Day 21: Staying In Faith

21/21 Days of Prayer

Philippians 4:6 (NLT)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

As we come to the end of 21 Days of Prayer let me reemphasize how proud I am of you for starting and completing this journey! We are celebrating with you all the prayers you have seen God answer over the last few weeks. I also understand that you might have been praying for something specific that hasn’t happened yet, and I want to encourage you to keep praying, standing, and believing in faith! Don’t give up hope. Just because it hasn’t happened yet doesn’t mean that it’s not going to happen at all. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” At the proper time you will reap a harvest, just don’t give up!

PRAYER:

God, I continue to stand in faith because I know that your timing is perfect! I’m going to keep standing, praying, believing, and declaring that what I have asked you for is on its way! In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Day 20: Walking By Faith

20/21 Days of Prayer

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Walking by faith and not by sight isn’t an easy thing to do. We are trained to operate using our senses. We even say things like, “I will believe it when I see it!” However faith says, “I want you to believe it before you see it!” You don’t need faith to believe if you’ve already seen it. Faith doesn’t need proof. God loves it when His children choose to walk by faith even when their senses are screaming “this is crazy!”

When the facts say “That is impossible,” Faith says “That’s God’s specialty!” When facts say “You are sick,” Faith says “You are healed.” When the facts say “You are broke,” Faith says “God is your provider.”

Walking by faith means that I declare God’s Word over my circumstances and my situations. There are 7,487 promises in the Bible that God made to mankind. In 2 Corinthians 1:20 God’s word says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” This applies to all 7,487 promises God has made to us – they are all “yes” and “amen.”

PRAYER:

God, today I choose to walk by faith! I declare that all of your promises are “yes” and “amen” through your son Jesus! I know that healing is mine, provision is mine, restoration is mine, and freedom is mine!!! I declare your Word over my life! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

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Day 19: Honoring Well

19/21 Days of Prayer

Romans 12:10 (TPT)

Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family. Try to outdo yourselves in respect and honor of one another.

I am a pretty competitive person! I am so competitive that I don’t generally participate in games with my friends and family to make sure that my friends and family stay my friends and family. Competition isn’t often encouraged in the Bible, but this scripture in Romans is one of the rare occasions. Paul encourages us to outdo each other in respect and honor. This means that if there is any area we should be competitive in, it’s respect and honor for each other. To honor is to esteem, cherish, to value, to build up, to encourage, and to believe the best. To dishonor is to treat as common, to tear down, to criticize, and to assume the worst. Looking at both of these definitions, does your life look more like honor or dishonor?

Whether you feel like you are honoring well, or you need some improvement in this area, today is a great day to try to outdo yourselves in honor and respect of one another.

PRAYER:

God, help me honor the people in my life. Help me to cherish them, believe the best in them, and treat them like the treasure that they are. I need your help to do this. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Day 18: Impacting My World

18/21 Days of Prayer

Matthew 5:14-16 (TPT)

Your lives light up the world. For how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that your commendable works will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.

Notice the scripture simply says, “Let your light shine.” Light doesn’t have to try to shine, it just does! In the same way, we should never make impacting our world complicated. Every time you encourage someone you are letting your light shine. When you tell someone how Jesus has changed your life you are letting your light shine. When you comfort someone that is hurting you are letting your light shine. When you invite someone to church you are letting your light shine. Because we know that heaven and hell are real, we will do anything short of sin to reach people for Jesus.

PRAYER:

God, show me new ways to let my light shine to the people around me. Show me people that I can love, encourage, invite to church, and share my faith with. Thank you for making me a light in a dark world. Thank you for showing me how I can shine brightly. In Jesus name, Amen.

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Day 17: Discover Your Purpose

17/21 Days of Prayer

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Did you know that God has given you a purpose? God prepared good works specifically for you to do long before you knew him! There are things that God has put you on this earth to do. We often say, “You were created on purpose, for a purpose.”

God calls you a masterpiece! You are uniquely you. You have a unique calling on your life. Don’t believe the lie of the enemy that you aren’t gifted or talented. God doesn’t make trash, He only makes treasure. Don’t believe what others told you when they were angry or insecure. God didn’t make a mistake when he created you. He thought through every aspect of your life, and he made no errors in the process.

PRAYER:

God, thank you for gifting me. Thank you for creating me with unique talents and abilities. I refuse to believe the lie that I have no purpose and I embrace your Word that tells me that I have purpose. God help me to do the good works that you have planned for me to do long ago. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Day 16: Encounter Jesus

16/21 Days of Prayer

Philippians 3:10a (NLT)

I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead.

At One Church our greatest desire is that everyone that comes through our church doors has an encounter with Jesus. My life was forever changed the day that I accepted Jesus as my Savior and my life continues to be changed every time I encounter Jesus!

No matter where you find yourself in your faith journey, you will never outgrow encountering Jesus! Jesus is way too big to discover all that He is in one lifetime. We will spend eternity discovering more of who He is. Whether you’ve been a Christian for 20 years or 2 days, God wants to encounter you again today. If you’re a seasoned Christian, you haven’t seen it all! If you’re new to your faith, you’re not behind. God wants to meet you right where you are today. You don’t have to clean yourself up before approaching Him, He’s available with open arms. Whatever you are needing today can be found in the person of Jesus.

PRAYER:

Jesus, I need an encounter with you today. I need your power and your presence in my life. Your Word says to seek and I will find, so today I come seeking you. Thank you for your presence in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Day 15: Spurred On

15/21 Days of Prayer

Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,

If you have ever rode a horse you probably understand the concept of spurs. If you’re not familiar with spurs, they are most often used to get a horse to do what you want even when they don’t want to do what you’re asking.

This passage of scripture in Hebrews says, “spur one another on.” According to what we have learned about spurs, this means that we need people in our lives that will encourage us to do what we need to do even when we don’t necessarily want to do it. We not only need to receive this type of encouragement, but we need to give it to the people around us as well.

I am so thankful to be a part of a Community Group where we encourage each other, pray for each other, and spur each other on towards love and good deeds. You need people in your life! You will never be the person God has called you to be without people to spur you on.

PRAYER:

God, thank you for surrounding me with people in my life to spur me on toward Your calling on my life. Thank you for my community group. Thank you for the people that pray for me, encourage me, and spur me on when I need it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

(If you’ve never been in a Community Group make plans to join one this upcoming semester! iamonechurch.com/community)

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Day 14: Right By My Side

14/21 Days of Prayer

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.

We live in a world that is more uncertain than ever. There are times when every passing day seems more overwhelming than the day before. This scripture in Deuteronomy has always helped me when I am facing uncertain circumstances in my life. It reminds me that God is with me and that I don’t have to live my life in fear of what I don’t know. I don’t have to obsess over what I can’t control! I can face whatever comes my way with courage because the God of the universe is with me and He is on my side.

Be encouraged today that no matter what you are facing, God is on your side. He has the solution to whatever problem you might deem unsolvable. He sees how it ends, and He’s urging you not to be afraid! Lean on Him to receive the courage you need today.

PRAYER:

God, I thank you that you never leave me and you never forsake me. I thank you for the gift of your presence, your peace, and your comfort no matter what I am facing. Thank you for staying by my side in every situation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Day 13: Lamp Unto My Feet

13/21 Days of Prayer

Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

One of the greatest habits we can develop in our lives is reading God’s Word daily. I am so proud of you for sticking to this devotional for almost 2 weeks, and I want to encourage you to continue the habit of being in God’s Word every day even when this 21 day journey is complete.

We aren’t committed to being in God’s Word because of religious obligation, but because the Word lights our paths, gives us wisdom, and shows us the way of truth. God’s Word is a bright light in a dark world even when we don’t understand everything we are reading.

If you aren’t sure where to start reading your Bible, start in the book of John and read all the way until you get to Revelation. When you’ve done that, start again at John and continue the process. Develop a daily habit of being in God’s Word and watch as His Word changes you over time.

PRAYER:

God, thank you for giving me your Word. Give me a passion to read your Word and wisdom to understand how it applies to my life. Thank you that your Word lights my way and shows me where to go and what to do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Day 12: You’ve Been Served

12/21 Days of Prayer

1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.

What if we lived our lives constantly looking for ways to serve others? We have a core value at One Church that “Servant Leadership is our identity.” When something becomes our identity it means that it is who we are all the time. So when servant leadership is our identity it doesn’t just mean we serve others, rather we are servants of others. Everywhere that I go I look for ways to help and serve the people around me.

What if we allowed the role of a servant to be so much a part of us that people can’t describe us without talking about our servant’s heart? What would it look like to live our lives focused on what we could do for others rather than what they can do for us?

PRAYER:

God, help me to become someone that serves the people around me with love and with grace. Help me to see the needs of others not just on occasion but help it to become something I always see. Because people are on your heart, God, help them to be on my heart too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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