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52 Days of Prayer: Day 27

Practice His Presence

Repeat these words often: “Thank you, God, for your presence. You are here. You are El-roi, the God who sees me.”

  • Say it when you get out of bed.
  • Speak it aloud in the car on the way to work or school.
  • Whisper it throughout the day.
  • Repeat it in your thoughts.
  • Add it to your mealtime blessings. Recite it again at bedtime.

Read Genesis 16

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,but will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17

My Loving Heavenly Father, It amazes me that You who are mighty to save take delight in me! It is even more amazing to visualize You rejoicing over me with singing, yet it brings me in- expressible gladness! Your love does quiet my heart and gives me peace. Thank you, dear God, that You are with me right now; you are El-roi, the God who sees me! Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 129-131.

 

 

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 26

Be Present Where You Are

Be present where you are. This takes a little effort, concentration, and discipline, but it pays eternal dividends. Live each day to the fullest and avoid the danger of losing your way. The present is a gift!

  • Look into the eyes of the person who is talking to you. Gather insights for praying for this person. Be present where you are.
  • Slow down at mealtime. Smell your food. Savor the taste. Give thanks as you eat. Be present where you are.
  • Be alert to the sights and sounds around you. Look for small wonders of nature. Take a leaf. Look at its delicate intricacies. Feel the texture. Open your senses to God’s world and view things you may have missed yesterday. Pause and thank God for the everyday miracles of His creation all surrounding you. Experience His nearness. Continually express gratitude to God for the beauty of nature. Be present where you are.
  • Give God your full attention during your devotional time. Eliminate haste. Be present where you are.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: 

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 5:11-23

Dear God, I do not know the day of Your returning, but I want to live every day to the fullest, always watchful, alert, and ready for Your return. While I wait, I want to please You in my daily living, to encourage others and build them up, to be joyful, and to keep praying with thanksgiving no matter what happens. I know that this is Your will. I want You to make me entirely pure and devoted to You. Keep my spirit, soul, and body strong and blameless until that day when the Lord Jesus Christ comes back again. Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 129-131.

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 25

Extend Your Love

Extend God’s love to someone in a tangible way today. Give hugs. Speak words of praise. Smile. Wave. Freely hand out compliments. Encourage. Pray.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:

“Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts
    as you did in the rebellion.”

Hebrews 3:12-15

Jesus, soften my heart. I do not want to harden my heart toward anyone. When I hear the Holy Spirit speaking to me, I want to obey with a willing heart. Whom do I need to encourage today? If You lead me to someone who has been rude to me or who smells or who is unkempt, please help me to see them through Your eyes and not to harden my heart. I want to be faithful to the end! Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 126.

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 24

Impact Your World

Train yourself to be godly.… Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. from 1 Timothy 4


Make a list of several people who have had a positive spiritual influence on your life. Give thanks for each person you can remember that God has used to bring you into a closer relationship with Him: family, friends, teachers, pastors, authors, musicians, artists, counselors, coworkers, . . .

If those individuals are alive, pray for them. Consider writing a note of appreciation or making a phone call to one of these individuals. Pray that your own life will be a godly example to all that you meet.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:  I Timothy 4:7-16

Dear God, I want to spend my time and energy where it counts and to be spiritually fit for any task You place before me. I am aware that my life is influencing others even when I am unaware that others are watching. It is my desire to teach truth and be a pattern to others in Your love. I long to have a strong faith and clean thoughts. I will use the abilities You have given me and throw myself wholeheartedly into Your work as I keep a close watch on all I think and do. My hope is in You, the Living God, my salvation. Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 122-123.

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 23

Lead by Example

Review your day yesterday. What were some of your actions that may have been observed by another person?  For example:

  • Your response when the store clerk over-charged you or gave you back too much change.
  • Your tardy or on-time record for appointments.
  • Your words of greeting or silence as if the other person did not exist.
  • Your reaction when your co-worker interrupted your work or made suggestions for your project.

Today is a new day. Are apologies required for some of your actions yesterday? Ask God to reveal insight to you in this regard. Resolve today to make those apologies if possible. This could be by phone, e-mail, card, or face-to-face. Then ask God to make you more aware of your choices and responses—your attitudes and body language as the day progresses.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. II Corinthians 3:17-18

Lord, my heart is grateful that You have given me life. Thank You for the freedom You have given me through the forgiveness of sins. I want to be a mirror that brightly reflects Your glory. Holy Spirit, I give You permission to work within me to make me more and more like Christ. Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p. 118-119.

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 22

Surprise Someone With Kindness

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12


Surprise someone today with an unexpected act of kindness, no strings attached. Prayerfully stay alert to the needs of others around you. After your courteous act, keep that individual’s face forefront in your mind and breathe prayers of blessing and hope for him or her. Ask God to give you specific ways to pray for this person that you may never meet again.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: Colossians 3:12-17

Lord Jesus, teach me how to show tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. Forgive me for worrying about making a good impression on them. I want to be a person who is gentle, forgiving, letting love guide my life. Your words enrich my life. I want my words and deeds to enrich the lives of others. I acknowledge that the peace, which I have in my heart, comes from You. Thank you. Amen.1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), p.115.

 

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.