DAY 1 - PRAY IN THIS MANNER
Let’s enter 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting by reflecting on the Lord’s Prayer. It will be the basis of each prayer we will pray through the next three weeks.
- Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. When we come to prayer, we want to begin by asking the Lord to reveal who He is. We want to focus on Him. Learn to practice “being” in the presence of God. Psalm 100:4 says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him and bless his name.”
- Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On Earth as it is in heaven. Commit to God’s will and purposes. This is our acknowledgment that God is God. Pray for God’s will to be done in every area of your life. This is where we tell the Lord; God, do whatever You need to do in my life. Romans 12:2, “Offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.”
- Give us this day our daily bread. Ask the Lord to provide for your needs. What needs do we pray about? Every one of them! Nothing is too great for God’s power, and nothing is too insignificant for His concern. Philippians 4:19 says, “God will supply all of my needs from His riches in glory because of what Christ Jesus has done for us.”
- And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal every sin: “Examine me, O God, and know my mind; test me, and discover my thoughts. Find out if there is any evil in me” (read Psalm 139). Ask God to forgive your sins. Forgiveness is like a canceled debt; it is a spiritual transaction like a financial transaction.
How do we receive forgiveness?
>> Confess each sin specifically. Sometimes we like to get away with confession of sin by saying, “Forgive me all my sins.” However, we have committed those sins individually, so we must ask for forgiveness individually. Proverbs 28:13, “You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them [specifically] and give them up. Then God will show mercy to you.”
>> Make restitution to others when necessary. Matthew 5:23-24 says, “When you remember your brother has something against you, go at once to make peace with him, then come back and offer your gift to God.”
>> By faith, accept God’s forgiveness. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. When we talk about forgiveness, you need to accept that you don’t have to live with the guilt, and it can be forgiven and wiped clean.
- And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. The Message Bible says it this way: “Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.” Pray for others. 1 Timothy 2:1 says, “Pray much for others; plead for God’s mercy upon them, give thanks for all he is going to do for them.” An important part of prayer is to remember that the Lord is working in the lives of the people we are praying for, even when we can’t see it. Scripture teaches us to pray much and plead for God’s mercy. Give thanks for all He is going to do. Be assured that God is working for whoever it is you’re praying for.
- For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Ask God for spiritual protection. We, as believers, face spiritual battles, and Satan wants to defeat us through temptation and fear. 1 John 4:4, “The Spirit who is in you is more powerful than the spirit who is in those who belong to the world.”
Work on memorizing the Lord’s Prayer together. Memorizing scripture is a great exercise. Draw pictures or print images for each line and give them to your family to help them remember. Say the prayer together each week as a bedtime or dinnertime ritual. To make it a challenge, see if your family can remember it, and have a reward.
PRAYER & REFLECTION
- As we enter the next 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, ask the Lord to do abundantly more than we could imagine.
- Read the Lord’s Prayer three times. Meditate on (think about) His Word today and ask Him for a fresh anointing.
- Pause. What do you have on your heart today that you need to hand over to God? Receive the Lord’s grace as you set yourself apart to pray and fast for the next 21 days.