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St. Augustine, FL, 32084
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enjoying and embodying the Gospel for the glory God and the good of St. Augustine

Prayer Guides

Do I sink, swim, or walk on water? (week 44)

Luke Brodersen

Our Goal: To labor in knowing and doing everything Scripture says about prayer.

(prefer a physical copy? you can access a printable, foldable version of this prayer guide here.)

Bible Verse & Quote on Prayer

“Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1)

“Our prayers are heard, not because we are in earnest, not because we suffer, but because Jesus suffered.” - Oswald Chambers

Congregational Bible Prayer

A Prayer from Psalm 107:8-15

“I give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,

And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

For He satisfies the longing soul,

And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

I sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,

Bound in affliction and sorrow—

Because I rebelled against the words of God,

And despised the counsel of the Most High,

Therefore He brought down my heart with shame;

I fell down, and there was none to help.

Then I cried out to the Lord in my trouble,

And He saved me out of my distresses.

He brought me out of darkness and the shadow of death,

And broke my chains in pieces.

I give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,

And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”

Bible Prayer Story - Matthew 14:22-33

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. 23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. 24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”

Prayer Principle

When God is doing the “supernatural” through you, you won’t sink if you keep your eyes on Christ.

Prayer for the Nations

Lord, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, we pray that you would grant your church in the many Provinces of China, according to the riches of your glory, to be strengthened with might through the Holy Spirit.


Anhui Province

Father, we pray for just governance that will uplift the millions of impoverished in Anhui. May Anhui Christians be an integral part of blessing the poor.

Beijing Municipality

Holy Spirit, we praise you for the quiet but steady growth occurring among the Beijing church and ask that you would continue to grow your church in Beijing.

Chongqing Municipality

Jesus, we pray for continued increases in Christian outreach and presence in this spiritually needy city. May you raise up leaders and multiply faithful believers among this rapidly expanding church planted in a sifting culture.

Fujian Province

Lord, we pray that you would use the deep ancestral connection among the Fujian Province and her global diaspora of people from this region to extend the gospel, both at home and abroad for the Fujian Chinese in Taiwan and around the world.

Gansu Province

Father, we pray that you would raise up laborers and send them to this least evangelized Province in China. Let your Kingdom come in Gansu.

Guangdong Province

Holy Spirit, we pray that you would work for heart change in individuals and Guangdong society for their good and your glory. May your gospel reach into the astonishing levels of corruption, exploitation, sexual immorality, and drug abuse that runs rampant in this Province.

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region

Jesus, we praise you for growth among the house churches in this region. We pray that you would continue to send Christians to carry the light of the gospel to the darkest and most remote corners of this still heavily unreached region.

Guizhou Province

Lord, we pray that the local ethnic minorities of Christians would be bold in sharing the gospel with their unreached neighbors. Send church leaders and gospel partners to help multiply faithful followers in this Province.

Hainan Province

Father, we pray that you would translate and record your Scripture into the languages and dialects of the Li people of the Hainan Province, as there are currently no known translations available in their native language.

Hebei Province

Holy Spirit, we pray that you would create healthy and helpful relationships between the Chinese government and the large proportion of faithful Catholics in the Hebei Province. Bless them as the persevere, and comfort them in their suffering and persecution as a result of their loyalty to your Catholic church.

Heilongjiang Province

Jesus, we pray for the Heilongjiang believers as they experience rapid growth among their house churches and movements; deepen their faith, increase their knowledge of Scripture, and continue to multiply your church among them.

Henan Province

Lord, we praise you for the rapid and extensive nation-changing growth in the Henan Province since the 1960s as the result of revival that has seen many come to faith in you. We pray that other Provinces would be changed by your gospel in the same way; use your church in Henan to reach their neighbors.

Hubei Province

Father, we pray that you would shatter the political, ideological, and spiritual chains that bind the Hubei people and hinder the growth of your church.

Hunan Province

Holy Spirit, we pray that the house church movement in the capital of the Hunan Province would multiply in its influence and spread to other areas in this Province where there are no copies of Scripture and no believers to share the gospel.

Command of Christ

“Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.” (Matthew 5:42)

Confession - Forgiveness

“I will behave wisely in a perfect way.

Oh, when will You come to me?

I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

I will set nothing wicked before my eyes.” (Psalm 101:2-3)


“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21)