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Prayer Diaries 2017

Praying the Bible are daily scripture readings written by our Senior Pastor and each day contains prayer points that focus on prayer and intercession. Please join us daily by praying through the points for revival of the church and the individual. We believe prayer is powerful and will bring you encouragement and strengthen your spiritual walk.

”February”

Prayer Diary for February 2017

Praying the Bible

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Interceding for Revival in our Nation

Ezra Chapters 1-10

Prayer Diary February 2017

It was one of the darkest periods in the life of the nation. From the greatness of the days of David the nation of Israel began its slow spiritual descent as it backslid and forsook the Lord and all his godly ways, preferring the carnal activities of pagan worship instead. Such worship allowed them to live lives of immorality, violence, child-sacrifice and generally living however much they pleased. We have seen a similar resurgence of pagan attitudes and ways of living in our own generation and for the same reasons; it allows people to live their lives however they choose with little self-restraint.

God had been patient with his people Israel for many years. He sent prophet after prophet to remind them that as a nation they had entered into a covenant with him, at the centre of which was the Ten Commandments. Their covenant brought God’s protection and blessing on the nation for obedience but a forsaking of both things if they disobeyed. Finally, after their rejection of the warnings and pleadings of the prophets, God’s patience ran out and he acted in accordance with the covenant he had made with them. He allowed first the Assyrians to take into exile and captivity the northern ten tribes of Israel and then the Babylonians to take away the final two tribes of Judah and Benjamin. In the process the Babylonians destroyed the magnificent temple built by Solomon and then proceeded to destroy the city of Jerusalem taking it apart stone by stone, exactly as Jesus had foretold.

Now seventy years of exile had passed. Daniel, who was one of the earliest of the exiles from Jerusalem, had noted this and interceded earnestly that the prophecies foretold earlier by Jeremiah that after seventy years God would bring back the people of Israel to Jerusalem out of their captivity. God answered and moved the heart of the Persian King Cyrus to not only let any willing Israelites to return to the ruined Jerusalem but also funded the expenses of their project to rebuild the temple.

The story of Ezra is one of a minority of God’s people, broken by their nation’s sin, seeking God through prayer and fasting to rebuild what sin had destroyed. It shows what can be achieved when we use the spiritual weapons God has placed in our hands: repentance, prayer, fasting, a desire to walk in holiness and to seek the revival of a nation. Under the spiritual leadership of Ezra, they did turn back to God and, after many heartaches, this godly man witnessed a major move of God as the people wept in repentance, listened avidly to the Word of God and committed themselves to serve the Lord with righteousness.

How our own nation needs such men and women to rise up in spiritual leadership and live their lives by example in the same way Ezra did. As we pray through the prayer points for this month we are seeking God for exactly that.

1st – Ezra 1:1 The Lord moved the heart of Cyrus…

  1. O Lord, move our hearts to seek you with all our being
  2. Move the hearts of all our politicians to restore our nation to godly ways, we pray
  3. Move the hearts of the people of our nation to begin to see the folly of rejecting you O God and put a new desire in their hearts to seek you once again, we ask
  4. Move the hearts of all authorities, including local governments and schools to stop seeking to oppose and remove christian worship but rather to promote it
  5. Move on the hearts of the authorities of public employers to stop dismissing their staff simple for praying or talking about their faith in Christ, we pray

2nd – Ezra 1:2 Go…and build the temple of the Lord

  1. As the temple of the living God help each of us to grow closer to you, our God, day by day
  2. Stir up the fire within us, O Lord, to seek to fulfil the Great Commission and help you build your church
  3. We pray that you would strengthen each cell leader for the important ministry of the discipleship cells and raise up more men and women for this the crucial work
  4. As a church, deepen our walk with you, O Lord, so that out of the overflow of the Spirit within us we would touch the lives of many others, showing them the way to God
  5. Build your church amongst us and through us, O God

3rd – Ezra 1:3-5 Willing hearts to serve the Lord

  1. Help us to get our priorities right, O Lord and understand that nothing has eternal consequence more than serving you
  2. In every area of our daily lives, wherever we live, work or study may we serve you effectively as a powerful influence for Christ upon those we are in contact with day by day
  3. Break any areas of our hearts that are stony and currently unyielding and cause us to seek you with all our heart
  4. Let our service for you be always a joy and not just a duty, O God, as we fulfil the purpose for which we are created
  5. Move us to serve you faithfully, persistently and consistently to see your Kingdom come, O Lord

4th – Ezra 1:6-11 Freewill Offerings

  1. Since you have held back nothing from us, O Lord, make us to be a generous people, holding our worldly possessions only lightly, recognising that our true riches are spiritual not physical
  2. Let us be a people who are happy to tithe and to do so joyfully knowing that you are no man’s debtor, O God
  3. Cause us to be able to give freewill offerings over and above our tithes, we pray
  4. As we put you first, O Lord, we pray that you would bless your people financially and cause each business to prosper and each employment to be rewarded
  5. As we give to you, O God, give us testimonies of your provision, that will be a blessing to many

5th – Ezra 2:1-2 Willing individuals known by God

  1. Lord, since you know us individually show each of us individually what you would have us do this day and every day
  2. Lord, since you know every hair of our head and our every thought, search our hearts and cause us to reject all that is ungodly within us and instead to seek to be more like Jesus in every area of our lives
  3. We pray for your people throughout this land that you would cause there to be a great hunger and thirst among all of us for a new move of God in our nation
  4. Raise up more spiritual leaders in our nation who will take the lead in turning many to Christ, we pray
  5. We pray that you would set alight with the presence of your Holy Spirit a national move of God, every church in every city, town and village in this nation, O Lord

6th – Ezra 2:61-67 Those outside the family

  1. We pray that we may see saved and added to the Kingdom of God all those outside the family of God whom we know
  2. We pray for all those in our personal families who do not know Christ that you would save them, O Lord
  3. Give us a clear understanding of hell so that we may be moved with compassion and zeal to seek to save the lost
  4. Let a sense of urgency take over your church, O Lord, to see the lost saved before it is too late for them
  5. Start your work in each one of us, O Lord, we ask

7th – Ezra 2:68-70 Freely give

  1. Lord, this day, once again, we freely lay down our lives for you and in service for you
  2. We freely give of our time to you, O Lord and ask for wisdom to use it wisely, profitably and fruitfully for your service and your Kingdom
  3. Because you have given us talents, O God, we now dedicate them to you and your service
  4. As we have freely received financial blessings from you, O Lord, may we also freely give, just as you have told us to
  5. As we freely give away the gospel, cause us to rejoice in freely seeing great spiritual fruit as a consequence, we pray

8th – Ezra 3:1 Assembled as one man

  1. O Lord, knit our hearts and souls and join us together as one in the church
  2. May we be a people of one united purpose, which is to seek only to do the will of you, O God, and to be used in building your Kingdom
  3. Heal any wounds that may exist between any of your people, O Lord, causing us to be a people who can freely forgive
  4. Holy Spirit, as your people join together in unity may you flow freely among us like the anointing oil upon Aaron the priest
  5. Help us not to forsake the meeting of one another together in corporate worship and fellowship, but rather to build one another up in the faith, we pray

9th – Ezra 3:2 Rebuilding the altar

  1. Holy Spirit strengthen our daily walk with you, we pray
  2. Lord, for those among us who have neglected their daily time with you, restore to them that most precious and important of times
  3. For any areas of our spiritual lives that have fallen into disuse, forgive us, restore us and help us to rebuild them, we pray
  4. For all those in our midst who have backslidden, we pray that you would restore them to their former walk with you, O Lord
  5. For any issues in our lives that are causing us to neglect our walk with you, O God, give us the strength and wisdom to deal with them effectively, we pray

10th – Ezra 3:3-6 Overcoming fear

  1. Break all fear in our lives that may hold us back from serving you, O Lord
  2. Break all fear in our lives that may cause us to remain silent when we should be standing up for the truth and for righteousness
  3. Break all bondages in our lives, O Lord, that hinder us from being effective and making you our first priority in life
  4. Remove all fear of our spiritual enemies and instead as we humble ourselves before our God may we resist the devil and see him flee from us
  5. Deepen our relationship with you, O Lord, so that we have a boldness that can overcome every challenge we face no matter how great

11th – Ezra 3: 7-11 Getting to work

  1. Cause us to be a people who are prepared to work sensibly but hard for you, O God, redeeming the time, knowing that the days are evil
  2. May our service for you, O Lord, be like silver, gold and precious stones that will stand the fire of judgment on the last day and not like wood, hay and stubble that will be burned up as worthless
  3. Cause us to remember, O Lord, that there is no such thing as unemployment or retirement in the Kingdom of God and so cause all our work be profitable
  4. For those amongst us who, without good reason, are doing nothing for you, stir up a passion within them and help them to see they can do all things through Christ
  5. In all our daily work and service may all we do, O God, be as unto you, so that we excel in all we put our hands and minds to

12th – Ezra 3:12-13 Looking forward not back

  1. Having put our hands to the plough, may we never look back, O Lord
  2. Give us the vision to see that greater are the days that lie ahead than those that have already passed
  3. Cause an excitement to rise within us as we realise that with our God nothing is impossible and we are capable of seeing a great and mighty move of the Holy Spirit
  4. Help us keep our eyes firmly fixed looking ahead to Jesus and not on the wind, sea or waves that may be buffeting us at this time
  5. Holy Spirit, make us visionaries who can see by faith the great things you can do through us in days to come

13th – Ezra 4:1-16 Overcoming discouragement

  1. Give us a courage to stand up for our God in every situation and not to be overcome or intimidated by discouragement, O Lord
  2. Keep our eyes fixed on you, Lord Jesus, at all times so that we always rise above our circumstances rather than letting them overcome us
  3. We rebuke and bind every spirit of discouragement that would seek to keep us from being effective servants of God
  4. We rebuke and bind every spirit that seeks to frustrate and prevent the full measure of the plans and purposes of God being fulfilled in our midst
  5. Make us bold so that no word or action of the ungodly would cause us to stumble, change course or stop doing what you, O God, want us to do

14th – Ezra 4:17-24 Overcoming opposition

  1. Lord, cause all human opposition to your work in this nation to be frustrated and defeated, we pray
  2. Lord, cause all the plans of the powers of darkness that oppose a great move of God in our nation to be frustrated and defeated, we pray
  3. Open new doors of effective ministry for your people, O Lord, that no man can shut
  4. Remove every barrier that may stand in the way of us seeing your great move amongst, Holy Spirit, we ask
  5. Rise up, O Lord and let all your enemies be scattered!

15th – Ezra 5:1-5 Prophetic encouragement

  1. We thank you for every word of prophecy you have brought to your people, O Lord and pray that those words give us strength and determination to press on
  2. Raise up in our nation prophetic voices that will stir up your church to serve you with passion, O God
  3. Raise up in our nation prophetic voices that will speak to our rulers and turn them back to you, O God
  4. Lord, we pray that you will enable us to be a people that walks so closely to you that you will be able to fulfil every prophetic word you have given to us as a church
  5. As you speak to us as individuals and as a church, cause the ears of our understanding to be open to hear, we pray

16th – Ezra 5:6-17 Praying for civil authorities

  1. Raise men and women up from your church to prominent and influential positions who can bring godly change in public authorities and institutions, we pray
  2. We pray for our queen that you would preserve her life and help her as she walks in the fear of God
  3. We pray that you would cause each member of the royal family to know the true God and to have the wisdom to walk in your ways
  4. We pray that our government would turn from making laws that are contrary to Biblical values and instead to pass only righteous laws
  5. We pray, O God, that you would turn back to godly ways our local governments, the police, schools, hospitals and all other national institutions

17th – Ezra 6:1-12 Moving the heart of those in authority

  1. Move the hearts of our government, O Lord and let there be a move away from political correctness back to Biblical correctness
  2. Cause our government to see the immense value of our christian heritage and stop dismantling its influence in our nation, we pray
  3. Cause our politicians to look with favour on your church, O Lord, and to seek our counsel
  4. Cause our politicians to stop being afraid to promote christianity but rather to give it the place and priority in our nation that it deserves
  5. Sweep away the opposition to you and your church of humanists, O Lord and their remove their ungodly influence on those in authority

18th – Ezra 6:13-22 The joy of the Lord is our strength

  1. Lord, may we know the joy of the Lord, no matter what our current circumstances may happen to be
  2. Cause your people to rejoice in the joy of leading people to Christ, we pray
  3. Cause your people to know the joy of being effective instruments in the hand of our God
  4. May we rejoice in seeing a great move of God in our church, displaying signs and wonders with many being saved
  5. May we rejoice in seeing many answers to prayer, both great and small, we pray

19th – Ezra 7:1-10 Devoted to knowing, teaching and obeying God’s Word

  1. Like Ezra, O Lord, let us be a people who are devoted and wholly dedicated to walking in the ways of our God
  2. Cause us to be a people who are devoted to knowing the Word of God and as we regularly read it, Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds to hear your voice
  3. Like Ezra, let us be a people, O God, who are able to disciple others in the ways of God
  4. Cause our discipleship cells to multiply and anoint all cell leaders, we pray
  5. Like Ezra, may we be a people, O Lord, who are not merely hearers of God’s Word but are ones who obey it

20th – Ezra 7:11-17 God’s Word in your hand

  1. Give us an all-consuming hunger to read and to know your Word, we ask
  2. Teach us the power of your Word, O Lord and help us to use it to change our own lives and the lives of others
  3. Teach us, Holy Spirit, to use the power and authority of the name of Jesus to save the lost, heal the sick and to see your power operate in the lives of many
  4. May we, O Lord, be wise, yet fearless bringers of God’s Word to all those we come in contact with, sharing the Good News without compromise
  5. May your Word always be a lamp for our feet and a light for our path, seeing us through the darkest situations

21st – Ezra 7:18-24 Do whatever God has commanded

  1. May we always be careful not to move to the right or the left but to walk carefully in your ways at all times, O Lord
  2. Cause us to be a people who seeks to carry out the Great Commission to share the gospel to all people, we pray
  3. Give us divine opportunities and lead us to those whose hearts you have prepared, Holy Spirit, we ask
  4. Lord, if we are not doing at this time what you desire of us, show us and cause us to change our ways so we can be fully obedient, we pray
  5. Since you said, O Lord, that the sign of being your disciples was demonstrated by our love for one another, cause us to be fully compliant with your command

22nd – Ezra 7:25-28 Teach the Word of God

  1. Lord, anoint all those who preach in our midst that they may be able to mightily preach your Word with the power of the Holy Spirit
  2. Lord, anoint all those who teach our children, giving them wisdom and knowledge to train the boys and girls up in the ways of the Lord
  3. We pray for all the parents in the church that you would give them the ability, wisdom and knowledge to train their children up in all the ways of the Lord
  4. We pray for all those who teach our youth that you would help them to be good role models to be vehicles for bringing the life-changing Word of God to our young people
  5. Use all in the church who are school teachers to be great role models and influences for God on the children they teach, we pray

23rd – Ezra 8:15-23 Fasting before God

  1. Teach us to have the discipline to fast before you, O Lord, in a way that enables us grow spiritually
  2. Speak to us Lord as we seek to listen to your voice through fasting and prayer
  3. Help us to fast before you, O Lord, even if we have very busy lives
  4. Hear our cries, O Lord, as we bring our nation before you with prayer and fasting and in your mercy remember this nation once again, visiting us with your power
  5. Lord, may we be a people who can, not only spend seasons of fasting from food, but also to abstain continually from every practice that is not in accordance with your revealed ways

24th – Ezra 8:24-32 God’s hand upon us

  1. We pray for your divine favour on every part of our lives, O Lord
  2. O Lord, may we know your close presence with us in all that we do
  3. We pray for all the families of the church that your hand would rest upon every family relationship, our children and that you would be the rock upon which each family is built
  4. We pray for your hand to be upon all those in the church with businesses and will prosper and bless the work of their hands
  5. We pray for all those in the church who are employed or who are seeking employment and that you would keep your hand upon them by providing jobs and promotions, we pray

25th – Ezra 9:1-5 Separation from sinful ways

  1. Keep us from compromise with sin, the world and its values, so that we may walk in faithfulness to you, O Lord
  2. Help us to live as ones who are in this world but who are not of this world, we pray
  3. Holy Spirit, work so powerfully in our lives that we are always conscious of when we may be grieving you, so we can change our ways
  4. Show us the ugliness of sin in the same way that you see the ugliness of sin, O Lord, so that we may never become complacent or compromise our testimony
  5. Help us to maintain our testimony at all times, O Lord, even when there is great pressure all around us to do otherwise

26th – Ezra 9:6-15 Confessing sins

  1. Lord, forgive us all our sins just as we forgive those who have sinned against us
  2. Search us, Holy Spirit, and see if there is any wicked way within us so we may turn from it and allow you to operate freely through us
  3. We pray that you would help us identify any sin in your church, O Lord, so we may change whatever is necessary
  4. So move in our church, O Lord, that every member will desire only to walk in your ways, we pray
  5. Give us the desire to always walk in holiness and to grow ever closer to you in all our words, actions, thoughts and ambitions, we pray

27th – Ezra 10:1-8 Weeping for the sin of the nation

  1. Lord, we confess the sins of our forefathers praying that you would bring your forgiveness and break any generational bondage that is flowing as a result
  2. Lord, we pray for the sins of the present generation in our nation and ask that in your great mercy you would forgive and bring a cleansing to our land
  3. Lord, we confess that your church in this nation has sat back for years in complacency and compromise and allowed a tide of evil to sweep over our nation, so forgive us we pray
  4. Holy Spirit put the fire back into your people to rise up in power and making a stand for truth, we pray
  5. Lord, we have no excuse, but only cry to you for your mercy on this nation

28th – Ezra 10:9-17 Turning to God

  1. Lord, let our church be a lighthouse that shines out the ways of God and the righteousness of Christ in a way that causes many to come into your Kingdom of light
  2. So move in our midst, O Lord that all in the church will desire only ever to remain close to you in every area of their lives
  3. Come, O Lord, and let your manifest presence be seen in our midst, turning sinners to Christ and moving in signs, wonders and miracles
  4. Visit us, O Lord with an outpouring of your presence and may you stay to inhabit this church as a place that draws many to you and causes your Kingdom to advance rapidly and extensively
  5. Send revival to your church, our borough, our city and our nation, O God

”April”

Prayer Diary for April 2017

Praying the Bible

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Working for Revival

Nehemiah Chapters 7-13

Prayer Diary April 2017

These chapters show us the reason why a significant revival broke out amongst the inhabitants of Jerusalem and its surroundings at this time. Two men were working side by side complimenting one another with two essential Biblical ministries.

First, there was Nehemiah who was practical man, gifted by God with the wisdom to build and to govern according to spiritual principles. Those spiritual principles he applied first in his own personal life and then taught them to those he led. His gifted leadership is demonstrated by the way the people followed him to construct the walls of Jerusalem in record time under very difficult conditions. Though deeply spiritual, his humanity is also on display. He found it difficult to tolerate backsliding and compromise amongst the people of God and his anger is manifested out of frustration at such behaviour. But his anger is not selfish but motivated by his passion for God and his desire not to see sinful behaviour undo their accomplishments of restoring a pure, God-fearing and God-seeking remnant to Jerusalem.

Second, there is Ezra, who by contrast, was a priest, but an equally able and gifted spiritual leader. He comes to work alongside Nehemiah in a spiritual role to teach the people, not only the Word of God, but its implementation in their personal lives and prayer. This requires the need for repentance, that is, a complete break with any sinful ways the people had fallen into and a whole-hearted turning to the Lord.

He leads the population in mass confession of sin, prayer and Bible study and commitment to serve the Lord without compromise. His personal lifestyle and example enables God to use him in a revival that takes place at one of the most crucial times in Israel’s history. If he had not succeeded and the people instead had fallen headlong into compromise and the intermarrying with the pagans around them, who were leading them away from worship of the true God, the whole plan of salvation through Christ would be in jeopardy. This revival was to prepare a purified Jewish people to be re-established in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria to prepare for the first coming of their Messiah, Jesus Christ. God knew he could count on Nehemiah and Ezra for this vital task.

As we prepare for the soon-arrival of our Messiah for his Second Coming, all the ingredients for a move of the Holy Spirit in our time are contained in this book. And as we pray through it this month we are asking God to prepare us, the church, individually and collectively to be spiritual prepared for him to move in us and through us in revival power.

1st – Nehemiah 7:1-3 Integrity before man and God

  1. May we so walk in your ways, O God, that it may be said of us by believers and unbelievers that we are people of integrity
  2. Let our lifestyle of integrity be such that whether people are watching us or not we never let our standards of godliness slip
  3. Lord, help us to be people who have a reverential fear of you that causes us to tremble at the idea of sinning against you in thought or deed
  4. Whenever we slip, O God, may we be quick to apologise and seek forgiveness from you and from those we have let down
  5. In all that we do, O Lord, may we always remember that your Word says we are to do it as unto you

2nd – Nehemiah 7:4-7 Names included and excluded from God’s book

  1. We pray that the spiritual eyes of all our family members who have not yet accepted Christ as Saviour will soon be opened
  2. Holy Spirit, cause all our colleagues at school, college or in our workplaces who do not know Christ to commit their lives to Christ, we pray
  3. We pray that all our unsaved neighbours would open their hearts to listen and believe the gospel, O Lord
  4. We pray you would give to those who witness on the streets to the unsaved and also through our discipleship cells, the joy of leading many to Christ
  5. Lord Jesus, we praise and thank you for doing all that is necessary to enable all who repent and have faith in you to have their names included in your Book of Life

3rd – Nehemiah 8:1-8 Reading and understanding the Bible

  1. Give us ears that listen attentively to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, such that it changes us from the inside out
  2. In our witnessing to people on a one-to-one basis, give us the right words to say, Holy Spirit, so that the people clearly understand
  3. We pray that all those who lead or participate in discipleship cell meetings will have the ability to speak and explain with clarity, O Lord
  4. Cause all our teachers in our children’s, youth and other ministries to deposit the deep truths of your Word into their hearts in a way they can understand and remember
  5. Give us a passion, Holy Spirit, to read and understand your Word and apply it to every area of our lives, we pray

4th – Nehemiah 8:9-12 Repentance and rejoicing

  1. Bring us to the place where we truly appreciate the depth of the sinful nature from which we have been saved by your sacrifice on the cross, so we are changed fully
  2. May we constantly be in that place, Holy Spirit, where we are sensitive to your conviction in our hearts each time we fall short of your standards and so immediately repent
  3. Holy Spirit, convict now those who attend church services but do not appreciate of seriousness of sin, so that they may know the spiritual blessings that flow from true repentance
  4. Cause us to be in that place of right relationship with you, O Lord, where we radiate the joy of the Lord to all around us, no matter what our outward circumstances may be
  5. For any of your people who feel burdened and heavy ladened at this time, help them experience the joy of the Holy Spirit, we pray

5th – Nehemiah 8:13-17 Godly celebrations

  1. Each time we meet together to celebrate as a company of believers on Sundays or mid-week, in large or small groups, may the joy of the Lord lift our spirits above any adverse circumstance
  2. In our celebrations throughout the year help us to keep them godly, never slipping into worldly ways of celebration, we pray
  3. Give us the wisdom to follow your instructions, O God, to plan into our weekly schedule, appropriate times of rest
  4. We pray you would help all amongst us who are under pressure because of finances and are working long hours as a result,
  5. to find rest, O Lord
  6. Cause us to remember, O Lord, that the greatest cause for us to celebrate is not in what we possess but in who we are in Christ

6th – Nehemiah 8:18 Daily devotions

  1. As we wait on you in prayer and through reading your Word each day, O Lord, may we experience a conscious spiritual growth and a new boldness to live daily for Jesus
  2. Holy Spirit, as we read a portion of your Word daily, bring us insight and understanding with new revelations each day, we pray
  3. Help us to keep our priorities correct, O Lord, so that our time of personal daily devotions are never overlooked
  4. Holy Spirit, help us to pray, guiding our thoughts, our intercession and every prayer we bring to you
  5. We pray that each family in the church would have the wisdom to conduct daily devotions together and experience closer bonds between them as a result

7th – Nehemiah 9:1-4 Separation

  1. Holy Spirit convict us of anything we are currently doing that is unpleasing to you and help us to separate ourselves from it
  2. If there is anything in our possession that is unpleasing to you Holy Spirit, convict our hearts so that we may remove it, we pray
  3. If there are people we are keeping company with whom it would be wiser not to do so, show us Holy Spirit, we pray
  4. Help us to be people who are spiritually strong enough to be able to influence the unsaved for good, without being negatively influenced by them
  5. Keep us, O Lord, from giving in to any temptations we face in this world

8th – Nehemiah 9:5-8 The Almighty God

  1. In our times of trial help us never to forget, O God, that you are Almighty, so we remain strong
  2. Help us to remember that you are the One who never changes and remain the God of miracles and the God of the impossible
  3. Whenever we feel discouraged, O Lord, lift our eyes to see and understand your awesome power and majesty, and so cause our spirits to be lifted
  4. When we see the ungodliness and sinfulness that is all around us, cause us to remember that you alone, O God are omnipotent and remain totally in control
  5. As we remember the Bible prophecies that tell us how this world will end with the glorious reign of Christ and evil defeated, keep our eyes on you, O God

9th – Nehemiah 9:9-12 The God of miracles

  1. Give us the faith that never doubts you, O Lord, but enables you to use us to achieve extraordinary things on a daily basis
  2. Give us the faith that remembers that as the God of miracles you are able to do all things, in the world, in the church and in our individual lives
  3. Lord, release faith amongst us in the church so that we may be a people for whom miracles are normal and not unusual
  4. Give us open and believing hearts, O God, so that we may see you performing miracles though us in all sorts of situations
  5. For any of us now seeking you for something significant or extraordinary in our lives, O Lord, help us to release the believing faith to see it accomplished

10th – Nehemiah 9:13-18 The God of mercy

  1. Restore once again to the consciousness of our nation which has focussed solely on materialism and secularism, the vital importance of the place of Jesus in our national life
  2. Have mercy on your church in this nation O Lord, that has remained docile and ineffective over the years and infuse it with new life, we pray
  3. Have mercy on our nation that spurns your commands, O Lord, and bring revival, we pray
  4. Have mercy on our nation’s leaders, O Lord, who over the years have passed ungodly laws and bring a total change of heart and mind in those who govern us
  5. Hear the cries of your church and move in sovereign power across this land once more, Holy Spirit

11th – Nehemiah 9:19-25 The God of physical provision

  1. Teach us to have the faith to believe your Word which teaches us to give to you, O Lord, knowing that as we give it will be given to us
  2. Heavenly Father give us this day and each day our daily needs, we pray
  3. For all among us who are struggling financially at this time, as they seek first your kingdom and righteousness add to them all they need, O Lord
  4. For all those among us seeking employment or who are setting up their own businesses, show yourself as the Great Provider, O God
  5. We pray for the church, O Lord, that you would provide every financial and physical need that will enable your work to progress without hindrance

12th – Nehemiah 9:26-31 Backsliding

  1. Cause us to respond to your promptings, Holy Spirit, whenever our feet start to stray to the left or the right
  2. Give us the wisdom, O God, not to give the devil any foothold in our lives
  3. Help us to remain accountable to one another so that we do not slowly drift away from you, O Lord
  4. We pray that you would enable strong relationships and personal accountability to be forged among all who attend our discipleship cells
  5. If we feel we are slipping back at this time, O Lord, give us the strength and determination to stop and return to you wholeheartedly

13th – Nehemiah 9:32-37 Walking in defeat because of sin

  1. Teach us to remember, O Lord, that when we sin it causes us to be defeated
  2. Open our eyes to spiritual truths, O God, so that we are not blinded by the enemy
  3. If things are not going well in our lives at present, cause us to examine our lives, O Lord, to see if there is anything we need to change
  4. When we sin, O God, cause us to confess it immediately, since you are faithful and just and will forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness
  5. Help us to rise up as the mighty army of God, able to overcome every strategy of the powers of darkness, we pray

14th – Nehemiah 9:38 Commitment to God’s ways

  1. Lord, we re-consecrate every part of our lives to you today, laying down our all for your service
  2. We offer up our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to you, O God, as our spiritual act of worship
  3. Lord, we resolve no longer to conform to the pattern of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds
  4. Take our life, our lips, our hands and our minds, O Lord, and let them be wholly consecrated to you
  5. As the deer pants after water may our souls continually be thirsting after you, our Living God

15th – Nehemiah 10:1-27 Signing up to living God’s way

  1. Teach us the reality of the scripture which says, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live but Christ lives in me’
  2. Teach us not to be half-hearted in following you, O Lord, but to be wholeheartedly sold out for Christ
  3. Since we have decided to follow Jesus, we commit ourselves to never turning back
  4. May our lives be lived not for ourselves but only for your glory, our God
  5. We surrender all to you, O Lord

16th – Nehemiah 10:28-31 Not being unequally yoked

  1. Since you have set us free from sin by your death and resurrection give us the wisdom to remain free from anything that would hinder our freedom in Christ
  2. Give us the insight and the wisdom not to yoke ourselves together with unbelievers who will cause us to compromise in any way at all, we pray
  3. For all amongst us who are looking for husbands or wives, provide godly spouses for them, O Lord and not unbelievers who will hinder their spiritual growth and lives
  4. Give us wisdom in our daily affairs in business and employment, O God, so that we do not enter into questionable dealings with unbelievers
  5. If we are already in unwise partnerships or agreements, O Lord, give us a way to break free that is honourable but decisive, we pray

17th – Nehemiah 10:32-36 Commitment to paying tithes

  1. Give us generous hearts, O Lord, so that we do not rob ourselves of the blessings that flow from giving to you
  2. Help us to have the faith to believe that as we give to you, O Lord, you will not leave us in need
  3. Deliver us from the spirit of stinginess, O God,
  4. Help us to remember that you are the Almighty God, so that we do not treat you like a waiter in a restaurant – merely giving you tips
  5. O God, cause us to remember your Word that says we shall be head and not the tail, if we remain obedient to you

18th – Nehemiah 10:37-39 Not neglecting the house of God

  1. Give each of us a heart which is always looking to see what we can do that blesses and helps your work, O God
  2. Cause us to remember, O Lord, that it is not for the world to maintain the ministries and the place of worship of our God, but for us, your people
  3. For those of us who have the finances to be able to do so, prompt our hearts to give over and above our tithes, we pray
  4. Help us to remember that we are the church, O God, and that we are here to seek how we can give before seeking to receive
  5. Teach us, Holy Spirit, that the things of this world are temporary but the things of God are eternal, so that we always get our priorities right

19th – Nehemiah 11:1-19 Standing up for God

  1. Help us stand up for you, Lord Jesus, amongst our family members,
  2. Help us stand up for you, Lord Jesus, amongst our neighbours and all we meet during the course of a day
  3. Amongst our school, college or work colleagues, help us always to make a stand for Jesus, using wisdom and tact
  4. In all our leisure and recreational activities, may we never let down our guard but always maintain godly standards
  5. Help us build every part of our lives solidly upon the words of Jesus, like the man building his house upon the rock

20th – Nehemiah 11:20-23 Prayer and worship in God’s house

  1. Cause us always to be a praying people, O Lord, both as individuals and as a church
  2. Cause our prayer meetings to be overflowing with people who believe earnestly in the importance and power of prayer so we see mountains moved, we pray
  3. Wake us up O God, so that every one of us in your church, has a spiritual insight into the necessity, priority and power of prayer
  4. As we collectively worship you, O Lord, cause our worship to transcend the mundane so we glorify you and put all powers of darkness to flight
  5. Raise up more and more anointed singers and musicians who can point us to you and lead us into your presence, O Lord

21st – Nehemiah 11:24-36 Possessing the Land

  1. In Jesus’ name we take authority over every power of darkness that seeks to inhibit the growth of our church and command them to leave this vicinity
  2. We take authority over ever evil spirit that has influence in the neighbourhood of this church and bind your powers to keep the unsaved people in spiritual darkness
  3. We take authority over every power of darkness that is blinding the eyes of our unsaved family members, friends and colleagues and command them to be loosed
  4. In Jesus’ name we take authority over and bind every evil spirit in our neighbourhood that is resisting revival
  5. Lord, as we pray that we will see a great move of your Spirit, prepare us in every way as channels whom you can use for your glory

22nd – Nehemiah 12:1-11 Praying for church leaders

  1. Lord, we pray that you would give all our pastors and elders the spiritual discernment and wisdom they need as they lead and minister in the church
  2. We pray that you would speak to them and that they would know your leading and direction for the church at all times
  3. We pray that you would help them excel in all the areas of ministry you have called them to
  4. We pray that you would guard them in every area of their lives from every attack of the enemy
  5. We pray you would uphold and strengthen their wives, husbands and families to accomplish all you desire them to do

23rd – Nehemiah 12:12-26 Praying for other leaders

  1. We pray that you would help all our discipleship cell leaders as they provide this important leadership in the groups they care for
  2. We pray that you would give all those who lead and minister to the youth in the church wisdom, insight, courage and patience in all they do, O Lord
  3. We pray that you would guide and help all who lead and minister in the children’s ministries as they deposit the eternal truths of God’s Word into these young lives
  4. We pray that you would watch over, help and keep every departmental leader in the church as they fulfil every aspect of their ministry for you
  5. As they are devoted to ministering to others, O Lord, we pray that you would bless and minister in every way to the families of all leaders in the church

24th – Nehemiah 12:27-30 Purity before the Lord

  1. May we not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers but rather delight in the law of our God, we pray
  2. May our motives always be pure, O Lord, and not tainted with selfishness or sinfulness
  3. Help us to guard our thoughts, O Lord so that whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely and admirable, we think about these things
  4. Guard our hands from wrongdoing, O Lord and our lips from falsehood and malicious words
  5. Teach us to love with the same ‘agape’ love that you demonstrate towards us, O God

25th – Nehemiah 12:31-37 The musicians in God’s house

  1. Cause our musicians to always come into your presence anointed by you, O Lord
  2. May our worship be pleasing and acceptable to you, O God, as our act of spiritual

sacrifice

  1. May our worship be so pleasing a sound to you, O Lord that it comes up as like the fragrant incense before the Holy of holies
  2. Give our musicians not merely technical skills to play but an ability to be led of the Spirit in worship
  3. As we come to you in worship, help us to be filled with the Spirit speaking to ourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord

26th – Nehemiah 12:38-43 Spiritual sacrifices of praise

  1. Enable us to praise you, O Lord, even when we do not naturally feel like it, knowing that as we do so our spirits will be raised
  2. Lord, may all our prayers be led of your Spirit so that they are spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you
  3. Lord, may our praise and worship be led of your Spirit so that they are spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you
  4. May all our actions be such that they are spiritual sacrifices acceptable to you, O God
  5. May our joy in the Lord and the songs in our hearts be a testimony to those who do not know you of what they are missing

27th – Nehemiah 12:44-47 Faithful trustees of finance

  1. Help us use our finances wisely, O Lord
  2. Help us to realise, O God, that all we own is given by you, so that we hold on to our possessions only lightly, trusting in you and not in them
  3. Help us always to be careful, honest and faithful in all our dealings with money, we pray
  4. Bless those in the church who faithfully count, and give an account for, all the finances of the church, we pray
  5. Give us wisdom, guidance and direction, Holy Spirit, in how the church uses the finances entrusted to it, we pray

28th – Nehemiah 13:1-14 No compromise

  1. In all our dealings in our places of work, give us the wisdom and discernment that keeps us from compromising our faith
  2. Help us not to have one standard for church and another standard away from church but always to consistently maintain our standards for Jesus
  3. Even if we say nothing, may those around us be aware that we are different because we never compromise our standards to conform with godly ways
  4. Keep us from being lazy, O Lord, when it comes to prayer, reading your Word and ministering for you, but rather to be sold out for Jesus
  5. Keep us from making excuses, O God, that always find reasons why we should not be fully committed to serving you

29th – Nehemiah 13:15-22 God before money

  1. May we never put the seeking after money before the seeking after you, O God
  2. Teach us, O Lord, that godliness with contentment is great gain
  3. Teach us all, O God, the secret of being content in every situation whether living in plenty or in want
  4. Cause us to remember, O Lord, that you are a God who will meet all our needs according to your riches in Christ Jesus
  5. Cause us to know the joy that comes through experiencing that is more blessed to give than to receive

30th – Nehemiah 13:23-30 Righteous anger

  1. Teach us, O Lord, how to avoid the anger that is selfish and therefore wrong
  2. Holy Spirit, help us to learn self control which is part of the fruit of the Spirit, we pray
  3. May we learn how to hate sin and its practices, O Lord
  4. Give us a righteous anger against sin, O God, that causes us to rise up and seek to bring godly change through righteous ways
  5. May a righteous anger arise within us that prompts us to intercede, bind powers of darkness, evangelise and see many be brought out of the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Light

”May”

Prayer Diary for May 2017

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Praying for a backslidden Nation

 Micah Chapters 1-7

Prayer Diary May 2017

Israel had reached its zenith of power and influence under King David. The slow decline began after David’s sin regarding Bathsheba, behind the scenes during Solomon’s reign and then openly after Solomon’s death when the kingdom divided in two, becoming Israel and Judah. With the exception of a few godly kings of Judah, the kings of the divided nation forsook the Lord and embraced the shameful practices of the gods of the surrounding nations.

Both Israel and Judah had become corrupt, refusing to listen to prophesies sent by God to warn them of the great impending disaster that was coming their way if they did not repent and turn back from evil. Instead they listened to false prophets who filled their ears with what they wanted to hear, saying no harm would come to the nation. As the two kingdoms seemed to be doing comparatively well economically they were lulled into a false sense of security.

God sent his own true prophets one after another to warn them of the consequences of breaking their covenant with him made back in the time of Moses. Micah confronted the two backslidden kingdoms without compromise. God was getting ready to visit judgment on both Israel and Judah. God had treated them compassionately and fairly but they did not want to live by his just ways. Instead violence and corruption filled the land, their priests corrupt, they were walking in the ways of King Ahab and his wicked queen Jezebel, practising oppression, witchcraft and sacrificing children.

By contrast, “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly before your God” Micah 6:8. Even yet it was not too late because, “Who is a pardoning God like you, who pardons sins and forgives transgression…” Micah 7:18. But they would have none of it and God’s judgment finally fell; Israel was exiled to Assyria and Judah to Babylon. But that was not the final word. God would bring back a remnant and he would send a divine Saviour, born in Bethlem.

As we pray through Micah’s prophecies we are interceding for our nation that is likewise rushing headlong to judgment. Outward prosperity is no gauge of God’s approval, as both Israel and Judah discovered before their downfall. Our nation has forsaken God but there is still a final opportunity for repentance. Intercessors such as you stand between God and our nation.

1st – Micah 1:1-2 God’s case against earth’s inhabitants

  1. As you demonstrate your presence and ways through your creation, your Word, your people and by your Spirit cause unbelievers to listen and respond to you
  2. Help us to understand the depth of your hatred for sin and its consequences in the world, but also may our understanding of your love move us to compassion for the lost
  3. As you speak through earthquake, unnatural winds and storms, cause them to shake many people into turning to you
  4. O Lord, since your Word tells us that there will be an increase in natural disasters as your coming grows nearer, stir your people to evangelise in these last days
  5. O God, though you are a God of justice have mercy on the rebellion of mankind and send revivals around the world

2nd – Micah 1:3-7 Idolatry and God’s judgment

  1. O Lord, in a society that is full of idolatry, give us an understanding of the scope of its wickedness so we can be moved to intercession and action
  2. May our knowledge of the certainty of the Day of Judgment, move us into action to serve you on a daily basis
  3. Keep us from all compromise with a world that has rejected your values and your morality and help us in temptation
  4. Teach us to number our days and live in the realisation that the days of this fallen world’s system are numbered
  5. Before the Day of your coming, Lord Jesus, cause your Holy Spirit to move in the nations in saving power, we pray

3rd – Micah 1:8-11 Weeping and intercession

  1. Move us O God, that we may be moved to reach the lost
  2. O Lord, cause us to be moved with compassion towards those who, if not saved, will know only eternal judgment as they die in their sins
  3. Raise up amongst us more and more intercessors with a passion to pull down spiritual strongholds through the power of intercessory prayer
  4. Help us not to be like the church at Laodicia, which was outwardly rich but spiritually wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked
  5. Cause us, O Lord, to be like the church in Philadelphia which kept your Word, did not deny your Name and to whom you gave an open door of revival that no-one could shut

4th – Micah 1:12-16 Impending disaster

  1. Impress upon your church, O God, that the increase in natural disasters are the ‘birth pains’ leading to the coming Kingdom of Christ on earth and let your church rise up and act
  2. Let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth, Lord Jesus, but in the short time still left may many find you as Saviour and Lord
  3. Holy Spirit cause revival in our church and all the churches in our city
  4. Send your revival, O God, to our nation, touching every hamlet, village, town and city in the British Isles
  5. Move across the face of the entire earth, O Lord, causing men and women from every ethnic group and nation to turn to you in ever-increasing numbers

5th – Micah 2:1 The plotting of evil

  1. We pray you would thwart the actions of all those in our nation who seek to influence our members of Parliament to pass ungodly laws, O God
  2. Have mercy on all those who have no regard for the sanctity of life, which is made in your image, O God, and turn the tide against the practice of abortion
  3. We pray for our local streets, that you would move upon those who practise violence there and change them by their turning to you, O Lord
  4. We pray for our local streets, that you would touch and radically change the lives of all those who are addicted to drugs and those who deal them
  5. We pray that all the youths who are on the streets because they have been excluded would find a purpose for life by a life-changing encounter with the living Christ

6th – Micah 2:2 Greed and coveting

  1. Forgive all the idolatry that goes on in our society and cause the hunger and thirst for material things to be replaced by a hunger and thirst for true, spiritual wealth
  2. Have mercy on our businesses and corporations that put the making of profit over and above a day of rest and worship on Sundays and change our nation, O Lord
  3. Have mercy on our nation, O Lord, for being a people obsessed with materialism and the acquisition of things
  4. Have mercy on our nation as our Parliament seeks to invent a new ‘morality’ that runs contrary to Biblical values
  5. Save us as a nation, O Lord, from the consequences of our sinful lifestyles, by breathing afresh on us by your Holy Spirit

7th – Micah 2:3-5 God’s judgment

  1. We have turned our backs on faithfulness and the covenant of marriage and are reaping a harvest of broken hearts and fatherless children; save us O God, from our folly
  2. As a nation we have sown sexual sin and are now reaping the harvest of sexually transmitted diseases; have mercy and turn the nation back to you, O Lord
  3. Since we are reaping the harvest of broken relationships, have mercy and heal our broken society
  4. We have forsaken your ways and are reaping a harvest of lawlessness and disrespect for all forms of authority; forgive our nation and save us O Lord
  5. We destroy our unborn children by the hundreds of thousands each year; O God have mercy on our nation before your judgment falls

8th – Micah 2:6-11 True and false prophets

  1. Keep your people from compromise with every seductive doctrine of our society’s ‘new morality’ that runs contrary to the revealed Word of God
  2. We pray the voices of all church leaders who are in positions of influence may rise up clearly and boldly to declare the ways and Word of the Lord
  3. Holy Spirit, sweep through our churches and our nation, empowering all those who witness and preach the truth of your Word
  4. As our society seeks increasingly to marginalise and silence the true gospel of Jesus Christ, cause your people to rise up to speak out more and more boldly for Christ
  5. Cause your church up and down the land to speak with one voice in declaring uncompromisingly the righteous ways of the gospel of Jesus Christ

9th – Micah 2:12-13 God’s true flock

  1. Lord, since you know all who will respond to the gospel, in our time, cause there to be a mighty drawing into your Kingdom of vast numbers of men and women
  2. Lord Jesus you came to seek and save those who are lost, so help your church to mobilise to witness to the lost in our society and see them come to Christ
  3. Cause us to have an undivided mind and passion to seek and see the lost saved
  4. May we take your Word at its face value and move in the same power and effectiveness as the church in the book of Acts
  5. Help us to draw a distinct line over which we will not cross when it comes to the sinful practices of the society in which we live

10th – Micah 3:1-3 Justice

  1. Have mercy on our nation when what you call ‘evil’ is now called ‘good’ and what you call ‘good’ is now called ‘evil’
  2. Bring justice to our unborn, O Lord, whose lives are sacrificed on the altar of sexual permissiveness
  3. Help our older members of society whose lives are under threat by the pressure to legalise euthanasia and cause this threat to be defeated
  4. Have mercy on our nation, O Lord, for taking and experimenting on human embryos capable of becoming men and women made in your image
  5. Draw close to all the weak and vulnerable in our society, O God, and may they know your love and protection

11th – Micah 3:4 Crying out to the Lord

  1. As Moses stood in the gap and you heard him, saving the nation, so now we stand in the gap on behalf of our nation asking you to save our nation from its sin, O God
  2. As a church we cry out to you, our God, to forgive our sin, our lack of passion for you and for the lost and to rekindle the fires of evangelism within us
  3. Holy Spirit, sweep through your church, renewing, refining and emboldening us to overcome the plans and devices of the Evil One and to see his kingdom of darkness in retreat
  4. As a church we cry out to you O God, to have mercy on our ungodly and rebellious nation so that you would have mercy and turn them back to you
  5. So often men and women will only turn to you in times of deepest trouble, O Lord, but even then have mercy and save those who do not know you

12th – Micah 3:8 Spirit-filled

  1. Fill us with your power, O God, to be witnesses wherever we are
  2. Fill us with your power to boldly speak out and live out the life of Christ in righteousness and yet with compassion for those who lives are lost in sin
  3. Fill us with your power, O Lord, to move in the gifts of the Holy Spirit to see people saved, healed and delivered
  4. Fill us with your Spirit so that we may always be able to discern in every situation, right from wrong and good from evil
  5. Fill us this day with a fresh infilling of your Holy Spirit, O Lord, the consequences and effects of which flow out to all around us

13th – Micah 3:9-12 Corruption

  1. Root out, expose, bring to repentance and forgive any corruption in your church, O Lord
  2. Lord, root out and expose any corruption in the corporations with whom we must do business
  3. Root out and expose any corruption in those who govern us nationally, O God
  4. Root out and expose any corruption in those who govern us locally
  5. Lord, root out and expose any corruption in government agencies that have power and influence

14th – Micah 4:1-2 The Lord’s return

  1. Just as your first coming was certain, Lord Jesus, teach us to live in the light of the certainty of your soon return
  2. Lord, let you Kingdom reign daily in each of our hearts, minds, thoughts and actions
  3. Let your Kingdom come to our families, friends, neighbours and work colleagues who do not yet know you as Savour and Lord
  4. Let your Kingdom begin to impact on our institutions of government, business, media and corporations as your people rise up in influence
  5. Even so, come Lord Jesus!

15th – Micah 4:3-5 The Lord rules

  1. Be Lord of every part of our lives as individuals and as a church, we pray
  2. Cause the thought of the sure and certain promise of your physical return to earth in power to continually be our encouragement through good and difficult circumstances
  3. Lord, we long for the day when your righteous rule will be exercised over all the earth, so help us continually work towards that goal
  4. Let your people rise up in our generation O God, and bring the changes to our society that will be pleasing to you
  5. Let your sense of justice fill our minds and understanding and be lived out in all we say and do, O Lord

16th – Micah 4:6-8 The Lord’s people reign with him

  1. Reign in our hearts, Lord Jesus, and be seen in us constantly
  2. Help us to remember that one day we will reign with you in your Kingdom, O Lord and keep our minds fixed on being faithful in our service to you now
  3. Cause us to recognise the talents you have given to each of us now and not to bury them but to use them profitably for you
  4. Help us to be faithful to you and your work in our lifetimes here on earth, Lord Jesus, and so be prepared to reign with you in your Kingdom when you return
  5. Give us a heart to serve you for who you are and what you have done for us and for no other reward except hearing you say, ‘Well done good and faithful servant’

17th – Micah 4:9-10 The Lord rescues his people

  1. We pray you would strengthen and help to be strong all those we know who are suffering any form of persecution because they belong to you, O Lord
  2. We pray you would sustain in their sufferings all your people who are suffering persecution in those countries where the governments are hostile to Christ
  3. We pray you would rescue all your people who are persecuted in those countries whose religion is hostile to Christ
  4. We pray you would strengthen in their trials those who are persecuted because they have converted to following Christ from another religion
  5. Lord, for each of us who may be suffering for one reason or other and are calling to you for help, hear the prayers of your children

18th –Micah 4:11-13 The nations who reject the Lord

  1. We pray you would cause the spiritual vacuum in the hearts of the people of the nations whose governments preach secular humanism to be filled with Christ
  2. We pray for the spiritual emptiness at the heart of our own nation, O God and ask you would cause the people to grow tired of this empty way of life and seek you
  3. Holy Spirit, move mightily with revival through the populations of those nations whose governments practice a religious faith that is hostile to Christ
  4. We pray for all authorities who practice a political correctness that is in reality a hostility to the preaching of the gospel and cause your Word to be preached in power and authority despite such hostility
  5. Forgive, have mercy on and save all those people and nations that are openly enemies of Christ and the gospel, O Lord

19th – Micah 5:1-2 Christ rules

  1. Because your prophetic word is always true and accurate, O Lord, may it always move us to action
  2. Just as you, Lord Jesus, were prepared to give up your divine glory for the time you spent on this earth, may we also be prepared to sacrifice all for your sake
  3. Help us understand the all-encompassing nature of your power and might, Lord Jesus, so we may go boldly in your name with the gospel
  4. Help us to remember that when we are weak, in Christ we are strong
  5. Since your prophetic word concerning the first coming of Christ was fulfilled and so too will that concerning your second coming, help us to live faithfully as we wait and labour

20th – Micah 5:3-5 Christ our peace

  1. We now pray for the peace of Jerusalem, just as your Word encourages us to do, O Lord,
  2. We pray that those who live in the land if Israel, both Jew and Arab, may know the moving of the Holy Spirit and come to faith in Christ
  3. Holy Spirit, we pray that in all the nations that surround Israel you would cause many to find faith in Christ
  4. We pray that we may be able to share the gospel with others today and lead them into the same salvation and peace with God we have experienced through Christ
  5. May the peace of God which transcends all understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus this day and every day

21st – Micah 5:6-8 God and the Assyrians

  1. We pray for the ancient land of Assyria, which is now called Iraq, thanking you for the many Iraqis being saved and ask you would save many more
  2. We pray for your church in Iraq, O Lord, who are suffering at this time, help and protect them, meeting all their needs
  3. Continue to appear to non-christian Iraqis in dreams, revealing yourself as their Saviour, Lord Jesus
  4. We pray you would use the christian satellite T.V. programmes that are beamed into Iraq daily in Arabic to bring many more of them to a saving faith in Christ
  5. Have mercy on the country of Iraq, O Lord, save them out of the trials and turn the nation to you

22nd – Micah 5:9-12 Witchcraft destroyed

  1. Cause us to be very careful not to break your First and Second Commandments which make clear your utter hatred of idolatry and witchcraft
  2. Open the eyes of your people in our country to the reality of and the increase in witchcraft in our own nation
  3. Forgive any of your people we know, O Lord, who have had dealings with the occult in any of its forms and set us free of its lasting influence
  4. Forgive and change, O Lord, any of your people who consult psychic lines, read their ‘stars’, have their fortunes told or have any other dealings with mediums
  5. We take authority over any curses spoken over us or placed upon us and break them now in the Name of Jesus

23rd – Micah 5:13-15 Idolatry destroyed

  1. If we have any idols in our lives, anything or anyone that we worship more than you, reveal it to us and help us to get rid of them immediately, O Lord
  2. When we love an activity more than we love you, O Lord, forgive us and change our hearts
  3. When our hearts are more focussed on acquiring things more than growing closer to you, O God, forgive and help us
  4. When we love a pastime or hobby more than our Creator, forgive and change us O Lord
  5. O God, for our own nation that worships many things rather than you, pull down its idols and turn our nation back to you

24th – Micah 6:1-5 Rebellion against the Lord

  1. Forgive your church which has sat back in silence whilst the godly laws of our country have been dismantled and cause your church to rise up in power and influence we pray
  2. Lord, because you have blessed our nation in many ways, forgive us for turning our backs on you in this generation
  3. Forgive and change us, O God, because for centuries the laws of our country have been based on your commandments but now we have turned away from you
  4. We pray for all those church leaders and other believers in positions of authority whom the media take notice of, to rise up boldly speaking out for the values of Christ
  5. We pray that you would give all your people who work in both Houses of Parliament as M.P.s, Lords, Ladies or others a godly influence beyond their numbers

25th – Micah 6:6-8 Walk humbly with your God

  1. Cause our sacrifices to be our humble and contrite hearts, which are of much value in your sight, O Lord
  2. Cause us to be people who are obedient to your ways and to the prompting of you, Holy Spirit because your Word says it is better to obey than to sacrifice
  3. Give us merciful hearts that are filled with compassion for the destiny of the unsaved and cause us to be effective witnesses for Jesus
  4. Give us spiritual fruit from our labours as we witness in our workplaces, on the streets, to our friends and neighbours, O Lord
  5. Lord, teach us the secret of walking humbly before you in order that your strength and power may flow in and through us

26th – Micah 6:9-15 Heed God’s rod of correction

  1. O Lord, give us the maturity to understand the benefit of your times of discipline that you design for us to help us grow stronger
  2. Help us to recognise when you are acting towards us in discipline, so that we may take heed, learn and grow in you, O God
  3. If we are stubbornly walking in a way that is unpleasing to you and are suffering as a result, cause us to yield to your correction
  4. In all things, may your will, not ours be done, Heavenly Father
  5. Lord we surrender our all to you to do with our lives that which brings you the most glory

27th – Micah 6:10-16 God’s anger at sin

  1. Have mercy and forgive us, O God because as a nation we are observing ‘the statutes of Omri and the practices of Ahab’
  2. May we never forget that although you are a God of love, you are also a God of righteousness and justice who must punish sin
  3. Hear the cries of all your intercessors up and down the length and breadth of this country, O God, and turn our hearts back to you
  4. Cause us to be a nation like those of the city of Nineveh who listened to the preaching of Jonah and were saved
  5. Send your Spirit in revival to our nation, O Lord before you have to move in judgment upon us

28th – Micah 7:1-7 Watching in hope for the Lord

  1. Just as you have saved this nation by revival when it has reached its darkest spiritual moments in times past, do so again in our time, O God
  2. O God, cause your church to give you no rest in intercessory prayer until we see the tide of evil in our nation turned back
  3. Turn the inhabitants of England back to you, O God
  4. Turn the inhabitants of Scotland back to you, O God
  5. Turn the inhabitants of Wales and Ireland back to you O God

29th – Micah 7:8-13 Seeing the Lord’s righteousness

  1. As we look at the spiritual darkness of our nation, cause us never to stop believing and praying for the time you will turn this nation around, O Lord
  2. Revive your church in every village, town, and city in this nation, O God
  3. Revive every part of the Anglican church, saving many
  4. Send your Holy Spirit through every catholic church, saving many
  5. Revive every Baptist church with a fresh touch of your Holy Spirit

30th – Micah 7:14-17 Turning to God

  1. Sweep through every evangelical church in revival power, O Lord
  2. Revive every Methodist church and return them to the fervour of the days of their founder John Wesley, O God
  3. Let every independent church know a new breath of the Holy Spirit in their congregations in revival power
  4. Let every charismatic and Pentecostal church become truly transformed, fully filled and overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit in revival
  5. Send revival to our congregation, O Lord, with the streams of living water from the presence of your Holy Spirit

31st – Micah 7:18-20 A pardoning God

  1. Who is a pardoning God like you? We cry for mercy on your church for being weak when we should have been strong
  2. Lord, you are a God who forgives sins, so again we cry to you to forgive the sins of our nation and cause it to change
  3. You will have compassion on this nation once again, O Lord so let us see you do so in our time and in our generation
  4. Raise up godly leaders in this nation in every area of life, in government, in churches, in institutions, in business, everywhere
  5. Save our nation not because of who we are because we do not deserve it, but because of who you are, a merciful, pardoning God

”June”

Prayer Diary for June 2017

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

God’s heart for the salvation of the lost

Jonah Chapters 1-4

Prayer Diary June 2017

The book of Jonah reveals how compassionate the heart of God is and the extent he will go to give the lost the opportunity to repent and be saved.

Jonah did not receive the commission by God to go and preach to the Ninevites with much enthusiasm or joy. The people of Nineveh were a fierce and cruel people who were destined to dominate the surrounding countries, including Israel, through war. As a prophet Jonah knew this and fought hard against God’s will to give these people the opportunity to hear the message of God. He did not think they deserved God’s love and compassion.

So he fled by ship in the opposite direction hoping to avoid giving the Ninevites the opportunity God was providing them. He was even prepared to die by drowning rather than let them hear the message of God, but did show his gratitude to God when the Lord arranged a great fish to swallow him and take him to vomit Jonah out on dry land.

This account reveals a number of things about God and his dealing with us and with people:

  1. No one is beyond the redemption of God if they genuinely repent and turn to him. Astonishingly a great revival took place as the whole of the city of Nineveh believed the message from God. There may be people we believe would never be the kind to give there their lives to Christ and yet they astonish us when they do. We speak and the Holy Spirit enables them to be saved.
  1. God was prepared to give his rebellious prophet a second chance. Why did God not choose to send another prophet to Nineveh instead, since Jonah was so unwilling? Maybe there are some things that only we alone and not another are able to accomplish in God’s plan. Perhaps God knew that if Jonah did not go, no one else could accomplish what Jonah eventually did. Each of us has a unique personality and lives in a unique set of circumstances, circle of family, friends and acquaintances. Maybe if we do not tell them, they would listen to no one else. Similarly, when God sent Moses to Pharaoh and Moses said someone else would do a better job, God did not waver. Only Moses was the man for the job.
  1. Despite his reluctance and disobedience, Jonah was recommissioned and he did what God wanted him to, enabling many thousands to get right with God. Not only that but Jesus used him as a prophetic picture of his own impending death and resurrection. As we pray this month we are seeking to catch the heart of God to willingly go and seek the lost and see amazing results.

1st – Jonah 1:1 The Word of the Lord came

  1. O God, open our ears that we may hear your prophetic word and act upon it
  2. Speak to us as individuals and may we be careful to obey all you say, O Lord
  3. Speak to us as a church to discern your voice and collectively act upon it
  4. Raise up in your church and in our nation those who will bring the prophetic voice of God in these immoral days
  5. Speak in the wind, in the earthquake, in the fire and through your still small voice, O God of all the earth

2nd – Jonah 1:2 Go…and preach

  1. Lord, give us the heart and compassion to go into all the world and preach the gospel
  2. Enable each day to give us opportunities to share Christ through Christlike behaviour and acts of compassion
  3. Give us opportunities each day to be able to share Christ through words of witness
  4. Help us not to leave the work to others but to each take up our personal responsibilities to be ambassadors for Christ
  5. Give us the right words at the right time, with the wisdom when to speak and when to be silent, O Lord

3rd – Jonah 1:2 …its wickedness has come up before me

  1. Have mercy on our city, O Lord, for all the wickedness that takes place in its boundaries and bring salvation
  2. Forgive our lawmakers who have steadily dismantled the righteous laws that were once based upon the Bible and change their hearts
  3. Move on those who rule over us O Lord, that they may return the laws of this nation once more back to the righteous ways of our God
  4. Forgive and have mercy on those in our city who scoff at your ways and who delight in rebelling against your revealed morality and convict them
  5. Help us to change O God, for you have said that righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a disgrace to any people

4th – Jonah 1:3 Running away from God

  1. When our instinct is to run from your Word, O Lord, arrest us by your Spirit and bring us to our senses
  2. For all the backsliders we know who are running from you, arrest them right now by your Holy Spirit and restore them to yourself
  3. If, as a church, we are in any sense avoiding what you would have us do, may we hear from you clearly, turn around and go in the direction you desire us to go
  4. If, as individuals we are out of your will right now because of wrong choices, convict our hearts cause us to repent and turn to you
  5. For every unbeliever we know who knows the truth of your Word in their heart but is deliberately suppressing it, save them, O God

5th – Jonah 1:4 Trials sent by God

  1. When trials come into our lives, O Lord, help us to discern and recognise those sent by the devil to trouble us and those sent by you to get our attention
  2. For any person we know experiencing trials sent by the powers of darkness, we take authority over those powers right now and rebuke them in Jesus’ Name
  3. For any of us who are experiencing trials at your hand O God, give us the wisdom to understand, trust you and learn all we need to from your loving discipline
  4. Give us the maturity not to run from God-sent hardships or to complain but rather to recognise that is how you help us grow spiritually
  5. Help us to thank you for the good times and the bad times and to trust you in both

6th – Jonah 1:5 Each cried out to his own god

  1. Have mercy on those we work with or live amongst who do not know the true God and save them, O Lord
  2. Bring a revelation of the saving power of Jesus Christ through the cross to all the Muslims in our city, we pray
  3. Cause Hindus in our city to know Jesus as the One and Only true Saviour and God
  4. We pray that the Buddhists in our city may they have a personal experience of the living person of the Risen Saviour Jesus Christ
  5. Show the Sikhs in our city the way of salvation through your grace by faith in Jesus Christ, we pray

7th – Jonah 1:6 Sleeping when God wants us awake

  1. O God, wake us up and cause us to be spiritually alert at all times
  2. Since the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, help us to be focussed and stay focussed on you and your will for our lives, O Lord
  3. We pray that every part of your church and every member be awake and alert to the movings and promptings of your Spirit
  4. Cause the sleeping giant that is your church city-wide, to experience a mighty arousing to rise up in the spiritual battle that is taking place all around us
  5. Revive your nation-wide church, O Lord and let us stand up strong for the cause of Christ

8th – Jonah 1:7-8 The lot fell on Jonah

  1. Lord help each of us to examine ourselves to see if we are a stumbling-block to your work in any way and cause us to repent and change
  2. Help us, O Lord to see the plank in our own eyes before we complain about the speck in our brother’s eye and help us to remove it
  3. May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer
  4. Search us O God, and know our hearts; know our thoughts and test us, so we may walk in all your ways
  5. O God, see if there is any offensive way in us, cause us to know and lead us in the way everlasting

9th – Jonah 1:9 Worship the Lord, God of all

  1. May we acknowledge you as the One and Only true God, Maker of heaven, land and sea by our obedience to you
  2. In the light of your awesome greatness and power forgive us and change us when we think we know better than you and do things our way
  3. May we worship you daily with clean hands and a pure heart, O sovereign Lord of all
  4. Cause us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices daily as our spiritual act of worship in ways that are holy and pleasing to you
  5. Have mercy on all those we know who trust in man’s knowledge and in science but who leave out the Creator of all that science reveals and save them

10th – Jonah 1:10-11 What should we do…?

  1. O Lord, forgive and help us when we have made unwise decisions because we have not asked you
  2. Lord, guide and direct our footsteps as we ask what you would have us do this day
  3. As a church we ask you to reveal to us what you would have us do now and what you would have us stop doing
  4. We bring before you now every important decision we need to take at this time and ask for your clear direction as to what choices to make
  5. For any of us who are at the point of desperation with regard to any matter which is currently very urgent in our lives, help us to know your will

11th – Jonah 1:12 I know it is my fault

  1. Lord, give us the grace to be able to see our own mistakes and failings without shifting the blame
  2. Give us the grace to seek you and ask your forgiveness when we get things wrong, forgiving ourselves also
  3. Help us, O Lord, to have the grace to apologise to others whom we have wronged and seek their forgiveness
  4. Help us O Lord, to forgive and release all those who have wronged us, whether they have apologised or not, so that unforgiveness may not hinder our prayers
  5. Help us to learn from our mistakes and failings, O God, so that we may be the better and the stronger after we are restored

12th – Jonah 1:13-15 Showing Compassion

  1. As the sailors sought to show compassion on the rebellious Jonah, may we also have compassionate hearts towards those who rebel against Jesus Christ
  2. In our compassion towards the lost who are going to a Christless eternity motivate us to earnestly pray for their salvation
  3. Give us compassion to witness to and seek to save, those who seek other gods, O Lord, since we know their destiny if they fail to accept Christ
  4. We lift up to you now our friends, neighbours and work colleagues who do not know you and ask, in your mercy, you would save them
  5. Give us a compassion for the sick and the courage to use our authority in Christ to command healing in the Name of Jesus

13th – Jonah 1:16-17 Fear of the Lord

  1. Lord, since your Word says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, teach us to have a reverential fear for you
  2. Give us a deep and true understanding of hell and of a Christless eternity, so that we may be moved with compassion for the lost
  3. May the fear of the Lord cause us to always want to walk in obedience, O God
  4. May the fear of the Lord cause us to seek you daily in prayer for spiritual renewal and refreshment from your Word
  5. May the fear of the Lord motivate us when things are going so well that we may forget you, or so badly that we may neglect you

14th – Jonah 2:1 Jonah prayed

  1. Lord teach us to pray passionately
  2. Lord, forgive us when we remember to pray only when we are in trouble, rather help us to be people who pray continually
  3. Help us to make full use of our privilege to come boldly before your throne of grace in prayer through the blood of Jesus
  4. Hear our prayer today, O Lord, as we lift up to you the deepest cries of our hearts
  5. As we seek you in prayer today, O God, may our hearts be filled afresh by the presence of your Holy Sprit and may we be filled with your joy, no matter our outward circumstances

15th – Jonah 2:2 He answered me

  1. Heavenly Father, as we thank you that you are a prayer-answering God, teach us to trust you so we can pray in confidence
  2. Make us a thankful people who give you thanks for every answer to prayer that we have experienced and worship you with grateful hearts
  3. Help us to be quick to testify to your grace each time we see you answer our prayers, so that you may have the glory and others may be encouraged
  4. For those we know who are really suffering and need your help at this time, hear and answer their cry, O Lord
  5. As our nation needs revival, hear our heartfelt cries, O God, and send revival in our land

16th – Jonah 2:3-4 God’s discipline

  1. Heavenly Father, cause us to remember your Word that says you discipline those you love, so we may not think our trials have come because you do not care
  2. Help us not to make light of your discipline or to lose heart when you rebuke us, but to be secure in your love
  3. Cause us to remember that although your discipline does not seem pleasant at the time, but painful, it is designed to produce a harvest of righteousness within us
  4. Enable us to remember in times of your discipline that although weeping may remain for a night, rejoicing comes in the morning
  5. In times of your discipline, O Lord, may you strengthen our tired arms and weak knees, so that we may grow in the strength of the Lord

17th – Jonah 2:5-6 God’s salvation

  1. As we remember that you have the words of eternal life and our every breath is dependant on your grace and mercy, O Lord, use us for your glory
  2. Cause us to work out our salvation daily through reverent fear and trembling, O God
  3. We pray for all our family members who have not called upon you as Saviour and Lord asking that you have mercy on them and save them
  4. For all our neighbours and friends who do not yet know you as Saviour, save them, we pray.
  5. For all our work colleagues who have not yet accepted you as their Saviour, have mercy on them and save them, O Lord

18th – Jonah 2:7-10 Keeping our vows

  1. O Sovereign Lord, may we not be careless in making promises we do not keep, but rather may our fear of the Lord cause always to keep our word
  2. Cause our ‘yes’ always to be ‘yes’ and our ‘no’ always be ‘no’ so that all people will know that we are men and women of integrity because we follow Jesus
  3. Remind us of the promises we have made to you in the past, O Lord and if we have not kept them forgive us as we repent now and recommit ourselves
  4. Remind us of the promises we have made to others that we have not kept so that we may do now what we have neglected to do
  5. As we thank you, O Lord, for being a God who always keeps his word cause us to find peace and security in your gracious promises

19th – Jonah 3:1-2 Proclaim the message

  1. As we thank you that you are the God of the second chance, we bring all our failings to you now and ask for your forgiveness
  2. Lord, give us a renewed boldness to take the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ wherever we go
  3. Give us a renewed infilling today, Holy Spirit, so that we may have power to be your witnesses in our Jerusalems, Judeas, Samarias and to the ends of the earth
  4. We pray that the fire of God would visit every pulpit in our area, city and nation and that the Word of God will be preached with the fire of the Holy Spirit
  5. Cause each of our ministers and church members to be anointed afresh with the fire of the Holy Spirit to speak the Word of God with power and anointing

20th – Jonah 3:3 Jonah obeyed

  1. O Lord, give us hearts that we are willing to submit to you in perfect obedience, that you may be able to use us according to your will
  2. Help us always to remember that in your eyes, O God, obedience is always better than sacrifice
  3. Help us to obey even when to do so is difficult or may cause us discomfort, trouble or the hostility of others
  4. We pray you would so put a spirit of obedience within your church that your perfect will may be done through us and all kinds of miracles can occur
  5. May we each be able to pray, ‘ Not my will but yours be done, O heavenly Father’

21st Jonah 3:4-5 The Ninevites believed God

  1. O God, help us to dispel all unbelief and to have total faith in you, your Word and your power to perform your promises
  2. Forgive us when we do not believe you to meet all our needs that you have promised to meet and change us when our hearts are hard, O Lord
  3. Help us, O God, to spend the time in prayer that will enable us to see the unsaved listen to our message of the gospel, to repent and be saved
  4. Give us the boldness to present the full truth of the gospel, both the love of God and the consequences of rejecting the mercy of a God of righteousness, holiness and justice
  5. Send your revival, O Sovereign Lord causing a wholesale turning in our nation of all those who are currently living lives that leave God out completely

22nd Jonah 3:6 Sackcloth and ashes

  1. O God, cause us to first humble ourselves before you as your church, so that we can seek your face on behalf of those who do not yet know you
  2. Have mercy and forgive us Lord, when, as a church, we have kept silent and allowed wickedness to overtake our land and make us active for you
  3. Forgive your church when it has preferred to remain in the church building, rather than going out to bring the gospel to the lost and now set each heart on fire
  4. Forgive us, O Lord, when we have preferred to minister only to one another to the neglect of the unsaved and give us a renewed heart for the lost
  5. Holy Spirit wash over us again and renew our spirit from within, making us more like Jesus with an undivided passion to do the will of the Father

23rd Jonah 3:7-9 Fasting

  1. Holy Spirit prompt us to fast when the occasion demands it and you require us to do so and may we respond obediently
  2. Lord, in our passion to see the lost saved motivate us to spend times in fasting as well as prayer enabling us to see you move in power
  3. As fasting helps us humble our souls before you, O God, help us to humble ourselves so that you may lift us up in due season
  4. For all those in the church who are constantly engaged in spiritual warfare and in the deliverance ministry, guard and keep them from every assault of the powers of darkness
  5. Help us to be able to say with Jesus, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work’

24th Jonah 3:10 God responds to repentance

  1. Since you are a God who has compassion on those who sincerely turn to you in sorrow for their sin, forgive our loved ones who do not yet know you
  2. Holy Spirit, cause all those who attend any of the meetings in our church to be convicted of sin and then to turn to God in full repentance
  3. We pray that as a congregation we may be so seeking the face of God that the conviction of sin would be upon any who come into our meetings
  4. We pray that we as individuals may remain so close to you, O Lord, that our words will bring a conviction of sin to those we speak to
  5. Again we cry for your mercy, O God, on our city and on our nation, that there would be a turning from sin and a turning to God

25th Jonah 4:1-2 Anger at God

  1. Lord forgive us when we have displayed anger towards you for it shows we believe we know better than you
  2. If any of us are harbouring any unconfessed anger or resentment against you, for any reason heavenly Father, we pray we may be able to release it right now
  3. When you do things we do not understand, O Lord, or when you do not act when we think you should, help us to respond with faith and trust and not anger and resentment
  4. Lord, give us a compassion as great and as wide as yours that will extend to all people no matter how unworthy we may judge them to be
  5. Lord, forgive all those who have acted like enemies towards us changing those who are christians and save them if they are not saved

26th Jonah 4:3-4 Suicidal thoughts

  1. Forgive those amongst us, O Lord, if there have been occasions when they have wished to die, instead of trusting in your unending love and wisdom for their lives
  2. We pray for all those who we know who, at this movement, may be seriously contemplating suicide asking you have mercy and save them
  3. For all those who attend our fellowship who may be in complete despair right now, help them and send us or another believer alongside them to encourage and comfort them
  4. For those we know who are struggling with mental stress and cannot think straight, help them and bring clarity of thought and mind, we pray
  5. We pray that you would give all our discipleship cell leaders the discernment and wisdom to know and help those who find their burden too heavy to carry

27th – Jonah 4:5 Waiting on God

  1. As we wait on you, Holy Spirit, speak to us clearly showing us your will
  2. In the busyness of our daily routines teach us the value of spending time daily in your presence, O Lord
  3. As we discipline our time to wait on you daily, O God, cause us to grow in the power of your Holy Spirit
  4. Give us prophetic words as we wait on you, O Lord
  5. Give us your spiritual gifts, Holy Spirit, as we wait on you, we ask

28th Jonah 4:6-9 God gives and God takes away

  1. Cause us to be always thankful, Heavenly Father, for all your provision for us daily
  2. For the things that we need today, whether physical, spiritual, emotional or financial, we pray you would meet our need and provide
  3. For those we know who are in need and we have the means to provide their needs, help us be your answer to their prayers
  4. When you take away from us things that we may want but are not beneficial to us, give us the grace to be grateful to you realising you do all things towards us out of love
  5. When we are in times of great need and our prayers are urgently coming up to you or when you have allowed something to be taken from us, help us to learn from the experience without anger

29th  Jonah 4:10 Wrong priorities

  1. Lord help us to think like you when our focus has become on ourselves and our desires more than on you and what you know are our priorities
  2. When we set our hearts on the wrong things, forgive us Lord and bring our minds and hearts back to you
  3. Keep our focus on eternal not temporary things that benefit our spiritual natures rather than just gratifying our carnal natures, O Lord
  4. Give us a growing maturity to know what is good and beneficial and what is not so, seeing through your eyes, O God
  5. Help us remain so close to you, O Lord, that we can indeed know the mind of Christ

30th Jonah 4:11 God’s concern for the city

  1. We pray for our capital city, London that you would have mercy on the millions of inhabitants and send a revival to the heart of our nation
  2. Have mercy and send revival to the cities Scotland’s Edinburgh and for Cardiff the capital of Wales, Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland
  3. For Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Bradford, have mercy on these large cities and send revival to them, we pray
  4. For Liverpool, Newcastle, Oxford and Cambridge, have mercy on their inhabitants and move in revival power O God
  5. For every city, town, village and hamlet in the British Isles, in your great mercy O Lord, bring the inhabitants to a place of repentance and turn them to yourself

”July”

Prayer Diary for July 2017

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Extracts from the Gospels

Emulating the Ministry of Jesus

Prayer Diary July 2017

Jesus came from heaven to earth for two reasons. First, to lay down his life on the cross as a sinless sacrifice for the sins of the world. Second, to reveal God to us through his words and lifestyle and as a model for us to follow. As he steps out to begin his ministry we can observe a number of important principles:

  1. God’s timing. Jesus did not begin his ministry until he was thirty years old. What had he been doing up until that time? He was working as a carpenter learning through experience what it is for humans to live in this world. With Joseph evidently having died earlier on, as the oldest sibling Jesus was no doubt providing for Mary’s large family. God always has a perfect timing and Jesus did not step out until the time was exactly right.
  1. As soon as Jesus began the work of God he was immediately confronted by Satan through temptations. The more earnestly we seek to do God’s work, the more we will be conscious of the spiritual battle we are in. The powers of darkness are content to leave us alone until we start to become a serious threat to Satan’s kingdom. But, like Jesus, we have God’s power within us to overcome every assault upon us.
  1. Jesus preached the message of God clearly and without compromise but with love. He would not water down his message to please the ears of his listeners.
  1. In order to be effective in his life’s work he found it necessary to spend time in prayer. Though he was often so busy with the crowds that he had no time to eat, he was never too busy to find the necessary time to pray – the source of his spiritual strength.
  1. He was led by the Holy Spirit. Though never ceasing to be God, he had chosen not to use his powers as God while here on earth. Instead he chose to be led by the Holy Spirit, doing only what the Father told him and using the same nine gifts of the Holy Spirit available to us. So he truly showed us an example to follow.

As we pray through the prayer points this month we are seeking to emulate all Jesus has modelled for us so we can be powerful and effective servants of God.

1st – Luke 3:1-6 Prepare the way of the Lord

  1. Lord, help us to prepare our hearts before you, removing all from our lives that is unhelpful
  2. Enable us to re-evaluate our lives to see what is beneficial and what is not beneficial to our spiritual walk with you, O God
  3. May our hearts be softened, open and ready to receive a fresh impartation from you, Holy Spirit, to change us
  4. Create in us a hunger and a thirst for the things of God that will enable us to become much more effective for Christ during our short stay on earth
  5. Use us, O Lord, to prepare your for coming, by enabling us to fulfil all your plans and purposes for our lives

2nd – Luke 3:7-9 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance

  1. May what we profess not merely be in words only, but may every part of our lives openly display the grace of God
  2. Help us to live for you in a Christlike way with our families, demonstrating your grace in full measure in our homes
  3. Cause us to be honest with ourselves when we are falling short of your standards, O Lord, and cause us to repent
  4. For those of us who are ‘Sunday’ christians only, have mercy and cause us to repent
  5. Forgive any time we have been acting hypocritically by not living for the Lord in keeping with the confession of our faith and cause us to change

3rd– Luke 3:10-14 Acting honestly

  1. Convict us when we sin, Holy Spirit, and give us the courage and grace to confess
  2. Whenever we are handling money, O Lord, may we be scrupulously honest
  3. In our places of work, O God, may we never take anything without permission nor take advantage of our employers
  4. Help us to be honest with our time in our places of work and give our full effort in accordance with the contracts of work we have agreed to
  5. Help us not to rob you O God, but to give of our finances in accordance with your will

4th – Luke 3:15- 20 Baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire

  1. Holy Spirit, give us a fresh anointing and baptism with your fire today
  2. Put a passion within our hearts, O Lord, that will cause us to desire to live one hundred percent for you
  3. Burn up all the dross in our lives that has no eternal value but which keeps us from serving you wholeheartedly
  4. For all those believers we know who have not yet been baptised in the Holy Spirit, we pray that they will seek you right now and receive from you
  5. Fan into flames the spiritual sparks within us, O Lord, and cause us to burn in ever increasing measure with spiritual fervour

5th – Matthew 3:13-17 Fulfilling all righteousness

  1. Holy Spirit, help us to follow the example of Jesus and, in our lives, fulfil all righteousness
  2. Lord Jesus, just as you were always obedient to our heavenly Father, help us to be obedient also
  3. Holy Spirit, convict us whenever we seem to be taking sin lightly, so that we may realise our need to change our ways
  4. Since, you want us to be salt and light in the world in which we live, O Lord enable us to be an effective cause for change for good to those we mix with
  5. Since sin in our lives will rob us of effectiveness as servants of Christ, help us to fulfil all righteousness and live powerfully for God

6th – Matthew 4:1 Led by the Spirit, tempted by the devil

  1. Holy Spirit, cause us always to remember that the more you use us the greater the devil will seek to cause us to fall and so help us to act with wisdom
  2. Lead us Holy Spirit in our day-to-day lives so that we are constantly fulfilling your purposes for our lives
  3. If we have not given time to seek your plans for our lives, O Lord, cause us right now to take time to seek you in order to do so
  4. Give us the wisdom to realise when we are being subtly led into temptation and give us the strength to resist
  5. Help us to humble ourselves before you continually O Lord, to resist the devil so that he may flee from us

7th – Matthew 4:2 Fasting

  1. For those of us who are physically able to do so, O God, give us the strength and the desire, at times, to enhance our prayer with fasting
  2. Help us, like Jesus, to make time, whenever possible, to set aside time to seek your face, O God, with prayer and fasting
  3. Give us the discernment to realise which things in our lives help us and which are of no spiritual value so that we may give them up and thereby benefit spiritually
  4. Help us to evaluate what we watch on television and to stop watching everything that would make us feel uncomfortable if you were sitting next to us, Lord Jesus
  5. Burden our hearts to seek you with prayer and fasting for a move of God in power to renew and revive your church and this nation

8th – Matthew 4:3-4 Man does not live on bread alone

  1. Lord, if our eyes are focussed only on our material needs, forgive us and help us to put our priorities in order
  2. May we not neglect your Word, O Lord, to read it, meditate upon it and to live it out in every part of our daily lives
  3. For those of us who are suffering from spiritual malnutrition because we have neglected to feed our souls with your Word, rescue us from our foolishness
  4. Thank you for all our material possessions, O Lord, but help us to use them in a way that brings glory to you and the Kingdom of God
  5. For all those we know who are struggling to make ends meet and as a result find little time to spend with you in prayer and with your Word, help and release them

9th – Matthew 4:5-7 Don’t test God

  1. Forgive us when we sin knowingly, O Lord, since we are without excuse
  2. When we doubt you and the promises or statements in your Word, have mercy on us for testing you
  3. When you have clearly told us what we should do and we have failed to do it, forgive us, and help us to change, O Lord
  4. When we have known what we should do but have failed to do it, have mercy on us, and help us to change, O God
  5. In future, when we know your will or when we know what we should do, give us the strength and grace always to do it at once and without question

10th – Matthew 4:8-10 Worship and serve the Lord only

  1. If we have any idols in our lives whether physical or non-physical, forgive us and today we pledge to remove them from our lives
  2. If our love is divided between you and something or someone else, O Lord, forgive us and we surrender all to you this day
  3. If our love, or the love of those we know, has grown cold, have mercy, O Lord and change us
  4. For the times we have backslidden in any area of our lives, forgive us, O Lord and keep us strong in you
  5. Today O Lord, we pledge afresh to love you with all our heart, soul, strength and mind

11th – Matthew 4:12-17 Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is near

  1. Lord, we repent for all the times we have caused you disappointment because of our actions or lack of faith and resolve to not to repeat them
  2. We repent for the sins of our forefathers on both sides of our generational line and ask you to remove today any lasting consequences of those sins in our lives
  3. We repent on behalf of our church for any sins amongst us that are causing you displeasure and ask you to forgive and root them out, O Lord
  4. We repent for the sins of our forefathers in our nation of Britain asking you to forgive and remove any lasting consequences of those sins in the life of our nation
  5. Let each of us be instruments today that will cause someone to come into the kingdom of heaven, by putting their faith in Christ

12th – Matthew 4:18-19 Come follow me

  1. Lord Jesus, today we re-consecrate our lives to you
  2. Show us the direction of each of our individual lives that you want us to go and today we pledge to follow wherever you lead us
  3. Continue to show us as a church the direction you want us to go and today we pledge to follow you wherever you lead us
  4. Help us to cast off all fear or anxiety but rather to trust you completely as we follow you, Lord Jesus
  5. Lord, you have given us freewill so help us to make the right choices at all times as we follow you

13th – Matthew 4:20- 22 Fishers of men

  1. Since we are here on earth to help others come out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light, convict us so that we do not lose sight of that reality
  2. We pray that our evangelistic team would always know and experience the favour of God as they go onto the streets
  3. Anoint us at our places of work and give us the opportunities and the wisdom to speak to our work colleagues about Christ
  4. Help us to live a lifestyle of being fishers of men, making the most of every opportunity that you give us, O Lord
  5. We pray that we will see many men women and children giving their lives to you this, Lord Jesus

14th – Matthew 4:23-25 Moving in the power of the Holy Spirit

  1. Holy Spirit come amongst us in the fullness of your power, we pray
  2. Give us the faith to step out in the anointing you have already given us to see a greater measure of signs and wonders
  3. Multiply amongst us healings as your people lay hands on the sick in the Name of Jesus
  4. Pour out amongst us your spiritual gifts and may we use them for the glory of Jesus
  5. Teach us more and more and cause our faith to grow as we exercise the spiritual gifts you have given us in the community as well as in church

15th – Mark 1:21-28 Confronting evil

  1. Give us the spiritual discernment to recognise that we are constantly in a spiritual battle and help us always to overcome
  2. Since you have given us power over every wicked spirit, Lord Jesus, let your church rise up and not allow itself be defeated
  3. Anoint and empower afresh all those in the deliverance team as they minister to those who are troubled by evil spirits
  4. Give us the wisdom to continually ensure we have put on the full armour of God both to resist and to overcome every attack of our spiritual enemies
  5. Help us never to fear the enemies of our souls, but to understand our position and strength as followers of Jesus

16th – Mark 1:29-34 She began to wait on Jesus

  1. Lord, just as Peter’s mother-in-law’s first action was to serve you, may our first priority also be to serve you
  2. Help us, Holy Spirit, to examine our lives right now to see what place service for Jesus has in our priorities and help us to change everything that needs changing
  3. Holy Spirit, show us anything in the way of service for Jesus we are not doing that you want us to be doing now
  4. We pray you would show in all the areas, departments and ministries in the church what you want us to be doing
  5. Here we am Lord. please use us

17th – Mark 1:35-39 Rising early to pray

  1. Lord, teach us to pray
  2. Help us to understand the high importance of finding time in each day to spend with you, O Lord
  3. If you, Lord Jesus, found it so important to spend such time in prayer with our Heavenly Father, burden our hearts with the need for us to pray like you also
  4. Anoint, bless and use powerfully all those who intercede for others and those who voluntarily serve in the Prayer Centre, waiting on you, O God
  5. Raise up many more people to engage in all our prayer meetings and the Prayer Centre to seek you face, O God and for a move in revival power

18th – Mark 1:40-45 Jesus is willing

  1. Lord Jesus, since you are not only willing to make us clean but you also did everything necessary to enable it to happen cause us to continually worship you
  2. Reach out and touch the hearts and emotions afresh today, O Lord, of those amongst us who, for whatever reason, doubt your love towards them,
  3. Lord, may we never doubt that you are willing to forgive all who are prepared to repent giving us the courage to witness to all people no matter who they may be
  4. Lord Jesus, may we never doubt your willingness to heal and so give us the courage to pray for the sick in your name
  5. Since you are not willing that any should perish, we bring before you now our unsaved family, friends, neighbours and colleagues asking you would save them

19th – Luke 5:1-5 Because you say so Jesus

  1. Since, Lord, you are Sovereign above all things make us quick to say “yes” to you
  2. Forgive us Lord whenever we have refused to obey your commands and give us a new start today
  3. Speak to us today Lord, helping us to know and understand your will and to be quick to act upon it
  4. Since you have revealed your will through your Word, the Bible, O God, may we be diligent to obey everything you have told us
  5. As we obey your words, pour out you blessing on your people and your church and may unsaved people round us be touched and reached through that blessing

20th – Luke 5:6-10 A sinful man

  1. If we say we are without sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us, but help us to seek always to live according to your standards, O Lord
  2. Help us to understand the total sinlessness and holiness of you, O God so that we may walk in humble gratitude for your great salvation
  3. Since you do not merely forgive our sins but enable us to become like you, Lord Jesus, change us more and more each day
  4. Lord when you use difficult circumstances in our lives to change us and help us grow in grace, enable us to recognise that and not to grumble
  5. Help us, O Lord, to recognise our weak points and to seek your help not to sin in those areas of our lives

21st – Luke 5:11-16 Leaving everything to follow Jesus

  1. Lord Jesus, since you have said that if we love anything more than you, we are not worthy of you, help us now forsake anything we love more than you
  2. For all those we know who you have called to leave homes and serve you as itinerant evangelists, help them and provide for all their needs
  3. For all the missionaries we know who have left their homeland to serve in other cultures, help them, use them and watch over them continually, we pray
  4. Lord you may not have called us to leave home to follow you, but may we have the same priority of serving you where we are, to the best of our ability
  5. Lord, as we wait upon you now, show each of us what you want us to do today and each day of our lives

22nd – Mark 2:1-12 When Jesus saw their faith

  1. Cause us to have the same compassion on our unsaved friends as those who brought the paralysed man to you Jesus
  2. Give us a child-like faith to believe every promise you have made in your Word, O God
  3. Give us the courage to step out with the measure of faith we already have, O Lord, and in the process see how you will develop that faith already within us
  4. Just like the friends of the paralysed man, help us to overcome all obstacles that prevent us seeing our prayers answered
  5. If our faith is weak at this time, O Lord, encourage us as we exercise it in small things first and then in increasingly greater things

23rd – Mark 2:13-17 Calling sinners

  1. We pray for and name all members of our families who are as yet unsaved asking you to save them, O Lord
  2. We pray for and name now all our friends who are not yet saved asking you to save them, O Lord
  3. We pray for and name all our neighbours who are not yet saved asking you to save them, O Lord
  4. We pray for and name all our work colleagues who have not yet given their lives to Christ asking you to save them, O Lord
  5. We pray that you would give us the opportunity and the wisdom to witness to each person we have named and prayed for today

24th – Mark 2:18-22 New wineskins

  1. If our ideas, views or understanding of the things of God are too rigid, soften us and make us like new wineskins today, we pray
  2. Make us receptive to what you are doing today and give us the new wine of your Holy Spirit, O Lord
  3. If our spiritual life is like that of the Pharisees, legally correct, but dry and unable to receive anything new from your Holy Spirit, break us and mould us anew
  4. Holy Spirit, make us a people who are able to receive everything you want to impart to us today, like those new wineskins
  5. As a church help us to forsake anything that has become an old wineskin, so that we may not resist anything new that you, Holy Spirit want to do in and through us

25th – Mark 2:23-28 Sabbath rest

  1. Lord, since we live in a busy society, give us the wisdom to be able to take proper rest, to renew our bodies and our minds
  2. For those we know who are having to work long hours either to make ends meet or looking after those they care for, help them in their time management
  3. Help us not to become too busy to be able spend time in the company of your people in worship on Sundays
  4. Bless our Sunday meetings, O Lord and may they be times of great spiritual refreshing because your presence is so obviously there
  5. For those of us who are striving for one reason or another, enable us to find a total rest in our relationship with our Father through Christ Jesus

26th – Mark 3:1-6 When Jesus gets angry

  1. Lord, since a stubborn heart makes you angry help us not to harden our hearts against you
  2. Lord, teach us to be willingly obedient at all times
  3. May the knowledge of your anger at sin and its consequences of eternal punishment ever keep us motivated to seek to save the lost
  4. Lord, keep us from complacency and keep us faithful so we may to hear your words “well done good and faithful servant”.
  5. Lord help us, like you, to get angry at sin and not to learn to accommodate it, but to love the sinner

27th – Mark 3:7-12 People come to Jesus

  1. Lord, as it is your desire that all men and women come to you, help us to be so Christ-like that they see you in us and are drawn to you
  2. Since you have called us, O God, to be ambassadors for Jesus in this earth, in all things and at all times may we be true ambassadors to those around us
  3. May we have such a simple faith and trust in you, O Lord that the signs and wonders in the Book of Acts, will be seen amongst us and draw people to Jesus
  4. Lord Jesus, your personality and character drew people to yourself so help us to be like you, so we can point people to you
  5. Have mercy on our nation, O God, and move in revival power once more to draw our nation back to you

28th – Mark 3:13-19 Appointed to serve Jesus

  1. Lord, since you have appointed us to go in your name show us the ministries you would have us carry out for you
  2. Raise up in our day more apostles to go throughout the world as you build your church through them
  3. Raise up prophets in our nation that will speak to the government and all institutions in our land with the very prophetic words of God
  4. Raise up from our midst pastors and teachers who can teach men, women and children, the full undiluted uncompromising Word of God
  5. Raise up from our midst evangelists, who are especially anointed to lead people to Christ and able to teach others to do so also

29th – Mark 3:20-26 A House divided cannot stand

  1. We pray for a total unity in the Spirit among everyone in our church, O Lord
  2. We pray for a total unity of Spirit among each household of those who attend our church, O God
  3. For every family in our church were there is strife between family members, bring repentance, harmony and unity, we pray
  4. We pray for a total unity of Spirit among the churches in our area O Lord, so that you may be able to move mightily among us
  5. Cause all believers in our nation to rise up with one voice and in the power of the Holy Spirit to bring momentous change for good in our land

30th – Mark 3:27-30 The Holy Spirit

  1. May we never resist your promptings, Holy Spirit
  2. Teach us to recognise every time you speaking to us or prompting us, Holt Spirit so that we may be quick to respond in obedience
  3. Cause us to be strong, O Lord so that we can always bind up any power of darkness or ‘strong man’, that seeks to oppose us and frustrate our service for God
  4. Help us to always remember that “ greater is he who is within us than he who is in the world”, so we may not be intimidated by the powers of darkness
  5. Today we ask you once again, Holy Spirit, to have your way fully and freely in our lives

31st – Mark 3:31-35 Doing God’s will

  1. Lord, speak to our hearts so that we do your will and not our own in all we are involved in this day
  2. If we are in the job or business right now that you desire us to be in, then guide and lead us and show us how best we can serve you in this job
  3. If we are not in the job you want us to be in, show us your will and open the right doors for us to be fully in your will
  4. For those of us who are genuinely seeking your will for their lives, but have not yet discerned what that is, help them now to understand, we pray

Lord, Jesus, since you have laid down your life for us, we now surrender and lay down our lives for you to

”August”

Prayer Diary for August 2017

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Extracts from the Gospels (2)

Jesus’ Parables of building the Kingdom

Prayer Diary August 2017

Speaking of his own mission, Jesus said that the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost. That was his passion, to reach men and women from every walk of life and from every stratum of society and lead them into a relationship with his heavenly Father, through faith in him as the Christ.

Often he spoke to vast crowds, but on many other occasions he was found speaking with individuals just as important. At one time it might be the learned and the religious, like Nicodemus; at another it might be the social outcasts such as the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery or the renegade tax-collector Zacchaeus. To Jesus each one was important and he would adapt his manner of speaking or presenting the gospel to best reach the individual he was talking to.

Having demonstrated to his disciples and followers the importance of evangelising and how to go about, he sought to reinforce these ideas through his teaching, and particularly through his parables. He taught his disciples that there was a great spiritual harvest ready and waiting to be harvested. There was no problem with the size of the harvest; what was to be the subject of most urgent prayer, however, was that the number of workers committed to bringing in the harvest should expand. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field.”

What prompted Jesus to urge his disciples to pray to the Father for more labourers? It was because when he saw the crowds, he had compassion upon them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus knew the plight of individuals who, though designed to be in relationship with God, are totally unfulfilled if they do not have a personal relationship with their Maker. He saw them at the mercy of their own sinful natures, the powers of darkness and the fear of death.

But he had a message that he wants his followers to continue to take out to the world. The good news was that the kingdom of heaven was at hand. Jesus came, God in human form, to show the world the nature and the love of God, to remove the barrier of sin between mankind and God by bearing its penalty through his substitutionary death on the cross, making possible, through faith in him as Christ, the restoration of a relationship with God forever.

He instructed those harvesters to preach the gospel, heal the sick, drive out demons; in short to do everything they had seen him doing. “Freely you have received, freely give”

Through his parables Jesus taught his disciples principles of evangelism. Different people would react in different ways: some would ignore the message; others would quickly and joyfully respond but would then fall away when the going got tough, but still others would not only respond but bring many others into the kingdom of God. The work of the kingdom of God often starts small, but like a mustard seed, grows big. Often the genuine and the counterfeit will be growing alongside one another and wisdom and discernment is needed to know the difference.

But the work of the church is to reach out in evangelism to everyone and leave it to the end of the age for the Lord himself to sort out the genuine from the counterfeit, like fish being sorted after the nets have been pulled in full

As we pray through these parables of Jesus this month, I trust there will be stirred up within each of us the same passion that Jesus showed for the lost and the desire to reach them while there is still time for harvesting to continue

1st Matthew 13:1-3 Listening to the Voice of the Lord

  1. Lord may we be people who never neglect to spend time each day in prayer and with your Word
  2. Holy Spirit, as we wait upon you right now, we pray that you will speak to us revealing the will of the Father to us as individuals and collectively as a church
  3. Help us to be obedient to your will to reach the lost and to evangelise to the best of our abilities
  4. Enable us as a church to effectively fulfil the Great Commission by preaching the good news, healing the sick, casting out demons and seeing people saved, baptised and becoming disciples of Jesus
  5. Thank you for every prophetic word you have given to us the church; may we pray them into being and act faithfully upon everything you have told us

2nd Matthew 13:4-9 Sowing the Seed

  1. Lord help us to be diligent sowers of your “seed”, namely the Word of God, as a lifestyle
  2. May our lives be living testimonies of the gospel, that point the people we live and work amongst to Jesus
  3. Give us the grace to be able to bring your Word even to those who represent the hard ground of the seeds on the path
  4. Give us patience with those whose christian experience is shallow, and help us lead them to maturity
  5. Gladden our hearts, O Lord, with the encouragement of enabling us to see seed fall on good soil and thereby to produce good fruit

3rd Matthew 13:10-11 Knowledge of the Kingdom

  1. Give us daily, a greater understanding of your Word, O God
  2. Help us not only to be hearers of your Word but doers of it also
  3. Holy Spirit, enlighten our understandings as we read the Bible and bring new insights and fresh revelations to us daily
  4. Teach us your ways, O God, and cause us to delight in them
  5. Forgive us for the times we neglect the reading of your Word and the spiritual impoverishment that brings us

4th Matthew 13:12 Wisdom to receive more

  1. Help us not to be content with just the bare minimum, O Lord but give us a hunger for more of you
  2. May we seek you, the Giver, rather than just the things we ask you for
  3. O Holy Spirit, please cause there to develop deep within our spirits a greater thirst for a deeper relationship with our God
  4. Cause us to receive more of the Holy Spirit in our lives, who in turn, will flow out of us into the lives of others around us
  5. Take us to the highest and deepest levels in you, O God, that we are capable of going to

5th Matthew 13:13-15 Praying for spiritually blind

  1. Lord, the unsaved are spiritually blind; raise us up as those whose intercessory prayers will help break the spiritual powers that blind them
  2. Open the eyes of the spiritually blind to the evidence of your existence and presence displayed in the wonder of creation and the awesome universe
  3. May those who are spiritually blind start to see the life-changing power of Jesus in us and desire the same experience for themselves
  4. Help us to understand that we are in a spiritual warfare for the hearts, minds and souls of men and women and so to continually use our spiritual weapon of prayer to seek to rescue the those held captive to sin
  5. We thank you, our heavenly Father, that once we were blind but because of your mercy and grace in Christ Jesus, now we see

6th Matthew 13:13-15 Praying for the Spiritually Deaf

  1. We pray for those who attend church meetings, listen to the reading of the Bible and the preaching, but have not yet given their lives to Christ: save them O Lord
  2. We pray for christian radio stations, that the message that is going out all the time over the airwaves will daily impact non christians and cause them to respond to the gospel
  3. We pray for non christians who tune in to Christian T.V. programmes; please anoint the messages and cause the people respond to the message of the gospel
  4. We pray for all those non Christians married to believers who have heard the gospel but have still remained deaf; save them, O God
  5. We pray for all our other family members who have heard the gospel but have remained spiritually deaf; save them now, O Lord

7th Matthew 13:16-17 Blessed

  1. Lord, we thank you for the great privilege of knowing you and the untold blessings that has brought to our lives; give us the grace to lead others into the same experience
  2. Help us to daily count our blessings, realising that the sufferings of this present world are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to come
  3. Help us never to take our salvation in Christ for granted but to seek continually to draw closer to, and become more like, Christ
  4. Lord, since it is more blessed to give than receive, may be people who continually seek to give others the good news of salvation in Christ
  5. Lord, help us to live as ambassadors for Christ in a way that demonstrates to an unbelieving world that, whether our outward circumstances are good or bad we are more than compensated by our blessings in Christ

8th Matthew 13:18-19 – Sowing the seed in hard places

  1. Lord our nation is like the hard pathway; cause our intercessory prayers to start breaking up the hard ground and making people spiritually receptive once more
  2. We pray for all those we know who are deceived by, or the object of, witchcraft and the occult; set them free from the grasp of the powers of darkness, we pray
  3. We pray for those who govern us, nationally and locally, who have become hardened to the values of Christ; cause them to see the disastrous consequences and the folly of their ways and change their minds, O Lord
  4. Lord, turn back the tide of evil and send revival in your church, in our borough, in our city and in our nation.
  5. Lord, here I am; start your revival in my life, I pray

9th Matthew 13:20-21 Seed on Rocky Places

  1. Give us compassion for those who are weak, O Lord, to help those in need
  2. Give us the discernment to see those who are only seeking to take advantage of us and are not genuinely in need, that we may not be unnecessarily drained
  3. When we share the gospel, help us not to dilute its message, so that those who hear know the full challenges and can count the cost before making a decision
  4. Help those believers we know who are facing persecution and may our prayers       give them the strength and grace to stand
  5. We pray for all those facing life and death persecution in countries around the world that hate the gospel; give the grace to persevere we pray

10th Matthew 13:22 Seed among the Thorns

  1. Lord, help our trust in you to be such that we are not overcome by the cares and worries of this world
  2. We pray for those we know whose faith is weak and who are consumed with worry; help them to cast their burdens upon you and help us to encourage them
  3. Thank you for our material possessions, O Lord, but may they always be our servants and not our masters
  4. Help us not to be deceived by riches, but rather to use our material possessions wisely and profitably
  5. Give us a generous spirit with our possessions and our money, that as we give we may know the favour of God

11th Matthew 13:23 Seed in Good Soil

  1. May our own hearts be good soil, O Lord, and if they currently are not, help us to deal with any issues that currently prevent it
  2. Burden our hearts to continually draw near to you, O Lord, so that you may draw near to us
  3. May you guide and direct us by your Spirit to those who you know have hearts ready to receive the gospel
  4. Keep our prayer lives healthy, O God, so that when we witness to others, the spiritual ground will already have been prepared and we may see fruit
  5. As we remain in you and your words remain in us, cause us to bear much fruit, showing ourselves to be your disciples and bringing glory to our heavenly Father

12th Matthew 13:24-28 Dealing with the Enemy

  1. Give us the spiritual wisdom not to be ignorant of the plans, schemes and devises of the enemy
  2. Give us the wisdom to ensure we are always fully equipped with the full armour of God, not leaving ourselves exposed to the enemy’s attack
  3. Help us to overcome at all times every spiritual attack upon us, by our close relationship with Christ
  4. May we have a full understanding of our authority in Christ so that we may use it fully and effectively in our every dealing with our spiritual enemy
  5. Give us the wisdom and discernment to be able to distinguish the difference between an attack of the enemy, God’s discipline, and reaping what we have sown and so to respond in the appropriate way

13th Matthew 13:29-30 Rescuing the Lost

  1. Lord, you have rescued us from hell; give us a compassion for the lost
  2. Your Word, O God, teaches us clearly about the eternal separation of the unsaved; may that knowledge spur us into evangelism
  3. Teach us to understand that time is fast running out, so we may work for you while it is still day
  4. You have taught us Lord Jesus, to ask the Lord of the harvest to raise up labourers for the fields are white; here I am Lord send me!
  5. Open our eyes to see those who are currently lost but who we have the opportunity to reach for Christ

14th Matthew 13:31-33 Spiritual Growth

  1. Lord, help each one of us to see the spiritual potential within us that is capable, with your help, of growing without limit, to achieve great things for God
  2. We pray for our church that you would bring about true spiritual growth within each of us
  3. We pray that you would bring about numerical growth within the church of those who are added by responding to the gospel and being saved
  4. Teach us to dream big, godly dreams for God, and expect them to come into being, for all things are possible for you, O Lord
  5. Help us to be the salt and light you desire us to be and in so doing be a means of the growth of your kingdom

15th Matthew 13:34-39 The Two Kingdoms

  1. Thank you Lord, for bringing us out of the kingdom of darkness; help us to boldly stand up as citizens of the kingdom of light
  2. Keep us, O God, from being ‘carnal christians’ who profess Christ but whose lifestyle still reflects the ways of the world
  3. Lord, we repent of any and all carnality that is found in our church; bring repentance and change so that your power may be fully displayed amongst us
  4. We pray for all those in our church who are still in bondage to sin, carnality or worldliness; cause them to break free and be on fire for Christ
  5. Lord, we repent on behalf of the leaders of our nation who have turned aside your laws and replaced them with ungodly laws; have mercy, forgive and heal our land

16th Matthew 13:40-42 More Prayer for the Lost

  1. Soften our hearts towards those who reject you, O Lord, that we may never give up praying for them to be saved
  2. Help us to “plunder hell and populate heaven”
  3. Give us perseverance so that we never tire of seeking your face and interceding for the lost
  4. Have mercy, O Lord, on all those we know who are resisting the message of salvation and give us the right words and opportunities to witness to them
  5. We pray for all those we know who have backslidden and are far from you: restore them we pray

17th Matthew 13:43 Having Ears to hear

  1. Give us ears to hear all you have to say to us, O Lord
  2. In our times of devotions as we wait upon you, speak to us Lord and may we know your thoughts
  3. When you speak to us through circumstances, give us the understanding to recognise what you are saying and how you are guiding us
  4. As we read your Word, Holy Spirit please enlighten our minds and understanding and give us words direct from heaven
  5. When we know your will, O God, may we act upon it without hesitation or delay

18th Matthew 13:44-46 True Riches

  1. Lord, help us to understand the difference between the temporary and the eternal, and between true spiritual riches and the counterfeit
  2. May we live effective live in this world but at the same time store up our treasures in heaven where moth, rust and thieves do not spoil
  3. Cause to grow within us to the fullest extent the spiritual riches that you have already given to us
  4. Help us to measure our true wealth by our spiritual standing in Christ so that on the day we stand before you we may not suffer loss
  5. May we be sold out wholly, full and totally for your Lord Jesus, just as you were and are for us

19th Matthew 13:47-50 Reaching all People

  1. Give us a heart for all kinds of people, O Lord, no matter who they are, as each one is important to you
  2. We pray for all those from other religions who may be seeking for truth but have not yet found you; help us to reach them, O God
  3. We pray for all those who are seeking for spiritual things in the wrong places, such as through the occult or New Age practices; help us to save them, O Lord
  4. We pray for all those who think they can get by without God, trusting instead in their own abilities and possessions; help us to reach them O God
  5. We pray for all those who society tends to neglect: help us to reach them with the gospel, O Lord

20th Matthew 13:51-2 Understanding

  1. When our understanding is slow and dull, help us Holy Spirit to understand the mind of Christ
  2. Bring revelation to us in every way, Holy Spirit, that we may learn new things each day and grow in Christ
  3. As we read your Word, O Lord, help us to learn more of your ways, to grow more and to become more like Jesus
  4. Holy Spirit, help us to have and to know the mind of Christ, we pray
  5. Help us this day, to be further transformed, by the renewing of our minds, that we may know the good, pleasing and perfect will of God

21st Isaiah 52:13-53:6 Good Friday

  1. Thank you Jesus, that you came to this earth not to be served but to serve and give your life as a ransom for many
  2. We thank you Lord that you were willing to suffer the rejection of those you had come to save, so that we would not be rejected by God
  3. We praise you that you took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows and were willingly afflicted by God to save us from our sins
  4. We thank you ,Lord Jesus, that the punishment that brought us peace was borne by you on our behalf
  5. We are forever grateful that our iniquity was carried by you and now as far as the east is far the west so far are our transgressions removed from us

22nd Isaiah 53:7-12 The Suffering Saviour

  1. Thank you Lord Jesus, that you were willing to come to save us, even though you knew in advance everything you would have to suffer
  2. Lord, at the cross, ‘we may not know, we cannot tell what pain you had to bear, but we believe it was for us you hung and suffered there.’
  3. We are grateful that, through the cross, we have been justified; declared ‘not guilty’ by God because of what you have accomplished for us
  4. Thank you that you sacrifice was for men and women from every nation
  5. We give you praise, honour and glory for who you are and what you have done for us and for everything in the future you will do

23rd Mark 16:1-20 He is Alive!

  1. Thank you, Lord Jesus that you broke the power of sin, death and the devil and overcame by your resurrection from the dead
  2. Thank you for the authority you have entrusted to your church; may we take up full the challenge of the ‘Great commission’
  3. May we use your authority to see signs and wonders following the preaching of your word, as a lifestyle
  4. Give us the boldness to pray for the sick in any and every situation that you lead us
  5. Release amongst us the outpouring of your Spirit and every spiritual gift that can be used effectively in evangelism

24th Luke 6:46-49 Building on Solid Ground

  1. O God, may we not call you ‘Lord’ without obediently doing what you say
  2. May our lives be firmly built on the solid ground of your Word
  3. When ‘floods’ come into our lives as individuals, may we be able to stand firm on the solid Rock of your Word, O Lord, and our spiritual lives not be capsized
  4. When ‘floods’ come into the life of the church, O God, may our feet firmly on the solid rock and not be moved
  5. We pray for all those we know whose faith is weak or wavering, help them to become strong in you, Lord Jesus

25th Luke 8:16-18 Shining for Jesus

  1. Give us the boldness, O Lord, to allow the light of Christ to shine brightly from within us, no matter where we are or what we are doing
  2. Holy Spirit, help us to cooperate with you to develop the fruit of the Spirit within us that changed our character to become more like Christ.
  3. May the character of Christ within us be evident, simply through the way we speak, act and conduct ourselves, O Lord
  4. Let our words always be in accord with the way you would have us speak, O Lord
  5. May our actions, motives and intentions always be in line with your will, O God, so that we will be able to let the light of Jesus shine through us

26th Luke 10:25-35 Concern for the Helpless

  1. Lord, we pray for those we know who are spiritually weak for one reason or another, that you would enable them to grow spiritually and remain in the fellowship of stronger brothers and sisters in Christ
  2. We pray for our discipleship cell leaders as they seek to help those in their cells to grow strong in Christ
  3. We pray for those in our church who always seem to be struggling for one reason or another; help them to move from a position of weakness to one of strength in the Lord
  4. We pray for all the widows in the church and those that we know; your Word shows your concern for the, O Lord, and we pray that you would meet their every need
  5. We pray for all those we know, including ourselves, who have found themselves in difficulties as a result of poor or foolish decisions; help each one O Lord, to make wise and godly choices and decisions

27th Luke 10:25-35 Praying for the Heartless

  1. We pray for all those we know who spurn God and choose to live a lifestyle of selfishness; save them, O God
  2. We pray for all those in our area who choose a lifestyle of violence; cause them to stop, think and repent of their ways, O Lord
  3. We pray for the streets of our borough, O God, that you would cause peace to be       restored to them at all times
  4. We pray for those in our area who prey on the old and vulnerable; bring a conviction of sin and bring someone their way who will witness to them about Christ
  5. For those in our area who abuse others, whether children or adults, we pray for a sovereign move of your Spirit, that will cause them to be led to Christ and be changed

28th Luke 10:25-35 Praying for the Lawless

  1. We pray for all those in our area who have been involved with murder or violent crime; have mercy on them and bring them to the point where they see their need to be saved
  2. We pray for all gang members that may be living in our area; help them to find their values and sense of belonging by finding the love of God and relationship with their Creator through faith in Jesus
  3. We pray for all drug dealers and users in our area, that you would convict them of the futureless direction they are heading in and cause them to seek to find the God who is able to save them and give them a good and blessed future
  4. We pray for all in our area who chose to life a lifestyle of stealing and mugging; help them to see the emptiness of that way of life and their need of salvation in Christ
  5. We take authority over every spirit of lawlessness in our area and command each to leave in the Name of Jesus!

29th Luke 10:36-37 Go and do Likewise

  1. Help us to put your Word into action, as we live it out day-by-day, O Lord and not be simply hearers of your Word only
  2. Give us a heart of compassion for the spiritually lost and spiritually poor, and raise up within each of us the desire to lead them to Christ
  3. Give us a heart of compassion for those who are less fortunate than ourselves and the will to help whenever we able, even when there is a cost involved
  4. We pray for an outpouring of your Holy Spirit over the church that fans the flames and the passion for evangelism in all its forms
  5. Put your revival fire deep within each of us, O Lord, and cause us to be people of prayer, of your Word and witnesses for Jesus

30th Luke 12:13-21 Praying for the Materialistic

  1. Lord, we pray for all non believers we know whose heart is firmly focussed on the temporal and temporary and have little thought for the spiritual things of life; open their eyes and save them
  2. We pray for all christians we know, who, though they confess to following Christ, nevertheless have hearts and minds more focussed on the here-and-now, rather than the things of God; rekindle the fire within them we ask
  3. We pray for our society, that lives for today without thought or planning for tomorrow; cause their blind eyes to be opened to the truth of the gospel and be saved
  4. We pray for those whose lives you know, O Lord, will be shorter than they think; have mercy and save them while there is still time, we pray
  5. Teach us to value and to live by what you, O Lord, regard as success, namely living in perfect obedience to you

”September”

Prayer Diary for September 2017

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Jesus’ Teaching on Evangelism

Prayer Diary September 2017

For Jesus, in the three and a half years that he had before completing his final great triumph on the cross, the overarching mission was to bring the message of the kingdom of heaven and the need for each one to do all they can to enter it. As we continue this month to understand the heart of Jesus for the evangelising of the lost, we are looking at and praying through a number of the parables of Jesus as recorded in Luke’s gospel. From these parables we learn a number of things that Jesus wanted his disciples to know in order to help us with the task of evangelism, which include the following:

  1. Entry in to the kingdom of heaven is by a narrow door. Many who profess to be followers of Jesus will on the final day find that they have been excluded as being ones to whom Jesus says, “I don’t know you.”
  2. Evangelism will be like invitations being sent out to an important banquet. Not all will appreciate the great honour of being invited. People will make all kinds of excuses when given the invitation to come into the kingdom of heaven through faith in Jesus Christ. Many from the ‘highways and byways’ who may not have seemed to be the most obvious one to be in the kingdom of heaven will be there because they have responded to the gospel message
  3. There is a cost to following Jesus. It is never presented as the easy option but each person is wise to count the cost and be prepared to take up his or her cross so that they will be prepared when there are difficult times in their christian walk
  4. Each follower of Jesus is intended to be salt in a world that would otherwise just go rotten. But it is important the believer retains their ‘saltiness’ because it is not merely starting the race but finishing it which is important.
  5. There are many who are lost, who need to be found and brought into the kingdom of heaven. Some are lost because they have no guide, like sheep that wander off; others are lost through foolish choices, like the prodigal son. But for those who are willing to recognise their situation and to seek forgiveness from God the Father, the angels in heaven rejoice over each one who does so
  6. It is appointed once for a person to die and thereafter comes the judgment. Jesus’ story of the rich man and Lazarus reveals a stark reality. There are only two destinations beyond death: either inside the kingdom of heaven in the presence of God, or excluded completely and eternally. The destiny depends upon the choice of each individual in this lifetime, hence the urgency of the task of evangelism.
  7. Like the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector, for those who genuinely repent and turn to the Lord through faith in Christ, no matter how good or bad they are judged by society to have been, each will be accepted by God. By contrast those who do not see the need to repent and ask God for forgiveness but rather trust in their own good works, will find, to their eternal loss, that they have not been able to reach the standard God requires

Prayer is good, but it is even better when coupled with action. Prayer and evangelism are twin partners. Jesus’ direction that we should “ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field” (Luke 10:2) was followed by the words, “I am sending you out like wolves among lambs” envisioning that in many cases, we ourselves, would be the answer to that prayer. As we pray this month, let prayer and action go together

1st Luke 13:22-27 Entering the Narrow Door

  1. Lord keep us close to you at all times, we pray
  2. Keep us from temptation and from everything that would cause us to start backsliding
  3. We pray for all in your church who may go through the motions of following you but in their hearts do not really know you and have not been born again; save them w pray
  4. Help us not to become complacent with our spiritual lives, nor to become so familiar with the gospel that we lose the fear of the Lord
  5. Keep our walk with you, Lord Jesus as the first focus of our lives at all times, we pray

2nd Luke 13:28-30 Prayer for the Lost

  1. Lord, help us always remember that hell is a real place and is the destiny of all who reject you; cause that knowledge to help us redouble our efforts to reach the lost
  2. We thank you for the privilege we have of being able to have a personal relationship with our God through faith in Jesus; help us to treasure that privilege and not to neglect our time with you, O Lord
  3. Lord Jesus, most of your teaching on hell was for the benefit of your disciples that they may understand the plight of the lost; burden our hearts to pray for revival of our nation
  4. Teach us the value of servanthood and to understand that those who are last shall be first
  5. Save all those we know who are not yet saved, we urgently pray, O God

3rd Luke 14:15-17 Taking out the Message

  1. Lord, help us to understand the importance and urgency of taking out the invitation into your kingdom by spreading the gospel of Jesus
  2. Holy Spirit, guide and lead us to the persons you know have hearts ready to receive the message of salvation today
  3. Give us the right words to speak on each occasion, Holy Spirit, and the wisdom how to present the gospel to each individual
  4. We pray for all our street teams as they give out tracts, witness to people and pray for the sick; make them fruitful in evangelism, we pray
  5. Help us understand that the time is short and that we need to redeem the time for the days are evil

4th Luke 14: 18 Excuses

  1. Forgive us, O Lord, when we put other interests as a higher priority than responding to your call to put you first
  2. Lord, help us to love you with all our heart, soul, strength and mind and to have no other ‘gods’ besides you
  3. Help us to seek first the kingdom of God and all your righteousness O Lord, so that you may add to us all the things we need
  4. Help us to prioritise our wealth and our spending, O Lord, that we may be good stewards of all that you enable us to have and to own
  5. May our worldly possessions take second place to our spiritual treasures

5th Luke 14:19 More Excuses

  1. Lord, may our work never become an excuse that causes us to fail to give you the best of our service to you, since by so doing, we only impoverish ourselves
  2. May we see our work as an opportunity to be a place for serving you, rather than just a place to earn our income; help us to be effective witnesses for you in our place of work, O Lord
  3. Help us to be ambassadors for Jesus in our places of work, O Lord, being able to present a godly witness even if we do not speak, but merely through our Christ-like conduct
  4. We pray for all our work colleagues, O Lord, save them by your Spirit
  5. Forgive us, O God, for any or each occasion we have put our work before you and have thereby neglected to give you our first love

6th Luke 14:20 Still more Excuses

  1. Lord, help us to always have the right godly balance between our love for you and our love for our family members
  2. Forgive us for any times when we have loved a family member more than you; help us to realise that we can only truly love them as we allow Christ’s love to flow through us to them
  3. Help each of the men in our church to love you first, O Lord, and then to allow that godly love to overflow to their wives and children
  4. Help each of the women in our church to love you first, O Lord, and to then allow that godly love to flow out to their husbands and children
  5. Help us to teach our children to love you first, O God, so that they can then love their parents with that agape love

7th Luke 14:23 Going into the Highways and Byways

  1. Cause us, O Lord, to understand that everywhere where people are, that is where you want us to be witnesses
  2. For those who go on the streets to witness, increase their compassion for the lost and help them present the gospel to people from every walk of life
  3. Help us to take the gospel to those who may not hear it from anyone else
  4. Give us a compassion for those whom society generally writes off, and enable us to give them the hope that comes with a life-changing faith in Jesus Christ
  5. Lord help us to go the extra mile when it comes to reaching the lost; give us hearts of forgiveness that desire even those who dislike us to be saved

8th Luke 14:24 Praying for the hard of Heart

  1. Lord we pray for all our family members whose hearts are hardened to the gospel; soften their hearts we pray
  2. Holy Spirit we thank you that you are the one who convicts people of sin and points them to Christ; help us to pray effectively for those whose hearts are hardened
  3. Help us to pray strategic prayers that will bring down strongholds in the lives of the unbelievers we pray for so that, though they are now spiritually blind, they may see
  4. Lord, may the knowledge that you will exclude unbelievers spur us to redouble our energies to pray for their salvation
  5. Break the power of the ‘god of this age’ who blinds the eyes of those unbelievers we are praying for, O Lord

9th Luke 14:25-27 First Love

  1. Lord, help us to put the need for holiness before our desire for happiness
  2. Teach us to order our lives aright so that we put all our activities in their correct priority.
  3. When the way is difficult and costly because we are following you and your ways, O Lord, help us to carry our cross
  4. May we love you first and foremost so that as we seek first the kingdom of God and your righteousness, all other things will be added unto us
  5. Help us, Holy Spirit, to be able to pray at all times the words, ‘Your will, not our will be done’ and to bear any cross that comes from being obedient to your will

10th Luke 14:28-33 Counting the Cost

  1. Lord, teach us the necessity of not merely being converts but of being true disciples of Jesus Christ and of living our lives for you accordingly
  2. Let us not be merely “fair weather” christians, O Lord, only wanting to follow you when everything is well; but instead to live for you no matter what the cost
  3. May we say with king David, that we will not sacrifice anything to the Lord that costs us nothing
  4. Release from the fear of giving to you O Lord, whether it is giving our time, our commitment, our finances or any other necessary thing, and let us experience the truth that we can never out-give God
  5. Teach us to remember the cross, O Lord, and to remind ourselves that nothing we do or give to you can ever come near to all you have given to and for each of us

11th Luke 14:34-35 Keeping our Saltiness

  1. Lord, you have said that you do not like luke-warmness; cause us to be and to remain, hot and on fire for you at all times, we pray
  2. Enable us, like salt, to be effective out and about in those areas of our society where things are going bad; help us make a difference for Jesus
  3. Like salt makes things taste better, give us opportunities today to bring the presence of Christ to someone who does not know God and to make their life better by showing to them the way of salvation
  4. May we not only retain our spiritual ‘saltiness’ but to daily grow closer to Christ and so become more and more influential with the gospel to those we meet each day
  5. Place your people in prominent positions of influence in every area of our society, O Lord so that in every strata of our society you have your people acting effectively as ‘salt’

12th Luke 15:1-2 Mixing with ‘Sinners’

  1. Teach us to see all people as you see them, Lord God, namely as those, who as we once were, are in desperate need because they do not know their God; may we give them the life-changing gospel
  2. Give us a love for the lost, O God,       no matter who they are, what they have done or how unlovely they currently are
  3. Give us an effective door of ministry into the lives of all those we come in contact with who currently do not know you, O Lord
  4. We pray for all the ‘religious’ people we know who have a form of outward religion but do not have an inner life changed by a relationship with God through Jesus; take the scales from their eyes O Lord and save them
  5. Give us the joy, our God, of seeing many ‘sinners’ choosing to change the direction of their lives by turning to Christ in repentance

13th Luke 15:3-6 Seeking the Lost

  1. We pray for all those who have been part of our fellowship but have now backslidden; restore them back to yourself and the fellowship of believers, we pray
  2. Give us, Holy Spirit, creative strategies and ideas as individuals, to be able to reach, influence and bring to Christ those we know who are not yet believers but for whom we are praying to be saved
  3. We pray for all our discipleship cells and discipleship cell leaders, that you would give them the desire, the divine leading and success in reaching their ‘prayer of three’ who they are praying for to be saved
  4. We pray for all the evangelistic events in the church on Sunday evenings, that you would use them to be an effective vehicle for bringing the lost to Christ, O Lord
  5. Cause us always to remember, O Lord, that your church is not a pleasure cruiser but a lifeboat to save those who are perishing; give us the desire and opportunity to rescue the perishing

14th Luke 15:7 Causing the Angels to Rejoice

  1. We pray for all the non-christian husbands of the women in our church; save them now, O God
  2. We pray for all the non-christian children of the parents in our church; save them now, O God
  3. We pray for all the non-christian parents of those in our church; save them now we pray, O Lord
  4. We pray for all our non-christian brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles and aunties; save them now, O Lord
  5. We pray for all our non-christian friends; save them now we pray and let there be cause for much rejoicing by the angels in heaven

15th Luke 15:8-10 Seeking the Lost (2)

  1. Lord, teach us the value to you of each person who is lost and give us the desire to see them found by you
  2. Give us a burden in prayer to pray continually for those who do not know you and who we desire to be won for Christ
  3. Help us not to be content with the blessings that we enjoy as a result of our relationship with Jesus; instead may we not rest until we know we are doing all you would have us do in the ministry you have called each of us to do
  4. Make us fruitful, O Lord, that we may have the joy of seeing people give their lives to you
  5. Encourage each of us who has been praying for a long time for a particular person who has not yet come to Christ; may the weeping that comes in the night be turned to joy in the morning

16th Luke 15:11-12 Praying for the Materialistic

  1. We pray for all those we know whose first love is for the things of this life; help them to see the folly of trusting in that which is but temporary
  2. We pray for our society that rates success primarily by the extent of fame or fortune; have mercy and send a hunger for true wealth which can be found only in Christ
  3. Teach us, O Lord, that it is more blessed to give than receive and may we know the joy of being givers in every area of our lives
  4. Lord, you have said that no-one can serve two masters, God and Mammon; teach us to serve God and to let money serve us but not master us
  5. We thank you for our worldly wealth and pray that you would teach us to use it wisely and in conformity with your will, O Lord

17th Luke 15:13-14 The Emptiness of Materialism

  1. Lord put us in positions of influence to be able to reach those whose only hope in life is found in the pleasures of this world
  2. We pray for those we know who struggle to believe there is life beyond this material world; may their blind eyes be opened today
  3. We pray for the leaders of our nation that they would have the wisdom to use the wealth of this land beneficially
  4. We pray for the poor nations of the world; let the church of Jesus Christ rise up into places of influence throughout the world and with a voice that is heard that will enable the poor nations to progress out of poverty
  5. Cause us today O Lord, to seek you to see if there is anyone or any cause that you want us to give to out of our own personal resources; and may we act upon it

18th Luke 15:16 Praying for those with Self-inflicted Wounds

  1. We pray for all those we know who are addicted to or whose only source of pleasure is in drugs; may they know pleasure found in knowing God
  2. We pray for all those we know whose life is controlled by the need for alcohol; help them find the ‘new wine’ of the Holy Spirit
  3. We pray for all those we know whose lives are in a mess because of bad choices they have made; help them find a new life in Christ
  4. We pray for all those we know who are suffering from depression because of the consequences of the choices they have made; may we show them the abundant life in Christ
  5. We pray for all those we know who may be thinking about suicide because of the circumstances they have got themselves into; help us bring them the life-changing message of the gospel

19th Luke 15:17-19 True Repentance

  1. Let your presence, O Lord, be felt more and more in our midst as we gather together for worship
  2. Cause us to search our hearts and our lives and remove anything that would hinder you moving powerfully in our midst
  3. O Lord, we pray that you would so move in our midst that we would regularly see people coming to you in deep repentance
  4. May we start to see in our meetings, whether Sunday or mid-week people coming under a real and genuine conviction of sin that causes heartfelt repentance
  5. Send a Holy Spirit inspired revival in our midst, we pray O Lord our God

20th Luke 15:20-21 The Father’s Compassion

  1. Give us a heart like yours, Heavenly Father
  2. Make us more like Jesus in every aspect of our lives; in the way we think, talk, act and conduct the affairs of our lives
  3. Help us to forgive all those who transgress against us just as you have fully forgiven us, Heavenly Father
  4. Cause us right now to release any feelings of bitterness towards anyone and to be able to pray for God to bless them, whether we feel they deserve it or not
  5. Teach us to love just as you love, Heavenly Father and in so doing cause others to be attracted to Christ

21st Luke 15:22-24 The Lost is Found

  1. Help us to see the best in each person, O Lord, even when they have done much that is unrighteous
  2. Help us to be like you, Heavenly Father, prepared to give a second chance to those who have let us down
  3. When a brother or sister asks us for forgiveness, enable us to do so even if the occasions reach seventy times seven
  4. Teach us to be people who have hearts big enough to be able to pray for the blessing of any and every person; particularly the blessing of finding Jesus as Saviour
  5. Let our church be known for the restitution of those prodigals who are genuinely repentant

22nd Luke 15:25-31 Reconciliation within Families

  1. We pray for all the families in our church where there are rifts in relationships; bring reconciliation, O Lord
  2. We pray for all the sons in the church, that each will all enjoy a good and harmonious relationship with his mother and father
  3. We pray for all the daughters in our church that each will be a blessing to her mother and father
  4. Where there is strife between brothers and/or sisters we pray for each family we know in this situation, that you would bring healing, O Lord
  5. Bless the families in the church, O Lord, and may they be an inspiration and example to non believers who will desire to have the peace of God in their own lives and families

23rd Luke 16:19-24 Urgent Prayer for the Lost

  1. Lord, your Word is true; teach us to understand the dreadful destiny of those who die outside of Christ
  2. Lord, understanding your teaching about hell, inspire us to reach the lost; help us to sense the urgency of the situation and to act accordingly
  3. Give us a deep understanding and a deep compassion for those heading towards a Christless eternity, O Lord
  4. Help us to understand the true depth of the wickedness of sin that makes hell necessary; may we be careful to walk in the ways of God
  5. Give us divine appointments, O Lord, arranged by you, for us to witness to those who may not have another opportunity to hear the gospel before they die

24th Luke 16:25-26 A Great Chasm

  1. Lord your Word tell us that it is appointed once for a person to die and then comes the judgment; give us a sense of urgency for the task of evangelism, we pray
  2. May the knowledge that we have only one lifetime in which to serve you motivate us to seek and reach those who are, as yet, unsaved
  3. Move us even now as we pray, O Lord to have mercy on the lost and we cry to you to help us reach them
  4. Thank you Jesus, for the cross that saves each one who trusts in you from eternal separation from God; may we bring the good news to someone today
  5. We thank you, heavenly Father that all things are possible to you; even the salvation of those whom we think are too hard to be saved

25th Luke 16:27-31 More Prayer for the Hard of Heart

  1. We bring before you, right now, O God, those for whom we have prayed for a long time but who remain hardened in their hearts; do something in their lives now to cause them to seek and find you
  2. For every atheist we know, O Holy Spirit, bring them to the place of belief, we pray
  3. For every person we know who is involved in witchcraft or the seeking out of evil spirits; save them before it is too late we pray
  4. We pray for the secular T.V. stations that are happy to undermine the truth of the Bible and to undermine the things of Christ; cause them to desire the truth of the gospel, O Lord
  5. We pray for all the institutions of this land that deliberately seek to exclude the truth of the gospel on the grounds of ‘not wanting to offend people’; sweep that ungodly attitude completely away, O Lord God

26th Luke 18:1-8 Persistent in Prayer

  1. You have shown us there are some situations that need persistent prayer, O Lord; give us the tenacity to keep praying until we see a breakthrough
  2. Cause us never to give up in prayer and when we feel discouraged please quicken our inner spirit, we pray
  3. Give us the faith that never doubts but always perseveres and trusts in the God of the impossible
  4. Cause us never to lose sight of the truth, O Lord, that your desire to see the lost saved no matter who they are, is far greater than our own
  5. Lord, when you look at each of us we pray that you will indeed find the faith in our hearts and lives that you are looking for

27th Luke 18:9-14 Praying for the Self-Righteous

  1. Lord, help us not to be guilty of hypocrisy but to ensure we only ever trust in your righteousness and not in our own self-righteousness
  2. May we never glory in our own good works, since, in any event, our own ‘righteous’ acts are as filthy rags in your sight; may you have all the glory for any successes we achieve
  3. Lord, teach us how to rely on you totally and not on ourselves so that the power of your Holy Spirit can be constantly at work in and through us
  4. We take authority over any religious spirit that is operating over our area that causes people to trust in religion and good works rather than in the cross of Christ; may such people be set free into a personal relationship with Jesus
  5. May we not be like the church of Laodicea, O Lord, who trusted in their own efforts but rather like the church of Philadelphia to whom you gave an open door of revival

28th Luke 18:9-14 The Humble will be Exalted

  1. Forgive us our pride, O Lord, and help us daily to recognise it and to remove it from every part of our lives, we pray
  2. Let our attitude be the same as Christ Jesus who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing.
  3. Teach us to be like Jesus who took on the very nature of a servant and humbled himself, becoming obedient even to death on a cross
  4. May we truly understand that the pathway to greatness and effective service for God is not by self-promotion but by humbling ourselves before our God
  5. As we humble ourselves under your mighty hand, Heavenly Father, we pray that you will lift us up in due time

29th Luke 19:11-13 Entrusted with God’s gifts

  1. Cause each of us to remember, O Lord, that you have given each of us talents and abilities that you require us to use for your kingdom; give us willing hearts to do so
  2. We wait upon you now, O God and ask you to reveal to each of us any gift or talent we have that we are not currently using for you and give us the opportunities to use them for your glory
  3. Bless all those in the church who have practical gifts and ministries and may they use them for your glory
  4. Bless those in the church who have charismatic gifts and may they use them for your glory
  5. Teach us to remember, that it is not how great or how many, our gifts and talents are, but rather how faithfully we use those you have entrusted to us

30th Luke 19:14 More Prayer for those who are rejecting the Lordship of Jesus Christ

  1. We pray for all Muslims we know, O Lord and ask that they would recognise Jesus as not just a prophet, but as their only Lord and Saviour
  2. We pray for all the Jews we know and ask that they would recognise that Jesus Christ is their Messiah whom they long for
  3. We pray for all the Hindus we know and ask that they would find Jesus Christ not just as one more god among many but as the one true God and Saviour of all mankind
  4. We pray for all the Buddhists we know and ask that they would know Jesus Christ as the Way the Truth and the Life and the only way to the Father
  5. We pray for the men and women we know of every other religion or none and pray that they may come to know Christ while they still have an opportunity

31st Luke 19:15-26 Rewards for the Faithful

  1. Thank you Father that our work for the Lord is not in vain; keep us encouraged through every trial whilst here on earth
  2. Help us to remain faithful for all our time here on earth and to finish the race well
  3. May we never bury any of the talents and gifts you have given us but always to make full use of them no matter how great or small we may think they are
  4. We thank you Lord that there awaits every believer a glorious eternity in the presence of the perfect King of all kings and his eternal joy
  5. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have triumphed over every one of your enemies and will rule in righteousness, joy and peace forever and ever

Testimonies

  • "Cyst on sciatica nerve disappears" - Diane had been suffering from intense pain in her back due to a cyst that was resting on her sciatic nerve. She had a scan in January 2010, which showed the cyst. She was then sent to Charing Cross Hospital, and she saw a surgeon who was prepared to operate on her back to remove the cyst. She had a second scan in March 2011 in preparation for the back operation. She had been receiving prayer about this, and Diane went to see the surgeon once more when it was noticed that the cyst had completely gone. The pain had also gone. Diane gives Jesus the glory and praise, and says that this has been due to answered prayer, since ECC prayed for her. She is overwhelmed with joy.
  • "Amazing that all pain was gone" Gifty had been having pains in her back, arms and neck. The Ministry Team lovingly prayed with her, and at the end of prayer she was amazed that all pain was gone. She was overjoyed as she shared her testimony.
  • "Amazing that all pain was gone" Gifty had been having pains in her back, arms and neck. The Ministry Team lovingly prayed with her, and at the"Healed of knee problem" “I was suffering with pain from a knee problem. The doctor told me that my last option would be a knee replacement. After the Ministry Team prayed with me, I am healed of the knee problem.”end of prayer she was amazed that all pain was gone. She was overjoyed as she shared her testimony.
  • "The pain has gone" “I have had a very bad back for 10 weeks due to my work. I have to do heavy lifting but tonight the pain has gone. I thank Jesus for healing me.”
  • "Free of all discomfort “I have been feeling feverish for over two weeks. I usually go to bed taking paracetamol, hoping that I will feel better. The Team prayed for me, and the pain at the back of my neck just went. I am now free of all discomfort. I thank Jesus for healing me.”
  • "The pain left my hip" “I had been having pain in my left hip. As I was sitting down and two ladies from the Ministry Team started to pray, I could feel pins and needles in my leg, which I believe was the start of my healing. Then after some time the pain in my hip just left.”
  • “It all happened on 3rd January 2010. A man had been having an argument with my husband for two days about work. My husband had difficulty explaining the matter in English, so he phoned my son to come and translate for him. When my son arrived, the man started to shout and argue. My son and husband tried to calm him down. However, he got violent and punched both my son and husband. Both of them were in shock and tried to defend themselves. In the process of defending themselves, the man fell on the floor and hurt himself. He then pressed charges against my husband and my son, accusing my son of stabbing him in the head several times with a knife. This lie of the devil led my son and husband to appear at the Old Bailey, and being allegedly charged with GBH (grievous bodily harm), a charge just below attempted murder. The whole incident, which had been based on lies, continued for roughly a year. At the hearing, this man continued to lie and accuse my son. All this time, I prayed and believed in my Lord Jesus Christ. My faith was strong, and was not going to accept this lie over truth. I would often sit outside the Court and inside and pray to Almighty God. Eventually, the judges and jury saw the truth, and my family was free - without any allegations. I am so happy and proud to be a born-again Christian. I have also realised in several situations that God is in our lives and hearts. He has His hand on our heads, protecting us and saving us from the devil. My husband follows Jesus, and has forgiven the man in the same way Jesus would have done, and because of this I can also forgive him. I thank God for this miracle - justice and happiness prevailed in Jesus’ Name!”