Prayer Guide 02 August 2020

Sunday

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

Father, how very thankful I am that You never change. You are faithful. Even though my journey with You is often marked by faithlessness and unbelief on my part, You remain faithful, for You cannot deny Yourself. How great is Your faithfulness!

Forgive me, I pray, for I often look away from Your greatness, lose sight of Your face and throw away my confidence in You. Strengthen me by Your Spirit, so that I am able to persevere, do Your will and receive what has been promised. May faithfulness increase in my life as an evidence of the indwelling presence and fruit of the Holy Spirit. For I know that in just a little while Jesus is coming, and You have called me to live by faith. I do not want to be one who puts their hand to the plough and then turns back.

Help me to faithfully follow hard after You and walk in the light of Your presence. May my heart be set on pilgrimage with You alone, and like Moses, may I work faithfully to see Your purposes prevail, your Kingdom come and Jesus exalted! For You have given to me a sacred trust, the message of reconciliation through Jesus Christ.

Father, You know my weaknesses and weariness, and the temptations of this world that pull at my heart and encourage me to wander. Strengthen me, I pray! Pour out Your Holy Spirit on me this day, that I might faithfully follow hard after You and become one who is sure of what I yet hope for, and certain of what I do not yet see. (Pause and ask the Holy Spirit for fresh faith in every area of weakness or unbelief that He brings to mind)

Do this I pray, that on that glorious day when I see Your face Lord Jesus, I might hear You say “well done, good and faithful servant.”

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Psalm 117:2; 2 Timothy 2:13; Lamentations 3:23; Hebrews 10:35-38; Galatians 5:22; Luke 9:62; Psalm 89:15;     Psalm 84:5; Hebrews 3:5; 2 Chronicles 34:12; 1 Corinthians 4:2; 2 Corinthians 5:18; Hebrews 11:1; Mathew 25:21

Monday

Praying the heart of the Father for the ECB Faith Community
Father, You have called us out of darkness into Your wonderful light – may we, as Your people, increasingly declare Your greatness and praise Your name (1 Peter 2:9)!

Father, I thank You that You are always devising ways so that a ‘banished’ person may not remain estranged from You – and so I ask, Lord, call the prodigals home to Yourself! I lift up those represented by the ECB community of faith – sons, daughters, husbands, wives, friends. May those who have walked away from You, O God, draw them to Yourself once again. I pray also for those who wait for their return. Strengthen them and encourage them this day, so that they do not lose heart (2 Samuel 14:14).

Tuesday

Father may spiritual vitality be renewed in our daily living, and all passivity and apathy be cast out in Jesus’ name. Father, make us to be a people who live out the power of the resurrection (Ephesians 1:18-20)!

Father, I ask that You strengthen my brothers and sisters in Christ at ECB – strengthen me, I pray, so that we might abstain from sinful desires. May we live such good lives among the people of Bangkok (neighbours, co-workers, friends) that they will see our good deeds and glorify You. Help us to live as strangers in this world and remind us continually that our true home is in heaven (1 Peter 2:11-12).

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 the ECB community of faith that the Holy Spirit brings to mind.

Pour out Your Spirit on the ECB campus, hem us in with Your presence. Be the wall of fire around us and the glory within (Zechariah 2:5).

Thank You, Father, for saving us from the empty way of the world! Guard our hearts, I pray that we might not be led into temptation. Deliver us from evil (1 Peter 1:18-19; Matthew 6:13).

May Your power, expressed in the Gospel grab hold of our hearts once again and change the way that we live our lives (Romans 1:16)!

I ask Lord, that You fill my brothers and sisters in Christ, fill me, with a fresh determination to press on, to forget what is behind and strain towards the new things You have for us (Philippians 3:12-13).

Father, You have promised peace to Your people if we walk in Your ways. O God, may we not wander from Your path (Psalm 85:8).

Use this evening’s House of Prayer to grow us in unified prayer. Be among us in power and teach us to pray!

Thursday

Remind us continually, Lord, to find our strength in You alone. May our hearts be determined to follow You consistently, to pilgrimage with You through every situation of life until we see Your face
(Psalm 84:5-7)!

Lord Jesus, I ask in Your most mighty name, that Your rule and reign be established over the nations of the world. Empower Your Church around the world to be salt and light – revive us, I pray. Encourage pastors, open spiritual doors that have been shut! Reveal Yourself to the peoples of the earth, that whole villages, towns, and cities would come to know You (Pray for your home country.)!

Jesus, You always had such great compassion on the crowds around You. May we, as Your people, feel the same for those we encounter, and respond with love. May we be known for our acts of kindness and compassion.

Friday

Father, Your Word is living and active and judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. May Your Word increasingly be the only standard for our living. May all cultural preferences that are contrary to Your Word, fall away. Unify us under the culture of Christ I pray (Hebrews 4:12-13)!

I pray for those among our faith community who are wrestling through difficulties of all kinds, and ask that You give to them a sign of Your goodness, that they might be helped and comforted (Psalm 86:17) (Pause and pray for those you know, by name…).

Remember us, O God, that we are Your people – the people of Your pasture and the flock under Your care. Gather us in Your arms and carry us close to Your heart, I pray (Psalm 95:7; Isaiah 40:11) (Pause and pray for those among us who need to receive the embrace of their heavenly Father’…).

Father, may Your favour rest on our church community – establish the kingdom work of our hands, I pray (Psalm 90:17).

Saturday

Father, I ask in Jesus’ name, that You build up ECB into a spiritual house of living stones. May we, as Your people, come alive in the Spirit! Give us, I pray, a fresh glimpse of what it means that we are a ‘holy priesthood’(1 Peter 2:4-5).

Father, I ask that those who come to ECB seeking answers about who You are and what it means to follow Jesus, will be drawn by the Holy Spirit to salvation. May each of us extend the welcome of Jesus to those around us and may Jesus be so seen among us, that many will come to faith in Him. May there be salvation in Your house each week!

May all of us tomorrow have hearts that are ready to receive the Word, and may we put into action what we hear (James 1:22).  Prepare us today to worship You tomorrow. Prepare my heart I pray!