The theme of my second book in the 2017 Scripture & Evangelism is prayer.
While there are numerous accounts of powerful individual prayers recorded in Scripture, Moses, Hannah, David, Nehemiah, Daniel, our Lord Jesus, Peter, and Paul, to name only a few, corporate prayer is a vital part of the relationship between God and His people. I have been attending a 6 am daily Morning Prayer meeting at Bethany Church in Holland, Michigan, since 2011. I have also spent time in South Korea, where is common for believers to meet for dawn prayer every day. At a Korean dawn prayer service, everyone prays aloud at the same time while hymns are played in the background. Hundreds or even thousands of Korean Christians regularly attend Morning Prayer at their churches. The Bible speaks of Morning and Evening at the creation of the world in Genesis 1 when God saw that everything that He had made was good. At the Temple in Jerusalem, Morning and Evening sacrificial offerings were made to the Lord. I would like to encourage my readers to establish a Morning Prayer and worship time each day with fellow Christians. However, if a busy schedule doesn’t permit time in the mornings, then pray and worship with other Christians in the evening. Like the Tabernacle, Christians, in 2 Corinthians 6:16 are the Temple of the Living God and our daily business is worship and prayer. Daily corporate prayer has changed my life and has given me the strength and confidence to write and publish my daily Bible study.
Outline for a 30 minute Morning or Evening Prayer service:
The Apostles Creed
Singing one or two hymns or praise songs
Reading a Scripture passage in unison
Short discussion or meditation on the Scripture passage
Prayer (Either by taking turns or everyone praying aloud together)
Close with the Lord’s Prayer
About the author:
‘2017 Scripture & Evangelism Planner’ is a method that I have found helpful for reading through the Bible every year. The morning and evening offerings follow the pattern of the six days of creation and the morning and evening offerings at the Tabernacle and later the Temple in Jerusalem where our Lord Jesus worshipped. The purpose of my writings is to make the Bible understood and appreciated by readers of all ages who perhaps have never studied the Bible before, or for Christians who want to go deeper into the Word of God on a basic level.