Prayer Vigil

Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church

Thanksgiving Prayer Vigil

November 20-21, 2021

“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication…”

 

From Our Pastor   Thanksgiving 2021

The importance of prayer in our own lives and in the life of our congregation cannot be overstated—especially during these stressful times related to the pandemic and the increasing polarization of various groups within our society. As we endeavor to speak to the Lord on a daily basis, we discover that one of the most important aspects of our prayer is the sincere expression of thanksgiving to God for all our many blessings and for the opportunities the Lord provides as we seek to faithfully follow Christ each day. Especially during this Thanksgiving season, we are called to “Give thanks to God…for the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever, and the Lord’s faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100) Let us then enter into this time of prayer with thankful hearts and minds, open to the leading of the Spirit and focused on the continual praise of almighty God—creator, redeemer, and sustainer. 

In these times of continued social distancing and wearing masks, the one thing we, as God’s people, can be together in is prayer, as Paul writes in the book of Acts. We invite you to convene this prayer vigil using these keys to unity through prayer.

 

1. Persistence in Prayer. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

 

2. Praying in Faith. “Jesus replied, “Truly, I tell you if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

 

3. Praying in Jesus’ Name: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14: 13-14

 

4. Praying according to God’s will: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5: 14

 

5. Praying with a Clean Heart: “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them; so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25

 

6. Praying while Fasting: “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, ‘Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.’” Acts 13: 2

 

7. Praying while Abiding in God’s Will: “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15: 7

 

For all the blessings of the year

For all the friends we hold so dear

For peace on earth, both far and near,

we thank you Lord.

For life and health those common things,

which every day and hour brings

For home, where our affection clings,

We give thanks, Oh, Lord

For your great love which never tires,

which all our better thoughts inspire and warms our lives with heavenly fires, we give Thanks, Oh, Lord.

(Albert Hutchinson 1909)