National Day of Prayer this Sunday 9th Dec – join for 2 hrs of Prayer in Chelmsford

A message from Chelmsford 24-7 Leader and Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford, David Gilbey:

JOIN ME THIS SUNDAY TO PRAY FOR OUR GOVERNMENT, CABLES HOUSE, NEXT TO LIFE CHURCH, HALL STREET, CM2 0HG

ndop 081218You may have seen our last Blog Post concerning a National Day of Prayer for our Government, called by Catch the Fire Church, Bournemouth – Click here to read.

Whilst encouraging the Christian’s of our City to take part in this National Day of Prayer within their own Churches, I recognise this will not be possible for all.

I am therefore prompted to be at Cables House, the building next to my own church, to pray this Sunday evening for two hours and would urge all others who are also burdened to pray at this time of uncertainty in Government, particularly over over Brexit, to come along, for whatever length of time you can.

So, I will simply turn up, unlock the door and see who joins me! The prayers will be informal, as the Holy Spirit leads and have no political agenda! The Bible simply calls us to pray over those who govern us and that is what we must do.

I hope you can join me on Sunday. You might want to consider this prayer:

 

BIBLICAL PRAYER FOR THE GOVERNMENT

Here’s a prayer that we can all unite around and pray together:

1 Tim 2:1 Heavenly Father I give thanks for our government.
1 Tim 2:2 I pray for all men and women having authority over us in any way.
Prov 1:23 Pour out your Spirit upon them and make Your Word known to them.
Ps 25:21 Cause them to be men and women of integrity, obedient concerning us,
1 Tim 2:2 that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty.
Prov 2:10 Let wisdom enter their hearts, and let knowledge be pleasant to them.
Prov 2.11 Let discretion preserve them and understanding keep them,
Prov 2:12 to deliver them from the way of evil and from evil men.
Ps 1:1 Make their hearts and ears attentive to godly counsel,
2 Chr 20:32 doing what is right in your sight.
Prov. 2:21 Let the upright dwell in our government.
Heb 12:27 Cause there to be a shaking in all areas.
Prov 2:21 Let those complete and blameless before you stay
Prov 2:22 and cut off the wicked. Let the unfaithful be rooted out.
1 Cor 4:5 Bring to light what is hidden in darkness,
1 Cor 4:5 and expose the secret aims of their hearts.
Rev 2:5 Let this nation remember from where we have fallen,
Rev 2:5 repenting, and returning to doing our first works,
1 Chr 22:19 setting our hearts and souls to seek the Lord,
2 Chr 7:14 humbling ourselves, praying, and turning from our wicked ways.
2 Chr 7:14 Then hear us, O Lord, and forgive our sins and heal our land.
Acts 26:18 Open our eyes and turn us from darkness to light.
Heb 3:13 Soften the hearts that are hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Ps 107:20 Deliver them from their destructions.
2Pet 3:9 Father, you have been long-suffering towards us,
2 Pet 3:9 not willing that any should perish,
2 Pet 3:9 but that all should come to repentance.
Isa 49:22 Raise up a standard in this nation.
Zech 10:1 Cause the rains of Your Spirit to flood this land
Hab 3:2 and revive Your work in the midst of us.
Isa 59:16 Raise up intercessors for this nation
2 Cor 10:4 to pull down strongholds over this land.
Isa 40:5 And let the glory of the Lord be revealed!

(Prayer by Carol Ann Kononova of prayingscriptures.com)

 

Can a Nation Be Changed in a Day? – National Day of Prayer – Sun 9 Dec.

UPDATE on 3rd December – Join the National Day of Prayer for our Government, in Chelmsford:

Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer are calling for Christians to gather in our City to Prayer for our National Government, on the evening of Sunday 9th December, for 2 hours, 7pm to 9pm, at Cables House, next to Life Church, Hall Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0HG – full details – click here. 


ndop 081218We are excited to hear of so many at the present time organising and being involved in times of prayer for our Nation.

Today, we heard of Catch the Fire, a church in Bournemouth on the south coast, who are challenged by The Lord to call a National Day of Prayer for Government on Sunday 9th December 2018. 

The day is inspired by Isaiah 66:8 and calls for Believers to use their God given authority to call in Divine order to the UK:

“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children.” 

The Senior Leader at the Church said:

‘I wondered who I could influence to organise [a National day of Prayer]… I thought of the biggest names I know in ministry and if I could get them to do it. Then I figured as I had the vision for it I better do it and just release it on Facebook and see what happens.’

Already several thousand people have engaged through their Facebook Page (click here). God surely wants ‘grassroots’ believers to take up the call to praying for the UK – as well as ‘big’ prayer organisations and well known leaders.

The National Day of Prayer, on Sunday 9th December, can be taken up wherever you are, in your own City, Town, Village.

Full details are on the Church’s website:
www.ctfbournemouth.com/event-listings/ndop

As Believers around the UK – including we hope in Chelmsford – on Sunday 9th December join together in prayer, The Lord will, like Gideon’s Army, surely multiply the effect. We will see Victory, and the Name of Jesus Christ lifted up across our Land.

 

Why did you wait so long?

Nigel Bolitho Evangelism ConsultancyPrayer leads to mission!
The below article is from this months newsletter of Evangelism Consultancy which is run by local Chelmsford Christian Nigel Bolitho.
Nigel works with a number of local churches and beyond, to help them communicate Jesus in a realistic way for their context in the long term through speaking about evangelism, strengthening through training, developing strategies and supporting people involved.
 
Would your Church benefit from input regards spreading the gospel of Jesus in your community?
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“Why did you wait so long…”
 
Vincent Donovan was a missionary who worked among the Masai people of Tanzania. In May 1966 he wrote to his Bishop about how after 100 years of missionary work building and running hospitals, schools and mission compounds (which by that very term sound more like defensive fortifications than a welcoming oasis) and attending some Masai ceremonies, there were no adult coverts to Christianity. A missionary colleague had told him that it would take another 100 years for the Masai to be ready to talk about God.
 
So Donovan proposed going out to where the tribes lived and just talking to them about God – and that’s what he did. He asked permission from the elders to speak to the community (not individuals), suggested a religious theme or thought, asked for their views and fed in his views as a Christian.
 
It was hard work but great work – Masai people believed in “the Man Jesus” for the first time.
 
The elder at the first tribe Donovan went to, after he had explained he had come to talk about God and Christianity said “If this is why you came here, why did you wait so long to tell us this?”
 
What can we still learn from Vincent Donovan?

Pray Honestly – Thur 6 Dec.

Everyone is welcome to an evening of chat, worship and prayer (and hot chocolate) to explore the often overwhelming nature of life.

There will be an opportunity to pray for each other and for those who we know are struggling.

7.45pm to 9.30pm, The Barn, St.Martin’s Church, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3JL 

Kintsugi Hope is a new charity set up to provide safe and supportive spaces for people who may be struggling with life and feel a bit broken.

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Chelmsford 24-7 and Christians Together in Chelmsford – A New Thing!

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A Message from Chelmsford 24-7 leader and Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford (CTiC), David Gilbey:

 

A New Thing

‘See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?’ Isaiah 43:19

Since 2015, I have worked amongst the churches and Christian organisations of our City, firstly through Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer and now also as Chair of CTiC. With increasing clarity, I perceive that The Lord’s heart is for all of us within The Church in Chelmsford, regardless of denomination and tradition, to increasingly journey with Him together, ‘As One’. (See John, Chapter 17).

I see a growing oneness developing amongst the Believers of our City. Traditional differences are almost visibly melting away, as our mutual love for Jesus and our desire to spread the ‘Good News’ of the gospel gives us a unity not just in name, but through genuine relationship and friendship.

As the ‘new thing’ The Lord is doing emerges, CTiC, together with Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer are exploring how we can better serve and have even closer relationships with the City’s Christian community. Our ultimate desire and goal is to see the name of Jesus lifted up and made famous throughout Chelmsford!

May God bless you as together we endeavour to serve Him – do continue to pray for these things to take place.

United in Prayer – for our young people – 19 Nov.

United in Prayer

Mon 19 Nov 19:00 – 21:00
Holy Trinity Springfield, Trinity Road, CM2 6HS

An Opportunity to learn together, share experience and pray for young people.

Join Chelmsford’s Schools Youth Ministries team to find out more about mentoring, hearing some good news stories, reflecting on challenges, sharing our own experience and praying for young people.

All are welcome – no experience is necessary!

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