January 9: Wednesday – Workers!

This week we’re looking at practical tips to pray. Using our mnemonic, Sunday is praying for Salvation. Monday is praying for MissionariesTuesday is praying for Tasks. Wednesday is praying for Workers

And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

God’s Word commands us to support our pastors! Satan wants to bring ruin to the church, and every televangelist and pastor scandal is another feather in his cap. Satan wants nothing more than to remind your unbelieving friends that the church is a bunch of hypocrites. Pray for God’s protection of your pastor!

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

Titus 1:5-9

While you’re praying for your pastor, remember that God holds them to a higher standard!

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

James 3:1

And it’s profitable for you!

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Hebrews 13:17

So on Wednesdays, pray for your pastors, deacons, elders, ministry leaders – everyone that is leading a ministry – Satan wants to take them down! And while you’re at it – pray for some of the nearby pastors as well. They may not be ministering to you, but if Satan can’t take down your pastor, he still wants a victory in your area.

January 8: Tuesday – Tasks!

Fabián Alexis [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This week we’re looking at practical tips to pray. Using our mnemonic, Sunday is praying for Salvation. Monday is praying for MissionariesTuesday is praying for Tasks that we have to do. We’ll distinguish tasks from the other days in that today we pray for projects, while the other days we’ll primarily pray for people.

And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.

Luke 19:13

We are given resources while here on earth, and given a job to do. As we go thru our life, we have jobs to do at home, work, church, school, and elsewhere. Perhaps its a shed you’re building for the kids, or a set for Vacation Bible School. Maybe its classes for your degree. What does God say?

 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Philippians 4:6

By the way, pray that we can do it with the right attitude!

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men

Colossians 3:23

January 7: Monday – Missionaries!

This week we’re looking at practical tips to pray. We talked yesterday about on Sunday praying for Salvation. Today is Monday, so we can pray for Missionaries

  1. Look thru the missionaries your church supports, and add them to your notebook. 
  2. Browse some of the helpful guides for praying for missionaries online
  3. Send them an encouraging note – especially if God has been leading you to pray for them. 

Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country

Proverbs 25:25

What can you pray for missionaries?

Pray that they would be good teachers of the Word

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

Pray for Open Doors

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

Colossians 4:3

Pray for God to call more people to the mission field

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will {i} send forth labourers into his harvest.

Matthew 9:38

January 6: Sunday – Salvation

We’ll pause learning from the shortest prayers of the Bible to go thru some practical ideas to pray better. If you have a system that works for you, great! But if you’re struggling, here’s some ideas:

  1. Get a notebook. I use a Moleskine 5″ by 8.25″ for note-taking, task-logging, journaling, etc. Yes you can use your phone (trust me, I use mine plenty), but there’s something about pen and paper.
  2. Write it down. When you tell someone “I’ll pray for you” and….. you forget? Remember, “The faintest pen stroke is better than the sharpest memory.”
  3. Use a Mnemonic to pray for different requests each day.  We’ll use one from SharingNewHope for example. Today is Sunday, so let’s pray for the Salvation of people who need to know the LORD.

Does God want you to pray for others to be saved? What does God want for people?

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:9

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me

Acts 26:18

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Romans 10:1

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

1 Timothy 2:4

Who can we pray for, that God would work in their hearts?

January 5: Nine words recognizing Who our God is.

And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.

Matthew 8:2
Niels Larsen Stevns: Helbredelsen af den spedalske,Healing of the Leper

This leper believed that Jesus could cure his disease. Not that Jesus was an intermediary who could ask God to cure his disease. But that Jesus Himself had the power to make him clean. Yes, Jesus did make the leper clean – because He has the power! The fancy term for all-powerful is “omnipotence.”

As we’re making an extra stop in our day this week to pray at noon, take a  moment to thank God for his Omnipotence. He has the power to save you from all of your problems! Nothing is impossible for our God!

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable? 
Got any mountains, you can't tunnel through? 
God specialises in things thought impossible 
He does the things others cannot do!
-Oscar Eliason

(Learn about the story behind the song “Got any Rivers?”)

January 4: Seven words that changed a life

1And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luke 18:13

Sometimes we take prayer for granted. We think highly of ourselves, and lowly of our God. As we’re pausing this week for prayer at noon – take a minute to ponder how big of a gap there is between man and God, and thank God for hearing our prayers!

I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:14

January 3: A 5 Word Prayer & Thanksgiving

And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.

Luke 17:13

The ten lepers made a short prayer to Jesus, and He answered. The lepers point out to us the power of short prayers, but there’s more!

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.

Luke 17:14-15

Jesus was glad to hear their prayer, but He was also glad to hear their thanks! As we pray – don’t forget to thank God for answered prayer!

And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Luke 17:17-19

January 2: So I prayed.

As we’re starting the year, we’re looking at the short prayers of the Bible. For many of us we remember God right before a meal and right before bed. But God is always with us! 

Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 2:4

Nehemiah was talking to King Artaxerxes, and he paused mid-conversation for a quick prayer. This week – let’s try to set a new habit in our lives of pausing this week at noon to pray.

As we intentionally pause for a moment at noon, we can ask God to help us pray throughout the day at other times too!

January 1: The Shortest Prayer in the Bible

Pray without ceasing

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Growing in prayer isn’t about just praying longer, but more frequent. Today we’ll look at the shortest prayer in the Bible.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

Matthew 14:30

Three words counted for a prayer, and that prayer worked! This year – before you commit to spending three hours each morning in prayer like Martin Luther, start by making sure that you don’t forget about God during the course of your day.

Here’s an easy way to get started! Whatever your smart device – iPhone, Google, Alexa, say “Hey Siri/Ok Google/Alexa, Set a daily reminder at noon to pray.

It’s amazing how fast the day can go by without a conscious thought of God. Every day at noon when your device beeps – stop and pray. It doesn’t have to be long, but it will start to change your life!

Counselman Collection

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Getting Ready for 2019!

Hello and welcome to the 2019 Prayer Encouragement Project! I’m excited about partnering with you to go deeper in prayer in 2019. We’ll be looking at mnemonics to use the days of the weeks to organize our prayer requests, learn from the shortest prayers of the Bible, and how to keep our prayers from being blocked!

As we get started – would you be willing to time how long you pray tomorrow? Don’t send the results to me – just make a note in your journal. While there is no spiritual points for how long you pray – I’d encourage you to time yourself because often we over-estimate how much time we spend with God, and under-estimate how much time we spend elsewhere.

If you’re looking for a simple to use stopwatch, just type ‘stopwatch’ into Google, and it will pull up an easy to use stopwatch.

Google Stopwatch

The average American prays about 1 minute per day. Unfortunately we use our phones about 215 minutes per day. If you want to know how much time you spend on your phone, use Screen Time for iOS, or Antisocial for Android.

US adults will spend an average of 3 hours, 35 minutes per day on mobile devices in 2018

https://www.emarketer.com/content/mobile-time-spent-2018
Comparison of minutes a day on a smartphone vs. prayer

Don’t be discouraged – pray that God will help you learn how to pray this coming year! If you haven’t signed up for our email list, please do – you’ll get links to free books from 4 great authors like E.M. Bounds, D.L. Moody, and more.

Finally, invite a friend to join with you! The best way to grow is with accountability – whether it’s at the gym or reading your Bible or anything! Share with them about 2019pray.org!