WEEK OF AUGUST 20 PRAYER GUIDE
What a JOY it is to join with our church family to pray around the clock. Thank you for simply responding to Jesus and joining with other members of our church family to pray 24/7! We believe that God will not only hear our prayers but we will see significant shifts in our community and our world because of our intention to set time aside and pray.
PREPARING YOUR HEART (5 MINUTES)
Take some time to be still before the Lord. Quiet your heart before the Lord and get your mind ready to pray. Also use this time to welcome God and His presence. Invite Him into your time of prayer. Some practical ideas are to sit in silence or take deep breaths. You can also say something like:
“Holy Spirit, I invite You to this time of prayer.”
“Lord, I’m here for You. Speak, I am listening.”
WORSHIP AND THANKSGIVING (5 MINUTES)
Use these five minutes to think of the many things that have been good from the day. Then begin to thank God for those things. You can also use a gratitude journal and write down things you’re grateful for. Begin to worship Jesus for who He is and all that He has done for you.
CONFESSION (5 MINUTES)
Take this time to reflect on the last 24 hours. Did anything happen that directly impacted you? Are there any areas of your life that have been dishonoring to God in thoughts, actions, or words? Bring those to God, confess to Him and ask him to restore the areas that are broken or don’t reflect His character. Receive His vast love, forgiveness, and grace towards you.
ASK (15 MINUTES)
Who or what, is on your heart today? Spend a few moments talking to God about anything personal in your heart that you’d like to share with Him before you move on to the next section.
In alignment with our “Year of Becoming” vision, this month we are continuing to focus on the theme of “Becoming Helpful.”
- Pray that we would boast in the finished work of the Cross and not in our gifts.
- Pray that the people of Crossroads would walk in the good works that God prepared for them beforehand.
- Pray for the upcoming school season – ask for protection over our teachers, school administrators, and leaders.
- Pray for students who will be going to a new place, that anxiety would have no place in their hearts and minds.
- Pray for ways that the Church can reach out and support local leaders.
- Continue to pray for the families and loved ones in Maui. That the Lord would send laborers to surround those hurting from the fires.
- Pray for the fires in Eastern Washington, pray for those families affected by the fires and the smoke. Pray that those needing shelter and protection will find a safe place to be.
- Pray for those in California that are in the area of possibly being hit by hurricane Hilary. Pray for God to protect the families and anyone located in those areas.
- Pray that the Lord would establish God fearing men and women in our highest level of national leadership.
- Pray for a great harvest resulting from faithful believers sharing bold accounts of their faith.
- Pray that we would see the people of Iran as those God loves, replacing any prejudices with Jesus’s love and compassion.
- Pray for peace across the nation of Iran and in her relationships with other nations.
- Pray that every Iranian follower of Jesus will discover a house church where he or she can build relationships, study God’s Word, and grow in their faith.
Central African Republic
- Pray for a peace that enables national resources to be developed for economic stability.
- Pray for the wisdom of pastors as they minister to their congregations in the face of violence and ongoing bloodshed.
- Pray that the eyes and hearts of jihadists, criminal groups, and Fulani militants will be opened to Jesus.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God – Philippians 4:6
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. – Romans 12:10
FINISH BY THANKING THE LORD FOR MEETING YOUR REQUESTS. MEDITATE ON WHAT HE MAY WANT YOU TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR TIME OF PRAYER.
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