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52 Days of Prayer: Day 52

Reflect on the Past Fifty-Two Days

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24


  • Reread your journal for the past fifty-two days if time permits.
  • Make a list of some of the spiritual lessons you have learned on this prayer journey.
  • Write a letter to God giving Him thanks for the lessons He has taught you.
  • Commit yourself anew to partner daily with God in His Kingdom work.

Read Matthew 11:28-30:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me, and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 – The Message)

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Psalm 139:23-24 and Matthew 11:28-30)

Dear Heavenly Father,

         I have given You permission to examine my heart and show me anything that displeases You. There is freedom in allowing You to search me and know my heart, You who created me and delicately formed me. You know when I am tired and weary and need rest. For this reason I can lift my burdens to You knowing that You will help me carry them and, thus, lighten my load. Thank you for all You have taught me. You have called my name. I will never be the same! Amen1


 

 

 

1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 248-250.

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52 Days of Prayer:Day 51

Pursue Your Vision

Ask God to reveal to you His vision and purpose designed especially for you. Allow God to expose any inner desire He has implanted that you have been ignoring because of fear or personal weaknesses.Ask Him to give you the faith and strength to accomplish this goal.

Memorize the verse: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6) Realize that God sized assignments require faith. Take steps to obey His leading.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:   (II Corinthians 12:9) And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. and Hebrews 11:6: But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 

Dear God, You have fulfilled Your promise to take my weaknesses and give me Your strength many times in my life as I have followed Your call. Even so, I sometimes have a fearful heart when You give me a new assignment. I want to have faith and please You for any future God-sized task. Implant Your vision within my heart. May it burn within me as by faith I walk forward to please You. Amen1


 

 

1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 245.

52 Days of Prayer:Day 50

Invest in Your Dreams

  • When you awaken from a dream, pray for the persons in your dream if you remember their names.
  • Ask God if He has any message to reveal to you through your dreams.
  • Give distressing dreams to God and ask Him to remove them from your memory.
  • Pray before going to sleep that God will guard your dreams.

 Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Matthew 1:18- 2:14 and Genesis 40:8)

Holy Spirit, I do not pretend to understand dreams, yet I believe there are times You have a message for me through my dreams. I give You permission to interpret my dreams for me; and when You do, I want to be like Joseph and immediately obey if there is some action You direct me to take. I will continue to pray for the individuals who appear in my dreams. If there is someone You want to lay on my heart, I am willing. Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 239-241.

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.

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.