We have a theme for SoHOP taking us through to the end of August:
When we were praying about this theme, one of the team had a picture of someone reaching up and God’s hand reaching down to help them up and out of trouble.
This is God’s heart for Southampton, particularly at this time. He WANTS to help.
Over the last month more people have been sensing God’s loving presence in the prayer room. We believe that this will continue, especially where we feel we need God’s particular help in some way.
We also believe our prayers for the city will be energised by the revelation that God is our ever-present help.
Finally, we believe this is a time for responding, as God uses us to be His help to those around us.
Prayerful momentum is building
Like us, you are probably going to start seeing this four letter word everywhere in your bible!
Let’s take God up on this in our prayers, seeking His help. We invite you to join us, to spread the invitation, and to share this news with your church family. It’s time to pray for God’s help to come to us in Southampton.
make time regularly for your 1 to 1 with God and get His help
let faith rise up as you pray for His help in Southampton
be attentive for how he wants to use you as His help to those around
In case you didn’t notice on the graphic above, the verse of the month is Psalm 46:1.
And does this put you in mind of the Isaac Watts hymn, ringing out from the Civic Centre every 4 hours?
May you find God to be your refuge and strength this month!
In the last 5 months 136 people from 26 congregations within Southampton have been to pray at least once. Many come back often.
We are thanking God for five months of praying every Friday/Saturday for 24 hours. The unsupervised slots in the evenings and night times have not always been filled, but our hosting team have been open for drop in prayers from 9am to 6pm every Saturday. We are grateful to our hosting team for their commitment.
We are regularly hearing stories of how people are experiencing God’s presence. It seems to be more so as the weeks go by.
We have hosted times of worship led by various members of our community and our friends. We had a special time of reflection on Good Friday.
In May we were joined by the Christian Union from Southampton University who did a block booking for the 24 hours. Our regular prayers were greatly encouraged by this hunger for God. Over that 24 hours there were 15 churches represented. We believe this unified prayer for the city is having an effect.
So please remember, we are here for the whole church in Southampton and we continue to invite all churches, all ages to come and meet with our Heavenly Father, to come and hang out with Jesus, to come and be empowered by the Holy Spirit, to come and speak out your prayers for family, friends, our city and our nation.
We have one important announcement to leave you with – we are supporting Church in the Park next weekend, so there is no drop in prayer at SoHOP on Saturday 1st June. Please join the activities down in Houndwell Park and bring your friends.
We began our weekly 24/1 on the 24th May with a time of worship led by friends from Kings Community Church.
At this worship time someone had a picture of a banqueting table and felt that on there was everything needed for people coming into the prayer room over the next 24 hours, including Jesus’ healing and rest, as well as different things for people that they’d not had before.
On Saturday our hosting team had the opportunity to pray for people for healing, particularly for someone with limited hearing, which they found to be a great encouragement. Someone else had been to the prayer room in the morning but felt compelled to come back in the afternoon because of the rest and presence of God there.
There was another opportunity to pray for healing later.
Haven of peace – one of the people prayed for felt that the prayer room was a haven of peace.
Over the four weekends of February we had a wonderful time praying for all the churches in Southampton and ended up with a long list of churches, and many prayers prayed.
Some specific prayers were written down as believers from across the churches met together in joyful unity. We will be passing these prayers on to the churches concerned.
Praying for the nation
During March we are praying for the nation. There is a national day of prayer called for 29th March.
We believe we are at a crucial moment in history where the destiny of our nation can be affected. We are not praying politically but praying for God’s will to be done and the destiny that He has for us to be released into the conjecture and uncertainty.
We are also particularly praying for the people and government of Southampton at this time.