While we typically take this time to look back and reflect on the previous text from Sunday, I’d like to have us look ahead to tomorrow. Tomorrowis the National Day of Prayer. Truthfully, everyday should be a day of prayer, but tomorrow is a day that as a nation we have set aside to pray to God for our nation, leaders, communities, churches, and many other items.
For the last few weeks we’ve been talking about our desire for people in the church to find ways to share in this together or corporately. We’ve asked that you find a 30 minute chunk of time and pray with others. If praying with others is not an option at this point, then take 30 minutes and pray on your own.
As we finish up the book of Acts this weekend, we will be reminded of what Total Church looks like. A Total Church is a church that prays, that seeks God’s heart, desire and will in all things. Let’s be a church that does just that.
Below are specific ways that you can spend your time praying. It is certainly not limited to these items, these are simply references and aides that will give direction to your prayer time. Let’s get before the God of the universe, and ask Him to do what only He can do.
For His Name,
We pray for our government – national & state:
- For leaders: knowledge, wisdom, integrity, hearts open to His will. I Timothy 2:2
- For an awakening in believers & non-believers to understand that “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”, & that repentance would result. Proverbs 14:34
- For the justice system at every level—the courts including the Supreme Court and important decisions they will make, law enforcement and the current divide in our country, and all other aspects of justice. Psalm 11:7
We pray for our community:
- “Let all the earth (Rio Rancho, Taylor Ranch, Bernalillo…) fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere Him.” Psalm 33:8
- For light to shine on corruption in local realms of influence (government, businesses, schools, churches…) and for God’s merciful healing in those people and places. Psalm 1 & 2
- For open doors and open hearts to receive the Gospel. Colossians 4:3; Acts 16:14
We pray for the Church:
- To repent, to be restored and revived. Psalm 85
- To understand and embrace truth. I Timothy 3:15; II Timothy 3:16
- For unity of the believers. John 17:23; Ephesians 4:3-6
- To be on, persist in, its mission of making disciples & proclaiming God’s glory. Ephesians 3:21
- For hope & faithfulness for those being persecuted because they are Christ’s followers. I Peter 5:10; Romans 15:13