2021 Prayer Calendar
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This week’s prayer calendar
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Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22
As believers in Christ, we are not called to sit and soak in all of the goodness of God’s word and do nothing. How will others know about God’s grace and mercy if we keep all that we know about God to ourselves? He has given us two commands- love God and love others. If we keep the love of God to ourselves, we are not showing love to others. Our faith in Christ must be lived out in love for others. So how do we share our faith in Christ in love for others? Jesus lived out that example by serving others. The bottom line, loving God and loving others requires action. There are many ways one can serve others in the local church using your passions, gifts, and talents. What are some ways you can show your love to God by serving others? Who can you mobilize to join you on this journey to serve? We will dive in this week to see how we can mobilize ourselves and others to serve.
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your sacrificial love. You did not come to this world to be served but to serve. You showed us what it means to truly love God and love others by how You lived and how You served. Help me to show my faith and love for You by loving and serving others. May my eyes be open to the opportunities You want me to serve. Forgive me for the times that I put myself above others. Rid any selfishness in me so that I will freely extend Your grace and mercy to others. I pray that You get the glory for anything I do as I serve You. In Your precious name, I pray. Amen.
He replied, “You give them something to eat.” They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” Luke 9:13
How do we position ourselves when in a situation when there is a need? Do we stand confidently knowing God will meet those needs, or do we sit back and wait and see what happens? If we genuinely believe God will supply our needs, we should continually present this mindset to those around us while covering it in prayer. Often, people require someone to walk alongside them to see that God supplies what we cannot see or comprehend; our faith is displayed, allowing others to grow spiritually. Take time to be the person who invites God into a dilemma and watch Him move! Ask God to reveal those around you in need being the vessel of encouragement God will use to meet those needs.
Heavenly Father, Lord, I pray that my actions glorify Your holy name. I am humbled today by the grace of Your endless love for me. I pray for strength to disown all trust that I can do anything on my own. Please cover me with childlike confidence that all needs will be met and use me as a vessel helping others to see this. When discouragement multiplies causing a seemingly impossible situation, silence the enemy of our souls, removing the barrier of doubt I create in my mind. I pray this in Your Son’s holy and precious name. Amen.
But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down.” Luke 9:14-15
To some degree we all have a plan for our work expectations, personal schedule, or even our meals and grocery shopping. I have watched others as they plan and execute every hour of their vacation. Some of us appreciate the value of planning more than others, especially when we lose valuable time because we didn’t plan well. None of us want to lose an entire day to chaos, or sometimes our plans fall apart because of circumstances beyond our control. But, we serve a God of order, which is evident in the Bible. Now apply this to your surrender and service to God. How many of us have a plan for how we want to serve God or help others serve God? We do not want to lose time or surrender to chaos because we did not make a plan. Ask God to show you people who need help to effectively serve others. Help someone in your life be successful in how they are called to serve God.
Father of strength and mercy, thank You that in praying I am invited into Your presence. Lord, Your ways are higher than our ways, and Your plan is higher than our plan. You are a God of perfect timing and order and beautifully designed the walk before me and those around me. Help me surrender to this plan, help me help others submit to the pan You have for them. Please allow my interests and time to be used each day to bring You glory. Lord, I do not want to engage in any plan outside of Your will, and I pray that Your grace covers each step. I pray my heart is evidence of the love and patience You have shown to me. Reveal the plan You have chosen for me and allow me to help others with whatever You desire for them. Let the voice of your mercy echo in our hearts to remind us of Your goodness in our lives. I pray this in Your precious name. Amen.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. Luke 9:16
How many of us remember an older sibling or cousin asking us to retrieve something for them as they sat and waited. As a child, I remember wondering why they asked me when they were capable. Thankfully that did not happen too often. People often fail to realize they are capable of facilitating a task and turn to others for help. Last month I asked my son how to set up my new cell phone. He walked me through the steps rather than setting it up for me. We both knew I would have to continue asking him if I did not complete the task myself. This is a small example but can be applied to our spiritual lives. Sometimes in our surrender to serve God, we ask others to do things for us we are capable of doing on our own. As a pastor, people often share their desires to serve but are unsure how to begin or need help with a particular situation. Equipping others to operate in a capacity they feel called to serve is always more fulfilling. Once we position ourselves to help equip others, God will take care of the rest. Who can you pray with, encourage, or listen to today to help them be more equipped to serve as God called them to?
Almighty One, create in me a heart that is cleansed of all unrighteousness. Allow me to appreciate the joy of another day of surrendering and serving You. Lord, we live in an ever changing world, but Your love and grace are unwavering. Give me the strength to do the things You have placed on my heart by surrounding me with people who can encourage and pray with me. When I get overwhelmed or insecure about my abilities to complete these plans, remind me that I rely on Your strength, not my strength. Lord, I pray You would place on my path those who need encouragement and prayer; allow me to be a vessel used to equip someone else for Your kingdom. Let us grow in holiness and experience Your joy together. In Your mighty name, I pray. Amen.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
We are all Spiritually Gifted
All of us are gifted by the Holy Spirit! We all have spiritual gifts and serve in different ministries, as shown to us in 1 Corinthians. People are often unaware they have been given a gift or even have a purpose. But, God created each of us for a purpose and gifted us to accomplish this purpose. Only ONE Holy Spirit empowers us and distributes this variety of gifts according to God’s plan. We do not earn them; we are not entitled to them, nor should gifts ever be taken for granted. The power behind each gift is God’s working in us through the grace of salvation. These gifts are not us working; we are being used for His glory as a body of Christ by loving God and loving people. When looking at a spiritual gift, look at how God uses your gifts to reach others for Him. Do not focus on the gifts of another and how God is using them. All gifts are equally important and are being used together to do the same work for God. Take time today and pray about how the Holy Spirit has gifted you and allow God to work through you for His kingdom.
Holy Spirit of truth and guidance, I thank You for Your presence in my life. Lord, I am excited that You created me specifically for a purpose, knowing the Holy Spirit will empower me to fulfill that purpose. I ask forgiveness for those times I did not posture my walk according to Your plan. Use me today according to the gifts You have allowed me to carry. Please reveal any gifts I am unaware of and position me to use these gifts to glorify Your name. Spirit of God, I am thankful that You are the perfect gentleman who patiently waits regardless of how long it takes me to understand Your plan. I humbly pray this in Christs’ name. Amen.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
One Spirit Brings Goodness
Comparison and criticism can easily flood our minds if we’re not careful. We are taught to compare and contrast, to identify the pros and cons in almost every situation. We do this with everything- our relationships, jobs, wealth, social status, houses, grades, achievements, and unfortunately even our personalities and talents. As believers, we even go so far as to compare our spiritual gifts – a gift that God so intricately creates uniquely for each individual child of God. The truth is, these God-given gifts are incomparable. One’s gift of faith is unlike every other’s. Is a gift of healing better than a gift of wisdom? No… Our jealous and judgmental thoughts are merely a distraction from the work the Holy Spirit is producing in us and the fruit He is producing through us. We are meant to mobilize these gifts as one, by supporting people with similar gifts and partnering with those with different ones. We will see the goodness of the Spirit manifest in our lives when we stop comparing and start celebrating the fruit of the Spirit we see in each other. This is how we show the world we are working towards a common goal- “a work of one and the same Spirit.” So, let’s do this together.
Gift-Giving Creator, Empowering Spirit, forgive me when I compare myself to others and when I come against another believer instead of coming together in Your Spirit. Help me to cherish the gifts you have given me and the gifts given to those around me so that we can work together to bring your goodness. Give me strength and courage to pursue the gifts You have given me, so that I may mobilize them for Your glory. Thank You for the opportunity I have today to serve the kingdom. Help me walk in obedience to what You call me to today. Amen.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, Hebrews 10:24
Accountability is Essential
As believers, we are given many instructions and encouragement on how to live godly lives. We are to draw near to the Lord, with a true and undivided heart. We are to remember the promises that relate to our salvation through faith in Christ. But as believers, we are also instructed to be concerned about our brothers and sisters in Christ and to stir up one another to love and good deeds. How are we to do that? How often? Won’t they get upset?! We are to care for each other and work with one another to love as Christ loved us, and to produce good deeds that God has prepared for us to do. We, as believers, are instructed to provoke others unto love and to good works. The problem is that we are sinful beings, and it is far too easy to provoke each other to anger through unkindness and criticism – but as believers, we are instructed to provoke one another unto LOVE. And it is through unchanging love that love is provoked. It is by means of loving another that they will turn back to love and the mission. It is through an unchanging attitude of never-failing Christ-like love, that love can be motivated within them – as they see Christ living in us and loving through us. We need each other! Allow people into your life that will speak the truth in love into your life. We have to stop being so sensitive when we are being held accountable. It’s interesting because we are fleshly beings, so initially, correction of any kind upsets us. We have to toughen our skin and keep our focus on the big picture. We must be receptive to correction in love and understand it is for the best for us.
Dear God, thank You for today. Thank You for loving me and for giving me countless things that I overlook and oftentimes forget to thank You for. Please help me to live a life that brings you honor and encourages others. I pray that You will surround me with like-minded Christians that can help me in my spiritual journey. Please use them to speak the truth about love in my life when I do anything contrary to what You want. Please cover my heart and protect my emotions because criticism is often very difficult for me. Take away my pride. Help me to draw close to You when I am corrected and not put up my defenses as I have in the past. Please also use me to help others. Give me the words to say to others so that we may be as iron sharpening iron. Keep my eyes focused on you in all things. Amen.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”Acts 1:8
In this verse, we find the last words Jesus says to His disciples before He was taken into Heaven. Jesus had spent three years teaching and training them before He was crucified and resurrected. He invited, invested, and mobilized them and is now ready to empower them to do the work He had called them to do. Upon His Spirit and authority, they now have the ownership and responsibility to continue what Jesus started and to do even more. Likewise, as believers, we are called and empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses. He gives us Holy Spirit power so that we can be witnesses to see and experience only what God can do. Witnessing is not showing what we can do for God. It is showing and sharing what God has done for us. As a believer, you are empowered to be His witness. Live that out today!
Lord, I thank You for sending us the gift of Your Spirit. Because of Your Spirit in me, I can love those who are hard to love and serve when I don’t have the desire to do so. There are people in my life who need to know of Your grace and mercy. There may be some who I have not met yet. Help me to remember that as a child of God, I have the responsibility to be a witness to what You have done in my life. I need to share what You have done with others so that they know You can do that in their life as well. I pray for wisdom, discernment, and courage to share with others Your goodness and greatness. May You be glorified in me! In Your wonderful name, I pray. Amen.