Before you begin ...
Since the beginning of our church in 1991, we have set our hearts to be a people of PRAYER. Our rally cry has been, “Prayer is the engine that drives the church.” In every situation, whether good or bad, we try to pray before we act. Many times, people act first and then want God to bail them out of that situation, but prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.
Times like these always require action from the Body of Christ. We can’t just sit back and hope that things will get better in our Nation. People are becoming more and more godless. Our Country is more divided than it’s ever been. How we the Church respond, will determine much about the future of our Nation, our children, and our children’s children. It’s time to unite together as a church family and believe God for our families, our church, our businesses, and our Nation.
Understanding the necessity of prayer is not enough. In order for it to become a part of our life, it needs to become something we look forward to. I’m convinced most people don’t enjoy prayer because they have never been taught how to pray. That’s where 21 Days of Prayer can help. When you discover the beauty of daily conversation with Him, you’ll experience joy in the presence of God that will change your life.
21 Days of Prayer is not to add unneeded pressure to your already busy schedule or to overwhelm you. The goal is that your prayer life will become more natural, effective, and enjoyable. While prayer does take commitment and can require discipline to develop into a daily habit, it is important to remember that it’s a “get to” not a “got to.” It’s a privilege to be able to come to God in prayer.
The goal is for PRAYER to become a part of your everyday life. And then...
- Before the day begins —
- Before you go to bed —
- Before you go to work or school —
- Before you send that text —
- Before you react —
- Before bad things happen —
- Before you eat, drive, or travel —
In every situation, you’ll PRAY before you act! Prayer changes everything!
~ Pastor Mark ~
September 1 – Pray that our church will become a house of prayer (Matthew 21:13)
September 2 – Pray to be humble (1 Peter 5:6)
September 3 – Pray for the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)
September 4 – Pray for God to build your faith (Romans 10:17)
September 5 – Pray for a great harvest at our Baptism/Friend Day (Matt. 9:37-38)
September 6 – Pray for spiritual eyes (2 Kings 6:16-17)
September 7 – Pray for families (Colossians 3:18-21)
September 8 – Pray for the community (1Kings 8:14)
September 9 – Pray for unity (Romans 14:19)
September 10 – Pray for spiritual strength (Ephesians 3:14-17)
September 11 – Pray for family members to come to Christ (Acts 16:31)
September 12 – Pray for our Pastors & Staff (Jer. 3:15)
September 13 – Pray for the power to fulfill the call on your life (Acts 1:8)
September 14 – Pray for an increased spiritual hunger (Matt. 5:6)
September 15 – Pray for a thankful heart (Col. 4:2)
September 16 – Pray for a heart that is completely surrendered to God (Gal. 2:20)
September 17 – Pray for our church to “Live on Mission” (Rom.10:13-15)
September 18 – Pray for everyone to get connected into a small group (Acts 2:44-46 TLB)
September 19 – Pray for our troubled Nation (Psalm 25:22)
September 20 – Pray for our Nation's leaders (1 Timothy 2:2-3)
September 21 – Pray for the upcoming presidential election (Proverbs 4:5-6)
CREATING A LIFESTYLE OF PRAYER
The most important step is committing to regularly entering God’s presence through prayer.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” Mark 1:35
Prayer is most effective when it isn’t something, we do every now and then, but when it’s a lifestyle we cultivate.
HAVE A CERTAIN TIME
To understand how to have a lifestyle of prayer, we can look at the example Jesus gave during His life on earth.
Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God — whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening — and faithfully keep it.
HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE
Jesus had a specific place He went to pray. Having a designated place to pray helps us remove distractions and frees us to worship and pray out loud.
HAVE A CERTAIN PLAN
A – ADORATION
“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV)
Begin by thanking God for who He is. Praise His Names and worship Him personally and specifically for Who He is and how He has moved in your life.
Thank You, God, for Your presence. I know that You are here with me. I worship You and I adore You alone. I know God, that You are:
My Righteousness - Jeremiah 23:6
My Sanctifier - Leviticus 20:7-8
My Healer - Exodus 15:26
My Provider - Genesis 22:14
My Banner of Victory - Exodus 17:15
My Peace - Judges 6:24
My Shepherd - Psalm 23:1
(As you pray through the different Names of God, focus on a few aspects of who He is that have been especially meaningful in your current season of life.) I know that You are always with me, God, and Your presence is life to me. You give me breath, joy, and purpose. I love you, God.”
C – CONFESSION
Our sin separates us from God, but Jesus made a way for us to be reunited with God by covering our sin when He died on the cross. When we accept the gift of salvation, we confess our sin. As Christians, confessing and repenting of sin is something we continue
to do. By coming clean and repenting before God, He is able to work in our lives and transform us to be more like Him.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
Assume a posture of humility, and without fear of condemnation or punishment, come sincerely to God confessing your sin on a regular basis. Whether your sin feels big or small to you, your sin is still sin and affects your relationship with God. You get His attention when you tell Him your sin and turn from that sin to follow Him. After you confess, remind yourself and claim the power of the blood of Jesus in your life to wash you clean and make you new.
“Lord Jesus, I confess all of my sins to You. I repent and turn away from them. I’m sorry for the wrong I have done. I confess the times I should have stepped up to do right and did nothing instead. I lay it all down at Your feet. I submit my thoughts, words, actions, and inactions to You. I confess all my sins and repent. I receive Your forgiveness and ask You to cleanse me from all sin. Thank You, God, for forgiving and making a way for me through Your Son, Jesus. Thank You for redeeming me, setting me free, making me holy, and giving my life purpose. As I turn away from my sin, I turn toward You, and I offer myself to You:
I give You my tongue, to speak good and not evil
I give You my eyes, to focus on You and the needs of others
I give You my ears, to be sensitive to Your voice
I give You my hands, to do good for others
I give You my feet, to walk in Your ways and follow Your footsteps
I give You my mind, to be transformed and used by You
EMPTY ME OF ME AND FILL ME WITH YOU
“The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD.” Isaiah 11:2
When Jesus left the earth, Christians were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. He calls the Holy Spirit our “advocate.” We cannot do what God has called us to do without His supernatural power. It is through the Holy Spirit that God comforts us, guides us, and empowers us.
“Holy Spirit, I ask You to empty me of me and fill me up. I need Your presence in my life, guiding, directing, comforting, and counseling me. I know that You, Holy Spirit, are God, in the Trinity with God the Father and the Son, Jesus. You are the Spirit of Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Might, and Knowledge. Give me a holy fear of the Lord, helping me to be in awe of who God is and what God does. Work in me, Holy Spirit. Teach and transform me (pray through any areas where you feel the need for transformation today). Empower me with Your spiritual gifts to strengthen the Church and to help bring the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven to earth.
I ask You, Lord, for the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23, so that I can grow closer to You and make a difference in the lives of others. I ask for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
T – THANKSGIVING
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.” Psalm 100:4
Spend some time really thinking about all the blessings in your life for which you’re thankful. You can write down a list, sing your own song of praise, or just spend quiet moments reflecting on your gratitude and praise toward God.
“Father God, You are good, and You deserve all my praise and more. Thank You for the many ways You have blessed me and for watching over me (tell Him specific things in your life that you’re grateful for. Thank Him for something new that you’ve never thanked Him for before). I want to experience Your presence and Your love in a fresh way today, Jesus. I thank you that Your mercies are new every day. I thank you for Who You are and all You have done for me.”
S – SUPPLICATION
We can make a difference when we spend time praying for others. Pray for those with whom you interact and connect, including:
Your family-both immediate and extended family members
Your church- Pastors, Small Group leaders, members, and missionaries
Your community- people in your city, nation, and world
Your relationships- friends, co-workers, acquaintances
Your adversaries- those with whom you disagree
Those who are marginalized - those suffering injustice, the poor, the widowed, the weak
Those in authority - leaders in government, church, family, and workplace
“Thank You, God, for creating a way through Jesus for me to have Your presence wherever I go. I want to specifically pray for those in my family who don’t know You, please meet them where they are and guide their hearts toward You.
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO NEED GOD
God desires everyone to know Him. He says in His Word that He would leave the 99 to go after the one who doesn’t know Him. As followers of Christ, we are called to partner with Him in praying for those who don’t know Him to come to know Him. Think about the people you know who are far from God. Let your heart be open to God and anyone He may bring to your mind. It may help to write down their names as you focus on praying for them.
“Father, I pray for the people around me (list specific names), that You would supernaturally draw their hearts to You. Send Your Holy Spirit to them, and give them the desire to give their lives to You. Help them to recognize their longing for more in life as a spiritual thirst only You can quench. Open their ears to hear
PRAY FOR OUR FRIEND DAY / BAPTISM SERVICE
Sunday, Sept. 13th, 10am
I ask You to watch over my church, God. Give us a great harvest of new souls at our upcoming Friend Day/ Baptism Service.
Give my pastors wisdom and vision, bless the Small Groups and everyone who steps foot into our buildings. I pray that You will bring the lost into our church, and that they will have a positive experience and come to know You. Keep our vision rooted in who You are and moving toward Your goals.
I ask You to watch over my city, my nation, and our world. I pray for justice and equality for all and ask You to bring peace (name areas where you feel a burden for your city, nation, and the world).
I pray for anyone who comes across my path to see Your light in me. I lift up my friends, neighbors, and coworkers. I thank You for them and pray for Your blessing over them (pray for any specific needs of others). I also pray for my adversaries, as the Bible teaches. Let me be a bridge through which You can bring unity and reconciliation.
I pray that You would watch over those in authority over me— my spiritual leaders, the leaders of our government, the leaders in my family, and my employers (pray for these people by name). Give them wisdom and grace, watch over and protect them, and help them to know and love You more.
I also ask You to watch over those who are marginalized in my nation and in my community. Our world is desperate for justice and reconciliation. Please meet the needs of the poor, the widowed, the weak, and those suffering injustice (pray specifically for people you know who need help, advocacy, and intervention). Show me how I can be Your hands and feet to those who are hurting. I ask You, God, to be present with my family. Bless them and keep them from harm (pray for any specific needs in your family right now).
Lastly, God, I ask You to provide for my needs. I know that You sustain me, and that You care for me. I lift up my physical, emotional, and spiritual needs to You (share the needs on your mind right now). I lay my cares at Your feet. Thank You for loving me, choosing me, and calling me Yours. ~ Amen