The new year is a great time to explore new prayer patterns and find out what helps you connect in a more meaningful way with God. One way of being more intentional about prayer is to commit to praying for a specific issue every day for a week. This can help you pray about a topic on a deeper level and spend more time consistently in conversation with God.
How to start your week of prayer:
Choose your topic: You can pray about anything you like, but it could be a good opportunity to find out more about an issue that you don’t know a lot about but would like to start praying for.
Pick a time and place: Scheduling time each day to pray can help you get into a routine. Choose a comfortable place to pray, preferably somewhere you won’t be distracted.
Commit with others: Letting others know about your week of prayer can motivate you. You could also invite others to join in with your week of prayer and encourage each other by sharing your daily prayers.
Pray with us
An example week: praying for the global church
Poverty isn’t part of God’s plan. The church is. Join with us in prayer to support all the local church is doing around the world to help people lift themselves out of poverty and flourish.
Day one – the impact of the church
Churches continue to be a light to their communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Tearfund partners with churches across the world to equip them to share reliable and accurate information about the virus, so communities can make informed decisions. They have also been delivering food parcels and giving pastoral care to people during lockdowns and during the other challenges of the pandemic.
Praise God for the witness of the local church. Pray for rest and restoration for church leaders and thank God for the vital work they do.
Day two – the welcoming church
Colombia has become a place of refuge for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants who have arrived with only the few belongings they can carry. Tearfund has trained more than 300 church leaders in Colombia to help their churches become places of protection and welcome.
Thank God for churches across Colombia that are providing food, trauma support and healthcare to migrants. Pray that the church will always be a refuge for the vulnerable.
Day three – the persecuted church
In some of the countries where Tearfund works, our partners are serving their communities despite experiencing oppression themselves. But God is working through these communities in wonderful ways.
Ask God to protect those who are marginalised or oppressed because of their faith. Lift up churches and faith groups who are operating in these challenging contexts and pray they will be able to continue serving their communities.
Day four – emergency needs met by the church
When disaster strikes, the local church is often the first to help and continue to support communities long after the headlines focus on another tragedy. Like in Haiti, where churches continue to help people rebuild and recover after the deadly earthquakes. ‘Our role and duty is to be there, to give our support whatever way we can do it,’ shares Thimothee Saint-Juste, a church leader in Haiti.
Pray for the work church leaders – like Thimothee Saint-Juste – are doing to help people in Haiti recover and rebuild.
Day five – the reconciling church
Church leaders are ambassadors for peace; they can heal the hurts that divide people and promote unity. ‘I believe that church leaders should be present in everyday life, engage and invest in the peaceful processes in their country,’ says Rev Onesphore Ndayizigamiye, who attended a Tearfund workshop in Burundi about promoting peace. ‘They should not be afraid, but step up, because their role is very important.’
Praise God for the work church leaders are doing to bring peace where there is conflict and suffering. Reflect on the divisions you see in society and pray for the church to step into the gap.
Day six – the caring church
A growing number of churches are answering God’s call to love their neighbours by caring for creation. In India, after attending a Tearfund training course, Pastor Sunil has introduced practical ways his congregation can get involved and learn more about caring for wider creation. The church has banned single-use plastic, has a kitchen garden and is planting trees around the community.
Thank God for the work Pastor Sunil’s church is doing to care for creation. Pray that even more churches around the world will take action to tackle the climate crisis.
Day seven – the hope of the church
The message of the church is hope. Around the world, churches are living out this message and being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Praise God for how he works through the local church. Ask God to highlight a way that you could serve in your local church to help someone in need.