On Sunday, December 31, 2017, our church family began a year of The Fight: learning to pray as we read the New Testament. Our desire is that we will come, as we read and pray, “to delight in God’s presence, to rest in his love, to cherish his will,” D.A. Carson. We are eager to see what God has in store for us as we “pray until we pray.”
We have compiled some great resources available to all who would like to join us. Printed resources including daily prayer devotionals written by leaders here at TACC are located on the back tables in the worship center, in the church office, or you can access them online at taftavenue.org/prayerdevos.
CLASSES AT TACC
Our Sunday morning, 9am, classes will follow the reading schedule as they pray together, one chapter of the New Testament every day, beginning with Matthew. The classes will also serve to answer questions about the reading.
Events will include 24 Hours of Prayer days, Prayer Weeks, 40 days of prayer and fasting leading up to Easter, Prayer Retreats, and more! Currently we are spending 40 days in prayer seeking God's guidance. Join us as we pray for leadership, our church community, our evangelism efforts, our next pastor, and that our church would continue to be lamp stand. Contact Bill Runion, Rainier Laxamana, or email the office to host or attend a prayer night.
If you have questions about prayer or if you would like to submit a prayer request, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure someone is praying for you. Make sure to let us know if you would like your request shared with the congregation.
OTHER WAYS TO SHARE PRAYERS
We will continue to place prayer sheets on the back table so you can see what prayer requests have been submitted. There is a Prayer Wall for you to submit prayer requests that we share on both and the prayer sheet and on our website.
If you want to learn more about prayer on your own time, check out some great books on prayer. A portion of this list is included below.
- Timothy Keller - Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God
- E. M. Bounds - Power through Prayer
- Bryan Chapell - Praying Backwards
- Don Whitney - Praying the Bible
SHOCK & AWE: THE YEAR OF THE BIBLE - NEW TESTAMENT
As we focus on prayer throughout the year, we would like to encourage everyone to pray through scripture daily. We are reading through the New Testament as a church and invite you to join us as we pray through our daily reading. You can find the reading schedule on the back table on Sundays or you can visit us online at taftavenue.org/shockandawe.
PRAYER IN COMMUNITY
Whether you're in a Ministry, Life Group, Bible Study, or at home with your family, we want to encourage you to be praying regularly both on your own and in community. This coming year we have invited all of our groups to pray every time they meet. If you're looking for a great way to get connected at TACC and more opportunities to join us in prayer all of these are all great options for you.
There are many helpful prayer apps available for both iPhone, iPad, androids, and tablets. A couple that we recommend are Echo Prayer and Prayer Mate. Echo Prayer is a great tool to track your prayers and it allows you to share these requests with people you are in community with. Prayer Mate is another a great resource to help you privately track your prayers and guide your prayer time.
If you have an idea for a resource that will help encourage and support people as they pray, just email email@example.com and we will look into how we might incorporate it into The Fight!
Whether it's on your own, with your family, a small group, or with the church, we hope these resources will help support and grow the spiritual discipline of prayer in your life!