week of prayer // day 5
As Christ said himself, we also say: "I want your will to be done, not mine" (Luke 22:42 NLT).
Have your way with our church Lord.
It was you that declared, "I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18 NLT).
We are not in charge of building Fellowship, you are. May Fellowship reflect your glory, goodness, and generosity to those around us.
Have your way with our lives, Lord.
You said, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24 NLT).
God, I surrender where I am seeking my way and not your own.
[Reflect on areas where your way is overtaking God's way.]
God, I willingly pick up my cross.
[What sacrifice is God asking of you? Take a step of faith and commit to obediently following it.]
God, I want to follow you.
[Where is God asking you to go? Commit to going there.]
God, we hold on to your words where you said,
"If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?" (Matthew 16:25-26 NLT).
[Put on some soothing music, turn off all the noise, or do something to allow you to sit in the presence of God. Spend 10 minutes just sitting in His presence. Rest in him.]
Lord, we commit our lives, our family, and our church to you.
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week of prayer // day 4
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
We come to you today, seeking after the unity you desire.
You tell us in your word, "let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose" (1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT).
Unite our minds as a church.
Unite our thoughts.
Unite our purpose.
We ask Lord that you would have your way in your church, Fellowship Chapel. We seek clarity of vision and purpose. We seek the unity of our thoughts and minds.
We repent where we have allowed Satan to divide us.
[Spend some time focusing on where division may exist. Ask the Lord to help bring unity and surrender.]
God, we know that the church's purpose isn't strictly physical, but it is spiritual. We know there is a spiritual battle that wages around us. We know that Satan wants to destroy your church and your people.
You tell us, Lord, to "stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8 NLT).
A lion looks to devour the one member of the pack who has fallen out of the group; we know this is true of the picture of your people and Satan. He desires to devour us in the places where we are not united.
Unite us so that we can stick together as a pack. Help us to be able to resist the attacks of Satan by standing united together.
[Take time to press into God, seeking ways in which we can stand more united as brothers and sisters in the Lord. Where is Satan trying to devour? Where are there members who have fallen away?]
God, we also come to you asking us to stand united in purpose and vision.
You tell us, "If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to all expression in us" (1 John 4:12 NLT).
May our love for one another be a beacon of your love for our neighbors. We pray that the passion we show one another is contagious.
You're in control, and you know the situation that surrounds us. You are aware of the Coronavirus and the havoc it is having.
Show us how we can be an example of your love during this time? Unite our spirits with your Holy Spirit so we may be an example of love, peace, unity, and ultimately you this day and in the days to come.
[Listen to "Burn In Us" by our worship team, Fellowship MSC, and reflect on what God is saying to you. What is he saying to our church?]
"So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing" (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV).
(Please leave a comment below to share about something the God said to you during your time in prayer.)
week of prayer // day 3
Father God, we thank you for making a way through your son Jesus for us to talk with you. We are grateful for the opportunity to speak with you any time and any day.
We are thankful that we can bring you our sadness. We rejoice that we can come with our joy. We know you desire to both walk alongside us in our struggle and celebrate with us together in our joy.
So, Lord, we come to you with many things on our hearts.
In Philippians, it says, "Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done" (Philippians 4:6 NLT).
You said we could pray about anything (Mark 11:24), so today we bring you our requests.
[What are some requests you would like to bring to God? Spend time sharing your heart with Him. Let Him know what it is that you desire.]
Suggestions for requests you can bring:
God, we come to you with our desires asking that you show us your will in each of them. We come believing that you seek the good of those who love you.
God, we come to you asking for health needs.
You are the great physician and the great healer.
You are the one who heals every kind of disease and illness (Matthew 4:23 NLT).
So, Lord, we pray for healing in the following areas:
[Spend some time sharing areas that you, a friend, or a family member need healing.]
God, we don't just ask for physical healing, but also emotional and spiritual.
We know that "By [your] wounds [we] have are healed" (1 Peter 2:24).
We seek this spiritual healing that you give us. God, we repent where we have not walked in your ways.
We come to you asking for you to grow us to a new and deeper spiritual maturity.
As you say, "My wayward children, come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts" (Jeremiah 3:22 NLT).
God heal us from where we've gone wayward.
We desire to come back to you. We want to "grow in the grace and knowledge of [you] our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Peter 3:18 NLT).
[In what ways have you gone wayward in your spiritual walk? How is the Lord asking you to come back to Him?]
God, we know that you have begun a good work in us. We know that you will be faithful to complete it.
So, we ask that you would guide us as we continue to "do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with [you our] God" (Micah 6:8 NLT).
We love you, and thank you, Lord Jesus.
week of prayer // day 2
Father God, you are good. You are gracious. You are so generous to us.
As it was prayed over the Israelites, Lord, we pray for your blessing to flow over your church, Fellowship Chapel.
May the Lord bless you and protect you. (Number 6:24 NLT)
God, we pray for your protection over Fellowship.
God, we pray for protection over our households.
[Spend some time reflecting on what areas that you yearn for God's protection.]
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. (Number 6:25 NLT)
God, we pray that we would walk in ways that bring you joy. We also pray for your grace and forgiveness to wash away where we've fallen short of your desires.
God, forgive us as a church, Fellowship Chapel, for where we have sinned.
And God, we pray that we would as a church, Fellowship Chapel, walk in the ways that bring you joy.
[Spend some time reflecting on where you've sinned. Ask God for ways in which we can work toward restoration with one another.]
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace. (Numbers 6:26 NLT)
God, we know that you offer a peace that is not of this world. You give a peace that is beyond ourselves and one that only comes from you.
We desire peace.
We desire peace in our church. Would we be known as people who carry your peace.
We desire peace in our homes. May we be witnesses of your peace to the neighbors around us.
We desire peace in our workplaces, schools, and the places we visit. May we bring your love, grace, and mercy with us wherever we go.
God, we look to you as the perfecter of our faith, asking for you to build us up so we may be powerful witnesses of your goodness and love.
[Close by spending some time asking God how you can bring peace into your communities. Listen for His whisper. Share your struggles. Release your fears.]
Thank you for your peace Lord God.
(Please comment with how God has spoke to you during this time)
week of prayer // day 1
Lord, this is a confusing and challenging time. While we may not see and know what you're plan is through this spread of worry and fear, yet we know that you're good and in control.
For you tell us, "My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine." (Isaiah 55:8 NLT)
We hold on to that truth. We focus on that.
[Take a moment and focus on that verse. Reflect on what it means for God's ways to be far beyond anything you could imagine.]
Our earthly words and language cannot even articulate you accurately, God. For you are far beyond them. God, your glory is blinding. Yet, we yearn to catch a shadow of you. We long to be in your presence.
We thank you for this day, Lord. We are grateful for the very breath we breathe for it comes from you.
"For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life." (Job 33:4 NLT)
[Take some time to focus on the breath that you receive from God. Focus on how the Almighty gives us life itself.]
God, thank you for thinking of us. Thank you for breathing life into us. Thank you for making a relationship with us possible.
For you are holy. Set apart. Unlike anything, we can describe.
And yet, you care about us.
You hear our prayers.
You know our hearts.
So, Lord, as Ezekiel had no words to describe what he saw when the heavens opened up, we come humbled before you. Exalting you in all your glory. Asking for you to speak to us as we pray and seek your face together this week.
As Zacchaeus climbed a tree to get a glimpse of you, Lord, we come before you to get a glimpse as well this week.
[Spend some time sharing with God how you'd like to see Him show up in your life and your week.]
We exalt you and love you, Lord.
(Please comment with how God has spoke to you during this time)
"Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him." Psalm 105:4 NLT