Week of Prayer

­JANUARY 15 - 21, 2017
Welcome to the Week of Prayer. Thank you for praying with us and for us!

This is an incredible opportunity to unite as a church and intercede on behalf of our ministries, our communities, our nation, and our world. Let's pray intently, praise openly, trust wholeheartedly, and wait expectantly for God to answer!

Each day, we provide specific prayer points so you can pray with us along a certain theme. You can get those prayer requests in several ways: 

  • Find all the prayer points below. You can also download a PDF here.
  • On the CCClife Mobile App each day, we will push out an alert with that day's prayer points. Don't have the app? Click here to learn more.
  • Our One-Church Facebook Page will post each day's prayer points.
  • In Your Inbox: We will send each day's prayer points to the One-Church Newsletter list. Don't get our Saturday morning newsletter? Sign up here.

SPECIAL INVITATION: Be part of a movement to seek God by coming together in unity with other Christ-followers from all different backgrounds throughout the Fox Valley. Hosted at First Baptist Church of Geneva, East Campus, on Thursday, January 19, from 7-9pm. More information at facebook.com/prayfoxvalley.

DON'T FORGET: Submit prayer requests and pray EVERY WEEK at our Prayer Wall.


PRAYER POINTS:

Sunday: Sanctity of Life

Please pray for...

An end to the nearly 26,000 abortions performed annually in Cook, DeKalb, and Kane Counties. Pray for the complete end of abortion.

Hope and healing for those impacted by abortions – both women and men. For the Church to offer Christ-like love and support.

Financial and supportive resources like prenatal services, adoption, and mentoring.
Christian Pregnancy Centers as they offer these services with godly counsel.  Pray for their financial support and for effective volunteers.

Christ Community’s “Life” and “Homes of Hope” ministries, Safe Families, and for foster and adoptive parents who choose to bring vulnerable children into their homes. 

Legislation restricting and ending abortion to be passed.

The mobilization of the Church to speak up for those who have no voice. For sidewalk counselors, mentors, and other key volunteers to be trained and mobilized.

 

Monday: Our Nation

Please pray for...

Our nation on this Martin Luther King Day. Today, we can most earnestly pray his words: “God, we thank you for the inspiration of Jesus. Grant that we will love you with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemy neighbors. And we ask you, God, in these days of emotional tension, when the problems of the world are gigantic in extent and chaotic in detail, to be with us in our going out and our coming in, in our rising up and in our lying down, in our moments of joy and in our moments of sorrow, until the day when there shall be no sunset and no dawn. Amen.”

Churches and Christ followers everywhere to be unified under the Gospel of Jesus so that the world may know the true God.

The end of the violence that marks Chicago and surrounding cities. Pray for the church to rise up, speak, and tangibly intervene with the gospel and action.

Opportunities to build bridges into the lives of young people in our community through Kid's Hope mentoring, the Riverwoods Summer Camp GO Team, and more.  

Tuesday: Kids & Students

Please pray for...

Our volunteer teams to joyfully work to draw children to Jesus.

The KidsWorld and Youth staff teams to grow even deeper love for both God and kids as they make passionate disciples of Jesus Christ who are belonging, growing, serving and reaching.

God to inspire parents, giving them both hope and endurance as they teach their children to know and follow Jesus.

Every child to develop a love for God’s Word. That God will use the EPIC journals in a mighty way in the lives of elementary kids. Pray for parents to have wisdom in utilizing the journals with their kids.

Students to make weekend worship and mid-week programs (Genesis, HouseGroup & Crave Community Groups) a weekly priority.

Adult volunteers as they lead groups and maintain regular contact and care with the students in their groups.

Preparation and registration for Silver Birch Ranch summer camp; that God would bring the right students and adult volunteers.

The many students who will attend a GO Team this Spring Break. Pray for preparation, support, spiritual growth, and an impact for Christ.

New students to be invited into our environments weekly and that many students will surrender their lives to Jesus each week.

Wednesday: Belonging & Growing at Christ Community

Please pray for...

Help to invite and welcome people into our Community Groups and empowerment to belong to God and one another and grow in our understanding of God’s character and promises.

Our hearts to grow in compassion within our groups as we serve one another as an expression of true and divine love. Thank God for the many ways Community Groups serve together.

God’s wisdom as we study his word in a community context. For insight as we read, ears to hear each other as we share, and applications to our daily lives.

Group members to live pure lives as their encouragement, exhortation, and prayer keep them accountable to God and to each other.

God to use the Zones strategy during our weekend services to fill people with a sense of belonging, connection, and love.

Pray that as we gather together for worship services, we will grow in relationship with God and the people around us. That each believer will find a way to use their God-given abilities in the church this year.

Thursday: Outreach & Care

Please pray for...


Tonight’s Pray Fox Valley, a regional prayer time for churches to come together and pray for our community. (Please attend the event at First Baptist Church of Geneva, East Campus at 2300 South St. Geneva at 7pm.)

Hundreds of guests to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus at Wow Weekend on February 4 & 5 with Olympic gold medal-winning diver David Boudia.

Our Creative Arts team as they create compelling, worship-filled, and encouraging weekend services.

A strong second year of our NEXT campaign. That God tangibly blesses those who participate and that we see an outpouring of new ministry to our community as a result.

Our Alpha courses as they introduce people to the foundations of Christianity and provide the opportunity for true seeking.

Lives to be changed at Care Night as attendees receive hope and practical tools to address the difficulties of life.

Wisdom and discernment for our pastors, our Care Ministry, Care Night leaders, and counselors as they partner in pastoral counseling and mentoring.

Those who are hurting, that they would be willing to open their hearts, express their need for help, and then seek it out.

Our Benevolence Teams and Benevolence Committee as they seek to partner with hurting people to cultivate holistic solutions to difficult life circumstances.

Friday: The World

Please pray for...

The inauguration of the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Pray not only for this transition in our country but for the impact on the world stage. Pray Proverbs 21:1 which states, "The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will."

The 65 million displaced peoples of the world. Those who have been persecuted and driven from their homes.

The persecuted believers in our partner countries of Sierra Leone and Bangladesh. For courage, protection, and boldness in sharing the gospel.

Our Brazil partner & NEXT Campaign Funding: Pray for the strategy of our partner ministry (IPM) as we work alongside them to start churches in unreached areas of the Amazon River basin. Pray for the training of missionaries, medical outreach, and the distribution of audio bibles.

Pray that God would plant a love for the world in our hearts. Pray that we'd take steps of faith to respond to his mission for us.

Saturday: our Regional Campuses

Please pray for...

Blackberry Creek:
Wisdom as we finalize plans for phase two of our NEXT campaign project, which includes a new student space.

Healing, hope, and restoration for hurting marriages and individuals struggling with brokenness, grief and despair. 

DeKalb:
Safety and warmth for our construction workers as they start working indoors. Pray that weather does not cause any significant construction delays.

Our staff and key ministry leaders as we recruit volunteers for increased ministry opportunities when we open our new facility this fall.

Streamwood-Bartlett:
The integration of our congregations and volunteer teams. Pray that people would be intentional and open-minded about meeting each other. 

The staff team, that they would be rejuvenated and refreshed by God.

Our Hispanic ministry and Pastor Mario; for the growth of the ministry and their integration into Christ Community Church.