Day of Prayer: Inauguration Day, January 20, 2021
Our Chapel will be open at various times throughout the day on January 20 for those who would like to come and pray for our nation (or any other prayer requests) on Inauguration Day. We invite all who desire to come to stop by during these times: January 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 3-5 p.m.; 7-9 p.m.
Suggestions for Intercessory Prayer
Intercessory prayer invites us into God’s care and concern for us, our families and friends, and the entire world. No concern is too trivial for God to receive with loving attention. However, intercession is not a means of manipulating heaven into doing our will. Rather it is a way we become aware of God’s prayer for a person [or people] and join in that intercession.
– Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, “Intercessory Prayer”, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, p. 258
- Use the Lord’s prayer for intercession:
- Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Spend some time thanking God for his fatherly love and attention. Ponder who he is and adore his majesty, holiness, sovereignty, goodness and beauty.
- Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Turn your intercession to God’s purposes in the world, and particularly the United States. Where are you trying to bring in your kingdom or the U.S. kingdom rather than putting your efforts toward God’s kingdom agenda.
- Give us today our daily bread. Pray for your needs and the needs of others. Pray for policies and laws that allow for those needs to be met. Pray for those who are in danger, suffering, and in places of decision-making or costly love.
- And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Where might you or others get off track today? Become aware of the ways our leaders may be tempted to spin the truth, manage their image, live out of their false self, lose patience, or envy others. Pray for the Spirit to work for change.
- For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. End your time of intercession for our country with prayers of trust in God’s goodness and his redemptive plan for all of creation.
- Place yourself in the presence of God, bringing your concern with you. Ask God to show you if there is anything you need to surrender in order to better join God in your concern. If something comes to mind, offer it to God. Ask God if there is anything he wants you to do about this concern, or if you are only to pray and leave him to act.
- Intercede with a newspaper in hand, or scroll through news headlines on your phone. As you read, what do you feel called to pray about? Gently bring the fears and concerns of the news to the Lord.
(adapted from Calhoun, “intercessory Prayer,” pp. 260-61)
Pray through Song
Our worship leader, Desiree Robertson, put together this song list, for those who are having trouble finding their own words for prayer today.
Be a Prayer Warrior
Edgebrook Covenant Church welcomes your prayers for our many ministries. Here are some suggestions for prayer.
- Pray alone in personal devotions. Pray when you’re waiting at a stoplight… or in the grocery store line… while you are commuting to or from work… or when the kids are sleeping… or you are working out. Use the centering prayer we learned in our Lenten services… or shoot “arrow” prayers heavenward whenever and wherever God reminds you.
- Pray with others. Ask a friend(s) to covenant with you to pray at a certain time each week. It might be in person… or on the phone… or in spirit. Check in with each other(s) to hold ourselves accountable.
- Pray with those in your household. Roommates and children are great pray-ers. Talk about the ministries noted above and what you want God to do about them. Remember: you don’t need to close your eyes to pray! Conversation can be come prayer!
- Alone, or with others, take a prayer walk around the neighborhood. Pray for the children, teens, and adults who live in each home. Pray that those persons will come to know Christ, if they do not yet know him.
Resources for prayer
Take a look in your Bible… use a concordance for words prayer and asking. Check the hymnal, using hymns in the section on Prayer (see the index at the back of the hymnal) or read prayers in the back section. Our library has devotional books on prayer. Pray the prayer of Jabez for yourself and others (1 Chronicles 4:10). Why not write your own prayer? Will you dare share it with a friend or your family?
Thanks for praying for our ministries this year!