Prayer Guide 8.5.19
Pray through Scripture
Choose one chapter to pray through.
- Psalm 5: Lead me in Your Righteousness
- Psalm 35: Great is the Lord
- Psalm 65: O God of our Salvation
- Psalm 95: Let us Sing Songs of Praise
- Psalm 125: The Lord Surrounds His People
- Proverbs 5: Sin Leads to Death
Pray for Your Church
- That transparent, meaningful relationships would become normal and remaining anonymous strange.
- Rob, Kristy, Eliah, Zack, Abigail, Kiera & Jaina Confer
- Taylor, Hannah, Madelyn, Addy, Finnley & Brynn Cross
- James, Ali, Henry & Ellis Everett
General Church Prayers
Pray for Your Husband
Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. Pray that he will have a desire to cultivate your relationship as a sign of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of Christ’s love for the Church. (Prov. 20:6; Gen. 2:24)
Pray for Your Wife
Pray that your wife will respect and practice godly submission to your leadership, and that you will love and cherish her. (Eph. 5:23-33)
Pray for Your Children
Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.”
Pray for Your Singleness
To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7–10)
Help me see every loss or disappointment, every moment of loneliness, every unfulfilled dream or desire, and every evidence of weakness as an opportunity to remember and enjoy the strength, hope, and rest you bought for me with the blood of your Son. Remind me that you are working all of this, every inch, in every way, for my good.
Pray for Unbelievers
Pray that God would open their hearts to believe the gospel. Once more, God must initiate and people must respond. So pray that God would open the hearts of these unbelievers so they can in turn believe, just as Lydia did. “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14).
Pray for the Nations
Republic of Korea
Area: 99,067 sq km
Southern half of Korean peninsula. Forested mountain ranges; 22% arable.
Population: 48,500,717 Annual Growth: 0.39%
Official language: Korean Languages: 4 All languages
Largest Religion: Non-religious
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Answer to Prayer
Korean Christianity is one of superlatives. Six of the ten largest churches in the world are in Korea as are some of the world’s largest theological colleges, baptismal services and evangelistic and Christian gatherings in history. Praise God, not for the size of these events, but for the growth and strength that they reflect.
Challenge for Prayer
Theological training in Korea is unique; the nation enjoys an amazingly high number and ratio of workers with pastoral training and theological education. There may be 300 theological institutions in Korea. In addition to the 15,000 or more students in the top Presbyterian seminaries, there are, throughout the English-speaking world, thousands more Koreans studying for Christian ministry. For many who graduate, there are few openings in city congregations – yet the poorer rural congregations and mission agencies have many opportunities to serve. Pray that a new generation of trained Christian workers would seize these humble opportunities with joy and fervour.
(Prayer information gathered from Companion to Pray the Bible, Revive Our Hearts, The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Challies & Operation World)