12 Apr 24/7 Prayer Schedule
In this season and in all seasons, there has never been a better time to immerse ourselves in prayer. Prayer provides an intimate communion with the presence of Jesus. Citylight’s second core value states that our devotion and dependency to prayer is “the evidence that Jesus is our one thing. It is a primary means by which we speak to and hear from Him.” Prayer is a privilege worth cultivating and fighting for, and the means by which anything is accomplished in the mission of God. For this reason, we want to encourage you (Citylight Church) to start in this journey of growing in your prayer life as we boldly and eagerly approach the throne (Hebrews 4:14-16), beholding Jesus and allowing Him to reveal His heart to you. May we continue to taste and see the goodness of God, and to gaze upon His beauty all the days of our lives.
To this end, we are introducing a 24/7 prayer schedule to cover our church, city, and the world for the next three months. The goal of this prayer initiative is to cultivate our church’s dependency on Jesus by ensuring that at least one of us is seeking after Him every hour of the day. You, your family, your roommates or your friends can sign up for one-hour slots over the next three months to pray. We are believing in the faithfulness of our people to feast in the abundance of His house and drink from the river of His delight (Ps. 36:7-9) as we pray together during this time.
How do I sign up?
Who should sign up to pray?
Our heart is that everyone will sign up to pray for an hour during this 24/7 schedule.
How should you structure your one-hour prayer slot?
Prayer looks different for people in different seasons of their lives. We want you to be flexible and listen to how the Lord is guiding you. Whether you are kneeling, cooking, folding laundry, walking your dog, waiting at a stoplight, taking care of your kids, or working, we would like your hour to be a time where you are prayerfully seeking the Lord. Simply abiding in the presence of God as you go about your day creates a supernatural work in your lives. Ask the Holy Spirit to give your heart a hunger for God. Go deep and stay with it.
Will I have to pray at the same time every week?
You will have a chance to sign up and choose a time. If this time does not work for you in the weeks that follow, you can always make changes.
If I am new to prayer, how should I pray?
- Set a schedule for regular prayer times. A schedule establishes when you will pray.
- Make a prayer list. A prayer list helps you focus on what to pray for.
- Cultivate a right view of God. A right view of God causes you to want to pray.
- Follow the ACTS Model: https://www.ligonier.org/blog/simple-acrostic-prayer/
How should I make a prayer list?
Oftentimes, we may not know what to pray for in the beginning. Prayer lists helps us with this. Do not limit your prayers to the things on your lists but use them simply as a guide. Depart from them at any time you feel led to pray a different direction. We enjoy praying with the inspiration that comes from the leading of the Spirit, so seek to follow His prompting.
Three possible prayer lists—for your personal life, for people and places, and for justice issues.
-For personal life: This includes praying for your own heart, ministry, and circumstances (physical, financial, and relational).
-For people and places: list of individuals, ministries, and cities that you want to pray for regularly. Pray for individuals (family and friends), ministries (including local church), missionaries and mission endeavors, etc. Pray for specific cities such as Jerusalem (Ps. 122:6; Isa. 62:6), for nations in great need, and unreached people groups. We also pray for people in authority over our city and nation (1 Tim. 2:2).
-For justice: This is a broad topic that includes governmental and social issues such as the ending of abortion, human trafficking, and constraining educational systems. The list might include situations related to economic injustice, water rights, civil unrest (terrorism, riots, etc.), natural disasters (hurricanes, tsunamis, tornadoes, drought), disease (AIDS, tuberculosis, coronavirus, etc.), social crises (for example, famine and genocide), and more.
What if my prayers are weak, short, and poorly worded?
Romans 8:26 shows us that “the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” God’s power and sufficiency works through our weak prayers because of our great Mediator, purchased by His blood. Your prayers will never be meaningless. They are effective because of the authority we have in Jesus, which is based on His finished work on the cross.
What if I don’t feel anything when I pray?
Our private times of prayer and public prayer meetings may not move us, but they move the angels, and, more importantly, they move the heart of God. Never measure your prayers by what you feel. When we pray in agreement with God’s will, our “weak” prayers move God’s heart.
While Cornelius was praying, an angel appeared to him with a message from God, telling him his prayers would be remembered forever (Acts 10:3-4).
“ …he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, Lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.” (Acts 10:3-4)