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Prayer Guide

Prayer Guide

March 21, 2020

Day 1

Scripture | 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Thought

During difficult times it is easy to be uncertain about what to do next. One thing you don’t have to be uncertain of is God’s will for your life right now. God wants us to give thanks

no matter the circumstance.

Prayer Action

Tell God 3 things in your life you are thankful for.

Day 2

Scripture | Psalm 46:10

“…Be still and know that I am God.”

Thought

Life and busyness can be synonymous. It can be hard to slow down enough to be still and see what God is doing in our hectic, schedule-driven lives. However, when we slow down and take time to be still, we will have a clearer vision of God and what He is doing.

Prayer Action

Sit still for 30 second. After 30 seconds ask God to reveal to you what you need to hear right now. Read the entire chapter of Psalm 46 and tell God what you learn about his character through the chapter.

Day 3

Scripture | James 1:2-3

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Thought

Hard times externally create an opportunity for God to strengthen us internally.

Prayer Action

What is something you learned about yourself when going through a difficult time? What did you learn about God? Ask God to give you perseverance to keep focusing on him in the good and the difficult times of life.

Day 4

Scripture | John 17:20-21

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Thought

Jesus prays for Christ Followers everywhere to experience unity. When we put aside our differences and disagreements, we are told the world will have the opportunity to experience God!

Prayer Action

Spend some time praying for Christians all over the world to join together under the common mission to love God and love people. There is no better time than right now for a broken world to see God’s Church bring hope! Pray for God to strengthen His church.

Day 5

Scripture | Joshua 1:9

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Thought

The words of courage God speaks to Joshua are a promise for you, too. We have access to strength because we know God is with us no matter where we are or what is happening around us.

Prayer Action

God knows our fears. Tell God what is making you fearful right now. Then pray Joshua 1:9 out loud, putting your name at the beginning because God is speaking this promise to you.

Day 6

Scripture | Colossians 4:5-6

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Thought

During a season where it is difficult to connect with people, we are reminded in Colossians 4 to “make the most of every opportunity.” We all need wisdom in how we decide to spend our time and invest in relationships.

Prayer Action

Think about who God has put in your path this season. Ask God to give you wisdom in how you invest your time with these people and the how your words can be full of grace.

Day 7

Scripture | 1 John 4:10-11

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Thought

God’s definition of love isn’t solely based on a feeling. Godly love is feeling in action. God sacrificed what was important to Him because he loved you so much. God asks us to love one another- not just with a feeling but with sacrifice.

Prayer Action

Take a moment and reflect on all the reasons why you are thankful for God’s love and ask him to reveal one way you can make a sacrifice to show his love to someone else.

Day 8

Scripture | Psalm 139:7-8,10-12

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there…even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.”

Thought

The writer of this passage is reminding us God is ever-present. No matter where you may find yourself, we are told God’s hand will guide and hold you. Even when times seem hopeless, we have hope knowing God is there with us.

Prayer Action

Ask God to give you trust and faith right now. Tell God of time a where you felt like He wasn’t present and ask him to give insight into who He is.

Day 9

Scripture | Revelation 21:4

“He (God) will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Thought

This verse is a picture of what will happen someday. Unfortunately, today we still experience the difficulties that come with living in a fallen world. Believing “now” is not forever can give us the energy and trust to keep going.

Prayer Action

Pray for someone who needs to hear the hope of Revelation 21:4 and for God to give them hope and give you the words to share it.

Day 10

Scripture | Matthew 6:9-12

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’.”

Thought

At times, it is difficult to know what to pray for, but Jesus tells us in Matthew 5 how we can talk to God. Simply ask God to do on earth what He does in heaven.

Prayer Action

Spend a few minutes telling God where you see things wrong in the world and ask Him to make it right. Ask God to bring a little bit of heaven down to earth.

Day 11

Scripture | Acts 4:12

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Thought

And that name is Jesus! We all find security in different things (finances, family, friends, jobs) but what if all of it is taken away? It will only work to find salvation in something no one can take from you.

Prayer Action

Start by thanking God for what He has done for you through Jesus. Who in your life needs to experience salvation through Jesus? Ask God to impact them in a life-changing way.

Day 12

Scripture | Romans 12:12

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Thought

Joy comes from the Holy Spirit and is something we don’t create on our own. When things are not going the way you want in life, it is difficult to experience joy. This is why Paul urges us to faithfully pray in Romans 12.

Prayer Action

What do you need more of right now: joy or patience? Maybe both! Ask God to fill you with joy and patience despite what is going on around you.

Day 13

Scripture | Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Thought

God’s solution to anxiety and stress is to pray. We are told when we thank God and tell Him what we need, we will experience a peace we cannot describe. When we pray to God, will help guard our hearts and minds from running wild with anxiety.

Prayer Action

What is causing anxiety in your life right now? Take a few moments and write down some reasons you are thankful for God. Then write down some of your needs and ask God to provide.

Day 14

Scripture | Psalm 23:1-4

“The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, comfort me.”

Thought

Declaring truth is the best way to combat lies. We need to know the truth of who God is and what He does, especially when things seem dark around you.

Prayer Action

What does God do for you in Psalm 23:1-4? Pray these words back to God, expanding on a few areas where you really need God to show up.