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52 Days of Prayer: Day 20

Accept Yourself

View pictures of yourself today. Look at photos of childhood, teen years, and recent days. Ask God to reveal insight to you about your personality, gifts, masks you may have donned for survival, walls you have erected for protection, emotions you have blocked, ways you are deceiving yourself. Let Him guide your heart search and free you to be yourself, to accept yourself, as He paints your portrait from His eyes.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians1:6 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2

Dear God, Master Creator, You know me better than I know myself. You have taught me many things about myself that I would have never recognized without Your exposure. As Paul prayed for the saints at Philippi, I too have the confidence that You who began a good work in me will be faithful to carry it on to completion. Continue Your workmanship in me, and with confidence and joy I look forward to becoming all You have in mind for me to be. Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 106-107.

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 19

Laugh Often

Today, lets remember the times of laughter and joy. We need balance. Ecclesiastes 3:4 days: “[There s] a time to weep and a time to laugh.” Lighten up. Rejoice! I will say it again: Rejoice!

  • Purposefully put joy, laughter, singing, and thanksgiving into your prayers today.
  • Make a long list of reasons for rejoicing: Example: Rejoice in your salvation. Rejoice in the forgiveness of sins. Rejoice in God’s love.
  • Smile often, at nothing in particular, for no reason at all. Smile when no one else is around. Smile in the dark. Smile as you extend prayers of thanksgiving.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:   Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.Philippians 4:4-5

Lord, I need to be reminded often to rejoice in You. Your joy gives me strength. I want to be one who spreads cheer from the well of abundant joy You have given me and to do it with a gentle spirit. Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 100-101.

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 18

Forgive Freely

Pray specific prayers for forgiveness, and pray blessings prayers on all those you have forgiven. If someone comes to your mind, but you cannot yet honestly forgive, ask God to help you want to forgive. If no one specific came to your mind, ask God to help you always have a forgiving spirit. Thank God for His forgiveness to you.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Luke 6:35-38

Dear Jesus, Master Forgiver, only by your power can I forgive and refrain from judging, criticizing, and condemning others. Help me to see people through Your eyes. Give me a heart of compassion and forgiveness. Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 20.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 17

Create New Memories

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2


 Give God the hurts of your past and allow Him to layer by layer apply His healing touch. When we choose to leave a memory in the past after dealing with it appropriately and allowing God to walk with us back through the experience for divine healing, it is then wise to replace it with a new memory. With a grateful heart for God’s divine touch, begin creating new memories to replace the old, hurtful ones.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Romans 8 and Psalm 30)

Dear Jesus, Savior, Healer,  thank You for Your healing touch on the inner pain I have carried so long. I know that You are working deep in my heart in ways that I cannot see. You have turned my pain into peace and my sadness into joy. You are faithful. Thank You that nothing can separate me from Your love. I give You praise! Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 87.

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 16

Remember to Forget

Bring your regrets to God in prayer. If you are dealing with some agonizing thought related to remorse over a situation you cannot go back and correct, here is the threefold plan that I have used in many circumstances:

  • First, I thank God for hearing my heart-cry and remorse concerning this event. I give Him thanks for forgiving me of any wrongdoing and poor choices from peer pressure. I do this aloud if I am alone.
  • Next, I pray blessings prayers on the individuals involved. I pray for their salvation if not a Christian. I pray for family, work, and all aspects of life, which come to my mind. I ask God to direct my prayers.
  • Finally, I purposely turn my thoughts to other things—a Scripture, song, or project. I may not be able to stop all the thoughts that enter my mind, but I can control those I choose to dwell upon.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: As far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

Dear Father of Forgiveness, You have forgiven my transgressions and removed them from me as far as the East is from the West, buried in the depths of the sea, never to be remembered against me. I am free, cleansed, purified by the blood of Jesus, redeemed, liberated. That is worth shouting from the rooftop! Thank You for placing a song in my heart! Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 81-84.

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 15

Remove the Baggage

Great peace have those who love your law,
    and nothing can make them stumble.
 I wait for your salvation, Lord,
    and I follow your commands.
I obey your statutes,
    for I love them greatly.
I obey your precepts and your statutes,
    for all my ways are known to you.

Psalm 119:165-168


Today take a prayer walk, but this time it is not through your home but through the rooms of your heart, through your life, past to present. This may take awhile, but begin your journey today. For suggestions see pages 84-91 in Simply Praying.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Psalm 119:165-168 and Psalm 30)

Dear God, my Counselor, my Healer, my life is an open book before you, O my God. I follow Your instructions and abide by Your counsel. I exalt You, O God. I praise Your holy name. You have rescued me. I cried to You for help, and You restored my health. I wept many night hours, but You heard my desperate call and brought inner peace. You have truly turned my mourning into joy. I cannot be silent. I sing for joy and give thanks to You forever. Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 78.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 14

Unclutter Your Home

I will sing of your love and justice;
    to you, Lord, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
    when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house
    with a blameless heart.
I will not look with approval
    on anything that is vile.

I hate what faithless people do;
    I will have no part in it.
The perverse of heart shall be far from me;
    I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

Psalm 101:1-4


Take a prayer walk through your home looking for items that need to be removed. (See Simply Praying, pages 79-81 for suggestions.) If there is a question, let it go. Then pray over every room of your home asking God to fill the empty spaces with His Holy Presence and Peace.

As you take this prayer walk through your home.

  • Give thanks for the gifts and treasures you find there.
  • Pray blessings prayers on each person you see in pictures or each person who comes to your mind when you encounter a gift they have given.
  • Ask God to permeate each room with His blessed Holy Spirit.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:  Psalm 101:1-4

Dear God, it is easy to sing of Your love and to praise You when I am careful to live a blameless life. I want to lead a life of integrity in my home. I choose not to read or view things that are wicked. I will carefully guard what I watch and stay away from evil. I want to stand in Your presence with a pure heart. Amen.1


 

1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 71-72.