21 Days of Prayer

Day 8 • Tracy

Love

Jesus is more than our Substitutionary Sacrifice, He is also our example for how to live in this life. And the Gospel has now reclaimed our ability to be the image-bearers of God which sin took from us. Remember, Christ is not just an outward example to watch and imitate, but the inward power we need to love as He has loved us!

Scripture

1 John 4:7-11
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

Romans 5:6-8
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

I Corinthians 13
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1 John 4:7-11
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 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.

Romans 5:6-8
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

I Corinthians 13
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Questions

How has God loved us first? Discuss how the attributes of God can be found in the 1 Cor. 13 “love” passage.

When did God love us (Rom. 5:6-8) and how does it guide us in how we are to love others?

How does the Gal. 5 passage help us when it’s hard to love like this?

21 DAYS SCHEDULE

EVERY DAY

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SUNDAYS

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PAST DAYS

Day 7 • Jordan

Baptism & Fruit of the Spirit

With God, all things are possible. God, in His abundant wisdom has chosen to indwell His people when they are born again. If you are saved, God lives in you, you are His temple. God also promises to empower us in a special way to accomplish His will in our lives.

Scripture

Galatians 5:16
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Romans 8:13
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

Galatians 5:16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Romans 8:13
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Questions

What do you find most amazing about the fact that God lives in us? After reading the Word, what would you say is the key to living out a surrendered and useful life?

Day 6 • Tracy

Cease From Works

In order to find the rest which God has provided for us, we must stop striving for it. In order to reap the full benefit from God’s work on the Cross, we must cease from our working. Salvation is not “by works of righteousness which we have done’, but “according to His mercy”. It is only by our firm belief in what God has promised will we be “established”, and “prosper” in the salvation which He has provided.

Scripture

Hebrews 4:9-10
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His.

Titus 3:5
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit

2 Chronicles 20:18-20
Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.”

Hebrews 4:9-10
There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

2 Chronicles 20:18-20
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the Lord God of Israel with voices loud and high.

So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.”

Questions

Why do you think God made salvation by grace alone through faith alone?

Describe what this “rest” means to you.

Why did they worship in 2 Chon 20 (see v.17-20) How does all of this lead us to worship?

Day 5 • Jason

Biblical Accountability

Biblical accountability is crucial in the life of a believer and in the health of the church. There is healing and restoration when we confess our sins to one another and ask for God’s forgiveness and strength to live righteously. Consider finding an accountability partner and pray for one another regularly.

Scripture

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Matthew 18:15-19
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.
“Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

Proverbs 27:6 & 17
Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
    but an enemy multiplies kisses.
As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.

James 5:16
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

Matthew 18:15-19
Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”

Proverbs 27:6 & 17
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 
As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Questions

Do you have an accountability partner? Who do you have in your life that holds you accountable and sharpens your life to make you more like Jesus Christ?

According to Matthew 18, is there someone you need to go to one and one and seek reconciliation? Have you sinned against someone else and need to go and apologize to them to make things right?

Day 4 • Jason

The Confession of Sin

To have a close and intimate relationship with God, it is important that we confess our sins to Him often and ask for His forgiveness whenever we sin against Him and others. Having a pure heart before God involves confessing our sins, repenting of them, and returning to putting God first in our lives.

Scripture

Psalm 32:3-5
When I kept silent,
  my bones wasted away
  through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
  your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
  as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
  and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
  my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
  the guilt of my sin.

Psalm 51:10-13,17
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
  and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
  or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation
  and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
  so that sinners will turn back to you.

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
  a broken and contrite heart
  you, God, will not despise.

I John 1:9-2:2
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Psalm 32:3-5
When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

Psalm 51:10-13,17
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,
And sinners shall be converted to You.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.

I John 1:9-2:2
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Questions

What are some sins that you need to confess to God and repent of today?

What sins are hurting your progress in your Christian walk and what sins are hurting the lives of others around you?

Are there people you have wronged? Have you asked for their forgiveness and gone to make things right with them?

Day 3 • Jason

The Preeminence of Christ

Jesus is the firstborn of all creation meaning He was before all created things and all things were made through and for Him. Jesus was not created, but rather He is supreme and transcendent over all created things. Jesus is I AM, the ever existent One, in Who all things consist. We are complete and whole through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As we look to Jesus, place Him as supreme and first in your heart, life, schedule, and family! Give Jesus His rightful place in your heart and home!

Scripture

Colossians 1:15-18, 2:9-10
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

Colossians 1:15-18, 2:9-10
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Questions

How do you place Jesus as preeminent and supreme in your heart and life?

How do you find yourself complete and full through your personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

What are some things you need to change and do today to put Him first and to be complete in Him?

Day 2 • Jordan

The Author & Finisher of Our Faith

Jesus has created and will finish your faith. Think of His power and majesty and then the fact that He made your faith and not only that but HE will finish it. It means that He is awesome and you can rest! It is one of the many reasons that we look to Him. There is no one like Him!

 

Scripture

II Chronicles 20:6
“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.”

John 1:1-6, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

II Chronicles 20:6
“O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You?”

John 1:1-6, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend [overcome] it.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Questions

After reading the Word, how is your faith encouraged by knowing God is the one who is author? How can you live different knowing who He is and His power?

Day 1 • Aug 8

Looking Unto Jesus

We set the theme for our three weeks on a simple idea: the foundational act of a life of faith is looking unto Jesus. We pursue, above all, not the will of God, or the works of God, but the face of God – to know and love Him, and then to serve Him.

Let’s start our 21 days of prayer by setting our hearts simply on looking unto Jesus, and asking Him to meet with us.

Scripture

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Colossians 3:1-3

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

II Chronicles 20:12

“Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Colossians 3:1-3

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

II Chronicles 20:12

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

Questions

We can’t literally look at Jesus. Not yet, anyway. So what does it look like to live life “looking unto Jesus”?

What’s different between a life that pursues the face of God above all, and one that pursues the works of God above all?

Day 0 • Aug 7

A Pattern for Pursuing Jesus for 21 Days

We know that God answers prayer, and that His Word never returns void. We’ve been through a big transition as a body and are in the first steps of what God is doing next; it’s the perfect time to depend on these promises. Let’s take twenty-one days to simply seek the face of God, knowing “He will be found”.

Grab your family, read the short devo and Scriptures, and think and talk and pray on it together! There’s a new one here every day, but no one’s checking; enjoy Jesus!

Scripture

Isaiah 55:6

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.

Isaiah 55:6

Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.

Questions

There will be questions here! Feel free to use them in your discussion, or take it whatever direction you want.