Week 24 - December 4, 2016

These liturgies are adapted from Boa’s (1993) Handbook of Prayer

 

•Adoration•

“The Son of Man will come with the clouds of heaven. In the presence of the Ancient of Days, He will be given dominion and glory and a kingdom, so that all peoples, nations, and men of every language will worship Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
(Daniel 7:13–14) 

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship

 

•Confession•

“Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol or sworn by what is false.”
(Psalm 24:3–4) 

Confess that you are not worthy to ascend the hill of the Lord. Thank God for making you worthy through Jesus. 

 

•Renewal•

May the Lord my God be with me as You were with our fathers; may You never leave me nor forsake me. Incline my heart to You, to walk in all Your ways and to keep Your commands and Your statutes and Your judgments, which You commanded our fathers. May all the peoples of the earth know that the Lord is God; there is no other. Let my heart be fully committed to the Lord my God, to walk in Your statutes and keep Your commandments, as at this day.
(adapted from 1 Kings 8:57–58, 60–61) 

Pause to add your own prayer for personal renewal

 

•Petition•

Pray that God would give you spiritual insight into the following:
Your identity in Christ
Your gifting and role in the body of Christ
The good works that God has set forth for you to walk in
The relationships in your life that God will use to draw others to Himself

 

•Intercession•

Pray for the following:
     •For personal friends
     •For those in vocational ministry
     •Those who are oppressed or in need
     •Personal concerns

 

•Affirmation•

“Those who are rich in this present world should not be arrogant or set their hope on the uncertainty of riches but on God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They should do good, be rich in good works, and be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the future, so that they may lay hold of true life.”
(1 Timothy 6:17–19) 

Pause to reflect upon these biblical truths. 

 

•Communal prayer•

“Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the strong man boast of his strength, and let not the rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness on earth; for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.”
(Jeremiah 9:23–24) 

Week 23 - November 20, 2016

These liturgies are adapted from Boa’s (1993) Handbook to Prayer

 

•Adoration•

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. I will ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. I will ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”
(Psalm 96:4–9) 

Pause to express your own thoughts of praise and adoration to God.

 

•Confession•

“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. O Lord, do not forsake me; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation.”
(Psalm 38:18, 21–22) 

Ask the Spirit to reveal to you any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge your sin to God and thank Him for forgiveness through Jesus. 

 

•Renewal•

I have hope in God, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. In view of this, may I strive always to keep my conscience blameless before God and men.
(adapted from Acts 24:15–16)

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal. 

 

•Petition•

May I not take revenge, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written: “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” says the Lord. May I not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
(adapted from Romans 12:19, 21) 

Pray for wisdom from God:
     To gain an eternal perspective
     To fill your mind and heart with God’s truth
     For wisdom and skill for your daily activities
     Pray for other personal concerns

 

•Intercession•

Pray for those in need among your family, your friends, our communities, and our church family. 

 

•Affirmation•

“Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him.”
(John 14:6) 
“Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed, that through Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
(Acts 13:38–39) 

Pause to reflect on these Biblical affirmations. Meditate on Jesus: his love, his sacrifice, his return. 

 

•Thanksgiving•

Give thanks for the many ways God provides for you every day. Thank God for the ways that He pursues you and reminds you of Himself. Thank Him for His presence with us. 

 

•Communal Prayer•

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes, But fear the Lord and depart from evil.”
(Proverbs 3:5–7) 

Week 22 - November 13, 2016

•Adoration•

Read Revelation 7:9-17
Voice a prayer of adoration to God who sits on the throne, and to Jesus the Lamb who was slain

 

•Confession•

“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
(Proverbs 15:3) 

Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness through Jesus. 

 

•Renewal•

“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 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, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”
(Titus 3:4-6)

Reflect and pray on this promise that God washes, remakes, and renews us by his Spirit

 

•Petition•

“May Your merciful kindness be my comfort, according to Your promise to Your servant.”
(Psalm 119:76) 

Pray that you may grow in Christ, specifically in: 
     Greater desire to know and please Him
     Greater love for and commitment to Him
     Grace to practice His presence
     Grace to speak boldly in His name

 

•Intercession•

“Is this not the fast You have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the cords of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free and break every yoke? Is it not to share our food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter; when we see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from our own flesh? Then our light will break forth like the dawn, and our healing will quickly appear, and our righteousness will go before us; the glory of the Lord will be our rear guard. Then we will call, and the Lord will answer; we will cry, and He will say, “Here I am.” If we put away the yoke from our midst, the pointing of the finger and malicious talk, and if we extend our souls to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then our light will rise in the darkness, and our gloom will become like the noonday.”
(Isaiah 58:6–10)

Pray for the poor and needy in our midst and pray for the local church to love and sacrifice for them rightly. Pray that we would be peacemakers who fight against oppression and injustice. 

 

•Thanksgiving•

From Christ’s fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
(John 1:16–17) 

Voice a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s grace and truth given in Jesus Christ

 

•Communal prayer•

Christ suffered for me, leaving me an example that I should follow in His steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When He was reviled, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats, but entrusted Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that I might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds I have been healed. For I was like a sheep going astray, but now I have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of my soul.
(adapted from 1 Peter 2:21–25) 

Week 21 - October 23, 2016

•Adoration•

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphim; each one had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one cried to the other and said, ’Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!’”
(Isaiah 6:3)
“The Lord God is the Alpha and the Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
(Revelation 1:8)

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship. 

 

•Confession•

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins.”
(Isaiah 43:25) 

Pray that the Spirit would search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Thank God for his complete forgiveness in Jesus Christ. 

 

•Renewal•

“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
(Matthew 22:37–40) 

Pause to reflect on this call to love. Meditate on the love that God has shown you and pray that God would teach you to love in response. 

 

•Petition•

Pray for grace to grow in your spiritual disciplines, in your battles in the spiritual realm, in your personal character, and in your daily work and duties. 

 

•Intercession•

May I remember those in prison as though bound with them, and those who are mistreated, since I myself am also in the body.
(Hebrews 13:3) 

Pray for the following: 
     •the poor and hungry
     •those persecuted and oppressed
     •those in authority
     •peace among the nations

 

•Thanksgiving•

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
(Luke 4:18–19)

Jesus declared that he came to fulfill this prophecy from Isaiah. Give thanks to God for his good work in Jesus Christ. 

 

•Communal Prayer•

"I will enter Your gates with thanksgiving
And Your courts with praise;
I will give thanks to You and bless Your name.
For the Lord is good
And Your lovingkindness endures forever;
Your faithfulness continues through all generations.” (Psalm 100:4–5) 

Week 20 - October 15, 2016

•Adoration•

“Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His mighty acts;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; 
Praise Him with the harp and lyre. Praise Him with the timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes. Praise Him on the sounding cymbals;
Praise Him on the resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. 
Praise the Lord!”
(Psalm 150:1–6) 

We have so many reasons to praise our God. Name five in a prayer of adoration. 

 

•Confession•

“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for You are my praise.”
(Jeremiah 17:14) 

Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness through Jesus. 

 

•Renewal•

May I keep the commandments of the Lord my God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. May I follow the Lord my God and fear Him; may I keep Your commandments, hear Your voice, serve You, and hold fast to You.
(adapted from Deuteronomy 8:6; 13:4) 

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal. 

 

•Petition and Intercession•

With all prayer and petition, we should pray always in the Spirit, and to this end we should be watchful with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.
(Ephesians 6:18) 

Pray to the giver of all good and perfect gifts for the following:
     •That you would use your gifts to build up the Church and to bring honor to Jesus
     •Opportunities to share the Gospel with those who do not yet follow Jesus
     •That God would guide you and bless your career, study, and family pursuits
     •Missions efforts to bring the good news of Jesus to all nations
     •Those affected by the Syrian crisis
     •Other personal needs

 

•Renewal•

“Whoever wishes to become great among others must become their servant, and whoever wishes to be first among them must be their slave.”
(Matthew 20:26–27; Mark 10:43–44)
”Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
(Matthew 23:12; Luke 14:11; 18:14)

Pause to reflect on this Biblical truth and pray that God would give you grace to be humble

 

•Communal Prayer of Thanksgiving•

Voice your own prayer of thanksgiving

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
My soul will be joyful in my God.
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation
And arrayed me in a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
(Isaiah 61:10) 

Week 19 - October 9, 2016

These liturgies are adapted from Boa’s (1993) Handbook to Prayer

 

•Adoration•

“How great You are, O Sovereign Lord! There is no one like You, and there is no God besides You, according to all that I have heard with my ears.”
(2 Samuel 7:22; 1 Chronicles 17:20) 

“You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, the heaven of heavens, and all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all that is in them, and the host of heaven worships You.”
(Nehemiah 9:6) 

Voice a prayer of adoration to God as the one true God, Creator of all. 

 

•Confession•

“Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’”
(Matthew 18:21–22) 

Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any unconfessed sin. Confess your sin and thank God for his forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

 

•Renewal•

I desire not only to call You Lord but to do what You say. By Your grace, I will come to You, hear Your words, and put them into practice. Then I will be like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock, and when a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
(adapted from Luke 6:46–48) 

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal. 

 

•Petition•

“Guard my soul and rescue me; let me not be ashamed, for I take refuge in You. May integrity and uprightness protect me, for I wait for You.”
(Psalm 25:20–21) 

Ask God to help you to be a good steward of the following:
     •Your time
     •Your talents
     •Your resources 
     •Your understanding of yourself and the world
     •Your relationships

 

•Intercession•

Voice a prayer for the following:
     •Spiritual revival
     •The upcoming elections
     •Our political and social leaders, both sitting and those to be elected
     •Our church leaders locally and nationally
     •For those affected by hurricane Matthew
     •For those affected by the war in Syria and the refugee crisis throughout the region

 

•Thanksgiving•

I did not receive a spirit of slavery again to fear, but I received the Spirit of adoption by whom I cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with my spirit that I am a child of God.
(adapted from Romans 8:15–16) 

Voice a prayer of thanksgiving to your Father in Heaven, knowing that he hears you and is pleased with you through Jesus Christ

Week 18 - September 25, 2016

Prayer Liturgy – Week 18
These liturgies are adapted from Boa’s (1993) Handbook to Prayer

 

•Adoration•

“Blessed are You, O Lord, God of Israel, our father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for everything in heaven and earth is Yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, and You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of all things. In Your hand is power and might to exalt and to give strength to all. Therefore, my God, I give You thanks and praise Your glorious name.”
(1 Chronicles 29:10–13) 


Pause to offer a prayer of adoration to God

 

•Confession•

“O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, And do not chasten me in Your anger. For Your arrows have pierced me deeply, And Your hand has pressed down upon me. There is no health in my body because of Your wrath, Nor peace in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; As a heavy burden, they weigh too much for me.”
(Psalm 38:1–4) 


Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any unconfessed sin. Confess your sin and thank God for the gift of perfect righteousness through Jesus

 

•Renewal•

Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. But let me flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. (adapted from 1 Timothy 6:9–11) 
Voice your own prayer of personal renewal in faith and the pursuit of holiness

 

•Petition and intercession•

Pray for greater love and compassion for others
Pray for God to fulfill his promise to care for the oppressed and the poor here in our cities, and in the midst of the war and refugee crisis in Syria
Pray for your loved ones
Pray for the opportunity to share your faith with someone this week

 

•Affirmation and Thanksgiving•

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.”
(James 1:12)
♠ 
“Those who suffer according to the will of God should commit themselves to their faithful Creator in doing good.”
(1 Peter 4:19) 

Pause to reflect on these Biblical affirmations and offer a prayer of thanksgiving to God

 

•Communal Prayer•

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; 
My God is my rock; I will take refuge in Him,
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge— 
My Savior, You save me from violence.
I call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
And I am saved from my enemies.”
(2 Samuel 22:2–4) 

Week 17 - September 18, 2016

These liturgies are adapted from Boa’s (1993) Handbook to Prayer

 

•Adoration•

Pray Psalm 8 to God and voice your own prayer of adoration to God.

 

•Confession•

"We have sinned with our fathers;We have committed iniquity and acted wickedly.”
(Psalm 106:6) 

Pray for the Spirit to search your heart and convict you of sin. Confess that sin and thank God for his forgiveness in Jesus Christ.

 

•Renewal•

“As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’”
(1 Peter 1:14-15

Ask that God would strengthen you in your inner being to walk in holiness this week. 

 

•Petition•

“Lord, I pray, let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who delight in revering Your name.”
(Nehemiah 1:11) 

Pray that God would give you spiritual insight into the following:

•Insight into God’s Word as you read it

•Insight into your identity in Christ Jesus both as it relates to your past and your future

•Insight into how and where God is working in you and through you to build His Kingdom

Pray for other personal concerns you have

 

•Intercession•

“[Jesus prayed for us] ‘that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.’”
(John 17:21-23)

Pray for the following:

•Unity among the church, both locally and more broadly

•Wisdom, discernment, and protection for those in ministry

•Concerns among personal friends and family (continue to remember the Waters family)

 

•Thanksgiving•

“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins.”
(Isaiah 11:1-5)

Pause to reflect on this picture of our Lord Jesus and give thanks to God for his perfect character. Reflect on how God treats us as if we acted and obeyed as perfectly as Jesus. 

 

•Communal prayer•

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be pleasing in Your sight,O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
(Psalm 19:14)