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5 Prayers for the Assemblies in 2020

Here we are at the start of another year. How did you do in 2019? Did you see growth in your life? Did your assembly see souls saved and added to the church?

As we look into the unknown that 2020 brings here are 5 prayers that have been on my heart for the last several months. These are prayers that each assembly could take before the Lord to see His power work in us for His glory!

1. Teach us to pray

This is the prayer that has convicted me the most. Do our prayer meetings reach the level of prayer that we find in the Word? Are we as churches crying out to God for Him to change our hearts and lives?

So often our prayer lists consist of mostly physical and material needs. Very little is given to the expression of the heart for God to work. So few are seeing much fruit in evangelism or spiritual growth. Do we come to God to get for ourselves or to advance His work in our hearts?

2. Help our unbelief

Maybe our prayer meetings are ineffective because we have lost our belief that God can still do amazing things. We read stories of God working in other generations or parts of the world but, if we are honest, we don’t believe He is going to work the same in our hearts.

I’d love to see the assemblies rise above this doubt in 2020. I’d love to see them not only pray that God will work in a mighty way but expect it to happen! So much talk about a revival (which is good) but it will do nothing if we don’t think God will show up for us.

3. Grant us to speak your Word with all boldness

Fear is a reality for many of us when it comes to personal witnessing. If you are reading this and you have not shared the gospel with anyone in the past year, 5 years, decade, then this prayer is for you.

We are not all evangelists. We are all witnesses. The assemblies in many places have lost the desire and boldness to win the lost. It saddens me that so few people are being saved in our assemblies.

The only way this will turn around is if we commit to intentional witnessing. It begins with this prayer for boldness but it doesn’t stop there. We must be willing to put ourselves in places where we can be a witness. Look for opportunities to share the love of Christ. Let’s commit to that in 2020.

4. Grant us to live in harmony with one another

Oh how we need this prayer. We are so good at fighting with one another. Divisions, strife, envy, and selfishness are commonplace. Here is the full text of this prayer.

We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Romans 15:1-7 (ESV)

Speaks for itself, doesn’t it? There’s no place for selfishness. We don’t have to agree on every point of doctrine and practice but we do have to live in such a way that we glorify God together.

5. Give us the immeasurable greatness of Your power

We need a big dose of Holy Spirit power. We live and serve often in the flesh and most of the time we don’t even realize it. We can do nothing without the work of the Holy Spirit.

He has been called the Forgotten God because so little emphasis is placed on His work. If we are going to see great things done for God in 2020 we need to get back to the absolute surrender to the Holy Spirit.

Looking forward to 2020

I have seen the stirrings of an exciting work of God among many in the assemblies. I have seen men and women get serious about winning souls, breaking down the walls of division, putting aside legalistic ways.

Things are turning around and I believe 2020 will see us take a big step toward healthy, vibrant assemblies. I’m looking forward to what God is doing in my assembly, in my home, and in my heart.

May these 5 prayers (and many others) be on our hearts as we head into the new year.

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    It is good to encourage more prayer. I ask Does the Bible say that women are not to pray in the prayer meeting? Women are more than half of the congregation. Do women in the assemblies ever pray at home out loud? If they have their heads covered in prayer meeting , can they pray? Women are not leading the congregation nor preaching nor teaching in the prayer meeting. If there is an interactive Bible study, can women comment if they have their head covered? Is this teaching? If it is led by one moderator who keeps the discussion on track and even the men need to follow the text, or back up their comments, or be corrected for what they say. Must the women keep silent if there is false doctrine presented? I find that many men do not spend much time in the Bible because of work family, recreation etc. and often many errors are presented when they speak, and many times men are asked to speak who do not have the gift of teaching or understanding the Scriptures. Even if a comment is made after the meeting, most men get angry, refuse to listen, or just walk away. Are women to be treated as second class Christians who can only be used in the kitchen? I am no good in the kitchen. I am not complaining about the chapel I am in. I just do not see that God would limit women to this extent. I know what the majority of assemblies practice and I have come up against the exclusives or closed assemblies who look down on women even if they teach outside of the church building. I believe the rapture will be very soon so I am not looking for any change but I would like to hear comments about the role of the women that the Lord is using outside of the church, but they cannot pray or comment on errors without being publicly put down.

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      I think you will find many assemblies where women are allowed to participate in various ways inside and outside of meetings. There is not the same agreement across assemblies as there once was. In our assembly, women discuss and pray with men in small groups as well as in Bible studies.

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        Hey Crawford…I have been a part of four Assemblies and the women had an extremely small role in worship in everyone. I would have to agree with the points Beverly brought up…

        Say hello to your dad and mom for me….Dale Jodoin

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      In 1 Corinthians 14:34-37, Paul writes that he is writing a commandment of the Lord when he says: “the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission…”. Wow, can’t think of a clearer way to say it, nor a more sensitive issue in our day. Even when praying “In the church”, the person praying is leading the church to God’s throne: they are speaking on behalf of the gathered church.
      A question here is: is a small group, as opposed to the gathered church, included in the commandment? Personally, I don’t think so, but others may see differently, and if they do, I respect them.

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        I respect others as well who have a different view but I can’t see how 1 Cor 14 can be applied to a small group of believers.

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