We invite you to join our Church Wide Heart of Prayer Challenge, where we will intentionally pray each day for ourselves, our church, our community, and our world. Each day of this prayer guide provides a specific prayer emphasis/prompt and scripture reference.

The daily prayer assignment is meant to remind you to pray specifically. There are many things and people for which we should pray every day. We encourage you to journal and write down additional needs that are personal to you and keep a record of answers to your prayers. Meditate on the Word of God and claim God’s precious prayer promises.

The first 7 days are more structured to help you on your prayer journey with scripture. May 14 will be less specific

May 7 – Our Father who is in Heaven:
You are the King, immortal invisible, the only wise God to whom be glory forever! (1 Timothy 1:17) I come boldly to the throne of grace to obtain mercy and to discover grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, “who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things?  The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ. For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. Now, Lord, look on their threats and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus (Acts 4:24-30).

May 8 – Holy is Your name:
Finally, being strong in the Lord and the power of His might, I put on the complete armor of God  that I might be able to stand against the attacks of the enemy and having done all to stand, I stand (Ephesians 6:10-13).

I put on the belt of truth; your Word is the truth (Ephesians 6:14. John 17:17). Your Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you (Psalms 119:11). Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psalms 119:105). How shall a young person cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word (Psalms 119:9). Jesus, you are the Lord that is more than enough El-Shaddai, (Genesis 17:1. Philippians 4:19). You are the Lord, our provider! Yahweh-Yireh, Genesis 22:14. Matthew 6:33). In the Authority of the name of Jesus, by the Blood of God who became flesh, by the Cross that bore my sin away, and by the Spirit of Holiness who raised Christ from the dead, I bind all evil from operating against me and declare I am loosed from the snares of the enemy of our souls who only comes to steal, kill and destroy! (Philippians 2:8-10. Hebrews 2:14,15. 1 John 4:2. Galatians 3:13. Romans 8:11. Matthew 16:19. John 10:10)

I put on the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14). You made Him that knew no sin to be sin for me that I might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus has been made unto me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). I have awakened to righteousness and sin no more (1 Corinthians 15:34). By the beautiful blood of Jesus, I have been made righteous (Romans 5:9). I protect my heart with all diligence for out of it flow the sources of life (Proverbs 4:23). As I walk in the light of as Jesus is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus cleanses me from all sin (1 John 1:7). When I confess my sins you are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Jesus, you are the Lord our righteousness! Yahweh-Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 33:16. 2 Corinthians 5:21).

I put the preparation of the Gospel of Peace on my feet, making me receptive to others, for I choose to give grace, mercy, and compassion and not judgment (Ephesians 6:15. Romans 10:15). I am quick to forgive, quick to be forgiven, quick to forgive (Matthew 6:14. Matthew 5:7). I choose today to have an attitude of gratitude! (1 Thessalonians 5:18) I choose not to be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, I tell my requests to God and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guards my heart and mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6,7). Jesus, you are the Lord our peace! Yahweh-Shalom, (Judges 6:23,24. John 14:27) I do not have a spirit of fear but of power, love, and self-control! (2 Timothy 1:7)

I put on the helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6:17). I choose today not to conform to this World’s way of thinking but rather be transformed by the renewing of my mind to Your Word that I may know Your good, fully pleasing, and perfect will (Romans 12:2).

I take up the shield of faith with which I quench all the fiery darts of the enemy! (Ephesians 6:16) Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). I count it all joy when I fall into various trials and tribulations for the trying of my faith produces perseverance and perseverance has its perfect work making me perfect and complete lacking nothing (James 1:2-4). Tribulation produces endurance, endurance produces character, character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint because the love of God is shed abroad in our heart by You Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Romans 5:3-5). Jesus, you are the Lord our shield! Yahweh-Magen, (Psalms 28:7. John 17:15)

I wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God alive and powerful sharper than any two-edged sword dividing the soul and of spirit, joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the spiritual heart (Ephesians 6:17,18. Hebrews 4:12). Set a watch over my mouth to keep the door of my lips that I may only say things today that are full of grace and truth (Psalms 141:3. Ephesians 4:29. Ephesians 5:4. Colossians 3:8,9. Colossians 4:6) Jesus, you are the Lord our victory, and we rally around your banner of conquest! Yahweh-Nissi (Exodus 17:15. 1 Corinthians 15:57)

You are the Lord the highest God! EL-Elyon (Genesis 14:22) Jesus, You are the Lord my Shepherd Yahweh-Rohi (Psalms 23:1. Hebrews 13:20). The LORD is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He takes me to lush pastures; He leads me to refreshing water. He restores my strength. He leads me down the right path for the sake of his reputation. Even when I must walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff reassure me. You prepare a feast before me in plain sight of my enemies. You refresh my head with oil; my cup is completely full. Surely your goodness and faithfulness will pursue me all my days, and I will live in the LORD’s house for the rest of my life. (Psalms 23)

I choose today not to have any other God besides You (Exodus 20:3) Please bring to my remembrance unrepented times I have worshipped another God that I might repent.

I choose today not to have any idols in my life (Exodus 20:4-6). Please reveal and raze any idols in my life as I renounce and repent of them. Lord, teach me your jealousy (Exodus 20:4-6).

I choose today not to use Your name in vain, for You do not count them guiltless that do (Exodus 20:7). Please bring to my remembrance occasions when I have used Your name in vain that I might repent. Please set a watch over my mouth that I would only speak words filled with grace, seasoned with the salt of Your wisdom and authority including proper timing and duration of the conversation, that I might give grace to those that hear (Psalms 141:3. Ephesians 4:29. Colossians 4:6. Colossians 3:8. James 1:26. Matthew 5:13). 

I choose today not to do things in my ability but rather enter your rest doing things in Your ability (i.e., good works). Please show me areas of my life where I have not entered your rest that I might repent.

I choose today to honor my father and mother that I might live long on the Earth (Exodus 20:12). Please bring to my remembrance times I have failed to honor my parents that I might repent. Please teach me how to honor them, and please show me if I am in an unhealthy relationship with my parents that I might repent and be free from it.

I choose today not to commit murder, including not hating (Exodus 20:13. Matthew 5:21,22. 1 John 3:15). I choose to be patient and kind not to envy, not to boast, not to be puffed up, not to be rude, not to seek for myself, not to be easily angered, not to think evil thoughts, not to be glad about wrongdoing but rather rejoice in the truth. I choose to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things… I choose to never give up on myself or others in giving and receiving Your love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). 

I choose to operate in the powerful gifts of the Holy Spirit as You will: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith – three to help others believe… gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy – three to help others receive… discerning of spirits, tongues, and interpretation of tongues – three to keep others from being deceived (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).

I choose today not to commit adultery (Exodus 20:14). No unclean thoughts, no unclean spirits, no unclean acts, no fornication, no sexual lust addictions, no masturbation addiction, no orgasm addiction, no pornography addiction whatsoever! (Leviticus 18) Please bring to my remembrance times I have sinned sexually that I might repent.

I choose today not to steal (Exodus 20:15). Please bring to my remembrance times I have stolen that I might repent. 

I choose today not to lie (Exodus 20:16). Please bring to my remembrance times I have lied that I might repent. 

I choose today not to covet anything (Exodus 20:17). Please bring to my remembrance times I have coveted that I might repent.

May 9 – Let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done, as it is in Heaven, also on the Earth:
Your Kingdom come! Be done, Your will! Today in my life (your name), in my spouse’s life (name), in my children’s life lives (name(s), in my mother and father’s lives (names)…

Continue declaring the Kingdom of God and His will over those the Lord puts on your heart (e.g., Government officials, pastors, and staff, etc. 1 Timothy 2:1-3) While we cannot, nor will God, override persons will we are speaking a blessing over them; therefore, giving the Angels of God the right to intervene in their lives to further the Kingdom of God on Earth (Acts 10:1-6).

May 10 – Give us today our daily bread:
I thank you that you meet all my needs today according to your riches in Glory as I seek first your kingdom and its righteousness (Philippians 4:19. Matthew 6:33). 

Thank you for a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You and the eyes of my understanding being enlightened; that I may know what the hope of Your calling is, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of Your power toward us who believe, according to the working of Your mighty power which You worked in Christ Jesus when You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And You put all things under His feet and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:17-23) That You would grant me, according to the riches of Your glory, to be strengthened with might through Your Spirit in the inner person, that Christ may dwell in my heart through faith; that I, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that I may be filled with all the fullness of You God. Now to You who can do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask or think, according to the power that works in me, to You be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever (Ephesians 3:16-21). That my love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that I may approve the excellent things, that I may be sincere and without offense until the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God (Philippians 1:9-11). That I may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that I may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy (Colossians 1:9-11). That You would count me worthy of Your calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of Your goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in me, and me in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Thessalonians 1:11,12). That I may increase and abound in love to one another and to all so that You may establish my heart blameless in holiness before You, our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints (1 Thessalonians 3:12,13) That you, the God of patience and comfort, grant me to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that I may with one mind and one mouth glorify You… the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! (Romans 15:5,6) 

Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all my iniquities, Who heals all my diseases,  Who redeems my life from destruction, Who crowns me with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies my mouth with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle.  The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.   He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in mercy (Psalms 103:1-8).

So that I might walk in the Spirit and not fulfill the works of the flesh, I ask You Jesus that you fill me anew with Your Holy Spirit even as I speak to others in songs and hymns and spiritual songs singing and making melody in my heart unto the Lord. I build myself up in my most holy faith and keep myself in Your love by praying in the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16. Ephesians 5:18,19. Jude 1:20,21) 

Make other spiritual requests at this time (e.g., request for the salvation of loved ones asking God to send the perfect witness to them, binding Satan’s blindness from them in Jesus’ Name, and request for wisdom James 1:5) and then transition to physical need requests (Matthew 9:37,38. Matthew 18:18. 2 Corinthians 4:4).

May 11 – Forgive us our debts as we also forgive our debtors:
Search me, oh God, and know my heart, try me and know my fears, see if there is any wicked way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. Form in me a meek, submissive, humble, repentant, and undividedly loyal spiritual heart that trembles at Your Word. Cause me to know Jesus and the power of His resurrection, the fellowship of His suffering conformed to His death to self that I might experience His resurrection in me, which is the hope of Glory! (Psalms 139:23,24. Psalms 51:17. Psalms 86:11. Isaiah 66:2. Philippians 3:10. Colossians 1:27)

Take this time to wait upon the Lord to see if there is any sin in your life that you need to repent or if there is someone you need to forgive (Colossians 3:12,13) or ask forgiveness (Matthew 5:23,24).

May 12 – Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
No temptation will overtake me today except such as is common to man, but God You are faithful, who will not allow me to be tempted beyond what I am able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that I may be able to bear it. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in You God for pulling down strongholds,  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Jesus Christ and being ready to punish all disobedience when my obedience is fulfilled (1 Corinthians 10:13. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6). Jesus is Lord of my life! (Philippians 2:10. 1 Corinthians 12:3)

I dwell in the secret place of the Highest God; I shall and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.  Surely He shall deliver me from the snare of the Fowler and from the perilous pestilence.  He shall cover me with His feathers, And under His wings, I shall take refuge; His truth shall be my shield and buckler. I shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,  nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.  A thousand may fall at my side, And ten thousand at my right hand; But it shall not come near me.  Only with my eyes shall I look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because I have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Highest, my dwelling place, No evil shall befall me, nor shall any plague come near my dwelling;  For He shall give His angels charge over me, To keep me in all my ways. In their hands, they shall bear me up, Lest I dash my foot against a stone. I shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent I shall trample underfoot. Because I have set my love upon Him, therefore He will deliver me; He will set me on high because I have known His name.  I shall call upon Him, and He will answer me; He will be with me in trouble; He will deliver and honor me. With long life, He will satisfy me, And show me His salvation.” (Psalms 91:1-16)

This is the time in the prayer the Lord may reveal areas that require spiritual warfare. If you confessed and repented of sin in an area in the previous lap (i.e., forgive us our debts section of this prayer) then you have removed the authority or right for demons to continue in your life. However, they will typically not leave until commanded to leave in Jesus’ name.

May 13 – For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory to the ages!
Your kingdom does not consist of food and drink but rather righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, and it has been your pleasure to share with us Your Kingdom’s Authority – Your AUTHORITY (Romans 14:17. Luke 12:32. Matthew 28:18-20)

All power belongs to You and You have shared it with us your children – Your POWER (Psalms 62:11. Acts 1:8)

You are the glorious Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, by no means allowing the innocent to remain unvindicated, visiting the righteousness of the fathers for thousands of generations by showing mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. However, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children; however, to only the third and the fourth generation. You have shared with us Yourself by way of the death, burial, and resurrection of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, thus making way for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit – Your PERSON (Exodus 34:6,7. Romans 8:9).

I choose today to be willing to be made willing to share my PERSON, my POWER and authority, and my POSSESSIONS with You for You to do with me as You desire!

May 14 – Pray for God to work in a seemingly impossible situation. (Matthew 21:22, Mark 11:24)

May 15 – Pray for wisdom for upcoming decisions. (James 1:5, Romans 8:26)

May 16 – Pray for a clean heart. (Psalm 51:10-12)

May 17 – Pray for God’s power. (Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 17:20-21)

May 18 – Pray for your family. (Ephesians 3:14-19, Proverbs 22:6)

May 19 – Pray for God’s protection from evil. (Matthew 6:13, Mark 14:38)

May 20 – Pray that God would help you live intentionally in His presence today. (Psalm 5:3, Psalm 139:7-10)

May 21 – Pray for a specific people group or nation. (Acts 1:8, Psalm 22:27-28)

May 22 – Pray for opportunities to share Christ with others. (Colossians 4:2-6)

May 23 – Pray for a missionary. (Isaiah 40:31, Philippians 4:19)

May 24 – Pray for the President and those in leadership in our nation. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

May 25 – Pray for God’s protection for those who serve to protect us. (1 Peter 4:11)

May 26 – Pray for revival in this generation. (2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 85:4-6)

May 27 – Pray for peace in our community (Matthew 5:9, Romans 12:18)

May 28 – Pray that your joy might be full in Christ. (John 16:24, Romans 12:12)

May 29 – Pray for the will of God to be done in your life today. (Matthew 6:10)

May 30 – Pray for God’s Word to be real in your life. (John 15:7, 1 John 3:21-22)

May 31 – Pray about what is troubling you. (1 Peter 5:7)

June 1 – Pray for those with whom you have had a conflict. (Matthew 5:44)

June 2 – Pray for God’s blessing on your church family. (Ephesians 6:18)

June 3 – Pray for a friend who has been discouraged. (Romans 15:13)

June 4 – Pray for God’s great supply for every need. (Luke 11:9-10, James 4:2)

June 5 – Pray for a grateful heart. (Psalm 100:1-3, Colossians 2:6-7)

June 6 – Pray for the unity of the church and all believers (John 17:20-23)

June 7 – Pray for your Pastor and those who teach you God’s Word. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

June 8 – Pray for those who are lost to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:9)

June 9 – Pray for protection for the church and all believers. (Ephesians 6:18)

June 10 – Pray for the spiritual growth of the church and believers (Colossians 1:28-29, 2 Peter 

June 11 – Pray for a new believer to be strengthened in the Lord. (Colossians 1:9-11)

June 12 – Pray for God to be glorified through your prayers. (John 14:13)

June 13 – Pray to bear the fruit of the Spirit, the fruit that remains (John 15:16): love, joy, peace… patience, kindness, goodness… faith, meekness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22,23) for You are the vine, and we are the branches (John 15:5).

June 14 –Pray over your mind that you only think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).

June 15 – Pray for God’s Glory to be known (1Corinthians 10:31, Romans 11:33–36)

June 16 – Jesus told the disciples that we should forgive not 7 times, but 7
times 70 (Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is not natural to any of us; we all need God’s
power, grace and love to fully take our forgiveness to a new, holy level.
Turn to God and ask Him to help you with those you may be harboring a grudge or past
hurt. Ask God to help you release that pain into His arms. Ask Him for guidance on how
to move forward.

June 17 –What is of concern to you today? What are you worried about? Bring
your concern(s) before God and know that He will guide you through your worries. Ask
Him for His wisdom in this matter and trust that He will provide the answer. (1 Peter 5:7)

June 18 – What would your world look like if it didn't have any love in it? Turn
to God and thank Him for showing you what love is and blessing you with His love in
your life. Try to imagine the world if God’s love was not in it at all. Ask God how you
might realize His Fruit of love more in your life and show it better to those you interact
with throughout your days. (John 3:16)

We hope your daily time with God was an amazing one, where you did grow closer to God. It is
through devotion and discipline that we draw closer to God. To be a disciple means to
be disciplined, and that is just what you accomplished through this journey.

It is our hope that you carry forth from this Challenge and continue turning to God
through prayer. Prayer truly is a privilege that we get because of Jesus Christ’s
sacrifice. We hope that you have grown in your communication with God!

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24