Good old habits in 2021

This Monday, 11th January 2021, at 7:30pm

It’s been so good that others have been joining us for prayer recently.  Don’t worry about the New Year’s Resolution to lose some pounds, or clear out the garage – why not invest an hour a month more into the treasure that does not rust or fade away?  

We are meeting on Zoom to pray for Bognor and as the Spirit leads us in these times.  We may start with a song, and there will be focuses for prayer to help support us if you haven’t prayed before.  You can join and just say Amen if you prefer, you will still be very welcome!

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2020 Covid Update

It’s been a while since we posted on here. Kemi and I are still hosting monthly Pause and Pray meetings, on the second Monday of each month on Zoom. We meet on a Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

We are encouraged that in October there were some prayer walks around the town (in the pouring rain), and we know that after the current lockdown, there is an appetite for those prayer walks to continue. Watch this space for information about those in 2021 and also for other prayer updates.

You may be aware that the Evangelical Alliance have called a National Day of Prayer for this Friday – it would be good to join by fasting, or if that isn’t possible, by allocating some time to pray. https://www.eauk.org/what-we-do/prayer-centre/uk-day-of-prayer-november-13th-2020

Prayer in 2020

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We are changing venues for a bit, and going to meet at the Jeneses Building on Linden Road.

Please join us for prayer every second Monday of the month, from 7:30 to 8:30pm.  We may do some prayerwalking as part of this season of prayer.

We pray in the name of the Lord Jesus, for the glory of the Father, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Key to HOW we pray in 2020 will be our meeting on Mon 13th January, where we will share what we are getting on our hearts, and how we should be coming together.  Increasingly, prayer is becoming a focus for sermons, for seasons, for groups and individuals across this country, partly because of the national political issues, but also because the time is drawing close.

One of the key Scriptures for prayer is 2 Chron 7:14:

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

We are called to be faithful to this in prayer.

It is easy to get intimidated when we see the word ‘prayer’.  It is more important to listen to God than to speak.  Here are some benefits of prayer in a small group (like ours!)

  • We get to encourage each other
  • We can say Amen to other peoples’ prayers
  • We start to build a connection with Christians we didn’t know before
  • It provides a focus for our praying for the rest of the time
  • It turns our hearts away from the world and towards Jesus

I recommend you try it!

 

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Prayer for 2019

As we meet to pray in this coming year, we will focus every three months on a different topic.  REMINDER: We normally meet on the 2nd Monday of every month at Opengate Church, 7:30 to 8:30pm.  The first dates this year are Mon 14th Jan, Mon 11th Feb and Mon 11th March.

This is what we are feeling is right:

Jan – March

Exodus 33:1-23 – seeking that His presence lead us this year and staying on our watch,
Joel 2:1-32; Habakkuk 2:1, – restoration

Focus on young people and the family, church leaders and older people

 

April – June

The proposed dates are 8th April, 13th May and the 10th June.

2 Chronicles 7:14 – returning to the Lord – revival, Nehemiah 2:18-20
Building up broken walls

Focus on the unemployed, the homeless and the desperate

 

July – September

2 Chronicles 20: 1- 29; Isaiah 49:19-26, -Jeremiah 1:10, Psalms 24:7-10 handing over the battle to the Lord and deliverance

Focus on university students and schools

Oct – December

Revelation 2 – 3 – church to return to her first love.

Focus on the poor and on businesses

May God bless you as you use these focuses in your own intercession, but also please do join us to increase the unity amongst Christians and to share in what God is doing.

October Pause and Pray

After last week’s encouraging Churches Together gathering, we will build on the unity that we find in our Lord Jesus and pray together.

We are praying for:

  • Discipleship
  • Restoration
  • Unity
  • Healing

Go https://247prayerbognor.wordpress.com/bognor-prayer-concerts-2015-discipleship-restoration-unity-healing/ to find some prayer points if you want to pray in your personal times.

We are also now praying currently on the 4th Thursday of each month over Zoom.  The next one is on 25th October at 7:30 for 40 minutes.  You can pray just on audio, or use video, and we don’t have to be in the same room, but can still encourage each other in prayer.  We will send out an invitation, and you simply download the app to your phone or computer, put in the link, and you’re ready to go.

See you soon!

Ben and Kemi

Prophetic word on a tremendous shift for all of Britain! — Richard’s Watch

[Amanda Shiflett] I see prayer gatherings beginning to emerge in the United Kingdom in an immense way, and many will be a part of many home churches/home groups, that will be very Apostolic and Prophetic in nature. Much of the prayer gatherings will come from these, and I see a great wave of the moving of God’s Spirit through these groups. It will be a grass-roots movement of God’s remnant there. Many of these home/small groups will even be among those who are considered the “social elite”.

via Prophetic word on a tremendous shift for all of Britain! — Richard’s Watch

Pause and Pray Dates

We hope to be Pausing and Praying, all at Opengate Church, Victoria Drive, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm on the following dates (subject to confirmation):

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Mon 13th Aug

Mon 10th Sept

Mon 8th Oct

Mon 12th Nov

Mon 10th Dec.

 

Nearer each time, we will confirm any particular prayer focus.  Please come and say hallo, and get involved!

Mon 14th May Pause and Pray

Hey there, it would be great to see you at the next Pause and Pray!  We will be meeting at Opengate Church on Victoria Drive at 7:30pm, just for an hour.

We want to come along ready to stand together for our town, ready to see a change.  We want to pray for a blessing and favour, for a hope and a future for all the children and young people in our town.

There are so many needs: we need to think about the teachers and parents, for all the adults that those young people rely on.  For provision, sometimes at the level of food, shelter and clothing.  For education, especially for those facing exams at this time of year.  For good choices.  For those moving away from Bognor, and for those who have just moved in Bognor.

All the children and young people in Bognor belong to God.  All of them need God’s protection and care.  There will be particular young people you have a responsibility for: come along with them on your heart.  There will be needs that you will hear about as we pray that will flame out and give you new prayer burdens, new action burdens too.

Gavin Calver in a video on ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, the prayer initiative that starts on Thursday this week and continues until May 20th, says that when we say ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ to God, anything can happen.  We think we know what future we want for the young people in our town, but God has a more glorious future for them than we can imagine.  Not just small changes, but big ones.

Big changes start with small changes, and change starts with prayer.

See you there!

Ben and Kemi

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