Prayer for Alpha Courses
A great opportunity, to invite our friends to hear about Jesus, has arisen through several churches in Dingwall agreeing to work together in running a series of Alpha Courses. Alpha offers searchers a safe space to ask questions relating to the meaning of life. It would be good if we could rally get behind these courses, starting 4th May for 6 weeks, and in that respect the 24/7 Prayer Room offers the following advice:-
Prayer is the foundation of every Alpha course. Are you hosting one in your church, community or campus? In all the preparation don’t forget one of the most important ingredients…
Research in the UK revealed that there is an almost exact correlation between the amount of prayer mobilised for Alpha Courses and the number of guests who attend. The hosts and helpers who facilitate the discussion groups on a Course are well positioned to pray for the needs of each individual in a way that no-one else can. It is essential to pray before, during and after the course for the people who participate. Here are some ideas to help you pray daily, weekly and when hosts and helpers gather.
Aim to pray daily for the members of your group by name in your own personal prayer time. You may find it helpful to keep a list somewhere you’re likely to see it and make notes of anything the Lord shows you as you pray. If you have five or fewer guests in your group you may want to asign each a finger or thumb and work through your hand praying for each during your daily commute.
The whole Alpha team should allow enough time to meet each week before the guests arrive for a briefing and prayer meeting. This is particularly important for the session ‘Does God heal today?’ The team can wait on the Lord together for words of knowledge, pictures and wisdom. These can then be read out after the talk and people who respond to them can be offered prayer or they could simply inform how your pray for and interact with guests.
Even if you are not involved in the team of helpers we still need your prayers. Further information will be passed as appropriate. Thank you in anticipation of you prayerful support.
A Prayer of Edward Pusey (1800-1882)
Good Jesus, Fountain of Love,
Fill us with thy love.
Absorb us into thy love;
Compass us with thy love,
That we may see all things in the light of thy love,
Receive all things as the token of thy love,
Speak of all things in words breathing of thy love,
Win through thy love others for thy love,
Be kindled day by day with a new glow of thy love,
Until we be fitted to enter into thine everlasting love,
To adore thy love and love to adore thee, our God and all.
Even so come, O Lord Jesus.