31 Days of Prayer: Day 3: October 11, 2016

TODAY PRAY FOR: Vermont (626,000 people/ 11% Evangelical)

Turn/ Pray/ UNITE

Praying for spiritual awakening and revival starts and continues with repentance and faith. It finds its power in trusting God to move and pleading with Him on the behalf of our families, churches, communities, and nation.

Today, we focus on praying TOGETHER… UNITED in prayer. This is the desire of Jesus in His High Priestly prayer of John 17…

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:17-24)

Jesus’ desire is for His people to be ONE… one with Him and one with one another. This is part of the design by which the world will come to believe that Jesus is the Son, sent from the Father. This will involve at least 2 ways of praying today.

  1. Pray FOR other believers today. Believers in persecution. Believers in places of leadership. Believers in your church. Believers that you can’t stand to be around. Believers that you need to forgive. Believers from whom you need to seek forgiveness. Pray for each other.
  2. Pray WITH other believers for the same thing. Agree in prayer with one another for those things that will honor and glorify Jesus in our world, families, church, and lives. Intimacy and unity are achieved by focusing our desires and our hearts on the Kingdom realities for which we pray.

Ask someone to join you in praying today.

PRAYER RESOURCE:

Praying with others and in public may be difficult for you. Take some solace in this helpful article.

Stephen Miller, “Be Yourself In Prayer” (Desiring God)

“Jesus taught us to pray simply, humbly, confidently, according to God’s word, and for God’s glory.” S. Miller

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