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Seeking the Heart of God - Coordinator’s Guide

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Seeking the Heart of God

A Guide to Intimacy with the Father

Coordinator’s Guide

50-Day Prayer Emphasis

Prayer can revolutionize our lives like no other discipline of the Christian experience. The reason prayer has the power to transform our lives is because we are seeking the heart of God when we pray.

How do we know what to pray for? Diligently search the Scripture and seek the heart of God and we shall know. The Spirit of God intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans. 8:26).

If we want to affect the lives of people in a dramatic, lasting way-get them praying. For as they spend time seeking the heart of God, they will be focusing on the One who will transform us.

Paul wrote the Corinthians-But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). To be transformed, we must spend time with God. As we focus upon Him, the indwelling Spirit will change us from the inside out.

Seeking the Heart of God is a 50-day prayer emphasis. You will be responsible for directing your class (or, department) through this special spiritual emphasis.

Much of the success of the prayer emphasis will depend upon you. You will direct the emphasis each Sunday as the class gathers for Bible study and fellowship.

ENLIST OTHERS

Enlist a person in the class to be the class journalist. This person will be responsible for keeping a record of the requests shared with the class as matters of prayer. The person will date the requests, record them, and note the answers that God provides for some of the requests during the 50 days of prayer.

Ask for a volunteer to host the class fellowship. While it might be convenient to have the fellowship at the church, a certain dynamic is lost. At best, the church facilities are institutional. The class needs a casual, comfortable setting in which to gather. A home is ideal. It allows people to have the opportunity to get to know one another in a setting which lends itself to personal relationships. Class members will be far more likely to experience fellowship on a much deeper level away from an institutional setting.

Ask members to share prayer requests each week. Ask members to submit the request in writing to the class journalist. This will make the task of recording the requests each week much easier for the journalist. Use the copy master of the Prayer Request Card provided in your packet to make copies for the class to use during this emphasis. Each member might need several of these cards to keep with the Prayer Guide. As God impresses a need, a card can be completed so the need can be shared with the class.

Select a team from the class to plan a fellowship during the emphasis. You might want to plan the fellowship for the last Saturday evening of the emphasis. The focus is not just to get together for fellowship. The primary reason to get the group together is to share the blessings that God has given during this emphasis. You will want to conclude the fellowship in a time of prayer for the requests that the class has shared that still have not been answered.

If the class does not plan to have a fellowship outside of the regular schedule, plan a brunch or some other special effort for the final Sunday morning experience. You might need to set aside the regular events of that day. Build in enough time for the class to share the blessings they have had in their prayer experiences. They might share a specific way in which God answered or they might share how they have been affected by this period of concentrated prayer.

Enlist a person to share each Sunday how God is blessing them through this prayer emphasis.

WEEK 1:

Distribute to members a copy of the Prayer Guide. Help them know how to use the guide. Ask them to look at the instructions in the introduction of their guides. Orient them to the layout and go over the suggestions of using this guide during the 50 days of the Seeking the Heart of God emphasis. Encourage members to use the Prayer Guide to give direction to their prayer life for these 50 days.

  1. Read Isaiah 55:5-13 aloud to the class.
  2. State that God invites us to seek Him. Explain to the group that the purpose of this prayer emphasis is to help us seek the heart of God and His direction for our lives. As we seek the heart of God, we will be looking for opportunities to share the love of God with specific persons that He places upon our hearts and minds.
  3. Explain the way the emphasis is going to work:
    • Each of the members will have a Prayer Guide.
    • The group will have a Prayer Journal in which to record the prayer requests and the answered prayers that the class shares with one another.
    • Go over the process for using the Prayer Guide. (Instructions are given at the front of the guide.)
    • Explain that each week (beginning next week) an action will be given that each of them is to accomplish during the following week.
  4. Ask a person to tell how God is blessing them through prayer next Sunday morning. Write the name here:

WEEK 2:

  1. Read Ephesians 3: 13-21 to center the group’s attention on prayer. Emphasize that Paul was praying for others.
  2. Call on the person enlisted to share their experience in prayer during the past week.
  3. Ask for any requests that the group needs to know about. All requests should be written on one of the Prayer Request Cards so the class journalist can record them in the Prayer Journal.
  4. Urge the group to complete the action during the next week that is provided in the Prayer Guide.
  5. Ask a person to tell how God is blessing them through prayer next Sunday morning. Write the name here:

WEEK 3:

  1. Read Hebrews 13:15-21 to focus the group on prayer.
  2. Call on the person enlisted to share their experience in prayer during the past week.
  3. Ask for any requests that the group needs to know about. All requests should be written on one of the Prayer Request Cards so the class journalist can record them in the Prayer Journal.
  4. Urge the group to complete the action during the next week that is provided in the Prayer Guide.
  5. Ask a person to tell how God is blessing them through prayer next Sunday morning. Write the name here:

WEEK 4:

  1. Read 2 Timothy 1:1-3 to concentrate the group’s attention on prayer. Note that Paul prayed continuously for Timothy, his partner in ministry and son in the faith.
  2. Call on the person enlisted to share their experience in prayer during the past week.
  3. Ask for any requests that the group needs to know about. All requests should be written on one of the Prayer Request Cards so the class journalist can record them in the Prayer Journal.
  4. Urge the group to complete the action during the next week that is provided in the Prayer Guide.
  5. Ask a person to tell how God is blessing them through prayer next Sunday morning. Write the name here:

WEEK 5:

  1. Read Luke 22:31-32 to focus the group’s attention on prayer. Note that people are engaged in spiritual battles. Jesus prayed for Peter that he would not fail.
  2. Call on the person enlisted to share their experience in prayer during the past week.
  3. Ask for any requests that the group needs to know about. All requests should be written on one of the Prayer Request Cards so the class journalist can record them in the Prayer Journal.
  4. Urge the group to complete the action during the next week that is provided in the Prayer Guide.
  5. Ask a person to tell how God is blessing them through prayer next Sunday morning. Write the name here:

WEEK 6:

  1. Read Romans 15:30-33 to center the group’s attention on prayer. Note how Paul enlisted the prayer support of the Christians in Rome. We need the support of others in work Christ has called us to do.
  2. Call on the person enlisted to share their experience in prayer during the past week.
  3. Ask for any requests that the group needs to know about. All requests should be written on one of the Prayer Request Cards so the class journalist can record them in the Prayer Journal.
  4. Urge the group to complete the action during the next week that is provided in the Prayer Guide.
  5. You will not need to enlist a person to share their experience for next Sunday morning. You will lead the whole group to share the blessings they have received through this emphasis on prayer.

WEEK 7:

Conduct a class fellowship (if possible on Saturday evening). Plan a time for the class members to share the victories they have had in their prayer experiences. They might share a specific way in which God answered or they might share how their spiritual life has been affected by this period of concentrated focus.

Use the fellowship as an opportunity to invite those persons for whom the group has been praying during this emphasis. The sharing of the members’ prayer experiences can have a powerful influence on the guests who are present.

JUBILEE SUNDAY

This last Sunday of the prayer emphasis has the potential of celebration. During this time, people have been in consistent fellowship with the Father. They should have grown closer to Him, gained a clearer understanding of His will, and found opportunity to share their faith with others.

If the class did not have a fellowship prior to this time, plan a brunch or some other special effort for this Sunday morning experience. You might have to set aside the regular events of the day. Build in enough time for the class to share the victories they have had in their prayer experiences. They might share a specific way in which God answered or they might share how their spiritual life has been affected by this period of concentrated focus.

If the class had a fellowship the previous evening, plan for a time of sharing during the opening period of the class or department.

  1. Begin the opening period by reading Jude 20-25.
  2. Call for volunteers to share their stories about the experiences they have had during the prayer emphasis.
  3. Encourage each person to continue seeking the heart of God in their lives as each day through the avenue of prayer.