21 Days of Prayer: Day 13 – Missions

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. -Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

The mission is not finished. God has called us and empowered us to take the Gospel to the world. God uses ordinary people like us to accomplish his extraordinary work of creating eternal life where formerly there was darkness and death. The Word of God urges us to invest in eternity by making God’s purposes our highest priority. Unless evangelism is a priority in our lives, it is unlikely that it will even be a part of our lives.
Each person is of great value to God, and when we participate in the process of helping people come into the Father’s household, we share in the Father’s joy. Your purpose on earth is to shine God’s love to the lost. God doesn’t want you to share the gospel out of mere duty, but with joy and passion. One of the most exciting and fulfilling things you can do is tell others about Jesus.

Thought for the Day:

God doesn’t want you to share the gospel out of mere duty, but with joy and passion.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Acts 1:8 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Jesus tells the disciples in Acts 1:8 that they will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes. What comes to mind when you think of the word “power”?
  • Who can you share the Gospel with today? Who can you invite to church
Scripture References: Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 28:19-20; Daniel 12:3

Prayer:

 

Father, I thank you for the gift of Holy Spirit who gives me supernatural power, ability, and wisdom to be a witness for Your Kingdom. Cultivate within me a desire to see people who do not know You, accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior and come into a fulfilling relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

SATURDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Current Vision of the Church

Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NKJV)

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:
  • Connect People to God – Weekend Services
    • Pray for the lost to be saved
  • Connect People to Family – Small Groups
    • Pray for Leaders and Groups
  • Connect People to Purpose
    • Pray for people to take their Next Steps
  • Connect People to the Community
    • Pray for all who serve others
    • The City of Powder Springs
    • Continued favor with city and county officials in Powder Springs and Cobb County
    • All finances to rebuild 4331 Brownsville Rd.
    • Rebuild will be complete by August 2018
    • Excellent grand opening weekend
    • Purchase land and strip mall next to the property debt-free
    • All community service projects for 2018
    • Very impactful 40 Days of Community in the Fall

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 13

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. – Psalm 96:3 (NKJV)
  • Missions– Heavenly Father, give my child Your heart for others who don’t know Jesus Christ.  May they be uninhibited, bold witnesses for You! In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 12 – Courage

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
Courage is the quality of mind and spirit that enables you to meet danger, face opposition, or the challenges of life with fearlessness, calmness, and firmness. There will be times in your walk with the Lord where He will lead you into a place of total dependence on Him. There may even be times where you have doubts in your mind, but as you move forward in obedience, you will develop faith in your heart. God’s ultimate desire is to break you away from your comfort zone and step out in faith to do what He has put in your heart.

Regardless of what challenge you are facing, God will enable you to tackle it bravely, calmly, and victoriously. The Bible promises that the Lord is sufficient to meet your needs and see you safely through what He has called you to do. The promises we need to strengthen our obedience are found in His Word. When we trust the Lord and believe His promise to never leave or forsake us, we will have nothing to fear.

Thought for the Day:

God is not only for you, He is also with you. Break away from your comfort zone and step out in faith to do what God has put in your heart.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Joshua 1:9 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Have you ever lost your courage to obey the Lord? What happened as a result?
  • When you face a challenge, what are your first thoughts and reactions? How has focusing on the Word of God strengthened you to obey despite the obstacles and difficulties?
Scripture References: Isaiah 41:10-13; Psalm 27:14; 1 Corinthians 15:58
Prayer:

Father, I ask for Your strength to carry out Your plan for my life. Help me to discern not only the doors You have opened but also the ones You have closed. Today, I humble myself before You and ask that Your peace leads and guides me. I believe You are with me everywhere that I go. Because You are with me, I have no reason to fear. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

FRIDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Dream Team & Small Groups

And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. – I Corinthians 12:28 (NKJV)
Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:
  • Pray that God would send the right people with the right heart to fill all helps ministry needs within our church.

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 12

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. – Deuteronomy 31:6 (NKJV)
  • Courage– Heavenly Father, help my child to know that You are always with them.  May this give them both confidence and courage in difficult situations. You are the reason that they can be brave! In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 11 – Self-Control

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].

– 2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP)

Self-control is the discipline of delaying impulse or gratification for a greater purpose or cause. When we exercise self-control, we are saying “no” for the sake of a bigger and better “yes.” We are trading having something today for something greater in the future. The disciplines you establish today will determine your success tomorrow.
During times of prayer and fasting, the enemy will attempt to get you to quit or to take a break from what you have been instructed to do during this season. Biblical self-control is not only about the ability to exercise willpower but also the ability to trust in a power greater than ourselves – the grace of God. Trust in the grace of God to carry you throughout the duration of this fast. Do not give in, remain strong until the end. Refuse to quit before seeing the manifestation of what you are in faith for!

Thought for the Day:

The disciplines you establish today will determine your success tomorrow.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from 2 Timothy 1:7 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Do you see yourself as biblically self-controlled? If not, why?
  • In what areas do you need to develop self-control in?
Scripture References: Proverbs 25:28; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Galatians 5:22-25

Prayer:

Father, Teach me to recognize my weaknesses and work to walk in holiness. My heart is to follow You in all things. Help me to trust You with my life. Lead me in Your paths of righteousness for Your Name’s sake. I receive Your gifts of power, love, and a sound mind.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

THURSDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Intercede for the Lost

Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
I Timothy 2:4 (NKJV)
Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:
  • Win Souls for the Kingdom
  • Clear Soul-Winning Strategy
  • Pray for More Laborers
  • Pray to Reach the lost

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 11

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. – Titus 2:11-12 (NKJV)
  • Self-Control – Heavenly Father, help my child be able to control their thoughts, words, and actions.  May they stand out from those around them as they are alert and self-controlled in all they think, say, and do. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 10 – Integrity

The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. – Proverbs 11:3 (NKJV)

A life of integrity validates the gospel we share in our communities. According to Webster’s Dictionary, integrity means the quality or state of being of sound moral principle, uprightness, honesty, and sincerity. Having integrity means consistently acting on what you believe is right. Living a double life weakens are witness to the world around us. Make a quality decision to be a person of integrity. Consider any consequences or conditions aimed at moving you from your stance irrelevant and immaterial.

Not everyone is going to agree or support your decision to do what you know is right. In fact, some will come against you because of it. The person of integrity is not moved by the actions of others and does not change because the pressure is on. The moment you allow your feelings or the circumstances to enter into your decision-making process, the ability to make a quality decision will be compromised. Choose to stand on the Word of God as the foundation to all of life’s decisions. It may be tough in the beginning, but in the end, it will preserve your quality of life and reinforce the gospel you are called to share.

Thought for the Day:

Make a quality decision to be a person of integrity. Consider any consequences or conditions aimed at moving you from your stance irrelevant and immaterial.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Proverbs 11:3 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Why does this scripture refer to a lack of faithfulness as perversity?
  • Is it ever acceptable to not walk in complete integrity? Why or why not?
Scripture References: 2 Corinthians 8:21; Philippians 1:10-11; 1 Timothy 3:1-7

Prayer:

Father, Give me wisdom as I face various challenges. I receive your grace to conduct all of my activities with honesty, integrity, and fairness. I ask that You help me to remain aware of Your Presence within me wherever I go. May my life and witness be such that You are not discredited, but rather that Your name may be glorified in all I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

WEDNESDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Supplicate for the Saints

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

Ephesians 1:18-19 (NKJV)

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:
  • Be bold to lay hold of God’s provisions for us
  • Receive all God has in store for us, be led as to who God wants us to bless
  • That the saints will receive the breakthroughs they’ve been believing for
  • Pray for uncommon miracles
  • Great wealth for God’s people
  • We’ll walk in the fullness of the blessing
  • Obedience with our finances as it relates to tithes and offerings
  • Greater prayer life
  • Pray for sensitivity to the Spirit’s leading for sudden miracles, blessings, open doors, new beginnings for the duration of the year
  • Spiritual Growth and Development
  • Strong marriages and families
  • Successful singles
  • Jobs, careers, businesses
  • People will take their Next Steps in their spiritual journey
  • Pray as the Spirit leads

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 10

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment. – Proverbs 12:19 (NKJV)
  • Integrity – Heavenly Father, help my child understand the importance of truthfulness in every situation regardless of the consequences or rewards. May the promptings of the Holy Spirit help them choose to tell the truth. Even when it is hard to make right choices and especially when no one else knows about the choice they made, may integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 9 – Prayerfulness

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:26-28 (NIV)

There will come times in your life where you feel that “you just cannot pray.”  Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to assist you in these times of prayer.  Keeping your heart and mind open to the Holy Spirit’s leading will guide you in the direction of what and how you are to pray. This can involve praying in your spiritual language and then becoming quiet in order to hear the Holy Spirit’s leading. You have the assurance that Holy Spirit will speak on your behalf even if you cannot express your prayers in your natural language- He “intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” Since He intercedes, you can be confident in knowing that He is working all things together for your good.
During the 21 Days of Prayer, allow time for the Holy Spirit to intercede on your behalf. The Holy Spirit will never lead you wrong. He will only pray and reveal the will of the Father.

Thought for the Day:

Jesus has sent Holy Spirit to assist you in prayer. Therefore, you can enter your prayer time with a heart full of love and faith knowing God, in all things, works to bring about good on your behalf because He unconditionally loves you.
Connect & Reflect:
  • Reflecting on Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose,” what area of you life do you doubt that the details are not working into something good? Ask Holy Spirit to search your heart and mind concerning the details.
  • During your prayer time refer often to the Linked UP Church Connect 21 Personal Prayer Guide. Reflect on the Prayer Strategies (pages 22-26).
Scripture References: James 5:14-16; Proverbs 27:17; Matthew 18:19-20
Prayer:
Father, thank you for Holy Spirit. I know He intercedes on my behalf according to Your will. Therefore, I submit my prayer time to Holy Spirit’s leading. Thank you for answering my prayers that I petition during this 21 Days of Prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

TUESDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Spiritual Authority

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. 

Ephesians 1:17 (NKJV)
Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:
  • Apostle Frederick and Dr. Betty Price
  • Pastors Joel and Patricia Gregory
  • Linked UP Church Ministerial Staff
  • The Dream Team & Small Groups
  • Pray the Lord will Send the Right People with the Right Heart to Help Fulfill the Vision
  • Greater Measure of the Spirit of Wisdom
  • Revelation and Anointing for the Gregorys as they Lead their Congregation Forward

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 9

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV)
  • Prayerfulness – Heavenly Father, grow my child into the habit of praying without ceasing, and in every situation, may they take their requests and concerns to you as well as intercede on the behalf of others. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 8 – Service

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. – Philippians 2:3-4 (NKJV)

We come to faith as individuals, but we are to grow in the sense of community. Life in Jesus is not meant to be lived in solitary confinement but shared with others. Indeed, when we stand before Christ, we will be judged individually according to our works but God still desires for us to connect to our community of faith for the purpose of preparing us for our everlasting life with the Lord and with one another.
True community in Christ is not created by attempts to make it happen; instead, it is a by-product of others-centeredness, and this in turn is a by-product of discovering our purpose and making a decision to live for God. If the leading enemy of connecting to community is selfishness, the leading contributor to connecting to community is selflessness. While the world values celebrities, the Word values servants. Living for Christ should lead in turn to connecting to community.

Thought for the Day:

Kingdom living is about loving and serving God as well as others.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Philippians 2:3-4 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • How are you are to give back to the local community you reside?
Scripture References: Matthew 5:1-12; John 13:3-17; Philippians 2:5-11

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the opportunity to work with You to share Your goodness with the world. Help me not take for granted the gift it is to share Your gospel to the nations, and to our neighbors. Help me have eyes to see and understand the needs around me and to respond to those needs in joy and hope.
Allow me to serve others as You serve us with gentleness, compassion, and tenderness.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

MONDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Natural Authority

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:

* President
* Vice President
* United States Senate
* The United States Congress
* The U.S. Supreme Court
* U.S. Governmental Departments
* Presidential Advisors
* All U.S. Military Forces
* Governor Nathan Deal
* Lt. Governor
* State Senator
* State Representatives
* State Courts
* State Board of Education
* State Elected Officials
* Mayors
* City Council Members
* County and Municipal Courts

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 8

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
With goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men.
Ephesians 6:7 (NKJV)
  • Service – Heavenly Father, please help my child develop a servant’s heart.  May they be the first to say, “I can help!” then to do so wholeheartedly knowing that it brings you great joy. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 7 – The Word of God

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11 (NKJV)

God has given us the answers to our problems and challenges. It is His Word. Every answer or solution we need is found in the Bible. Spending time in God’s Word daily will give you godly wisdom, which will make your way prosperous and give you good success.
Each time we speak God’s Word, we give voice to His Word and when angels hear His Word given voice- they respond! Find out what God’s Word says about your situation, believe it and declare it. God’s Word cannot return to Him void; you will see what you believe and confess come to pass!
When you are going through a tough time, it is not enough to know that God’s answer to the problem is “somewhere in the Bible.” Find the scripture in which God has promised the solution. Meditate on it until the truth of that scripture is revealed to you. When you do this, the enemy cannot prevent that Word from God from bearing fruit in your life.

Thought for the Day:

Spending time in God’s Word daily will give you godly wisdom, which will make your way prosperous and give you good success.

Connect & Reflect:

  • What specific word or phrase from Isaiah 55:10-11 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • How can you make meditation of the Word of God a greater priority in your life?

Scripture References: Joshua 1:8; Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23

Prayer:

Father, Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Open my spiritual eyes to see the glimpses of Your glory I cannot see on my own. May I read Your Word and walk in supernatural understanding of the very words of Life before me. I ask you to cause the seeds from Scriptures I read and hear to bear real, noticeable fruit in tangible acts of sacrificial love for others.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

SUNDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Your Needs (Be Specific) and Thanksgiving For All That Was Prayed

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV)

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 7

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:

But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him.
1 John 2:5 (NKJV)
  • The Word of God – Father, may my child fall in love with your Word and grow to find it more “precious than gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 6 – Grace

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)

In this verse, a profound truth is being declared. It says we are saved by grace through faith, not one or the other. Think of it this way-grace is what God does; faith is what we do. It takes both working together to receive salvation.
God’s grace has provided not only for salvation but also for every need of your life. That provision is not based on whether you are reading the Bible enough, praying enough, or going to church enough. Before you ever had a financial need, God created the provision. Before you were sick, God, through grace, provided your healing (1 Pet. 2:24). Before you ever became discouraged, God blessed you with all spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3). That’s grace.
God anticipated every need you could ever have and has met those needs through Jesus before you existed. All The Lord is asking in return is for us to, with our life, purpose to daily honor and appreciate (faith) the finished works of Jesus Christ (grace).

Thought for the Day:

Grace is what God does; faith is what we do. It takes both working together to receive salvation.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Ephesians 2:8-9 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Are there areas in your life that are going well that you tried to take credit for?
  • How can you daily show honor and appreciation to the finished works of Jesus Christ?
Scripture References: John 1:14-17; Romans 1:16-17; Titus 2:11

Prayer:


Father, I thank you that I have been saved by your grace – through faith. This is not my doing, but it is a gift from you. I know my eternal future is secure because all You have done for me through Jesus. You have made me yours forever. Before I ever had a need, you already provided it for me. Today, by faith, I lay hold to all of your promises.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

SATURDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Current Vision of the Church

Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 (NKJV)

 

Today’s Suggested Prayer Points:

  • Connect People to God – Weekend Services
    • Pray for the lost to be saved
  • Connect People to Family – Small Groups
    • Pray for Leaders and Groups
  • Connect People to Purpose
    • Pray for people to take their Next Steps
  • Connect People to the Community
    • Pray for all who serve others
    • The City of Powder Springs
    • Continued favor with city and county officials in Powder Springs and Cobb County
    • All finances to rebuild 4331 Brownsville Rd.
    • Rebuild will be complete by August 2018
    • Excellent grand opening weekend
    • Purchase land and strip mall next to the property debt-free
    • All community serve projects for 2018
    • Very impactful 40 Days of Community in the Fall

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 6

We are using daily prayer targets as a way to encourage our families to pray for their children each day during 21 Days of Prayer:
Nevertheless He saved them for His name’s sake, That He might make His mighty power known.
Psalms 106:8 (NKJV)
  • Grace – Father, may my child come to know who You are and experience your grace all of the days of their life. I thank you that they walk in the gift of no condemnation. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!