A sermon to accompany “A 31-Day Guide to Praying for Yourself, Others and World Missions”

31-DAY GUIDE TO PRAYING FOR YOURSELF, OTHERS & WORLD MISSIONS IN 2018

(The 31-Day Prayer Guide, with Scripture references written out, is here: 31 or 7 day guide for praying with Scripture written out

(This sermon text with picture slides are here: Text of sermon with slides for 31 day guide for praying single column)

Introduction

Here we are on the last day of 2017, standing on the threshold of a brand-sparkling-new year, 2018. This is a time when many of us turn out thoughts to New Year’s resolutions. We begin asking ourselves what we want to be different in the new year.

For me, one of the things I would like to see change in my life is prayer. But that I do not just mean how much or how often I pray, but rather what I pray for, i.e., the content of my prayers.

I find myself praying for the same things every time: thanking God for our food; praying for a good night of sleep; praying for sick friend; praying for safety in travel; praying I can get my to do list done for the day, etc. These are not bad things, but I have to ask myself if they are the best things. Are they biblical? In other words, is it what we are told in the Bible to pray for?

I did a quick survey of NT to see what Jesus and the apostles prayed for, or told us to pray for. Then I picked 31 of those requests and made them into a simple prayer guide. It can be used as a guide with 31 requests, one for each day of the month. They are listed at the bottom for you. But I also I broke it down into categories, so that there are seven, one for each day of the week, in case you prefer praying through a topic each day of the week, as opposed to having a specific request for each day of the month.

Now, I don’t think you want to listen to a 31-point sermon, so we will not look at all 31 requests this morning, but we will touch on something from each of the seven categories, and we will put our focus on a few examples from the 31 requests.

Again, if you are like me, you have a tendency to pray for the same types of things: the weather, health, financial needs, or time-sensitive needs such as the kids taking a test or someone’s surgery. Those are good things to pray about, and I appreciate it when people pray those things, but we have a tendency to camp out on these things to the exclusion of other, biblical prayer requests. Sometimes we fail to stop and ask what the biblical topics for prayer requests are.

It is helpful for me to look through the NT and look at what Jesus and the apostles prayed for. I am especially helped when I pay attention to Paul’s prayers. As Matthew Henry said, “Paul often let his friends know what it was he begged of God for them, that they might know what to beg for themselves and be directed in their own prayers…”

The first topic, which, if you want to, you could focus on on Sundays is praying for the glory of God.

SUNDAYS: Pray for the glory of God

The first three of the 31 on my list come directly from what Jesus taught us to pray.

“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.’” (Matt. 6:9-11 CSB)

I don’t think I can emphasize this one enough. Nothing takes a higher place, nothing is more important, than the glory of God.

Here we have three requests, for days 1-3 of the month.

1st. God’s name to be honored (Matt 6:9)

“Therefore, you should pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy’”, (Matt. 6:9 CSB)

This is traditionally translated as “hallowed by your name”, but what does that mean? “Hallow” means to “make holy”, but this does not imply that something is not already holy and has to be made holy. God is holy and his name is already holy. But what is prayed for here is that people will regard his name as holy, that they will honor his name as holy. That is why it is perhaps best translated as may “your name be honored as holy” (CSB).

This phrase echoes three OT verses:

  • “It is the LORD of hosts whom you should regard as holy.” (Isa. 8:13 NASB)
  • “they will keep my name holy; they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.” (Isa. 29:23 NIV)
  • “’I will show how holy my great name is–the name on which you brought shame among the nations. And when I reveal my holiness through you before their very eyes’, says the Sovereign LORD, ‘then the nations will know that I am the LORD.’” (Ezek. 36:23 NLT)

Here lies our highest priority and our most important prayer request: that God’s name be seen as holy, that he be sanctified, and that he be honored as the Holy God that He is. As J.I. Packer said, “’Hallowed be your name’” in the Lord’s prayer (Matt. 6:9) expresses the desire that the first person of the Godhead will be revered and praised as the splendor of his self-disclosure deserves”.

And in the words of John Gill, “Isa 8:13; Matt 6:9; the meaning is not as if he was to be, or could be made more holy than he is; but that his holiness be declared, manifested, and celebrated more and more.”

That should be our first item of business when we pray, to pray that God will be honored.

We need God’s enablement to do this. It does not come naturally. It does not come easily for the natural man. It requires the Spirit of God, who Himself is holy, to give us a right view of God’s holiness.

The Westminster Larger Catechism, question 190, asks, “What do we pray for in the first petition?

In the first petition, (which is, Hallowed by thy name, (Matt. 6:9) ) acknowledging the utter inability and indisposition that is in ourselves and all men to honor God aright, (2 Cor. 3:5, Ps. 51:15) we pray, that God would by his grace enable and incline us and others to know, to acknowledge, and highly to esteem him, (Ps. 67:2–3).”

So that is, rightly, the request that should be at the very top of our prayer list.

Now, time will fail us if we look at these next two verses in detail, but you can see the theme continuing. We first prayed that God would be honored as holy and now we pray that His will will be done, and that his reign will be seen on earth.

2nd. God’s kingdom to come (Matt 6:10)

“may your kingdom come,” (Matt. 6:10 NET)

3rd. God’s will to be done on earth (Matt 6:10)

“may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt. 6:10 NET)

The idea is clear: prayer should not be about getting what we want, but getting what God wants, or in other words, getting what God is worthy of. He is worth for his name to be seen as holy, for him to reign on the earth, and for his will to be done. We want his will to be done. This has been called “the  prayer that never fails” because we are on the safest ground when we pray for God to accomplish his will.

Even when we think we know what to pray for, we should pause, and pray that God will do His will in x situation. I try to pray for that more often than I used to. I used to jump right in asking God to do x and y and z. I still pray for specific things, but I pray much more than that, that God will do his will in situation x, y, and z because often my prayers may not be the best. But his will is. Truly, Father knows best. So I pray for his will to be done, the prayer that never fails.

Now, let’s move on to the next topic.

MONDAY: Pray for the holiness of God’s people

We have prayed that God’s holiness be seen. We should also pray that holiness should be seen in our lives.

Let’s look at several specific requests under this topic.

4th. To not fall into sin (Matt 6:13; Luke 22:46; 2 Cor 13:7)

6th. To approve what is excellent (Phil 1:10)

7th. To be sincere, blameless and filled with righteousness (Phil 1:11)

8th. To attain steadfastness and patience (Col 1:11)

9th. To be joyful and thankful (Col 1:11-12)

Let’s look at a few of these more closely.

4th. To not fall into sin (Matt 6:13; Luke 22:46; 2 Cor 13:7)

Part of the Lord’s prayer deals with that. It has traditionally been translated as, “’And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”  (Matt. 6:13 NASB). But is perhaps better translated a little differently:

“And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:13 HCSB).

I don’t think we take this as seriously as we should. Sin is a monster and it seeks to destroy us. Alexander Pope said,

“Sin is a monster of such awful mein

that to be hated needs but to be seen

but seen too oft,

familiar of face

we first endure,

then pity,

then embrace.”

Sin is out to kill us. But we become familiar with it and it doesn’t seem so bad. We allow it when we should vigorously fight against it. There is a recurring theme in Scripture of praying against temptation. When in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus told the disciples, “Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!” (Lk. 22:46 NET) Also, Paul prayed this for the Corinthians, “Now we pray to God that you do nothing wrong.” (2 Cor. 13:7 HCSB)

I included this in the 31-day guide because I think it has great merit. Pray for yourself that you will not sin. Pray for others that they will not fall into temptation. When praying for world missions, pray for believers around the word, “that [they] do nothing wrong”.

Spurgeon said, “There is enough within thy soul, O Christian, though thou be one of the best of saints, to destroy thee in an hour unless the grace of God guard thee and keep thy passions in check, and prevent thy stubborn will from asserting its own rebellious determinations.”

Let this be a word to the wise. Let us pray against sin.

Now, let’s move on and look at the next two, numbers 6 and 7.

6th. To approve what is excellent (Phil 1:10)

7th. To be sincere, blameless and filled with righteousness (Phil 1:11)

“so that you can approve the things that are superior and can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 1:10-11 HCSB)

This is a powerful prayer for believers’ sanctification. When you pray for yourself and other believers, pray like Paul did. Pray for increased holiness for yourself and for others. Pray that they and you will be “pure” and blameless”. Pray that they and you will be filled with the fruit of righteousness, which here means demonstrating right conduct, or obedience in your life.

And, by the way, notice once again the ultimate goal for this. Just as we saw in the first prayer request from the Lord’s prayer, it is for God’s glory. Notice what the verse says: “filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” We are back where we started, realizing that the purpose of our prayers is that God would be glorified! In reality, all of our prayer requests should be put in the framework of our goal of giving glory to God. All biblical praying gravitates to this central theme of praise to God.

Another example is Hezekiah’s prayer. He prayed for deliverance from enemy armies, and he prayed it for the purpose of God being glorified:

“Now, O LORD our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O LORD, are God.” (2 Kings 19:19)

Notice, he prayed for deliverance so that all would know the Yahweh alone, is God.

Several of the next requests, from numbers 8-13, come from Colossians 1:10-12.

8th. To attain steadfastness and patience (Col 1:11)

9th. To be joyful and thankful (Col 1:11-12)

And these two then segue on to the next topic:

TUESDAY: Pray for fruit in the lives of God’s people

10th. To live in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col 1:10)

11th. To please God in all respects (Col 1:10)

12th. To bear fruit in every good work (Col 1:10)

Here is the passage written out for us:

“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 10 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, being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, so that you may have great endurance and patience, joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light.” (Col 1:9-12)

This is a powerful passage, and is very rich, giving us several requests that we can pray for ourselves and for other believers, both at home and on the foreign mission field. (We will return to this passage briefly at the close of the sermon).

Let me quote Spurgeon again since he has a very helpful comment here. He reminds us to be faithful first to give thanks for what God has done and is doing in his people, and also to pray that it may increase in them.

He said, “It would be a very useful exercise to our hearts if we would often give thanks to God for the gifts and graces which we discover in our Christian brethren. I am afraid we are more inclined to spy out their faults, and to suppose that we deplore them, than we are to discern the work of the Holy Spirit in them, and from the bottom of our hearts to give thanks to God for them.”

“Paul felt encouraged by what he saw in the Colossian believers to pray to God to enrich them yet further. It should be our desire that our best brethren should be better, and that those who are most like Jesus should be still more completely conformed to his image. We cannot more wisely show our love to our friends than by first acknowledging the grace which is in them, and then by praying that God may give them more.”

So let’s be faithful to pray for other believers

  • To live in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col 1:10)
  • To please God in all respects (Col 1:10)
  • To bear fruit in every good work (Col 1:10)

Let’s continue on to our next topic.

WEDNESDAY: Pray for spiritual understanding for God’s people

When I was looking through the NT for what it said on prayer, I was surprised to see how much emphasis was given to understanding. In Ephesians 1, Philippians 1 and (back to) Colossians 1, we have the next several requests (#15-21).

15th. To know the hope of God’s calling (Eph 1:18)

16th. To know the riches of his inheritance in the saints (Eph 1:18)

17th. To know the greatness of his power (Eph 1:19)

21st. That God would give them the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Eph 1:20)

But let’s look for a moment at #18, which is found in Philippians 1.

18th. Their love to abound in knowledge and discernment (Phil 1:9)

“And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment” (Phil 1:9, CSB)

This is a mighty prayer for believers. We never outlive our need to grow. We all need to grow in love. We all need for our love to be wise love, i.e., that it be love which lines up with discernment, namely, that it be in keeping with biblical knowledge.

Speaking of the Philippians believers, N.T. Wright said, “They lived, as we do, in a world where several moral issues were blurred and distorted, and it was often hard to see what was the right thing to do. Paul longs to see them grow in telling the difference between good and evil when so often they appear, at first glance, as shades of grey.”

So, pray for yourself and for other believers that their love would grow still more and more in knowledge and all discernment.

Now, let’s move on to the 5th topic, “Pray for the spread of the Gospel.”

THURSDAYS: Pray for the spread of the Gospel

There are five requests under this topic. According to Scripture we should pray:

23rd. For more workers for God’s harvest fields (Matt 9:37)

“therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:38 ESV)

24th. For words to speak and boldness to proclaim the Gospel (Eph 6:18)

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel” (Eph. 6:19 NIV)

25th. For God’s Word to spread rapidly and be honored (2 Thess 3:1)

“In addition, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you” (2 Thess. 3:1 CSB)

26th. For messengers to be rescued from opposition to the Gospel (2 Thess 3:2)

“Pray that we may be kept free from the snares of perverse and wicked men, for not all men are of the faith.” (2 Thess. 3:2 Norlie)

27th. For open doors for the Gospel message (Col 4:3)

“pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains” (Col. 4:3 CSB)

Let’s look at the first one on the list, which is request #23. Matthew wrote, “When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’” (Matt. 9:36-10:1 NIV)

Have you ever heard of the Moravians’ “Hundred-Year Prayer”? The Moravians were a group of believers in what is now the Czech Republic and in Germany. In the 15th century they were well known for their piety and for their emphasis on world missions. They established a prayer time with one man and one woman praying for an hour for each hour of the day so that someone was praying continuously during the twenty-four hours. They maintained this for a hundred years. During this time period, the Moravian Mission movement emerged, and the missionary church grew three times as large as the home church. And through the Moravians, the Gospel had a great impact on England and America through their influence on John and Charles Wesley. It was a powerful application of this prayer in Matthew 9:38 to ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.

Let’s go to the next topic.

FRIDAY: Pray for physical needs

28th. For God to meet our daily needs (Matt 6:11)

“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matt. 6:11 NASB)

29th. For healing for the sick and suffering (Jas 5:13-16)

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. … Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him … pray for one another, so that you may be healed. (Jas. 5:13-16 NASB)

I will spend less time on these because I think we quickly default to them. At least I find myself praying most often for physical needs (such as health, safe travels, financial needs). Those are good things, not bad, but I think they come more naturally and require less reminding. Yet, they are very important and must be included in this list.

So, do pray for yourself, pray for others, and Pray for missionaries and nationals on the mission field that God would give them their daily bread, i.e., that he would meet all their physical needs. And pray also that he would be pleased to provide healing to the sick and the suffering.

We’ll now look at the final topic:

SATURDAY: Pray for those in authority and for enemies

30th. For people in authority so we can live peaceful lives (1 Tim 2:1-2)

“make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people, for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way” (1 Tim. 2:1-2 God’s Word for the Nations)

31st. For enemies, persecutors and those who have wronged you (Matt 5:44; 6:12)

“pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44 ESV)

“and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us” (Matt. 6:12 NLT)

So, we have come to the final two items in our list. Paul tells us to pray for those in authority. He tells us to do it for our own benefit, that we might live tranquil, peaceful lives—living in a godly, reverent fashion.

And lastly, Jesus us tells us to pray for our enemies. This is a command, one we often forget. We should not exclude this from our prayer list. Has someone done you wrong? Have they hurt you? Forgive them and pray for them. Pray for God to have mercy on them and bless them.

CONCLUSION:

So, we have gone through the high points of this 31-day guide to prayer. I hope this is helpful to you, in giving you fodder for prayer so that your prayers are scriptural. In closing, let me remind you that this list of requests is not just another thing for your to-do list. It is not just another activity you need to feel guilt tripped into doing. It is, rather, a practical guide for time with your Heavenly Father, a time to call upon him, asking him to show you his glory, and to manifest his goodness in your life, in the lives of those around you and of those on the mission field.

We serve a God who has infinite wisdom and power and blessings, and he has chosen to share all those blessings when we call upon him. This is our inheritance. It is what he has made us for and called us to.

We’ve looked at Colossians 1, but listen now to verses 11-14 read all together, in a different translation. Notice once again what Paul prayed for believers:

We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. (Col 1:11-14 NLT)

As we look at this text in closing, my goal is to do what Spurgeon told his congregation. It is to “excite your gratitude to God the Father” this morning. We have so much for which to be grateful God puts at our disposal “all power, according to his glorious might”. He has already declared that we are righteous in Christ

He has already “enabled us”. We already are, by his grace, “qualified” or “fit” for the inheritance he gives us. We are already rescued from darkness. We are already transferred into the realm of King Jesus

We are already free and forgiven. But we often don’t fully experience it. We are still growing and being perfected. And God uses prayer, and answers the prayers of his people to enable his people to grow and become in reality what they already are in position.

As Paul David Tripp has said, “It is God’s lifelong commitment to actually make me what he declared me to be in justification—righteous. In every situation, location, and relationship of my life, God is employing people, places, and things as his tools of transformative grace. He is not resting. He does not leave the work of his hands. He takes no breaks; he is relentlessly working to change me into all that his grace makes it possible for me to be. He will not be content for me to be a little bit better. He will work by grace until I am finally and totally free of sin, that is, molded into the image of his perfectly righteous Son. This zealous Savior is also a dissatisfied Creator. He is not content to leave this world in its present sin-scarred condition. So there will come a day when he will make all things new.”

In the meantime, he is working toward that goal in us, through our prayers and the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ. By praying for yourself, for others and for world missions, you demonstrate your love for Christ and your love for Christ’s bride. And God will use your prayers to accomplish his purposes and to bring about transforming grace in lives near and far.

So, please, give yourself to prayer for yourself, for others, for world missions, and do it all for the glory of God and the good of God’s people.

To quote Spurgeon once more, “Linger not a minute, speed thee to the mercy-seat. Now is the accepted time; the Lord waits to be gracious to thee. We can hardly realize the value to the church and to the world of that intercessory prayer which ceases not day nor night, but without fail ascends before the Lord from the whole company of the faithful, as the incense ascended from the altar.”

That is my challenge this morning, to you, and to myself. May it be said of us That we are steadfast in prayer. May we be able to say with Paul, “For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you.” (Col 1:9 CSB). Amen.

(Below is the accompanying prayer guide:)

A 31- (OR 7-) DAY GUIDE FOR PRAYING FOR YOURSELF, OTHERS & WORLD MISSIONS IN 2018

This guide lists 31 Scriptural prayers, one for each day of the month. It is also divided into 7 topics so that the requests can be used for each day of the week.

SUNDAY: Pray for the glory of God

Pray for:

  1. God’s name to be honored (Matt 6:9)

Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. (Matt. 6:9 CSB)

2. God’s kingdom to come (Matt 6:10)
may your kingdom come, (Matt. 6:10 NET)

3. God’s will to be done on earth (Matt 6:10)
may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:10 NET)

MONDAY: Pray for the holiness of God’s people

Pray for God’s people:

  1. To not fall into sin (Matt 6:13; Luke 22:46; 2 Cor 13:7)
    And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matt. 6:13 HCSB)
    Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!” (Lk. 22:46 NET)
    Now we pray to God that you do nothing wrong (2 Cor. 13:7 HCSB)

    5. To be made mature (2 Cor 13:9)
    We pray that you will become mature. (2 Cor. 13:9 NLT)

    6. To approve what is excellent (Phil 1:10)
    so that you can approve the things that are superior (Phil. 1:10 HCSB)

    7. To be sincere, blameless and filled with righteousness (Phil 1:11)
    so that you … can be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ (Phil. 1:11 NIV)

    8. To attain steadfastness and patience (Col 1:11)
    being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, (Col. 1:11 NIV)

    9. To be joyful and thankful (Col 1:11-12)
    and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (Col. 1:12 NIV)

    10. To be made worthy of God’s calling (2 Thess 1:11)
    we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling (2 Thess. 1:11 NET)

    TUESDAY: Pray for fruit in the lives of God’s people

    Pray for God’s people:11. To live in a manner worthy of the Lord (Col 1:10)
    so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord (Col. 1:10 NIV)

    12. To please God in all respects (Col 1:10)
    so that you may … please him in every way (Col. 1:10 NIV)

    13. To bear fruit in every good work (Col 1:10)
    that you may be fruitful in every good work (Col. 1:10 Norlie)

    14. To accomplish every desire for goodness and work of faith (2 Thess 1:11)
    fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith, (2 Thess. 1:11 NET)

    WEDNESDAY: Pray for spiritual understanding for God’s people

    Pray for God’s people: 15. To know the hope of God’s calling (Eph 1:18)
    I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, (Eph. 1:18 NIV)

    16. To know the riches of his inheritance (Eph 1:18)
    I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know … the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, (Eph. 1:18 NIV)

    17. To know the greatness of his power (Eph 1:19)
    I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know … his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Eph. 1:19 NIV)

    18. That their love will abound in knowledge and discernment (Phil 1:9)
    And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, (Phil. 1:9 HCSB)

    19. To be filled with the knowledge of God’s will (Col 1:9)
    asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, (Col. 1:9 ESV)

    20. To increase in the knowledge of God (Col 1:10)
    increasing in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10 ESV)

    21. That God would give them the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Eph 1:20)
    that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Eph. 1:17 NASB)

    22. To have knowledge of every good thing in the believer (Philemon 6)
    I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. (Phlm. 1:6 NIV)

    THURSDAY: Pray for the spread of the Gospel

    Pray: 23. For more workers for God’s harvest fields (Matt 9:38)
    pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. (Matt. 9:38 ESV)

    24. For the words to speak and boldness to proclaim the Gospel (Eph 6:19)
    Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, (Eph. 6:19 NIV)

    25. For God’s Word to spread rapidly and be honored (2 Thess 3:1)
    In addition, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you, (2 Thess. 3:1 CSB)

    26. For rescue from opposition to the Gospel (2 Thess 3:2; Rom 15:31)
    Pray that we may be kept free from the snares of perverse and wicked men, for not all men are of the faith. (2 Thess. 3:2 Norlie)
    Pray that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, that the gift I am bringing to Jerusalem  may be acceptable to the saints, (Rom. 15:31 CSB)

    27. For open doors for the Gospel message (Col 4:3)
    pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains, (Col. 4:3 CSB)

    FRIDAY: Pray for physical needs

    Pray: 28. For God to meet our daily needs (Matt 6:11)
    Give us this day our daily bread. (Matt. 6:11 NASB)

    29. For healing for the sick and suffering (Jas 5:13-16)
    Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. … Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him … pray for one another, so that you may be healed. (Jas. 5:13-16 NASB)

    SATURDAY: Pray for those in authority and for enemies

    Pray: 

30. For people in authority so we can live peaceful lives (1 Tim 2:1-2)
make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people, 2 for rulers, and for everyone who has authority over us. Pray for these people so that we can have a quiet and peaceful life always lived in a godly and reverent way. (1 Tim. 2:1-2 God’s Word for the Nations)

31. For enemies, persecutors and those who have wronged you (Matt 5:44; 6:12)
pray for those who persecute you, (Matt. 5:44 ESV)
and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. (Matt. 6:12 NLT)

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