Day of Prayer: March 2022
Gathering to pray on Thursday 24th March 2022
On Thursday 24th March, we will be coming together as a community for a Day of Prayer. The encouragement from Ephesians 6:18 is to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests”, and so at different points in the year we seek to carve out time to commit again to this ancient practice — to seek God for our community, city, nation and the nations.
The day will last from 6am until midnight, and to help us cover the entire day in prayer, there is a sign up sheet available by clicking here — just head over to the form and sign up for one or more 30 minute slots. There will also be three moments to gather as a whole community via Zoom to pray together — at 7:30am, 12:30pm and 7:30pm — and you can find the details you’ll need to join that below (it’s the same details for all three meetings):
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83416455810?pwd=dyt3N09QL1dLM08xZzA4MmJ6b1pCQT09
Meeting ID: 834 1645 5810
Structuring Your Slot
Wondering where to start for your 30 minutes? Take a look at the video from Adrian below for some places to start!
In the video, Adrian highlights three areas to pray for, suggesting that we might want to start by breaking the slot down into three, 10 minute sections, and praying in turn for UNITY, UKRAINE and SOUTH STREET.
- Following on from Liam’s encouragement from John 17, pray for unity within our community of Oasis, that we would reflect the oneness we have in Christ in a way that speaks of the wonder of God to a watching world.
- Then, broaden this out, praying for our unity with other churches in the city, and blessing on them and fruitfulness for them. Why not note down any churches in Birmingham you spot whilst out and about, and pray for them during this time?
- Finally, pray for other nations — allowing God to lead you and draw your attention to different nations around the world. Perhaps bring up a map of the world or dig out a globe, and ask God to speak to you about praying for a particular nation?
- Pray first of all for PEACE to come in this situation, for God to work in the hearts of leaders and decision-makers to bring an end to the violence.
- Secondly, for PROTECTION, especially for the most vulnerable — particularly for those trapped within besieged cities such as Mariupol and Kharkiv.
- Finally, for PROVISION for our brothers and sisters there, that they would know God’s peace and comfort in this moment, and for all those working to serve refugees both inside and outside of Ukraine.
- Asking that God would bless us in securing the long-term future of the building at South Street, in order for us to be a blessing to our community and our city through it.
- Bringing to God our hopes, dreams, concerns and thanksgivings for the building.
- Praying into the word of ‘legacy’ that we have been focusing on this year; that we may be able to build a legacy here which enriches many generations in the years to come.]
You may also find this resource on the Lord’s Prayer — with readings, encouragements, frameworks and focuses — helpful as you pause to pray. This could also be a day to commit to the Biblical practice of fasting — “going without” something (often food) for a set period of time to stir your hunger for God.
Please do join us and get involved on the 24th — all are welcome! If you have any questions at all, get in touch with the team on email@example.com and someone will get back to you.