JANUARY 20 (Day 15) - Pray for Government Leaders
We are subject to governing authorities in this world, so we should pray for those in authority so that God can act on behalf of those who serve Him. We can ask God to act and steer matters in order that we can live a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. This includes those who govern the countries in which we live. Focus on praying today for God to move and guide the decisions of our government leaders.
"Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God." Romans 13:1
JANUARY 21 (Day 16) - Pray for Church Leaders/Missionaries
The ones who lead, shepherd, and oversee the church and mission field need our prayers. They need our prayers not just when there is controversy, sickness, or other specific needs but all the time. We need to be in regular prayer for our pastors, elders, deacons, leaders, missionaries and their families. The more we pray for our church leaders and missionaries, the more we can expect God to use our churches, to reach more people on the mission field to impact the Kingdom for the gospel. Focus today on praying for your pastor, church leaders and missionaries around the world.
JANUARY 22 (Day 17) - Marriage
Marriage is not easy. There is no relationship that requires more of us than marriage. Therefore, that relationship truly needs prayer. When you pray together, you are focusing your minds, hearts, and marriage on God. You are making your marriage and the family unit God-centered. Praying for your spouse and praying together strengthens the bond of marriage, it strengthens the entire family. Prayer humbles us, it teaches us to be focused on the needs of the other person and not just ourselves. It creates deeper intimacy in the relationship and increases trust. We can’t change other people, but prayer can and most importantly, prayer changes us in the process. Focus praying today for and with your spouse, making this part of your daily routine. For those who have yet to enter into marriage, it’s never too early to begin praying for your future spouse.
"He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 18:22
JANUARY 23 (Day 18) - Importance of Prayer/Spiritual Warfare
Everything that we encounter in the physical world is connected to the spiritual world. A war is waged daily in the spiritual realm on our behalf. If we allow, the daily battles can affect our relationships, emotional state, mental and physical stamina, and many other areas in our life. If we don’t fight back daily through prayer, the enemy wins by deceiving us through insecurity, unforgiveness, anger, pride and his many other battle tactics. He manipulates God’s Truth and we start to believe the lies against what is important and true. He makes us think we are not valued by our Creator and he leads us into sin that causes our fellowship to be broken with God. Focus your prayer today on asking God to increase your spiritual vision to recognize the attacks of the enemy. God has given you every piece of armor to win every battle. Don’t allow the evil one to disconnect you from The Source of True Power.
"For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens." Ephesians 6:12
JANUARY 24 (Day 19) - Pray for Those Who Don’t Believe in Jesus
We should pray for those who don’t believe in Jesus because of God’s heart. God doesn’t want any of his children to perish. God truly cares for those who don’t know Him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). We should also pray because of Christ’s sacrifice. Jesus came for those who don’t believe. He died to provide a way of salvation for the whole human race. Focus your prayer today on praying for those who don’t believe in Jesus to have understanding. Pray for ears opened to hear the Truth, for spiritual eyes to be opened to see the Light and for receptive hearts to accept the most important thing in life, the gift of salvation.
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." Luke 19:10
JANUARY 25 (Day 20) - Faith
Faith means confidence. When we sit on a chair, we have faith/confidence that the chair will hold us up. Our faith in God should be more confident than our reliance on a chair. Faith in God is operating as if what we have prayed for is already so before it actually happens. Just like our confidence in the chair holding us up, our faith in God should be stronger because He has proven Himself over and over. He consistently takes care of us, protects us and is always there for us. Focus your prayer today on using the faith you do have to align your heart with God. Ask Him to increase your faith. Remember, we have access to the eye, the ear and the heart of The God of the Universe who loves us dearly and wants the best for us.
"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." Hebrews 11:6
JANUARY 26 (Day 21) - Closing to 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
Thank you for joining us on this 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting journey. We hope that through this time, you have learned more about the power of prayer, that you have drawn closer to God and your relationship with Jesus has grown. Prayer is absolutely vital. If we desire abundant life, we should pray. If we want to be more conformed to the image of Jesus, we should pray. The way of prayer is the way to life and everyone who asks, receives. If we want to make constant progress in life, step by step, we should pray and pray again. We pray that you will continue this prayer journey with God every day of your life. May your joy be full! Remember to Love God, Love People and go Serve the World!
"For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." Luke 11:10
"Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." John 16:24