100 Days of prayer

On May 19, 2019, we will be celebrating an incredible feat!  Huntington First Church of the Nazarene will be celebrating 100 years!  Words can’t express just how blessed we are as a church body to be part of such a wonderful legacy, a legacy built on the greatness and splendor of God.  Whether you have been attending 6 weeks or 60 years, you are a unique and essential part of this church family, and we would not make it to our centennial without you.

Now, as we begin preparing for our celebration in May, we believe that the best way to prepare is through a season of prayer.  We would like to invite you on a journey over the next 100 days to pray specifically for this church.  Over the next 14 weeks, we will have a weekly theme with several prompts and ways to pray.  In this booklet, you will find that each week will have a verse to reflect on, a thought for the week, several prayer prompts, and space for you to write and reflect.  We believe there is nothing more powerful than when the church body unites in prayer. 

So, as we go though the next 100 days, will you join us in praying to the God who makes all things possible.  We know that God has blessed us with a great 100 years and that He will continue to bless us over the next 100!

  • WEEK 1

    Feb 10 - Feb 16

    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

    Reaching 100 years is quite the accomplishment for any organization, especially a church.  There are so many hurdles and obstacles that come with sharing Christ’s light in the community, and yet this church has managed to overcome many of those difficulties.  We recognize that this is only because of God’s continued blessings to us.

    For this first week of our 100 days of prayer, we are going to focus on praising and thanking God for the ways He has blessed us over the last 100 years.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Thank God for the inception and founding of this church in 1919.
    • Praise God for generations of faithful people who have called this place home.
    • Thank God for providing a great facility for us to worship Him and make Him known.
    • Praise God for the many gifts and talents He has given members of this church.
    • Thank Him for sustaining us through the good and the bad times.

  • Week 2

    Feb 17 - Feb 23

    And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

    Last week, we praised God for the way He has, and is blessing our church.  This week we want to focus on the ways God is calling us to be a blessing both as individuals and as a church.  We believe that God still has plans for this place far beyond what we could ever imagine.  Let us spend some time in prayer for how God will continue to make his Kingdom known through us.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Pray for God to show how you/your family can be a blessing to the people around you.
    • Pray that new opportunities to share our blessings may be revealed.
    • Pray that we may continue to trust God in both the good and bad times.
    • Pray for those in the next generations, that they may continue to use their gifts in this place.

  • Week 3

    Feb 24 - Mar 2

    God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.  Hebrews 6:10

    The Church of the Nazarene has a rich legacy of being a missions oriented church, and this church is no exception.  Over the last 100 years, this church has served both the community of Huntington and the world in Christ’s name.  From financial giving, mission trips, to sending missionaries, the people of this church have taken the Great Commission seriously.  This week, let us reflect on the past, and praise God for the impact that this place has made.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Praise God for the missionaries who have called this place home over the years.
    • Thank God for giving us the resources that have allowed us to serve.
    • Praise God for the missions teams that have been sent from this place.
    • Thank God for the ways Huntington has been served by this church.
    • Pray for current missionaries that our church supports.

  • Week 4

    Mar 3 - Mar 9

    You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather serve one another humbly in love.  Galatians 5:13

    In week 3, we spent time reflecting on how our church has served both it’s community and the world.  This week, we want to consider that the mission is not yet finished.  We still live in a world stricken by brokenness and darkness.  Even in our own community, there is still a need for people who are on mission.  Our church must be willing to not only continue to serve, but find new ways to bring light to the world.  This week, let us pray for God to give us a heart for service and a vision to help those in need.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Pray for us to be awoken to the needs of those around us.
    • Pray for God to make the needs of the world known.
    • Pray for God to continue to use this church body to serve selflessly.
    • Pray for God to show you ways to be more missional here in Huntington.
    • Pray for God to show you ways to impact the world.

  • Week 5

    Mar 10 - Mar 16

    Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and or one mind.  Philippians 2:2

    Have you ever wondered who we are as a church?  Many might associate the identity of this church with a building, a worship style, traditions, or our denomination, and though these are important parts that help form our identity, they don’t fully explain who we are.  It is the people of this church that truly make us who we are.  We are a community of believers who come from all walks of life and experiences to form this church family.  Over the last 100 years, thousands of people have called this place home.  This week, we want to praise God for all of the people who have helped form who we are today.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Thank God for the people who founded this church and who have gone before us.
    • Praise God for the wisdom and guidance of the older saints of the church.
    • Thank God for the relationships that you/your family have formed here.
    • Praise God that we are an intergenerational church.
    • Pray for continued unity in our church.

  • Week 6

    Mar 17 - Mar 23

    I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.  1 Corinthians 1:10

    Last week, we thanked God for the people of our church and how they have helped form the church that we have today.  This week, we will be asking God who we are becoming.  This may include a variety of things, such as new people who God will lead to be a part of this church family.  It could also refer to the ways that we will grow closer in Christ, and closer to the people we already know here.  We believe that God has called us to live relationally as a church body.  This week, join us in praying that we may continue to be a Christ-centered community of believers.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you in inviting new people to our church.
    • Pray that God may use us to be a welcoming community.
    • Pray that new relationships are formed here at our church.
    • Pray that we may grow closer in our friendships/Sunday school classes/small groups, etc.
    • Pray that as a whole church, we may become of one mind.

  • Week 7

    Mar 24 - Mar 30

    Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6

    Over the last 100 years, many things have changed.  One thing that has remained constant is our commitment to helping believers grow deeper in their relationship with Christ.  We have striven to disciple everyone no matter their age and or stage of life.  Though the programs have changed, the purpose has remained the same:  “To develop lifelong followers of Jesus Christ.”  This week, reflect and thank God for a church that cares deeply about taking next steps in our faith journey and making disciples.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Praise God for a foundation built on biblical truth.
    • Thank God for people who have helped you grow on your faith journey.
    • Pray for those who are discipling children and students.
    • Pray for those who are discipling other adults.
    • Reflect on how HNAZ has impacted your own faith .
    • Praise God for the impact your own faith has had.

  • Week 8

    Mar 31 - apr 6

    And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.   2 Corinthians 3:18

    Sometimes the act of going to church can go from a purposeful practice to a warm ritual.  When this happens, it becomes easy to think of discipleship as something that happens on Wednesday and Sundays.  But the truth is, if we as a church are serious about discipleship, then growing in Christ doesn’t just happen here, but instead happens every day.  Every day provides an opportunity not only to grow our own faith, but to also make disciples.  This week, we will be praying that God opens our eyes for opportunities to become more like Him.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Pray that God may challenge you to take the next step in your own faith.
    • Ask God who you can disciple.
    • Pray for parents of this church and community as they disciple their children.
    • Pray for more opportunities for the church to disciple others.

  • Week 9

    Apr 7 - Apr 13

    He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.  Deuteronomy 10:21

    For the last 100 years, this church has been a house of worship.  Generations of people have praised the name of Jesus here at our church.  Whether hymns or contemporary music, songs have been sung passionately to the Lord.  Whether it was at an altar, in a classroom, or in the pew, numerous prayers have been lifted up to God.  The people of this church have lived lives focused on worship.  This week, we want to thank God for the ways He has provided a place, and ways for us to worship Him.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Thank God for the freedom that we have in this country to worship freely.
    • Praise God for providing a space in which to praise Him.
    • Reflect on a time where worship in this space was meaningful for you and thank God for it.
    • Thank God for all of those people whose gifts have helped guide this place in worship.
    • Spend some time worshipping Him in the way you feel most led.

  • Week 10

    Apr 14 - Apr 20

    I worship God with a clean heart, as my fathers did.  And I thank God when I talk to Him about you.  I always do this night and day.  2 Timothy 1:3

    In the past 100 years, the style of how we worship both through song and prayer has changed.  It is easy for many of us to get attached to a certain preference and lose sight of the true heart of worship.  Sometimes we think worship only happens when there is music involved.  As we look to the future of this church may we aim to truly focus our attention and adoration towards Him.  This week, we will be praying that we may continue to be a church that worships with a pure heart.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Examine your own heart and motivation for worship.
    • Pray that as a congregation, we can keep our focus on Jesus.
    • Pray for the persecuted church and their inability to worship freely.
    • Ask God how you can worship Him even more.
    • Spend some time this week trying various forms of worship (music, devotions, silence, etc.)

  • Week 11

    Apr 21 - Apr 27

    Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you.  Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  Hebrews 13:7

    No organization makes it to 100 years without quality leaders, and this church is no exception.  Throughout this church’s history, it has been lead by incredible pastors, staff, board members, and lay leaders who relied fully on the leading of the Holy Spirit.  It is simply amazing just how strong of a legacy these men and women have left for us.  This week, let us thank God for those who have given their time, energy, and talents to serve this place.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Praise God for the leaders of the past who have built a strong foundation for us.
    • Thank God for the leadership of Pastor Bobby and pray that God may continue to lead him.
    • Pray for the church staff as they lead ministries and help guide the church.
    • Thank God for board members and lay leaders who selflessly serve the church.
    • Praise God for a church full of people who volunteer in ministry.

  • Week 12

    Apr 28 - May 4

    So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.  Ephesians 4:11-12

    Last week, we thanked God for the present and past leaders of the church.  This week, our focus is on how God is calling each of us to lead into the future.  It is sometimes easy for us to sit back and allow others to lead, and yet we believe that God has gifted each and every person to lead in a special way at this church.  The thing that we all have in common is a dependence on God in order for us to lead well.  This week, join us as we ask God for guidance and wisdom as we lead the church into the future.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Evaluate the ways in which you are leading/serving here at the church.
    • Ask God how you can better serve/lead here.
    • Pray for clear and renewed vision for the church staff.
    • Pray for the next generation of leaders who will rise up and serve this place.
    • Pray against distractions and turmoil that can detract from what God is doing.

  • Week 13

    May 5 - May 11

    But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect.  1 Peter 3:15

    The greatest accomplishment of this church over the last 100 years is the Kingdom Impact of reaching the lost.  A church truly isn’t the light of the world if it is not illuminating the path to Christ.  Since 1919, countless souls have come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior because of this church.  We want to celebrate all of the changed lives that this place has been a part of.  This week, let us praise and rejoice a God who has brought His people back to Him.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Thank God for every single person who has accepted Christ here.
    • Praise Him for all of the life change that He has brought.
    • Thank God for the families that have been impacted by Christ here.
    • Pray for those who are in need of Christ saving love in our church.
    • Praise God that He is still moving amongst us today.

  • Week 14

    May 12 - May 19

    Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 19:20

    It is the last week of the 100 days of prayer, and there is not a more fitting way to end than by praying through the Great Commission.  The purpose of this church and every church is to make disciples of Christ.  As we look to the next 100 years, we must pray fervently that we are an outward focused people who continue to share the light of Christ in our community and in the world.  Join us this week as we pray for hearts to go and reach those who do not yet know Christ.

    Prayer Prompts

    • Pray this week for personal conviction to reach the lost.
    • Ask God who He wants you to reach out to.
    • Pray that our church may stay focused on reaching others for Christ.
    • Pray that we may continue to baptize and support new believers.
    • Pray that the Gospel may be heard through Huntington and the world.