Prayer is the most important part of any church and its ministries. Charles Spurgeon once said that, when offered the option of either praying or preaching during a worship service, he would choose prayer over preaching. At Metropolitan we place prayer as a priority through our weekly Sunday pre-service prayer groups, our Wednesday home group prayer ministry, our monthly day of prayer and fasting, and our monthly prayer walk or Concert of Prayer, all of which are open to whoever will participate.
The pre-service prayer groups meet from 10:45 to 11:00 AM in the two offices to each side of the main entrance of the sanctuary. There the prayer groups uphold the coming service before the Lord, pray for those leading the worship service, lift up the church leadership, and pray for the Lord’s presence and power to be felt in all three services each Sunday.
The first Wednesday evening of each month at 7:00 pm, the church family gathers for a Praise and Prayer meeting led by Elder Enrique Barahona and Deacon Julius Lopez. This intense time of prayer begins with a short Bible study on prayer, followed by large and small group prayer times that have focused prayer concerns. The necessisty of the church body taking great concerns before the throne of grace in time of need cannot be understated. Join with the church family in this essential ministry.
When we sink into affliction or temptation, when we are flooded with trouble or the ungodly world seems ready to overwhelm us, we must persevere in prayer to our Lord for salvation, comfort, and direction. God’s favors to us are enough to keep our spirits from sinking in the deepest of troubles.
When the days are sweet and filled with sun and cool breezes, life full of joy and comfort, we must persevere in prayer to our Lord with gratitude, thanks, and praise. God’s favors to us are enough to keep our spirits soaring as upon eagle’s wings.
The first Tuesday of each month is dedicated as a prayer, fasting, and intercession day for Metropolitan Baptist and Metropolitan New Revival congregations. Individuals have signed up to pray for half hour time slots in this 24 hour prayer cycle. Those who are praying are encouraged to lift up the personal needs of the congregation, to intercede on behalf of the ministries of this church and its leadership. They beseech God for revival in this nation, and call on His mighty name on behalf of the persecuted Church.
For those unfamiliar with prayer walking, it is self-descriptive. It means to walk and pray through the community. Once a month, apart from inclement weather, this ministry group, which is open to whoever desires to go, walks through different parts of our community, praying over the power places like schools, parks, police precincts, fire stations, and places where false religions congregate.
We encourage all members, attendees, and friends of Metropolitan to join us in prayer to the God of mercy and justice for this church, our community, our city, our nation, and the world.
“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
At an acceptable time, O God,
in the abundance of your steadfast love
answer me in your saving faithfulness.”
Psalm 69:13 (ESV)
To seek to lead the people of God in worship without being undergirded with prayer would be the height of presumption. At Metropolitan, each Sunday morning before the Worship Service begins, two prayer groups gather at 10:45 AM to uphold the church, its, leaders, and the worship service in prayer. These powerful prayer times strengthen those who participate and set an atmosphere of reliance upon our eternal God for the blessing of the service. READ MORE...
The Ainu people do not have God's Word, the Bible, in their own language.
The Ainu populate the southwestern end of Xinjiang Province, China. This area of the world is bordered by Tibet to the East, and India to the South. The entire population (only 6,570 as of 2000), of the Ainu people speak a language using the same grammar as Uyghur but with a great deal of Persian vocabulary. Some consider the language to be a dialect of Uyghur, while others refer to the tongue as an Iranian language heavily influenced by Uyghur. The Chinese government considers the Ainu people Uyghur.
The members and friends of Metropolitan Baptist Church have begun, in partnership with Wycliffe Bible Translators, to pray for the Ainu people and the translation of the Bible into the Ainu language.
• Pray for someone to do the linguistic survey to determine if a translation is necessary. Sometimes the mother tongue is known by most of the population making a translation unnecessary, but that will not be known unless a survey is undertaken and completed.
• Pray that God will provide surveyors and grant them sufficient time and protection among the Ainu people of China to gather enough information needed to make a decision.
To learn more about the Bibleless Peoples ministry of Wycliffe visit https://www.wycliffe.org/prayer/bppp
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