21 Days of Prayer - Today's Reading

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Sunday, January 24 – Day 21

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7)

Spend time reflecting on these 21 Days of Prayer. Pray through these reflections... What has God been up to in your life and in your world during this time? As you think about the mission of leading people into a growing relationship with God through Jesus Christ: What do you have to be thankful for? What are you anxious about that you need to present to God? Claim the promise of His peace in your life.

Saturday, January 23 – Day 20

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:10-12)

As you face the inevitable challenges of living the Jesus life and making Christ known, keep this prayer on your mind based on today’s passage. 

Lord, make me strong in You and Your mighty power today. Open my eyes to see who my true enemies are.  Remind me that my struggle is not with the people around me but with the powers of darkness, the spiritual forces of evil that wage war on my soul and the world in which I live. I receive all the help you provide, every weapon You, O God have issued, so at the end of the day, I’ll still be on my feet. May Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation protect me so I will be able to stand up to everything the evil One throws my way.

I arise today through a mighty strength following the One who showed the way. May Christ shield me today. Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me,
Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit,
Christ when I stand,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Father, teach me to pray in the Spirit— empowered by the Spirit, led by the Spirit, according to Your will, Your plans, and Your purposes. Help me to pray long and hard with all kinds of prayers and requests— in times of joy and celebration as well as in times of sorrow or desperation. For wisdom and guidance, for healing, for strength, for protection and provision, for peace. Keep me alert and on guard, aware of the spiritual battle being fought all around me as I live strong for You. Help me to do my part, and to keep praying for my brothers and sisters in Christ as they fight their battles too. Fill me with a boldness to share the Message clearly so all may come to know You. In Jesus' name, amen. 

Friday, January 22 – Day 19

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

13 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! (Romans 10:13-15)

What does it look like to bring the good news in the relationships you have? It may take time and will definitely take intentionality. Pray for opportunities, but also pray for boldness and wisdom to follow through when the opportunities are available. Pray for clarity how to best be intentional in bringing the good news to others in your world.

“In order to be of service to others, we have to die to them: that is, we have to give up measuring our meaning and value with the yardstick of others.... Compassion can never coexist with judgment, because judgment creates the distance, the distinction, which prevents us from really being with the other. These judgments influence deeply the thoughts, words, and actions of our ministry. Those whom we consider lazy, indifferent, hostile, or obnoxious we treat as such, forcing them to live up to our own views. These self-created limits prevent us from being available to people and shrivel our compassion.” - Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart

Thursday, January 21 – Day 18

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

4-7 He wants not only us but everyone saved, you know, everyone to get to know the truth we’ve learned: that there’s one God and only one, and one Priest-Mediator between God and us—Jesus, who offered himself in exchange for everyone held captive by sin, to set them all free. Eventually the news is going to get out. This and this only has been my appointed work: getting this news to those who have never heard of God, and explaining how it works by simple faith and plain truth. (1 Timothy 2:4-7, The Message)

Who have you been praying for over these days of prayer? What neighbors have you met that you didn’t know before? What is God laying on your heart to pray for those he has brought into your life that may be far from Him? Consider God’s desire for their salvation and pray that He would use you. Pray that God’s concern for their salvation would also be yours. Pray that your heart for those who are far from God will grow in compassion and love. Pray specifically for those He has placed on your heart in these days of prayer.

Wednesday, January 20 – Day 17

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all…

15...speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:1-6, 15-16)

Pray for unity within your church community as you pursue the mission God has given you. Pray that God would grow the depth of your love and support for each other as you pursue His mission together. Pray for other specific people in your church, that they would be built up to do the work God has planned for them in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes.

I confess that too often I'm quick to find fault with the people around me. Forgive me for being self-righteous, critical, and judgmental of others' weaknesses.

Make me humble, gentle, patient, and kind. Help me bear with others when they are unbearable; help me be compassionate and forgiving, giving others the benefit of the doubt. Let me be a true reflection of Your amazing, unfailing, unconditional love. 

Lord, we need each other in order to live strong for You. Help us to treasure, preserve, protect, and promote the unity You created when You brought us together as Your body, Your church. Teach me to love and respect and appreciate all of my brothers and sisters in Christ and live with them in peace. 

Lord, thank You for those You have called to serve as spiritual leaders, the elders and staff of our church. You have anointed and empowered them to prepare us to do Your kingdom work, to build up the body of Christ. Protect them, encourage them and provide for them. Guide them with Your wisdom. May they be faithful shepherds.

Lord, when it comes to discerning Your truth, don't let me fall victim to the tempting trends of our day and be duped by cunning deceivers who twist the Scriptures to serve their own agenda. Help me to read and understand Your Word. Help me to meditate on it until it becomes a part of me.

Tuesday, January 19 – Day 16

 Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

How has God shaped you to participate in His mission? Consider the personality, experiences, and talents God has blessed you with.

Pray that He would show you how to make the most of all that he has given you in “works of service” for Him and for others.

“Today, O Lord, I yield to you. May your will be my delight today. May your way have perfect sway in me. May your love be the pattern of my living.” - Richard Foster, Prayers from the Heart

Monday, January 18 - Day 15

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:15-23)

Pray the following prayer for the person or people God brings to your mind today. 

Lord God, thank You for each life You have given me the privilege of pointing to You, each person I am able to teach or challenge or encourage. Give ________ the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so _________ may know You better and live strong in You. I pray that the eyes of _______ heart will be opened, so that the image of who God created _______ to be in Christ, will be etched and developed deep in the core of ________ being.

May ____________ be consumed with the hope to which ___________ has been called.  May _________ be so infiltrated by the reality of God’s promises that __________ will never again settle for empty, stale or aimless living.

May _______________ come to understand not only who _________ is in Christ, but how Christ Himself sees ______________ as His treasured possession, a precious jewel, the very one who He suffered and died for to reconcile back to Himself.

May ____________ know that _________ is no longer under the tyranny of sin, nor the power of Satan, no longer to be spellbound by the enchantments of this world or imprisoned by the fads and labels of this present age.  May ___________ live in the power of His might, with the same dynamic force that God exercised to shatter the dominion of sin and death, raising Christ from the grave.

May our church represent the One who is Head over this body well by carrying out His purposes and reflect the magnificence of all He is in all we do.   

Thank you, Lord God, that You intercede for me at the right hand of the Father; show me Your purpose, Your will for my life, give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation as it relates to Your calling on my life.  I surrender my heart to You, freely, joyfully, and without reserve today! I pray this in Your name, Amen.

Sunday, January 17 – Day 14

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute. Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (Phil 4:4-8 MSG)

Take a prayer drive or prayer walk through the city. As you shop or visit the business district pray for business owners, workers, and the city’s economy. Pray with/for police officers for all neighborhoods to have protection and peace. Pray with/for firefighters for safety and security in the city. Pray with/for doctors and nurses for their patients who need healing. You get the idea...As you go, PRAY.

Thank you, Father, for Your promise that every place upon which the soles of our feet shall tread is ours. Therefore, we boldly declare that this city belongs to Your people in order to bring You glory. You have given us this city. We devote this city and all that is in it to you, Lord. (Deuteronomy 11:24; Joshua 6:16-17).

Saturday, January 16 – Day 13

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. (Isaiah 62:1-3)

Pray for those who are particularly in need of knowing God’s love and saving grace because of depression, desperate circumstances financially or relationally, addiction, loneliness or rejection. Pray that every nation represented in your city would find that this is a place of refuge in which Your love, acceptance and forgiveness are lived out.

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in me the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that I may obtain what you promise, make me love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Friday, January 15 – Day 12

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (1Timothy 4:12)

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant. (Psalm 25:4-10)

“Eternal God, bless all schools, colleges, and universities in this city that they may be lively centers for sound learning, new discovery, and the pursuit of wisdom; and grant that those who teach and those who learn may find You to be the source of all truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” - Book of Common Prayer, ’79

Thursday, January 14 – Day 11

 

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children, and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity...understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:1-2, 15-17)

“In cities you have more image of God per square inch than anywhere else on Earth. God loves cities because they are full of people and God wants those cities to flourish.”- Tim Keller

Be missional in your thinking about the city. Pray about ways you can live out the Jesus life by loving your city: Reach out to “the least of these.” Get involved civically. Take care of your city’s environment. Be a positive presence. Be informed. Participate in and help plan and execute your city’s events.

Father, You have said that as Jesus is, so are we in this world. Therefore, because He said that He was called for the purpose of preaching the gospel to cities and towns, we, too, are called to this purpose. Burn it into our hearts that we have been sent by You to our city to share the Good News. (I Jn 4:17; Lu 4:43).

Wednesday, January 13 – Day 10

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Search for the Lord and His strength; continually seek His face. Remember the marvels he has done, His wonders and the judgments of His mouth. (Psalm 105:4-5)

“O Lord, to You do I come that I might find grace to praise and worship You aright. Lord, shine the light of Your face on us; send power and majestic grace. O Lord, how good it is for me to know You; how essentially necessary it is for me to draw near to You. How can I falter when You are my Life! Lord, our God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom Jesus is the very image, I look to You and make my prayer. Bless me with Your presence and nearness, for I do trust You and hope only in You.” - Oswald Chambers

You are the salt of the earth...You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13, 14, 16)

Pray that each of us as Christ-followers will live out our faith to make this city a better city, a city that lives and fulfills God’s purposes. Pray for every leader, whether in government, business, media, education, military, arts/entertainment, who has a heart after God, that they would be a reflection of Him.

Lord, I pray that your grace may always precede and follow me, that I may continually be given to good works through Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Tuesday, January 12 – Day 9

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

“Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced. You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor. (James 3:13, 17-18 MSG)

Pray for your mayor and other elected officials and critical influences that they would be filled with the spirit of Godly wisdom and their decisions would be for the peace and well being of all.

Monday, January 11 – Day 8

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that makes You sad, and lead me in the path everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among us. (Joshua 3:5)

Begin your time of prayer this week by asking God to help you focus on Him, to give you His heart, His love & compassion, His vision for the city where He has planted you. Ask Him to help your church equip Christ-followers to see their city as a place where they can faithfully proclaim the gospel and live out the reality of a community changed and transformed by its message.

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. (Psalm 5:1-3)

Sunday, January 10 – Day 7

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

8 Most important of all continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. 10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. (1 Peter 4:8-10)

God has hand-picked and delivered to your doorstep a mysteriously peculiar but perfectly suited group of neighbors. Every person that God brings into your life is full of meaning, so full in fact that God summarized the entire law with one word concerning neighbors, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:14; James 2:8).

Is your home open to others? Do you allow people not only past the door of your house but also in your home, into the life of your family? Ask God to show you ways you can open up your home and life to your neighbors.

Saturday, January 9 – Day 6

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Perhaps this prayer based on Ephesians 3:14-21 would help give shape to your prayers for your neighbors and others close to you:

God, my Father, when I think of all the things You have done— throughout history, throughout my life, in my own story— I'm amazed. Overwhelmed. Speechless.  I bow my knees before You in humility in awe of You. I can't even begin to love You or serve You or thank You or praise You enough. I come to You with boldness and confidence - trusting You to work. Father, I pray You would exercise Your great power so that I would be increasingly changed at the very core of who I am by the One who’s taken up residence there. May Christ be at home in my heart through faith. I look forward to what will take place as He changes me from the inside out.

Would you overwhelm me with Your love and show me how wide and how long and how high and how deep the love of Jesus Christ is?  Allow me to experience it.  May Your love so saturate my life so that all You are fills me with a conscious awareness of Your gracious and loving presence. 

Father, increase our capacity to trust in Your capacity so that Your work in and through our church would never be delayed or resisted by our lack of faith.  I thank You that You can do immeasurably more than all that we ask or think according to Your power that is at work within us. Ultimately, Father everything is about revealing Your greatness and not ours.  May all see all You are and be drawn to You in all we do at our church and in Christ Jesus from this generation to the next, forever and ever. Amen.

Friday, January 8 – Day 5

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, and profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32 MSG)

Take time to consider any current or potential difficulties or conflicts that you or others in your neighborhood may have experienced. Pray for God’s peace and a spirit of reconciliation to prevail. Ask God to breakdown any relationship barriers through forgiveness and acceptance.

Thursday, January 7 – Day 4

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)

Pray that Romans 8:35-39 would become a reality in the lives of the people in your neighborhood. Pray for yourself and your family that your neighbors would see in you the hope you have in Christ.

Wednesday, January 6 - Day 3

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

"2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." (Colossians 4:2-6)

Prayers are to be characterized by (1) asking God to open doors for the Gospel’s impact on people who are not yet followers of Christ, (2) that as Christ- followers we would make the most of every opportunity we have when interacting with our neighbors, and (3) that we would be gracious with our words in every conversation and always ready to speak on God’s behalf. Pray for a specific opportunity to connect with one of your neighbors this week with a word of encouragement or act of kindness.

Tuesday, January 5 – Day 2

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:9-13)

Jesus taught us a simple yet profound way to pray—we call it the Lord’s Prayer. Included in it is the petition: “May your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God’s kingdom is all encompassing, bringing healing and restoration to every aspect of life. We long for the day when it will come in its fullness. Meanwhile, we can intercede on behalf of our neighborhood asking that God’s kingdom values would have a pervasive influence. “May your kingdom come and your will be done on the street where I live as it is in heaven.”

Make a list of the people in your neighborhood and use the following acronym to pray for them.

BLESS: The word BLESS can remind us of five important ways to pray for our neighbors:

  1. Body - Pray for their health, protection, and strength.
  2. Labor - Pray that God would bless their work and provide for their income needs.
  3. Emotional - Pray that God would give them true joy, peace, and comfort.
  4. Social - Pray that they would have healthy relationships—with their spouse, children, and friends—or that God would provide them with true friends.
  5. Spiritual - Pray for their salvation, that they would come to faith in Christ and overcome spiritual strongholds.

Monday, January 4 – Day 1

Lord God Almighty and Everlasting Father, you have brought me in safety to this new day. Preserve me with your mighty power, that I may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity, and in all I do direct me to the fulfilling of your purpose, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
So brothers and sisters, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him, which is the spiritual way for you to worship. Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 NCV)

Make worship and prayer the priority of your life for the coming week. Declare your complete dependence on God. Pray a prayer of surrender to Him. Ask for a renewed passion for His presence and fresh understanding and revelation of His Word.

O God, you make me glad with the weekly remembrance of the glorious resurrection of your Son my Lord: Give me this day such blessing through my worship of you, that the week to come may be spent in your favor, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray that through your church the Gospel would be boldly and unashamedly proclaimed and lived out. Pray that your church would be a place for the broken, unwanted and hurting.

Lord, let me be appropriately overwhelmed by the sheer number of neighbors confronting me this day. Give me the grace to see the faces I need to see and to respond to each, as you would lead, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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