Week 29 - January 22, 2017

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

 

•Adoration•

“John looked and heard the voice of many angels encircling the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and their number was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, 
‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’”
(Revelation 5:11–12) 

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship. 

 

•Confession•

“I will not forget the exhortation that addresses me as a son: ‘My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, nor lose heart when you are rebuked by Him, for whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He chastises every son whom He receives.’”
(Hebrews 12:5–6)

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 in Jesus Christ. 

 

•Renewal•

“Give me understanding, and I will keep Your law and observe it with all my heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commands, for there I find delight. Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things, and revive me in Your way.
(Psalm 119:34–37) 

Voice a prayer for personal renewal

 

•Petition•

Pray for growth in Jesus Christ. Specifically pray for greater desire to know and please Him. Pray for love and faith to follow. Pray for grace to practice His presence and to acknowledge Him in your ways. 

 

•Intercession•

“Since we were called into fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ, all of us should agree with one another, so that there may be no divisions among us, and that we may be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
(1 Corinthians 1:9–10) 

Pray for our local churches to be unified around the gospel of Jesus. Pray for efforts at evangelism and leadership training. Pray also for any special concerns you are aware of. 

 

•Affirmation•

“And he said to his disciples, ‘Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing… Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.’”
(Luke 12:22-23, 31)

Pause to reflect on these words from our Lord. 

 

•Thanksgiving•

Pause to offer a prayer of thanksgiving. 

 

•Communal prayer•

Lord I thank you for your great promises and the assurance of salvation in Jesus. For “I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord.”
(Romans 8:38–39) 

Week 28 - January 15, 2017

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

 

•Adoration•

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, or marked off the heavens with the breadth of his hand? Who has calculated the dust of the earth in a measure, or weighed the mountains in the balance and the hills in scales?”
(Isaiah 40:12) 
“You are the Lord, and there is no other; apart from You there is no God. From the rising to the setting of the sun, we know there is none besides You. You are the Lord, and there is no other.
(Isaiah 45:5–6) 

Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship. 

 

•Confession•

“When my soul was fainting away, I remembered the Lord, And my prayer went up to You, to Your holy temple. Those who cling to worthless idols forsake Your loving kindness. But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving. I will fulfill what I have vowed. Salvation is from the Lord.
(Jonah 2:7–9)

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 in Jesus Christ. 

 

•Renewal•

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
(Ephesians 4:1-3)

Voice a prayer for personal renewal

 

•Petition•

Pray that God would support you in spiritual warfare: against temptation, against dark forces in the world, and against the ungodly forces in our culture. Pray that God would help you to believe the Good News of Jesus and His kingdom above the other voices that we hear throughout our day.
Pray for personal growth professionally, physically, and spiritually. 

 

•Intercession•

Pray for the poor, the hungry, and the oppressed in our cities and nation. 
Pray for those in positions of authority in our state and nation, as well as those around the world. 

 

•Affirmation•

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord. But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.”
(Jeremiah 17:5, 7) 

Reflect on these Biblical truths. Reflect on the perfect trust Jesus put in the Father and upon the complete trust we can have in Jesus Christ. 

 

•Thanksgiving•

“May I rejoice in the Lord always.”
(Philippians 4:4)

Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving. 

 

•Communal prayer•

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”
(Colossians 1:9-10)

Week 27 - January 8, 2017

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

 

•Adoration•

Read Psalm 113.
Voice a prayer of Adoration to God in response to the psalm. 

 

•Confession•

“For a brief moment I forsook you, But with great compassion I will gather you. In a flood of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, But I will have compassion on you with everlasting kindness,” Says the Lord your Redeemer.
(Isaiah 54:7–8) 

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 in Jesus Christ. 

 

•Renewal•

May I be careful to lead a blameless life. May I walk in the integrity of my heart in the midst of my house. May I set no wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of those who fall away; May it not cling to me.
(adapted from Psalm 101:2–3) 

Voice a prayer for personal renewal

 

•Petition•

Pray for your family, your career or studies, and your personal ministry both inside and outside of the church. 
Pray for any special concerns that you have. 

 

•Intercession•

Pray for missionaries locally, in the US, and around the world. 
Pray that God would build his church among all peoples, tribes, nations, and languages. 

 

•Affirmation•

“The wolf will dwell with the lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the goat, and the calf and the lion and the yearling together, and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear; their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra, and the young child will put his hand into the viper’s hole. They will neither harm nor destroy on all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
(Isaiah 11:6–9) 

Reflect on these Biblical affirmations. Pray for Jesus to return quickly to restore all things. 

 

•Thanksgiving•

“By grace I have been saved through faith, and this not of myself; it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast.”
(Ephesians 2:8–9) 
“I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 1:6) 

Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving. 

 

•Communal prayer•

“Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light.”
(Psalm 36: 5-9)

Week 26 - January 1, 2017

•Adoration•

Read Deuteronomy 32:3-15 about God’s choice to save us, his people, when we were helpless. 

Read Deuteronomy 32:35-43 about God’s judgment. 

Voice a prayer of adoration to God our savior who is both the God of perfect mercy for the sinful and the God of perfect justice against sin. 

 

•Confession•

When I sin against the Lord, I may be sure that my sin will find me out.
(adapted from Numbers 32:23)

Acknowledge your sin to God. Thank Him for choosing to forgive us in Jesus Christ, though we deserved his wrath.

 

•Renewal•

May the God of my Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give me a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the full knowledge of Him, and may the eyes of my heart be enlightened, in order that I may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the incomparable greatness of His power toward us who believe.
(adapted from Ephesians 1:17–19) 

Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal. 

 

•Petition•

Whatever I do, may I do all to the glory of God.
(adapted from 1 Corinthians 10:31) 

Pray that God would make you a faithful steward of time, talents, truth, resources, and relationships. 

 

•Intercession•

“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
(I Timothy 2:1-4)

Pray for the leadership of:
•our schools, 
•our local government,
•our state government, and
•our national government.

 

•Thanksgiving•

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
(2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

Give thanks to God for our eternal hope in Jesus Christ. 

 

•Communal Prayer•

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered. Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be feared above all gods.”
(1 Chronicles 16:8-12; 23-25)

Week 25 - December 11, 2016

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

 

•Adoration•

Read Job 38:4-18
Offer a prayer of adoration to the God of creation who rules over all things. Step back in awe of his power and sovereignty. 

 

•Confession•

“You have been just in all that has come upon us, for You have acted faithfully and we have acted wickedly.”
(Nehemiah 9:33) 

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 in Jesus Christ. 

 

•Renewal•

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
(Galatians 5:16-18)

Offer a prayer of renewal to the Spirit that gives us the freedom to walk in righteousness. 

 

•Petition•

May I be above reproach, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, one who manages his own family well, and who keeps his children under control with proper respect. Grant me a good reputation with outsiders, so that I will not fall into disgrace and the snare of the devil.
(adapted from 1 Timothy 3:2–4, 7) 

Pray for your relationships with others of your life, especially your natural and church families. 
Pray for opportunities to serve this Advent season. 

 

•Intercession•

Knowing the fear of the Lord, may I seek to persuade men.
(adapted from 2 Corinthians 5:11)

Pray for opportunities to share of the hope you have in Jesus in your work, in your family, in your neighborhood, and in your social networks. 

 

•Affirmation•

“Lord, who may dwell in Your tabernacle? Who may live on Your holy mountain? He who walks uprightly and works righteousness And speaks the truth in his heart; He does not slander with his tongue Nor does evil to his neighbor Nor takes up a reproach against his friend; He despises the reprobate But honors those who fear the Lord. He keeps his oath even when it hurts, Lends his money without interest, And does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.”
(Psalm 15:1–5) 

Pause to reflect on these words. Acknowledge that you are not worthy to dwell in God’s tent. Acknowledge that in Jesus Christ, God sees you as though you have done all the things listed in this passage. Give thanks and reflect on how God is leading you to live up to what we have already received. 

 

•Closing prayer•

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

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)