31 Days of Prayer – Day 23

Daily Prayer of Expectancy

layFather 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 God’s Power on All Who Serve the Lord, Lay and Full-Time

Gracious Father, thank You for raising up full-time ministers and laymen and laywomen to serve You in a wide variety of ministries. I especially thank You for ________ and __________. Bless them in every area of their lives. In their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. In their marriages and families and other relationships. In their finances and paper work. In their personal struggles and temptations. In their time pressures. In their recreation.

May all your servants take time daily to seek You earnestly in your Word and in prayer, refusing to let busyness and distractions squeeze You out. Give them wisdom in what to say yes to and no to even in ministry opportunities. Give the laypeople special wisdom in juggling the demands of their jobs, families, and ministries.

May those who serve you be strong in Your grace to disciple and coach younger Christians to endure hardships, and to steer clear of needless entanglements. May they see Your Holy Spirit work powerfully in their ministries.

Amen

Scripture

Numbers 6:24-26

Psalm 67:1

1 Chronicles 4:10

Psalm 1:2-3

Jeremiah 29:13

Luke 10:41-42

2 Timothy 2:1-4

Psalm 90:16-17

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