Prayer Guide 26 July 2020

Sunday

Connecting my heart to the heart of the Father
Lord Jesus Christ, it is in Your name that I pray…

I thank You, Father, that You are good – a refuge for me in times of distress and trouble and that You care for those who trust in You. Your goodness, compassion and great love for me, expressed in the gift of Your Son, Jesus, is more than I can comprehend. Yet, I know that it is only because of Him and the presence of Your Holy Spirit in my life, that I evidence any goodness. For even though I have the desire to do what is good, in my own strength, I cannot carry it out. By nature, I am inwardly focused and selfish. Thank You, for rescuing me from this body of death through the Lord Jesus Christ!

Empower me by Your Spirit, so that like Hezekiah, I might do what is good and right and faithful before You in everything that I undertake. May goodness, which is the fruit of the Spirit, increase in my life, I pray! For You have called me to do good and to live in this world as salt and light. May I bear fruit in every good work, for I know that I am Yours, Father, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which You have prepared in advance for me to do.

Father, I confess that I am often overwhelmed by the evil of the world in which I live and tempted to despair. Forgive me Lord, for You have said that I am not to be overcome with evil, but to overcome evil with good! Teach me this way, I pray! Strengthen me so that I do not grow weary in doing good, knowing that at the proper time, I will reap a harvest if I do not give up. Increase my appetite and hunger for Your Word, for it has everything I need to be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

As I have opportunity, may I be one who does good to those I encounter, and especially to my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. May Your goodness be expressed through my life this day Father in radical ways, that the world may know You, and Your name be praised.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Nahum 1:7; Romans 7:18-19, 24-25; 2 Chronicles 31:20; Galatians 5:22; Matthew 5:14; Colossians 1:10; Romans 12:21; Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 6:9; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Galatians 6:10; Matthew 5:16

Monday

Praying the heart of the Father for the ECB Faith Community
May our times of personal and corporate worship be infused with fresh Spirit-life, I pray. May we worship You in spirit and in truth and give You the glory due Your name (John 4:23-24).

Father, I ask that as a community of faith, we will be found worthy of Your calling on our lives and empowered to fulfil every good purpose and every act prompted by faith. May this be accomplished among us, so the Lord Jesus may be glorified in us (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12).  Increase our faith, Lord!

Tuesday

Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus who are still struggling under a load of guilt and shame. May they hear Your voice in their hearts this day, reminding them that there is no longer any condemnation – that You have removed their sin from them as far as the east is from the west! Silence the lies of the enemy in their lives and strengthen them to stand firm (Romans 8:1; Psalm 103:12)!

Revive and restore every faltering heart. I pray for my brothers and sisters who are wandering in their faith journey, who are weary or confused or have somehow lost their way. Restore the joy of their salvation to them, I pray! Call them back (Psalm 80: 18-19; 51:12) (Pray for those you know by name).

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] 
As you pray, mention by name those from ECB who the Holy Spirit brings to mind.

Father, it is written that we, as Your people, should “throw off everything that hinders us, and the sin that entangles us” so that we can run the race of faith. May we be increasingly radical about holiness and hold onto nothing that keeps us from following Jesus with all of our hearts (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Father, I pray for the men of our congregation and ask that they will be godly in their conduct and careful to guard their eyes, hearts and minds. May they be alert and aware of the entrapments of the evil one (1 Peter 5:8).

Father, I ask that my brothers and sisters will trust in You at all times, for all things and take refuge in You alone. May we always pour out our hearts to You, that we might sing in the shadow of Your presence (Psalm 62:8;  63:7-8)!

Father, may we be faithful in declaring Your greatness and power to the next generation. Forgive us for being silent or intimidated. Open our mouths that we might always recount Your goodness (Psalm 71:17-18; 78:4-6)!

Thursday

It is written Father, “that godliness with contentment is great gain”. I ask, in Jesus’ name, that godly character grow in each of us, and that our lives be marked by contentment in all circumstances (Philippians 4:11-13; 1 Peter 6:6).

Heavenly Father, empower us by the Holy Spirit to walk in the light and be imitators of Christ (Colossians 2:13;     1 John 2:6; Ephesians 5:1).

Father, I pray for those among us who are feeling weak, or are in need and ask that You rescue them and encourage them. May we, as the body of Christ, minister in love to those around us who are struggling (Psalm 82:3-4).

Father, protect us from the love of money. May we be increasingly content with what we have knowing that You will never leave us – that You are our help and we need not fear (Hebrews 13:5-6).

Friday

Encourage and strengthen our pastors and fill them afresh with the Holy Spirit. Give them wisdom and discernment as they lead us and protect them from the evil one (James 3:17; John 17:15).

Father, I pray that Your words be given to us, so that we might have greater boldness in making known the mystery of the gospel to those who are lost all around us (Ephesians 6:19).

It is written that we should not “love the world or the things of the world’. Help us Lord! Increase our love for You, that everything else might diminish and Christ Jesus, increase  (1 John 2:15)!

Father, may we increasingly be those who give to You cheerfully. May all grace abound to us, so that in all things, at all times, having all that we need, we might abound in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:7-8). May the light of Jesus be seen in our actions, I pray.

Saturday

May the sound of Your praise be heard increasingly among us – may we all praise You, O God, that the land in which we live might yield a great spiritual harvest and Your blessing fall on us (Psalm 67:3, 6).

Open the doors of our hearts, Father, and remove every obstacle that keeps us from acknowledging our sin before You and entering into deeper relationship with You (Psalm 66:16-20).

May each of us come before you tomorrow with songs of thanksgiving and joy! Pour out Your Spirit on us as we gather, I pray!

May those who lead us in worship be empowered by Your Spirit, those who come tomorrow who do not yet know You, be drawn to You, O God. Pour out Your Holy Spirit on us! Renew us! Revive us! Change Us!