DAY 6: PRAYERS ABOUT SIN

Sorry I haven’t posted the prayer calendar every day! 😦

A preacher recently said that In 1 Peter 4, the word used for sin describes premeditation. He said if your sins were tried in court, you would be convicted of first-degree.

Hebrews 10 speaks of deliberate sinning.

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Looking up verses on sin, so many verses are in 1 John 3.

In 1 John 3:7: “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”

Psalm 107:20: “He sent out His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”

2 Corinthians 5:17, 21: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. For our sake He made Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

But, our passions are still at war within us, although we are a new (and improving!) creation in Christ, as written in 1 Peter 2:11,12.

NOTE TO SELF: PRAY THAT YOU WILL WALK THE SPIRIT AND NOT TO SATISFY YOUR OWN SINFUL FANTASIES!

James 1:14; Galatians 5:16: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

DAY 5: GOSSIP

It’s so easy to take part in gossip without having to speak at all. There’s always a limit to what you take in on the web, in news magazines, on T.V., in the movies. Solomon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles
And they go down into the inmost body.”
Gossip, news reports, movies, spark out inmost appetite that lives off curiosity and craves scandal. NOTE TO SELF TO PRAY ABOUT: That I don’t partake in gossip. That I do not gossip, and instead will glorify God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

On a side note, I am so thankful for the prayer calendar. In praying even just a little bit more in prayer, there have been wonderful spiritual fruits from my heavenly Father.

Day 4: Prayers for Joy

“May the God of hope fill you with all j0y and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with j0y that is inexpressible and filled with glory” 1 Peter 1:8

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and j0y in the Holy Spirit” Romans 14:17

DAY 4: J0y is the result of identity in Christ. Pray for joy in yourself and in those around you.

Day 3: Pray For God’s Favor

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t stop praying for your family, relationships, friendships, and church. While you have prayed for two days now, and have probably already spiritually benefited from these prayers, you may be reaching the point where your sinful self does not want to spend any more time on prayer. Day 3 is a refresh day when on top of the other requests, you make sure you pray for yourself. Here is a prayer straight from Scripture. To check out more prayers from Scripture, look at Christian Post.

1. EXODUS 33:13 – MOSES ASKS FOR GOD’S FAVOR

“Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight.”

CONTEXT OF PRAYER: (From Cristian Post) After God nearly destroyed the Israelites for worshiping the golden calf, Moses talks with God. He seeks to confirm his favor in God’s sight, a treasure for any believer.

Day 2: PRAYERS FOR FAMILY

The prayer calendar continues. I have already felt encouraged with the first day of prayer. For Day 2, I am praying especially for family. This family is both church and household relationships. Here are some ideas on prayers for various family members in my life:

HUSBANDS AND FATHERS

“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.” Daniel 6:3

Pray for a godly character and attitude. Your husband and father should be upright in thought, word, and deed. That means he should be a trustworthy man of God. Daniel did not simply say the right words at the right time in front of the right people to get such high honors. He “had an excellent spirit within him.” The Holy Spirit showed in his every actions. Your father or husband will not always seem to show such attributes, but nothing is impossible with God. Pray that The Lord will work in your spouse or parent that his redemption would be obvious in everything he does, so that his Savior might be glorified.

SPOUSES

“However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” Ephesians 5:33

Pray that the husband will love his wife even as much or more as he loves himself. In another passage, we read as Christ so loved the church, so a husband must love his wife. That is a sacrificial love, even to death and beyond. Yet how many times does a husband lack this love? It is one of the most common forms of abuse in marriage that cannot even begin to be resolved outside of Christ. Do not grow bitter…pray for Christ’s love.

Pray the wife will be able to see the fruits of her husband’s Christly love and therefore easily submit with no bitterness. This kind of relationship calls for much prayer. Don’t ever stop praying about your marriage. The wife will often grow tired and weary, and struggle with submission–pray that the husband will be the sort of man she can submit to, and that she would submit and have peace.

MOTHERS/WIVES

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6

Like all the prayers listed above, they should be prayed for everybody. Remember how your mother or wife worries about you and her children. She is a spiritual leader in her family, that her husband and children will confide in. Every harsh word, every wrong deed will worry her. Pray that she will be able to open up and pray to God daily, an that from it her anxiety will go, an she will have renewed hope and happy spirit.

CHILDREN

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: the knowledge of the is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10

You know what to pray about for your children. But please, do not forget to pray for wisdom, knowledge, and godly discernment as your child faces various trials in life. Such wisdom only comes from God because God is wisdom and knowledge.

SIBLINGS

“Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the father is not in him.” 1 John 2:15

Pray that your siblings are not pulled by the strings of the world. That they are not lured by the seductions of rotting flesh, and enjoy the world more than the riches of Christ’s kingdom.

CHURCH FAMILY

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdue one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve The Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” Romans 12:10

Day 1: Praying for Spiritual Leaders

Day 1 of prayer is the beginning of a new prayer journey. Today is praying for our spiritual leaders. Day 1 has very few things to pray about, but everything listed is essential.

NOTE TO SELF:

Don’t forget to pray the Lord’s Prayer and pray for His working in you and in your life along with prayers for you enemies and saints.

DAY 1

HUSBANDS AND FATHERS:

Pray that your husband or father will greatly grow spiritually. Pray that he will spend increasing amount on times studying God’s word, and that the Spirit would apply that word to his heart. That his heart would be disciples so that he might disciple his family.

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

” Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

WIVES AND MOTHERS

Pray that your wife and/or mother will grow spiritually, and also pray for her as she makes decisions as a wife and as a parent as she submits to her husband.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

PASTORS:

Pray that your pastor will not be distracted with the temptations in this world, but that His focus will always first be in the spiritual things so that he might pastor his family and flock diligently.

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” Colossians 3:1

And as you pray these things for them, first confess your sins and pray them for yourself, with thanksgiving for Christ and the many gifts He gives.