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Prayer group meets at the Church, every Wednesday night at 6pm. Please join us in prayer as we intercede for our Nation and our Families.

 

 

 

Prayer

Spiritual growth is impossible apart from the practice of prayer. Just as the key to quality relationships with other people is time spent in communication, so the key to a growing relationship with the personal God of heaven and earth is time invested in speaking to Him in prayer and listening to His voice in Scripture.

As central as these twin disciplines of prayer and Scripture are to our spiritual life, most believers in Christ are frustrated by hit-or-miss approaches to both. As a result, their time in prayer and the word can become unsatisfying, routine, and even boring. It is no surprise, then, that most people spend a minimal amount of time in either of these disciplines and fail to develop intimacy with the One for whom they were created.

The problem with prayer is heightened by the fact that people often succumb either to the extreme of all form and no freedom, or the opposite extreme of all freedom and no form. The first extreme leads to a rote or impersonal approach to prayer, while the second produces an unbalanced and undisciplined prayer life that can degenerate into a litany of one "gimme" after another. Handbook to Prayer was designed to make prayer a more enriching and satisfying experience by providing both form and freedom in the practice of prayer.

MORNING AFFIRMATIONS

1.      SUBMITTING TO GOD

  • Because of all You have done for me, I present my body to You as a living sacrifice for this day. I want to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, affirming that Your will for me is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2)

2.     ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING

  • Offer a brief word of praise to God for one or more of His attributes (e.g., love and compassion, grace, mercy, holiness, goodness, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, truthfulness, unchanging character, eternality) and/or works (e.g., creation, care, redemption, loving purposes, second coming).
  • Thank Him for the good things in your life.

3.     EXAMINATION

  • Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. (Psalm 139:23-24)

4.     MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST

  • "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me." (Galatians 2:20)

*I have forgiveness from the penalty of sin because Christ died for me. (Romans 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3)

*I have freedom from the power of sin because I died with Christ. (Colossians 2:11; 1 Peter 2:24)

*I have fulfillment for this day because Christ lives in me. (Philippians 1:20-21)

*By faith, I will allow Christ to manifest His life through me. (2 Corinthians 2:14)

5.     FILLING OF THE SPIRIT

  • Ask the Spirit to control and fill you for this day.
  • I want to be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18) When I walk by the Spirit, I will not carry out the desire of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16) If I live by the Spirit, I will also walk by the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)

6.     FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

  • Pray on the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)
  • "Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

7.     PURPOSE OF MY LIFE

  • I want to love the Lord my God with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and I want to love my neighbor as myself. (Matthew 22:37, 39) My purpose is to love God completely, love self correctly, and love others compassionately.
  • I will seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)
  • I have been called to follow Christ and to be a fisher of men. (Matthew 4:19)
  • I will be a witness to those who do not know Him and participate in the Great Commission to go and make disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8)
  • I want to glorify the Father by bearing much fruit, and so prove to be Christ's disciple. (John 15:8)

8.     CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE DAY

  • I will trust in the Lord with all my heart, and not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I will acknowledge Him, and He will make my paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  • "God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28; also see 8:29) I acknowledge that You are in control of all things in my life, and that You have my best interests at heart. Because of this I will trust and obey You today.
  • Review and commit the events of this day into the hands of God.

9.     PROTECTION IN THE WARFARE

Against the World: Renew

  • I will set my mind on the things of the Spirit. (Romans 8:5)
  • Since I have been raised up with Christ, I will keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. I will set my mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2; also see 3:3-4 and Hebrews 12:1-2)
  • I will be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I will let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, I will let my mind dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:6-8; also see 4:9)

Against the Flesh: Reckon

  • I know that my old self was crucified with Christ, so that I am no longer a slave to sin, for he who has died is freed from sin. I will reckon myself as dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. I will not present the members of my body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but I will present myself to God as one alive from the dead, and my members as instruments of righteousness to God. (Romans 6:6-7, 11, 13)

Against the Devil: Resist

  • As I submit myself to God and resist the devil, he will flee from me. (James 4:7)
  • I will be of sober spirit and on the alert. My adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But I will resist him, firm in my faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
  • I will take up the full armor of God, that I may be able to resist and stand firm. I put on the belt of truth and the breastplate of righteousness; I put on my feet the preparation of the gospel of peace; and I take up the shield of faith with which I will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. I take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition I will pray at all times in the Spirit and be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18)

10.     THE COMING OF CHRIST AND MY FUTURE WITH HIM

  • Your kingdom come, Your will be done. (Matthew 6:10)
  • You have said, "I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20)
  • I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to me. (Romans 8:18)
  • I will not lose heart, but though my outer man is decaying, yet my inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for me an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while I look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
  • My citizenship is in heaven, from which also I eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)
  • (Also consider 2 Timothy 4:8; Hebrews 11:1, 6; 2 Peter 3:11-12; 1 John 2:28; 3:2-3.)

 

 

'Heavenly Father,

We come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.  We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. 

We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare..  

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.  

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.  

We have abused power and called it politics..

We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.  

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.  

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.  

Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'

 

 

 


Continuing Prayer List:

 

Pray that our Nation will turn back to God Almighty that revival would break out across this nation. This begins with a personal revival and hunger for God, His Word, and that our actions would Glorify Him.

 

Pray for our Military (Protection, guidance, and that they would keep their oath).

 

Pray for our Veterans (for healing, wisdom, favor, and for medical help they need).

 

Pray that out leaders (President on down to the local level) will do what is best for our Country.

 

Pray that we will return to the founding principles of this Country. That our leaders will follow the Constitution that they took an oath to support and defend and if they won't, may we the people of the Republic use our God given right to make a change that we can truly believe in!

 

Pray for the Persecuted Church - Voice of the Martyrs, etc.

 

Pray for God to be returned in our schools, that those children and parents will stand up for truth and not allow stupidity to run amuck, that common sense would return to the schools, or parents would pull their children out of the government system and home school their children.

 

Pray for truth in all things - The truth about Benghazi - that people responsible will be held accountable; Truth in the IRS scandal - that the people responsible will be held accountable; as well as the NSA spying, etc., etc.

 

Day 18

Adoration

Praise the Lord!

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;

For His loving mercy endures forever.

Who can express the mighty acts of the Lord

Or fully declare His praise? (Psalm 106:1-2)

You endowed the heart with wisdom

And gave understanding to the mind. (Job 38:36)

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship.

Confession

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me and know my anxious thoughts,

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.

Renewal

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:3-5)

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)

May these beatitudes become a reality in my life.

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal.

Petition

May I not wear myself out to get rich;

Give me the understanding to cease.

May I not set my desire on what flies away,

For wealth surely sprouts wings

And flies into the heavens like an eagle. (Proverbs 23:4-5)

Personal Concerns

Spiritual warfare

The world

The flesh

The devil

Growth in character

Personal disciplines

Physical health and strength

My activities for this day

Special concerns

Intercession

May I learn to do good,

Seek justice,

Remove the oppressor,

Defend the orphan,

And plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:17)

World Affairs

The poor and hungry

The oppressed and persecuted

Those in authority

Peace among nations

Current events and concerns

Affirmation

If anyone loves You, he will keep Your word; and Your Father will love him, and You and Your Father will come to him and make Your home with him. (John 14:23)

If anyone serves You, he must follow You; and where You are, Your servant also will be. If anyone serves You, the Father will honor him. (John 12:26)

Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.

Thanksgiving

Blessed is the one You choose and bring near

To live in Your courts.

We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,

Of Your holy temple. (Psalm 65:4)

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High

Will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,

My God, in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:1-2)

Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.

Closing Prayer

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant us to be of the same mind toward one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord and one mouth we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

May the God of peace Himself sanctify us completely, and may our whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls us is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)[1]



[1] Boa, K. (1993). Handbook to prayer: praying scripture back to God. Atlanta: Trinity House.

 

 

 

"Father,

I have a problem. It's weighing heavy on me. It's all I can think about, night and day.

"But before I bring it to you in prayer, I suppose I should pray for those who are less fortunate than me-those in this world who have hardly enough food for this day, and those who don't have a roof over their heads at night. I also pray for families who have lost loved ones in sudden death, for parents whose children have leukemia, for the many people who are dying of brain tumors, for the hundreds of thousands who are laid waste with other terrible cancers, for people whose bodies have been suddenly shattered in car wrecks, for those who are lying in hospitals with agonizing burns over their bodies, whose faces have been burned beyond recognition.

"I pray for people with emphysema, whose eyes fill with terror as they struggle for every breath merely to live, for those who are tormented beyond words by irrational fears, for the elderly who are wracked with the pains of aging, whose only ‘escape' is death.

"I pray for people who are watching their loved ones fade before their eyes through the grief of Alzheimer's disease, for the many thousands who are suffering the agony of AIDS, for those who are in such despair that they are about to commit suicide, for people who are tormented by the demons of alcoholism and drug addiction.

"I pray for children who have been abandoned by their parents, for those who are sexually abused, for wives held in quiet despair, beaten and abused by cruel and drunken husbands, for people whose minds have been destroyed by mental disorders, for those who have lost everything in floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes.

"I pray for the blind, who never see the faces of the ones they love or the beauty of a sunrise, for those whose bodies are horribly deformed by painful arthritis, for the many whose lives will be taken from them today by murderers, for those wasting away on their deathbeds in hospitals.

"Most of all, I cry out for the millions who don't know the forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ...for those who in a moment of time will be swept into hell by the cold hand of death, and find to their utter horror the unspeakable vengeance of eternal fire. They will be eternally damned to everlasting punishment. O God, I pray for them.

"Now, for my problem...Strange. I can't seem to remember what it was.

"In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."