Prayer is not a religious button to be pushed. It’s a relationship to be pursued. How can you be more intentional about pursuing that relationship with God through prayer this week? If you’re not sure, try this: Focus today on praying for God’s provision for someone else. Think about a friend or family member that you care deeply about that may need a job or who may be in the middle of transitioning into a new career. Read over 2 Corinthians 9:8 and pray for that person you have in mind. Ask the Lord to provide employment opportunities or a smooth job transition for that person!
Many people often opt out of praying because they think their prayers aren’t good enough or sound spiritual enough. They are concerned about what others think and about the vocabulary they use when they pray. God wants us all to understand that prayer is not about qualifying ourselves or measuring up in order to gain His approval or acceptance. Instead, the goal of prayer is becoming intimately connected to our Heavenly Father. Take time to read Philippians 3:9-10 today. In your own words, say a prayer of invitation, asking God to help you connect even more as you devote time to focus on Him this week.
In Matthew 6:11, we read a portion of The Lord’s Prayer, asking God to give us our daily bread. According to recent studies, 1 in 7 Hays County residents is food insecure—lacking access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious foods for an active and healthy lifestyle. Will you join us today in praying for those in need of daily bread? Pray for the provision of resources for families in need of food today. Pray that people in your community will have reliable financial provision for basic needs and well-being. If you are able, make an effort to share a meal with someone in need in your very own community this week.
As Pastor Steve Cochran shared with us earlier in this series, “Peace isn’t the absence of problems, but the presence of God.” Is there someone in your community that you know is going through a difficult season or life or a seemingly hopeless circumstance? Perhaps you know somebody who is grieving the loss of a loved one or is recovering from a broken relationship. Read over Philippians 4:6-7 and say a prayer reflecting those truths from scripture over those you have in mind. Then, take time out to write an encouraging note to that person and send it to them either via snail mail or e-mail!
A lot can happen in a week! While we hope it’s all been good so far, we realize that you may still be carrying much of the weight of the week with you. We don’t want you to have to carry that into the weekend, but more importantly, God doesn’t want you to carry that weight. Write down a list of all the things you are worried or concerned about. Now read over 1 Peter 5:7 and pray that scripture over each item on your list. Hold your hands open—palms up—symbolically in front of you as you surrender those worries and concerns in prayer. They aren’t yours anymore. Let them go and enjoy a refreshing weekend!
TALK IT OVER
- If you could only talk about one thing for 24 hours, what would you talk about?
- If you could ask for anything in the world and have it show up immediately, what would it be?
- Are you more patient or impatient when it comes to receiving the things you ask people for?
- Who is the first person you reach out to when you are facing a difficult situation?
- Why does prayer matter so much in our pursuit of becoming more like Jesus?
- How do you create space in your personal life for prayer?
- What are some ways you can be more intentional with your personal prayer time this week?