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
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself” (Philippians 2:3-7)
“If prayer leads us into a deeper unity with the compassionate Christ, it will always give rise to concrete acts of service.” - Henri Nouwen
Congregational Bible Prayer
A Prayer from Psalm 31
“In you, O Lord, do I take refuge;
for you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
You take me out of the snare of sin,
for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.
I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
for all of mankind to see!
Blessed be the Lord,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
You have heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.
Love the Lord, all you his saints!
The Lord preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!”
Bible Prayer Story
14 And when the hour came, he reclined at table, and the apostles with him. 15 And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you I will not eat it[b] until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.[c] 21 But behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table. 22 For the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23 And they began to question one another, which of them it could be who was going to do this.
24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” (Luke 22:14-27)
Lent Reflection & Weekly Fast
“No day of my life has passed that has not proved me guilty in thy sight.
Prayers have been uttered from a prayerless heart;
Praise has been often praise sound;
My best services are filthy rags.
Blessed Jesus, let me find a shelter in thy appeasing wounds.
Though my sins rise to heaven thy merits soar above them;
Though unrighteousness weighs me down to hell,
thy righteousness exalts me to thy throne.
I am guilty, but pardoned,
lost, but saved,
wandering, but found,
sinning, but cleansed.”
- Excerpt from a prayer in “The Valley of Vision”
Jesus had just led his disciples through the Passover meal as he spent one final evening with his closet companions. He revealed that one of them at the table would betray him and turn him over to be crucified. And the disciples, rather than grieving, took to arguing among themselves to decide who among them was the greatest. John Piper states, “Selfish ambition is a sin that always seems to be “crouching at the door” (Genesis 4:7).” We aren’t much different than the disciples, are we? Rather than responding to the glory of Christ and the horror of our own sinfulness through worship and repentance, we are all too often overcome and preoccupied by the terrifying, blinding power of pride.
This week, take time to fast from sleep. Try setting your alarm earlier in the morning, and dedicating that time toward prayer and scripture reading. Use this discipline to lead yourself into a deeper union with the compassionate Christ, so he may lead you “to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).
Congregational Personal Prayers
Father, your Word tells us to “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)
We lift up our cares and anxieties to you now, knowing that prayer has great power, and that you are faithful to hear our prayers and respond, drawing near to us when we draw near to you and causing Satan to flee when we resist him and humble ourselves before you.
Use this space to write down the prayer requests that are shared on Sunday so that you can pray for them throughout the week:
Command of Christ
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
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!”
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4: 7-8,10)