Prayer Ministry

Prayer is an extremely important part of Cross and Resurrection. You will notice many opportunities for Prayer both as a congregation and individually.

Prayer begins before worship during the Pastor's Bible Study, Continues in Worship with Prayer available for individuals during Communion.

We pray for all requests that we receive on the cards given in the offering.

Prayer Meeting every Saturday at 1:30pm on Zoom. Join Pastor and others to pray for our world, nation, state, community, 
church, people in need of healing and peace! 
A call to prayer this Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 9am-9pm

Please join us this Saturday to pray together as it says in Matthew 18:19 "Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." This Saturday is a call to prayer, repentance, spending time in the Word and as 2 Chronicles 7:14 "if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land." We will experience HIS presence and promises, HIS healing....

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We are going to spend 12 hours praying this Saturday as we are reminded: Philippians 4: 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION WITH THANKSGIVING LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOW TO GOD. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me‚ÄĒpractice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Please sign up if you are able to spend 30 minutes in prayer, so that we can join with you in praying this Saturday for our Country, State, County, community, leaders, first responders, front line essential workers, people who are lonely, fearful and at risk. People who are sick and their families, the families of those who have died... We have no lack of things for which to pray! Please join us as many are praying!

Thank you so much for your FAITHFUL Prayers!

For information such as suggestions of prayers please go to our Prayer Ministry page under "Who we are" tab.  http://www.crossandres.org/prayer-ministry

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Prayer Helps for the Prayer Vigil:  Use these between Psalm 23, 91, etc… Also please pray in the Spirit!

Sometimes, it is very easy to slip into a state in which you find your mind consumed with anxious thoughts that leave you worried. If you find yourself struggling with worry, or are feeling anxious inside, the Psalms given below can help you find peace.

Remember, the Bible is a great resource to help bring you back to enjoying a healthy perspective on life. It reminds you that when you are weak, He is strong! So in moments of worry, fear and anxiety, cast your cares upon the Lord to find strength and comfort.

The Psalms were written for all kinds of people, including those fighting despair and anxiety, so they are perfect for trying to break free if you are feeling this way. If you are looking for hope and encouragement, turn to the Psalms. They are a reminder of God's consistent love for us and the fact that, in our darkest moments when we may be lost or struggling with anxiety, He is there with us.

"I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust" (Psalm 91:2).

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" (Psalm 23:1-4).

"Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah" (Psalm 32:7).

"The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit"(Psalm 34:18).

"Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be Thou my strong rock, for a house of defense to save me" (Psalm 31:2).

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident" (Psalm 27:1-3).

“What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3).

"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth, will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For Thou hast been a shelter for me and a strong tower from the enemy" (Psalm 61:1-3).

"In the multitude of my thoughts, within me thy comforts delight my soul" (Psalm 94:19).

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For Repentance: 

Daniel's Prayer for His People

Daniel 9¬†In the first year of¬†Darius the son of Ahasuerus, by descent a¬†Mede, who was made king over the realm of the¬†Chaldeans‚ÄĒ¬†2¬†in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to¬†the word of the¬†Lord¬†to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years.

3 Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and made confession, saying, “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from your commandments and rules. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 To you, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us open shame, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those who are near and those who are far away, in all the lands to which you have driven them, because of the treachery that they have committed against you. 8 To us, O Lord, belongs open shame, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you. 9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against him 10 and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God by walking in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. 11 All Israel has transgressed your law and turned aside, refusing to obey your voice. And the curse and oath that are written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us, because we have sinned against him. 12 He has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us,[a] by bringing upon us a great calamity. For under the whole heaven there has not been done anything like what has been done against Jerusalem. 13 As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us; yet we have not entreated the favor of the Lord our God, turning from our iniquities and gaining insight by your truth. 14 Therefore the Lord has kept ready the calamity and has brought it upon us, for the Lord our God is righteous in all the works that he has done, and we have not obeyed his voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, who brought your people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have made a name for yourself, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

16¬†‚ÄúO Lord,¬†according to all your righteous acts, let your anger and your wrath turn away from your city Jerusalem,¬†your holy hill,¬†because for our sins, and for¬†the iniquities of our fathers,¬†Jerusalem and your people have become¬†a byword among all who are around us.¬†17¬†Now therefore, O our God, listen to the prayer of your servant and to his pleas for mercy, and for your own sake, O Lord,[b]¬†make your face to shine upon¬†your sanctuary, which is desolate.¬†18¬†O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see¬†our desolations, and¬†the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.¬†19¬†O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act.¬†Delay not,¬†for your own sake, O my God, because¬†your city and¬†your people are called by your name.‚ÄĚ

Gabriel Brings an Answer

20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God for the holy hill of my God, 21 while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. 23 At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved!

Habakkuk 3 English Standard Version (ESV)

Habakkuk's Prayer

3 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, according to Shigionoth.

2 O Lord, I have heard the report of you,
    and your work, O Lord, do I fear.
In the midst of the years revive it;
    in the midst of the years make it known;
    in wrath remember mercy.
3 God came from Teman,
    and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
His splendor covered the heavens,
    and the earth was full of his praise.
4 His brightness was like the light;
    rays flashed from his hand;
    and there he veiled his power.
5 Before him went pestilence,
    and plague followed at his heels.[a]
6 He stood and measured the earth;
    he looked and shook the nations;
then the eternal mountains were scattered;
    the everlasting hills sank low.
    His were the everlasting ways.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction;
    the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.
8 Was your wrath against the rivers, O Lord?
    Was your anger against the rivers,
    or your indignation against the sea,
when you rode on your horses,
    on your chariot of salvation?
9 You stripped the sheath from your bow,
    calling for many arrows.[b] Selah
    You split the earth with rivers.
10 The mountains saw you and writhed;
    the raging waters swept on;
the deep gave forth its voice;
    it lifted its hands on high.
11 The sun and moon stood still in their place
    at the light of your arrows as they sped,
    at the flash of your glittering spear.
12 You marched through the earth in fury;
    you threshed the nations in anger.
13 You went out for the salvation of your people,
    for the salvation of your anointed.
You crushed the head of the house of the wicked,
    laying him bare from thigh to neck.[c] Selah
14 You pierced with his own arrows the heads of his warriors,
    who came like a whirlwind to scatter me,
    rejoicing as if to devour the poor in secret.
15 You trampled the sea with your horses,
    the surging of mighty waters.

16 I hear, and my body trembles;
    my lips quiver at the sound;
rottenness enters into my bones;
    my legs tremble beneath me.
Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble
    to come upon people who invade us.

Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer's;
    he makes me tread on my high places.

To the choirmaster: with stringed[d] instruments.

In times of affliction and distress (2)

Almighty and everlasting God, the consolation of the sorrowful and the strength of the weak, may the prayers of those who in any tribulation or distress cry to You graciously come before You, so that in every situation they may recognize and receive Your gracious help, comfort, and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

For the whole Christian Church

Almighty and everlasting God, since You govern and sanctify the whole Christian Church by Your Holy Spirit, hear our prayers for all its members. Mercifully grant that, by Your grace, we may serve You in true faith; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

For the sick

O God, the strength of the weak and the consolation of all who put their trust in You, mercifully accept our prayers on behalf of Your servant [name] that by Your power [his/her] sickness may be turned to health according to Your good and gracious will; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

I thought of you when I read this quote from "Lutheran Book of Prayer: Fifth Edition" by Scot Kinnaman -

"FOR THE CONGREGATION Dearest Jesus, my Redeemer and the Shepherd of my soul, I thank You that through Holy Baptism You have made me a member of Your body, the Church. I entreat You to bless most richly the congregation of saints of which You have called me to be a part. May Your Word always be purely preached and taught among us, and may we gladly hear and learn it and grow in knowledge of and love for You. May Your Sacraments be given according to Your command, and may we always value most highly the forgiveness of sins and eternal life You give us through them. Work in us love and respect for our pastor. Help us to uphold him and his family in prayer and obey him as Your undershepherd, so that with joy he may fulfill the task You have given him of guarding our souls. Prepare us through his ministry to use the gifts You have given each of us in service to others, that Your body might be built up. Keep far from us pride and dissension. Help us, without jealousy, to value the diverse gifts You have given our brothers and sisters. Teach us to weep with and support those who suffer and to rejoice with those who rejoice. Call, gather, and enlighten many others to travel with us on the journey to heaven, where You together with the Father and the Holy Spirit are worshiped by saints and angels, now and forever. Amen. (97)"

"AT A TIME OF NATIONAL CRISIS OR CALAMITY Heavenly Father, I come to Your throne of mercy, bowed down and wearied by the weight of suffering and disaster visited upon our country. I beg You to protect this nation in our hour of need. I acknowledge my trespasses before You and do not deny either my own transgressions of Your holy Law or the sins of other citizens of my homeland. We are laden with iniquity, but You call us to Your forgiveness, salvation, hope, and life. Turn the hearts and minds of all to You, that they might find peace through the cleansing of Jesus’ blood. Let me not be confounded or dismayed, so that I, a child of Your grace, may courageously speak to this needy world of the hope that is within me. Make me an instrument of Your peace in a world of conflict, a witness to the power of faith in a world lost in unbelief, and a bearer of the joy that overcomes the sorrow of a fallen world. Grant to the leaders of this nation and all the nations of the world wise counsel, calm thinking, and unselfish aims. Amid the tumult of disaster, build Your kingdom and turn even more souls to Yourself. Because of Your grace, we are not altogether lost but find peace and forgiveness in You. O Lord, give me the grace to seek You, trust You, and confess You; in Jesus’ name. Amen. (106)"

"Day of Humiliation and Prayer O great God, just and holy, I, a sinful, unclean creature, come before You in deep humility, confessing my many sins and my total unworthiness. Enter not into judgment against Your servant, for in Your sight no man living shall be justified. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving-kindness; according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. I am aware of my many failings and that I deserve nothing but Your displeasure and punishment. But heavenly Father, You are loving and merciful. Though my sins be as scarlet, make them white as snow. In the wounds of Jesus You have provided cleansing for my uncleanness and pardon for my iniquity. Through Your Holy Spirit let me take refuge at all times in the sacred wounds of my Savior and put my trust in His atoning sacrifice. Pardoned by You, strengthened through Your Word and Sacraments, show me how I can go out with a joyful heart, eager to serve You in my work and in service to my family and neighbors. Hear me for the sake of my precious Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen. (92)"

Psalms:

The Lord Is My Light and My Salvation

Of David.

27 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold[a] of my life;
    of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers assail me
    to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
    it is they who stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me,
    my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
    yet[b] I will be confident.

4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
    that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
    all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
    and to inquire[c] in his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter
    in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
    he will lift me high upon a rock.

6 And now my head shall be lifted up
    above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
    sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
    be gracious to me and answer me!
8¬†You have said,¬†‚ÄúSeek[d]¬†my face.‚ÄĚ
My heart says to you,
¬†¬†¬†¬†‚ÄúYour face,¬†Lord, do I seek.‚ÄĚ[e]
9     Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
    O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
    O God of my salvation!
10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
    but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,
    and lead me on a level path
    because of my enemies.
12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
    for false witnesses have risen against me,
    and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look[f] upon the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living!
14 Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

121 I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
4 Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
6 The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
8 The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.

Let Your Glory Be over All the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam[a] of David, when he fled from Saul, in the cave.

57 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
    for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
    till the storms of destruction pass by.
2 I cry out to God Most High,
    to God who fulfills his purpose for me.
3 He will send from heaven and save me;
    he will put to shame him who tramples on me. Selah
God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

4 My soul is in the midst of lions;
¬†¬†¬†¬†I lie down amid fiery beasts‚ÄĒ
the children of man, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
    whose tongues are sharp swords.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

6 They set a net for my steps;
    my soul was bowed down.
They dug a pit in my way,
    but they have fallen into it themselves. Selah
7 My heart is steadfast, O God,
    my heart is steadfast!
I will sing and make melody!
8     Awake, my glory![b]
Awake, O harp and lyre!
    I will awake the dawn!
9 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;
    I will sing praises to you among the nations.
10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!
    Let your glory be over all the earth!

Psalm 91 English Standard Version (ESV)

My Refuge and My Fortress

91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say[a] to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
¬†¬†¬†¬†my God, in whom I¬†trust.‚ÄĚ

3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his pinions,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
    nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
    and see the recompense of the wicked.

9¬†Because you have made the¬†Lord¬†your¬†dwelling place‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬†¬†the Most High, who is my¬†refuge[b]‚ÄĒ
10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
    the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
    I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble;
    I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
¬†¬†¬†¬†and¬†show him my salvation.‚ÄĚ

 

 

 

Does it seem to you that life is out of control right now? Many believers are worried and concerned as the Coronavirus ravages the earth. And yet, we have an All-Powerful Father who was not surprised in the least by this seemingly catastrophic event in world history.

The Corona Virus has sparked fear, stress, uncertainty, hoarding, greed, panic, hostility and more! All of these things are not God’s desire for His people. In fact, Jesus calls us to courage, peace, boldness, generosity, level-headedness and kindness! If the people of God begin to exhibit the characteristics of the world in this hour, our Enemy, Satan, will win a great victory! However, if those who are committed to being Christ-followers will stand firm and seek His face in this moment, God will receive great glory!

Let‚Äôs resolve to lean into greater faith, asking God to revive and awaken us, His people. How then, should we pray in the midst of this ‚Äúunknown‚ÄĚ evil that has overtaken our entire world? Let‚Äôs look to God‚Äôs Word to inform our prayers:

  1. Pray that a repentant people would turn to God seeking Revival: “Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You “(Psalm 85:6)? John Avant of Life Action Ministries recently said, “…since this mighty God has invaded our hearts, since He inhabits our lives, we are not out of control. We live in His control. We are empowered with His purpose. We are a part of His plan.

BUT‚Ķwe have departed from Him. I have and you have. We will feel out of control as long as we stay distant from Him, numb to His call to repent. We will continue to point fingers and fight among ourselves until we find ourselves more astonished by God than we are afraid of a disease or anxious to return to our past patterns. We will feel out of control until we give up our own control and humbly cry out in brokenness,¬†‚ÄúI am the problem!‚ÄĚ

He continues, ‚ÄúIf there is one thing above all else that is more important in these days (of dealing with Coronavirus) than washing our hands, it is to return to God and let him wash our hearts!‚ÄĚ

Prayer: Father God, Creator of the Universe, we bow our hearts before You in repentance. We have tried to control our own circumstances and figure everything out in the midst of the unknown rather than placing our trust in You. Forgive us, Lord, and turn our hearts back towards Yours. May we relinquish control of this harsh reality we are currently living in and trust You to work in the midst of it so that all the world is astonished at Your power and goodness. Help us to emerge from our brokenness before You as holy and purified followers of Jesus, ready to return to active duty on the front lines of Your kingdom instead of trying to control it or figure it out. We bless You, Lord, and ask for Your mercy as we humble ourselves before You.

  1. Pray for God‚Äôs people to resist the Devil and have the abundant life Jesus gives us so that others might have it too: We have an enemy who wants to destroy the people of God as well as take out those who have yet to put their faith in Jesus. In John 10:10, Jesus says, ‚ÄúThe thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they¬†may have life, and have¬†it abundantly.‚ÄĚ And, James 4:7 says, ‚ÄúSubmit therefore to God.¬†Resist the devil and he will flee from you.‚ÄĚ This is an exciting time for the Church to live up to the expectations and commands of Jesus Christ! Loving and serving others flows from intimacy with the Father. Abundant life results!

¬†Prayer: Lord Jesus, You came to this earth to give those who follow You life‚Ķand not just any kind of life ‚Äď abundant life! Strengthen us to be the Church You have called us to be so that we might draw others into this amazing abundant life. Help us to stand firm with Your spiritual armor in place (Ephesians 6:10-18), having great faith so that we might extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16). Help us to live extraordinary lives of service, compassion, and generosity so that those outside of Christ will want what we have more than they want their own selfish desires!¬†

  1. Pray that God‚Äôs people will overcome fear and anxiety with peace: It is very easy to get overwhelmed and fearful in the midst of the unknown, but God‚Äôs word says, ‚ÄúBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by¬†prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And¬†the peace of God, which surpasses all¬†comprehension, will¬†guard your hearts and your¬†minds in¬†Christ Jesus‚ÄĚ (Philippians 4:6-7). ‚ÄúThese things¬†I¬†have¬†spoken to you, so that¬†in Me you may¬†have peace. In¬†the¬†world¬†you¬†have tribulation, but take courage;¬†I¬†have¬†overcome¬†the¬†world‚ÄĚ (John 16:33).

Prayer: Prince of Peace, You calmed waves and storms and people wherever You went. May we be carriers of Your peace even when we cannot comprehend the scope of this destructive virus that threatens the lives and livelihoods of many. Help us to spread peace and not fear wherever we find ourselves. Guard our hearts and minds so that our emotions and thoughts are tuned into You instead of the uncertainty that swirls around us. Help us to be overcomers who help others through this crisis rather than those who live in fear and do nothing but help ourselves. We want You to be made famous because of how we represent You, Lord Jesus. 

  1. Pray for the Church to rise to the opportunities God is giving us to show compassion, creativity and unity that will show off the power of Jesus: During this uncertain season, people are looking for help from the government and from the medical community, but it seems the Church is perceived as a superfluous entity affected by the virus through having to close its physical doors to contain the spread of the disease. What if the Church became the shining light on the hill, a beacon of hope and transformation, the Living Gospel of Jesus to our neighborhoods and communities? If ever there was a time, this is it! Let’s ask God for the Church to do extraordinary things through our Extraordinary God!
    Prayer: Compassionate Christ, help Your Church not to shrink back from doing whatever she can to meet needs, to bring hope, to give encouragement, promote unity and creatively reach people with the Gospel! Give us courage and strength to do the extraordinary! Bring us into unity with one another across different faith traditions to help in whatever ways we can, coming alongside of our local, state and federal government officials, first responders, the medical community and social services to meet the needs of people in unprecedented ways! May all that we can do in our humanness be done in the power and strength of Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of the Father!¬† Prayer: Pray Jesus‚Äô prayer that He prayed over us in John 17:21-26 TLB: ‚ÄúMy prayer for all of them is that they will be of one heart and mind, just as you and I are, Father‚ÄĒthat just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me.‚ÄúI have given them the glory you gave me‚ÄĒthe glorious unity of being one, as we are‚ÄĒ¬†I in them and you in me, all being perfected into one‚ÄĒso that the world will know you sent me and will understand that you love them as much as you love me.¬†Father, I want them with me‚ÄĒthese you‚Äôve given me‚ÄĒso that they can see my glory. You gave me the glory because you loved me before the world began!‚ÄúO¬†righteous Father, the world doesn‚Äôt know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me.¬†And I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you so that the mighty love you have for me may be in them, and I in them.‚Ä̬†
  2. Ask God to protect the elderly and those in compromised health situations who are the most vulnerable to this virus: We all know people who fall into the high risk group for being susceptible to Covid-19. Maybe you are in that group and are concerned. If so, a powerful and encouraging passage of Scripture to pray over your life is Psalm 23: ‚ÄúBecause the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need! He lets me rest in the meadow grass and leads me beside the quiet streams. He gives me new strength. He helps me do what honors him the most. Even when walking through the dark valley of death I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. You provide delicious food for me in the presence of my enemies. You have welcomed me as your guest; blessings overflow! Your goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with you forever in your home.‚ÄĚLet‚Äôs join together and ask God for protection of anyone of any age who is at risk. Ask Him to bring healing to those who are ill as well. Here is a good blessing to pray for those you know in this high risk group: ‚ÄúDear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well‚ÄĚ (3 John 1:2).¬† ¬†Prayer:¬† Lord our God, You are good and filled with mercy. You are filled with compassion and love all You have made (Psalm 145). We ask You to remove sickness from our midst: ‚ÄúBut you shall serve the¬†Lord¬†your God,¬†and He will bless your bread and your water; and¬†I will remove sickness from your midst‚ÄĚ (Exodus 23:25). You love us beyond what we can imagine and have our best interests at heart. Please protect those who are elderly, have compromised immune systems, or have other health issues that put them at high risk for this disease. We ask for Your divine intervention and protection and that You will help healthy people to take great care to protect others and serve them.¬†¬† ¬†
  3. Come against depression for those who have lost jobs whose children are out of school, or who feel helpless or isolated: Being separated from loved ones and/or friends causes many people to struggle with feelings of being left alone and lost. Please consider how you can be an encourager and to pay attention to the situation of others who might be quarantined. For those whose work situations have changed, please be sensitive and creative. Consider hiring people who are out of work or find ways to support businesses that are working differently such as restaurants that are delivering food instead of serving food in a sit-down restaurant. Pray for parents of children who are out of school and may not be able to go to their jobs or get a good childcare situation. With the unknown comes uncertainty and fear. Ask God to use you to be an instrument He can use to be the hands and feet of Jesus for others.
    Prayer:¬† Father, thank You that we can cast all of our anxieties on You because You care for us (1 Peter 5:7). You know the plans You have for us‚Ķplans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). Thank You that You heal those who are brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3), whether physical, spiritual or emotional. When the righteous cry for help, You hear them and deliver them out of all their troubles. You are near to the brokenhearted and save the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). We are grateful that when those who labor come to you with heavy burdens, You will give them rest (Matthew 11:28). Lord, Your word says that You give families to those who are lonely and for that we are so thankful (Psalm 68:6). Please do this for those who feel that they have no one and feel depressed and alone. We pray for those families whose children are out of school for an uncertain amount of time. Provide for these families, Lord. Give them all that they need. Most of all, help us to remember that You have commanded us to ‚Äúbe strong and courageous‚ÄĚ and not to tremble or be dismayed for You, the Lord our God are with us (Joshua 1:9). May the Gospel of Jesus be made famous in the midst of this virus. May the enemy be defeated and may the Church experience spiritual awakening that transforms individuals, families, businesses, schools, and our entire culture here in this nation and across the earth! In Jesus‚Äô powerful Name, Amen!¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬©2020, Harvest Prayer Ministries

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F-A-C-T-S: The 5 Elements of Prayer

The Acronym F-A-C-T-S: Faith, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication

1. FAITH

It takes a lot faith to begin to pray.We can't see, hear, touch, or see God, yet we need

to have faith to believe that He exists. The Bible says that "without faith it is

impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is (that is

He exists), and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Heb. 11:6).

Faith is a very important component in prayer.

"And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.‚ÄĚ (Matt. 21:22)

"Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive

them, and you will have them." (Mark 11:24)

"Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‚ÄúWhy could we not cast it out?‚ÄĚ So

Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have

faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‚ÄėMove from here to there,‚Äô and it

will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out

except by prayer and fasting.‚ÄĚ" (Matt. 17:19-21)

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without

reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he

who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind." (James 1:5-6)

2.ADORATION

God is certainly worthy of our praise, love, adoration, and worship.When we come

to God in prayer we need to praise Him and adore Him.

"Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are

You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,

The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in

earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all. Both

riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and

might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. “Now therefore, our

God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name." (1 Chron. 29:10-13)

"In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name." (Matt.

6:9) "You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all 

things, And by Your will they exist and were created." (Rev. 4:11)

"I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every

day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever." (Psalm 145:1-2)

3. CONFESSION

Unconfessed sin breaks our fellowship with God and is a hindrance to answered

prayer.When we confess and repent of our sins that barrier is broken and our

fellowship with God is restored.

"When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long. For day

and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of

summer. I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will

confess my transgressions to the Lord,‚ÄĚ And You forgave the iniquity of my sin." (Psalm

32:3-5)

"Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the

multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from

my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my

sin is always before me." (Psalm 51:1-3)

"He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will

have mercy." (Prov. 28:13)

"When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make

many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood." (Isaiah 1:15)

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we

confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all

unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9)

4. THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving and gratitude to God should not be lacking in the Christian's heart

and mouth.We should not forget all His benefits.We should thank Him for giving

His Son.We should thank Him for what He has done for us and what He will do for

us. "Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with

psalms." (Psalm 95:2) "Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." (Psalm

118:1) "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving,

let your requests be made known to God;" (Phil. 4:6) "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of

God in Christ Jesus for you." (1 Thess. 5:16-18) "Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit

of our lips, giving thanks to His name." (Heb. 13:15) 

 

Five Things to Thank God for Based on Psalm 103:1-5

"Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the

Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who

heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with

loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that

your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." (Psalm 103:1-5)

1. Forgiveness of sins (vs. 3a)

2. Health (vs. 3b)

3. Deliverance (vs. 4a)

4. His lovingkindness and tender mercies (vs. 4b)

5. Provision (vs. 5)

5. SUPPLICATION

Supplication is when we bring our needs, requests and petitions before God not only

for ourselves but also for others. The Bible says to "come boldly to the throne of

grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Heb. 4:16).

Through Christ we have access to God (Eph. 2:18; John 14:6).

"Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of

thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a

quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." (1 Tim. 2:1-2)

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end

with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints‚ÄĒ" (Eph. 6:18)

"Give us this day our daily bread." (Matt. 6:11)

Peter Sarkis

www.preeminenceofchrist.org

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