Welcome to 28 days of prayer!

This is a focused season to go along with our Reset All Church Campaign to help us focus and hear from God as we start the year. Prayer is an essential part of a relationship with Jesus. This is also a time when we see so clearly our need for God to move in great ways in our world, nation, community and families.

As we go on this journey over the next 28 days, you will see that every day there is one topic and a corresponding verse for that day. The Word of God is one of the most valuable tools we have to build a dynamic daily prayer life. It brings power, truth, and encouragement to our prayers, and works to dissolve fear, worry and anxiety.

Our hope is that this prayer guide will help you step more and more into the purpose and intention God has for you. Prayer is a spiritual habit that does take commitment and discipline. But remember that prayer is a “get to” not a “got to.” It’s a privilege to be able to come to God in prayer!

A few tips as you begin this 28-day journey
As we seek to grow in a lifestyle of prayer, we can look at the example Jesus gave during His life on earth.

Have A Certain Time
Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God — whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening — and faithfully keep it.

Have A Certain Place
Jesus had specific places He went to pray. Having a designated place to pray can help us focus and get rid of distractions.

Have A Certain Plan
When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” This prayer guide is to help you focus as you pray and seek the Reset Jesus wants to bring in your life. Not everyone’s approach to prayer will look the same, but it does help to have a plan for connecting regularly with God!

Want to go deeper? Some recommended books on prayer.
  • Prayer by Richard Foster
  • The Praying Life by Paul Miller
  • Prayer by Philip Yancey
  • The Prayer God Longs For by James White
  • The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Jesus, Reset My Heart: Week 1 (January 9-15)

Sunday, Jan. 9: “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” Psalm 24:3-4

Pray that God will reset, restore, and renew us. As we embark on this 28-day journey ask God to give us vision for what is ahead and hope for this new year.

Monday, Jan. 10: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30

Pray that our hearts will be anchored in Jesus and filled with love for God.

Tuesday, Jan. 11: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

Ask God for His protection over yourself, family, loved ones and our church. That He would empower us to guard our hearts and souls, and give protection to our health, safety, finances and possessions. May we find shelter in His presence.

Wednesday, Jan. 12: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Pray for God to give us discernment and wisdom to overcome the lies of the enemy with God’s truth. Also pray for God to give wisdom and discernment to all people in places of leadership, especially for our church elders and staff.

Thursday, Jan. 13: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Ask God to grow our trust in Him and His ways. Give thanks for His goodness and care and ask that He would provide for and meet the needs you have.

Friday, Jan. 14: “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” 1 Chronicles 16:24

As God resets our hearts, we come to love and value what God does more and more. Pray today for our mission partners around the world. Ask for God to bring fruitfulness to their ministry and to protect them and provide for their needs.

Saturday, Jan. 15: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Pray for God’s will to be done more and more in your life. Ask that as you continue this journey that your faith would grow and you would experience greater intimacy with Jesus. Also pray for your heart to be ready for worship as we gather tomorrow.
Jesus, Reset My Mind: Week 2 (January 16-22)

Sunday, Jan. 16: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

As we start week 2, pray that we will not be conformed to the patterns of this world and that we can see with God’s perspective in every circumstance and decision.

Monday, Jan. 17: “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

Ask that God would anchor our minds and thoughts in Him. Pray that we would know our true identity in Christ as His beloved children and grow in our love for God.

Tuesday, Jan. 18: “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Cor. 10:4

Christians fight on their knees. Pray today for wholeness – physical, spiritual, and emotional peace for us individually, for our families and in our church. Pray for those who need healing physically, spiritually, emotionally, or mentally. Pray for healing form the pandemic globally.

Wednesday, Jan. 19: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5

Ask God to give power to overcome temptation and sin. Pray that God would provide us the strength and discipline to have our minds reset and renewed as we believe and embrace truth instead of lies.

Thursday, Jan. 20: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil. 4:8

Pray for God to fill your mind with the true, good and beautiful to renew your mind through His word and give you peace.

Friday, Jan. 21: “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” 1 Peter 1:13
Pray for boldness to share the gospel for yourself, our church and other believers. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead us to people who are ready to hear and respond to Jesus.

Saturday, Jan. 22: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3

Lift up those whose hearts are fearful, troubled and in despair that they will pour out their worries, anxieties and fears to Jesus and experience peace that surpasses understanding.

Jesus, Reset My Voice: Week 3 (January 23-29)

Sunday, Jan. 23: “My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds, of your saving acts all day long—though I know not how to relate them all. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.” Psalm 71:15-16
Ask the Lord to reset your voice so that the words you speak and make them words that bring life, love, truth, and encouragement to others.

Monday, Jan. 24: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deut. 6:4-5
As we seek to love God with our whole being, pray that our words would be a reflection of who we are as His children.

Tuesday, Jan. 25: “Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.” Eph. 5:18b-19a

Ask God to empower us with His Holy Spirit in our daily lives. Pray that we would be fully aligned with His purposes and make the most of every opportunity He gives to speak life to others.

Wednesday, Jan. 26: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Eph. 4:29

Pray for unity in our marriages, families and church family. Ask that we would love one another and pray against division and dissension and instead that we would build up others with our words.

Thursday, Jan. 27: “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply—and how good is a timely word!” Prov. 15:23

Ask that God would empower us extend His grace to others. Help us to think before we speak and listen well so our words would speak God’s truth in love.

Friday, Jan. 28: “Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68

Pray that there would be a growing number of Christians in places of influence in every part of our nation and world. Pray that believers would speak and work for God’s justice, peace and mercy in our spheres of influence.

Saturday, Jan. 29: “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

These are words Pastor Dave often prays before he goes up to preach. As we prepare to gather for worship tomorrow and continue to seek to walk with Jesus, ask God to make your words and thoughts pleasing to Him.

Jesus, Reset My Hands: Week 4 (Jan. 30-Feb. 5)
Sunday, Jan. 30: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Gal. 5:13
As we enter our final week, ask God to help us walk in selflessness. Pray that we would be humble and genuinely seek the good of others through our actions.

Monday, Jan. 31: “He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

Pray that we would display our love for God as we love our neighbor. May the love of Jesus flow through us so we can love the people in our lives as God loves us.

Tuesday, Feb. 1: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23

Pray that our character will be more and more like Jesus. Pray that we will exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in our lives growing in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Wednesday, Feb. 2: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Heb. 10:24

Ask God to guide, direct and enable us to be a church family that can spur one another on through our words and actions to love more and more and do the good works God has prepared for us to do.

Thursday, Feb. 3: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Pray for greater clarity of God’s purpose in our lives and that we will live committed to God’s call and purpose.

Friday, Feb. 4: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24

Pray that we will through our personal lives and as a church body meet the practical and spiritual needs within our community. Pray for more people in our community to be impacted through acts of kindness and love in the name of Jesus.

Saturday, Feb. 5: As we reach the end of this 28-day journey our prayer is that God has met you in a powerful way. We encourage you to keep praying and seeking God.

Give thanks for what He has done and as we end the journey, reflect on the lyrics on the next page to the hymn Take My Life and Let It Be. Make it your prayer to Jesus as we go forward into the rest of 2022.

Take My Life and Let It Be by Frances Ridley Havergal
Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.
Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.
Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.
Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.