• 2.3.20

    ministry initiatives

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “As they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.” -Acts 13:2-3


    REFLECTION:

    Though there were some people designated for prophecy within the church, this did not stop the apostles from praying and fasting in order to have clarity in God’s call to mission. This would be a greater mission outreach than ever before, and they needed to be completely dependant on God’s leading to accomplish this God-sized task. God has a specific ministry initiative in mind for Saul and Barnabas, and He was faithful to speak clarity into their next steps. 


    APPLICATION:

    Do you have clarity from God for your next step? Keep praying and waiting on the Lord. Consider fasting if you aren’t already. 


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Jesus, give me a personal conviction to serve You with my life in new opportunities You present.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    God, speak to our leaders and give clarity about new ministry initiatives in our neighborhood and raise up workers. 

  • 2.2.20

    unity

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me.”  -John 17:20-21


    REFLECTION:

    Jesus’ prayer here portrays perfect unity between God the Father and God the Son. The Father and the Son are distinct, yet they are one. In the same way, the body of Christ is made up of distinct individuals who are unified under the gospel of Jesus Christ. When the church is unified in Christ and we love one another, it proclaims salvation to the world through Jesus. 


    APPLICATION:

    What are some ways you can genuinely love others in our church family?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to humble you. Ask God to grow a loving spirit of unity within you.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to give our church unity around the vision He has given us.

  • 1.31.20

    god's will and wisdom

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding,” -Colossians 1:9


    REFLECTION:

    Paul and Timothy intercede on behalf of the Colossian church, asking for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit’s power. They did this so they would know the will and heart of the Father. When we think of God’s will, it is usually centered around our lives. What Paul is praying for is a deep and abiding understanding of who God is and what His plans are.


    APPLICATION:

    Do you regularly pray that God’s will be done? Do you ask God to grant you His wisdom?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to fill our church with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

  • 1.30.20

    supernatural moving of god

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “while you stretch out your hand for healing, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” -Acts 4:30


    REFLECTION:

    In the book of Acts, the apostles are boldly proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Lord is stretching out His hand, healing people both physically and spiritually. Everytime someone trusts Jesus as their Savior it is a supernatural grace of God. The dead has been brought to life and the old has become new. God is all powerful. God is the great healer. God has provided salvation through Jesus Christ.


    APPLICATION:

    Is there an area of your life where you need to see the supernatural power of God?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to move supernaturally in your life. Ask Him to grant you boldness, to bring healing, and to save souls.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to move supernaturally in the lives of those in our community, causing them to seek God.

  • 1.29.20

    boldness

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “And now, Lord, consider their threats, and grant that your servants may speak your word with all boldness,”  

    -Acts 4:29


    REFLECTION:

    In Acts 4, Peter and John are thrown in prison for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. The religious leaders threaten them and command them to stop speaking the name of Jesus. Instead of praying for safety or going into hiding, the church comes together and prays for more boldness! The Holy Spirit responds, and fills the believers with boldness and they continue to speak the word of God.


    APPLICATION:

    Has there been a time when you were able to speak the gospel with boldness from the Holy Spirit?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to fill you with faith, passion, and boldness to proclaim the Gospel to those around you.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to fill our church with faith, passion, and boldness to proclaim the Gospel in our community and city.

  • 2.1.20

    good works

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “[We haven’t stopped praying for you] so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God,”

    -Colossians 1:9-10


    REFLECTION:

    Yesterday we prayed to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. This is so vital, but it is not an end in itself. This filling leads to action, “so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.” As followers of Jesus we are called to bear fruit, to make disciples, to be led by the Spirit and do good works. We please God when we surrender our lives to His will and walk into the good works He prepared for us.


    APPLICATION:

    How is God producing fruit through you right now?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into the good works He has planned for you today.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to produce fruit in our church and pray that we would walk worthy of the Lord in all we do.

  • 1.28.20

    gospel workers

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.’” -Matthew 9:37-38


    REFLECTION:

    Jesus makes it clear that there are people ripe for inclusion in the Kingdom, and the church must take action to help bring them in. But no matter how hard we try, we will not be able to bring in the whole harvest. This is why Jesus points to prayer as the most effective action we can take. We are told to pray to the Lord and ask him for more workers to bring in His harvest.


    APPLICATION:

    What field has God placed you to work in? 


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask for opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus in that field.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to raise up our church to be the workers in our neighborhood.

  • 2.9.20

    GOD'S GLORY FOREVER

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” -Ephesians 3:21


    REFLECTION:

    God’s glory isn’t about us. It’s about Him. God’s glory can’t be limited to our specific church, in our specific city, or in our specific generation. The Church, past, present, and future, is called to display His glory. This should be our shared ambition; to see the Church of Christ unified for His glory. Our faith should move us from isolation to a community of believers, serving alongside each other for the glory of God. 


    APPLICATION:

    How does your life reflect the future glory of God? In what ways are you investing your life to see the next generation know God?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Jesus, give me a heart for future generations of believers that they may experience the realities of Your glory. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    God, we pray that Your glory would not only dwell with our church for a season, but also for generations to come. 

  • 2.8.20

    ABOVE AND BEYOND

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “Now to him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us--” -Ephesians 3:20


    REFLECTION:

    Not only is God able to and is faithful to answer our prayers, He is also able to go above and beyond what we even know we need. This is not according to our works or the goodness we cultivate in our lives. Instead, God’s response is completely tied to the power of His Spirit that Paul has been telling the reader about. This is a challenge to ask God for BIG things and then not be surprised when He accomplishes even more than we could have initially envisioned. We serve an eternally powerful God that also gives good gifts to His children. 


    APPLICATION:

    What BIG things are you asking God for in prayer? In what ways has God already answered prayer requests in your life? Celebrate those answers to prayer!!!


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Jesus, give me the faith to ask you obediently and trust You with the response. Break my heart for the things of God. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    God, would you go above and beyond our expectations in our church and community. We need You to move in power. Would You use us to accomplish what only You can?

  • 2.7.20

    FULLNESS OF GOD

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “and to know Christ’s love that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”  

    -Ephesians 3:19


    REFLECTION:

    As we continue to work through this passage in Ephesians 3, we see that our faith and God’s love leads us to a place of knowing God in a complete way. This is our goal on our Christian walk, to know God in order that we might be filled with God. “To know what surpasses knowledge is the sublime privilege of the Christian. The purpose is ultimately to be filled with God’s fullness.” Don’t settle for less than all that God has for you.


    APPLICATION:

    Do you know God? Are you experiencing His fullness through the various seasons of your life? In what way does your daily activities reflect the overflow of God in you?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    God, fill me with you, and help me to never run dry. Let my life overflow with Your love to the world around me.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Help our church and leadership experience the fullness of God. Remove the things that don’t truly satisfy us. 

  • 2.5.20

    GREATER FAITH

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith…”

    -Ephesians 3:17


    REFLECTION:

    As we read yesterday, Christ already dwells and is at work in the lives of believers. Paul’s prayer is that faith would increase in the church and God’s power would be put on display. Faith is all we have to bring to our relationship with Jesus, and with even just a small amount, God can accomplish the miraculous. May our love for God grow that our faith would abound, welcoming the Spirit to move in mighty ways. 


    APPLICATION:

    Consider current circumstances in your life. How might God be using them to grow your faith?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    God, help my areas of unbelief, and use the little faith I have to do incredible things for Your name. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Help our church to be known for our faith in God, not just the things we do for God. 

  • 1.24.20

    god's forgiveness

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” -Matthew 6:11


    REFLECTION:

    It can be difficult to forgive people who have hurt us. We all struggle with it at times. We may even hold on to this unforgiveness for years. It is only possible to fully embrace forgiveness when we understand how God has forgiven us. Scripture tells us that we are forgiven because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our wrongdoing by dying on the cross. When we reflect on the incredible love and grace shown to us through God’s forgiveness we can begin to extend that same love and grace to others. 


    APPLICATION: 

    Are there hurts in your life that you have not forgiven?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Thank God for His forgiveness in your life.

    Confess to God any areas of unforgiveness you are holding on to, and ask Him to help you forgive those who have hurt you. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to grow a spirit of forgiveness in our church, and to heal any areas of hurt that might currently exist. 

  • 1.23.20

    god's provision

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “Give us today our daily bread.” -Matthew 6:11


    REFLECTION:

    In our affluent society, we don’t often recognize God’s provision. However, this verse causes us to pause and be reminded that God is our ultimate Provider. His provision goes beyond our physical needs to our deeper spiritual need of a Savior. This verse also reminds us that we need God’s provision on a daily basis. When we acknowledge that everything we have comes from God, we are less likely to put our hope and trust in the provision rather than the Provider. 


    APPLICATION:

    Are there any areas of your life where you are putting your hope and trust in the provision rather than the Provider?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Thank God for how He has provided in your life. Confess any areas in your life where you are trusting in God’s provision rather than trusting the God who provides. Ask God to continue to provide so that you can glorify Him.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to provide for our church as we seek to glorify Him.

  • 1.26.20

    salvation for those far from god

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning them is for their salvation.” -Romans 10:1


    REFLECTION:

    Jesus told us that He came to seek out and save the people who were the furthest from Him, those who are spiritually lost. It is God’s heart and desire that all would come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Every day we encounter people who do not know Jesus as Savior. Every single one of those individuals matters deeply to God, and He wants to have a relationship with them. When we pray for the salvation of others, we are praying a prayer that pleases God.


    APPLICATION:

    Write down the names of some specific people in your life who need to know Jesus as Savior.


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God for the salvation of those people.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God for individuals to come to salvation through the ministry of our church. 

  • 1.25.20

    god's protection

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” -Matthew 6:12


    REFLECTION:

    Scripture tells us that as Christians we are in a spiritual battle. We have an enemy who wants to devour us. We must be aware of the spiritual warfare taking place all around us if we hope to stand. Only God can give us the power to overcome our enemy through His Spirit. We must seek His presence and power daily so that we are not overcome. He is our Refuge and Strength in the midst of danger.


    APPLICATION:

    What are the areas of temptation in your life where you are being spiritually attacked?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Thank God for His protection and deliverance in your life.

    Ask God to continue to protect and deliver you in the specific areas where you most need His help.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to protect our church body in the midst of temptation and spiritual warfare.

  • 1.27.20

    compassion for people

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “When he saw the crowds, he felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd.” -Matthew 9:36


    REFLECTION:

    Jesus shows compassion for people throughout His ministry. He portrays compassion, love, and service in His parables. What we see here is not purely human pity, but divine compassion for troubled people: sheep without a shepherd. Sheep cannot defend themselves and need a Savior. They need a shepherd to lead them in green pastures and beside still waters. 


    APPLICATION: 

    Do you struggle to see people the way Jesus truly sees them?


    PERSONAL PRAYER: 

    Ask the Holy Spirit to produce Christ-like compassion in your heart.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask the Holy Spirit to produce Christ-like compassion for the neighborhood around us.

  • 1.22.20

    god's glory and reign

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” -Matthew 6:9-10


    REFLECTION:

    The more we begin to find our satisfaction and contentment in God, the more we will want to glorify Him and share Him with others. Jesus instructs us to pray that God’s name would be honored and glorified in our lives, that His Kingdom would come, and that His will would be done. Our response to His all-satisfying love and presence should be to seek and promote His glory and to submit to His will and reign. 


    APPLICATION:

    How are you bringing God glory with your life - conversations - desires - actions?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to be glorified in your life and for His kingdom and will to reign in your life.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to receive glory and to make His glory known in the life of our church.

  • 1.21.20

    spiritual hunger

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “1 Come, everyone who is thirsty, come to the water; and you without silver, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without silver and without cost! 2 Why do you spend silver on what is not food, and your wages on what does not satisfy?”

    -Isaiah 55:1-2a


    REFLECTION:

    Once again we see the wonderful promise of God to satisfy the thirsty. Verse 2 asks why we spend our resources on things that will never satisfy. The truth is, we all have certain things we are pursuing and investing in that we think will satisfy us. The truth is, anything that is not God will never truly fill us.


    APPLICATION:

    In what areas are you trying to find satisfaction outside of God?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Confess any of these areas to God, and ask Him to meet your needs in those areas.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to give us eyes to see and then the courage to eliminate areas of self-interest and self-satisfaction in the life of our church. 

  • 1.20.20

    spiritual hunger

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 

    for they will be filled.” -Matthew 5:6


    REFLECTION:

    Hunger and thirst are the most basic of all human desires. Without food and water, we could not live. We would go to almost any length to have these desires satisfied. Jesus makes a profound promise in the short verse we just read. He tells us that He will satisfy those who hunger and thirst for His righteousness. By appealing to these basic human needs, Jesus is helping us understand a deep truth: There is a need that goes deeper than our human need for food and water that can only be met by God. The question is, are we hungry and thirsty for Him?


    APPLICATION:

    Are you hungry and thirsty for God?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Ask God to grow your hunger and thirst for Him.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Ask God to grow our hunger for God corporately as a church.

  • 2.6.20

    KNOW GOD'S LOVE

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “...I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love,” -Ephesians 3:17-18


    REFLECTION:

    Continuing from yesterday’s verse, we can see why our faith, though sometimes small, can result in incredible things in our life. Specifically, we get the honor of joining with all the saints to see a clearer picture of God’s love. His love is the driving force for our life. The more we understand it, the more we value the person of Jesus and are moved to action as the Church. 

     

    APPLICATION:

    What areas in your life is God’s love abounding? How are you reflecting that love to the world each day?


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Jesus, show me the depths of your love. Give me a desire to rest deeply in the love You have for me.


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Help our leadership lead in the love of Christ and that all vision would stem from a passion to see God’s love displayed to the world. 

  • 2.4.20

    SPIRITUAL POWER

    SCRIPTURE READING:

    “I pray that he may grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power in your inner being through his Spirit,” -Ephesians 3:16


    REFLECTION:

    The Spirit of God is given to all believers as an embodiment of God’s presence and power. This gift is not a result of our own works, but an overflowing of God’s desire to richly display His glory in us. Through the Spirit, we are able to accomplish the mission God has set before us, no matter how daunting it may seem. God alone holds the power, and He graciously works through His children to accomplish His will. 


    APPLICATION:

    In what way does the Holy Spirit give power to your life? Consider throughout your day all the ways the Holy Spirit is working. 


    PERSONAL PRAYER:

    Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit. Help me be led and empowered by Your Spirit each day. 


    CORPORATE PRAYER:

    Strengthen our leaders by Your Spirit and enable them by Your supernatural power. 

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