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52 Days of Prayer:Day 49

Give Gifts

Locate someone who is in trauma, and ask God to give you a creative way to extend a gift to that person or family. Pray for that troubled individual. Prayer is a gift.

Read Matthew 2:1-12. The Magi, often called wisemen, brought gifts to Jesus and worshiped Him. Ask God to make you wise and discerning and to teach you how to worship Him. Kneel before Him now. Allow Him to search the deep corners of your heart and reveal truth to you. Pray a prayer of repentance if He reveals any area of disobedience, pride, or un-Christlike attitudes. Give Him thanks for a cleansed heart. Ask God to align your faith with His Word. Offer Him the gift of yourself.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.John 10:10b and Isaiah 61:1-3

Giver of Life, Thank You that You came to give abundant life. Thank You for bringing good news to me and for comforting my broken heart. Thank You for freedom from sin. Thank You for eternal life. Although I appreciate all Your blessings and gifts, help me not to worship the gifts You give, but to worship You, THE GIFT! Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 235-237.

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52 Days of Prayer: Day 48

Prepare for His Arrival

Read Luke 24:36-52. Have you, like the disciples, waited for the infilling of the Holy Spirit?

Prepare your heart and home for the Lord’s presence to be invited into all areas and activities of your life—your work, your play, your mealtimes, your family affairs, your celebrations, your struggles. Take Him with you into your world.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Luke 2:36-38)

Dear Jesus, My heart has been touched as I have read and reread the story of the prophetess Anna this week. Even though she was a widow and very old, I do not see her having self-pity. Her devotion to worship and prayer is a beautiful model to follow. I can visualize the joy she felt at seeing You after all those years of anticipation of the coming of the Messiah. She displayed that joy by telling others of Your arrival. I too want to be a woman who prays, worships, fasts, and prepares my heart daily for Your dwelling. Thank You that You have come to live in my heart. Show me how to spread the news to my world that You have come to set up Your Kingdom in the hearts of men and women who will receive You. I anticipate Your coming again. Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 231, 233.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 47

Fear Not

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isiah 41:10


Give God your fears as you name them. Talk to Him about them as you contemplate and apply Scripture such as Isaiah 41:10. Allow Him to calm your fears. Thank Him for the times He has turned fear into joy, peace, and hope in the past.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:   (Isaiah 41:10)

Lord Jesus, When I read the New Testament Gospels, I have discovered that you often spoke the words, “Do not be afraid.” You did not want people to be afraid to come into Your divine presence. In the Old Testament, I also find God often speaking to those who believed in the One and Only True God, “Fear not!” I bring my fears to You today: fears about the future, my health, protection of my family—fears regarding challenging assignments You have given me—fears unnamed—nagging doubts. Although the words in Isaiah 41:10 were spoken in another age to a different group of people, I believe the promise is also true for me as one of Your followers. Thank You for Your promise that You are my God and You will be with me strengthening and helping me. Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 227-228.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 46

Call His Name

 Choose one of God’s names to use in your prayer time and continue to speak that name often throughout the day. Meditate on it. Locate it in Scripture. Whisper it. Say it softly. Shout it. Sing it. Lift His name on high.

Examples: Almighty God, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, King of kings, Immanuel

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (John 1:1-18)

Dear Jesus, The One and Only, Divine Son of God, You are my Sovereign Lord, my Shepherd, the Prince of Peace, Faithful and True. I bow before You in adoration. You are my Teacher, Counselor, Redeemer—my Stronghold, Hope, Refuge and Strength. I give you praise, my Lord and Savior! You are the Eternal Word who created everything there is. You are Life and Light. By believing You and accepting You as my Savior, I am Your child. The thought amazes me! You have revealed Your glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father, full of unfailing Love and Faithfulness. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me through all these names and more. Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 221-222.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 45

Worship the King

Sing a hymn of praise, “O Worship the King” (click here for a modern version of this classic hymn) Kneel and pray. While continuing to kneel, read Matthew 2:11 where the Magi bowed down and worshiped the Christ Child. Pause to worship and adore Him.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Isaiah 6:1-6)

Holy God,  I bow before You today saying, “Holy! Holy! Holy! You alone are worthy to receive my praise and worship. My heart sings! Teach me how to worship You with my whole body and spirit. I wait in Your presence. Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 217-218.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 44

Say Thank You

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.  For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. (Philippians 1:9-11)

 

List ten or more thank yous to God. Continue throughout the day repeatedly saying, “Thank you, God,” either aloud or in your thoughts. “Thank you, God, for the sunshine, for ice cream cone, for that encouraging word from my coworker, for a new day, life, breath.” Also, concentrate on making this a day of extending thanks to family members, friends, co-workers, neighbors, even strangers.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Philippians 1:9-11)

Dear Jesus, It is a great joy to pray for the saints you have allowed to cross my pathway. You know the ones for whom I am praying today. I pray that my love for them and their love for You may abound. Give us knowledge and discernment. Help us to see clearly the difference between right and wrong and to be clean on the inside. Fill us with the fruit of righteousness that comes through You that God may be glorified and praised. Thank You for your abundant blessings! Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 212-213.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 43

Pray without Ceasing

Touch your world through prayer. Do not give up. Even when your heart feels cold and prayerless, or when your schedule is filled with good things, stop and pray. Learn to pause for prayer every time someone gives you a request or you are prompted to pray. Work and pray. Walk and pray. Watch and pray. Sing and pray. Sit and pray. Stand and pray. Kneel and pray. Prayer is your lifeline to God.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: Pray without ceasing.Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (I Thessalonians 5:17 and Ephesians 6:18)

 Dear Jesus, I want to follow Your example of praying. Teach me what it means to pray without ceasing, continually, all the time. I want to keep on praying on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests and not give up. Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 208-209.