Hinged to Heaven – Prayer

Integrate prayer into every aspect of Hinged@Home

Prayer Ideas:

Hinged to Heaven Prayers: Devotional scripture reading and prayer guide through the book of Ephesians. You can read them aloud together or share the guide with women to use throughout the eight weeks. (Click here to download)

Prayer Leaders: Assign different women to open and close your time in prayer

Prayer for your Local Church Leadership: (Click here to download a Prayer Guide Adapted from Equipping the Church for Kingdom Praying by Barbara Thompson)

Prayer Partners: Assign women to be prayer partners for the eight weeks this Fall (see tips below)

Hinged Note Cards: Use the Hinged Notecards to write notes of encouragement to those you are praying for during your time together.

A Prayer Guide for Local Church Leadership

Adapted from Equipping the Church for Kingdom Praying, by Barbara Thompson

ELDERS

Qualifications for Elders – Pray that God will develop and maintain these qualifications—use scriptural references for your specific prayers from 1 Timothy 3:1–7

  1. Blameless: Fully committed to Biblical morality
  • Morality recognized by believers and non-believers alike
  1. Sexually Pure: Eyes—television watched; movies seen; books and magazines read
  • Guarded from adultery—physical and emotional
  1. Domestic Authority: Managing his own family
  • Spiritual authority recognized by wife and children
  1. Suitable Temperament: Under the control of the Holy Spirit
  2. Hospitable: Love strangers with open heart, open arms, and open home
  3. Doctrinally Stable: Understand the Gospel of grace in all its truth
  • Firm grasp on doctrines of scripture
  1. Biblical Capability Committed to the Word of God; a student of the Word of God;
    • Know the Word of God
    • Encourage others by sound doctrine; refute the opposition to sound doctrine

Duties of Elders: Pray for elders in their responsibilities

  1. Oversight of Christ’s flock (Ezekiel 34; 1 Peter 5:1–4):
  • Diligently watching over the flock given to them
  • Vigilant regarding corruption of doctrine or morals
  • Exercising government and discipline over the church
  1. Visiting people at their homes (James 5:13–16):
  • Especially the sick
  • Instructing the ignorant
  • Comforting the mourner
  • Nourishing and guarding the children of the church
  1. Evangelizing the unconverted (Luke 15):
  • Setting an example to the flock by zeal for the lost
  1. Discipling the flock for their duties the law of love (Philippians 2):
  • Loving God with heart, soul, mind, and strength
  1. Putting others before self (Ephesians 6:10–20):
  • Prayer with and for the people
  • Asking for and seeking fruit of the preached Word

TEACHING ELDER AND HIS PARTICULAR DUTIES:

  1. Reading, Expounding and Preaching the Word of God:
  • Pray for pastor’s personal devotional time that he will know the power of the resurrection and desire to know Christ (Phil. 3:10);
  • Study time (Colossians 2:6–8);
  • Boldness to proclaim Christ in preaching (Colossians 1:28)
  1. Administering the Sacraments: pray for wisdom in the ministry of the sacraments:
  • Preparation for the Lord’s supper, wisdom in baptism (Colossians 1:9–12 and James 1)
  1. Declaration of the Will of God:
  • Beseeching that sinners be reconciled;
  • Bearing the good news of salvation (2 Timothy 4:1–5)

LEADERSHIP WIVES

  • Pray that the wives of church leadership will: Be worthy of respect (Proverbs 31)
  • Lives may be such that they are respected by believers and non-believers, not malicious talkers (James 3; Colossians 4:6; Ephesians 5:4):
  • Control of tongues
  • Talk that builds up temperate and trustworthy in everything (Proverbs 31; Titus 2):
  • Prudent and balanced
  • Wisdom in families, homes, ministries

Prayer Partners

Benefits of praying with a partner

  1. It reminds us we are not alone and builds community – Consider the Covenantal language of the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
  2. Praying together invites God’s presence and help (Matthew 18:19-20)
  3. It provides accountability (Galatians 6:2)
  4. It keeps us from turning inward and compels us to turn upward with our anxiety and needs (Philippians 4:6)
  5. As we walk in His Word together, our prayers help us walk in His will (I John 5:14)

Some ideas to consider as you pray with a partner

  • Set expectations right up front about how long will you be prayer partners. (Example: For the eight weeks of Hinged@Home
  • Be intentional and set aside time to pray with your prayer partner
  • Determine how you will communicate: face to face, texting, or phone
  • Remember informal conversational prayer is best
  • Write down your partner’s prayer requests
  • Keep prayer requests confidential
  • Take turns praying out loud with each other if you are connecting in person or over the phone
  • Keep prayers brief and Christ-centered
  • As you partner prays for you, stay attentive to what the Spirit is saying to you.
  • Remember to follow up to see how God is working His will in your partner’s life.
  • Most importantly remember this prayer time is a conversation between you, your prayer partner, and God. Listen for the Holy Spirit and follow His guidance in your prayers.

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