Asking God Together

We produced this prayer guide to serve our church-wide prayer this November. We have booklets available at the church, or you can read it below.

A Call to Prayer

Prayer changes things because God changes things. Every time we pray, we admit that we can’t manage on our own. Unless God shows up, we’re done for.

If TICF is to be a true sign of God’s kingdom, then we need power to break in from Outside. Yes, we can rearrange the dry bones; we may polish them so briskly they sparkle in the sun. But the Spirit of God alone can breathe life into them, clothe them with flesh, and raise the mighty host to its feet.

The Norwegian author Ole Hallesby observed that “only he who is helpless can truly pray.” God chooses to use people who know they are so weak they must rely on him in prayer. He does this to show that “the all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Cor 4:7). We want to be filled with life so glorious it clearly wasn’t due to our hard work and clever management.

The good news is that this is exactly what God wants to do. We sometimes forget that the kingdom is his project, not ours. He been up and at work long before we begin to pray. But in his kindness he invites his children to experience the joy of asking, and the joy of receiving.

Thank you for interceding for your church family. Let us pray!

—Pastor Bart

How to Use This Guide

We produced this little guide to the members of our church family prayer for each other. Each day has its own prayer point to give some shape to your intercession.

 

We’ve given you the spark, but the fuel and the fire must come from you and the Holy Spirit. Use these ideas to launch you into your own wrestling with God.

For each day, you’ll find a related Scripture. Someone said that prayer is retorting God’s promises back to him. Surely if God has commanded us to ask him for certain things, it’s because he intends to give them to us.

Perhaps the easiest way to use this guide is to pull it out during your morning devotionals or family worship and to take a few minutes to intercede for your brothers and sisters. But we all pray differently, so adapt this to your own pattern of prayer. 

One more thing. When your thirty days of prayer are over, you don’t have to throw this booklet away. Why not start again at Day 1 and keep on praying until God answers?

30 Days of Prayer

 

Day 1

Pray that we would know God’s love in Christ more deeply than we ever have.

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
—Ephesians 3:17-19

Day 2

Pray that we would all be filled with the Holy Spirit, and rely on his power and presence instead of our own strength.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

—Ephesians 1:16,17

 

Day 3

Pray that transparent, meaningful relationships would become normal and no would would feel alone and unloved.

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else.

—1 Thessalonians 3:12

 

Day 4

Pray that we would have unity in our diversity—loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the gospel. 

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—Romans 15:5,6

Day 5

Pray that a deeper knowledge and gratitude for God’s grace would form among us all so that we can encourage one another in it.

 

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

—2 Peter 3:18

 

Day 6

Pray that we would be built up in Christ through preaching that is biblically sound and filled with the Holy Spirit.

 

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

—1 Thessalonians 2:13

Day 7

Pray that our leaders would remain above reproach and would lead us by godly example.

May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
—1 Thessalonians 3:13

Day 8

Pray that we would be protected from all the schemes of the Evil One.

The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

—2 Thessalonians 3:3

Day 9

Pray that our church would be kept from the ravages of false teachings that would lure us away from Jesus.

Be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

—2 Peter 3:17,18

Day 10

Pray that we would all walk in humility and love, not causing division through selfish ambition and foolish quarrels.

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

—Psalm 133:1

Day 11

Pray that the church’s worship would help us biblically confess, lament, and praise in a way that honours God above all.

A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

—John 4:23

Day 12

Pray that we would be distinct from the world in love and holiness, even as we engage outsiders.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
—Philippians 1:9-11

Day 13

Pray that we would be given courage and wisdom to share the gospel—and see many people come to Christ.

Thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

—2 Corinthians 2:14-15

Day 14

Pray that we would be prepared to endure suffering and persecution with joy.

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

—James 1:12

Day 15

Pray for those who translating Scripture and sharing the gospel with unreached people groups in Georgia and this region.

This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I will beckon to the nations, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their hips.”

—Isaiah 49:22

Day 16

Pray that giving would be joyful, consistent, and sacrificial, and that God would bless those who do so faithfully.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

—2 Corinthians 9:12

 

Day 17

Pray that God would provide for all our financial needs, and that our trust would ultimately be in Him and not in money.

Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

—Matthew 6:31,32

Day 18

Pray that God would bless this nation and help Georgia’s government to act with justice and integrity.

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

—1 Timothy 2:-12

 

Day 19

Pray that we would be good and do good in our workplaces this week, feeling God’s pleasure as we serve our neighbour.

We constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.

—2 Thessalonians 1:11

Day 20

Pray that we would be a welcoming home for new students, workers and families arriving in Tbilisi.

Welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

—Romans 15:7

Day 21

Pray that God would give wisdom and courage to those who are weighing major life decisions.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

—James 1:5

Day 22

Pray that God would have mercy on those who are suffering chronic pain, bodily sickness, physical handicaps, and mental illness.

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

—Psalm 103:2-5

Day 23

Pray that those who are struggling with cultural transition would be given grace to adapt and thrive.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

—Philippians 4:6-7

Day 24

Pray that our marriages and families would be places that experience and demonstrate the faithful love of God.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.  Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the LORD.
—Psalm 128:3,4

Day 25

Pray that our children would be given new life in Christ and begin their own walk of faith.

The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you.

—Psalm 102:28

Day 26

Pray that our teens would grow up into maturity in Christ and be well-prepared for what God is calling them to.

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

—2 Timothy 2:22

Day 27

Pray that those of us who are single would be given grace for their own calling, and feel fully part of our church family.

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

—Colossians 1:9-10

Day 28

Pray that those who are caught in sin and darkness would be drawn into the light of God’s love.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

—1 John 1:9

Day 29

Pray that those of us who are suffering in sickness, loneliness, conflict, anxiety, doubt, or in any other way, would experience God’s nearness and provision.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
—2 Corinthians 1:3,4

Day 30

Pray that our hope would more and more be in God’s coming kingdom and not in the false idols of this world.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

—Romans 15:13

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