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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.

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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.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 42

Coping with Change

Today incorporate as many of the following suggestions as possible:

  • Read a few pages from a helpful book.
  • Write a page in your journal starting with the words, “My spiritual journey is like . . . .” Read a few of your past entries.
  • Take a prayer walk, and talk to God aloud about decisions you need to make.
  • Eat three light but well balanced meals with a snack of fruit or cheese between each meal and drink at least six glasses of water. At each meal, make your prayer of blessing meaningful rather than routine.
  • Take a warm shower before going to bed early. If you do not go to sleep right away, spend those minutes giving thanks to God, count your blessings.
  • Find ways to make your entire day prayer filled.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer:

Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in[a] you? 1 Corinthians 3:16

 Dear God, It amazes me to think that my body is the temple of the blessed Holy Spirit. I want to make every room of my heart available to You. Show me how to care for this body and to bring glory to You by the way that I walk, talk, and live no matter what changes I am facing. Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 204-206.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 41

Follow His Call

Prayerfully Read the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.

  • Is your desire to see Jesus today so great that you will overcome obstacles of personal weaknesses, jobs, and time pressures to make a way to see Him?
  • Envision Him spotting you in the crowd and calling you to come down to see Him.

Would you respond as Zacchaeus did? “He called me. I have to go.”

  • Imagine what it would be like if He came to your house or place of work today. Would it change any of your thoughts and actions as it did Zacchaeus?
  • Make a list of some of the dramatic changes Christ’s coming has brought to your life. Give Him praise for these transformations.
  • Ask God what He wants to say to you through this Scripture.
  • Read verse 10. Pray for those in your family and circle of life who are lost. Remind yourself that Christ is seeking the lost. He is seeking to save your lost loved ones. You can pray with confidence knowing it is God’s will for the lost to yield their lives to Jesus. Pray with boldness. Do not give up!

Turning Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Luke 19:1-10)

Dear Jesus, When I hear You call, I want to immediately and willingly obey as did Peter, Andrew, James, John, Levi, and Zacchaeus. I sense that Zacchaeus had a longing to see You; he exhibited this by his creative solution to overcome his short stature. The Scripture says he came down from the tree at once and welcomed You gladly when You invited Yourself to his home for a meal. This entire scene makes me smile. I like to imagine myself in a similar situation. My heart would have been pounding as You called my name. The dramatic transformation Your presence made for Zacchaeus both thrills me and challenges me to reach out to others with Your life changing message of hope. You have called me. I have to go! Love, ___________1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 199-200.

 

 

52 Days of Prayer: Day 40

Say No

If you are feeling stressed and hassled by the responsibilities in your life, prayerfully do an inventory to see if there is something that can be eliminated.

  • What jobs are you doing that you have taken on yourself or allowed others to thrust upon you without seeking God’s direction? Do they fit your personal mission statement? Are these tasks that someone else could do?
  • Whether these are home, community, or church positions, bow out of anything that you discover is not God ordained.
  • Now list the jobs in which you are involved that you know without a doubt God has given you.
  • Ask God if He has any new instructions to give you concerning these assignments.
  • Ask Him if He has any new tasks where He wants to involve your time and energy.
  • He will strengthen you for each assignment He places on your heart no matter how big and frightening it seems to you.
  • Work smart—eliminate busy work from your life.

 Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found. Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you.Psalm 119:33-38

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Psalm 119:33-38)

Lord, I truly do want You to be the Lord of my life! Tell me what to do, and I will do it, Lord. If You say no, I will obey. When You tell me yes, give me the strength and courage to move forward at Your command. Give me understanding. Sometimes I struggle to hear clearly what You are saying. Turn me away from wanting any plan but Yours. Revive my heart toward Your way alone. Reassure me that Your promises are mine to claim. I trust You; I reverence You; I am devoted to You! Love, _________1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 194-196.

52 Days of Prayer: Day 39

Formulate a Mission Statement

 Do you have a personal mission statement? If you do not, this may be the day to begin writing one. Using the questions and guidelines given in week 39 of Simply Praying, you could prayerfully start the process. For more detailed information, read The Path by Laurie Beth Jones.

If you already have a personal mission statement, review it. Evaluate your present activities against this mission. Do they correlate? Make prayerful adjustments if needed. Evaluate all jobs you accept and tasks you choose to do against your personal mission statement. It will give you direction and a sense of purpose for your life.

Turn Scripture into a Personal Prayer: (Ephesians 4)

Dear God, I know you have given me special gifts and abilities to use for Your glory and have called me to join You in Your work. May I live a life worthy of Your calling. I must have Your help. I want to become more and more like You and use my gifts to encourage others to use their talents to glorify and praise You. Amen1


1Patsy Lewis. Simply Praying (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2006), 190-191.