Sunday: Church family
Thank You Lord for the opportunity to worship You with the nations in Hanoi. Bless our KidzQuest, Aftershock Youth, and ConnectGroups ministries. I pray for the spiritual, emotional, financial & physical health of HIF and all HIFers.
Monday: Leaders & Staff
Thank You Lord for our elders, leaders and staff. I pray for Your love, wisdom, vision, and strength to fill them. Bless our staff today as they rest. Provide the needed additional leaders and staff.
Tuesday: Sharing our faith
May many from all nationalities come to know Jesus and be baptized this coming year. Equip and give us boldness to share our faith. Show me who I can invite to Alpha and HIF events.
Wednesday: Gov't leaders
Bless our national leaders, Religious Affairs, Hanoi Mayor, City Police, etc. May we be a blessing to the city and the nations. Give us favor with our gov’t for HIF’s independent registration, visas, bank account, and operations.
Thursday: City & Global
May we demonstrate Christ’s love in practical ways through our CityPartners projects so they can see You in us. May we, through our GlobalPartners, extend Your love to all the nations in the region and throughout the world.
Friday: Unity of the body of Christ
Bring unity and collaboration among the church leaders and members in Hanoi and Vietnam. May revival start from the North and spread nation-wide. May the Church increase and be fruitful.
Saturday: My role at HIF
Bless my ministry team, connect group, and friends in HIF. May my tithes & offerings through HIF bless You and the nations. I pray for my home country, family, and friends “back home.”
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40 day prayer guide
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
For the past two years, HIF started 40 days of prayer and fasting for the time leading up to Easter. In light of the global pandemic and the many challenges it has brought not just to our church, but for the global church, now is the time to be united in prayer.
David, the sweet Psalmist of Israel (2 Sam. 23:1), gave a picture of the privilege of unity for God’s people (Psalm 133:1). The more I study the Bible, I’m fascinated with the rich images and metaphors used to communicate spiritual truth and principles. Though, sometimes the imagery is not so easy to grasp. For example, what’s the point and importance of oil on Aaron’s beard? What does this mean? How does this instruct us today? What first seems like a strange image, upon deeper reflection, Psalm 133 offers great application and hope for us as we begin a season of extended prayer.
Describing the anointing of the High Priest, David focuses on the image of fragrant oil being poured onto the priest’s head, which then flowed onto the robe. The symbolism is unlocked by noticing the threefold repetition of the movement of the oil: “running down;” “down on;” and “falling on.” Just as the flow of oil is downward, in the same way, unity is poured out by God. True unity, like all good gifts, comes down from above. As one theologian said, “Unity is a blessing far more than achievement.”
The church has been given the gift of unity. Paul says we are “being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit” (Eph. 4:22). Like oil flowed down off the beard of the High Priest, now the Holy Spirit flows down upon us. From the Head to body; from Christ to the Church.
As we prepare to unite in prayer, we are embracing the unity that flows down from God. James wrote to the early church, “every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17). Praying together each day in a focused area of need, is one way we can unite in mind and heart and ask God to move in powerful ways.
This is how we treasure, cherish and foster the good gift of unity God the Father has given! May we be desperate to ask God to move afresh, impart renewed vision, and give a deeper burden for our needs and for one another as we unite in prayer.
With much joy and anticipation,