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Lift Our Gaze

Praying Beyond Ourselves

In our fall series on Ezra-Nehemiah, we saw the vital role of prayer in renovating God's people. Consider how Nehemiah responds to reports about the state of Jerusalem. Burdened by the ongoing devastation and desolation of the city, Nehemiah responds with grief and lament, with persistent prayer and fasting. Here we see Nehemiah praying the heart of God to God, not asking to be personally delivered from his circumstances in Persia, but praying for the renovation of God’s people and God’s glory thousands of miles away. In Nehemiah, we encounter someone whose perspective and prayers have been shaped by the steadfast love and strong hand of God. We ourselves are bombarded by an endless stream of reports. Confusion, compassion fatigue, cynicism, complacency, and comfort keep us from entering into the burden and contending in prayer for God to bring redemption and restoration. Our prayers remain pedestrian. Our petitions prioritize ourselves. But God invites us to lift our gaze to see his Spirit at work in this world, to see—as hymnist Isaac Watts writes—that “though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

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Hanley Road

Week 1
January 9, 2022
For the Nations
Luke 10:1-3
Bryce Van Deraa
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Week 2
January 16, 2022
For Racial Reconciliation & Unity
John 17:20-23
Carlos Smith
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Week 3
January 23, 2022
For the Vulnerable
Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 25:31-46
Carlos Smith
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Week 4
January 30, 2022
For Our Neighborhoods
Jonah 3—4
Carlos Smith
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METRO EAST

Week 1
January 9, 2022
For the Nations
Charlie MacIsaac
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Week 3
January 23, 2022
For the Vulnerable
Psalm 139
Charlie MacIsaac
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Week 4
January 30, 2022
For Our Neighborhoods
Jeremiah 29:4-7
Charlie MacIsaac
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SOUTH COUNTY

Week 1
January 9, 2022
For the Nations
Acts 1:6-14
Jason Arens
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Week 2
January 16, 2022
For Racial Reconciliation & Unity
Ephesians 2:11-22
Jason Arens
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Week 3
January 23, 2022
For the Vulnerable
Zechariah 7:9-10
Joshua Ragland
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Week 4
January 30, 2022
For Our Neighborhoods
John 12:27-36
Jason Arens
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TOWER GROVE

Week 4
January 30, 2022
For Our Neighborhoods
Jeremiah 29:1-10
Milton Mitchell
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Week 3
January 23, 2022
For the Vulnerable
Proverbs 31:8-9
Daniel Fagbuyi
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Week 2
January 16, 2022
For Racial Reconciliation & Unity
John 17:20-23
Milton Mitchell
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Week 1
January 9, 2022
For the Nations
Isaiah 56:1-8
William Davie
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WEST COUNTY

Week 4
January 30, 2022
For Our Neighborhoods
Jeremiah 29:4-14
Tim Holley
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Week 3
January 23, 2022
For the Vulnerable
Psalm 139:1-18
Tim Holley
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Week 2
January 16, 2022
For Racial Reconciliation & Unity
Ephesians 2:11-22
Tim Holley
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Week 1
January 9, 2022
For the Nations
Acts 1:6-11
Curtis Gilbert
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