READ 1 JOHN 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
As you pray this week, thank God that we can know him through his Word. Thank him for the eyewitness testimonies of people like the Apostle John, that we can trust and respond to. Continue to pray for the Room for Doubt sermon series as well as all the churches and small groups involved.
THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT
If you haven’t opened the Bible recently, your assignment this week is to begin reading the Book of Luke. See what God can do in your life after reading it.
READ ISAIAH 40:25-26
To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
As you pray this week, thank God for the incredible fine-tuning and beauty in his creation. Lift up in prayer the many churches in our area who are joining us during the Room For Doubt sermon and small group series.
READ 1 CORINTHIANS 13:12
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
As you pray this week, thank God that a day is coming when we will see him face to face. As we wait for that day, let us be people who trust in him as we navigate our questions and doubts. Also, continue to pray throughout the week that Room for Doubt will have a powerful impact on the lives of people in our community.
READ 1 CORINTHIANS 13:12 (NLT)
Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
During this first weekend of Room for Doubt, our desire needs to be to grow in the knowledge of God. We must accept that we will never know everything about him nor all the answers to our questions until we see him face-to-face. Pray for faith to accept what you will not understand. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you as you lead unbelievers through their doubts and questions.
READ JOHN 6:65-68 (MSG)
After this a lot of his disciples left. They no longer wanted to be associated with him. Then Jesus gave the Twelve their chance: “Do you also want to leave?”
Peter replied, “Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life. We’ve already committed ourselves, confident that you are the Holy One of God.
When Jesus’ teachings began to become more difficult, some fell away. As we prepare for Room for Doubt, pray that as you seek God for answers to your questions, you will remain committed to him even when you don’t like the answers he gives.
READ MARK 9:24 (MSG)
No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”
Room for Doubt begins tomorrow. Ask God to help us overcome our doubts — even as we seek answers to our questions. Like the father in Mark 9:14-29, confess both your belief and your unbelief. Ask God for greater faith to believe even when you don’t have answers.
READ HEBREWS 12:12-13 (MSG)
So don’t sit around on your hands! No more dragging your feet! Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. Help each other out. And run for it!
As we get closer to Room for Doubt, pray for the sermon series and community for the small group you will attend. Room for Doubt will investigate common issues of doubt for believers and unbelievers. Pray for the leaders who will be guiding us through the study and for Kingdom growth in all participants. Pray that you will be an encouragement to others as they seek answers to their faith questions.
If you haven’t joined a six-week Room For Doubt small group yet, you can still sign up today!
READ EPHESIANS 1:17-18 (NIV)
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the gifts of wisdom and revelation to those who attend the Real Encounter event tonight so that they may know Christ. Pray for their hearts to be open to the message of the Gospel that will be presented to them.
READ JOHN 4:39,42 (TLB)
Many from the Samaritan village believed he was the Messiah because of the woman’s report: “He told me everything I ever did!”
Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe because we have heard him ourselves, not just because of what you told us. He is indeed the Savior of the world.”
Pray that the students who will see Real Encounter at a school assembly tomorrow will share their excitement with their family members so that they too will want to attend the main event tomorrow evening. Ask God to bring a great harvest as families hear the Gospel together.
READ ROMANS 10:14-17 (MSG)
But how can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?
Pray for God to raise up and anoint the volunteers for the Real Encounter event who will have the opportunity to lead people in the prayer of salvation. Pray for the follow-up and discipleship of those who will receive Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord through this event Wednesday night.