Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Life of Prayer – Every Day

Over four weeks, the church I pastor [First Saints Community Church] walked through a sermon series called “A Life of Prayer.” You can find the downloads here.

Each day there was a Scripture and a thought to help focus us on prayer during the week. It was a great way to carry the Sunday message into each day – at work, at school, into our homes. Many of you responded on Facebook or Twitter to those daily posts; they seemed to be well received at the time.

Since then I’ve had several requests to collect those daily prayer thoughts in one place so I have collected them here. I hope they are helpful as you continue in the relationship and conversation that is a life of prayer.

~ Godspeed


Week 1
· Monday – 1 John 5:14. Today approach God with confidence. What is happening in your life that you are hesitant to talk to God about?
· Tuesday – John 10:27. Make today’s time of prayer a time of listening only. Hear God’s voice.
· Wednesday – 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Today, take every opportunity throughout the day to lift up a short prayer to God.
· Thursday – 1 John 5:15. God hears you. What is weighing you down that you need God to take from you the most?
· Friday – Psalm 46:10. Find a quiet place and be still while you seek to bask in the presence of God in the midst of your silence.
· Saturday – James 4:8. Remember that prayer is a conversation. Draw near to God in this time of conversation.
· Sunday – Luke 11:1-4. Ask God to teach you how to pray better, more often and more effectively over the next few weeks.

Week 2
· Monday – James 5:16. Today’s prayer should be a time of confession. Is there anyone to whom you need to confess?
· Tuesday – Luke 18:1. Is there a prayer that you’re about to give up on? Today, be reminded to always pray and not give up.
· Wednesday – Hebrews 11:1. As you pray, tell God about the one thing that you hope for the most.
· Thursday – James 5:13. Make today’s prayer full of songs of praise. Make music of your own or sing along to the radio or a CD.
· Friday – Matthew 18:20. If its possible; spend time in prayer with someone else today.
· Saturday – James 5: 14. Who is on your heart that needs healing? Lift their name and need before God today.
· Sunday – Isaiah 54:17. No weapon formed against you will prosper. Claim a victory over something you’ve been struggling.

Week 3
· Monday – Matthew 6:6. Make sure that your prayer is done in a way that doesn’t call attention to yourself. Remember, this is about God!
· Tuesday – 1 Peter 5:6-7. Cast your cares on God. Let Him carry your burdens today; no matter how great or how small.
· Wednesday – 1 John 1:9. Confession is important, but so is God’s forgiveness. Remember that your sins are forgiven and be thankful.
· Thursday – Matthew 10:29-30. God even cares about the “little things.” Share even the trivial parts of your life with God as you pray.
· Friday – Matthew 6:7. Prayer is conversation. Talk to God like you would talk to a close friend. Keep it simple.
· Saturday – Psalm 27:14. Sometimes we have to wait to hear from God. Is today one of those days?
· Sunday – John 17:1-5. Go ahead. Pray for yourself first. Jesus did!

Week 4
· Monday – John 17:8-9. Pray for our church to follow its vision. “Meet people where they are. Lead them to where Christ wants them to be.”
· Tuesday – John 4:24. Pray that our church’s worship would be pleasing and acceptable to God.
· Wednesday – John 17:23. Pray that our church would experience unity so that others might see God in us.
· Thursday – John 17:13. Pray that First Saints and all of our people might experience fullness of joy.
· Friday – John 17:20. Pray for those who come to our church and need to hear and experience the Good News of Jesus Christ.
· Saturday – Ephesians 6:18. Today, this reminder to pray for all the Lord’s people is a reminder to pray for our church’s lay leadership.
· Sunday – 1 Corinthians 15:58. Pray for the Pastors of First Saints; that they give themselves fully to the work of the Lord.

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