31 Days of Prayer – Day 22

Daily Prayer of Expectancy

pastorFather in heaven, great and powerful and full of love. I lift my heart in praise for the privilege of coming to You in prayer. Give me special grace as I join Your exalted Son in His ministry of prayer.

Search my heart, Lord, and show me if any sin is hindering Your work in my life. May I respond without delay whenever You make me conscious of sin. How grateful I am for Your total forgiveness the moment I confess my sin turning back to You as my Lord!

And Father, teach me to pray. How much I yearn to know Your will and Your way. I thank You that Your Son lives within me. What a joy to know that He is my teacher, that through Him I can learn to pray. I can learn to release Your boundless power for both my needs and the needs of many others, near and far. Teach me to pray.

Day by day may Your Spirit work in me, motivating me to abide in Christ and pray in faith, moving Your mighty hand to fulfill Your purposes. Keep reminding me that You are able to do infinitely more than I would ever dare to ask or imagine,  by Your mighty power at work within me.

To You be the glory both now and forever.

Amen

Pray For Pastors

Father, how much I praise You for our Lord Jesus, the good Shepherd who knows His sheep and laid down His life for us. Thank You for the gracious way He ministers to our needs on a daily basis. And for the millions of pastors You have raised up throughout the world to help Him in His shepherding.

I plead with You for my pastor and other ministers, priests, and spiritual caregivers in our area. Empower them day by day to shepherd Your flock under their care. May they set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

Give them grace in the trials and temptations so many of them face few words of appreciation, much criticism, excessive demands on their time, the difficulty of saying no, sexual temptations, financial stresses and temptations, fear of man, trying to please everyone, the danger of feeling they’re always right, and self-dependence to name a few.

Motivate them to press on to know You better, spending much time in Your Word and in prayer. May they teach not human wisdom but Your wisdom. May they rely on You and Your sufficiency rather then their own.

Grant them wisdom in the complexities of their work and in equipping their people to use their gifts and carry their share of the ministry. In all things may they seek Your glory and not their own.

And, Lord, do these same things for the multitude of pastors in Your worldwide church and for other leaders and teachers in each of Your churches, including mine.

Amen

Scripture

John 10:11

Psalm 23:1

2 Timothy 1:7

1 Peter 5:2-3

Matthew 6:13

1 Corinthians 2:6-7, 11-13

Hosea 6:3

1 Corinthians 2:6-7

Ephesians 4:11-12

Romans 12:4-8

2 Timothy 2:1-2

 

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