Sunday 9-20-2020 Sermon & Notes
A TIME OF SPECIAL PRAYER
September 20, 2020
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. MATTHEW 6:9-13
7 WAYS TO PRAY THIS WEEK:
I. PRAY FOR HUMILITY!
God despises a prideful and haughty spirit. To return to God, we must exhibit humility and our utter dependence on Christ. As you spend time in prayer, pray for God to expose any trace of pride in your heart. Allow his Spirit to deliver you and bestow a contrite heart in its place.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 7:14, James 4:6
II. PRAY FOR A TURNING AWAY FROM EVIL!
For God to heal our nation, we must turn from our evil ways. When we humble ourselves, pray, and repent of our personal, national, and corporate sins, we will experience revival, which will usher in the favor of God to cleanse his church. We invite Him to return to us as we return to Him. Pray through these Scriptures and repent of any evil the Holy Spirit exposes.
SCRIPTURE: Psalms 139:23-24, Colossians 3:5
III. PRAY FOR REPENTANCE!
Repentance is a renewing of the mind that produces a 180-degree turn in our hearts and minds. It is not a one-time occurrence, but a way of life. An unbeliever doesn’t have a repentant heart towards sin, but a follower of Christ believes God’s Word and walks in a reverent fear of the Lord. Pray during this time for a zeal to have a repentant heart for the wrongs we have committed, both individually and as a nation.
SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 3:9-10, Psalms 85:1-6
IV. PRAY FOR THOSE IN NEED OF HOPE!
Many people do not seek the face of God because they feel an utter sense of hopelessness in their lives. Use these verses to guide a time of prayer for those whose eyes are blinded by a spirit of despair to find their hope in the only source for true, lasting hope—Jesus Christ.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
SCRIPTURE: Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 11:28, Psalms 34:18
V. PRAY FOR THE SALVATION OF MANY!
Use the following verses as you pray for salvation to spring up in the hearts of lost people all across the world. Helping people connect to Christ may be part of the overflow that comes from a repentant people turning to God and allowing Him to pour out His blessing again.
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, 2 Timothy 1:9
VI. PRAY FOR TRANSFORMATION!
The truest measure of repentance is a changed life—turning away from serving yourself and turning to God and living in the fruits of the Spirit. Our goal is not repentance for the sake of repentance but to see lives transformed by the grace of God and for His people to follow Him with all their hearts, souls, strength and might. Pray for the transformation of cold, stony hearts.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:31, 1 Thessalonians 5:23
VII. PRAY FOR GOD’S PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION!
For too long the people of God have slumbered and allowed evil to grow unabated. We have forgotten the Rock upon which our faith was founded. And we have removed Him from our public squares, our culture, and our lives. We need the holy remnant to arise and take back all that has been lost. To fall to our knees, confess our sins, and take action against the evil that has seeped into every corner of our world. Pray for God’s people to stand for justice and righteousness.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 1:17, Ephesians 2:10, Matthew 5:14-16
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