January 2-4, 2018
Invitation to Prayer
God is listening. He really is. God says, “You will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you” (Jeremiah 29:12). This is His promise to each of us.
For three days in January, join thousands of others around the world from our network of churches (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) for intentional prayer for ourselves, our churches, and our world.
Each day there is a theme. Take the invitation. God is listening.
Day 1: Tuesday, January 2
Prayers of Confession
As we pray today, we confess where we have fallen short:
When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:
Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God,who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.” Nehemiah 1:4-7
4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
“Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Daniel 9:4-6
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:1,7
Day 2: Wednesday, January 3
Prayers of Petition
As we pray today, we lift up petitions for the local church.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers,intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Hebrews 5:7
Day 3: Thursday, January 4
Prayers of Vision
As we pray today, we pray for greater vision for The Kingdom of God in our world.
Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction. Proverbs 29:18
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night. Psalm 1:1-2
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart Psalm 119:1-2