Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Verve's 5x5 Prayer Week - Get On The Prayer Train

This weekend, Vince explained that Verve's staff is doing a 5x5 prayer initiative this week. They are getting up at 5 am each day, 5 days in a row, to pray for Verve for one hour. You are invited to join them. In fact, the hope is that everyone will join together in prayer this week. Jesus said that His church would be a "house of prayer" and talked repeatedly about the power of prayer. So let's pray together this week for our church and our impact in Las Vegas and beyond! If you can just do one day of the five, we'll take it! If you can do all five, awesome!

Below you'll find a list of things you could pray about in your hour, along with one special prayer emphasis for today.
  1. Pray that God will be glorified in and through Verve.
  2. Pray that we will "lift" Jesus up and people will be drawn to Him (John 12:32). 
  3. Pray that Verve will produce people who are sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
  4. Pray for our church staff, that they will stay close to God, focused on Jesus, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to make wise decisions and lead our church in a way that honors God and leads people into growing relationships with Jesus.
  5. Pray for our church finances. "Doing" church is not cheap, and without sufficient funding we cannot do what God has called us to do. Pray that Verve will have increasingly generous people who give to the mission God has called us to.
  6. Pray that Ververs will build relationships with people who are far from God and help them to experience His love.
  7. Pray for our advertising (billboards, door hangers, radio ads, Facebook ads, etc.) - that they will be seen by people who are recognizing a need for something more, and that those people come and check out Verve.
  8. Pray that our church services will uncross the arms of cynical people and help them to become open to the message of Jesus.
  9. Pray that Ververs will invite their friends to come and meet Jesus at Verve.
  10. Pray that Ververs will be filled with the compassion of Jesus for hurting people.
  11. Pray that we will become known in Las Vegas for our love.
  12. Pray for our Children's Ministry, that it will raise up kids who truly love God and people.
  13. Pray for our Student Ministry, that it will help teens to have their own faith and a growing love for God and His Kingdom.
  14. Pray for the many new believers at Verve, including the people who just got baptized this weekend, that they will establish strong foundations and growing relationships with God.
  15. Pray for our Micro Groups, that they will help people get connected in loving supportive friendships that will help them grow together to become more like Jesus
  16. Pray for our Verve University courses, that they will help equip people to live the life God has for them.
  17. Pray for a culture of volunteerism to grow at Verve. For a church to reach its full potential, every person must play their part. We need everyone to find a volunteer role they can serve in.
  18. Pray for leaders to develop at Verve. A church needs (non-staff) people to step up into leadership in various ministries, and we need to develop great spiritual leaders at Verve.
  19. Pray for our ministry to Dean Petersen Elementary, a school we have adopted to help the kids who attend (and who are growing up in very difficult circumstances) to feel loved and special.
  20. Pray for Summit Life, the church we helped to start in Sedona, Arizona.
  21. Pray for the church and ministry we are helping to start in Siliguri, India, in an area where sex trafficking is rampant.
  22. Pray for the church we helped to start in Roco Fuerte, Ecuador, and for the ministry we started for mothers and needy children.
  23. Pray for the church we are helping to start in Llodz, Poland, which is one of the least churched and most needy places in that entire nation.
  24. Pray for the homeless family in Mexico that our mission team built a house for last Fall.
  25. Pray for our 2015 Mission trips to Poland and Mexico (where we'll be building at least one more home for at least one more homeless family).
  26. Pray for Splagna, the church planting movement we're seeking to launch, to start churches in the most sinful places and for the most cynical people.
  27. Pray for the "God For The Rest Of Us" book and church curriculum and TV show, all coming out later this year, that it will have a real impact for God.
Today's Prayer Emphasis:  Many churches are effective at ministering to people who are already believers. Not many can reach people who don't believe. In fact, studies show that less than 5% of churches see new believers coming to Christ. Verve tries to be very strategic in breaking the stereotypes of skeptics and cynics and leading them to faith. This was Jesus' mission (He said He came to "seek and save the lost") and it's the mission He called the church to! "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20). Please pray that Verve will always keep the main thing the main thing, and that we will be increasingly effective in helping people find new life in Jesus.