“He [Cornelius] and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” Acts 10:2 NIV
As we begin our 21 Days of Prayer I think it’s fitting for us to start out by focusing on praying for families. Cornelius is a perfect example of a person who led his family in what matters most: First, Honor and reverence God. Second, Live a life of generosity. Third, A commitment to prayer. Living a life of reverence for God leads our family to do the same. It also helps them respect all in authority which makes our society a better place. Generosity not only lends a hand to those in need it opens up our hearts to the things that matter to God. Prayer is amazing on many fronts: A person who commits himself/herself to pray will continually strengthen his/her faith in Jesus. A husband and wife who pray together, stay together. A family who prays for each other grow in love and respect for each other as well.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for my family and the families in our communities. We learn from Your word that the family unit is Your design. You created family to be a blessing not a curse. But, we also see the attack our families are under. Some attacks are visible and some are invisible, their aim is to destroy Your good design and bring division and distrust. So today we stand in the gap in prayer and intercession. We believe You have the power to restore a broken family through the power of the Holy Spirit. You have the ability to reconcile a divided family through the forgiveness of the cross of Jesus. We pray for Your love to fill the hearts and homes of families who may be filled
“…I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18 ESV
One of the greatest truths’ which every child of God should remember is that the church is not man’s idea—it’s God’s. The church is NOT a building, a denomination, or a place you go to. The church is the ‘Ekklesia’ of God. [It’s where we get the word in Spanish, ‘Iglesia.’] This word literally means “Called out ones,” those who have been called out of the world and brought into fellowship with God through their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Now the beautiful thing is all these people [throughout the centuries] gather together in different places across the world, in different buildings, and make up many different denominations. But all of these people [who make up the church] worship Jesus as the only perfect Lord and Savior of mankind. This is so important, because the people of God are not perfect—Only JESUS IS PERFECT! So when the church gathers together it’s not to celebrate how good we are—but instead how amazingly good HE is!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to this earth to save all who trust and believe in HIM from their failures and mishaps through the cross at Calvary. Thank You for calling every person with a “not so perfect past” to become a part of YOUR church. Today we pray for the church despite all her imperfections. Where ever Your people meet, we pray it will be filled with grace for the outcasts and love for the broken hearted. May it be filled with people of mercy who are compassionate to those in need. We also pray, for the power of the Holy Spirit to be demonstrated and manifested through the preaching and teaching of Your word the Bible and for lives to be changed and transformed for the glory of God. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
“Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.” Proverbs 9:9 NIV
Today our focus is to pray for the schools in our communities. Every Superintendent, Principal, Athletic Director, Administrator, Teachers, Maintenance, Aids, Coaches, Cafeteria worker etc. They are so important to the lives of our children and grandchildren. Harry Truman once said, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” He knew the importance of an education.
Every educator has been called to invest their God-given gift into molding their students to grow in their learning and offer them a path to succeed. You see, God desires for people to grow in their knowledge and understanding. The apostle Paul told Timothy, “devote yourself to public reading …” 1 Timothy 4:13.
We are blessed to live in country which offers the educational opportunities that we enjoy in the United States. And yet educators face many challenges: social issues, drugs, brokenness in the home, and the list goes on and on. So today let’s pause, and pray for every educator and every student in the Name of Jesus. God can do more than we could ever imagine.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for teachers and educators. Today we join together as Your people, to pray Your blessing over the schools in our communities. Bless every educator with an increase of wisdom and knowledge which comes from You. Refresh, the teachers who feel the burden and the grind of pouring their lives for the good of their students. We pray that they will have a revelation of the good they are doing even when they feel like they’re not making a difference. Father, fill them with encouragement and grace. We pray for every student [from kindergarten to High School and even to our universities] that they will desire to reach their full God-given potential. So they can make a positive difference in society for Your glory! In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3 The Message
If there has ever been a time that our government has needed our prayers— it’s now! This Bible passage reveals that God commands His people to pray for everyone, and ESPECIALLY FOR RULERS AND GOVERNMENT! Because prayer is the greatest good we can do for our leaders and officials of this great nation we call the United States of America. Our local leaders, our state leaders and our national leaders NEED the wisdom and discernment of God for every matter and decision they are faced with. It doesn’t matter what your political affiliation may be—as a follow of Jesus—we are called to pray for EVERY government official. Let’s believe together that our prayers will avail much for the good of our country and the glory of God. Let’s pray for the divide of this great nation to be bridged through the love and grace of Christ. Our government leaders need our prayers more than they need our ridicule.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for this great nation we call the United States of America. As followers of Jesus we stand together praying for our city, state, and national officials and leaders. We pray for You to grant them wisdom and discernment from Your hand of blessing. We pray for them to lead this nation with humility and with grace. We pray for a greater unity as our enemy would sow seeds of division. We trust and believe that our prayer(s) will accomplish more good than we could ever think, ask or imagine for Your glory. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
God gave this charge to Joshua as he led the army of Israel into battle. Because of the difficulties and extreme danger they would face on a daily basis they needed the encourage and assurance of God’s word and power. He gave them a promise that He’d be with them wherever they’d go as well as giving them the strength to face every battle.
Every day our Military, as well as those working in Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and EMT’s face dangers and life threatening situations. They put their lives on the line for the good of our society. We should be very thankful for them and the service they provide. So, Let’s join together and pray for every person serving in military and civil service. Let’s pray for their marriages and their families. Let's pray for any who may be struggling with PTSD, depression, or any other condition that comes from them dealing with the stress and trauma of their fields. Let’s believe for Jesus to intervene and bring restoration and transformation in their lives.
Heavenly Father, Thank You for showing us —You provide courage and strength for those in need. Today we pray for every person who is serving or has served in our military. We also pray for the police officers and state troopers who keep our communities safe. We lift up the firefighters [hot shots] and pray You’ll protect them as they enter into the fires that destroy so many communities, forests, and lives. We pray for EMT’s and Safety Medical teams who help injured people in their greatest time of need. Bless them Lord, we pray that they will be encouraged by the power of the Holy Spirit, and lead them to reach their full potential for good. In the Name of Jesus we pray, Amen.
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NIV
Today we’re praying for courage to face the difficult circumstances of life. Have you noticed that our day to day is filled with situations and struggles which at times seem like they’re drowning us in a pool of despair. You may be reading this today and feel like there’s no hope for your present circumstance or situation. Let me assure you—that is further from the truth. Not only is there hope, there is an abundance of hope in God!!! Jesus Christ loves you and desires to come alongside and give you the strength you need to overcome! In fact, when we’re weak—He is strong!
So, as we lift up our prayers to God today. We are specifically praying for you [or anyone else] who may be facing a circumstance which seems larger than Mount Everest. The good news is Jesus gave us this promise, ‘If you have the faith of a tiny mustard seed’—.God can move your mountain, in Jesus mighty name!
Heavenly Father, Thank You for extending your mighty strong hand to me in my time[s] of need. Lord Jesus, You tell us to NOT let our hearts be troubled, but instead to trust in God, and to trust in You. So today, I choose to replace my fear and anxiety with FAITH in Jesus Christ. Even though my circumstance may seem impossible to overcome. I declare that what is impossible for man is possible for God. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9 NIV
Our prayer focus today is for direction in your decisions. You may be at a cross road in your life or possibly facing a decision with a lot of magnitude. Let me assure you that God cares about you and your life path. None of us know where the road of life is going to take us but we can all determine WHO we will take with us on the journey. In your planning make room [as well as making it a priority] to honor God in the process! You’ll never go wrong in doing so! You’ll look back and be glad you made Jesus the most important part of your life journey. As we pray today let’s trust Jesus to guide your every step and for the Holy Spirit to empower you to honor God throughout the decision process and beyond it.
Heavenly Father, thank You for caring about every decision we’re faced with in life. Today, we are praying for You— to be NOT only considered—but for YOU to take precedence in our decisions. We choose to honor You in whatever path You put before us. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord…Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:21-22, 25
Today our prayer focus is marriages. Marriage is the first institution God created—so it’s very important to Him. Healthy marriages are vital for a healthy society. That’s probably why our marriages are attacked so intensely by the enemy of our soul.
But the good news is that God gives us a blueprint to help our marriages thrive. First, we see the importance of a husband and a wife submitting to one another out of reverence for Jesus. Instead of selfishly focusing on our own needs or wants being met. God points us to put the needs of our spouse ahead of our own. Submitting to one another will always make for a harmonious and balanced marriage. As we tap into the power of the Holy Spirit WE CAN meet the needs of our spouse.
God calls wives to submit [or respect] their own husbands. This is a NEED that every man has. He has been created with a need for respect and dignity and when this is absent in the home it affects every area of the family unit. When a child sees his/her mother respect their husband it leads them to respect their father. This in turn leads them to respect their teachers and those in authority. It’s makes for a healthy society.
God calls husbands to love their wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Girls are created with a NEED to be loved! When this love is manipulated, distorted, or conditional it can do a lot of harm. This is why Christ is vital to a marriage and a home. The love of God is a committed, unconditional and sacrificial love. It’s the love found in Jesus Who gave His life for the restoration and reconciliation of the church. Husbands make it your goal to draw from the love of Jesus and let this love fill your marriage and home.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for the institution of marriage. Your design for marriages is perfect and good. We confess that outside of Jesus we are flawed and need Your restoration and reconciliation. So we ask You to fill our imperfect marriages with the perfect love of God. We pray for Your forgiveness to be a foundation for our families. We pray for You to restore our brokenness as we choose to respect, submit, and love our spouses with the love of God found in Christ. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am HE, I am HE who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4 NIV
Our prayer focus today is to pray for the elderly. There is a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, and life experience in every person who reaches what many call, “the golden years.” God cares deeply about each of them, especially [as this passage reveals] in their old and graying years. The one thing we should consider is how valuable the aged are to the good of society. Seniors have been through the good, the bad and the uglies of life. Each of them know a thing or two about the mountain tops and valleys of life.
One of the greatest treasures in life is for the aged to pour their wisdom into the younger generations. The psalmist wrote, “Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone.” Psalm 71:9 NIV. The good news is God never forsakes us in our golden years and He surely is our strength in the latter years of our lives. We as God’s people are called to do the same. Let’s take time today to appreciate the seniors in our life. Let’s pause and appreciate the “young at heart” in our lives and tell them how valuable they are to us! Let’s take time to pray for those special people in our lives who have been there and done that. They are worthy of our prayers…
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing to us the worth of every person You’ve created. Today, we are praying for the seniors in our lives and the aged in our families and our communities. Jesus, we pray for You to bless them with Your incredible love and grace. Fill them Holy Spirit with the refreshing of God. We pray they will know how much worth they have and how important they are to their families, their communities and their world. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5 NIV
“I want you to live as free of complications as possible. When you’re unmarried, you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master. Marriage involves you in all the nuts and bolts of domestic life and in wanting to please your spouse, leading to so many more demands on your attention. The time and energy that married people spend on caring for and nurturing each other, the unmarried can spend in becoming whole and holy instruments of God. I’m trying to be helpful and make it as easy as possible for you, not make things harder. All I want is for you to be able to develop a way of life in which you can spend plenty of time together with the Master without a lot of distractions.”1 Corinthians 7:32-35 The Message
Our prayer focus today is “singles.” Some people are single by choice, some people are single by unfortunate circumstances, and some are single by no choice of their own. But the reality is, singleness can usher in negative vibes of loneliness and a feeling of abandonment from God and others. If you’re single or know a single person there’s a friend who you can find in Jesus. God cares for singles, He cares for widows and widowers with an immense love.
These Bible passages reveal God’s love for singles. To the wife who has been abandoned and is raising her family on her own He speaks, “I’m a Father to the fatherless…” To the widow who has lost their husband He assures, “I’m a defender of widows.” He cares about the widower who’s lost his wife. In your loneliest of times—God is desiring to make His presence known to you and fill you with His love.
God always brings a bright side to our darkest situations and circumstances. Singleness is NO exception. Paul writes to the church in Corinth, “When you’re unmarried [single], you’re free to concentrate on simply pleasing the Master [God].” This was an encouraging word to those who were single two-thousand years ago and it’s an encouraging word for every single person today.
God is able to help you navigate through the fog of loneliness, distractions and possible hurts of living single. As hard as it might be for you to see or realize—there is a bright side to your present state. You can use this time as a season to seek the goodness of God. Where THE MASTER is given your full attention—allow His presence to fill the voids of your heart and emotions.Know that we are praying for you and for all who are single—because you’re special to God and you’re special to us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for being a defender of widows and a Father to the fatherless. You care about every season of our life. So today, we lift up those who are in a season of singleness. Our prayer is for you to fill them with hope and encouragement. Lord Jesus we pray for You to make Yourself known to them in this time of loneliness and let them see the bright side of Your wonderful plan for their life. Holy Spirit we pray You will refresh them and manifest the goodness of God in their heart and lives. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
Today’s prayer focus is “Youth.” I don’t think there’s a facet of society which “has more” or “is more” influenced than the youth of a society. On one side of the pendulum, youth are a big target. People [and society] are aware that once youth and young adults are influenced and better yet persuaded in a cause or ideology—they will shape the next generation.
God understands influence better than anybody. On the other side of the pendulum swing— is the fact that HE has given “youth” an ability to be the influencers! Paul wrote to young Timothy, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you’re young…or as we would say nowadays, “Haters gonna hate!” But don’t let this keep you from experiencing the God given potential which is available to you—in and thru your faith in Jesus. The Holy Spirit is able to to empower teens and young adults to “set the bar” for the glory of God.
God loves it when young people allow Him to speak through them and make a difference in society. Our young people have the ability to be the hands and feet of Jesus and influence others to do the same. When youth experience the love of God through faith in Christ it becomes contagious. So today as we pray for teens and young adults, let’s pray for the Holy Spirit to fill them, inspire them, impact them with and thru the love of Jesus. So they can become THE INFLUENCERS of our generation today and transform future generations for the glory of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for the Youth in our world. Each one has a special place in Your heart. We read in the pages of the Bible how You have called and used young people in every generation to reveal your glory. So we pray today for the name of Jesus to be glorified through the youth in our families, communities, nation and world. Fill them with the Holy Spirit as they put their faith in Christ and empower them to live a life which sets the bar high for Your glory. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16 NIV
Our prayer focus today is Children. The chorus echoes, “Jesus loves the little children…All the children of the world…Red, brown, yellow, black and white…They are precious in His sight…Jesus loves the little children of the world.” This is not just a children’s song…it’s the gospel truth!
God loves little children more than we’ll ever know. He’s called us to love them too… and to do everything possible to make a path for them to come to Jesus! So many things can hinder the “little ones” in our communities from coming to God. There are so many barriers set by the enemy of our souls that keep them from finding their way to the love and restoration of God. Hurts, brokenness, rejection to name a few. That’s why prayer is vital! Prayer is the key that opens up the potential of God in our lives and in their lives. Prayer—in and thru the power of the Holy Spirit—avails so much more than we could ever imagine. So as we lift up the children in our communities, country and our world. We pray for God empowered results. We pray for the church to rise up with open arms and open doors for every child who needs the love of Jesus.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for revealing to us just how much you love the little children. Jesus, You tell us not to hinder them from coming to You. So today, we’re praying for open doors and open hearts to the children in our world. Holy Spirit, use us as Your ambassadors for Christ. Empower Your people, empower the church, use us to make an eternal difference in the children of our communities. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:9-10 NIV
Our prayer focus today is Spiritual Maturity. Healthy things grow and healthy people grow into maturity. In this Bible passage we find Paul writing to the church in Colossae and giving them four truths which are vital for us to grow and mature in Christ:
- We don’t stop praying. Prayer is the key that unlocks the potential of God in our lives and the lives of those around us! Notice the emphasis on “don’t stop praying!” Our maturity is dependent on prayer. The growth and maturity of others is accelerated when we pray for them because we entrust them into the hands of God. With God nothing is impossible!
- Ask God to fill us and others with the knowledge to see and seek His will. Jesus taught His followers to pray to our Heavenly Father, “Your kingdom come and Your will be done.” Matthew 6:10. As we pray—God leads us to seek and find His will. Jesus said, ‘I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of him who sent me.’ John 6:38 NIV. We mature in Christ when we submit ourselves to the will of the Father.
- Ask for wisdom and understand which comes from the Holy Spirit. Mature people are called wise. People who grow in God understand the things which are important to Him and glorify Him. We absolutely need the Holy Spirit to fill us with the wisdom and understanding of God. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit today.
- Place our dependency on God. This produces a life which pleases Him in every way. It produces a life filled with the fruit of good works, and a life which is continually growing in the knowledge of Christ. Jesus tells us in John 15, ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain [abide] in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.’ John 15:5 NLT. The day we realize we can do NOTHING WITHOUT JESUS and open up our lives and hearts to Him is the day we start growing in His power and love. Ask Jesus to come into your life today and trust Him as Savior and Lord. He will grow You up and mature you as a child of God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father Thank You for showing us that You want us to grow and mature as follower of Christ. Today, I confess—‘it’s impossible for me to mature into the person You called me to be without the power of the Holy Spirit.’ So I pray for you to fill me with the Holy Spirit and empower me with wisdom and understanding to do Your will. Lord Jesus, thank You for revealing to me that when I abide in You I can bear much fruit and grow in my God given potential. I confess that apart from You— I can do nothing. But because of Christ living in me and working though me— I can become everything God has created me to be. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.
“Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NASV
What this passage helps us realize is that there’s NOT ONE worry or anxiety in our life that God is okay with. Because worry and anxiety are peace thieves. But the reality is, most of us are not worried about one thing—we’re worried about many.
There was an occasion when Jesus was talking to a woman named Martha who was dealing with the anxieties of life and He said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 ESV. Her sister Mary had sat at the feet of Jesus and discovered what everyone is searching for— the peace of God. Have you discovered God’s peace? It’s available to you in Jesus Christ. It’s experienced through a relationship with Him and especially as you make time to pray.
At its very core prayer is about spending time with Jesus. Prayer will keep you from worry and worry will keep you from prayer. Prayer leads us to make Jesus the greatest reality in our lives. He’s more real than our problems, circumstances, worry and anxiety. The more we spend time with God the more we realize how true and faithful He is. So if you’re filled with worry and anxiety there’s good news for you today. You can experience the peace of Christ which will guard your heart and mind.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for providing me with the peace that surpasses human understanding in and through my faith in Jesus Christ. I pray for you to fill me with this peace by the power of the Holy Spirit! Lead me to live my life in a way where worry and anxiety will not rob me of the peace You provide. I pray you give me the spiritual discernment to identify the peace thieves in my life and give me the power to do something about them. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.