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
“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” (Proverbs 21:3)
“To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.” - Billy Graham
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 146
“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.
When his breath departs, he returns to the earth;
on that very day his plans perish.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever;
who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless,
but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.
The Lord will reign forever, to all generations. Praise the Lord!”
Bible Prayer Story
Hebrews 11: 30 short stories in one
Faith looks ahead to the promise that “God has provided something better for us.” (Hebrews 11:40)
Prayer for the Nations
Lord, we pray for your Church in the Caribbean, that you would encourage them so that they “may know what is the hope to which Christ has called us, and what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.” (Ephesians 1:18). To this end, we pray for:
Caribbean Netherlands (Antilles) (King Willem-Alexander)
Father, we pray for this collection of islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba) to experience breakthrough in the evangelical efforts present. Bless the work of Christian radio as a useful tool for outreach, and transform the hearts of the majority nominally Catholic population.
Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands (President Trump)
Holy Spirit, open the eyes of charismatic and evangelical believers in Puerto Rico & the U.S. Virgin Islands to the needs around them presented in drug abuse, disease, corruption, crime, and poverty. May the gospel bring healing in all of these present circumstances, and my these islands experience your strength and grace as they continue to rebuild after being ravaged by recent hurricanes.
St. Barthélemy (President Macron)
Jesus, we pray that your gospel would reach the hearts of many wealthy and affluent American and French expatriates who call this island home.
St. Kitts & Nevis (Queen Elizabeth II)
Lord, initiate a big movement of the Holy Spirit among this small nation. Raise up men to be Biblical leaders and restore families. Protect these people from the pitfalls of tourism-based economies.
St. Lucia (Queen Elizabeth II)
Father, we mourn for the 86% of children born out of wedlock and 45% of households with no father present. Be near to those who are hurting and abandoned, and raise up men after your own heart.
St. Martin & Curaçao (King Willem-Alexander & President Macron)
Holy Spirit, we pray that you would unite the Christians of this island to reach the wealthy tourists and citizens who do not sense their need for you.
St. Vincent & the Grenadines (Queen Elizabeth II)
Jesus, thank you for the cross-denominational unity among your church in these island nations. May this lead to many coming to faith in you.
Trinidad & Tobago (President Weekes)
Lord, eradicate the racism that divides so many, including those that profess faith in you, and the islands of Trinidad & Tobago. Unite these people under your gospel of love and bring about atonement and reconciliation.
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, we join with Christians around the world in praying for the oppressed, the outcast, and the mistreated for the World Day of Prayer:
Reader: Welcoming God,
ALL: in your love you have prepared a table for all. You inspire us to open our hearts and our homes to offer a place to the ones who are not yet at the table.
Reader: Merciful God,
ALL: forgive us when we silence ourselves in face of injustices.
Reader: Loving God,
ALL: thank you for our communities of care. Help us shape systems of equal sharing between women and men after your own heart and design.
Reader: Caring Creator,
ALL: empower us to reach out to people of all generations and show gratitude to those who have gone before.
Reader: God, open our hearts,
ALL: make us more compassionate and understanding, and help those in need find treatment.
Reader: Lord, have mercy on us.
ALL: Soften our hearts toward those who are different from us.
Reader: Thank you, God, for those who learned with Jesus to be respectful and open-minded and do not tire of embracing ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and asylum seekers, and enabling them to develop their self-esteem.
ALL: Loving Father, stand beside us in our efforts.
Reader: Good God,
ALL: help us to respect human life and to accept it in its uniqueness, help us to respect the wonders of our nature and to protect them with all our power, to mutually support one another on the path of freedom, justice and peace as equal members of your family. May we be blessed in this endeavor by God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Command of Christ
“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45)
Confession for Forgiveness
“Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!”
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:11,14)