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September Call to Prayer Fasting
Bethel Church has declared the month of September 2020 to be a Month of Prayer and Fasting. Special prayer meetings are scheduled for each Wednesday at 7:00 PM and each Sunday at 6:00 PM.
 
Also during the month, you are asked to designate a special time of each day for prayer. Pastor has written a prayer directive for each day with hopes to give you a kick-start for your prayer time. God bless you as you pray with us. As the directives are written they will be posted below.
Please share this with your friends. We welcome everyone to pray with us.
 
Later in the month, Sept 17 - 28, we will be making a commitment to fast. More details will be added later.
 
(You may also find this information on Bethel Church's Facebook page.)

Bethel Church Thirty Day Prayer Directive

Day Thirty – September 30, 2020

What To Pray – Lift up Your Eyes and See the Light of God’s Glory

 Isaiah 60:1–3 (NIV84) — 1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. 3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

 For the past thirty days you have prayed and sought God for forgiveness, restoration, healing, revival, and the blessings bestowed by a loving and gracious heavenly Father. You have prayed in faith with hope that God will see and intervene in the affairs of our nation. You have asked God to come once again and fill the church with his glory. Your body, soul, and spirit have been offered to God as an offering to the Most High. Now, it is time to look up and see the salvation of the Lord and the deliverance we have prayed for. Arise, and shine for your light has come. Rejoice in the Lord. He is on his throne and his glory is filling the earth again. 

How To Pray – Begin to Shout In the Name of the Lord

Numbers 23:21 (NIV84) — 21 “No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel. The Lord their God is with them; the shout of the King is among them.

Joshua 6:20 (NIV84) — 20 When the trumpets sounded, the people shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the people gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so every man charged straight in, and they took the city.

Throughout history God has given his people a unique weapon. The verses above speak of the people shouting in the face of their enemies. We too must shout in the face of sin, oppression, discouragement, wickedness, bondage, demonic strongholds, and the darkness that is trying to take over our nation, our church, and our families. In times of insurmountable opposition, we shout to the Lord and lift up the name that is above every name. Whatever you are facing in your life, shout at it in the name of the Lord. It sounds silly in the natural, but believe me, it works. God hears the shout of his people and Satan is deathly afraid of those who boldly shout to God in the Name of the Lord of Hosts.

Day Twenty-nine – September 29, 2020

What To Pray – That We Will Be Faithful During Spiritual Dryness

Joel 1:12 (NIV84)12 The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the joy of mankind is withered away.

Psalm 1:3 (NIV84)3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

There are seasons when you feel that your prayers go no higher than the ceiling. The heavens seem to turn to brass, and you cannot hear God’s voice in his Word, in worship, in a sermon or prayer. God is silent. We all face these seasons of dryness. It is very difficult to keep going when there is no evidence or witness in your heart that your prayers are going anywhere. It is in times like this when we must resolve to keep on pressing on by faith. The trial of your faith produces patience and forbearance that God looks upon as virtuous. Be faithful unto death and in all circumstances and you will receive a crown of life. Press on!!!

How To Pray – For Those Who Are In the Winter Season of Life

Ezekiel 17:24 (NIV84) 24 All the trees of the field will know that I the LORD bring down the tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. “ ‘I the LORD have spoken, and I will do it.’ ”

Isaiah 11:1 (NIV84)1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Years ago I passed through a winter season. God was silent. I had no joy, no sweet presence of Jesus, and felt as dead as a tree that had died in our back yard. It was at that time that a long-time friend spoke words of encouragement into my life. He said, “You are like a tree that is going through a winter season. This will pass and life will again sprout in your life and the fruit you will bear will touch many for the Kingdom of God.” That word of encouragement and discernment from my friend gave me new hope and strength to keep on going. Sure enough, in a few weeks God proved himself faithful and the blessing of God flowed like a river in our church and in my life. Pray for those who may be passing through the valley of dryness and ask God to strengthen them today.

Day Twenty-eight – September 28, 2020

What To Pray – That I Will Offer to God My Life

John 6:5–12 (NIV84)5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?”… Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 ..There were about five thousand men. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”

This miracle shows us that God can take the “little” that we have and multiply it to become more than we could ever imagine. He fed 5,000 men not counting women and children that day and they gathered up twelve baskets of fragments when they had all eaten all they wanted. God will use what we bring to him. It is up to us to offer it to God and then to believe that his power and grace are enough to make the difference. Our prayers matter so keep on praying. Don’t give up. The answer is not up to you; it is up to God.

How To Pray – My “little” Will Become Great in God’s Hands

Ephesians 3:20–21 (NIV84)20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Isaiah 38:4–6 (NIV84) 4 Then the word of the LORD came to Isaiah: 5 “Go and tell Hezekiah, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will add fifteen years to your life. 6 And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city.

When we think of our smallness and how the numbers are staggering that oppose us, we often think, “How can my prayers or life possibly make a difference in the grand scheme of things?” But the reality is that God hears every prayer offered in faith from a pure and sincere heart and he acts upon it according to his divine will. In essence, God takes our “little” and makes it immeasurably more than we can even imagine or conceive. Hallelujah! So keep praying child of God and know that your prayer is heard and will be answered from heaven.

Day Twenty-Seven – September 27, 2020

What To Pray – Thank God for Jesus our Sacrifice 

Leviticus 23:26–28 (NIV84) — 26 The Lord said to Moses, 27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the Lord by fire. 28 Do no work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God.

1 John 2:1–2 (NIV84) — 1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

 The need for atonement came from the fact that since Adam sinned in the Garden, our sins have been visible to God for judgment. The only way to prevent the judgment of God in the old testament was to sprinkle blood on the lid of the ark of the covenant. Once a year the high priest would sprinkle the blood on the lid (mercy seat) and God would accept the substitutional sacrifice for the sin of the people. When. Jesus gave his life for us, he became our sin offering and his blood now covers our sins and cancels them out.

How To Pray – That I Will Surrender My Life Completely to Christ

Psalm 51:1 (NIV84) — 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Acts 3:19 (NIV84) — 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

The word atone comes from a word that means to cover over or to blot out. In order for our sins to be removed from our record, we must repent which means to seek forgiveness with the intent of turning away from that sin and going in a new direction. Conversion means to turn around. When we come to Christ and repent of sin we not only receive forgiveness but also authority over our lives. Jesus becomes Lord of our life and we live to please him and to keep his commandments. This is what David prayed for in Psalms 51 and it is what we must be willing to do today. In reality, there is no salvation without obedience to Christ.

Day Twenty-Five – September 25, 2020

What To Pray – Due Process of Law

 Acts 19:32 (NIV84) — 32 The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.35 The city clerk quieted the crowd and said: “Men of Ephesus, doesn’t all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?38 If, then, Demetrius and his fellow craftsmen have a grievance against anybody, the courts are open and there are proconsuls. They can press charges. 39 If there is anything further you want to bring up, it must be settled in a legal assembly. 40 As it is, we are in danger of being charged with rioting because of today’s events. In that case we would not be able to account for this commotion, since there is no reason for it.”

Riots and mob rule are not new. Paul faced this in Ephesus after a great revival broke out and thousands of demonic books and articles of witchcraft merchandise were burned. In today’s money it was worth between three and five million dollars. The uproar that started was over money. Christianity was infringing on the economy. People were caught up in the mob and many did not even know what was going on. Does this sound familiar? Today, mobs are rioting and destroying millions of dollars’ worth of property, and innocent people are being beaten, shot, and some killed. We must pray that due process of the law will be applied to all who violate the laws of our land.

How To Pray – For Lawlessness to be Subdued

2 Thessalonians 2:7–8 (NIV84) — 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.

The church is the only thing in the world that is keeping the spirit of antichrist from ruling this world. That is exactly what the blinded and demon inspired people want. They want to destroy America and for anarchy to rule. We are certainly living in the last days. We must pray as never before for the Spirit of God to lift up a standard against the powers of darkness. It is up to us to pray for that to happen, but if we do not pray and believe, we can expect evil to increase and lawlessness to take over our land. Please pray earnestly for law and order.

Day Twenty-Four – September 24, 2020

What To Pray – For Peace 

Mark 4:35–39 (NIV84) — 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

 The amazing fact in this story is that Jesus could sleep through a storm. There are probably several factors that contributed to slumber. First, he was probably exhausted from the mental, physical, and spiritual strain he was under all the time. Secondly, he knew where he was going and nothing could prevent him from completing his mission, and thirdly, when he told the disciples “let’s go over to the other side,” he had peace that they would reach their destination. We need to remember that when Jesus is in the boat, we will get through any storm we face in this life.

How To Pray – Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus

Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV84) — 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The peace of God is an amazing thing. Peace is not the absence of difficulty or hardship or danger, but it is the unexplainable confidence to know that all is well. I have experienced this at times in my life when my feeling of peace made no sense. That is why Paul said God’s peace transcends all understanding. You can’t explain it but you know when it is present. Let us pray that God will give us that peace in today’s turbulent, upside down world. The key is found in the following verses in Philippians 4:8-9. Read them and spend time in prayer and meditation.

Day Twenty-Two – September 22, 2020

What To Pray – Biblical Fasting

 Isaiah 58:1–4 (NIV84) — 1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways…. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.

There is a right and wrong way to fast. When we fast, we must set aside as much of the normal routine of life as possible. Certainly, fasting involves the doing without foods, but it involves much more than that. Fasting is a time for us to concentrate and focus on God and his Word. It focuses on spending time in meditation and prayer as we approach the throne of grace. It involves fasting our minds from entertainment and worldly amusements such as watching television, movies, video games, and other forms of mind-numbing activities. When we fast, we strive to give God as much as possible, our complete attention.

How To Pray – With Right Motives 

Isaiah 58:5–7 (NIV84) — 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for a man to humble himself? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying on sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? 6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Fasting is time for us to humble ourselves before God. Our motive is not starvation, to prove to God that we love him, but rather we turn our attention to the things that God desires. He wants to deliver those who are bound in chains of sin and shame; to see that justice is done for everyone; to break the yokes of slavery to any and all oppressions; to share our resources with those in need; to take care of the poor and needy in our world; to love and renew our devotion and love for our own families as well. This is a capsule version of the motive for fasting. I encourage you to read the entire chapter of Isaiah 58 and pray over it as you set aside time to fast and wait upon the Lord.

Day Twenty-One – September 21, 2020

What To Pray – To Understand the Role of Fasting in Your Life

Matthew 6:16–18 (NIV84) — 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Notice that Jesus did not say, “If you fast, or If you feel like fasting.” No, he said “When you fast.” It was a given that those who follow Jesus will fast just as much as it is expected that they will pray. However, fasting has become in most circles today a lost practice. Fasting is not a spiritual gift—it is a spiritual discipline. Disciples of Christ are expected to fast and pray. It is to my shame and regret that I have not fasted regularly through the years. May God help us all to rekindle the call to fast in order to obey the command of Jesus our Lord.

How To Pray – That You Will Make a Commitment to Fast

Joel 2:12 (NIV84) — 12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

Luke 4:1–2 (NIV84) — 1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2 where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

The awful truth in Christianity today is that we do not fast. Of all the spiritual disciplines, fasting is the least practiced in the church. When Christians fast, there are many results that follow. 1)The flesh is crucified, 2) Our bodies are cleansed of poison, 3) Our focus on God is increased, 4) We have power over the devil, 5) A spiritual sense of obedience to God brings joy and peace, and many, many more fantastic results. The victory of fasting cannot be overstated, but how rarely do most believers actually fast. Pray that God will impress upon you the urgency to fast on a regular basis.

Day Nineteen – September 19, 2020

What To Pray – Gifts of Power

 Matthew 8:27 (NIV84) — 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Matthew 9:33 (NIV84) — 33 And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke. The crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

Acts 3:6–7 (NIV84) — 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

 It marvels me that few signs and wonders follow those who believe today. The Bible is clear and direct when it says that miracles of healing, driving out demons, and supernatural signs are given to those who believe. In these last days, we must possess the power of the Holy Spirit to work miracles in the Name of Jesus. It is not our power, but his. Signs, wonders, and healings serve as a sign of the power of God to the unbelieving world. These gifts of power are needed in the church today. There are far too many people who are sick that need divine healing for us to accept the idea that there is nothing that can be done.

How To Pray – Obey God When He Moves Upon You

Mark 16:17–18 (NIV84) — 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Acts 28:3–6 (NIV84) — 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand. 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.” 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.

Many years ago a dear saint named Lizzy Mitchell told me the story of her little boy who accidently took a drink of arsenic from a bottle under the cabinet. The child began to convulse and should have died within minutes, but Sister Mitchell began to call upon the Lord. She reminded God of the verse that says, “if they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them.” He recovered and lived to be an old man before he died. God still works miracles today. It is up to us to believe. Don’t hesitate to believe God to demonstrate his miraculous power on your behalf. Greater is he who is in you than he that is in the world.

Day Eighteen – September 18, 2020

What To Pray – Spiritual Revelation

 1 Corinthians 2:9–10, 12 (NIV84) — 9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. … 12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.

Acts 5:3 (NIV84) — 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?

Acts 16:17–18 (NIV84) — 17 This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

How did Peter know that Ananias had lied to the Holy Spirit? How did Paul know that the girl following him and Silas was possessed by a demon? They perceived this by revelation from the Holy Spirit. The Spirit reveals things in the spirit realm to those who are full of the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit knows all things and he is able to reveal them to us. We must live in such a way as to know when something is wrong. When you sense something is not right in a situation, ask God to reveal to you what is really going on in the invisible spirit realm. This is needed today like never before.

How To Pray – A Yielded Vessel to God

1 Corinthians 12:1, 7-11, 31 (NIV84) — 1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts….

There are three gifts of the Holy Spirit known as the gifts of revelation. A special word of wisdom, a special word of knowledge, and a revelation of what kind of spirit is over a person or place. These gifts were given to the church in order that we might build up and encourage other believers in any given situation. The most important gifts are the ones needed at a specific time. We must be willing for God to use us as his instruments in these gifts of revelation. Pray that the Lord will manifest the gifts of the Spirit in the church.

Day Seventeen – September 17, 2020

What To Pray – Sanctify the Church

 Matthew 3:11–12 (NIV84) — 11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

1 Peter 4:17–18 (NIV84) — 17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

Jesus is coming for a spotless bride, a chaste virgin, a bride set apart for Him alone. The idea that a Christian can live as the world does and at the same time be a devoted follower of Jesus is absolutely false. There is no way we can serve two masters. Our goal in life is to be like Jesus; to be found faithful to him in every respect; to pass the test of holiness when we stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Make no provision for sin in your life. God will hold everyone to the same standard—His Word.

How To Pray – Surrendered to the Purifying Work of the Spirit

1 Peter 2:9 (NIV84) — 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Psalm 139:23–24 (NIV84) — 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive (wicked) way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

1 Corinthians 1:2 (NIV84) — 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:

Our every prayer should always include soul searching—looking into the hidden shadows and crevices of our hearts, asking God to reveal any sinful practice or attitude and that would hinder our walk with Him. Then we must repent and turn from those things and make strides to please God in our new-found understanding of what it means to live holy and blameless. This is what it means to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. We have been set apart from the world unto Christ.

Day Sixteen – September 16, 2020
What To Pray – For the Spirit Move Upon Us Again
Genesis 1:2 (NIV84) — 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
John 3:8 (NIV84) — 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood person in the Trinity. He is not a static force watching the world go by, but rather the Spirit is active in every measure and dimension of life. The Greek word pneuma is translated wind, spirit, or breath in the Bible. The wind of the Spirit is what came on the Day of Pentecost when the rushing mighty wind filled all the house where they were sitting. We need the wind of the Spirit to blow upon us again.
 
How To Pray – Expecting God to Break Forth at Any Time
Ezekiel 37:4–5, 9-10 (NIV84) — 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. …— 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’ ” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
There is a vast army of God lying still in our churches today. The body of Christ in many circles is asleep and complacent. It is time for a mighty wind of the Holy Spirit to blow upon the church once again and bring to life the sleeping body of Christ. Oh, that God would rend the heavens and send a cyclone of his Spirit into the church to fill it with power from on high. Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Day Fifteen – September 15, 2020

What To Pray – To See Through the Eyes of Jesus

 Matthew 9:36 (NIV84) — 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

John 4:34–35 (NIV84) — 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.

Luke 19:5–7 (NIV84) — 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ ”

 It is not easy to walk in the Spirit. As much as I desire to see my world as Jesus sees it, I fail miserably. Countless times I will converse or do business with someone without even thinking about them as a soul for whom Christ died. I become so tunnel visioned and focused on my business, that I often forget the real business of life—to share the light and hope of Jesus Christ with those whom I meet. Oh how we need to walk as Jesus walked—to see our world through His eyes—to hear the cries of the lost and needy with His ears.

How To Pray – Ask God for Spiritual Vision

 Ephesians 1:18–19 (NIV84) — 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe…

When Christopher Duffley sang “Open the Eyes of My Heart” a well of emotion erupted in my heart. This little boy who was born blind and autistic sees more than most people who have perfect 20/20 vision. Helen Keller once said, "The only thing worse than being blind is to have no vision.” Vision is what we see in our hearts. Vision captures the world through a different set of lenses. Vision sees a lost person as a child of God—it sees a store clerk or a student sitting across the aisle as a soul bought by grace. Vision calls that which is not as though it were. (Rom 4:17) Let us pray for spiritual vision.


Day Fourteen – September 14, 2020
What To Pray – For a Spirit of Gratitude
Luke 17:12–17 (NIV84) — 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?
Gratitude is lacking today. Rarely does a person say “Thank You” to anyone. The spirit of self-centeredness and entitlement have driven gratitude far from our landscape. People in general are only concerned about what they can get out of life, or work, or a relationship. We have forgotten how to cultivate a culture of thankfulness and appreciation. So many like the nine lepers who were healed never looked back to thank Jesus for their miraculous healing. May God help us to consciously be more thankful.
 
How To Pray – Prayer of Thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV84) — 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 4:2 (NIV84) — 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Psalm 100:4 (NIV84) — 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
A friend related to me what a law enforcement officer said to him recently. “I have been a cop for over twenty years, and I have never had one person stop me and tell me thank you for your service to our community.” Can you believe that? So, when is the last time you told a police officer “thank you?” How about someone who serves in the military, or an EMT, or a nurse, or your parents, or spouse, or ….. the list goes on and on. When did you last thank Jesus for saving your life? Well, we all can improve can't we. Pray a thanksgiving prayer for people who serve you and then tell them personally your gratitude for their contribution to your life.

Day Thirteen – September 13, 2020

What To Pray – Pray In Jesus Name

 John 14:12–14 (NIV84) — 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

1 John 5:14–15 (NIV84) — 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 

 The name of Jesus is the name above all others. At his name every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. Sickness is subject to his name. Demons are subject to his name. Bondage is subject to his name. Even the natural world is subject to the name of Jesus. When we pray in His name, according to God’s will, we are coming to God with confidence and expectancy. Therefore, when we pray in the name of Jesus we can pray with assurance as we approach the throne of grace. Whatsoever you ask for when you pray, believe….

How To Pray – Know What It Means to Use Jesus’ Name in Prayer

 Mark 16:17–18 (NIV84) — 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

People use the name of Jesus loosely as if it were the period at the end of a prayer. That is not what it means to use the name of Jesus when we pray. When we say “In the Name of Jesus” we are coming before God with the full authority and power behind the person of Jesus Christ. To pray in the name of Jesus is the same as praying in the will of God. God will not answer a prayer that is not according to his will. So, we must pray and ask God for his will in the matter, and then boldly ask in the name of Jesus.

Day Twelve – September 12, 2020

What To Pray – Pray for Our President

 1 Peter 2:17 (NIV84) — 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Proverbs 21:1 (NIV84) — 1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.

 There has never been an American president who has suffered so much abuse and attack as President Trump. God must be giving him supernatural strength to keep the schedule and pace that he lives every day. His presidency is a miracle of God. He was never supposed to win the 2016 election, but he did. I believe it was because millions of Christians prayed that he would become our 45th President. Today he needs our prayer like never before. Please hold this man up before God each day. His load is enormous.

How To Pray – That He Will Demonstrate a Spirit of Prudence and Restraint

 Daniel 2:20–21 (NIV84) — 20 Daniel said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. 21 He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.

Psalm 140:1, 4 (NIV84) — 1 Rescue President Trump, O Lord, from evil men; protect him from men of violence,4 Keep President Trump, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect him from men of violence who plan to trip his feet. ………

If there is anything that our President does that hurts him, it is this; He talks too much. About the time things settle down, he will say something off the cuff, or someone will say that he said something, and the battle starts all over again. I fear that one day he will defeat himself with his own mouth. If you don’t agree, I understand, but I pray he does not pat himself on the back too much. “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov 16:18) Read Daniel 4. The sin of arrogance and pride resulted in Nebuchadnezzar’s fall. May this not happen to our president. Pray for him by using Psalm 140. Put President Trump’s name in the verses as in the sample I cited above, and hold him up before the throne of grace daily.

Day Eleven – September 11, 2020

What To Pray – Pray for Peace

 John 16:32–33 (NIV84) — 32 “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6–7 (NIV84) — 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Everyone alive on September 11, 2001 can remember where they were that morning when the news media televised the live images of planes crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City. Some sights, sounds, and events we can never forget. For the first time in a long time Americans felt peace drain from our hearts like someone had hit us in the pit of the stomach. For the first time in my lifetime, American soil had been attacked by a foreign terrorist group. Ever since that time, America has lived on edge, not knowing when and where the next terrorist attack would occur. The absence of peace is fear and anxiety. Only in and through Christ can we know peace that transcends all that goes on around us.

How To Pray – For Our Nation to Know the Peace of God

 John 14:27 (NIV84) — 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Numbers 6:24–26 (NIV84) — 24 “ ‘ “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ’

Most of the people in America today do not have the peace of God that transcends understanding. They only have the physical reality that they live in each day. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if they knew the joy of knowing Jesus Christ and the peace that settles on the heart when we know that all is well with God? Pray that today, instead of looking back on the tragedies of 9-11, people will experience the peace that comes as a result of Jesus’ death and resurrection. No one really knows peace until he knows the Prince of Peace.

 Day Ten – September 10, 2020

What To Pray – False Teachers / Prophecies

 1 John 4:1 (NIV84) — 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

2 Peter 2:1–3 (NIV84) — 1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up…

Matthew 24:24 (NIV84) — 24 For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.

There are so many voices in the world today over the Internet, social media, and in pulpits across America. We must beware that all who speak “in the name of Jesus” have not heard from God. The voice of false prophets and priests were prolific in Israel just prior to the Babylonian invasion. God pronounced judgment on them and those who followed their lying prophecies. We too must be on our guard not to be deceived in any way.

How To Pray – With Spiritual Discernment

 Matthew 7:15–17 (NIV84) — 15 “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

Jude 18–20 (NIV84) — 18… “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. 20 But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.

 

We are to listen and evaluate all teaching by the Word of God. Then we are to pray and ask God to give us discernment when we are tempted to follow a doctrine or preacher whose message does not line up with Scripture. We are always to pray in the Spirit for whatever we do not understand and expect God to guide us through the maze of confusion in the world today.

Day Nine – September 9, 2020

What To Pray – That You Discover Greater Understanding of Scripture

 2 Peter 1:19–21 (NIV84) — 19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Although the Bible is the Living Word of God, we do not always understand clearly what a passage may be saying to us. We are to labor in prayer and study to rightly interpret what God is saying, knowing that scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit. Scripture is like a light shining in the darkness, illuminating the surroundings to us little by little. One day the full day will come with we will understand all things in their fullness. Until then, we must press on, seeking to know God’s revelation in a greater measure.

How To Pray – As a Person Who Hungers to Know the Truth 

2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV84) — 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Psalm 119:43 (NIV84) — 43 Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws.

Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” God’s story of redemption is found in the Bible. As we seek to know him better, he will reveal his word to us in greater measure and depth. As you hunger to know his word better, you will grow in spiritual maturity and strength.

 

Day Eight – September 8, 2020

What To Pray – Israel and Jerusalem 

Daniel 8:9–10 (NIV84) — 9 Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them.

Daniel 11:16 (NIV84) — 16 The invader will do as he pleases; no one will be able to stand against him. He will establish himself in the Beautiful Land and will have the power to destroy it.

 

As long as America stands with the nation of Israel there is hope for us. Israel is our only ally in the Middle East. The end of times will escalate the speed and force of evil against the Holy Land. We must pray for the peace of Jerusalem and that God will help us to be ready for the Day of the Lord which is quickly approaching. Our prayer for God’s chosen people is vital in this hour.

How To Pray – As One Who See Prophecy Unfolding 

Daniel 8:15–17 (NIV84) — 15 While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai (canal) calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.” 17 As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.”

Daniel 8:27 (NIV84) — 27 I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.

There are those who are seeing visions and having dreams of end time events. We don’t know if all of them are accurate, but we do know that when God reveals something to a person that concerns the end of days, it is alarming. As we read the Bible we can see prophecy unfolding almost by the day. Let us be alert and vigilant in our prayers as we see the day approaching.

 

Day Seven – September 7, 2020

What To Pray – Terrorism in Our Major Cities

 Job 24:12–17 (NLT) — 12 The groans of the dying rise from the city, and the wounded cry for help, yet God ignores their moaning. 13 “Wicked people rebel against the light. They refuse to acknowledge its ways or stay in its paths. 14 The murderer rises in the early dawn to kill the poor and needy; at night he is a thief. 15 The adulterer waits for the twilight, saying, ‘No one will see me then.’ He hides his face so no one will know him. 16 Thieves break into houses at night and sleep in the daytime. They are not acquainted with the light. 17 The black night is their morning. They ally themselves with the terrors of the darkness.

 

The words of Job could have easily been written this morning. People are fleeing our major cities because of the violence, riots, and fear. I heard a person from New York City say this week, “I fear for my life and safety whenever I go out on the street. There is no place where we feel safe.” There is no law and order in many cities in America. Law enforcement is maxed out to exhaustion. City leaders refuse to stop the violence and mayhem. People are groaning for help and relief. We must pray for our cities.

How To Pray – As A Watchman Calling for God’s Intervention  

Isaiah 62:6–7 (NASB95) — 6 On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves; 7 And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Watchmen are the sentinels who alert the city of danger. God has placed you and I on those walls to sound an alarm in the courts of heaven. Our work is to intercede for our land. The Holy Spirit will teach us what to pray for from day to day. Let this responsibility rest heavy upon our hearts as we pray for Christians and for the multitudes who do not know Jesus as Lord and savior.

 

Day Six – September 6, 2020

What To Pray – For a Baptism in the Holy Spirit  

Matthew 3:11–12 (NIV84) — 11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Luke 24:49 (NIV84) — 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

Acts 1:8 (NIV84) — 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The modern church today talks of the fullness of the Spirit, but there is little evidence of His presence. Believers today need all the power of God that is available to stand in the last days. Every revival in history began with a hunger for righteousness and a turning away from sin. Let us pray for a fresh baptism of fire from heaven. Andrew Murray once said, “The ineffectiveness in the church can be attributed to only one thing: The absence of the power of the Holy Spirit within the people of God.” Let us pray, “Lord revive us again.”

 How To Pray – Be Hungry for God’s Spirit to Fill You

Matthew 5:6 (NIV84) — 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Acts 2:1–4 (NIV84) — 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

There is only one way to be filled with the Spirit. We must be hungry. When a person is hungry, they will ignore everything around them in order to get something to eat. Likewise, the lack of hunger will cause even the tastiest meal to be unnoticed. Hunger makes the difference. Are you hungry? Do you have a gnawing in our heart for more of God, or are you satisfied? The one thing no one can give another is hunger. Hunger comes when we realize we are empty. Pray that you will become hungry for more of God.

 Bethel Church Thirty Day Prayer Directive

Day Five – September 5, 2020

What To Pray – Pray for Mental and Emotional Toughness

Ephesians 2:6–7 (NIV84) — 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 6:12–13 (NIV84) — 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

There is an old saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” The Christian walk is not for the faint of heart. Your decision to follow Christ pits you against all the powers of the darkness and the forces of evil. We are in a warfare, and we must be tough to get through those times when feeling good is nowhere to be found. It is in those times of testing that we must stand our ground and never give up. Ask God for mental and emotional toughness. Remember this, “If the road was easy, everybody would be on it.”

How To Pray – Know That You are More Than a Conqueror

Romans 8:31 (NIV84) — 31 What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  — 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What are you struggling against today? What difficulty stands in your way? Know this. You are a winner! Think like a winner! Pray like a winner! Behave like a winner! Make no provision for self-pity or excuses as to why you can’t. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. We live by faith, not by feelings. Pray through the verses above until you possess the mental and emotional toughness to believe what they declare.

 Day Four – September 4, 2020

What To Pray – Stand in the Gap as an Intercessor

Ezekiel 22:30–31 (NIV84) — 30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.”

God is looking for a man or woman who will stand in the gap and intercede for our nation. Read the entire context of this passage in Ezekiel 22:17-31 and pray it through substituting America for Israel. America has become dross in the furnace; it has become a land filled with corruption. Unless earnest and fervent prayer is offered for her, she will face the same fate of nations who have gone before her. Pray for America before it is too late.

How To Pray – Know That Your Prayers Make a Difference

1 John 5:14–15 (NIV84) — 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

You have heard the story of the boy walking along the beach throwing starfish back into the surf. A man asked him, “Son what difference do you think you can make. There are thousands of starfish lying on the sand.” The boy replied as he threw another starfish back into the water, “IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE FOR THAT ONE.” Every prayer matters. The only prayer God cannot answer is the prayer that is never prayed.

 

Day Three – September 3, 2020

What To Pray – Pray for Love and Unity in the Church

1 Corinthians 12:12–13 (ESV) — 12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.

Ephesians 6:18 (NIV84) — 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

God never meant for his body to be divided, yet we see it today in many circles. Let us pray that the entire church will be brought together in unity. Instead of focusing on our differences, let us focus on our common ground—we are all members of one body, the body of Jesus.

How To Pray – Pray In the Love of the Spirit

John 13:34–35 (NIV84) — 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

1 Peter 4:7–8 (NIV84) — 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore, be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

How can we love the lost if we do not love our brothers and sisters in Christ? Let us pray for a genuine love to encompass all believers—and let us demonstrate how it looks in the real world by how we treat one another. If there is anyone in the family of God who comes to your mind that you either don’t like or oppose, pray for them today. Build bridges, not walls.

 Day Two – September 2, 2020

What To Pray – Pray For a Personal Revival of Prayer

Luke 11:1–4 (NIV84) — 1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. 3 Give us each day our daily bread. 4 Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’ ”

The disciples could have asked Jesus to teach them how to preach or teach, but rather, they asked him to teach them to pray. The more a person prays the more they want to pray. I have found this to be true in my own experience. Jesus was often in prayer. If the Son of God felt his need to pray, how much more do we. Ask God to renew a spirit of prayer in your life this month.

How To Pray – Pray the Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9–13 (NIV84) — 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Prayer is the greatest privilege we have to communicate with our Lord. So many distractions prevent us from praying. Ask God to help you to pray through those hindrances until prayer becomes a joy and cherished time in his presence. Let us begin by praying as Jesus taught his disciples.

 Day One – September 1, 2020

What To Pray – For a Deeper Understanding and Revelation of the Love of God

Ephesians 3:14–19 (NIV84) — 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Pray and meditate on drawing close to God during the next 30 days. Seek for God to reveal to you what it means to be loved unconditionally. Ask him to show you how you can love others in spite of who they are and what they do.

How To Pray – Pray as a Person Who Has Received Grace and Salvation

Romans 5:6–8 (NIV84) — 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Rusty Goodman wrote a song many years ago entitled, “Who Am I.” Make the words of this song your prayer of thanksgiving today.

Who am I that a king would bleed and die for,

Who am I that he would pray, ‘Not my will thine Lord,’

The answer I may never know how he ever loved me so

And to an old rugged cross he’d go, for WHO AM I?

 

 

 

 
     
     
 
 
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