Vol. 32 - Nov. 2012

Peggy and I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and congregation. We pray that this prayer time will help every member of your family or group to express their 'thanksgiving' directly to the Father. It could be used during a worship service, Sunday School class or for a family Thanksgiving celebration.

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[Complete instructions for guiding the prayer time are at the conclusion.]

 

Thanksgiving Prayer Time - 2012:

By Lowell Snow – www.lowellsnow.com

“It’s clear from scripture that God not only wants us to be thankful, but to express our thankfulness to Him. So we’re going to spend the next several minutes in a time of Thanksgiving prayer. For most of this prayer; I'll be guiding all of you to pray silently. But as part of the prayer time, I'll also be asking for several to volunteer to stand and give praise to God out loud for something He has done for you, your family, the church, or our country.

[wait 2 seconds]

“Please bow your head now and close your eyes.

[wait 1 second]

“As you open your heart to God, let Him speak first through His Word.

[wait 1 second]

Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything… [Eph 5:19-20 NIV]

[wait 1 second]

…Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything… [Eph 5:19-20 NIV]

[wait 1 second]

…Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything… [Eph 5:19-20 NIV]

[wait 2 seconds]

“With your head still bowed and eyes closed; think about the apostle Paul on the ship that has been caught in a terrible storm for two whole weeks. Everyone is scared, exhausted, and sick. It’s about five in the morning, they are about to run aground, and it’s certain the ship will be broken apart.

“Try to see Paul in this situation. He's on one of the lower decks with people packed all around him. He is speaking very loudly so he can be heard over the roar of the storm. Now watch as he confidently breaks open a loaf of bread, says a prayer of thanksgiving to God, takes a big bite, and then starts passing out bread and encouraging everyone to eat. How could Paul be leading a Thanksgiving meal in a circumstance of impending death? – He has a promise from God that everyone will survive.

[wait 2 seconds]

“Think about that. They had a promise of salvation in a time of great difficulty. Do you have promises from God like that? Promises that are true no matter how difficult your circumstances may be?

[wait 3 seconds]

“Pray silently now and thank God for the promises He’s made that apply even when life is a shipwreck.

[wait 2 seconds]

"Salvation

[wait 2 seconds]

"Heaven

[wait 2 seconds]

"His love for you

[wait 5 seconds]

“The Bible says that all good things originate from God. Is there any especially good thing that has happened to you in the past year? Thank the Lord for that right now.

[wait 5 seconds]

“Give thanks to Him now for everything you can think of that’s good in your life.

[wait 2 seconds]

“Count your blessings silently to God and thank Him for each one.

[wait 20 seconds]

“Now praise the Lord silently for some of the wonderful things He’s done.

[wait 2 seconds]

“Praise Him for wonderful things in His creation.

[wait 10 seconds]

“Praise Him for wonderful things He’s done in your family or church.

[wait 10 seconds]

“God loves testimonies of praise so I’d like us to do that now. We’re still in an attitude of prayer, but you can open your eyes. I’d like several to stand and say, “I praise You Lord for…” Then, in just one or two sentences, praise Him for something wonderful He has done. It can be something wonderful He’s done for you, your family, the church, our country, or something in creation.

[wait 1 seconds]

“Please speak loudly so we can all hear. Say, “I praise You Lord for…”

[wait 1 seconds and give your own praise;]

“I praise You Lord for…give your own praise here.

[wait 1 seconds]

“Who’ll be next? Say, “I praise You Lord for…”

[allow time for several testimonies]

“Now let’s bow our heads and close our eyes again.

[wait 2 seconds]

“Jesus taught us to ask the Father to forgive us for the things we do wrong.

[wait 2 seconds]

“Is there anything in your life that’s not pleasing to God? It could be something you’ve said or done. It could be an attitude or even a relationship that’s not pleasing to Him. Would you talk silently to Him about that right now?

[wait 2 seconds]

“Don’t make excuses. He knows you better than you know yourself. Be humble and ask His forgiveness for specific things.

[wait 20 seconds]

"Our nation is in a time of difficulty, but there is still much to be thankful for. Pray silently now and thank God for those things you love about our country.

[wait 5 seconds]

“Now let’s give thanks to God specifically for liberty. With your eyes still closed, listen to these words spoken by God over three thousand years ago:

“You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the Lord your God.'" Leviticus 24:22 [NKJV]

"Do not deny justice to your poor people in their lawsuits. Exodus 23:6 [NIV]

“These are just two of the Biblical principles upon which our nation was built. Think about how your life would be different if you lived in a country where there's no liberty - especially for Christians.

[wait 2 seconds]

"Thank God for the Biblical principals of fairness and equality upon which our nation was built.

[wait 3 seconds]

"Thank Him for those who sacrificed to preserve those liberties.

[wait 3 seconds]

"Pray for those leaders in our nation today that still work and sacrifice for the cause of liberty.

[wait 5 seconds]

“Now let’s pray for the Christians around the world that are not free. First, pray silently for those in jail for professing publicly their faith in Jesus.

[wait 5 seconds]

“Pray silently for the wives and children of pastors who’ve been murdered or imprisoned for preaching the gospel.

[wait 5 seconds]

“Let’s pray for missionaries. They are the greatest ambassadors of liberty. If you know a missionary by name; pray specifically for them and their families.

[wait 10 seconds]

"The Bible teaches that God wants you to talk with Him about all of your needs so what’s your greatest need right now? What issue in your life is at the top of your prayer list?

[wait 2 seconds]

“How does it make you feel when you think about it? afraid, confused, angry?

[wait 2 seconds]

“Pray silently and tell your Heavenly Father about your feelings. Good or bad - tell Him.

[wait 10 seconds]

“How do you need God to help you? Talk with Him about that.

[wait 10 seconds]

"The apostle Paul had peace in the midst of the storm because he knew his future was with God. Try to see yourself 10,000 years from now in Heaven with God. Try to feel the peace and contentment that you'll know then.

[wait 2 seconds]

"Now try to see yourself as you enter Heaven right after you die. Try to feel the wonder and amazement you'll have on that day.

[wait 2 seconds]

"Hope is a wonderful gift.

[wait 2 seconds]

"Would you thank God silently right now for the hope that He has given you.

[wait 5 seconds]

“Dear Lord, thank you for allowing us to talk with you. Thank you for salvation and our eternal hope in Jesus.

"To You… be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen." [Jude 24-25 (NIV)]

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Instructions for guiding the prayer time:

As printed, the prayer time takes about 10 minutes. (not including testimonies)

This prayer time could be used during a worship service, Sunday School class or for a family Thanksgiving celebration. (If you use this with your family; please don’t do it while the food is getting cold on the table.)

As you lead the prayer time - [Don’t read the instructions in brackets out loud]

As you read the scriptural meditation at the beginning - emphasize the words in bold.

If this is the first time you’ve led a guided prayer time; you might read over sections 1 and 3 in my Prayer Guide book. If possible; listen to me lead a guided prayer time on my web site, DVD, or CD.

The first time you practice reading it; try to experience the prayer time the way you want those you’re leading to experience it.

Print it the way you’re going to use it. Don’t practice with one sheet and then lead it from a different format. You’ll get lost. You want every line to be printed exactly the same as when you practiced it.

Practice reading it out loud several times so you can become familiar with the [instructions]. Focus on reading the text clearly. Include the times of silent prayer so you can get used to counting the seconds silently in your mind.

Feel free to copy it into your word processor and edit it however you want. It is covered by copyright only to the extent that I ask you to include my name and web address so others can be blessed by the Prayer Guide ministry.

If you’re leading a worship service; you might ask for instrumental music to be played very softly in the background. This background music should not have a recognizable melody. Some musicians can play beautiful chord progressions that work well. Others will find it easier to play the chords of an unfamiliar hymn or song. The prayer time should come at the heart of worship with at least one song before it and after. Try to eliminate ‘dead time’ before and after the prayer time.

For more help; go to the ‘Free helps for prayer leaders’ at www.lowellsnow.com or see Appendix 2 in the back of the Prayer Guide book.

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Prayer time outline:

[Scriptural meditation]

Eph 5:19-20 …Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV

[Biblical Visualization]

Paul breaking bread and giving thanks to God the night before the ship wreck in which all 276 people were saved. They had been in the storm two weeks and not eaten.

[Prayer by suggestion]

[Benediction]

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy- to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25 (NIV)

 

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Click here for the 2010 Thanksgiving prayer time.

I'll have a new Christmas prayer time in next months newsletter.

 

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