Prayer Guide 17 May 2020

Sunday

Connecting my heart to the heart of the Father
How I thank You, Father, for the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for bringing me, by the blood of the Lord Jesus, from death to life; from being under the law, to being under Your grace. Show me what this looks like Lord, and may Your great love and tenderness, the grace poured out on me through Christ Jesus, compel me towards greater obedience.

I ask Father that You forgive me:
For the ways that I have allowed sin to continue to reign in my life (Pause and confess these things to the Lord…).
For attitudes that I have nurtured that are full of self and hinder my relationship with You and others (Pause and confess these things to the Lord…).
For focusing on the darkness of this world instead of the Light of Your presence – forgive my lack of faith (Pause and commit these things to the Lord…).
For actions and habits in my life that do not push me towards greater Christ-likeness, forgive me. Crush the walls of excuses that I have erected, that keep them so firmly in place (Pause and commit these things to the Lord…)!

Lord Jesus, forgive me. Renew me. Change me. May my mind and attitudes be controlled by the Spirit and produce life and peace.

O God, may Your Word dwell in me richly. May whatever I say or do be done in Your name, that You might receive glory and praise. May I live and move and have my very being in You alone for I know that it is Your desire that I be holy and blameless. Teach me this way, for I submit to You.

Make me alive in Your Spirit, that I might be like a tree planted by the water that puts down deep roots by a stream and does not fear when heat comes, has no worries in a year of drought, and never fails to bear fruit. Teach me to keep in step with what the Spirit is doing.

May the fruit of the Spirit be born in my life in ever increasing measure – evident in my words, actions and reactions.

I want to be like Jesus. Help me Holy Spirit I pray. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans 6:13; Romans 8:6; Colossians 3:16-17; Romans 6:19; Acts 17:28; Ephesians 5:26-27; Jeremiah 17:8; Galatians 5:16, 25

Monday

Praying the heart of the Father for the ECB Faith Community
Father, may our eyes be continually fixed on Jesus and may we walk in the freedom that He has provided for us (Hebrews 12:2; Romans 8:2).  Keep us from returning to sinful patterns of behaviour.

Father, may we not only love with the words that we say, but with actions and in truth, that our hearts might be continually at rest in Your presence (1 John 3:8-9).

May we become increasingly radical in our desire for holiness and guard our minds (Romans 12:1-2).

Tuesday

Regardless of difficulties and trials, I ask Father, that You strengthen us so that we will not fear. Instead, may our confidence in You and who You are, increase and be evident in the way we live out our faith in front of those who do not yet know You (Psalm 27:3) (Pause and pray for those you know, by name, who are going through difficulties…).

May we as Your people be careful in the way that we live and wise in all that we do. Help us to make the most of every opportunity for the purposes of Your kingdom (Ephesians 5:15-16).

May we be a people who forgive others as You Lord, have forgiven us, and extend grace to one another freely (Matthew 10:18).

Wednesday

ECB Prayer and Fasting Focus
Wednesdays have been set aside as a day of prayer and fasting for the ministries of ECB and to ask God for a greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit among us. You are invited to join in praying and fasting during one or all meals, or from something that is important to you. To receive a weekly Prayer and Fasting e-mail, please contact [email protected] 
Father, may we not give the enemy a foothold in our lives by holding onto anger (Ephesians 4:26; 4:2). Set us free from the need to be right. May our relationships be increasingly marked by humility.

Forgive our timidity, Father, and embolden us to be risk-takers for the sake of Your kingdom (Ephesians 3:30; Hebrews 11:1, 6)!

Father, for those among us who are unsure of the next-step they should take, whether it is job related, or financial or relational – I ask that You instruct and teach my brothers and sisters in the way that they should go. Counsel and watch over them in the midst of uncertainty (Psalm 32:8).

Father, deliver us from lust I pray and purify our hearts until our greatest passion and desire is for You alone (Matthew 5:27-30).

Ask God to renew our minds and replace ungodly thought patterns and memories with His Word. Ask God to reveal the hidden sins among us and purify us by His Spirit.  Make us to be a true house of prayer (Mark 11:17).  As we gather this evening for Online House of Prayer, grow us in prayer, Lord!

Thursday

Teach us to walk alongside one another and bear each other’s burdens as a testimony of Your presence among us (1 Corinthians 12:26; Galatians 6:2).

May we put on the helmet of salvation and declare that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved from our sin! You, Lord Jesus, are the Christ, the Son of the Living God! Jesus, You are our salvation! Father, may we as Your people be overwhelmed with the joy of the salvation that we have in You (Ephesians 6:17; Acts 4:12; Matthew 16:16’ Psalm 51:12)!

Forgive us for the ways that we have trusted in other things and looked in other places for comfort and security (relationships, job security, finances, governments…) rather than trusting in You (Psalm 20:7) (Pause and be still before the Holy Spirit. Ask Him to reveal the places in your life where you are depending on something other than God…).

Friday

Father, I ask that we would be conformed to the image of Christ. May we be increasingly counter-cultural in the way that we live and unified under the ‘culture of Christ’! Renew and transform our minds and increase our hunger for Your Word (Romans 12:1-2).

I pray for my brothers and sisters who are struggling under a cloud of fear and anxiety. I ask in Jesus’ name that this be lifted and their trust in Your love for them increase (1 John 4:18).

Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are entangled somehow in sin. I ask that they would receive a fresh glimpse of You watching for their return, and run into Your arms (Luke 15:20-24).

Father, I pray for those among us who have unbelieving spouses and prodigal children (Pray for those you know of by name…). Empower my sisters and brothers to live out Christ in such a way that the hearts of their loved ones are drawn to You.

Saturday

Restore life to the dead places of our hearts through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit! Revive and change us, Father! Wake us up from our slumber that we might be those who are in the harvest!

Father, I pray that we will become the kind of worshipers that You are seeking, those who worship in spirit and in truth. Open the eyes of our hearts and reveal the hidden things. Show us Lord, show me, where I am still withholding my heart from You (John 4:23-24; Ephesians 1:18; Job 28:11; Psalm 51:6).

Father, prepare the hearts of Your people today to worship You tomorrow. Prepare my heart, I pray! May each of us come before you with songs of thanksgiving and joy – open our lips that we might declare Your praise – may our hearts be unleashed! Pour out Your Spirit on us as we gather, change us and wash us by Your Word! Keep us from just listening to Your Word, may we be those who do what it says (Psalm 51:15; Ephesians 5:26; James 1:22)!