Enjoying the Journey
“Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17
It is significant that the only thing God commands us to do without ceasing is to pray. Dr. John R. Rice said often that, “All of our failures are prayer failures.” Every matter in the Christian life grows out of our personal walk with the Lord each day.
In Daniel 6, the king of Babylon signed a decree that no man was permitted to pray for 30 days. Of course, we know that Daniel, who was a man of faithful prayer, could not abide by that for even one day. He refused to allow anything or anyone to hinder his communion with God.
Why would the devil want to halt prayer for 30 days? Surely he could have asked for longer. 30 days seems like a relatively short period of time. And yet, we know from experience, that in 30 days habits are formed. Schedules are set. Affections are shaped. In 30 days a course may be set that will continue far beyond that month.
Satan understands more about the power of prayer than many of God’s people. What if we were to get serious about prayer for 30 days? Imagine the difference that could be made in one month if believers were to sincerely seek the Lord every day.
John Bunyan said, “We can do more than pray after we have prayed, but we cannot do more than pray until we have prayed.” Prayer is the first work. Prayer is the great work.
Would you take the challenge? Would you make a commitment to spend some time in earnest prayer every day for the next 30 days? Not only will you enjoy God’s presence and begin to see answers to prayer, but you will begin a pattern that you can continue for the rest of your life. In prayer, there is no place to stop, but there is a place to start. Start today. “Pray without ceasing.”
A 30 Day Prayer Guide
Each day of this 30-day prayer calendar provides a specific prayer emphasis. The daily prayer assignment is meant to serve as a reminder to pray specifically. There are many things and people for which we should pray every day. Write down additional needs that are personal to you and keep a record of answers to prayer. Meditate on the Word of God and claim God’s precious prayer promises.
Day 1 – Pray for a clean heart. Psalm 19:12-14
Day 2 – Pray for your Pastor and those who teach you God’s Word. Romans 15:30, 2 Thessalonians 3:1
Day 3 – Pray that God would help you to live consciously in His presence today. Psalm 5:3, 55:17
Day 4 – Pray for lost souls to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 10:1
Day 5 – Pray for those who are ill. James 5:16
Day 6 – Pray for a Christian who is away from the Lord. Habakkuk 3:1-2
Day 7 – Pray for someone you know who is going through a trial. Psalm 18:6, 50:15
Day 8 – Pray in faith for God to work in a seemingly impossible situation. Matthew 21:22, Mark 11:24
Day 9 – Pray for a missionary who you know personally. Matthew 18:19-20
Day 10 – Pray for the President and those in leadership in our nation. 1 Timothy 2:1-2
Day 11 – Pray for God’s protection for our military personnel. Hebrews 4:16
Day 12 – Pray for God’s comfort for a family that has gone through the loss of a loved one. Luke 18:1
Day 13 – Pray for gospel labourers for a specific people group or nation. Matthew 9:38
Day 14 – Pray for your family. Philippians 4:6-7
Day 15 – Pray for wisdom for upcoming decisions. James 1:5, Romans 8:26
Day 16 – Pray for opportunities to witness to the lost. 1 John 5:14-15
Day 17 – Pray that God would deliver you and those you love from evil. Matthew 6:13, Mark 14:38
Day 18 – Pray for God’s power. Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 17:20-21
Day 19 – Pray that your joy might be full in Christ. John 16:24, Romans 12:12
Day 20 – Pray for the will of God to be done in your life today. Matthew 6:10
Day 21 – Pray for revival in this generation. 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 85:4-6
Day 22 – Pray for God’s blessing on your church family. Ephesians 6:18
Day 23 – Pray for those with whom you have had conflict. Matthew 5:44
Day 24 – Pray for God’s Word to be real in your life. John 15:7, 1 John 3:21-22
Day 25 – Pray about matters that are troubling you. 1 Peter 5:7
Day 26 – Pray for a new believer to be strengthened in the Lord. Colossians 1:9-11
Day 27 – Pray for God to be glorified through your prayers. John 14:13
Day 28 – Pray for a fellow Christian who has been discouraged. Philippians 1:3-6
Day 29 – Pray for God’s great supply for every need. Luke 11:9-10, James 4:2
Day 30 – Pray for a grateful heart. Psalm 28:6, Colossians 4:2
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24