Daily Prayer Focuses

Day 1 - Our Hearts

January 2, 2021


SCRIPTURE
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)


THOUGHTS
The first thing that happens when you visit the doctor is a nurse checks your vitals: your heartbeat and blood pressure. It doesn’t matter why you’re there, but they always monitor your heart. The reason is that your heartbeat and blood pressure readings are an important indicator of your overall health.


As we enter 7 Days of Prayer and Fasting, it’s important to check the vitals of our faith, which is our heart. In the Bible, the heart is the emotional center of a person. God places a high importance on the spiritual condition of our hearts. The Bible asks us to “examine our heart” and to “guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.” God’s promise comes to us when we fully commit our lives to Him; the promise is predicated by the premise of our devotion to Him. He is roaming the earth to build our hearts and make them stronger. When worship and prayer hold priority in our lives, we become fully committed to Him.


PRAYER
God, I pray that you would strengthen my heart and help me to be fully committed to you. I declare my complete dependence upon you. Without you, I can do nothing. Jesus, I ask that You forgive me of my sins. Holy Spirit, regenerate my heart and make me new again. Give me a renewed passion and a fresh revelation of Your Word. Would You guard my heart against the evil attacks of the enemy and restore my heart to exactly how You designed it to be. Give me the strength and courage to continue in prayer and fasting for the next 7 days. In the name of Your great and glorious son, Jesus Christ. Amen

  

 

Day 2 - Our Leaders

January 3, 2021


SCRIPTURE
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession, and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)


THOUGHTS
Despite the intensity that Americans feel about politics, the primary responsibility of a follower of Christ is to pray. Paul exhorts Timothy that we should pray for leaders in multiple ways - including giving thanks for them.


Christians should not restrict their prayers only to the government leaders or politicians they like or those from their own party. Who knows what God might do, especially if we pray for those leaders with whom we disagree.

We are encouraged to pray for “all of those in authority”. That includes leaders of government, but also our spiritual leaders. Those who serve in church leadership face many unique challenges and are called to a high level of sacrifice. For this reason, we should lift them up in prayer.

PRAYER
Dear Lord, we pray for our government leaders and to thank You for them. We pray they would govern wisely to facilitate peaceful cities, states, and a nation that will provide an atmosphere to advance the spread of Your Good News into all regions of the world. We pray that our leaders would seek the right ways of governing for the public good. We pray that You would help us to see politicians as You see them—through eyes of love, grace, and compassion, so we may have a heart to pray for them regularly.  Lord, today I specifically pray this for the U.S. President, Donald Trump; Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt; and Elk City Mayor, Nick Archer. May their spirits unite with yours and rise above their minds as they live and lead. We also pray for our pastors as they lead us spiritually. Give them the strength and passion they need to lead the church You desire to see. Bless their health, their families, and their marriages.

 

In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

 

 

Day 3 - Our City

January 4, 2021


SCRIPTURE
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.  Jeremiah 29:7 (NIV)


THOUGHTS
We believe God not only wants us to build a great church, but a great city as well! He has placed us in Elk City for a specific purpose and for a time such as this.


In the above Scripture, we see the prophet Jeremiah charging the Israelites to take responsibility for where they live through prayer. The prophet is telling them to pray that God would grant peace and prosperity to the city they find themselves in while exiled. If Scripture gives them this direction, how much more should the body of Christ pray for the city they live in? 


There is something unique that takes place when we take responsibility for our city through prayer. Let's lift up our city today and believe that it would turn toward God like never before.


PRAYER
God, I pray You would do a significant work in our city. I ask that Your power and presence would fill its businesses, schools, municipalities, and even the streets. Let Your peace rest on where we live. Let our city be a light in a dark world for You. Fill our city with Your peace and prosperity. Guide our leaders to make decisions that reflect Your heart. We ask Your will be done in Elk City as it is in heaven. Guide, protect, and change our city for Your glory. We ask these things in Your name, Amen.

 

 

Day 4 - Our Nation

January 5, 2021


SCRIPTURE
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14


THOUGHTS
It is an understatement to say our nation needs healing. We continually experience new waves of racial injustice, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, school shootings, issues of gender confusion, and the list goes on. But God has given us an invitation to pray for the healing of our nation.


He made a promise to King Solomon that if the people of God would… 


Humble themselves
Pray
Seek His face
Turn from their wicked ways


Then he would… 

Hear from heaven
Forgive their sin
Heal the land


This promise given to Solomon is given to us today.


PRAYER
God, we confess and repent of the sins of America. We have turned away from You as a nation and we ask You for mercy. We appeal to You for our President, Vice President, members of the Cabinet, and members of both the House and the Senate, to make decisions that will lead toward a more righteous, peaceful, and orderly America. We also ask that these leaders guide us to ways that represent You and Your ways. We pray for the unity of our nation and an end to racial and political divides. May we be a nation that brings glory to Your Name. I pray these things in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.

 

 

Day 5 - Outpouring Of God's Spirit

January 6, 2021


SCRIPTURE
…I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.  Joel 2:28-29 (NIV)


THOUGHTS
A.W Tozer said, “I want here to boldly assert that it is my happy belief that every Christian can have a copious outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a measure far beyond that received at conversion, and I might also say, far beyond that enjoyed by the rank and file of orthodox believers today.”


In other words, God has more for us! His Spirit is alive and available to transform and empower us for an abundant life with supernatural impact in the world around us!


Do you believe that an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit? Is it your desire to receive this in a measure beyond what you are currently experiencing? Are you ready to be used in new, exciting, and supernatural ways? Ask for it!


PRAYER
Dear Lord, thank You for Jesus’ incarnation, life, death, and resurrection. Thank You that He left the gift of His Spirit to reside in us! We confess we regularly miss the great opportunity of being filled up by your Spirit. We forget, dismiss, or neglect instead of receiving this incredible gift.

I commit today to a posture of openness, an attitude of welcoming You in, a spirit of urgency and discontent, that nothing less than a life full and overflowing with You will suffice. Mold me. Fill me. Use me. Clear out any obstruction that would keep Your outpouring from being an infilling. In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

 

 

Day 6 - Marriages

January 7, 2021


SCRIPTURE
And the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.
Mark 10:8-9 (NIV)

THOUGHTS
We believe in the power of Godly, unified, and healthy marriages. We believe marriage is a gift God gave His creation. As special as this amazing blessing is, for all marriages, there are some seasons more difficult than others. In those seasons, it may be difficult to see the true blessing of marriage.

Some reading this will find themselves happily married, unhappily married, divorced, or waiting for the person God has for them to marry. Regardless of where we might find ourselves, we can make a difference by praying for the marriages in our church.

Today, let's choose to pray for unity, protection, health, and intimacy for all of the marriages within the church family. For those whose marriages are struggling, be encouraged because your spiritual family is praying to God for you today.


PRAYER
God, we pray for all of the marriages within our church. We ask for every marriage to experience a supernatural bond of unity. For every marriage that is struggling, we ask that You would administer forgiveness, clarity, and restoration. For every marriage that finds themselves in a good season, we ask You to continue to bless them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  

 

Day 7 - Those Far From God

January 8, 2021


SCRIPTURE
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:18–20 (NIV)


THOUGHTS
Every gospel in the Bible has a form of the Great Commission. One of the last things Jesus says to His disciples was that they are called to make more disciples. The very nature and DNA of Christianity, its mission and focus, is to reach those who are far from God. It is fascinating that the church is the only organization that exists for its non-members. Let that sink in. We exist for those who are not yet members of the Church!


The longer a church exists, the more likely it is to focus on its members, rather than those who are far from God. As Christians, we must resist this urge. We must know and understand our spiritual growth should always lead us to reach those who don’t know Christ. Since we live in a post-modern, post-truth, and post-Christian culture, we must be intentional about presenting the gospel in a way in which our culture understands. 


PRAYER
Heavenly Father, I pray for those who are far from You. Give us the courage and the power to reach those who don’t know You. I pray for my family members who have walked away from You. Draw them back to Your love through the power of Your Holy Spirit. God, let there be an awakening in our city, our county, and our country. As the world gets darker, I pray our light shines brighter. In the name of your great and glorious son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Fasting

One of the most powerful things we can do as we pray is to fast. It’s one of the many ways we seek to align our hearts with the heart of God.  You might be asking – what is fasting exactly? Is it just a holy weight-loss program or is there more to it than that? How do I know if I’m doing it right?

So here is a bit of information to help help you learn more about fasting, how to start a fast, and the importance of it in your Christian life.


“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  – Matthew 6:16-18.

 

THE BENEFITS OF FASTING

Fasting is an integral part of developing our relationship with Christ. It is a time where we quiet ourselves from the distractions around us, so that we can hear from God more clearly. Fasting isn’t about losing weight, it’s about enabling ourselves to hear from Him.

 

WHAT YOU LET GO OF DICTATES WHAT YOU PICK UP

Fasting is less about what you’re losing, and more about what you’re gaining. Abstaining from food, drink, media, or anything else that normally feeds you is no easy task! Those who fast often acknowledge the physical, mental, and emotional toll that it takes on the human body, as you are denying yourself of personal cravings. This self-denial is important in bringing focus to your heart and mind, so that you can connect with God without interference. What you stand to gain will far outweigh what you decide to give up.

 

HOW TO SUCCEED IN YOUR FAST

When the Holy Spirit calls us to fast, He will strengthen us and give us the ability to carry it out. We’ve whipped up a few key tips that can help you throughout the entire process. So, however He has led you to fast, you’ll stay right on track.

 

1. COME WITH YOUR HEART TURNED TOWARDS GOD.

We must come into this time with a humble heart, acknowledging that God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we approach God this way, our hearts are open to the word that God will release towards us.

2. BE INTENTIONAL IN HOW YOU USE THE TIME FASTING OFFERS.

When we fast, we create extra time in our days. As we give up something, we create space to do something else. This space should be filled with seeking God. Use this time to pray, to listen to dive into scripture.

3. EXPECT TEMPTATION.

Don’t feel bad if you feel tempted to break your fast. you should expect it. The key is having a plan for when temptation strikes. Temptation in and of itself isn’t a bad thing. In fact if there was no temptation, we wouldn’t need to depend on God. So see temptation as an opportunity to grow your dependence. Even Jesus was tempted when He was fasting!

 

Fasting Types


There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

 

Full Fast
Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).


The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.


Partial Fast
A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.


Scripture References for Fasting:
Matthew 6:16-18
Matthew 9:14-15Luke 18:9-14


Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:6-8
17-18Nehemiah 1:4Daniel 9:3, 20Joel 2:12Luke 2:37Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2


Corporate Fasting:
1 Samuel 7:5-6
Ezra 8:21-23Nehemiah 9:1-3Joel 2:15-16Jonah 3:5-10Acts 27:33-37


Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58Jeremiah 14:121 Corinthians 8:8).