Prayer Journal: Week 36

Prayer is the most important thing in my life. If I should neglect prayer for a single day,
I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.
 (Martin Luther)

This Week’s Scripture

·         Acts 17:22-31
·         Psalm 66:8-20   
·         1 Peter 3:13-22    
·         John 14:15-21

Adoration

Psalm 66:20
Blessed be God,
    because he has not rejected my prayer
    or removed his steadfast love from me!

Jesus! the Name High over All (verses 1&2)
Jesus! the name high over all, in hell or earth or sky;
angels and mortals prostrate fall, and devils fear and fly.
Jesus! The name to sinners dear, the name to sinners given;
it scatters all their guilty fear, it turns their hell to heaven.

(Charles Wesley)

Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.

Confession

18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, (1 Peter 3:20)

Take away, O Lord, from our hearts all suspiciousness, indignation, anger, and contention, and whatever is calculated to wound charity, and to lessen brotherly love. Have mercy, O Lord, have mercy on those who seek thy mercy; give grace to the needy; make us so to live, that we may be found worthy to enjoy the fruition of thy grace, and that we may attain to eternal life. Amen. (Thomas a Kempis)

As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Thanksgiving

O Promise-Making, Promise-Keeping God, I give you praise and thanks for the promise of your beloved Spirit. He is indeed the Helper, Advocate, and Counselor I need every hour of the day, every day of my life. I am grateful he will be with me forever, even as he is with me here and now to guide me into all truth. I thank you that he is not merely near me, but actually in me. Indeed, his presence in me animates my love for you and fills me with your presence. Thank you for not leaving me as an orphan in this world, but for giving me your very Spirit who enables me to keep your commandments, thus showing my love for you. Finally, thank you for loving me and manifesting yourself to me. I am underserving, but I am grateful. In my Savior’s name I pray. Amen. (based on John 14:15-21)

Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.

Supplication (Petition – prayers for yourself)

·         Help me to mature in my faith and to increasingly please God by my thoughts, words, and deeds.
·         Particular struggles in various relationships
·         My activities for this day
·         Other needs

Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)

·         My Family
·         My local church 
·         My denomination
·         Para-church ministries, particularly Christian education and discipleship  
·         Evangelistic ministries 
·         Other needs

Live near to God and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities.
(Robert Murray McCheyne)

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Prayer Journal: Week 34

Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God’s voice in response to mine is its most essential part.
(Andrew Murray)

This Week’s Scripture
·         Acts 2:42-47
·         Psalm 23
·         1 Peter 2:19-25
·         John 10:1-10

Adoration

John 10:7-10
So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee (verses 1&2)
Jesus, the very thought of thee with sweetness fills the breast;
but sweeter far thy face to see, and in thy presence rest.
O hope of every contrite heart, O joy of all the meek,
to those who fall, how kind thou art! How good to those who seek.

(Bernard of Clairvaux)

Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.

Confession

24 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Peter 2:24-25)

Lord, so often as we pass through the busy days of life we have been tempted to believe that our faith is all you would ask of us, and not a change in our lives to show others the mercy, love and grace you have given to us through the Cross. Forgive us, Lord, and help us from this day forward to reflect your love in every moment we live. In Christ we pray. Amen. (James R. Wilson)

As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Thanksgiving

God of the ages, thank you for those who have faithfully and bravely gone before us, preparing the way and passing down the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints. Thank you for the Apostles who taught the Gospel to those devoted to learning and growing in their faith. Thank you for those early Christians who enjoyed fellowship, the breaking of bread, and praying together. Thank you for those who made up the ancient church and who shared what they had with those in need. Thank you for their joyful hearts lifted up to you in praise and worship. And thank you, Father, for adding to their number daily those who were being saved. May Christians in our day emulate their good example and may your grace be present with us, just as it was with them. In Christ we pray. Amen. (based on Acts 2:42-47)

Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.

Supplication (Petitions – prayers for yourself)

·         My personal mission field
*  Help me to identify those people who make up my personal mission field.
*  Enable me to begin sharing the gospel with those who do not yet know you.
*  Empower me to disciple those who are young in their faith.
*  Allow me to encourage those who are struggling in their faith.
*  Please give me perseverance in all areas of ministry.
·         Today’s events and interactions with others, planned and unplanned
·         Other needs

Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)

·         My family
·         For missionaries throughout the world
·         For those seeking to faithfully minister to loved ones at home
·         For those who share the gospel in the inner city
·         For those who bear witness to Christ in places of power
·         Other needs

I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior. (John Newton)

Prayer Journal: Week 33

Prayer is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble: prayer is a life attitude. (Walter A. Mueller)

This Week’s Scripture

·         Acts 2:14-41
·         Psalm 116
·         1 Peter 1:17-33
·         Luke 24:13-35

Adoration

Psalm 116:1-2
I love the Lord, because he has heard
    my voice and my pleas for mercy.
2 Because he inclined his ear to me,
    therefore I will call on him as long as I live.

Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies (verse 1)
Christ, whose glory fills the skies, the true the only light,
Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o’er the shades of night;
Dayspring from on high, be near;
Daystar, in my heart appear.

(Charles Wesley)

Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.

Confession

36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:36-38)

We have failed miserably, God of power and presence, to be good witnesses to the resurrected and exalted Christ. We have let almost anyone and anything get in our way, and used every possible excuse for our failure to spread your Gospel. Forgive us, we pray, and give us the encouragement and support of the Holy Spirit that alone can make us obedient servants of your victorious Word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. (Paul Laughlin)

As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Thanksgiving

O Perfect Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, I give you praise and thanks for ransoming me from futility. You did not rescue me with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with your very own precious blood. Only you, the sinless One, could do this. Remind me daily, merciful Savior, that you did not have to do this, for there was nothing in me that deserved such unmerited favor. Fill my heart with gratitude and amazement at your love which is given to sinners and then enable me to love others with that same kind of love. For it is in the name of Christ I pray. Amen. (based on 1 Peter 1:17-21)

Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.

Supplication (Petitions – prayers for yourself)

·         Lord, help me to faithfully participate in the life of my congregation and for the sake of my community…
*  By my prayers
*  By my presence
*  By my gifts
*  By my service
*  By my witness
·         Today’s events and interactions with others, planned and unplanned
·         Other needs

Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)

·         My family
·         For those who serve in government, at the national, state, and local levels
·         For those who serve in law-enforcement
·         For those who serve in fire and rescue
·         For those who serve in our nation’s military
·         Other needs

God will be our compensation for every sacrifice we have made (F.B. Meyer)

Prayer Journal: Week 32

Prayer is not learned in the classroom but in the closet.
(E.M. Bounds)

This Week’s Scripture

·         Acts 2:14-32
·         Psalm 16
·         1 Peter 1:3-9
·         John 20:19-31

Adoration


Psalm 16:11
You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore
.

All Praise to Thee, for Thou, O King Divine (verse 1)
All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine,
didst yield the glory that of right was thine,
that in our darkened hearts thy grace might shine:
Alleluia, Alleluia!

(F. Bland Tucker)

Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.

Confession

The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply;
    their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
    or take their names on my lips.
 (Psalm 16:4)

Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image, through Jesus Christ, the Light of the World. Amen. (PCUSA Book of Common Worship)

As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Thanksgiving

Blessed Redeemer, according to your great mercy, you have caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of your Son from the dead. You have given to us an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us. That very salvation is being guarded by your power. We rejoice in this good news, even when we find ourselves in the midst of trials and sorrows. We know that such times of testing refine our faith and draw us ever closer to you. Heavenly Father, we love Christ, believe in him, and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory. We praise you for that which you have promised us, the salvation of our souls. In the name of Christ we pray. Amen. (based on 1 Peter 1:3-9)

Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.

Supplication (Petitions – prayers for yourself)

·         Give me greater love for those who are hard to love.
·         Help me to be compassionate and kind to those in need, even when it’s inconvenient.
·         Pour out upon me your courage and boldness to love those who do not know you and to share with them your Gospel, in word and deed.
·         Today’s events and interactions with others, planned and unplanned
·         Other needs

Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)

·         My family
·         My family and friends who do not have a saving relationship with Christ
·         For those in my other spheres of influence who do not know Christ
·         For evangelists around our city, country, and world who risk much in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those who are lost
·         Other needs

By his first work God gave me to myself; and by the next he gave himself to me. And when he gave himself, he gave me back myself that I had lost. (Bernard of Clairvaux)

Prayer Journal: Week 29

Prayer is not the fruit of natural talents; it is the product of faith, of holiness, of deeply spiritual character. (E.M. Bounds)

This Week’s Scripture

·         Ezekiel 37:1-14
·         Psalm 130
·         Romans 8:6-11
·         John 11:1-45

Adoration

John 11:25-26a
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

Jesus Shall Reign (verse 1)
Jesus shall reign where’er the sun
does its successive journeys run.
his kingdom spread from shore to shore,
till moons shall wax and wane no more.

(Isaac Watts)

Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.

Confession

For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. (Romans 8:7-8)

Lord give me the repentance which is of the will, that, not only in desire but also in intention and effort I may embrace what is good, especially those virtues which once I neglected or refused, and so be endued with power to accept thy pardon; through Jesus Christ our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen. (Bishop Brent)

As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Thanksgiving

O Lord, you hear our cries when we call out to you. You hear our voices and are attentive to our pleas for mercy. We give you thanks. God of grace, you do not mark our iniquities, for if you did, who could stand? Instead, with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. We give you thanks. Because in you there is hope, we will wait upon you. We give you thanks. Lord, with you there is steadfast love and plentiful redemption. We praise you good and sovereign Lord that you will redeem us from all our iniquities. In the name of Christ, we pray. Amen. (based on Psalm 130)

Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.

Supplication (Petition – prayers for yourself)

·         Help me to mature in my faith and to increasingly please God by my thoughts, words, and deeds.
·         Particular struggles in various relationships
·         My activities for this day
·         Other needs

Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)

·         My Family
·         My local church
·         My denomination
·         Para-church ministries, particularly Christian education and discipleship
·         Evangelistic ministries
·         Other needs

God is too kind to do anything cruel, too wise to make a mistake, too deep to explain himself.
(Charles Swindoll)

Prayer Journal: Week 28

Prayer does not enable us to do a greater work for God. Prayer is a greater work for God.
(Thomas Chalmers)

This Week’s Scripture

·         1 Samuel 16:1-13
·         Psalm 23
·         Ephesians 5:8-14
·         John 9:1-41

Adoration

Psalm 23:1-3a
     The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3     He restores my soul.

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (verse 1)
All hail the power of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall;
bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all.
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all.

(Edward Perronet)

Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.

Confession

Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. (Ephesians 5:8b-13)

Merciful Lord, deliver me from idolatrous love of created things or beings. Keep me from loving anything of this world except in service to my love for you, and only as far as love for you will allow. Above all, my God, deliver me from an idolatrous love of self. I know that you made me to do your will, not mine, and to love myself, as all other created things, only as it serves love for you. Amen. (John Wesley)

As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Thanksgiving

My Lord and Shepherd, thank you for providing for all my needs, and even lavishing upon me green pastures and still waters. You have restored my soul and you continue to lead me down the right path for the sake of your glory. For that, dear God, I thank you. I am humbled that even in the valley of the shadow of death, I do not have to fear, for I am under your protection and loving care. In fact, more than that, you offer your good gifts to me even in the midst of trials and tribulations. My cup surely overflows. Thank you, O God, for the abundant life you have given me in this world and for the promise of an eternity in your unveiled presence. In the name of the Shepherd and Lover of my soul I pray. Amen. (based on Psalm 23)

Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.

Supplication (Petitions – prayers for yourself)

·         Spiritual Warfare
·         Growth in Christlikeness
·         Increasing faithfulness in the spiritual disciplines
·         My health
·         For my ordinary appointments and activities to become divine appointments and activities.
·         Other needs

Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)

·         My Family
·         Mercy for those who are poor and hungry
·         Justice for those who are oppressed and persecuted
·         Peace for those in the midst of war, crime, and violence
·         Other needs

O God, may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the Lord.”
(The United Methodist Book of Worship)

Prayer Journal: Week 27

Prayer catapults us onto the frontier of the spiritual life (Richard Foster)

This Week’s Scripture

·         Exodus 17:1-7
·         Psalm 95
·         Romans 5:1-11
·         John 4:5-42

Adoration

Psalm 95:1-2
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
    let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
2 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
    let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

I Sing the Almighty Power of God (verse 1)
I sing the almighty power of God, that made the mountains rise,
that spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
the moon shines full at God’s command, and all the stars obey.

(Isaac Watts)

Take time now to offer God your praise and worship.

Confession

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8)

Lord, so often we have experienced the hard times in life and complained rather than sought what you would have us to learn through them. Too often we have been quick to protest and give up hope instead of leaning on our faith and turning to your leadership. Forgive us, Lord, and give us the courage to proclaim your Lordship and trust you always. In Christ we pray. Amen. (James R. Wilson)

As David did in Psalm 139, ask the Lord to search you and know you through and through. Confess the sins God brings to mind, knowing you are forgiven and that He will cleanse you from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Thanksgiving

God of grace and steadfast love, not because of anything I did to deserve it, but because of who you are, you have declared that I am righteous because of the imputed righteousness of your Son. I thank you for the peace I now have with you through my Lord Jesus Christ. By faith I now have access to you and am able to stand, by grace, and rejoice in the hope of your glory. I can now even rejoice in my sufferings, which lead to endurance, character and more hope. And I praise you that this hope will never be put to shame because your love has been poured into my heart, through your Spirit, whom you have so lovingly and generously given to me. Thank you Father. Amen. (based on Romans 5:1-5)

Spend some time reflecting on the prayer of thanksgiving above and then thank God for who he is and the many ways he has poured out his goodness and grace in your life.

Supplication (Petitions – prayers for yourself)

·         My personal mission field
Ø  Help me to identify those people who make up my personal mission field.
Ø  Enable me to begin sharing the gospel with those who do not yet know you.
Ø  Empower me to disciple those who are young in their faith.
Ø  Allow me to encourage those who are struggling in their faith.
Ø  Please give me perseverance in all areas of ministry.
·         Today’s events and interactions with others, planned and unplanned
·         Other needs

Supplication (Intercession – prayers for others)

·         My family
·         For missionaries throughout the world
·         For those seeking to faithfully minister to loved ones at home
·         For those who share the gospel in the inner city
·         For those who bear witness to Christ in places of power
·         Other needs

O God, help us to remember that there is no time when you will fail us, and no moment, when we do not need you. Amen. (William Barclay)