week 4 - our children & young people

Monday 25  - Sunday 31 March


Monday 25 March - Salvation 

  • Lord, we pray for the salvation of our children and young people of OLCC that they will come to know You with a true and repentant heart. We ask that You help them know and experience salvation that comes by grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 17:3)
  • We pray that You give them the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You. (Ephesians 1:17)
  • We pray that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened so that they will know and cherish the hope to which they have been called and the riches of your glorious inheritance in the saints. (Ephesians 1:18)
  • May they through their faith accept Your gift of salvation. (John 1:12; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 1:17)
  • Holy Spirit, we ask that You reveal Yourself to them so that they may know the truth about God and the nature of his existence (1 John 2:27). May they have a divine encounter with You, Holy Spirit. (Acts 9:1-5)
  • We pray that You pierce their hearts so that they would see their need for the gospel of grace. (Acts 2:37; Matthew 23:26)
  • They may say all the right things and do what looks right; it does not mean their hearts are in the right place, so we pray that You draw their hearts close to you. (Psalm 27:4; Psalm 42:1-2; Psalm 18:19)
  • Take control of their lives and help them to live every day for You and in a way that pleases You. (Isaiah 1:19)
  • Lord arm the children and young people of OLCC with the belt of truth; teach them to know truth from error in all they do. (Ephesians 6:14)

 

Tuesday 26 March - Intimate relationship with God

  • We pray that our children and young people of OLCC develop an intimate relationship with the Father. Lord, we ask that You help them to draw near to You so You would draw near to them. (James 4:8; John 14;21; John 17:3; 21; Hebrews 10:19-22)
  • Help them to know You intimately and the power of Your resurrection. (Philippians 3:10)
  • We pray that our children and young people will love the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind. (Matthew 22:37).
  • Help them to set their hearts and minds on things above and not on earthly things. (Colossians 3:2)
  • We ask that You Father to instill in them a soul that longs and thirst after you as the deer pants for the water brooks. A soul that clings to you passionately. (Psalm 42:1)
  • We pray that they abide in You and You in them so that they bear much fruit. (John 15:4)
  • We pray that their ways please you O God and you cause their enemies to be at peace with them. (Proverbs 16:7)
  • We pray that they serve You because they love love You and not because they are compelled to. (Luke 4:8)
  • We pray for the spirit of obedience, that they will find pleasure in pleasing the Lord and will not walk in the path of the ungodly. (Psalm 16:8; Hebrews 11:6)

 

Wednesday 27 March – Passion for the Word

  • Lord, we ask that You arm our children and young people with the sword of the spirit which is Your Word. Help them to love Your Word and store it in their heart so they might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:129; Psalm 119:130; James 1:22)
  • We pray that our children will desire Your Word, study and meditate on the Word daily. (Psalm 1:2; Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:8)
  • May they grow to find Your Word more precious than pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb. (Psalm 19:10)
  • May Your Word penetrate into the core of their soul, may it judge the thought and attitudes of their heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
  • May they not just listen to your word but be doers of it. Holy Spirit help them to hear and obey your word. May they be like a wise man that built his house on a rock. (James 1:22).
  • Help them to stay pure by living according to Your Word. (Psalm 119:9)
  • May the unfolding of your word give light and understanding. (Psalm 119:130)

 

Thursday 28 March - Love

  • Lord, we pray that our children and the young people be filled with the power of Your love. That they will know how deeply they are loved and that love will overflow unto others.  (Romans 5:8; John 3:16; John 13:34-35)
  • Help them to make a difference in this world and bring honour to You.  (Psalm 36:7; Psalm 136:26;  John 3:16;  Romans 5:8; Ephesians 3:19)
  • Thank You Father that Your love is kind. We pray that our children and young people are patient and kind. Help them to extend kindness to others, give them the spirit of compassion and the spirit of humility, help them to be respectful, compassionate and courteous.  Not rude or self seeking, nor provoked, 
  • oversensitive or easily angered but may they be filled with calmness and peace of God. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; 1 Peter 3:8; Colossians 3:12-14)
  • We know Father God that You give favour to those who love You, we pray that our children and the young people love You more each day and experience Your favour in their lives.  May they enjoy favour with all people from family members, friends and co-workers to casual acquaintances and strangers. (Psalm 5:12; Psalm 84:11; Proverbs 3:4; Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • May they find love and acceptance wherever they go and may they extend love and acceptance to others in the way that pleases You. (1 Peter 4:8; Hebrews 10:24; Romans 15:7)
  • Lord, remind them that the most important thing is not what they do outwardly, nor any talent or gift but simply loving God and loving other people. (Matthew 22:37-39)

 

Friday 29 March – Strong sense of Identity

  • Lord, help our children to develop a strong sense of identity that is rooted in the knowledge of who they are in Christ Jesus.
  • Thank you Father that You have good plans for our children, plans to prosper them and not to harm them. Lord, help them know this. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • Help them to know that they are Your workmanship and are created for good works. (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Help our children and young people to understand that their old self has been crucified with Christ and Christ lives in them now. (Galatians 2:20)
  • Help them to know that their body is God’s temple and they must glorified God in their body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
  • Holy Spirit, teach them how to put off the old self and help them to be renewed in the spirit of their mind and put on the new self which is created after the likeness of God. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
  • May they abide daily in You so they bear much fruit. (John 15:5)

 

 

Saturday 30 March – Wisdom and Discernment

  • Holy Spirit, we ask that You guide our children and young people into all truth in every area of their lives. Grant them knowledge and wisdom to conduct themselves as Christians among their peers. (John 16:13)
  • Grant them wisdom to make wise choices of friends, school, career, jobs, finances etc. Give them clarity to know what to do when they feel lost on confused. (Proverbs 2:3-5; 2 Corinthians 6:14)
  • Give them a heart of discernment to know when You are using someone to speak instruction into their heart and their circumstances, and give them the strength and courage to follow through with that advice even when it’s hard. (1 John 5:1-3)
  • When they face tough choices and hard situations, help them to be strong and courageous. Help them to run to You for guidance, strength, provision and protection. Help them remember that You love them. (Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • Help them not to compromise their faith by been unequally yoked. Separate them from ungodly influences and bring in their path friends that will build them up. (2 Corinthians 6:14)
  • May they have the fear of the Lord and not despise wisdom and instructions. (Proverbs 1:7)
  • They will not follow the counsel of the ungodly or stand in the pathway with sinners; instead they’ll find pleasure in obeying the LORD’s commands meditating on them day and night. (Psalm 1:1-3)
  • We declare that our children and the young people of OLCC are like a tree planted by flowing streams which yield it fruits at the proper time and it leaves never fall off but succeed in everything. (Psalm 1:2-3)

 

Sunday 31 March - Protection

  • Father, we thank You for Your covenant promise of protection. We declare that our children dwell in the secret place of the most high, so they abide under the shadow of the almighty. We declare that You are their refuge and fortress and in You they trust. (Psalm 91:1-10)
  • Thank you lord that You deliver them from the snare of the fowler and deadly pestilence. (Psalm 91:3)
  • Thank you Lord that You cover them with your pinions and they find refuge under Your wings. (Psalm 46:1)
  • Thank you Lord that You protect our children and young people from evil, You surround them with your divine hedge of protection. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
  • Encompass them round about with Your strength and Your might. (Psalm 46:1-3; 2 Corinthians 12:19)
  • We ask that You protect their mind, set their minds on you, let them not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of their minds, that they may prove what Your will is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
  • Help them by the power of Your spirit to think on whatever is true, honourable, right, pure, lovely, and of good repute. (Philippians 4:8)
  • We ask that You strengthen our children in the power of your might. Dress them in Your armour so they can stand firm against the scheme of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)
  • Lord, we pray for emotional, physical and spiritual protection over our children, we ask that You will make them strong and courageous in the presence of danger. (Ephesians 6:10). Protect them from peer pressure and grant them boldness to say no to temptation of any kind. (Ephesians 5:11)
  • Lord, thank You that You keep our children. You are the shade on their right hand (Psalm 121:5). Thank You that You protect them from all evil and keep their soul.  Guard their going out and coming in from this time and forever in Jesus Name! (Deuteronomy 28:6) 

week 3 - More of God's Power & Wisdom in Our Lives

Monday 18 - Sunday 24 March



Monday 18 March - More of the Spirit of Wisdom and Power

  • Our Father we ask that you the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ give all of us at the Oasis of Love Christian Centre more of a spirit of wisdom and revelation - of insight into mysteries and secrets in the deep and intimate - so that we may know you better. (Eph 1:17-18, NIV, AMPC)
  • We pray that the eyes of our hearts be flooded with light, so that we can:
    • know and understand the hope to which you have called us
    • know how rich is your glorious inheritance in us saints - his set-apart ones
    • know and understand what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of your power is in and for us who believe
  • Father we ask you that you fill us with the knowledge of your will through all the wisdom and understanding that your Spirit gives so that we may live a life worthy of our Lord Jesus and pleasing him in every way - bearing fruit in every good work and growing in your knowledge (Col 1:9-10 NIV).



Tuesday 19 March - Power to be a Witness

  • Father we thank you for the power we all received when your Holy Spirit came upon each of us (Act 1:8).  We know that what we have received was given so we can be effective witnesses for your kingdom in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost part of the earth.
  • Father there are significant gaps between what your word says should be happening in our evangelistic ministry and what we have experienced so far (Act 3,1-9, Act 8:5-8). We are sorry for falling short of the standard set in the scriptures. We want to do better. Have mercy on us and help us bridge this gap (Heb 4:15-16).
  • Father although your Spirit has always been present with us, he has not always been free to manifest himself to the degree or measure that your word promises (Act 2:17-18, John 3:34, Ps 78:41).  Help us to change this (Ps 32:8, Jer 33:3).
  • Father you have instructed us to continuously be filled with Your Spirit (Eph 5:18) and so we come seeking more - more of your Spirit, more of your power, more of your presence, more of your manifestation. Fill us up Lord!
  • Father just like the disciples before us we come asking that you behold the threat that is against your church and enable us to speak your word with great boldness, stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders. Shake things up Lord. Starting from our lives, then our church and then our community (Act 4:20-31).
  • Our souls thirsts for you, our flesh longs for you even in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is – we want to see more of your power and glory, so we come to seek your face (Psalm 63:1-2, 1 Chron 28:9, Psalm 105:3-5).

 



Wednesday 20 March – Prophecies, Visions and Dreams – Claiming Acts 2:17-18 

  • Father Dan 9:2-3 (NIV) says


in the first year of his reign,

I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. 

So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes


  • In the same way we understand from what the prophet Joel said and what the apostle Peter confirmed that prophecies, visions and dreams ought to be common place among us.  So Father just like Daniel did, we turn to you and plead with you in prayer and petition and in fasting to make prophecies, visions and dreams common place among us as you have promised (Joel 2:28, Act 2:17-18)
  • We declare that our sons and daughter prophesy and tell forth the divine counsels. We declare that our young men see visions (divinely granted appearances) and our old men dream divinely suggested dreams. Our men and women prophesy telling forth the divine counsels and predict future events pertaining especially to God's kingdom (Act 2:17-18 AMPC).




Thursday  21 March - The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Father we thank you for the 12 manifestations of the Spirit as revealed in 1 Corinthians 12. You have made it clear that you don’t want us to be ignorant about them and that you want us to be informed.
  • We thank you for the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, special faith, the gifts of healings, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues and the interpretation of tongues (1 Cor 12:8-10). You said that we should eagerly desire the best gifts, so we come desiring.  We each focus on a specific gift that will make us more effective in our ministries to the church and to the world at large (be specific, ask for at least one of manifestation).
  • Father we know that the gifts or manifestation of the Spirit will make us more powerful and effective in our different ministries (1 Cor 14:25). We remind you that it was the revelation gifts (word of knowledge and word of wisdom) manifested in dreams and visions that made Daniel effective in his ministry.
  • It’s the same power of the Holy Spirit that made our Lord Jesus effective in his ministry. Jesus was not able to do one miracle until he was filled with your Spirit (John 4:14,18).  We are conscious of our helplessness without the power of the Holy Spirit and you have said you will not leave us helpless (John 14:18).  We cannot do the works of Jesus without the powers of Jesus!  So we come seeking the manifestation of more of the power that is already in us so that we can be more effective for you (Act 1:8).

 

 

Friday 22 March - Wisdom to overcome Temptation 

  • Father thank you for teaching us that there is no temptation, no trial regarded as enticing to sin, regardless of its source that has overtaken or enticed us that is not common to the human experience, nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance (1 Cor 10:13, AMP, AMPC, 1 Pet 5:9).
  • Thank you, father, for you are faithful to your Word and to your compassionate nature, and we trust you not to let us be tempted and tried and assayed beyond our ability and strength of resistance and power to endure.
  • Father we trust that with any temptation or trial you will also provide the way out, the means of escape so that we will be able and strong and powerful to bear up under, without compromise or yielding to the temptation (Matt 6:33).
  • Father we count it all joy as we go through every temptations, test and trials. Help us to see things as they really are – a trial of our faith.  Help us to maintain a position of patience and perseverance and to keep our eyes on the victor’s crown of life which you have promised to those who stand up under temptation (James 1:2-4,13).
  • Father we ask for wisdom as we seek a means of escape from temptation.  You word says that if any lack wisdom they should ask of God who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given. We have asked, and we expect your wisdom to come to us liberally. We ask in faith, nothing wavering (James 1:5-6).


 Saturday 23 March – Wisdom for Living 

  • Father the scriptures say that you gave Daniel and his colleagues knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom (Dan 1:17), The scripture also says you give generously without finding fault (James 1:5 NIV). So, we come asking for wisdom of the type given to Daniel and his colleagues.  In every matter of wisdom and understanding make us ten times better than all the learned in the realm where we deal and represent you (Dan 1:20).
  • Father like Solomon we are not asking for riches, possessions, honour and glory, or the life of our foes, or even long life but are asking for wisdom and knowledge to empower us to deal wisely in the affairs of life (2 Chron 1:7-12, 1 King 4:29).
  • We take some time out to bless your name O God. For wisdom and might are yours!  You change the times and the seasons; you remove kings and sets up kings. You give wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding!  You reveal the deep and secret things; You know what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with You!
  • We thank You and praise You. O God of our fathers, for giving us wisdom and might and making known to us what we desire of You. You make known to us the solutions to present and future problems (Dan 2:20-23).



Sunday 24 March – Wisdom Declarations – Prov 4:5-13, Prov 8:32-36 

  • In Jesus name, I claim skilful and godly wisdom! Yes, I claim understanding, discernment, comprehension, and interpretation.
  • I will not forget her neither will I turn back on her and because I do not forsake her, she keeps, defends and protects me and because I love and respect her, she guards me.
  • I prize wisdom highly and exalt her, and she exalts and promotes me. I embrace her and she honours me.  She gives my head an ornament of favour and delivers to me a crown of glory.
  • Because I am instructed in the way of skilful and godly wisdom, (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) when I walk, my steps will not be hampered. My path will be clear and open and when I run, I shall not stumble.
  • I take firm hold of wisdom, I do not let her go. I guard her with my life. Wisdom, I listen to you. I am blessed because I keep your ways. I listen to your instructions and I am therefore wise. I do not disregard you.
  • Because I have found you, I have found life and I have received favour from the Lord.  I will not harm myself by failing to find you. I love you and hate death. I choose you and choose life!

week 2 - our church family

Monday 11 - Sunday 17 March


Monday 11 March - Repentance

  • Lord we repent that although You have kept Your pledge to keep Your covenant with us, we have not always sought or have too often disregarded our part of this eternally-precious Blood-bought covenant (2 Tim 2:13, Rom 3:4).
  • Lord we repent that we have not fully aligned our wills with Yours. We have broken covenant with You. Forgive us, Lord. You don’t want insincere offerings but a broken and contrite spirit in us (Ps 40:6).
  • Lord we repent of any sins which have distanced us from You.  Forgive us for not walking more in the Spirit so as to remove the lust of the flesh. Forgive us for holding on to our sin patterns, our hurts, our vows inconsistent with who You are, our strongholds, instead of being zealous to follow You (Gal 5:6, Col 3:5, 1 Cor 10:7, Eph 5:5).
  • Lord we repent of idolatry (1 Cor 10:14). We too often have replaced You with other false gods of this world.  We have often replaced You with the things you have blessed us with – our jobs, our spouses and our children (Mark 8:35-38, Matt 7:13-14, Matt 6:33).
  • Lord we repent of lukewarmness, our lethargy in picking up our crosses to follow You. (Rev 3:16, Matt 24:12).   Forgive us for failing often to seek Your Godly plan for our lives (2 Chron 16:12).
  • Lord we repent of our apathy and cowardice. (Matt 24:12).  We have been too often afraid of what others may think of us more than we fear You (2 Tim 1:7, Matt 10:28).  O God, lead us to the cross, we belong to You, rid us of our focus on ourselves (Phil 2:4, Gal 6:2, Luke 9:23).
  • Lord we repent that we are not awake spiritually as were Your believers at Pentecost.  Give us Your courage to come out from the apostasy all around us.  We need Your Divine assistance.  We need to hear Your voice. Forgive us for not listening to You.  We know You are standing at the door of our heart to mentor us to clean up our souls to be more like You.  Forgive us for not letting You in (Rev 3:20).

 

Tuesday 12 March – Unity and Harmony

  • Lord Jesus, we long for unity in our church so we join our prayer to Your prayer for unity among those who follow You. Please give us that kind of passion for unity. Help us to live in a way that demonstrates Your love for all brothers and sisters in Christ (John 17:22,23 AMP).
  • Lord, help us to keep from saying or doing anything that would create division within the Church. May we be brought to complete unity in order to demonstrate to a watching world that You, Lord, were sent by the Father to demonstrate His great love for us (1 Cor 1:10 AMPC).
  • Holy Spirit teach us how to agree (harmonize together, together make a symphony) — about anything and everything — so that whatever we ask will come to pass and be done for us by our Father in heaven (Matt 18:19 AMPC).
  • We pray that as members of the Body of Christ we will live as becomes us — with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because we love one another (Eph 4:2 AMPC).
  • In the name of Jesus, we are eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace (Eph 4:3 AMPC).
  • We commit, in the name of Jesus, and according to the power of God at work in us, to be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren (of one household), compassionate and courteous — tender-hearted and humble-minded. We will never return evil for evil or insult for insult — scolding, tongue-lashing, berating; but, on the contrary, we will bless — praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection and truly pitying and loving one another. For we know that to this we have been called, that we may ourselves inherit a blessing [from God] — obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection (1 Pet 3:8,9 AMPC).
  • Father, thank You that Jesus has given to us the glory and honour that You gave Him, that we may be one, [even] as You and Jesus are one: Jesus in us and You in Jesus, in order that we may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Jesus and that You have loved us [even] as You have loved Jesus (John 17:22,23 AMP).


Wednesday 13 March – Love and Forgiveness

  • Father, we thank You for Your Word and the theme of love, mercy, and forgiveness that is woven throughout its pages (Ps 86:5).
  • Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your ultimate example and expression of love in dying for us —the Righteous for the unrighteous—that we might be brought into the family of God. Holy Spirit fill us with the love and compassion of Christ, we pray.  (1 Peter 3:18).
  • Forgive us, Father, for any way that we have harboured bitterness, unforgiveness, prejudice, or a judgmental spirit against brothers and sisters in Christ.
  • May our lives and those in our church community be marked by love and forgiveness, Father, and may it begin with us. May we forgive others as we have been forgiven and do so deeply from the heart (Col 3:13, Matt 6:14-15).
  • Your Word says: “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God, whom he has not seen?” (1 John 4:19-21).  Father, remove from us any insincerity, hatred, envy, and discord of all kinds, and replace all hatred and anger with the love and compassion of Christ!
  • It is written: Love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Teach Your Church to love, O God (1 Cor 13:7 NIV).
  • It is written: “By this everyone will know that You are my disciples, if you love one another.” Teach us this way of living out the gospel (John 13:35 NIV).
  • In Jesus’ mighty name, may we truly serve one another in love—each of us loving others as we love ourselves—and in so doing be strengthened in faith to do the same in the marketplaces of our lives (Galatians 5:13-14).

 

Thursday 14 March – A house of Prayer for all Nations

  •  Lord God, we are humbled that You have called us to be a house of prayer. In Your plan, that means we are a place and a people of Your power being poured out to bring lasting change.
  • Please show us how to move consistently forward in our understanding and practice of prayer (Luke 11:1).
  • Forgive us for our past prayerlessness We turn to You, longing to experience a richer intimacy in prayer, and from that, have a greater understanding of how You would have us pray Your will (1 Thess 5:17, Rom 12:12, James 1:6-8).
  • Remove from our lives all things that hinder our prayers, unbelief, sin that we have not turned from, unforgiveness and, may we respond to every prompting of the Holy Spirit that we might be unfettered and pray with all of our hearts (Matthew 6:14-15, 5:23, Ps 66:18, 1 Peter 3:7).
  • We ask that fervency in prayer and intercession be released on us that we might become a true “house of prayer for all nations.” Replace prayerlessness within our fellowship with a passionate longing to see Your Church revived. May prayer become the fuel of the Holy Spirit among us (Isaiah 56:7; Mark 11:17).
  • In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we ask that we become those who always pray and never give up. May we be found faithful when You come, Lord Jesus! (Luke 18:1-8).
  • May we be those that You call upon by the Spirit to watch on the wall for Your Church, for cities and even nations. (Isaiah 62:6-7, 1 Peter 4:7).
  • We ask that You stir our hearts with an urgency to pray and give us full-of-faith, God-sized dreams and requests. Teach us to pray Your heart. Teach us to pray Your Word (2 Chron 7:14, Rom 13:11-12).
  • May the men of our congregation lead their families on their knees in prayer. May the women of our fellowship humble themselves before You and be self-controlled so that they can pray with greater boldness.
  • Raise up intercessors among the youth of our faith community. Grab hold of their hearts, I pray, and fill them with great faith. May our hearts and minds be set on the things of Your kingdom. Teach us to pray, Lord! From youngest to oldest, teach us to pray.
  • Do these things I ask so that we, Your Church, might come alive by the Spirit and be allowed the privilege of participating in the harvest that is coming. Even this day, O God, call Your people to humility, to turn from sin, to seek Your face. Wake us up from our slumber, O God, for surely time is short!


Friday 15 March – Chosen on Purpose

  •  Thank you, father, for choosing us and making us a family of kings and priests, set apart as your special possession and for your special purpose. You have called us out of darkness into your wonderful light to declare you praises.  We are eager to live up to this. Help us, Lord (1 Pet 2:9 NIV).
  • Thank you, father, for you have willingly chosen us from the creation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless.  This is our destiny, you called us unto sonship (Eph 1:4-6).  Thank you, father, for saving us. We know that it is not because of any righteous thing we have done but because of your mercy and grace only (2 Tim 1:9-10 NIV).
  • Father, we recognise that you have called us in the context of your purpose (Rom 8:28, 2 Tim 1:9). You have an individual and a collective purpose for our lives.  Both are important and you have brought us all together with this in mind.
  • Father we are your handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which you prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10). You created us and have equipped us in the light of this work. Lord we do not want to complete our lifespan on the earth without fulfilling our purpose (as individuals or as a church).   Lord teach us to walk circumspectly and not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time (Eph 5:15-16 KJV). Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom (Ps 90:12 KJV).
  • Lord we ask that you reveal to us what you will have us do and how you will have us do it.  We seek not only your purpose, but also your plan. We seek you diligently as did Daniel. We set our faces unto you, to seek you by prayer and supplications and fasting. We have come to do your will O God (Heb 11:6, Jer 29:13, Dan 9:3-4, Heb 10:7).


Saturday 16 March – Equipped on Purpose

  •  Father we are eager to do your will (Luke 22:42, Heb 10:7). We ask that you equip us with everything good for doing it, work in us what is pleasing to you. (Heb 13:21)
  • Lord you have said we are the body of Christ - collectively. You are the head and we are the body. We are the limbs, the torso, internal and external organs. You have set each of us in the Church to fulfil unique purposes and functions (Rom 12:6-8, 1 Cor 12:28), each of us is unique in our creation.  Open our eyes to see the light so that we may know the hope you have called us to and how rich the wonderful blessings you have promised us and how very great is your power at work in us who believe  (Eph 1:17-19 GNT).
  • We are fashioned according to our calling. But as a family (along with the rest of the body of Christ) we form the complete body of Christ. (Rom 8:28, 1 Cor 12:20-17). Help us to take our place and do our work - joined and held together and supporting each other and growing in love.  (Eph 4:16)
  • Lord you are the potter and we are the clay. Mould us into what you want us to be. We commit our entire church family into your hands (Jer 18:1-6).
  • Wash us with the water of your word, in order that you might present us to yourself on the last day in all our beauty - pure and faultless, without spot or wrinkle or any other imperfection (Eph 5:26-27 GNT). 
  • As we play our part in cleansing ourselves, we declare ourselves articles of gold (not silver, not wood, not clay). We say we are sanctified, set apart, for special purposes, made holy, useful to you our master and ready for every good work (2 Tim 2:20-21).



Sunday 17 March – “GO YE” on Purpose

  • Father thank you for the Street party, Christmas Party for the Elderly, Christmas Party for the homeless and other community-focused events we have done so far.  These have been great opportunities to show the love of God and contribute to the welfare of our community, but we sense the need to do more - more than once a year activities. We are ready to "go into the world and preach the gospel" more and better.  Thank you for helping us see fresh ways of doing this (Mark 16:15 KJV, Matt 28:19-20).
  • Lord, help us to make the right choices as to what to do, when to do it, where to do it and how to do it and who to partner with. Teach us the way we should go. Instruct us and advise us (Proverbs 3:5-6, Ps 32:8 GNT).
  • Lord, we don't want the fire that has been ignited in us now to die out.  Let your zeal consume us into action (John 2:17).
  • Lord as we engage the community, we do not want to serve them in natural things only (Mark 8:36). Our primary goal is still to preach the gospel - the good news about what you have done for them in Christ Jesus. (1 Tim 2:4, 3 Pet 3:9, Mk 16:15-16) As we serve, open our eyes to see how we can do this with gentleness and respect.  (1 Pet 3:15).


 



Week 1 - speaking in tongues

Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 March

 

 Wednesday 6 March - Supernatural evidence of God's work in my life

  • Thank you, Father, for the gift of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues (Act 2:4). I know that this is a special gift reserved for us in the new testament because nobody spoke in tongues in the old testament.
  • Father, I can see that speaking in other tongues is Acts 2:1-4 coming alive from the pages of the book before our very eyes. This is a living testament to the fact that the bible is true and everything else that is written must be true and will come to pass.   Help our hearts to grasp this as we continue to speak in tongues.
  • Thank you because I do the speaking, but your Holy Spirit is constantly giving me utterance or enables me – giving me the words to say. Thank you because I will never run out of things to say to you (John 7:37-39).
  • Thank you, Father, because the words are coming from my spirit – and not my mind – thus helping me to become more conscious of the spirit part of my being - the part of me that contacts you directly (1 Cor 14:14).
  • Being able to speak in an endless stream of words in a language alien to my mind is a miracle and evidence of your work in my life.  I praise you for you are still working in my life! Help me to maintain a consciousness of this fact (1 Cor 14: 2-4. Phil 2:13).


Thursday 7 March - I can do it everywhere, at anytime

  •  Thank you, Jesus, because speaking in tongues is a sign, evidence that I am a believer – a person that believes (Mark 16: 17).  And this is what I believe - that Christ died for my sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:3-4). As I pray in tongues, I re-enforce this belief and I declare that nothing in this world can or will change that (Rom 8:31-39).
  • This Lent I commit to speaking in tongues more than ever before (1 Cor 14:18 AMPC). I will not limit speaking in tongues to when I am in church or the place of prayer.   I will speak in tongues when I wake up, I will speak in tongues as I prepare to go to work, I will speak in tongues on my way to work, I will speak in tongues on the job. I will speak in tongues on my way home. I will speak in tongues when I get home. I will speak in tongues before going to bed.  I will speak in tongues in my sleep. This is how I plan to maintain a consciousness of your presence throughout the day and throughout Lent (1 Cor 14:14-15, Deut 6:4-9).

 

Friday 8 March - A consciousness of God's indwelling presence

  • Father, I thank you because speaking in tongues makes me conscious of your indwelling presence. It reminds me that you in me and with me (2 Cor 6:16).
  • Thank you, Father, you are always with me. (Matt 28:20 AMPC).  You never ever leave nor forsake me.  You have said you will not in any way fail me nor give me up nor leave me without support. You have said you will not in any degree leave me helpless nor forsake nor let me down or relax your hold on me. (Heb 13:5 AMPC).   Speaking with tongues reminds me of this comforting truth especially in the dark times.  As the Psalmist (Ps 139:7-12) says, I say

 

7 Where can I go from your Spirit?

    Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,

    if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

    your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me

    and the light become night around me,”

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;

    the night will shine like the day,

    for darkness is as light to you.

 

Saturday 9 March - Revelation and edification

  •   Father your messenger the apostle Paul who wrote over half of the new testament declared that he spoke in tongues more than all. Lord as I speak in tongues more than ever before I also expect a manifestation of revelation like never before - just like the Apostle Paul had (1 Cor 14:2 AMPC).  I expect life changing secret truths and hidden things not obvious to the understanding, mysteries, divine secrets to be revealed to me.  (Gen 40:8, Dan 1:17, 1 Cor 2:11-13).
  • Father as I pray in tongues, I expect spiritual edification – a spiritual charging, like a car battery charges when the engine is running (1 Cor 14:2). I expect that as a result I will become more sensitive to spiritual things going on around me.  I will respond positively to the promptings of the Holy Spirit (Jude 20). I expect to be refreshed and to be restored as I am continuously being filled with your Spirit (Isaiah 28:11-12. Eph 5:18 AMPC, John 7:37-39).


Sunday 10 March - Boosting my prayer life

  • Father I recognise that we know not what we should pray for as we ought and that this lack of knowledge could be a hindrance to answered prayer.  I thank you for the gift of speaking in tongues which helps to remove this hindrance by enabling me to pray according to the you will (Rom 8:26). I now have confidence that as I pray in tongues my prayers will be answered because I’m praying according to your will (1 John 5:14-15, 1 Cor 2:11-13).
  • Father I trust that as I continue to speak with tongues over Lent and maintain a consciousness of your presence, I will be kept from sin.  My hope is that my awareness of your presence will help to re-evaluate and make changes as to how I treat (words and actions) other people, everywhere – at home, at work and in the church of God. (1 Peter 2:17 NIV, 1 John 3:18).