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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Love is Sincere
Many times we may say we love someone, but how sincere were we? Or maybe we pretend to “love” someone, and then do something behind their back that would hurt them. Perhaps there are those you find difficult to love for some reason, and you avoid them, so you don’t have to be friendly and “show love.” This type of love is not the way of Christ. Like Jesus, our love must be sincere and active. Maybe we need to consider the good in the person instead of focusing on the negative. What are attitudes or actions you need to change allowing you to love sincerely?
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9
Lord Jesus, thank You for Your real example of sincere love. You lived it out while walking among us to the point of death so we can experience Your love forever. Please reveal to me those in my life that I have a hard time loving sincerely and replacing a heart like Yours that genuinely loves. Help me to see people through Your eyes. Help me also be obedient to Your promptings of expressing sincere love to those I find difficult to love and ‘those we know who need it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love Like Jesus
Is it possible to love like Jesus? This sentence can feel intimidating to read, but the truth is our goal each day should be to walk as Christ did. God sent His Son, the second Adam, to take away the sins of the first Adam. In doing so, we have been given a pattern of how we should seek to live and seek to love others. What can we do to love more like Christ? Can we look at others as gifts from God or see God’s image in those around us? Today is another opportunity to walk as Christ did and look for the character of Christ in others.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12
Son of Suffering and Salvation, You came to earth to walk as man, allowing us to learn how to love others deeply. Help us, God, to walk as Your Son walked, constantly demonstrating perfect love; always forgiving, honoring, protecting, trusting, and seeing others as fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image. Heavenly Father, the sweet melody of Christ’s love is an unparalleled song that continuously restores, frees, and fills the emptiness we all carry. The tones of Christ’s love softens the noise that darkness brings and quiets the mind. Most Holy Father, bind the chaos and clattering noise that stirs in, contaminating our hearts each day. Deafen my ears to the symphony of sin that Satan orchestrates. Transform my heart by Your spirit of love. In Christ’s holy name I pray. Amen.
Love is Sacrifice
Love requires action, and many times that means it will be inconvenient. Jesus showed His love for us by sacrificing His life for us to have eternal life with Him. Dying on the cross was not convenient. Sacrifice does not mean we have to do for someone, but it may mean giving up some time, money, or other resources. Do you show love to others only when it is convenient for you? What are you willing to sacrifice to love others?
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
Lord Jesus, Thank You so much for loving us so much that You sacrificed Your life by first limiting Yourself to live as a man and then offering Yourself for us so that we can live with You for eternity. Forgive me of my selfishness when I fall short of making any sacrifice to show love to others. Open my heart to love more and extend love to others, even when it may be inconvenient. With a humble and grateful heart, I pray. Amen.
Love Your Enemies
Who is your enemy? Is it someone who has hurt or harmed you? Is it someone who makes you feel bad about yourself? Is it someone who makes life at work or home difficult? Jesus tells us to pray for them. Did He tell us that to change them or change us? When we pray for those we call our enemy, God can turn our hearts toward love and forgiveness.
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44
Wonderful Savior, You tell us to love our enemies and pray for them. As the soldiers were casting lots while You were on the cross, You prayed, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Help me to see my enemy as You did Yours by praying for them. As I pray for my enemy, help me to be open for You to change my heart towards love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Love is Devotion
Commitment to something is rare in today’s culture. Often we are committed to something as long as it benefits us. Many see relationships the same way. To love means to be devoted to one another, not out of selfishness but in honoring the other above ourselves.
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your unfailing love for me. Your devotion to me goes beyond anything I deserve. There is nothing that can separate me from Your love. Forgive me for not being committed to loving You and others as I should. Help me consider others above myself and love them with the kind of devotion You have shown me. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.
Love Is Rewarded
There are times when we love and feel that our love is not reciprocated. But love is not Godly love if we expect it to be returned. How often does God extend love to us, and we fail to give it back to Him. His love is endless no matter what, and when we pursue His love, we will always find it and so much more! When we pursue His love for us, we can experience a love that encompasses joy and peace that is like no other.
“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” Proverbs 21:21
Loving Saviour, thank You for loving me, especially when I fail to show love in return. You tell us in Your Word that when we seek You we will find You when we seek You with all our hearts. As I grow to know and love You more, I pray that You make Your love increase and overflow in my life so that others may experience Your love through me. May You get the glory for any reward I receive because I pursued You and Your love. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Love God, Love People
Jesus simplified all of the commandments into two commandments- Love God and Love people. Simple, yet so challenging to do. We can’t have one without the other. If we say we love God but not people, we don’t love God and vice versa. This all seems impossible at times, but if we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit by living a life in surrender and obedience to His leading, then we can genuinely learn to Love God and Love People.
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30,31
Holy Spirit, I am helpless to do what needs to be done without You. Forgive me for the times I don’t show love to You and others. Open my eyes to see what I must change or do and help me live a life surrendered to You. Help me remember that You don’t require anything from us that You will not help us achieve. Today, help me to trust in You. In Your powerful name I pray. Amen.
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
For March, we will prepare our hearts for Easter. The Easter story is full of sacrifice, waiting, hope, promises fulfilled, and salvation. Matthew 27 and 28 bring us the Easter story. It begins with Good Friday, which we know as the day Jesus was crucified at the Cross. It was a day of immense loss and pain, the death and burial of Jesus. It was the day Jesus made a way for us to come to the Father. He is the Way.
Holy Saturday brings the portion of the story of waiting and silence. When all was silent, His truth remained in promises already fulfilled and the hope of the promise of His return. He is the Truth.
Then, Resurrection Sunday brings us an empty tomb and a Risen Savior. Salvation fulfilled, sin and death conquered, through the death and resurrection of the Son, Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord. He is the Life.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father through Me.” John 14:6
Savior, I praise You. Thank You for taking my sin and shame. Thank You for salvation. I remember the Easter story in its fullness as I look at how You move in my own life. Waymaker, I remember Your death on the cross where You took my sin and suffering. I know You are my way to salvation. Your Truth is what I cling to when it is silent and when I am waiting, and Your Life is what I long to spend my life proclaiming, for You conquered death. You are my victorious King. Prepare my heart for the things You want to impart in me and require of me in the coming weeks. Today, I simply declare that I am Yours. Holy Spirit, invade every bit of my being. You are welcome here. Amen.