Month of Prayer - January 2023

Prayer helps us fully submit ourselves to what God wants and fully align with God’s agenda, allowing him to do his work through us in whatever way he sees fit. It’s the perfect time of year to really focus on prayer and give God the first month of the year in prayer.

We are calling the entire Village Church family to join us in prayer for the month of January. So each week we have a different topic to pray for, and we invite you, as a part of Village Church, to join us in taking intentional time to pray for these things. You can see the weekly prayer topics below.

Not totally sure about prayer? We’ve prepared a resource below where you can learn more about it!

Weekly Prayer topics:

Week 1:

Pray for our Church Leaders — Elders, Search Team, Staff, Volunteer Leaders of teams and Community Group Leaders

Let’s pray for our Elders, staff and volunteer leaders and community group leaders throughout our church. There are a lot of decisions to be made. Things are complex, we need to lift anyone who is in any leadership position up to God and ask for wisdom, direction, clarity, peace, rest and protection for them and their families.

Pray for our elder/search team in their process of interviewing and discerning the next senior leader of Village Church. Pray also for the process, candidates, and that God will bring us the right people for where he wants to take our church next.

Week 2:

Pray for the people around you — Neighbours, Co-workers, people in your community.

Pray for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the people around us. Pray for the courage to serve and love your neighbours. Pray for opportunities to make new connections within your community.

Week 3:

The Church in Canada and the churches in our Cities

Pray that lives would be changed and transformed by the gospel across our country. Pray for the strength of churches. Pray that Canadian churches would be gospel focused.

Week 4:

City Impact and Global Impact

Pray for our local and global partners who are doing hard and incredible work to serve people and share the gospel. Pray for the projects that our partners will be working on in 2023. Pray for our Impact Pillars: Education, Anti-Human Trafficking, Refugee Care, Church Planting, and Community Needs. Pray that we would be more present and effective in serving our communities this year than ever before.

*Click the button below for more information on all of our Impact Partners and Projects.

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How to Pray

Simply put, praying is talking to God and listening to Him.

God knows what we are going to pray about, it is more a matter of us connecting with Him. Romans 8:26-27, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

By spending time with God in talking to Him and listening to Him through the Bible (His word to us), and through Him speaking through others, we deepen our relationship with Him. The more connected we are to Him the more the desires of His heart become the desires of our heart. This helps us as we pray, as we want His will and His affections to be ours.

For this month of prayer, we encourage you to pray through our weekly topics listed above.

Prayer Values

Downloadable list

Why Pray?

Because we get to! Through Jesus’ death and coming back to life, He made a way for us to talk directly with the God of the universe! We don’t need to set up an appointment, we can talk to Him anytime. It is about us joining with God, and bringing about His plan in us and through us.

Because we love Jesus and want to talk to him.

Because God tells us to. It is a primary means for deepening our relationship with Him, growing in wisdom, strength, encouragement, battling the enemy, praising Him, seeking healing and hope, praising Him, and more.

There is power in prayer individually. We align ourselves with God in His presence, purposes, and power. We ask God to move in certain ways and He hears us and can be moved. We praise Him by pouring out our hearts to Him.

There is power in prayer when we come together. We can support each other, and we can join together united under God. We are part of one body, yet we have different giftings and ways of seeing things (1 Cor. 12:18-20). The beauty of this is that when we pray together, we will pray differently from each other and this can open us up to pray for things or pray in ways that we may not have thought on our own. Yet, we pray with one spirit and we can pray with unity and support.