52 Great Prayers for 2019 | Week 3

WEEK 3 | MY DAILY PRAYER

John the Baptist’s words provide the framework for one of the greatest prayers that we can – and need to – pray everyday:

He must become greater; I must become less. (John 3:30)

There is an ongoing battle that rages within each of us. Who will be first and greatest? Christ or Me? Our carnal and selfish nature wreaks havoc in our lives in so many ways. We focus on ourselves more than others, on ourselves more than God, on our plans more than His plans. It’s nothing new. The first humans struggled with this internal fight and we continue with it to this day. That’s why John’s prayer is so crucial.

May we pray every day:

“Lord, for today, will you be Lord over all? May You be greater and may I be less. May the evidence of this reality be seen in how I do relationships, run my finances, care for my family, communicate with others, handle stress, and deal with impatience. May Your will be done in and through my life. May the net result be seen and felt by those nearest and dearest to me…my family and close circle of friends. My greatest desire is to glorify You, Lord; not to elevate me. May You increase; may I decrease. ‘He must become greater; I must become less.’ Amen.” 

Let’s pray it. Let’s live it.

52 Great Prayers for 2019 | Week 2

WEEK 2 | PRAY WITH PURPOSE

Paul’s prayer for the early Christians in Colossae is a tremendous reminder of how to pray for our family, and, in particular, our children and grandchildren. Take a look at Colossians 1:9-14.

Paul starts by saying, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” His love and passion for these early believers is palpable and it should inspire us to pray with similar passion for those near and dear to us. His commitment to not stop praying for them and to pray that they be filled with and follow God’s Will should be equaled by our passion to pray for our families — our spouse, our children, our grandchildren, etc.

When I read Colossians 1:10-14 I am inspired to pray with purpose like Paul. When my boys were growing up I would pray over them similarly to what Paul lists here. Now that they are grown, I want to be faithful to continue to pray for them and for the further advancement of God’s work in their lives. On top of that, I now get to start praying these prayers all over again as I am about ready to welcome my very first grandchild (grandson) into this world!! I want to be faithful to pray for my grandson everyday using Paul’s “checklist.”

Paul’s Prayer Checklist:

  • Pray they live a life worthy of the Lord.
  • Pray they live their life to please Him in every way.
  • Pray their life becomes fruitful and full of good and godly works.
  • Pray they grow in the knowledge of God.
  • Pray they are strengthened in His power.
  • Pray they experience great endurance and that they persevere through challenges.
  • Pray they grow in patience, trusting God in all things.
  • Pray they experience the joy of the Lord and keep encouraged.
  • Pray they live life with gratitude and thankfulness for all God has done.
  • Pray they live life to gain Heaven.

Paul gives us insight on how to pray for our families. Join me in praying this great prayer throughout 2019.

52 Great Prayers for 2019 | Week 1

WEEK 1 | OTHERS DEPEND ON YOUR PRAYERS

Life can be tumultuous. There are ups and downs. It was true for all of us in 2018 and it will be true for all of us again in 2019. That’s just how life rolls. Thankfully, God cares and desires to walk with us through every peak and valley that this New Year has to offer.

One of the incredibly great blessings in life is to have people in your corner. Specifically, to have people who care enough about you and love you enough to regularly pray for you. Do you have people in your life who pray for you? And more to the point of this writing, are you someone who others can count on to pray for them?

One of the Bible’s great stories on the power of prayer is the story of Moses and Joshua in Exodus 17:8-16. Here we see the Israelites are attacked by an enemy and face great opposition. Moses tells Joshua to go fight the attackers while he does battle through prayer. It’s a powerful picture of the importance of prayer. Moses, Aaron and Hur go to the top of the hill and as long as Moses’ hands are up Joshua is winning. When his hands drop, Joshua is losing. Upon seeing this, Aaron and Hur determine to hold Moses’ hands up when he grows tried. In the end, Joshua and the Israelites defeat their enemy and are victorious.

Moses’ outstretched arms are symbolic of his appeal to God for help and enablement. Literally, there are people in your life and mine that need us to pray consistently for them. Your family and friends need you to pray for them.

Believe in prayer. Be convinced of its power. And remember that Jesus told us – and taught us – to pray. Others are depending on you. Praying for others is a vital prayer for us to pray in 2019. Make a chart listing out the people you will purpose to pray for every day. Write down some of their needs and how you want to pray on their behalf. Whether you know it or not, they need you.