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

Prayer:

Father, I seek to know You in a greater way.  Make my heart soft and pliable. To think that You want to use me, that You want Your glory to shine through me. What an awesome responsibility! Please help me to always walk worthy of what You have called me to do. Thank You for changing me into what You want me to be and for making me into the image of Your Son.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Conclude with Silence (2 minutes)

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

Prayer:

Father, I receive your unconditional love for me. Your love is not something I have to earn or be good enough for, but it is freely given to me. While I was Your enemy, You gave the best gift (Jesus) so I may have everlasting life. With the same love and patience You have shown to me, help me to show your love to all those who I come in contact with. 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 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

Prayer:

Father, I thank you for Your Holy Spirit who lives big on the inside of me. You have empowered me to be a person with an excellent spirit. Through your power and might, every task and responsibility given to me will be done with the utmost care and attention to detail. May all that I say and do today reflect the character of Christ within me and bring You glory. 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 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

 

Prayer:

Father, I thank you for the privilege, as your child, to dwell in Your secret place. You are my refuge and strength. I ask that you surround me with your divine hedge of protection. Protect my mind and strengthen me with the power of Your Might. 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 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!

21 Days of Prayer: Day 1 – Wisdom

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself. – Ephesians 1:7-9 (NKJV)

The wisdom of God awaits the person who surrenders to the leading of the Holy Spirit. God’s richest blessings are accessed by those who follow after His Spirit, instead of being directed only by their senses and current circumstances. In order to live a life led by the Spirit, you will have to consecrate yourself to God’s plan for your life instead of following after a plan of your own making.

Setting aside time in your day to spend time with the Lord helps to refocus you on your true calling and purpose. Throughout the next 21 days, we will embark on a journey that places you in a position to not only hear but also act on the wisdom of God. To know the will of God is the highest of all wisdom. Living in the center of God’s will rules out all falseness of religion and puts the stamp of real sincerity upon our service to God. The Bible reveals that God has a plan for our life and when we choose to trust Him, He will direct and lead us in the fulfillment of this plan.

There is a peace that comes with having the wisdom of God concerning His plan for your life. Peace with God, peace within your heart, and the joy of fellowship with Christ have in themselves a beneficial effect upon the body and mind, and will lead to the development and preservation of life.

Thought for the Day:

The Bible reveals that God has a plan for our life and when we choose to trust Him, He will direct and lead us in the fulfillment of this plan.

 Connect & Reflect:

  • What specific word or phrase from Ephesians 1:7-9 stood out or spoke to you today?
  • Why does it please God to make known to you His will for your life?
  • How can you practice becoming more sensitive to the Spirit of God on a daily basis?

Scripture References: Proverbs 4:7; Isaiah 11:2; Proverbs 8:11

Prayer:

Father, as I begin this journey for the next 21 days, I humbly ask your Spirit lead and guide me into all truth. Help me to trust in your plan and proper timing for everything in my life. Your wisdom abounds toward me and resides within me because of your grace. 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 1

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:

Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. 1 Kings 3:9 (NKJV)

  • Wisdom – Heavenly Father, I pray that my child develops a discerning spirit and wisdom in choosing the right friends. Grant them a clear understanding of right and wrong as well as absolute truth. In the Name of Jesus, Amen!