Pastor Jonathan shares on the heart and vision behind our 21 days of prayer and fasting as a church in June:

Prayer

"Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. 7 Let the wicked abandon his way, And the unrighteous person his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon."

- Isaiah 55:6-7 NASB

 

"Sow for yourselves, [with a view] to righteousness; Harvest in accordance with kindness. Break up your uncultivated ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes and rains righteousness on you."

- Hosea 10:12 NASB


Fasting

"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping, and mourning; 13 And tear your heart and not [merely] your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in mercy And relenting of catastrophe."

- Joel 2:12-13 NASB


"Is this not the fast that I choose: To release the bonds of wickedness, To undo the ropes of the yoke, And to let the oppressed go free, And break every yoke?

- Isaiah 58:6 NASB​​​​​​​



Day 30

3/30/21

Watching and Praying


Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." 39 And He went a little beyond [them,] and fell on His face and prayed, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will." 40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So, you [men] could not keep watch with Me for one hour? 41 "Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." - Mat 26:38-41 NASB


"But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me." - Micah 7:7 NASB


"I will stand on my guard post And station  myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved. - Hab 2:1 NASB


Prayer is the obtaining of grace and strength today for what will be needed, provision for tomorrow. It is seeking the Lord's wisdom to avoid evil and testing by not being aware and ready.   Our spirit is willing to watch, but our flesh is weak seeking its own comfort.  Let us deny our flesh and give voice to our spirits.


  1. Ask the Holy Spirit  to reveal to us things to come so we can be ready and give warning.
  2. Pray to be in accord with the Lord, ready to be used for His purpose and glory.
  3. We are watching to see the Lord and His doings.  Many times we are more aware of what the enemy is doing than what the Lord is doing.   Jesus said,"I only do what I see My Father doing."
  4. Pray with faith, expecting to see God move.  "He is the rewarder of those that seek Him." We should be waiting in expectation to see the answers to our prayers in this season.



Day 29

3/29/21

Prayer for Evangelization


"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16 NASB


"And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.'" - Mar 16:15 NASB95


for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!" - Rom 10:13-15 NASB


"For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, 19 in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ." - Romans 15:18-19 NASB


“Pray that our mission work may all be done in this spirit – waiting on God, hearing the voice of the Spirit, sending forth men with fasting and prayer. Pray that in our churches, our mission interest and mission work may be in the power of the Holy Spirit and of prayer. It is a Spirit-filled, praying church that will send out Spirit-filled missionaries, mighty in prayer.”

 - Andrew Murray


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for our church and believers in general to be empowered by the Spirit in the work of evangelizing our communities.
  2. Pray for the burden for lost souls to grip our hearts, that we would, like Jesus, "seek and save the lost".
  3. Pray for open doors of opportunity in our communities for the gospel.
  4. Pray for believers in Christ to respond to the call of God to reach the lost and for the church to be empowered by God's Spirit to send them out.

Day 27

3/27/21

Prayer for Healing


"And He said, "If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer." - Exo 15:26 NASB


"Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;" - Psalm 103:2-3 NASB


"He sent His word and healed them, And delivered [them] from their destructions." - Psalm 107:20 NASB


"and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed." - 1Pe 2:24 NASB


The Lord revealed Himself to Israel as their healer, Jehovah Rapha - it is in His nature and His will to heal us.  When the leper approached Jesus in Matthew 8 he said, "if You are willing, You can make me clean", to which Jesus replied, "I am willing, be cleansed".  Let us pray for those in our lives who are suffering from various diseases, infirmities and sickness in their body, believing for Jesus' healing virtue to restore them.  Let us pray against this pandemic which has taken lives and livelihood away from so many. 


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for those who are struggling with pain and disease that the resurrection power of Christ would touch their bodies and they would be healed. 
  2. Pray a hedge around households of faith that "no plague would come near their dwelling" (Psalm 91)
  3. Pray for miraculous healings to take place through believers so that Jesus' name would be glorified.


How to pray:

Pray in faith with fervency being assured that it is always God's will to heal!

"Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much." - Jas 5:16 NASB


Day 26

3/26/21

Prayers for the Church


""I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it."

- Matthew 16:18 NASB


"So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase."

 - Act 9:31 NASB


"so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another."

- Romans 12:5 NASB


"so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly [places.]" - Eph 3:10 NASB


"The church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray."

AW Tozer


What to pray for:

  1. Pray that our church body would be strengthened and be able to stand against the powers of darkness, fulfilling God's purpose to make known the manifold wisdom of God.
  2. Pray that God would build us as a church and cause us to increase.
  3. Pray that we may attain to the unity of faith (Ephesians 4:13)
  4. Pray that all division would be eradicated and the Lord's commanded blessing would flow on us as we dwell in unity (Psalm 133)
  5. Pray for each member of our body to come to know God's calling and purpose for them in the body, and for them to be equipped for the building up of the Church. (Eph 4:12)

Day 25

3/25/21

Prayer for Deliverance


"THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, 19 TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD." - Luke 4:18-19 NASB


So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, [then] you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." - John 8:31-32 NASB


"For He looked down from His holy height; From heaven the LORD gazed upon the earth, 20 To hear the groaning of the prisoner, To set free those who were doomed to death, 21 That [men] may tell of the name of the LORD in Zion And His praise in Jerusalem.." - Psalm 102:19-21 NASB


"[You know of] Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and [how] He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. - Act 10:38 NASB


There are many today who are dealing with bondages of addiction and are oppressed by the devil.  The Lord came to set captives free and has anointed us by the power of His Spirit to go forth and do as He did ministering healing and deliverance to those who are bound.  Let us agree in prayer for the power of His Spirit to be released through His church to break chains of bondage over lives!


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for those who are struggling with various addictions - drugs, sexual, gambling, etc. - to be set free from the power of their addictions and be restored in Jesus name.
  2. Pray for those who are dealing with demonic oppression to be healed through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Pray for deliverance from sin, for strongholds to be broken in people's lives.
  4. Pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal truth to God's people and bring them into a greater liberty.


How to pray:

We must be fully armed for spiritual battles and spiritual warfare!

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil." - Ephesians 6:11 NASB


Day 24

3/24/21

Prayer for Marriages


"But from the beginning of creation, [God] MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. 7 "FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, 8 AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate." - Mar 10:6-9 NASB


"Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken." - Ecc 4:12 NKJV


"Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them." - Col 3:18-19 NASB


"Marriage [is to be held] in honor among all, and the [marriage] bed [is to be] undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge." - Heb 13:4 NASB


We are living today in a culture that has decided it can redefine God's institution of marriage between a man and a woman and, in doing so, has undermined the very foundation of our society.  Marriage is under attack in our world, as gender norms are challenged and confused, sexual immorality and addiction is on the rise and the love of many grows cold.  We must pray for Christian marriages to be strengthened and protected against the schemes and devices of the enemy to divide  what God has joined together.  It is the Lord's design and intention to reveal His image in and through Christian marriages that reflect His sacrificial love and covenant with us. 


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for marriages abound in love and be strengthened in unity.
  2. Pray against spiritual forces of strife, division that are coming against marriages.
  3. Ask for healing, reconciliation and restoration in marriages.
  4. Pray that marriage would once again be held in honor among all and that Christian marriages would be undefiled by sexual immorality.


How to pray:

Submitting to God and agreeing with His will and resisting the devil, commanding him to flee in Jesus name!

"Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." - Janes 4:7 NASB


Day 23

3/23/21

Prayer for families


Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NKJV) 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.


Joshua 24:15 (NKJV) “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”


Ephesians 3:14-15 (NKJV) 14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,


Colossians 3:12-14 (NKJV) 12 Therefore, as [the] elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also [must do.] 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.


The family was designed and created by God to reflect His glory and reveal His nature and character.  As such, the enemy desires to destroy families.  Many families in our society and even in the church have been torn apart by divorce, abuse and ungodly patterns of relationships. Let us pray for salvation, healing, reconciliation and restoration in every family. 


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for families, that they would serve the Lord and that His Word would be honored in each household.
  2. Pray for families to be strengthened and that lost loved ones would be saved.
  3. Pray for the peace of God to reign in each house, that all strife, unforgiveness, bitterness, and division would be removed and that families would live in harmony.
  4. Pray for restoration and reconciliation in family relationships.
  5. Pray against the attack of the enemy on families.
  6. Pray that generational curses would be broken in families and that ungodly patterns of living would be done away with.

Day 22

3/22/21

Prayer for the Prodigals


"Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon." - Isaiah 55:7 NASB


"Return, O faithless sons, I will heal your faithlessness." "Behold, we come to You; For You are the LORD our God. - Jer 3:22 NASB


"And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil. - Joel 2:13 NASB


"But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! - Luke 15:17 NASB


"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion [for him,] and ran and embraced him and kissed him. - Luke 15:20 NASB


There are many of the Lord's sons and daughters who have left His house and wondered into wasteful destructive living.  It is the Father's heart desire that they return to Him.  Let us join with His heart in praying for their return to Him and to His house.


What to pray for:

  1. Pray that those who have backslidden from their faith would come to their senses and be reminded of the Lord's goodness.
  2. Pray for the conviction of the Holy Spirit in their lives, of sin, righteousness and judgment.
  3. Pray that the Holy Spirit would draw them to Him and that the veil of unbelief over their hearts would be lifted that the light of the glory of the gospel may shine into their hearts.


How to pray:

Pray in the Spirit and battle against the spiritual forces of darkness:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. - 2Co 10:3-4 NASB


Day 20 

3/20/21 

Praying for Persecuted Christians 


The New Testament contains many accounts of the suffering and persecution endured by the apostles and by early Christians.  There are many places in the world today where Christians are facing persecution, imprisonment, and death.   Christians in Eastern and Northern Nigeria are suffering under attacks and kidnappings by Boko Haram, a group of extremist Moslems.   In recent years Christians in China are frequently arrested and placed in “re-education” camps.  These are all our family of faith; they need our prayers. 


After Herod had killed James (Acts 12) he had Peter arrested and imprisoned as well.  Acts 12:5 says, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.”  As Peter was bound in chains and sleeping between two Roman soldiers, the Angel of the Lord came to Peter’s side and led him out of prison.  So dramatic was his deliverance the young woman Rhoda thought he was a ghost and did not open the door for him!    


Paul closes his letter to the Colossians with this request, “Remember my chains.” (Col. 4:18) As we pray today, let us remember the persecuted Christians around the world and let us remember the power of prayer in Acts which brought dramatic deliverance to the apostle Peter. 


What to Pray For:

  1. Pray for strength for those being persecuted, for them to be able to endure until they are delivered. 
  2. Pray for the families of those who are imprisoned or held captive. 
  3. Pray for those who have lost their loved ones, for comfort.  Pray they will not be discouraged. 
  4. Pray for those being tested, for them to be bold in their testimony of Jesus Christ. 
  5. Pray for the Lord to enable us to provide practical help for those suffering.  I just saw a photo of some Christians in Nigeria rejoicing with hands raised, surrounded by bags of food and grain they had been given. 
  6. Pray for Christians everywhere to be strong and able to stand if they are persecuted. 

Day 19 

3/19/21 

Praying for Israel  


The Apostle Paul wrote of his deep love and concern for Israel and the Jewish people.   


“I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites…”   Romans 9:2-4a 


“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is they may be saved.”  Romans 10:1 


Paul was the apostle to the Gentiles, but he was a “Hebrew of the Hebrews” born in, raised up and taught in the Law of Moses.  He was zealous in his Jewish faith prior to encountering the risen Lord on the road to Damascus.  His heart for his own people was they would come to know Jesus as their Messiah and Savior even as he had. Even though he was persecuted and rejected by his own people, his heart continued to ache with a deep grief for them.   


In modern times the Jews have suffered the terror of the holocaust, the joy of the rebirth of their nation, and the continual harassment and violence from the nations surrounding them.  Their greatest need is the same as for all nations, for them to be saved, to come to the revelation of Jesus Christ and of their need for a savior. 


What to pray for:

  1. For the peace and safety of the nation of Israel and of their capitol city, Jerusalem. 
  2. For the hearts of the Jewish people to be softened and for a reconciliation between those of the Jewish faith and born-again Christians. 
  3. Ask the Holy Spirit to create a deep hungering and thirsting in their hearts. 
  4. Pray for anointed messengers to be gifted to effectively communicate the gospel to Israel and Jewish people everywhere. 
  5. Pray for Jewish Christians, who have already been born again, to be bold and empowered to communicate their faith and testimony to their own people.


How to pray:

Join with Paul’s prayer, “My heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is they might be saved.” 



Day 18

3/18/21

Praying for Our Cities


"Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.'" - Jeremiah 29:7 NASB


"When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices, And when the wicked perish, there is joyful shouting. 11 By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted, But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down." - Proverbs 11:10-11 NASB


"From that city many of the Samaritans believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, "He told me all the things that I [have] done." 40 So when the Samaritans came to Jesus, they were asking Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of His word; 42 and they were saying to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world." - John 4:39-42 NASB


What to pray for:

Pray for surrounding cities and towns here in south Snohomish county: Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Everett/South Everett, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish

  1. For their welfare - the peace of each city, justice, and righteousness to prevail
  2. For believers in each city to be a witness and for the blessing of the upright to impact each city.
  3. Pray against spiritual forces of darkness over each city.  Ask the Lord to reveal to you the strongholds keeping people in bondage in our county.
  4. Pray for civic leaders and authorities in each city - law enforcement, mayors, city councils, etc. - that they would be saved and they would embrace righteousness.
  5. Pray for revival and spiritual awakening of churches across Snohomish county, that they would be a testimony to the saving power of God.


How to pray:

Laboring earnestly in prayers, allowing God to fill your heart with His desires for our county.

"Epaphras, who is one of your number, a bondslave of Jesus Christ, sends you his greetings, always laboring earnestly for you in his prayers, that you may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God." Col 4:12 NASB


Day 17

3/17/21

Prayer for the Next Generation


Isaiah 44:1-4 (NASB) 1 “But now listen, O Jacob, My servant, And Israel, whom I have chosen: 2 Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you, ‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen. 3 ‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty land And streams on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your offspring And My blessing on your descendants; 4 And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.’


Isaiah 59:21 (NASB) “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from now and forever.”


Psalms 145:4 (NASB) One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.


Joel 2:28-29 (NASB) 28 “It will come about after this That I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions. 29 “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.  


But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Mat 19:14 NASB


"Renewal and revivals often begin when young people begin to take a stand for God."


What to pray for:

  1. Ask the Lord to pour out His Spirit on this generation, that they would hunger and thirst after righteousness.
  2. Ask the Lord to deliver this generation from evil, temptation and destruction.
  3. Pray for the salvation of children and young people.
  4. Pray over schools - that the Holy Spirit would move upon hearts and would raise up young people to be lights in the midst of darkness.
  5. Pray that this generation would know the truth of the gospel and they wouldn't waiver in the face of secular, humanistic forces against them.
  6. Pray for all those ministering to this generation in children's and youth ministries, that they would be empowered and led by the Holy Spirit, and that God would demonstrate His mighty acts to this generation.


How to pray:
Pray in confidence to our Father in heaven Who gives good gifts to His children.

"Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 "Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! - Mat 7:9-11 NASB


Day 16

3/16/21

Prayer for National Repentance


"and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land." - 2Ch 7:14 NASB


"And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil. - Joel 2:13 NASB


"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return to Me," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I may return to you," says the LORD of hosts. - Zec 1:3 NASB


"Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; - Act 3:19 NASB


“Of course, the prayer of repentance is acceptable to God. He delights in hearing the cries of penitent sinners. But repentance involves not only sorrow for sin, but the turning away from wrong-doing, and the learning to do well. A repentance which does not produce a change in character and conduct, is a mere sham, which should deceive nobody. Old things must pass away, all things must become new.”

-EM Bounds


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for our nation, that we would humble ourselves and turn from our wicked ways as a nation, repenting for our national sins.
  2. Pray that the church in America would be awakened, seek His face and repent of compromise.
  3. Pray that hearts would be opened in our nation, that those who have turned from the Lord would return to Him and that the Lord would bring times of refreshing in His presence.


How to pray:

Pray with hope and expectation, believing that we will see God's goodness in the land of the living!

[I would have lost heart], unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. - Psa 27:13 NKJV


Day 15

3/15/21

Prayer for those in authority


"First of all, then, I urge that entreaties [and] prayers, petitions [and] thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." - 1Ti 2:1-4 NASB


"Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right." - 1Pe 2:13-14 NASB


"The king's heart is [like] channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes. 2 Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the LORD weighs the hearts. 3 To do righteousness and justice Is desired by the LORD more than sacrifice." - Pro 21:1-3 NASB


What to pray:

  1. Give thanks for and pray for all in authority - the president, vice president, those in places of influence in national politics, local leaders - mayors, city councils, police, law enforcement.
  2. Pray that those in government would govern such that we may live quiet lives in all godliness and that the gospel can advance in our city, state and nation.
  3. Ask God to move upon the hearts of our leaders, that the Holy Spirit would convict them of sin, righteousness and judgment, and that they would turn to the Lord.
  4. Ask that the Lord's justice and righteousness would prevail in all levels of government, and that all corruption and wickedness would be exposed and removed.
  5. Ask that leaders and those in authority would fear God and turn to Him for wisdom.


How to pray:

Pray in the Spirit and intercede for those in authority asking that the Holy Spirit give you understanding for each specific person you pray for.  He who searches the hearts knows their state and will guide you as you pray.

"What is [the outcome] then? I will pray with the spirit and I will pray with the mind also; . - 1Co 14:15 NASB

"and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to [the will of] God." - Rom 8:27 NASB


Day 14

3/14/21

Prayer for the nations


'Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the [very] ends of the earth as Your possession. - Psa 2:8 NASB


"All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And they shall glorify Your name." - Psa 86:9 NASB


"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, - Mat 28:19 NASB


"Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples." - Isa 56:7 NASB


"What the world needs today is, not only more missionaries, but the outpouring of God's Spirit on everyone whom He has sent out to work for Him in the mission field."


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for missions and missionaries ministering in foreign lands that they be strengthened in the power of the Spirit.
  2. Pray the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified (2 Thess 3:1) through foreign missions.
  3. Pray for CTRF supported missionaries:
  • Dr. Chris Lodewyk - South Africa
  • Bruce and Becky McDonald - Northern Africa, Europe, Russia, etc
  • Victor Pavlovski - Moldova
  • Pastor Kelevi Bulivou - Fiji
  • Beth Lemm - Phillippines
  • Danny and Cita - Phillippines


How to pray:

Ask and keep asking in faith and confidence knowing God heart for the nations and His desire to see many turn to Him.

Matthew 7:7-8 (NASB) 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.



Day 13

3/13/21

Prayer for the harvest


"But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly [is] plentiful, but the laborers [are] few. 38 "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." - Mat 9:36-38 NKJV


"Do you not say, 'There are still four months and [then] comes the harvest'? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! - Jhn 4:35 NKJV


In prayer we can ask that the eyes of our understanding are opened to see what our Savior saw when He looked upon the masses and to feel what He felt for their lost condition.  It is too easy for us to become callous to the condition of people in our world.  We need His vision and His compassion to fill our hearts.  We also must recognize that there is a work to be done, and that laborers are urgently needed.  Our Lord invites us to pray and ask Him to send the laborers.  He will surely answer this prayer and move upon the hearts of His people to do the work needed in the ready harvest fields. 


What to Pray:

  1. Ask the Lord to fill us with His compassion for people who are lost around us
  2. Ask the Lord to help us see the multitudes in our world as He did and to recognize their distressed and dispirited condition.
  3. Ask the Lord to compel and send out laborers, ministers in every area of ministry to go into the harvest to reach the lost in our world.
  4. Pray every stronghold of the enemy barricading the mind of every unsaved soul across our harvest field from receiving the Lord be pulled down, in the name of Jesus.
  5. Pray against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12) that are keeping the lost in bondage and hindering the effectiveness of the gospel being preached.

Day 12

3/12/21

PRAYING FOR THE LOST


“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?  …I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”  Luke 15:4,7


The heart of our Shepherd is always to seek the one who is lost. 

“The Son of Man has come to seek and save that which is lost.”  Luke 19:10  

Let our hearts agree with His heart today.  Pray for the lost and backslidden in your family, your neighborhood, your workplace, friends and others in your circle of influence.


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for the harvest, that many who are lost will be saved.
  2. Pray for the Holy Spirit to help us find the lost and to guide us as we share the gospel with them.
  3. Pray for a spiritual hungering and thirsting in them.
  4. Pray for their ears will be open to hear and their eyes of their hearts will be opened.
  5. Pray for them to be released from captivity to sin and the powers of darkness.
  6. Pray for their broken hearts to be liberated from guilt, from pain and from shame.
  7. Pray for true repentance and powerful transforming conversions.

How to pray:

“Lord, Let us see them as you see them!”

Rebuke the "god of this age" who has blinded their minds from seeing the light of the gospel and pray for the veil to be lifted.

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. - 2Co 4:3-4 NKJV 


Day 11

3/11/21

Holiness


"Your testimonies are fully confirmed; Holiness befits Your house, O LORD, forevermore." - Psa 93:5 NASB


"They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth." - Jhn 17:16-19 NASB


"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." - 2Co 7:1 NASB


"Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you; 12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also [do] for you; 13 so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints." - 1Th 3:11-13 NASB


The Lord has called us, His people to be holy as He is holy.  We are called out to be separated from the world - to be in the world, but not of the world, to be cleansed from unrighteousness. Let us desire holiness in our lives just as a child who desires to be like our heavenly Father!


What to Pray:

  1. Pray for all saints - God's holy ones - throughout the church, that the Spirit of holiness might rule them.
  2. Pray for new converts, that the Lord would establish their hearts without blame in holiness.


How to Pray:

Come boldly before the Throne of Grace acknowledging our need for mercy and grace to be cleansed and transformed, conformed to His image.

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." - Heb 4:16 NKJV


Day 10

3/10/21

Spiritual Awakening


"Awake, awake, Clothe yourself in your strength, O Zion; Clothe yourself in your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; For the uncircumcised and the unclean Will no longer come into you." - Isa 52:1 NASB


"[Do] this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed." - Rom 13:11 NASB


"Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says, "Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you." - Eph 5:11-14 NASB


"Revival comes from heaven when heroic souls enter the conflict determined to win or die-or if need be, to win and die! "The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."

 - Charles Finney


What to Pray:

  1. Revival and spiritual awakening always begins in the church, in the hearts of God's people. Ask God to stir your heart to once again burn with holy desire for Him and for His Kingdom.
  2. Pray for the Church at large that it would be awakened once again from spiritual slumber; that the people of God would awaken to their need for Him.
  3. Pray for the "unfruitful deeds of darkness" to be exposed and for the Lord to shine the light of the gospel into our hearts, into the church and in our community.


How to pray:

Pray in the Spirit against spiritual darkness, using the weapons of our warfare!

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses." - 2Co 10:3-4 NASB


Day 9

3/9/21

Power of God


"I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God."

- 1Co 2:3-5 NASB


"for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake."

- 1Th 1:5 NASB


 “Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness.”

Psalms 145:6 NASB


“All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, And Your godly ones shall bless You. 11 They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom And talk of Your power; 12 To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.”

Psalms 145:10-12 NASB


“Pray for ‘the fuller manifestation of the grace and energy of the blessed Spirit of God, in the removal of all that is contrary to God’s revealed will, so that we grieve not the Holy Spirit, but that He may work in mightier power in the church, for the exaltation of Christ and the blessing of souls.’”

 - Andrew Murray


What to Pray:

  1. Ask for the release of the gifts of the Spirit and greater manifestation of God’s power by miracles, signs and wonders in and through the church.
  2. Pray that the faith of God's people would not be in man’s wisdom, but in the power of God.

Day 8

3/8/21

Prayer for boldness

 

"And being let go, they went to their own [companions] and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24 So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: "Lord, You [are] God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, 25 "who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? 26 The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ.' 27 "For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 "to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. 29 "Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 "by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus." 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness."

 - Acts 4:23-31 NKJV

 

We are living in a time in which the church across the world is facing many threats and resistance from governing authorities.  The prayer of the disciples in the early church in response to the ruling authorities telling them not to speak the name of Jesus is a great example and model for our prayers today.  The church across much of the world has been in lockdown and not able to meet as the scripture commands (see Hebrews 10:25).  Our culture is becoming increasingly resistant to the church and the message of the gospel.  We need earth shaking prayers like this in Acts 4 so that we may go forth and declare the gospel with boldness, and that God may confirm His Word with signs and wonders.

 

What to Pray:

  1. Ask the Lord to fill us with the Holy Spirit and give us boldness to speak God's word, to proclaim the gospel.
  2. Ask the Lord to "stretch forth His hand to heal" and for mighty signs and wonders to be done in His name through His church once again.
  3. Ask for churches to be able to reopen in the midst of the pandemic lockdowns, and for fear to be lifted off of the saints.

 

How to pray:

Approach His throne of grace boldly!

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. - Heb 4:16 NKJV


Day 7

3/7/21

Conviction of the Holy Spirit


"And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 "of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 "of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 "of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." John 16:8-11 NKJV


"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own [authority], but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. - Jhn 16:13 NKJV


"Now when they heard [this], they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men [and] brethren, what shall we do?" - Acts 2:37 NKJV


It is the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to confront unbelief in our hearts, reveal the Person of Jesus and to ultimately conform us to His image.  He desires to lead us into all truth.  As David prayed in Psalm 51, the Lord desires truth in the inward parts.  It is the Holy Spirit Who moves upon hearts of people to draw them to the Father.  As our church and churches around the world gather this morning, let us pray for the Holy Spirit to move powerfully upon His people - to break up the fallow ground of our hearts, to cut to our hearts and bring us to a place of repentance.


What to pray:

  1. Ask the Holy Spirit to move powerfully as His people gather together in worship today, and to move upon the hearts of His people.
  2. Ask for the power of Holy Spirit to transform lives, to deliver people from sin and bondage in their lives, to reveal truth and set the captives free.


How to pray:

Ask in confidence, knowing God's desire to give His Holy Spirit to those who ask

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will [your] heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" - Luk 11:13 NKJV


Day 6

3/6/21

Prayer for Ministers


"for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute." - Luke 21:15 NASB


"To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly [places.]" - Eph 3:8-10 NASB


"and [pray] on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel," - Eph 6:19 NASB


"It is either all of Christ or none of Christ! I believe we need to preach again a whole Christ to the world - a Christ who does not need our apologies, a Christ who will not be divided, a Christ who will either be Lord of all or will not be Lord at all!"

 - A.W. Tozer


What to pray for:

  1. Pray for ministers - pastors, evangelists, teachers, children and youth ministers, etc. - to be given utterance by the Holy Spirit and to preach the Word of God with boldness and confidence.
  2. Pray for the Word of God to be ministered in churches without compromise.
  3. Pray and declare that God's Word will not return void, but it will accomplish what He desires in the hearts and lives of hearers. 
  4. Pray for the eyes of the understanding to be opened as people hear the preaching of the Word, that the Holy Spirit would give spiritual wisdom and understanding.

Day 5

3/5/21

Becoming One


John 17:11 (NASB) “I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.


Psalms 133:1-3 (NASB) 1 A Song of Ascents, of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. 3 It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--life forever.


Ephesians 4:1-3 (NASB) 1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, 3 being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


“Blessed Lord! we thank Thee for the tokens that Thou art wakening in Thy Church the desire for the manifestation to the world of the unity of Thy people. Grant, we pray Thee, to this end the mighty workings of Thy Holy Spirit. May every believer know the Spirit that is in him, and that is in his brother, and in all lowliness and love keep the unity of the Spirit with those with whom he comes into contact. May all the leaders and guides of Thy Church be enlightened from above, that the unity of the Spirit may be more to them than all human bonds of union in creed or church order. May all who have put on the Lord Jesus above all things put on love, the bond of perfectness.”

-Andrew Murray


What to pray for:

  1. Ask that all division, strife, envy, bitterness, self seeking would be removed in our hearts and our church, and that we would put on love, “ the perfect bond of unity”.
  2. Ask that the church would be unified by His Spirit, that all walls of division between believers would come down.
  3. Ask that the church would experience the Lord’s commanded blessing as our hearts are knitted together in love


How to pray:

Asking, seeking and knocking

Mat 7:7-8 NKJV - 7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.


Day 4

3/4/21

Prevailing in Prayer


"Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, 2 saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.  3 Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.'  4 And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man,  5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'"   6 Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said.  7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"

Luke 18:1-8 NKJV


In a world of instant everything it is hard not to want our prayers answered instantly.  In my own life too often I did not continue to pray when I did not receive an immediate answer to prayer.  Having a tendency toward attention deficit and a memory which was quick but short it was too easy to pass on to other things.  Jesus taught us this parable with the emphasis on the necessity and power of prevailing prayer.  This widow woman had neither money or influence with a judge who was not inclined to act in her favor, “an unjust judge.”  The widow’s answer to a stubborn judge was to be a persistent voice repeatedly coming to petition the judge.  Ultimately the will of the judge was worn out.  He decided it was easier to give her what she wanted than to put up with her constant petitions.  This was the unjust judge and if he could be persuaded how much more would a loving God avenge His own.  “He will answer them speedily” or suddenly if you will.  The Lord’s last statement haunts me, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith upon the earth?”    


We are called to pray, not just occasionally or when we are in desperate need, but continually and constantly.  As we cry out to the Lord to bring transformational revival to the Church and bring repentance to our nation let us persist!   Let us not quit praying until we feel the room shake, the wind blow, and the dry bones come to life.  We are told of a man named Simeon who was present when Jesus was brought to the temple to be circumcised.  (Luke 2:25-32)  “This man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel”.  He was led by the Holy Spirit to the temple to see God’s promise fulfilled.   


Today’s Prayer Points: 


  1. For powerful, transformational revival for the Church in America. 
  2. That the people and leaders of America would repent of their sins and turn to God. 
  3. That we would be empowered by supernatural grace and faith to “Pray without Ceasing.” 



Day 3

3/3/21

Being Spirit Led in Prayer


Romans 8:26-27 (NASB) 26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.


Zechariah 12:10 (NASB) “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.


Romans 8:14 (NASB) For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.


"Trying to do the Lord's work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you."

Corrie Ten Boom


What to pray for:

  1. Ask for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on His church and in our lives.
  2. Ask for the Holy Spirit to fill us with the knowledge of His will.
  3. Ask for the leading and empowerment of the Holy Spirit in all ministries of the church.


How to pray:

Jude 1:20-21 (NASB) 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.


Day 2

3/2/21

Becoming Effective in Prayer

 

Luke 11:1 (NKJV) Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, [that] one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”

 

Hebrews 7:25 (NASB) Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

 

James 5:16 (NKJV) Confess [your] trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

 

“We have far too little conception of the place that intercession, as distinguished from prayer for ourselves, ought to have in the church and the Christian life. In intercession our king upon the throne finds His highest glory. In it we shall find our highest glory too. Through it He continues His saving work and can do nothing without it. Through it alone we can do our work, and nothing avails without it.”

- Andrew Murray

 

What to pray for:

  1. For the Holy Spirit to empower us as a church to be effectual in the ministry of intercession. 
  2. Pray for one another: Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind others’ needs and pray for answers and healing in their lives. 

 

How to pray:

Pray in the Spirit:

Ephesians 6:18 (NASB) With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,


Day 1

3/1/21

Becoming a House of Prayer

 

Isaiah 56:7 (NASB)

Even those I will bring to My holy mountain And make them joyful in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be acceptable on My altar; For My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”

 

Matthew 21:12-14 (NASB) 12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He *said to them, “It is written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER’; but you are making it a ROBBERS’ DEN.” 14 And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.

 

“God's conquering days are when the saints have given themselves to mightiest prayer. When God's house on earth is a house of prayer, then God's house in heaven is busy and all potent in its plans and movements, then His earthly armies are clothed with the triumphs and spoils of victory and His enemies defeated on every hand.”

EM Bounds

“Purpose in Prayer”

 

What to pray today:

  1. For an increase of spiritual hunger and stirring of fervent prayer in our hearts
  2. For removal of every obstacle or hindrance to His will and desires in our lives
  3. For God to be free to do miracles and healing in and through His church

 

How to pray:

Praying in faith and expectancy:

1 John 5:14-15 (NASB) 14 This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.