Season of Prayer 2023
Sunday 10 September – Sunday 24 September
In Luke 10, as Jesus sends out 72 local missionaries, he tells them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out harvest workers into his harvest fields’.
Over the three Sundays (10, 17, 24 September), we hope this Season of Prayer will create ongoing, deepening prayer in our churches. Save the date, plan, and prepare to dwell in prayer with your congregation.
If you are moved to help your congregation engage in the Season of Prayer, you will find worship resources on the LCA Worship Planning Page for the relevant Sundays. The August–September edition of The Lutheran focused on prayer, so take a look for helpful resources there. On this page, you will find Bible studies, ideas for congregational prayer, events and activities.
Our praying precedes our going. Prayer is about being present in the presence of God, deepening our intimacy with the Father, listening to the Spirit, and walking with Jesus. As Paul writes in Colossians 4: ‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.’
Together as the LCANZ, let’s seek God’s presence in prayer. Lord, renew your church!
How can you get involved in practical ways?
- Contact your church council or worship planners to focus on prayer between September 10 and 24 – SAVE THE DATES!
- Join the Epaphras project and participate with prayer warriors in every place.
- Join the pre-existing fortnightly national prayer Zoom online meeting.
- Organise a once-off prayer group or prayer vigil.
- Start praying with a prayer partner or prayer triplet.
- Pray with the resources provided in your family or small group.
- Include one of the video testimonials about prayer in your public worship.
- Pray for people by name who don’t know Jesus as Saviour and Lord using a downloadable prayer card.
- Contact Local Mission to be updated.
- Record a brief testimonial about specific answers to prayer on your smartphone.
Questions to reflect on – ask yourself …
- Do I long to see my congregation reaching out more effectively with the good news of Jesus?
- Do I experience the call to prayer as a burden or an invitation? Why do I think that is so?
- What good news might Jesus want to bring me about my life of prayer?
- What would it look like in practice if my congregation were ‘devoted to prayer’?
- What is the Holy Spirit inviting me to pray for during the Season of Prayer?
- For whom is the Spirit nudging me to pray, that they may grow closer to Jesus?
- With whom might I deliberately spend time praying in the Season of Prayer?