, the community, and those across the world.

Ways to Get Involved

If you are passionate about praying for others then we have a place for you! We would love for you to join us in our desire to lift up and intercede on behalf of First Woodway, the community, and those across the world. Below are some ways to get involved.

  • Prayer Ministry Team Member – become part of the prayer ministry team
  • Prayer Request Team – praying over prayer requests that come into the church
  • Barnabus Notes – writing encouraging notes to team members going on mission trips

If you would like more information about any of these opportunities, please email Lindsay Helm, Prayer Ministry Coordinator at lhelm@firstwoodway.org.

 

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Ways You Can Pray

There are many ways you can participate – whether you are joining us for a prayer gathering, or meeting with a prayer group, or interceding from the quiet of your home. Listed below are people/teams/organizations we particularly want to surround in prayer.

Pray for our Missions Efforts, In Our Community + Around the World

Each month, the Prayer Team, working with our Missions pastors, will be publishing a prayer card that will be available in the foyer of the worship center.  Please don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to mature in your prayer life and intercede for our missionaries in the field.

View this Month’s Prayer Card

Staff: Thirsting for God – Psalm 63:1-8

Replace the pronoun in parenthesis with the name of one of our staff.

“O God, You are (my) God; Early (I) will seek You; (My) soul thirsts for You; (My) flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So (I) have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving kindness is better than life, (My) lips shall praise You. Thus (I) will bless You while (I) live; (I) will lift up my hands in Your name. (My) soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And (my) mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When (I) remember You on my bed, (I) meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been (my) help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings (I) will rejoice. (My) soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds (me).”

Congregation: Living By Faith – Galatians 3:22-25; 2:19-21

3:22-25 “But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came. We were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” 2:19-21 “For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in m; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Monthly Prayer Focus for May– Praying for the Lost: Part 1 of 3

Part 1:  Blinded – 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

“If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing.  Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe.  They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.  They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (NLT)

I love this passage taken from the New Living Translation because it states so clearly that the god of this age, Satan, has blinded the mind of those who don’t believe!  They are in darkness.  Satan has a stronghold on their life…and that was once us!  But wait, there’s more!  The passage doesn’t stop there and neither should we!  God doesn’t stay in the tomb; He is risen!  Darkness and unbelief does not have to be the end!  Jesus is the Light of world and as believers He has given that light to us. Jesus shines in our hearts so that we may shine His light into the lives of others.

And the first stop…prayer!  God moves when His children pray!  Don’t think that your little prayer isn’t good enough, doesn’t have the right words put together in the right way, or isn’t worth mentioning to the God of this Universe!  That’s exactly why we need to pray!  He is the God and Father of all.  He is the one who has the power to move mountains.  And He is the one who will turn darkness in to light…because of He is faithful!

Jesus has asked us to work alongside Him.  Don’t you want to be a part of that!?  Don’t you want to partner with Him in the eternal transformation of someone’s life?  Yes!

Then let us pray for the lost!  Let us pray that darkness flees in name of Jesus Christ!  That deaf ears will hear the whispers of Jesus’ voice.  And that blind eyes are opened to “the glorious light of the Good News.”  Let us pray!

Monthly Prayer Focus for April – Stateside Missions

ANCHOR WAY THEN:

Anchor Way started as a “cowboy church” in the 1980’s. Steamboat Springs and the surrounding area of the Western Slope of Colorado has a lot of cattle ranches and a lot Texans coming to buy beautiful land to become ranchers on. By the 2000’s Anchor Way Baptist Church changed its name to Anchor Way Church (still baptist) and became less known for being a Cowboy Church and more about reaching Steamboat Springs.

Anchor Way is the only Southern Baptist Church in a 60-mile radius. Coming from Texas where Southern Baptist Churches out number Starbucks in most towns I found this refreshingly unique. All that to say, our congregation and community have no idea we are Baptist.

ANCHOR WAY NOW:

When I came to Anchor Way a 14 months ago there were 99 people in attendance and we were the 3rd largest church in Steamboat. Since then we’ve grown on average by 60% and are now having seating issues and are looking at going to a 2nd service possibly this summer. Our oldest member is 70 years old, a retired CEO and runs a ministry as the Chaplin of Steamboat Springs resort. We are mostly a young church with many singles and young marrieds. Our music is contemporary and led by a local bar musician who is also on our staff. I would say we are very contextualized for our community. We have recently adopted the public school across the street from us and have built a great relationship with them by serving them.

PRAY FOR ANCHOR WAY:

  • We need prayer for this awkward phase we are in as we try to provide many ministries for our community with mostly only volunteers.
  • We need prayer for continual financial support.
  • We need prayer for opportunities to reach our city for the gospel.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS

Steamboat Springs is 90% unreached for the Gospel. There are about 1200 people in this town who would say they believe in Jesus. And maybe only 600 who believe Jesus is the only way to the Father. The primary religion here is Buddhism, Unitarianism and Naturalism. It is a true mission field.

Steamboat surprisingly has NO violent crime! It is one of the safest place to live in America. We all leave our houses unlocked. It is absolutely beautiful here. The climate is unique to Texas in that there is no humidity which makes winter and summer better.

However, there is a terrible drug problem in the community. Some say 80% of Steamboat Springs is addicted to some kind of drug. 50% of Steamboat High School is addicted to drugs as well. It is very sad.

Steamboat is home to the mostly upper middle class. The average home cost 750,000 dollars. A lot of land will cost around 250,000. We ski with celebrities like, Tony Romo, Brett Farve, Duck Dynasty guys, the CEO of Huffington Post and more have been spotted around town this year.

We also have more olympians per capita than any other city in America and produce more winter olympians than any other city in America. So sports is an idol here, which puts a lot of pressure on the kids leading to what we believe to be a drug problem.

OUR MISSION

To be an equipping multi-site church for the Yampa Valley.

Because of how spread out communities are here there are very few churches and very few communities that can support a church. My hope is that we can be a lean church (not very expensive) that has a unique equipping model (uses lay people not staff for ministry) so it can be easily reproduced and planted as multisite throughout our unreached valley in the Rocky Mountains.

Pray for those opportunities to present themselves and for wisdom.

Thank you again for coming to Steamboat. I love First Woodway. I was married there. Learned how to pastor there. And still have many people I love that go there!

Check out www.anchorway.com for more information.

Monthly Prayer Focus for March – Missions

Acts 1:8 says, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”  This is a familiar verse but how often do we truly rely on the Spirit within us as we seek to share with others the love and redemption of Jesus Christ?  The Holy Spirit in us is another Helper, a Counselor, an Advocate.  He will give us the strength we need, the words to say, and the love to show as we reach out to others in the name of Jesus.

There are several mission trips spreading the love of Jesus in the month of March, both internationally and locally.  Pray that they would be filled with the Holy Spirit to overflowing, allowing God to strengthen them when they feel weak and ill-equipped, give them the right words to say when their mind goes blank, and give them a love that is supernatural!

And we don’t have to be on a mission trip to be on mission!  There are opportunities and needs all around us.  We can be harvest workers in our own backyard!  Ask the Holy Spirit to make you aware of ways to share the love Jesus with others and then ask Him to give you the power to do it!  He will never leave you nor forsake you!

Harvest Worker Prayer Goals for 2017

This entire year of 2017, we are asking the congregation at First Woodway to pray for more local and international missionaries to be sent out into a ripe field.  Below are the goals that we will be praying for throughout the year.  Be looking for the new prayer webpage that will have a prayer calendar leading us toward these goals!

Goals for International Missions:
·      Short-term missions (up to two weeks) – 100 missionaries
·      Mid-term missions (two months to two years) – 6 missionaries
·      Long-term (two years and on) – 1 missionary or family

Goal for Local Missions:
·      For a person or family to participate in one more local missionary/outreach opportunity than last year.

Harvest Workers:

·      There are 3651 IMB missionaries serving around the world.
·      There 5684 NAMB (North American Mission Board) missionaries serving in the US.
·      It is estimated that there are 51,000 missionaries worldwide.

Harvest Workers Prayer Calendars

January    February    March    April    May

Prayer Gathering
We hosted the first Prayer Gathering October 20, 2016.  The sanctuary was open all day for focused prayer on the family. Be on the lookout for our next gathering!  If you would like to be notified of prayer team opportunities, join our email list.

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Pearls of Prayer

“Prayer is the only entryway into genuine self-knowledge.  It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves.  Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us.  Indeed, prayer makes it safe for God to give us many of the things we most desire.  It is the way we know God, the way we finally treat God as God.  Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life.  We must learn to pray.  We have to.” – Timothy Keller

What is Prayer?

  • Prayer is spiritual communication with God.  It is a two-way relationship in which we talk to and listen to our Heavenly Father.
  • Prayer is courageously and unreservedly opening your heart, mind, and soul to our Lord and Savior.
  • Prayer is a time to give praise and thanksgiving to the God of all creation.
  • Prayer is a time for confessing our sins and receiving forgiveness under the law of the Spirit of grace and truth.
  • Prayer is a time of intercession as you petition, or plead another’s case to the Lord on behalf of others.
  • Prayer is a gift as the Lord has given all of us the opportunity through the Holy Spirit to speak to Him directly.

Praying the Names of God
As you go throughout your day, think upon the names of God.  It is easy to forget God’s divine nature and His sovereignty over the big details of the entire world and the small details of our individual lives.  When we meditate on the greatness of His name, it allows us to take our focus off of ourselves and earthly enticements, and lifts up our eyes to the One who can secure peace, contentment, purpose, and joy in every part of our day.

Look below at the non-exhaustive list of the names of God.  Pick one to meditate on during the week.  Ask the Lord to show you the truth behind the name you have chosen.

  • Jehovah God – self-complete being; “I AM WHO I AM”.  (Exodus 3:13-15)
  • Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – the God who sanctifies.  (Leviticus 20:7-8)
  • Jehovah-jireh – the God who provides.  (Genesis 22:9-14)
  • Jehovah-shalom – the God of peace.  (Judges 6:16-24)
  • Jehovah-rophe – Jehovah heals.  (Exodus 15:22-26)
  • Jehovah-nissi – God our banner.  (Exodus 17:8-15)

Technique for Praying Through the Psalms
We all want to pray, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.  One helpful approach is to pray through the Psalms.  Click here for more details.

Other Tips for Praying and Memorizing Scripture 
Praying for Missionaries

Prayer Walking

Praying for the Lost

Memorizing Scripture

Prayer Requests:

Medical Mission Trip to India (from Mark Tate)

*For our partner, Pastor Abhi and his family: they work tirelessly and have a great vision for South Asia. Pray God would continue to use them as lights and agents of transformation. They also just had a baby so prayers for their growing family as well.

*For the new hospital: to get off the ground and start up soon with staff, equipment, and much needed medical care. This is a massive task for a rural village in South Asia. Pray God will raise this place up and use it as a foundation for ministry to the community.

*For our involvement: Pray for wisdom as our church discerns how we can be involved in this work in the future. Pray for God to call people specifically to serve on medical teams to South Asia.

Prayer Requests for Steamboat Springs, CO

First Woodway is sending a mission team this summer 2017 to work alongside Anchor Way Church located in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs is 90% unreached for the Gospel. There are about 1200 people in this town who would say they believe in Jesus. And maybe only 600 who believe Jesus is the only way to the Father. The primary religion here is Buddhism, Unitarianism and Naturalism. It is a true mission field.

Steamboat surprisingly has NO violent crime! It is one of the safest place to live in America. We all leave our houses unlocked. It is absolutely beautiful here. The climate is unique to Texas in that there is no humidity which makes winter and summer better.

However, there is a terrible drug problem in the community. Some say 80% of Steamboat Springs is addicted to some kind of drug. 50% of Steamboat High School is addicted to drugs as well. It is very sad.

Steamboat is home to the mostly upper middle class. The average home cost 750,000 dollars. A lot of land will cost around 250,000. We ski with celebrities like, Tony Romo, Brett Farve, Duck Dynasty guys, the CEO of Huffington Post and more have been spotted around town this year.

We also have more olympians per capita than any other city in America and produce more winter olympians than any other city in America. So sports is an idol here, which puts a lot of pressure on the kids leading to what we believe to be a drug problem.