Prayer is the key to relationship with God. Ignore prayer - ignore God. Invest in prayer and the Bible repeatedly reveals how God's presence, guidance and blessing result.
For nearly 20 years, the first full week of January has been designated as the Week of Prayer in the Assemblies of God. This year, to help churches begin 2013 with a focus on communion with Christ - and to underscore the importance of this week - the Assemblies of God is offering Week of Prayer resources for AG churches as free downloads to use leading up to and during the 2013 Week of Prayer, January 6-12.
Included in the complementary resources is a sermon on prayer outline by Dr. George O. Wood, a full-color bulletin cover, a bulletin insert, an email header graphic for pastors or prayer leaders to use when communicating to the congregation about the Week of Prayer, and an inspirational 7:14 Prayer Movement video - which will soon be available to download and play for congregations. All the materials, excluding the video, are also available in Spanish.
In addition to the free resources, a prayer app will be made available in January to download for free. AG General Superintendent George O. Wood says the app will help bring a sense of community as anticipated tens of thousands will use the app on a regular, if not a daily basis.
"There's nothing else quite like this prayer app," states Wood. "It not only provides outstanding daily devotionals, prayer reminders and other unique prayer features, but people will be able to see in real time the prayers coming in from across the nation. Every time someone presses the app's 'I prayed today' button, the city and state the prayer originated from scrolls onto the screen, the state on the app's U.S. map flashes and the prayer is added to a running total of those who prayed that day."
The app's initial release will be for iPhone and iPad users with an Android version to follow. In addition, for those who don't have smart phones, a website is being developed that will allow users to enjoy the benefits of the app online. Also, a 7:14 book by General Secretary Jim Bradford, entitled, Second Chronicles 7:14: A 28-Day Journey in Prayer, is already available to pre-order from My Healthy Church and will begin shipping in January.
To download the free Week of Prayer materials in English or Spanish now, click here. The free 7:14 prayer app will be offered beginning in January 2013.