Dear Friends in Christ,
Welcome to 2018: The Year of Prayer.
Our focus this year will be on God's gift of Daily Prayer. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we will strengthen the prayer lives of our leaders and equip our parishes to be places that are grounded in prayer. Prayer is a foundational spiritual practice and a cornerstone to building a life of Christian discipleship. Prayer has the power to transform people and communities.
A long time ago, a man named Nehemiah was called by God to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. In the Old Testament Book of Nehemiah, we read that before Nehemiah lays even one stone; Nehemiah prays. He prays for strength. He prays for protection. He prays for forgiveness. Nehemiah takes everything to the Lord in prayer. One of my "go to" Bible verses related to prayer is Philippians 4:6, and this will serve as our Year of Prayer memory verse. "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God" (Philippians 4:6). This powerful Bible verse captures God's desire for us to pray.
Click on the links below to open a 6-session Bible study on the Book of Nehemiah.
The links will take you to our website where you can access the Leader's Guide and the Student's Guide. Both are available in Microsoft Word and PDF formats. Please carve out a 6-week window in 2018 to share this Bible Study that focuses on the Prayer Life of Nehemiah. We have much to learn, and Nehemiah has much to teach us.