Discover Practices - Week of Sept. 29 - Prayer

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Day 1

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (specifically verse 17)

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

What does “pray without ceasing” mean to you? Did you have an adult in your life that prayed for you during your childhood? Did it make a difference? Who is someone that you could lift up in prayer?

Day 1 Challenge: Set aside 3 times today where you pray for someone in your life? It doesn’t have to be long. Pray from the heart and let God do the rest!

Bonus Challenge: Tell this person that you will be spending the day praying for them.

Day 2

Read Mark 11:24

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Do you believe it? Reread that verse. It will be yours! It doesn’t say it might be yours. Do you pray with that focus? Do you believe that God is truly listening? What is something that is troubling you? Have you brought it to God with this belief in your head?

Day 2 Challenge: Find a quiet place where you can fully focus a few minutes in prayer. We all have pain and suffering in our life and the lives of those around you. What is something that you want to pray for? Is it your situations or others? Pray with the belief that God is going to answer that prayer.

Day 2 Bonus Challenge: Consider praying for this multiple times throughout the next few days. Afterwards, write down your thoughts. After a few days, go back and read your previous entries. Did your prayer get answered?

Day 3

Read Matthew 18:20.

20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Does your family pray together? What do your meals and bedtimes look like? Do you pray in the car? How much more powerful is it to know that those around you are lifting the same prayers up to God?

Day 3 Challenge: Go and include other people in a group prayer today. Share with them what you’d like to pray about and then lift up a combined prayer as a group. If it is a challenge to pray out loud, then consider being together but praying silently.

Day 3 Bonus Challenge: Who are people in your life that you want praying for you? Form a connection with someone who you can share your prayers with. Knowing that others are fighting for you, might just be what you need!

Day 1 Reflection

My wife is an amazing mom and person. She stays home and watches our son and some other children as well. We are expecting our fourth child and we are nearing the final stages before her due date. I’m feeling exhausted and I’m not the one who is carrying a child inside of me. I told her today that I would be taking moments out of my day to pray for her. I feel like it is one thing to do it, but it means so much more when you alert them of it. I’m excited to look back on today and ask her if she felt any more energy or excitement. I’m excited to hear who you prayed for as well. Feel free to comment! -Jordan Van Proosdy