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

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

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

God wants to be the center of your life: the center of your conversation, the center of your entertainment, and the center of your relationships. Prayer keeps Him in the center of all you do. Through prayer, God gives us His peace. Leaders of households not only have the privilege but also the duty to pray for those under their care and authority.

There may be times that family members do not agree on important decisions that are made. Ask the Lord to direct you to the two or three that will pray with you and for you. Pray against any rebellion, discord, or manipulation that may attempt to become a stronghold in the home. God doesn’t want you to be fearful, fretful or anxious. Instead, He wants you to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

Thought for the Day:

Prayer keeps God in the center of all you do.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Philippians 4:6-7 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • What (if any) areas of your life have you been trying to handle on your own?
  • Is it possible to truly “be anxious for nothing?” What is a good next step you can take today to live a life free from worry, stress, and anxiety?
Scripture References: James 5:14-16; Proverbs 27:17; Matthew 18:19-20

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

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 Donald Trump

* Vice President Mike Pence
* 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

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

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

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!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 5 – Vessel

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? I Corinthians 3:16 (NKJV)

One of the most amazing truths of the Christian life is that when we trust in Christ as our Savior, His Spirit takes up residence in us. He’s not just “out there” any longer. He’s living in us. In the same way that Christ stepped out of heaven and came to earth to communicate His love, forgiveness, and power to us, His Spirit steps into the life of each believer to impart wisdom, encouragement, and strength to us-every day. Always, He is literally as near as our breath. We are never alone.
Housing the Holy Spirit also brings responsibility. We represent the King of kings to every person we meet, and we are His ambassadors to those around us (2 Corinthians 5:20). Realizing we are God’s temple transforms our character into the image of Christ by causing us to become aware of what we think, say, do, and value.

Thought for the Day:

The Spirit of God resides on the inside of each believer to daily impart wisdom, encouragement, and strength.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from 1 Corinthians 3:16 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • As God’s temple, are there areas of your life that need to be remodeled? What is one step you can take today in that process?
  • How does knowing the Holy Spirit lives within inspire you? How does it challenge you?

Scripture References: Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17–20

FRIDAY PRAYER FOCUS

Dream Team and 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 5

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:

….he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
II Timothy2:21 (NKJV)
  • Vessel – Father, my heart’s prayer is that my child will know Your purpose for their life and will be used in a great way by You!  I believe they will have powerful testimonies and be salt & light to all people around them. I pray that they will walk closely with You and be vessels that honor You in all things. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 4 – Love

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. I John 4:10-11 (NKJV)

You may know that God cares for you, and loves you, and that He demonstrated His love for you by dying on the cross for you- but do you believe it? It is one thing to know about the love that God has for you, but another thing to actually believe it in your heart.

It is one thing to know that the sun shines on us during the day. But it is another thing to believe that the sun is still shining even though we don’t feel its warmth and all we see are dark clouds. Sometimes we are slow in believing God’s love for us when we are going through a tough time. But God wants you to know and believe that He loves you in the midst of the deal falling through, when that job is slow in coming, when you are having problems on the job or when your child still refuses to come home.

God wants to love you with all that He is and all that He has. He loves you unconditionally regardless of who you are or what you have done because His love is not dependent on you but on Himself. He will never stop loving you. The more of His love you receive, the more you will fall in love with Him. The more you fall in love with Him, the easier it becomes to walk in love with others.

Thought for the Day:

It is one thing to know about the love that God has for you, but another thing to actually believe it in your heart.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from 1 John 4:10-11 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • How is love defined in 1 John 4:10 different from the love the world teaches?
  • Are there barriers in your life that try to convince you that God does not love you?

Scripture References: Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 4

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 400 Unique Souls in 2017

LINKED UP KIDS PRAYER TARGETS: Day 4

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:

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NKJV)
  • Love – Heavenly Father, I pray my child receives the love you have for them.  My prayer is that everywhere they go, they will know You are with them and for them. Let them have an appetite for spiritual things and to continually grow in You.  I pray that they will love You with all of their heart and trust in Your grace to help them fulfill the purpose You have for their life. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 3 – Excellence

And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)

Excellent people exceed expectations. In other words, they go the extra mile, they do more than is asked, and they take extra steps in ensuring they deliver the highest quality. If people were to describe your work, would excellence come to mind or simply mediocrity? Mediocrity is the enemy of the believer. Doing just enough to get by or believing for the bare minimum in life does not bring glory to God and the excellent spirit within you.

Excellence does not necessarily mean the absence of mistakes, but it does mean the presence of faith and determination. To be excellent at whatever God has called you to do, you must first ask for His strength to accomplish the task and then, secondly, His endurance to complete it. The true goal of excellence is to do the best you can with what you have at every moment.

Thought for the Day:

To be excellent at whatever God has called you to do, you must first ask for His strength to accomplish the task and then, secondly, His endurance to complete it.

Connect & Reflect:
  • What specific word or phrase from Colossians 3:17 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • How would doing everything “in the name of the Lord Jesus” transform what you have to say and do today?

Scripture References: Daniel 6:1-4; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Philippians 3:7-14

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 3

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:
“….whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)
  • Excellence – Lord, give my child the motivation and desire to do their best without added pressure.Let them be alert with clear thinking at school, at home, and wherever they may go. I pray for diligence and not laziness. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 2 – Protection

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” – Psalm 91:1-2 (NKJV)

Everyday, we are bombarded with news of conflicts, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, diseases, and new strains of drug-resistant viruses. You may be tempted to ask yourself, “Is there a place where I can truly be safe?”

Yes, there is! God foresaw all these things, and He has promised in His Word protection from every evil known to man. There is no trap set by the devil that our Father has not already delivered us from. Our responsibility is to trust Him and take Him as our Refuge. Make a daily decision to find rest in Him as your dwelling place, and know His angels are watching over you right now. They give heed to the voice of God’s Word. Refuse to live gripped with fear by choosing to speak what God’s Word says concerning His promise of protection for you and your household.

You have access by faith into the secret place of the Most High where no evil can touch you. There is no need to fear living in these times because the Lord is your Refuge and Fortress.

Thought for the Day:

There is no trap set by the devil that our Father has not already delivered us from. Our responsibility is to trust Him and take Him as our Refuge.

Connect & Reflect:

  • What specific word or phrase from Psalm 91:1-2 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Do you find yourself gripped with fear after listening to the news and media report on what’s going on in the world? How can you protect your heart against the negativity in the world today?
  • How can you practice being in God’s Presence on a daily basis?

Scripture References: Psalm 91; John 17:14-23; Hebrews 1:14

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 2

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 You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head.  

Psalm 3:3 (NKJV)
  • Protection – Heavenly Father, I pray for physical and spiritual protection over my child. Let them keep away from those who would seek to harm them. Give them common sense and awareness of their surroundings. I pray that they would not give into temptation and be led astray by false teachers or bad influences. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!