WEEK OF DECEMBER 10 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 Generous.”
- Pray for the Responding Christmas Concert that is taking place this Friday.
- Pray for all the pastors, staff, and volunteers who will be coming together to use this concert of Spirit-filled music as a means for worship and to reach those who wouldn’t normally come to church.
- Pray for every ministry in our church. Pray strength over the many volunteers who sacrifice time, prayer, energy, talent, and various means to support the health of our church body.
- Pray for Crossroads pastors, leaders, staff, and the church body. Ask the Lord to continue to lead, guide, and protect them and their families.
- Pray for local church pastors, leaders, staff, and families. Ask the Lord to continue to speak to them and give them strategy to further the saving knowledge of Christ.
- Pray for those in need as we head into the Christmas season.
- Continue to pray for our national leaders. Ask the Lord to surround them with godly men and women who encourage them in the ways of Christ.
- Pray for international leaders. Ask that they would come into the saving knowledge of Christ, lead with humility, and love and care for the people they have been entrusted to lead.
- Pray for a national awakening in America. Ask the Holy Spirit to fall in fresh ways and encounter those who don’t know Him. Ask for salvations, restoring of hearts and minds, and that our nation would pursue unity, love, and peace.
- We pray for Lebanon as it suffers the consequences of lack of electricity and fuel, potential water shortages, rising Covid infections, political deadlock, rampant inflation, food poverty, and the ongoing impact of last year’s Beirut port explosion.
- Pray for the current situation in the Middle East, that war doesn’t escalate and engulf the entire country.
- Pray for youth to meet Jesus, get discipled, and connect with a local church through our School Ministry.
- Pray for our work in equipping the local church through Youth Leadership Training.
- Pray for Jesus to be made known among unreached peoples in hard-to-access locations.
- Pray for courage and the boldness to continue sharing Christ and that the work of sharing the Gospel would continue and even accelerate.
- Pray for biblical training and Christlikeness for a rising generation of church leaders.
- Pray for those still trying to rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake.
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! ~ Psalms 133:1
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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