Prayer Guide

Pray Fervently Like it Matters

Psalm 141:1–2

“O Lord, I call upon You; hasten to me!
Give ear to my voice when I call to You!
May my prayer be counted as incense before You;
The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.”

August Prayer Needs

A Day of Prayer and Fasting
Monday, August 3
bellevue.org/prayer

  • As a church, we are setting aside the third day of every month in 2020 as a day of fervent prayer and fasting. Whether you fast from a meal or for the entire day, please seek God’s presence and power. A prayer guide with timely emphases will be available online at bellevue.org/prayer beginning August 2.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7NIV)

Bellevue Loves Memphis
Saturday, August 29
bellevuelovememphis.org

  • Pray members will be led to serve selflessly outside of Bellevue.
  • Pray volunteers will be prepared to share the Gospel.
  • Pray projects will display a heart for city renewal and will lead nonbelievers to a relationship with Jesus.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37–39).

Connect
bellevue.org/connect
We continue to Connect with Life Groups online and look forward to meeting again in person.

  • Pray God will give our church leadership wisdom as they plan how to best relaunch group meetings.
  • Pray members will be challenged and personally accountable to other Christians.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:23–25).

Pray for Bro. Steve

Prayer Life

  • Bro. Steve has a deep and profound dedication to prayer, but longs for it to be an even deeper priority. Pray he would continue to grow as a man of prayer.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).
  • Pray he will guard his prayer time diligently.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16ESV).
  • Pray he will experience God’s power and presence through prayer.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31).
  • Pray he will hear from God as he prays.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “Your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left” (Isaiah 30:21).

Time in the Word

  • Pray he would be even more diligent in the disciplines of Scripture memory and review.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11).
  • Pray he would experience great “joy and delight” as he reviews and meditates on God’s Word.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts” (Jeremiah 15:16).
  • Pray he would experience the blessing of God as he mediates on God’s Word.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (Joshua 1:8).
  • Pray he will experience the riches of God’s truth and light as He reviews and meditates on Scripture.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law” (Psalm 119:18).

Pray for Mack Hindman
Thank you for continuing to pray for Mack and the Hindman family!

  • Pray for complete healing.
  • Pray for protection from the enemy.
  • Pray for strength.
  • Pray for a quick and easy transition to the rehabilitation center in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Pray for Mack’s family: Ken, Kristina, and David.
    • Applying Biblical Truth
      • “With God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Serve God and Others by Praying

“Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you…Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you”
1 Samuel 12:23–24

 

In the verses above, the prophet Samuel is challenging the nation of Israel to not turn away from God but to pursue intimacy with God. He does that by making a declaration of godliness. Much like Joshua did four centuries earlier when he asserted, “But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD,” (Joshua 24:15) Samuel states that he is going to remain faithful to God. His chief example of worshipping God intimately is his prayer life, he will not, “sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you.”

We learn from Samuel that one of the most faithful ways that you can serve God, serve others, and love others is to pray! And not just to pray, but to pray fervently, “serve Him with all your heart” (1 Samuel 12:24). Charles Spurgeon captures the depth of fervent prayer when he writes, “True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that—it is a spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth.”

Our prayer for this newsletter is that it will help lead you to Worship God more intimately, serve others lovingly, and pray fervently like it matters—because it does.

Bill Street
Minster, Evangelism, Discipleship, and Prayer

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