2021 Prayer Calendar
Pray with us all year long! We are asking God to move in our hearts and through NEWLIFE to see His power made great.
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This week’s prayer calendar
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Talking with God
Many of us feel insecure to pray in front of others. We may hear some who seem to be so eloquent in their praying, that we don’t feel that we should ever pray in public. We tend to care more about what others think when praying publicly than being concerned about the position of our hearts. Many of the religious leaders in Jesus’ day sought the recognition they received when praying publicly for all to see, and that was their reward. What God seeks is in us is the attitude of humility in prayer, whether it is in public or private. It’s not about the words that are spoken, but the heart from which they are spoken. In our private time, we can be real and raw with God. It is in those moments that we can experience the presence of God. What does your prayer time with God look like? Remember, He sees you and desires to spend time with you. Make some room in your day to spend some alone time with Him so that you can experience the reward of being in His presence.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees you in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:5-6
Heavenly Father, You are such a loving God, so accepting of me no matter what. I humbly come before You now confessing that I spend too much of my thoughts worrying about what others think and neglecting to think or care about what You think. Help me to remember You don’t need me to come to You with the right words but with the right spirit. There is such great blessing when I am in Your presence, yet I fail to seek it.
You long to spend time with me, yet I put my agenda before Yours. Please forgive me for not putting You first. Thank You for Your unfailing love that holds me. In Your precious name, Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Do you ever think today is the day I will commit to praying more to seek God’s will in your life genuinely?Then life happens, and time is short, things seem more important, and days have passed where we just haven’t gotten to it? Yes, we stick to a plan or a devotional, and then on day five, we wonder what we should be praying for; we feel repetitive or maybe not “spiritual” enough. If we look at Matthew 6:9-13, The Lord’s Prayer offers direction and guidance wrapped up with a nice bow. These verses are so powerful, and this is Jesus telling His disciples how to pray to God. Who better to direct our intentions than Him. This prayer is foundational, and in praying, we are humbling ourselves before God. In this prayer, we ask for God’s will in our lives, for supplication, and forgiveness for our sins, just as we are forgiven. This prayer displays the importance of praying against temptation, but if we found ourselves headed in that direction, we would see it, feel it, know it, and have the strength to resist. The last line is the most powerful, asking God to keep us safe from evil. This prayer covers any person or situation. You can pray for your children or your spouse not to be led into temptation but delivered from sin. Boom! Did you feel it? I feel it every time I read it. Ask God for protection over your heart and mind and protection over your loved ones. Jesus gave us the words, let’s use them.
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’” Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. I pray this in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lay Down the Weight
Is it possible to fully walk in the forgiveness and freedom that Jesus offers if we are unwilling to extend forgiveness to each other? Scripture tells us plain and simple that it can’t be done. I picture it as if every bit of unforgiveness that we are holding onto is a weight. At first it feels manageable, but beyond that it holds us back & weighs us down. How can we receive the Father when our arms are full of unforgiveness? Lay down the weight of unforgiveness and experience the freedom from that bondage. You have a Father who laid down His very life so that you could experience such freedom.
“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:14-15
Jesus, Thank You for giving Your life so that I might know freedom. I am not worthy of the forgiveness You have given me, and yet it is always there for me. Forgive me for not extending forgiveness to those around me. I let pride and selfishness rule my heart at times and the weight of unforgiveness has been holding me down. I have been consumed in trying to put up walls in my life to those that have hurt me that I didn’t realize I was also putting up walls towards You. I invite You to tear down the walls. I surrender my hurts and burdens to You. Thank You for caring over these details of my life. Thank You that Your forgiveness is for each and every one of us. You are gracious and merciful. I love You. Amen.
In today’s world, there are many things people choose to fast besides food. Technology or social media may be harder for some people to give up than food. Fasting requires self-denial. When fasting, we should not bring attention to our self-denial that would give selfish praise. When done in the spirit of humility and repentance, we are able to focus our attention on seeking God for clarity, vision and direction. It teaches us self-discipline and helps us to appreciate what God has given us. As we make the sacrifice to go deeper in our walk with Him in this way, we will experience the power of His presence in our lives. What are you willing to fast to experience God in a deeper way?
“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 6:17-18
Lord, thank You so much for your love and grace. Sometimes I can get easily distracted. Please help me refocus in the midst of life, even when it is chaotic, confusing, scary, or overwhelming. Please remind me to refocus on You in moments of success, gratitude, happiness, and contentment. I don’t want to abide in You when times are good or when times are bad. Lord, prompt my spirit to connect with You every day. Guide me today, and reveal anything that I should give up: maybe for a time, maybe continuously. While fasting, I pray that You would help me to renew my spirit. Please show me how to be more grateful, faithful, and consistent. Turn my fasting into excitement to be Your child, that turns into serving You better. In Jesus, name Amen.
What Treasures are you Storing?
Have you ever considered earthly treasures as opposed to heavenly treasures? The question to ask yourself when evaluating your life is what do you value most and where is it? Where your treasure is, your heart is also. No confusion, there is tremendous value in saving, tithing, and financial planning. The problem lies when we become more concerned with our financial growth than our spiritual growth. I know people who work insane hours (supposedly temporary) because they are saving for that one thing, or just need to pay this one large debt. Without even realizing it, the desire to attain these goals is now interfering with attending church, prayer time, or anything else that adds spiritual value. The treasure is slowly shifting from heavenly to earthly, without even realizing it. Without constant awareness, the need for wealth could be flourishing while a desire for spiritual growth diminishes. Wherever your treasure is, your heart will be. Like everyone else, I feel blessed to have a beautiful home, but it is only my home. It is not permanent, it does not define me, it is not my entire focus, nor is my home part of my eternal life. Treasuring our relationship with Christ is more important. Our treasures come from that relationship, from praying, forgiving, sharing, and loving our enemies. Most importantly, what we value is reflected in how we live.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Father of strength and mercy, I call upon You today in search of what my heart values most. Lord, I want to store eternal treasures but need Your help shifting my mindset to what is most important. Thank you for allowing me to truly understand the glory of a relationship with You instead of treasuring my possessions. Lord, forgive me for those times when things of earthly value brought me happiness and walk with me as I experience the joy and better understanding of eternal glories. Thank You for the blessings in my life, but I know they do not define me or fill me; they are only temporary things. The true gifts are prayer, hope in Christ, sharing the Word, loving our enemies, and walking in the freedom of forgiveness. I look forward to another day to serve You and continue to store heavenly treasures. I pray this according to Your will and purpose in my life. Amen.
Where are Your Eyes Fixed?
We talk a lot about seeing things with spiritual eyes to be better aware of what is going on around us, but quite literally, where are your eyes fixed? In what direction are you looking? Maybe it’s as evident as pornography, or perhaps it’s more subtle as a tv show that isn’t edifying. Maybe it’s more hidden in a critical spirit, where you find yourself looking for the flaws and shortcomings of others. When we spend our time looking at things that do not please the Lord, reading something that brings us down, and looking for the negative things in each other and our world, we are filling our body with things of this world. Is there an area in your life where you feel God asking you to change what you are looking at?
“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” Matthew 6:22-23
Dear Jesus, Thank You for being my light in this dark world. You bring me to hope when things around seem hopeless. You make me whole when my world is broken. Forgive me, Lord, when I fix my eyes on things that are not pleasing to You. I give into temptation, and it pulls me away from You. I long to be near to You. I long to be filled with Your light so I can help illuminate the darkness. Protect my eyes. I surrender my weaknesses and ask you to strengthen me. I fix my eyes on You and invite You, Holy Spirit, to consume me this day. Be glorified. Amen.
We live in a materialistic world where many of us always want the newest, or the best, or the biggest. Of course, when we focus on acquiring more, we need and want more money. Our stuff begins to own us. Money itself isn’t a bad thing, but our focus on more and more of the things of this world will only leave us broken in some way. Money and the things of this world won’t satisfy the heart. It only leaves us craving for more. Think about all of the famous and successful people who have died because the things of this world did not fulfill them. Only God can truly satisfy us. God can redeem our money by using it to help others. Then our focus is on what is eternal, and that will last forever. Which master do you serve?
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24
Lord, You are the giver of all good things. Your blessings for me is more than I deserve. I often desire more and more things that only satisfy me temporarily over what is from You, which is eternal. Please forgive me for the times I have put the idol of materialism over You. I pray that You help me to keep the proper perspective on how I should use my money that would honor You and not control me. I thank You for providing for my every need. I ask that You give me a heart of generosity. Please open my eyes to see how I can be a blessing to others so that I can bless others out of what you have given me.
Do Not Worry
There is always a center point in everyone’s life, and everything else revolves around it. It could be a growing family, earning an education, or financial stability at work. It could be another person or a goal you desire to attain. If you are unsure, look at where you give the most attention, the most money, and what dictates most of your daily schedule. Be aware of who or what your main priority is, and ask the Holy Spirit to illuminate those things you need to change. Make your priority seeking God and His righteousness. God asks us not to worry about what the coming days will bring because it shuts us down. Stay in the day and focus on those things you can control, giving God everything else. Pray and ask God to show you His plan for your life, then center your life around Him and His will. Make God your priority today.
“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:31-34
God, we love You so much and ask this prayer would bring honor to Your name. The more I pray, the more I feel the heaviness of sin and how darkness continually attempts to consume my life. Please remove the fear that contaminates my heart, which often brings me to a place of panic as my mind tries to manipulate various outcomes beyond my control. The enemy of our souls tries to rob me of Your peace and joy through these fears. Lord remove the worry from my heart as I see it posturing my day from the moment I wake. I thank You that Your mercies are new every morning, and only You know what tomorrow will bring. Through prayer, I have come to understand that fears flooding my mind are not of You. I am seeking Your face today; I choose not to walk in the heaviness of fear, worry, or anxiety but lift them to You each day. I ask for spiritual and physical renewal as the heaviness of carrying these sins has been exhausting. I surrender my heart and all that is within it. In Your mighty name, I pray. Amen.