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Prayers for Today

During these challenging days, seeking the LORD for our answers and being faithful in prayer are the most important things we can do!
Below is a small selection of verses to encourage you in the LORD and a pair of prayers for you to offer. “The prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective!”  (James 5:16) Remind God and yourself of His promises.  Take Him at His Word!  And stand strong in His gift of faith!

Rosh Hashanah

Heavenly Father,
As we prepare our hearts to usher in the New Year, 5781, and the upcoming Days of Awe, we blow our trumpets in Your honor! We call forth Your loving presence and a year filled with much fruit – huge fruit like the spies brought back from the Promised Land. We agree with You, LORD, that this is the season of fruition and the answers to so many prayers that we have labored over for countless months and even years!
We agree with You, too, that this is a season where the countless works of the enemy in the earth will be exposed—put in the light. We celebrate that the Kingdom will advance in 5781 at the “speed of light.” We praise You that as You put every dark place in the light of Jesus, that many will repent and turn to You for restoration and reconciliation. We celebrate during Rosh Hashanah with great glee in advance of all the signs, wonders, and miracles that we will witness because of the power of Your light to overcome all forms of darkness.
Shanah Tovah, Great God! This is Your year to shine. May we steward and reflect Your glory in ways that bring joy to Your heart and advance Your Kingdom in the earth for such a time as this! Amen–

The Anniversary of 9/11

Heavenly Father,
As we remember September 11, 2001, we lift up to You all those who continue to mourn the tragic loss of someone precious. We ask that You be the God of all comfort to them today and always. And as we reflect back on how our nation unified over and through that time of shock and tragedy, we ask that You once again accomplish a mighty work of unification across our land. We are suffering from many of the same pains and fear as we did in 2001 – fires raging in the west, not feeling safe from evil, wondering about the stability of our nation’s financial strength, and grieving the unexpected loss of nearly 200,000 souls since the spring onset of the pandemic.

This time, we ask for a lasting unification—one that only comes from knowing You and being hidden in You. We call forth Your Kingdom and a violent overthrow of every form of evil in our country. We repent on behalf of those who have been captured in the snares of the evil one to do his will, and ask that you grant them the same gift of repentance that You blessed us with (2 Tim 2:25-26). Cause our nation as a whole and every person in it to seek and find every form of security, satisfaction, and comfort in You alone.

Your Word reminds us that in the world we will have troubles, but to take heart because You have already overcome the world (John 16:33). May we believe and agree with You for the victory that is already ours in Christ. And may the power of Your love and tender mercy flowing through use serve as Your catalyst for the enduring unity that we co-desire with You.
Amen!

Making A Way For Our Campus

Heavenly Father,
We come before you today to lift up again the purpose and calling of our institution—to equip those who will teach, reach, lead, and restore others in Christ within the church, in the marketplace, and across the globe. Per Psalm 37:4, you have impregnated our hearts with a desire to build a place where we imagine a form of Spirit-empowered, life-on-life leadership development beyond compare. LORD, we have not wavered in our belief that You will make a way. We are willing to do our utmost to be obedient to the heavenly vision, but we are wholly dependent on You to provide the pathway forward.

Our prayer request is that You would make a way where there seems to be no way. We are desperate for your step-by-step direction as to how to build our campus, and for You to cause those benefactors who are able to provide for the construction of our base of operations to respond with unprecedented generosity to our need.

Abba, You have already said “Yes!” to the promise deep within us that You intend to accomplish something exceedingly, abundantly greater than what we have imagined for our college. We are asking for the day when we witness the earthly reality of the marriage between Your promises and the desires You conceived in our hearts. Would You reveal Your nature and Your power through Your answer to our many prayers?

Lord, we add our “Amen!” to Your promises and believe You for them even before You reveal Yourself in them. Thank You for the gift of faith to believe You for seemingly impossible things. And thank You for inviting us to dream with You—we willingly make ourselves vulnerable to the birthing of Your desires through us.

A dream fulfilled is a tree of life, so we pray that You will abundantly reveal Your outstanding response to our prayers in order that our college can serve the community and the Kingdom as a fountain of Your life-giving power. We pray that You have found us faithful with little and will thus entrust us with infinitely more, along with a continual increase in Your wisdom so that we might always be faithful stewards of Your richest blessings!

We have a great need to establish our home base on the land that You brought us to, Heavenly Father, so that we can “reboot” our identity and fulfill our God-given purposes. We are trusting You to make a way and thank you in advance for Your miraculous pathway forward! Amen.

 

Rising Above Despair & Complacency

Lord Jesus,
Our nation is in deep despair, torn apart by politics, the pandemic, and ongoing prejudice. Your image-bearers are struggling with despair, depression, division, and isolation. We come to You in need of divine power and intervention. We ask you to show us how you would like to use us individually and as a the ACMin community to co-labor with you in the restoration of our nation that was built on a strong God-fearing, biblical foundation.

We begin by crying out to you first in repentance. We repent on behalf of our nation for all of the ways that so many citizens have put self above others and You. We cover the sin of selfolatry with the power of Your blood and thank You for cancelling the accusations against us because of your death and resurrection. As a nation, and as individuals, would You cause us to do the most loving things for others who need You right now?  Cause us to consider others more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3), to lovingly protect those who need protection (1 Corinthians 13:4-7), and to outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10)! May Your love flowing through us out into the world be the currency exchange that causes all people to pursue the goodness and righteousness that can only be found in You. We thank you for using us and our College as Your tractor-beam of light that will draw mankind into the center of Your Heart.

And we ask, Lord, that You cause us to not partner with any form of despair or complacency. Rather, show us how to rise up into the fullness of who we are in You so that Your tangible presence may be known to the watching world. Cause us to pray, serve, worship, and teach others what it means to live as an image bearer of Almighty God. Lord Jesus, would you be the basis and genesis of our faith that far exceeds our ability to believe that our future and the future of our nation will always be found securely in You? Increase our trust in Your ability and desire to see us through because of the power of Your great goodness.

We need You, we love You, we bless Your Name, and welcome the fullness of Your Presence into our hearts and lives now and forever. Amen!

Revealing & Restoring

Heavenly Father,
Your earth is an anxious place at this time, where fear, anger, and rhetoric threaten to destroy the hearts and lives of Your image bearers worldwide.

We begin by THANKING You for REVEALING all of the ways that we have failed to love and trust You and to love others as we love ourselves. We ask that You continue to REVEAL all hidden agendas, dark secrets, and anything from the enemy camp that would assume itself more powerful than You. May Your light crush all darkness!

And Lord, we ask that You set leaders in place who will lead worldwide REFORM based on Your principles. Thank you for servant leaders who honor Your ways and whose influence will penetrate and TRANSFORM every aspect of society from government and education to media and even Your Church.

And we sincerely ask for a worldwide, sustained REVIVAL. We ask that You awaken Your Bride and pour Your Spirit afresh into her so that she might rise up, worthy of You and fully alive!

Your Word declares that You make all things new. We ask You to RESTORE all that is broken in our hearts and minds, and that You would REDEFINE and RECREATE world systems that operate according to Your best plan for the earth that is Yours. Cause us to recognize and agree with Your RENEWED ways, never wanting to cling to obsolete premises during the new era that You have ushered in.

REMIND us LORD, that we, too have been made new, into the fullness of who You are. REMIND us that You have entrusted to us Your Spirit, Your power and Your authority as Your Kingdom Ambassadors for such a time as this. Cause us to operate from our REDEEMED and RESTORED state, and never out of doubt, fear, or selfish ambition.

Use us, LORD, as Your people and Your college to faithfully equip the next generation of Christian leaders who will transform the world in Your Name! Thank You for entrusting us with such a high calling. We accept it joyfully, honored to co-labor with You as you usher in Your Kingdom of Heaven into the earth.
With all praise to Your Majesty and Glory!
Amen

For April 23-24 Day of Prayer & Fasting

Approaching God with Pure Hearts

As I have been seeking to avoid physical exposure to the virus during this season, thank you for using the time to expose the places in my heart and life that are not yet aligned with Your heart—threads of fear, worry, self, despair, impatience, and more.

I confess, Lord, that my thoughts as well as the deeds of my hands and heart are not always pleasing to You. They are more self-concerned than I can even admit. As I wash my hands much more often these days, use those moments to remind me that You washed me clean with Your blood, that my name is carved into Your palms, and that you called me to use my hands as tangible expressions of Your heart in the earth towards others.

Cause me to seek You passionately, consistently, and faithfully so that I can discover Your reality in my life and context. As I seek Your Face constantly, bless me with experiencing You through my seeking. Cause me to seek and see You in every single aspect of life. You have promised that I will find You when I seek You with all my heart. Show me, Lord, how to prioritize Your Kingdom and Your eternal purposes over every other matter of earthly importance.

I give you permission, Lord, to reset the direction of my heart, revising my list of priorities so that they match Yours. Shift my point of gravity towards Your presence and activity. Draw the center of my attention to You. Help me to seek You with longing and to long for You in seeking. Let me find You in love and love finding You! Cause me to put You first in my life, receiving each new day as a gift and an opportunity to know Your presence, seek Your will, and obey Your calling.

Advancing the Kingdom of Light

As You redirect our hearts toward You, give us unprecedented compassion for those who need You and need to know You.  As we discover in greater measure how much You love us, give us a deep love for our neighbors, for the lost, for those who are vulnerable in their earthy circumstances and for the eternally vulnerable. Replace our self-centered hearts of stone with your heart of self-sacrificing love for all people. As we delight in discovering the depth of Your love for us, may the outward flow of that love  be the greatest testimony of faith we can offer!

We pray especially for the most widespread spiritual awakening in You that the world has ever known.  We desire that Your glory would cover the earth as the waters cover the sea!  We pray especially for people of the Muslim faith who are seeking Truth during this season.  Lord Jesus, as the God of all Truth, we ask You to make Yourself manifest to everyone who does not yet know You because of Your great love! As we look ahead to Pentecost in late May, we say, “Come, Holy Spirt!  Invade the earth once again with a tsunami of Your Presence and Power!  Use us as Your vessels of light and peace as You release Your Holy Fire through us!”

Lord, we ask for an unprecedented release of Your power into the earth.  Would you show yourself mighty through widespread signs, wonders, and miracles? We ask You to show cancer and covid-19 and every ailment known to man that You are greater!  Forgive us for all forms of unbelief, we pray, and cause our faith to rise up!  Meet us at Your place of promise and glorify Yourself as You show mercy and compassion on all those who need Your hand as well as Your heart.  You are the God who parts seas, moves mountains, and raises people from the dead.  Rise up in glory and power, we pray!

Stewarding Your Kingdom on Earth

We recognize that You are awakening Your Bride so that she might prepare herself for the wedding feast. Cause us to remember that WE are Your Bride! The Church is Your Bride! All those who will call You Lord and Savior are Your Bride—every person across all time and space who honor You as the One True God!

As Your Beloved Bride, Your Kingdom Ambassadors, and Your Image Bearers, we desire to steward Your Kingdom in the earth with great diligence. We are honored by the calling that you have given us as a college—a call to equip leaders with the full knowing of who they are in You. You have called us to disciple the nations and the next generation into their knowing Your Kingdom ways. You have inspired us to grow food to eat and to serve a spiritual feast to all who are hungry.  You have made us a place of heart restoration and life redirection in You.

And Lord, You set an enormous vision on our hearts for a special place where You wish to show Your people a tangible reminder of Your Way—in a place where You once again meet with Your creation in the garden. You have called it to be a place of one-ness with You and unity with one another! Thank you for the vision and for the opportunity to co-labor with you in the restoration of people, the land, and the community.

You have been gracious with us, Almighty One, by providing Your mercy and the daily manna we need to take the seeds You have planted and continue moving forward. We have been very faithful with little, Lord. We ask You boldly now to allow us the privilege of showing You that we will be faithful with much.

We have asked boldly that You would make a way for us to be able to break ground on our campus in 2020.  And perhaps even more boldly, we have asked for ALL the funding for our first building by the end of May 2020 so that construction plans can be set in motion.  Those are HUGE, BOLD prayers that we are able to ask because we know that YOU are infinitely bigger than our needs and because we trust that You will move the hearts of the saints as You pour Your blessing out over Your vision through Your people.

And Lord, we recognize that there are many needs in the world right now as the shock waves of the pandemic take their toll on people and cultures.  However, the vision we carry is the one that YOU set in motion in our hearts and that You have shown and declared to many saints. So we make this ask of You at this time to demonstrate that You are sufficient to fill every need – from people’s daily needs to our college’s need for a place to operate in the fullness of our calling.

Further, we ask for the months ahead, that You would prosper us so favorably as an that we could become a rich repository of funding for many, many other Kingdom endeavors, becoming the conduit of Your provision to others in need.  We have seen the evil one come against our supply for so long.  We ask, now that You turn the tables on him in shame as we prosper far beyond our greatest prayers.

Magnificent One, help us know how to share the vision well with others.  Go before us to open hearts of those who will want to share in the sowing of seeds for the future of Your Eternal Kingdom. Prepare us lavishly with the provision needed so that we can steward the vision well as part of Your greatest awakening yet!

In Closing

Thank you for creating us as far more than observers of Your story.  Remind us that we are each one key participants in the reflection and revelation of Your light and love to every dark place.  Continue to set all of our hopes and dreams on You alone, and give us steadfast hearts that agree with You always in thought, word, deed and prayer for Your glory alone!

We praise, worship, and magnify Your Mighty Name through this time of prayer and fasting, with eager expectation of how You will answer. Amen!

See also:
God’s Vantage Point From Above
Praying for Ramadan