We believe firmly in the power of prayer. It’s one of our four pillars at Harvest: unceasing prayer. Our heart is to be a praying church and not simply a church that prays.
Thus we have prayer teams, our weekend warriors, a prayer emphasis in our weekend worship and small groups, and we encourage at every turn intercession for one another. And then, several times a year, we set aside time for corporate prayer on an evening or during week. As we continue on in this ministry year, we have set aside the week of November 8-14 for just that purpose, but rather than getting everyone together, we are encouraging you to pray as individuals, families and small groups.
To that end, we have provided this online 7-day prayer guide that includes a daily prayer theme, a Scripture focus, a prayer from The Valley of Vision and a list of items to be praying about. We hope that you are encouraged and blessed as you give yourself to prayer this week.
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The Valley of Vision, “Christlikeness”
- for continued growth as followers of Christ;
- for increased fruit of the Spirit in our lives;
- for faithfulness in worshipping Christ, walking with Christ and working for Christ;
- that we would keep our focus on a quality of discipleship rather than a quantity of disciples;
- that Jesus would grow his church.
The Spiritually Lost
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Valley of Vision, “The Convert’s First Prayer”
- for those who are not yet Christ followers, that they would hear the message of the gospel and respond to Christ’s invitation to believe and follow;
- for our boldness in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others;
- that we would be eager to tell people to “come and see” what God is doing at Harvest;
- for loved ones who are prodigals, that they would return to Christ in repentance and faith.
Vision and Mission
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.
The Valley of Vision, “God’s Cause”
- for success in our mission to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the spirit of the Great Commandment;
- for wisdom and strength for our elders/pastors and staff team as they lead our church;
- for our lead pastor, Todd Dugard, as he gives oversight to the church and brings God’s Word to us week by week;
- for success in finding a building or land for a facility of our own;
- for generosity to grip our church as we seek to be faithful with what God has entrusted to us.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarrelling.
1 Timothy 2:1-8
The Valley of Vision, “The Infinite and the Finite”
- for veterans and active duty military personnel;
- that our country would continue to be “glorious and free”;
- for our federal government (Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), our provincial government (Premier Kathleen Wynne) and our city government (Mayor Jeff Lehman), that they would lead us well, in prosperity and peace;
- that we would respond in a biblical manner to those in God-ordained leadership over us.
Marriages and Families
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
The Valley of Vision, “Things Needful”
- for marriages and families to be Christ-centred;
- for husbands and wives to live out Ephesians 5:22-33 and 1 Peter 3:1-7;
- for those in crisis to keep their eyes fixed on Christ and his Word;
- for children to see Jesus in their parents;
- for our ministries and leaders that help families: Biblical Soul Care, Small Groups, Harvest Youth, Harvest Kids, Awana, Harvest Young Adults.
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then the righteous will answer him, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
The Valley of Vision, “True Religion”
- for our compassion partners:
- that God would give each of us a heart of compassion to reach beyond ourselves in tangible ways with the love of Jesus;
- that we would reach our churchwide goal of volunteering 5000 hours in our community over the coming year.
Global Church Planting
So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
The Valley of Vision, “Calvary’s Anthem”
- for our partnership with Harvest Glasgow, Scotland (Pastor Scott Hamilton), that God would grow the church and raise up new church planters for Inverness, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling and Perth;
- for our leadership over church planting in Harvest Cameroon (Pastors Ebua Kum in Douala and Joe Achuo in Bamenda), that the church would grow and that more planters would be identified;
- for our desire to partner in Québec, that God would open a door for us;
- for new Harvest Bible Fellowship training centres for church planters opening in Romania and St. Vincent in 2016;
- that God would find us faithfully, passionately and tirelessly serving him until he returns.