Monday, July 11, 2011

Prayer Guide - Week of July 10th

Prayer Guide for “The Spring” for the week of July 10th
Praying through Haggai

Sunday, July 10

Read Haggai 1:1-2,12-15 The Lord stirs hearts

God stirred the hearts of Haggai and the other leaders who in turn rallied the people to work on rebuilding the house of the Lord. As we make preparation these months to start a church, how we need God to stir His people. Pray that the Lord will stir those people who He wants to be a part of this initial core. And that God will make it clear to those who do not need to be a part of this core.

Read Haggai 1:3-11 The Lord calls them to realign their priorities

The people had missed much of God’s best because they focused on self instead of God. The misplaced priorities had cost them. Ask the Lord to help us to seek Him and His kingdom first. Ask the Lord to grant us much wisdom to know how to lay a foundation for this church around His priorities. Ask the Lord, “Put on our heart that which is on Your heart.”

Monday, July 11

Read Haggai 1:12 Correct response to the Lord and His Word

When the people knew that God had spoken through Haggai, they were unified in the fear of the Lord to obey God together. Pray for the Lord to give us a spirit of obedience, a spirit of the fear of the Lord, and a spirit that responds with a sense of trembling when we know that God has spoken.

Tuesday, July 12

Read Haggai 2:1-4 Accepting the new

The people knew that the new temple would look very different than the former temple. It would seem much smaller and less significant. The people had to let go of their former expectations. They had to adjust to what God was now doing. They had to accept that the new thing God was doing may not be just like they would have chosen. It may not have looked like what they would have planned. But the most important question is, “Is God in it?” Pray that the Lord will grant the core of us a spirit of flexibility, accepting new ways, new missions, new people, and new forms.

Read Haggai 2:1-4 again Courage for the future

God called them to replace the pain from the past with courage for the future. They needed to turn their eyes from the discouragement and hurt from yesterday and instead look firmly ahead – because the Lord was with them. Ask the Lord to do a work in our lives so that we can release any pain or resentment from the past and instead be filled with courage for the new work. Thank God for His constant presence.

Wednesday, July 13

Read Haggai 1:13; 2:4-5 Promise one: His presence

The Lord makes five concrete promises for the new work. He gave them the assurance that He was with them. As they began the unprecedented work of rebuilding the temple, they could obey and take courage not because they had done it before but because the Lord was with them. He leads us forward in new ways. The one thing that sets the church apart as the people of God is the presence of God. Pray for the Lord to manifest His presence among we His people. What happens when Jesus is in the house? More than anything in the world, we need to pray and trust that Jesus will be there. You can have props, but just give me Jesus!

Thursday, July 14

Read Haggai 1:8; 2:6-7 Promise two: Glory

God would do a shaking in the nations. Jesus should be the church’s great Desire. God promises here a magnificent thing: He will fill the temple (which they build) with His glory. The reason they were to rebuild the temple was so that God would “take pleasure in it and be glorified” (1:8). Pray that we will make pleasing the Lord our aim. Ask the Lord to fill this new church with His glory. That He will take pleasure in it and be glorified!

Friday, July 15

Read Haggai 2:8 Promise three: Provision

The silver and the gold (that would be needed on the temple) are the Lord’s! While they did not know how they would have the funds to build a temple, that was God’s responsibility. God would provide for that which He called them to do. Ask the Lord to give us hearts that trust Him and are willing to walk by faith and not just by sight. Thank the Lord for His provision for us ahead of time, and thank Him that He will provide for all to which He calls us.

Read Haggai 2:9 Promises four and five: Purpose and Peace

The Lord would fulfill His purpose for this new temple. That purpose would be different than the purpose of the former temple. And in that place the Lord would give much peace. Ask the Lord to fulfill every purpose that He has for this new church. And ask the Lord, bless Him, to fill this new church with His peace – His Shalom.

Saturday, July 16

Read Haggai 2:10-19 Call to holiness

Holiness would come not from ritual but from hearts that sought to please the Lord and obey His Word. Holy living is essential for the Lord to be pleased. Pray that we will live godly lives. Pray that we will embrace godliness, not just religious ritual.

Read Haggai 2:20-23 Trust God

The Lord’s work will continue to move forward. Ask the Lord to enable us to trust Him and move forward.

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