First Baptist Church, Auburndale, FL
Saturday, August 19, 2017
A Place for You with People Who Care!

Prayer Guide

 

How to use the prayer guide:  Read and meditate on scriptures, then use the prayer points as a guide.
This enables us as a church body to pray in unity (Matthew 18:18,19).


LOVE IS PATIENT AND KIND, LOVE DOES NOT ENVY OR BOAST, IT IS NOT ARROGANT
OR RUDE. IT DOES NOT INSIST ON ITS OWN WAY. IT IS NOT IRRITABLE OR RESENTFUL;
IT DOES NOT REJOICE AT WRONGDOING, BUT REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH.  LOVE
BEARS ALL THINGS, BELIEVES ALL THINGS, HOPES ALL THINGS, ENDURES ALL
THINGS.  SO NOW FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE ABIDE, THESE THREE; BUT THE GREATEST
OF THESE IS LOVE.  I CORINTHIANS 13:4-7, 13

MAY THE GOD OF ENDURANCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT GRANT YOU TO LIVE IN SUCH
HARMONY WITH ONE ANOTHER, IN ACCORD WITH CHRIST JESUS THAT TOGETHER
YOU MAY WITH ONE VOICE GLORIFY THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS
CHRIST, THEREFORE WELCOME ONE ANOTHER AS CHRIST HAS WELCOMED YOU,
FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.  ROMANS 15:5-7

Father, please surround First Baptist with Your shield of protection.

- May our eyes always focus on You. (Hebrews 12:2)

- Thank You for the people You are bringing to First Baptist,
and may Your Word penetrate every heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

- Protect the church from those with hidden agendas,
 who would sow seeds of conflict and strife.  (Proverbs 16:28)

- Please raise up leaders and Bible teachers
 who have a passion to further Your Kingdom.  (Ephesians 4:11-16)

- May First Baptist be known as a body of believers where every person feels loved, and experiences Your presence and blessing. (John 13:35)

- Thank You for opening doors of opportunity for First Baptist to reach outside the walls of the church to minister to those in need – both spiritually and physically.
(Colossians 4:2-6)

THEREFORE, AS THE ELECT OF GOD, HOLY AND BELOVED, PUT ON TENDER MERCIES, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, MEEKNESS, LONGSUFFERING; BEARING ONE ANOTHER, IF ANYONE HAS A COMPLAINT AGAINST ANOTHER;
EVEN AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU,
SO YOU MUST DO.  BUT ABOVE ALL THESE THINGS PUT ON LOVE, WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTION.  AND LET THE PEACE OF GOD RULE IN YOUR HEARTS, TO WHICH ALSO YOU WERE CALLED IN ONE BODY; AND BE THANKFUL. LET THE WORD OF CHRIST DWELL IN YOU RICHLY IN ALL WISDOM, TEACHING AND ADMONISHING ONE ANOTHER IN PSALMS AND HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS, SINGING WITH GRACE IN YOUR HEARTS TO THE LORD.  AND WHATEVER YOU DO IN WORD OR DEED, DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS,
GIVING THANKS TO GOD THE FATHER THROUGH HIM.    COLOSSIANS 3:12-17

 

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PASTOR TOM

AND HE SAID, “O MAN GREATLY LOVED, FEAR NOT, PEACE BE WITH YOU;
BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE.”  AND AS HE SPOKE TO ME,
I WAS STRENGTHENED AND SAID ‘LET MY LORD SPEAK,
FOR YOU HAVE STRENGTHENED ME.”  DANIEL 10:19

Father, thank You for the vision You are giving First Baptist through Pastor Tom.  Please continue to give him courage and strength, wisdom and discernment, as he preaches and leads, and may Your peace always be with him.

- Give Pastor Tom Your words of wisdom, and cover him with the shadow of Your hand.  (Isaiah 50:4; 51:16)

- May he never be tempted to compromise the truth and be fearless in proclaiming Your love.

- Thank You for his example of faith and trust and may the fragrance of the gospel of Christ always accompany him. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16)

- Help us – as a church – who serve with him to respect and yield to his authority in Christ with unity of heart and mind. (I Thessalonians 4:2; 2 Chronicles 30:12)

- Bless and encourage all those who work closely with Pastor Tom as they assist him. (Hebrews 13:15-17)

 

 

CHURCH CAMPUS

 

 

SO THE CHURCH THROUGHOUT ALL JUDEA AND GALILEE AND SAMARIA HAD PEACE AND WAS BEING BUILT UP, AND WALKING IN THE FEAR OF THE LORD AND IN THE COMFORT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, IT MULTIPLIED.  LUKE 14:23

 

 

Father, thank You that Your house is not limited or closed in by boundaries and space.  Thank You for the vision and mission You have given to First Baptist.  Your love goes beyond the First Baptist Campus and is giving us the privilege of reaching people throughout the Auburndale area.

 

MEMBERSHIP:  Please continue to give wisdom and guidance as the church grows and as we recruit, train, and place people to serve in all capacities of growth.

 

-  May a spirit of unity and harmony prevail as we focus on reaching the lost and unchurched in our communities of influence.

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- Thank You for the influence First Baptist is having on the community, in the schools, and the surrounding area.
-  Please touch the hearts of our church members and volunteers alike who have a  passion to serve You with their talents and encourage us to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
-  May there be a constant spirit of unity and harmony among our church body, and may we receive favor from the community as we serve.
- Please be with all of our sick, those in the hospital, and homebound members. Please heal and comfort.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS:  Thank You for all of our volunteers with servant hearts who serve with such joy and enthusiasm.

 

-  Please continue to draw people to our sweet fellowship.

-  Please continue to encourage volunteers as they serve and make people feel welcome.

-  May the unity and harmony of the volunteers be contagious as the ministries of the church develop.

 

LEADERSHIP:  Thank You for committed and dedicated leadership.

 

- May they multiply their faithfulness as they lead, teach, serve, and train Your people under the leadership of Pastor Tom.
- May all those who serve on ministry teams and committees seek You continually and may we serve with Your purposes in mind, unity of spirit, and the bond of peace.
- Please continue to encourage our leadership and help them to continue in their service with joyful hearts – “stir up one another to love and good works”.  Hebrews 10:24,25 



 

CHURCH WEBSITE

 

Father, thank You for the outreach of the website and other online resources.

 

- Thank You for the sweet spirits of all who work in this area of ministry.
- Thank You for all the people who are interacting through these venues.
- We ask for Your message of love to continue to spread through our online media effort.
- May hearts be encouraged and changed through the hearing of Your Word.

 

 

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WORSHIP MINISTRY

 

OH SING TO THE LORD A NEW SONG, FOR HE HAS DONE MARVELOUS THINGS!  HIS RIGHT HAND AND HIS HOLY ARM HAVE WORKED SALVATION FOR HIM.  PSALM 98:1

 

Father, thank You for the First Baptist Worship Ministry that leads in worship, and teaches us new songs that bring glory to Your Name. 

 

-  Bless the worship leader, singers, and all who play instruments as they lead in worship through the overflow of their hearts.

-  Please continue to draw people to minister through music who have a heart for You and a desire to serve.
- Help us all to worship You and You alone.  We know that all those who worship You “must worship in spirit and in truth”.  John 4:24

 

 

MEDIA TEAM

 

Thank You for the Media Team that serves behind the scenes to make our worship experience so meaningful.

 

-  Please protect from any equipment failures that would distract from Your Word being proclaimed clearly.

- As our church grows, please draw people with media expertise to serve in this ministry area.
- Please provide resources needed to minister effectively.

 

 

SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS

 

Father, thank You for the opportunity First Baptist has to teach and train these students for your glory and the spread of the gospel.

 

- Please be with each teacher, keep them safe and help them to have clarity of mind and help them to be filled with the Spirit as they teach these students each week.

- Please bring more students to the school.

- Be with each person involved so that as the school grows, it will remain focused on its goal – to glorify you in all we do.
- Please help and assist each student as they strive to increase their training. Help them to focus and to practice so that they would perfect the talent that You have given. 

 

 

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FBCA  KIDS’ MINISTRY (Preschool & Children)


AND CALLING TO  HIM A CHILD . . . WHOEVER RECEIVES ONE SUCH CHILD IN MY NAME RECEIVES ME, BUT WHOEVER CAUSES ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES WHO BELIEVE IN ME TO SIN, IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR HIM TO HAVE A GREAT MILLSTONE FASTENED AROUND HIS NECK AND TO BE DROWNED IN THE DEPTH OF THE SEA.  SEE THAT YOU DO NOT DESPISE ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES.  FOR I TELL YOU THAT IN HEAVEN THEIR ANGELS ALWAYS SEE THE FACE OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN.  MATT. 18:2-6,10

 

 

Father, thank You for the tremendous opportunity and privilege You have given

First Baptist to invest in the lives of children. We understand that we have a big

responsibility to love, lead and teach the children Your principles to live by. As

they learn more about You, please use their influence to impact their families.


Pray for:

• Please sent additional workers and volunteers who have a heart for children, and the Children’s ministry as they use creativity and music to plant God’s Word

in the hearts of children.

• Thank you for the influence of the Homeschool Ministry (First HUG) and those who are committed to teach. Enable them as they teach.
• Please be with all of our children as they go about their daily live.  Be with them in their classrooms.  Help them to be an influence. Be with their teachers and helpers. Guard and protect them.
• Bless all of our volunteers who invest in the lives of our chlldren and all the facets of this ministry as well as many other areas of the church.

• The Pastor, leaders and volunteers, to have strength and wisdom

- and enthusiasm – to influence the lives of children.

 

 

4:12 Student Ministry (Grades 6-12)

 

 

AND SO FROM THE DAY WE HEARD, WE HAVE NOT CEASED TO PRAY FOR YOU, ASKING THAT YOU MAY BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL IN ALL SPIRITUAL WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, SO AS TO WALK IN A MANNER WORTHY OF THE LORD, FULLY PLEASING TO HIM, BEARING FRUIT IN EVERY GOOD WORK AND INCREASING IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD.  COLOSSIANS 1:9-10

 

Father, thank You for how You are working in the lives of students during these

days. Please continue to use all aspects of the Student Ministry to bring Yourself

glory through the lives of hundreds of students.

Pray for:

• The High School and Middle School ministry to bond our students as one family,

 

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united around one purpose: to joyfully embrace the Gospel and determine to live by the principles set forth in God’s Word. (I Timothy 4:12)

• God to move in the hearts and lives of our students in ways that will leave a lasting impact in our community, and to impact families who are unchurched.

• Wisdom and strength for the leadership team as they invest in the lives of

students and their families.

 

 

College/Young Singles Ministry

 

 

THEREFORE, PREPARING YOUR MINDS FOR ACTION, AND BEING SOBER-MINDED, SET YOUR HOPE FULLY ON THE GRACE THAT WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU AT THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.   I PETER 1:13

 

 

Father, thank You for allowing FBCA to have an influence on college Campuses by ministering to our college students, and to demonstrate Your love through Bible studies and fellowship.  Thank you for the contribution of time, talent and resources these Young Singles are making at FBCA.

Pray for:

• Students to be grounded in God’s Word, and to live and serve beyond their own desires.

• Strength, health, and wisdom among the leadership team.

• Young Singles to be united in Bible Study and fellowship, and to be willing to reach out to the unchurched.

• Wisdom and knowledge to follow God’s plan for their lives as they grow in the Word, and serve others.

 

 

Young Married Adults

I APPEAL TO YOU THEREFORE, BROTHERS, BY THE MERCIES OF GOD, TO  PRESENT YOUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD, WHICH IS YOUR SPIRITUAL WORSHIP. DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD, BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWAL OF YOUR MIND, THAT BY TESTING YOU MAY DISCERN WHAT IS THE WILL OF GOD, WHAT IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE AND PERFECT.  ROMANS 12:1-2

 

Father, thank You for the young couples You are bringing to FBCA. Please give them strength to resist the culture of the world, and to live a life pleasing to You.

 

Pray for:

• Young couples to have a desire to know Your Word, and make worship and Bible Study a priority in their lives.

 

 

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• Friendships to be formed through the community and be effective where they live. Help them to influence others to connect at church where Your Word is taught, and meaningful relationships can be established.

• Discretion, wisdom, and financial resources in raising and caring for their families.

• Direction and guidance to our leadership in this area.

 

 

MARRIED ADULTS

 

 

HIS DIVINE POWER HAS GRANTED TO US ALL THINGS THAT PERTAIN TO LIFE AND GODLINESS, THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM WHO CALLED US TO HIS OWN GLORY AND EXCELLENCE, BY WHICH HE HAS GRANTED TO US HIS PRECIOUS AND VERY GREAT PROMISES, SO THAT THROUGH THEM YOU MAY BECOME PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, HAVING ESCAPED FROM THE CORRUPTION THAT IS IN THE WORLD BECAUSE OF SINFUL DESIRE. II PETER 1:3-4

 

Father, thank You for the solid core of Married Adults who are committed to You, and are selfless in their love and care for people, and are serving others for Your glory.

Pray for:

• More volunteers committed to ministry areas, and continued dedication for Bible Study Teachers and Leaders who teach and take care of peoples’ needs.

• God to use the Discipleship Classes on Wednesday evenings to teach and lead people to a deeper relationship with Christ.

• Wisdom in leading in their homes according to the principles of God’s Word.

• Church leadership among married adults, wisdom and guidance, strength and good health.



SENIOR ADULTS

 

 

NO UNBELIEF MADE HIM WAVER CONCERNING THE PROMISE OF GOD, BUT HE GREW STRONG IN HIS FAITH AS HE GAVE GLORY TO GOD, FULLY CONVINCED THAT GOD WAS ABLE TO DO WHAT HE HAD PROMISED.  ROMANS 4:20-21

 

 

Father, thank You for the host of mature adults who are fully convinced that You are able to do what You have promised – and are demonstrating that truth through commitment, faithfulness, and prayer. Bless them abundantly as they serve You.

 

Pray for:

• God to encourage the hearts of our mature and single adults who volunteer and serve with joy.

 

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• God to use the Friendship lunch to show God’s love, warmth,  and compassion to our community.

• Strength and wisdom for our leadership as they give direction and counsel to through these ministries.

 

PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY

 

 

LONG AGO, AT MANY TIMES AND IN MANY WAYS, GOD SPOKE TO OUR FATHERS BY THE PROPHETS, BUT IN THESE LAST DAYS HE HAS SPOKEN TO US BY HIS SON, WHOM HE APPOINTED THE HEIR OF ALL THINGS, THROUGH WHOM ALSO HE CREATED THE WORLD.  HE IS THE RADIANCE OF THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE EXACT IMPRINT OF HIS NATURE, AND HE UPHOLDS THE UNIVERSE BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER. AFTER MAKING PURIFICATION FOR SINS, HE SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE MAJESTY ON HIGH.  HEBREWS 1:1-3

 

 

Father, thank You for Your protection over us as we acknowledge that You are the One who upholds the universe by the word of Your power. Help us to pray faithfully for our government leaders as they lead and direct our country.

Pray for:

• God to give President Obama, Governor Scott, and our State and local newly elected officials in Central Florida amazing strength and boldness to stand up for righteousness, and to keep their hearts faithful to Him in all situations.

• A great outpouring among Christ-followers to pray for our Country and stand in unity for God’s principles and precepts.

• God’s people to place their faith and trust in Him and walk in integrity and truth.

 

PRAYER FOR OUR MILITARY/FIRST RESPONDERS

 

 

HE WHO DWELLS IN THE SHELTER OF THE MOST HIGH WILL ABIDE IN THE SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY. I WILL SAY TO THE LORD, “MY REFUGE AND MY FORTRESS, MY GOD, IN WHOM I THRUST.”  PSALM 91:1-2

 

 

Father, thank You for the commitment of our military men and women serving around the world to protect our country.  Thank You for the many men and women who serve our community daily, many times risking their lives to help, serve, and protect others. Help us to always remember that our ultimate protection comes from You.

Pray for:

• God’s protection over our military and their families.

 

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• Strength and rest for the men and women who serve faithfully in dangerous areas and their families

• The men and women who serve to put their trust in God, and to be reminded of God’s great love and compassion for them.

 

 

 

PRAYER FOR OUR MISSIONARIES AND MISSION PARTNERS

FOR OUR APPEAL DOES NOT SPRING FROM ERROR OR IMPURITY OR ANY ATTEMPT TO DECEIVE, BUT JUST AS WE HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY GOD TO BE ENTRUSTED WITH THE GOSPEL, SO WE SPEAK, NOT TO PLEASE MAN, BUT TO PLEASE GOD WHO TESTS OUR HEARTS.  FOR WE NEVER CAME WITH WORDS OF FLATTER, AS YOU KNOW, NOR WITH A PRETEXT FOR GREED – GOD IS WITNESS.  NOR DID WE SEEK GLORY FROM PEOPLE, WHETHER FROM YOU OR FROM OTHERS, THOUGH WE COULD HAVE MADE DEMANDS AS APOSTLES OF CHRIST.  BUT WE WERE GENTLE AMONG YOU, LIKE A NURSING MOTHER TAKING CARE OF HER OWN CHILDREN.  SO, BEING AFFECTIONATELY DESIROUS OF YOU, WE WERE READY TO SHARE WITH YOU NOT ONLY THE GOSPEL OF GOD BUT ALSO OUR OWN SELVES, BECAUSE YOU HAD BECOME VERY DEAR TO US.         ROMANS 10:14-17

 

 

Father, thank You for allowing First Baptist opportunities to support missions in our community, in our state, in our country, and around the world as missionaries share the message of Your love with the people they are called to reach.  Bless them Father, and give them joy, as only You can.

 

-Thank you for the mission efforts that our church performs to reach people in our community.  Multiply these efforts, and supply funds and volunteers with hearts for service and for sharing the gospel.
-Work through all those who serve and pray for Mission Monday.
-Work through our Bible Study groups, B.L.A.S.T., Super Bowl Party, A Day in the Park, Easter Outreach, Vacation Bible School, VBS Outreach, Fall Festival, FF Outreach, Women’s Ministry Events, Friendship Events, Special Events, etc.  May it all be to your glory and for the furtherance of the gospel.
-Raise up hundreds who will work, support, and serve you through mission trips.
-May the Body of Christ be found faithful in our praying, giving, and going to reach people across the street and around the world.
-Give wisdom and strength to Pastor Tom and volunteers as they plan, schedule, coordinate, and train for mission efforts.
 

 

 

JERUSALEM/JUDEA*
Mission Monday
Ridge Baptist Association – Mike Hasha, DOM

 

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Florida Baptist Childrens Home – Jerry Haag, President
Florida Baptist Convention – John Sullivan, Executive Director

SAMARIA/ENDS OF THE EARTH*
Southern Baptist Convention -  Ronnie Floyd, President
North American Mission Board – Kevin Ezell, President
International Mission Board – David Platt, President

*More will be added here as our prayer guide is developed.


PRAYER MINISTRY

AND THE LORD SAID TO HIM, “I HAVE HEARD YOUR PRAYER AND YOUR PLEA, WHICH YOU HAVE MADE BEFORE ME.  I HAVE CONSECRATED THIS HOUSE THAT YOU HAVE BUILT, BY PUTTING MY NAME THERE FOREVER.  MY EYES AND MY HEART WILL BE THERE FOR ALL TIME.  I KINGS 9:3

 

 

Father, our prayer and our plea is that Your eyes and Your heart will be at First Baptist for all time.

-Thank you for the prayers of Your people that have been raised through the years asking You to do a might work at First Baptist – for Your glory and Your glory alone.  Colossians 1:18
-Thank You for the church You have built – a church dedicated to reaching the lost and the unchurched, equipping believers, and exalting our Savior.
-Please continue to draw people to Yourself through prayer and outreach, and may we always continue to see people come to know You and be added to the church. May baptisms increase as discipleship is applied to hearts that are yielded to You.
-Bless all those who are dedicated to participating in this ministry and may Your will be accomplished in our individual lives and in our church.