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A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 4:1-6

I praise You, God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I believe in You, God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son, our Lord. I believe in the Holy Spirit. You are one Spirit, one Lord, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. In perfect love and unity You worked to create, to rescue, and to restore. You, Lord, display Your unfathomable unity within Your Trinitarian diversity.

Because You are one, You have called Your people to live as one – to live in love and peace with You and with one another. But too often my love has turned inward – toward myself. And so I have chosen selfishness over selflessness, division over connection, and hostility over unity. I have been at odds with people that I should have embraced and served.

I have not walked in a manner worthy of the calling to which I have been called. I have not always pursued the kind of unity that Jesus prayed for on the night before His death. I have not always sought the kind of unity that the apostle Paul wrote about when he compared the church to a single body with many parts which work together. I have not exemplified the kind of unity that John saw in his vision of heaven – every tribe, tongue, and nation gathered to worship. I have not lived a life that measures up to the Great Commandment You have given, which is to love.

Lord, I confess that I have been guilty of pride and harshness in my relationships. I have been impatient and arrogant. I have focused on what divides rather than on what unites. I have been at war with You, with others, and within myself.  What I have earned as a result of my sin – my love turned self-ward – is death. I need a Savior!

And, thankfully, You have provided me with a Savior, Your Son, Jesus Christ. He was pierced for my transgressions. He was crushed for my iniquities. Upon Him was the chastisement that brought me peace. I am like a sheep that has gone astray. I turned to my own way. But You, Lord, laid my iniquity onto Jesus.

Once again, I repent of my sin and trust in Jesus. You have sent Your Spirit to live in me. As I yield to Your indwelling Spirit, I can now live a life worthy of Your calling. Help me always be humble and gentle. Help me be patient with others, making allowance for their faults because, in Christ, You have made allowances for me. May I be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

Thank You for the diversity that exists in the Church, in my community, in the nation, and in the world. Please let me be an agent of unity within that diversity, showing the world that there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all. Help me, God, join You in calling others into the glorious hope that we can all share in Christ Jesus.

Amen.

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This prayer has been inspired by Ephesians 4:1-6. Some of the words and phrases in this prayer have been taken directly from the English Standard Version, the Amplified Bible, the Contemporary English Version, the Good News Translation, the New Living Translation, and The Message. Words were also used from Apostles’ Creed.

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 3:14-21

Father in heaven, who demonstrated Your love by sending Your Son to die for us and Your Spirit to live in us,

I praise You for Your great wisdom that in Christ You are bringing together every tribe and language and people and nation. Your extraordinary plan to unite all mankind in Christ is being known and talked about even among the angels.

My response is to get down on my knees before You, Father. In my sin, I was once far from You, an orphan. But in Christ, You have made all who believe, those in heaven and those on earth, part of Your family. You are my magnificent Father.

Please, Lord, from Your glorious, unlimited riches, empower me and all Your children with inner strength through Your Spirit. May Christ make His home in my heart as I learn to trust Him more and more. Right now, I open the door of my life once again and invite Christ to dwell in my heart through faith! I repent and I believe the gospel.

Help me to be deeply rooted and securely grounded in Your love, to have both my feet planted firmly in Your gracious affection for me. Strengthen me to be able to comprehend with all my brothers and sisters how wide, how long, how high, and how deep Your love is. Lord, I want to embrace the breadth of Your love, to know the length of Your love, to plumb the depth of Your love, and to reach the height of Your love. I want to know the unknowable – the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge. I long to personally experience in my heart the love of Christ which far surpasses mere head knowledge.

Show me how deep Your Father-love is for me! Show me how vast Your love is beyond all measure! You gave Your only Son for me and made me, a wretch, Your treasure! O love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure. Your love is the saints’ and angels’ song.

Now, fill me, Lord, with all Your fullness. I ask You for the richest spiritual experience possible – completely flood me with Your presence.

You, Lord God, are able to do far more abundantly than all that I could ever ask or think. You can do anything – far more than I could ever imagine or guess or request in my wildest dreams! Heavenly Father, Your mighty power is at work within me and within all my brothers and sisters.

May You receive all the glory that belongs to You in Your church. May You receive all the glory that belongs to You in Christ Jesus. May You receive all the glory that belongs to You throughout all generations forever and ever.

Amen.

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This prayer has been inspired by Ephesians 3:14-21. Some of the words and phrases in this prayer have been taken directly from the English Standard Version, The Message, the New Living Translation and the Amplified Version. Words were also used from the hymns “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” and “The Love of God.”

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 3:1-13

Lord God, Revealer of divine mystery,

I give You praise, as the Creator of all things, that You kept Your plan hidden in past ages. I give You thanks that Your shrouded mystery has now been revealed. You had not revealed it to previous generations, but now by Your Spirit You have revealed the mystery to Your holy apostles and prophets.

And this is Your revelation: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches we now inherit as Your children. Both are part of the same body, and both enjoy the promise of blessings because both Jews and Gentiles can belong to Christ Jesus. The ground is level at the foot of the cross. We all get the same offer, the same help, the same promises in Christ Jesus. Your grace, God, is accessible and welcoming to everyone, across the board.

I, however, have not always been welcoming to everyone. I have valued and devalued people based on the color of their skin, their economic status, their level of education, their political point of view, their nationality, or their ethnic heritage. Sometimes, my pride-filled self-pity causes me to act like I am “worse than.” At other times, my self-exalting arrogance causes me to think I am “better than.” In short, I fail to love as You love. I have sinned and fallen short of Your glory.

Like the apostle Paul, I see myself as the least of the saints, the most undeserving of all Your people. Yet You have given me Your grace. Jesus laid down His life for me to forgive me for my lack of love. He rose again to give me new life. Because of Christ and my faith in Him, I can now come boldly and confidently into Your presence. 

By the working of Your power, You have called me to be Your minister. You have given me insight into Your mystery. You have granted me the honor of serving You by spreading the Good News. You have graciously invited me to tell everyone about the endless treasures available to all who are in Christ. And so here I am, Lord, with the responsibility to announce to others – Jews and Gentiles, black and white, rich and poor, young and old – things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ.

Give me more and more insight into the mystery of Christ. May I be a good steward of the grace that has been given to me. If necessary, help me be willing to suffer on behalf of others in order to share Your gospel with them.

Lord, use Your church – and me in it – to accomplish Your purpose to display Your manifold wisdom to the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. Show all of creation the many colors – the artistry – of Your supreme intelligence. May Your extraordinary plan to unite all mankind in Christ be known and talked about even among the angels!

Make Your mystery known, Lord, through me.

Amen.

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This prayer has been inspired by Ephesians 3:1-13. Some of the words and phrases in this prayer have been taken directly from the English Standard Version, The Message, and the New Living Translation.

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 2:19-23

O God, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ and Sender of the Holy Spirit,

I praise You as the Triune God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Spirit. You have always lived in community. You exemplify interrelationship and interconnectedness. You created mankind to live in fellowship with You and one another. Your communal nature means that You participate in and interact with all of Your creation. And You have invited me into this communal way of life.

But too often I have chosen to live alienated from You and alienated from Your people. I have gone my own way. I have pursued my selfish agendas. Instead of pursuing an interdependency with You and others, I have pursued either unhealthy dependence or unhealthy independence. In short, I have not loved You or others as I ought. Too often my sinful choices have caused me to live in lonely isolation.

But You did not want me to live alone. You pursued me. You loved me enough to send Jesus to die for my sins, so that I could know You and be adopted to be Your beloved child. You brought me, the solitary, into Your family so I could have a relationship with You and with Your other children as we together inherit eternal life.

So now, I am no longer a stranger or a foreigner. I am no longer a wandering exile. I am now a fellow citizen in Your kingdom with all Your people that You have made holy in Your sight. Your household of faith is now our home. 

You have built a home for me and for all Your people. I belong. We all belong. Together, we are Your house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets. And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus Himself. 

It’s the gospel of Jesus that makes all this possible. Christ is the One who holds the household together and makes us continue to grow into a holy temple for the Lord. 

Together, we are a sanctuary that is dedicated, set apart, and sacred in the presence of the Lord. You are building us – all together – to be Your dwelling place by the Spirit.

Help me to see that You love not just a collection of individuals, but a community of people. May I see that You have not merely invited me into a personal relationship with You, but into Your glorious family. Help me to embrace the gift You have given – a divine relationship with You and with all my brothers and sisters in Your church all around the world. Teach me how to love and to be loved as the gospel not only transforms my heart, but also transforms our relationships in the church, with our neighbors, and in the community around us. 

May our lives together reflect the eternal love which existed in eternity past between You, Father, and the Son and the Spirit.

Amen

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This prayer has been inspired by Ephesians 2:19–23. Some of the words and phrases in this prayer have been taken directly from the English Standard Version, The Message, the Contemporary English Version, the Amplified Bible, and the New Living Translation.

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 2:11-18

O God of all mankind,

You created us to enjoy Your presence. You long to be near to everyone You have made. Your desire has always been for Your people to be at home with You and for You to be at home with them. You are faithful, Lord, inviting us into fellowship with You and into unity with one another.

However, we have rejected Your invitation. You offered us the greatest privilege – to be near You. Yet we have chosen the greatest curse – to be far from You. The foolish choice to reject the invitation to be close to You also caused human beings to divide from one another.

Woe is me! I participated with the rest of humanity. My sin made a separation between You and me. My willful, wrong choices caused You to hide Your face from me. Just as Adam was banished from the Garden because of his sin, so I too have suffered alienation from You and from others. Without Your rescuing grace, I would be headed to an eternal separation in hell forever. 

You, however, did not leave me alone. You did what was seemingly impossible. Before Christ, I was excluded from citizenship among Your people. I did not know the covenant promises You had made. I lived in this world without You and without hope. But because of Christ – shedding His blood for my forgiveness and dying on the cross so I could have new life – I, who was once far off, have been brought near. 

You made Jesus to be our peace. He tore down the walls between people, the divisions that kept us at a distance from one another. The hostility between various groups of people has now been broken. Jesus takes two who are at war – Jew and Gentile, black and white, men and women, young and old, East and West, North and South – and makes us one in peace.

This is why I praise You for the cross. Christ brought me and people quite unlike me together through His death on the cross. The cross enables me to embrace those who are different and kills any hostility lurking in my heart.

Thank You that Christ came and preached peace to me, someone who was far away from You, and to those who were near. Thank You that we all share the same Spirit and have equal access to You, Father.

Now, help me today to show and share Your message – that no matter who someone is or what they have done – the cross of Christ is the way we can all be reconciled to God and to one another. Put an end, Lord, to the divisions we experience because ethnicity, nationality, upbringing, economic status, or any other earthly distinction that wrongly separates us. Tear down the walls between us through the power of the risen Christ.

Amen. 

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This prayer is based on the truths found in Ephesians 2:11-18. Some of the words and phrases are taken directly from the English Standard Version, The Living Bible, The Message, and the New Living Translation of the Bible.

Preaching the Gospel to yourself and others

As we continue to focus heavily on the Gospel, especially the value of “preaching” it to ourselves, we do not want to mistakenly reduce the gospel to some sort of divine “self-help” material.  The Gospel is the power of God for salvation (Rom. 1:16) which means we can walk in the power of the Gospel after salvation, as well as embrace God’s power in the Gospel in our salvation.  But the Gospel is good news to share with others, not just good news to rehearse to ourselves.  Sharing the Gospel is one of the best ways to experience its power in your own life. In the receiving, we are compelled by God to be part of the giving.

One of the most important aspects of sharing the Gospel with those who do not know the Lord is to pray for them before you share the Gospel with them, while you share the Gospel with them, and after you share the Gospel with them.  Sometimes we say it this way, “Talk to God about your friend before you talk to your friend about God.”  If you are at loss for how to pray for your “One” and those who do not know Christ, here is a good refresher list for you…

How to Pray for the Lost

Adapted from Tim Challies “18 Prayers to Pray for Unbelievers”

Pray that God would circumcise their hearts. Circumcision was the Old Testament sign of entering into God’s covenant, of being God’s people. To have a circumcised heart symbolizes having a heart that is fully joined to God, fully submissive to him. “And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live” (Deuteronomy 30:6).

Pray that God would give them a heart of flesh. The Bible contrasts a heart of flesh, a heart that is alive and responsive to God, to a heart of stone, a heart that is cold and unyielding. Pray that God would work within these unbelievers to change their hearts. “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh…” (Ezekiel 11:19).

Pray that God would put his Spirit within them. The great joy of salvation is being indwelled by God himself. Pray that God would grant this honor to those unbelievers, that he would choose to take up residence within them. “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezekiel 36:27).

Pray that they would come to Christ. If unbelievers are to come to salvation, there is just one way. They must come through Christ and Christ alone. “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6). Remember, too, that he is the one who calls them to come and to be relieved of the burden of their sin (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Pray that God would open their hearts to believe the gospel. Once more, God must initiate and people must respond. So, pray that God would open the hearts of these unbelievers so they can in turn believe, just as Lydia did. “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” (Acts 16:14).

Pray that God would free them from the slavery of sin. Unbelievers may believe they are free, but they are in fact enslaved. They are slaves of sin, bound by their sin and sinfulness. Pray that God would liberate them by his gospel. “But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed” (Romans 6:17).

Pray that God would remove Satan’s blinding influence. Unbelievers have been blinded by Satan and will only ever be able to see and appreciate the gospel if God works within them. So, pray that God would give them sight—spiritual sight. “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

Pray that God would grant them repentance. Unbelievers cannot repent without the enabling grace of God. So, pray that God would grant them repentance, that this repentance would lead them to a knowledge of the truth. Pray as well that they would come to their senses and that they would escape from the devil’s snare. “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:25-26).

Pray for other believers to encounter them. God almost always uses a succession of people to share the gospel with people before they are saved. Pray, then, that God would lead other Christians into the lives of the unbelievers you love, that they too would provide an example of Christian living and that they too would speak the gospel. “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Pray that God would use any circumstance to do his work in them. We pray to a God who is sovereign and who sovereignly works his good will. Often he saves people through difficult circumstances, through bringing them to the very end of themselves. Pray, then, that God would arrange circumstances, whether easy or difficult, to lead them to salvation. “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word” (Psalm 119:67). As you pray for the unbelievers you love, always pray to God: “your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

Pray that God would extend his mercy to them. God assures us that he wishes for all people to turn to him in repentance and faith. He receives no joy from seeing people perish. Pray, then, that God would be glorified in the salvation of these people. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

Pray with confidence. Finally, pray with confidence. God expects we will pray, God invites us to pray, God commands us to pray. Why? Because God loves to hear us pray and God loves to respond to our prayers. So as you pray for unbelievers, pray with confidence that God hears your prayers. “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16).

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 2:1-10

Lord God Almighty, my Heavenly Father, when you made this world, You created it to be full of light and life. Yet through willful rebellion and disdain for Your perfect gifts, men chose darkness instead of light and death instead of life. 

Tragically, to my own hurt, I have continued in this pattern. Apart from Christ, I was dead in my trespasses and sins in which I once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. 

I once lived in the passions of my flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind. Because of my sinful and subsequent choices, I was a child of wrath, like the rest of mankind.

But You, God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved me, even when I was dead in my trespasses, made me alive together with Christ! It is by grace that I have been saved. 

You, Lord, raised me up with Jesus and seated me with Him in the heavenly places. This has happened not because You have seen anything in me. It has happened because I am now in Christ Jesus. You did this so that in the coming ages, You will show the immeasurable riches of Your grace in kindness toward me in Christ Jesus.

It is by Your unfathomable grace that I have been saved through faith. This is not of my own doing; it is the gift of God. It is not a result of my works, so that I may never boast about anything I have done. 

You have made me Your workmanship, Your masterpiece, Your poem. I have been created anew in Christ Jesus for good works, things You have prepared in eternity past for me to do for You. 

Now, please help me today to demonstrate this new life that I have in Christ. Give me eyes to see the needs of others. Give me A heart that is burdened for others. And give me hands to serve my fellow man by walking boldly and joyfully with You to bless their lives with the good works You have created me to do. Amen. 

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 1:15-23

Dear Lord God, my heavenly Father,

I praise You for being the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ. You have revealed Yourself as the Father through the Son by the Spirit. You have also revealed Your will through Your written Word. You have not hidden Yourself. You desire to be truly known.

Yet I did not know You as You really are. My eyes were blind. I was without hope. I had no inheritance. I was spiritually anemic. I had no personal, intimate insight into Your will, Your works, or Your ways. I did not choose to pursue You. In my willful spiritual ignorance, I was dead in my trespasses and sins. 

But You pursued me. You sent Christ to die on the cross. You raised Him from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand in the heavenly places. There, He rules over all forces, authorities, powers, and rulers. Jesus is now in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments. Nothing is exempt from His rule – and not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all. He has the final word on everything. His name is above every name. Jesus is the supreme and authoritative Lord of all. 

Thank You for opening the eyes of my heart and giving me faith in the Lord Jesus. May the very core of my being be flooded with the light of Your truth by the Holy Spirit. O God, keep my eyes focused and clear, so that I can see exactly what it is You are calling me to do. Help me to grow in my knowledge of who You are and cherish the sure hope that I have – the riches of Your glorious, guaranteed inheritance.

Help me to access the immeasurable, the unlimited, and the surpassing greatness of Your dynamic power in me and in all who believe. I do not want to live in my own energy. Help me, instead to live according to the power You displayed when Jesus was raised from the dead. I proclaim that the same power that raised Jesus from the grave is the same power at work in me.  When I feel like I’m in a power struggle, remind me that I do not fight for power, but fight against fear, anxiety, discouragement, frustration and pride with power you have given me through Christ.

Lord, enable me to grasp the immensity of the glorious way of life You have for all who follow Jesus. Produce more and more love in me for all God’s people. Help me to live in such a way that my unwavering faith in the Lord Jesus and my outpouring of love to all God’s people will be seen and known by others. When others think of me, I want them to thank You.

Now, I ask You to empower the work of Your church. You have made Jesus the head of the church. And You have placed me in Your church as part of His body. May Jesus so speak and act through His church and through my life that He fills everything in the world with His presence.

Amen. 

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This prayer is based on the truths found in Ephesians 1:15-23. Some of the words and phrases are taken directly from the English Standard Version, the Amplified Bible, the Contemporary English Version, the PHILLIPS translation, The Message, and the New Living Translation.

How do I pray on this Presidential Inauguration Day?

by Lead Pastor Chad Allen

Today is our nation’s presidential inauguration day, and thousands of Christians will affirm the need to lift up our nation in prayer in this significant moment, especially in the midst of such a disheartening and volatile political environment.  But how should we pray?  Themes will revolve around peace for our nation, wisdom for our leaders, trust in God, healing for our land, and many other good and needed themes.  But today, I found myself also thinking of the moment when a disciple of Jesus asked Him to teach them how to pray. 

The prayer life of Jesus fascinated His followers.  Jesus prayed with precision, intimacy, power and insight like no other.  Of course He did, He is God in the flesh.  But we too have the ability to pray like Jesus did, because if we are in Christ, we are God’s children with an intimate relationship with God the Father, through His Son and in the power of His Spirit. SO, we too can pray with precision, intimacy, power and insight as well.  So how do we harness that kind of prayers for our nation?  Well, let’s go to the pace where Jesus responded to the request on how to pray and then apply them to our prayers for the United States.

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” Luke 11:1–4 (ESV)

This, as well as the other example of prayer gave us in Matthew 6:9-13 often called, “The Lord’s Prayer”, is not intended to be a collection of words and phrases that we memorize and then repetitiously and religious recite.  It was a template that Jesus gave as an example on how to approach God the Father and what type of themes we can pray around.  So, let’s look at how we can apply these verses to praying for our nation.

“Father, Hallowed be your name” –

Father, Your name alone is holy.  There is no other name that deserves the honor and reverence that Yours does.  We do not lift up any name above Yours.  We do not put our hope and trust in the name of any person in governmental authority.  No man or woman is like you are – holy, righteous, sovereign, just, loving, merciful and gracious.  So today Father, even though we pray for the hearts, minds and wills of our leaders, we do so with the complete belief and awareness that Your name is supreme, and that Jesus Christ is the name above all names on heaven and on earth.  No matter what names are in the headlines or what faces dominate our screens, may You find our faith, hope, trust, adoration and reverence for Your name without comparison or rival.

“Your kingdom come” –

Hundreds if not thousands of human kingdoms and empires have risen and fallen over humanity’s history.  Looking back, we see how foolish it is to wrap our identity, worth, value or hope in our nation.  We even admit that we can’t remember many of the issues that we seemed so passionate about just a few years ago, let alone decades.  What a reminder that it is Your kingdom that is active now, that is coming fully and finally in the near future and that it is Your kingdom that will stand forever.  Our heart’s greatest desire is for Your rule over the hearts and lives of people everywhere to continue to advance until Jesus returns and establishes the kingdom in complete perfection.  Father, please daily remind us that we are citizens of your kingdom first.  May we be found exceedingly guilty of putting You and Your kingdom above all other interests in our lives.  May Your kingdom, and that which reflects and advances Your kingdom be the first priority of our hearts.

“Give us each day our daily bread” –

It is Your hand oh Father that provides.  All our needs are met in You alone.  You use education, employment, government and the generosity of others to provide our most essential needs and resources.  Help us never to confuse who’s in charge and from Whom all resources flow.  We are grateful to live in a country that has the means to help those who need it, but we acknowledge that even that ability originates from Your hand.  So, Father help us not to fear, and not to stress about the One who provides our daily needs. Find us grateful and thankful each day for what You allow us to have and how you creatively provide it.

“and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us”” –

We are grateful that we are forgiven in Christ, and we acknowledge the value in continuing to agree with You, through confession to You, that when we drift into sinful attitudes and behaviors, it displeases You, hurts others, erodes our intimacy with You, and negatively impacts our credibility with those who do not Know You.  We confess that we have failed You in the areas above:

  • We confess that we have had moments where we put more trust in an incoming our outgoing President’s name above Yours. We confess that we have been guilty of speaking confidently about a man or woman in authority in a way we should have been speaking about Your name. Please forgive us
  • We confess that we have been found guilty of investing more words, energy, conversations and passion into a fading earthly kingdom rather than your now present and ever-coming eternal kingdom. We confess that thoughts we have thought, words we have said, and posts we have written have made us more of an evangelist for a human leader and for our country than and evangelist for the One who gave up His life for our sins and has secured a place for us in His kingdom.  Please forgive us
  • We confess that we are quick to be discontent, greedy, consumeristic, and worldly.  We confess how quickly we forget how even in our most impoverished state as an American, we are among the wealthiest in the world. We confess that our understanding between a “need” and a “want” has been blurred. Please forgive us
  • Father, we confess that we have hurt others with our words and opinions, both our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and those who need You.  We have been guilty of division, disunity, and earthly mindedness.  We are so grateful for the forgiveness of Christ and His blood that covers these sins.  Help us to repent, apologize and initiate and purse healing and reconciliation where needed because you have called us to a ministry that reconciles not injures.

“and lead us not into temptation” –

Father, You take no delight in our sins, or in the temptations that lead us to sin.  We know that today we will be tempted to sin in word and in deed, in thoughts and in actions.  We know that today there are unique landmines of temptation that await us, and which will detonate into hate, discouragement, fear or other sinful attitudes and behaviors.  Father, let us see the way out that you provide with each temptation as You have promised. Help us to not yield to the sinful invitations of today.  May the peace, hope, rest, joy and confidence that we have I Christ rule our hearts and minds this day.

I pray in the mightiest name, Jesus Christ, Amen!

I encourage you to take five to ten minutes and read the Luke 11:1-4 passage and pray through this prayer, not necessarily word for word, but theme by theme, thought by thought.  Make it your own.  Personalize it. Lean into it.  And on this day, when we hope and pray for a peaceful day for our nation, may your prayer time alone, or with others, refresh and fix your hope and trust in Christ no matter the highs and lows our nation goes through.

live new,

Chad Allen

A Gospel Prayer based on Ephesians 1:11-14

Dear Lord God, 

You are worthy of all my praise. You have a purpose and a plan for everything, including me. You are always at work to accomplish Your perfect will. I have always been part of the overall purpose You are working out in everything and in everyone. It is Your purpose that will stand. You have always known the plans that You have had for me, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give me a future and a hope. 

You long to lavish me with an undeserved inheritance! You have united me with Christ when I heard the word of truth and believed that Jesus died to pay for my sins and rose for my justification. You have enabled and empowered me to place my hope in Christ alone. In Christ, I have died to sin and I now live to righteousness so that I might bring praise and glory to Your name. 

You have put Your stamp of ownership on me by giving to me the Holy Spirit You promised to all who trust Jesus. The Holy Spirit is a down payment from You – the first installment on what’s coming, a reminder that I’ll get everything else You have planned for me. He gave me Your Spirit so I could praise and glorify You.

Now, help me not quench or grieve Your Spirit. It’s not by my might or by my power that I seek to live this day, but by Your Spirit. Teach me to walk in the Spirit so that I will not carry out the desires of my flesh. Fill me with Your Spirit so I can bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in all my relationships. 

And as I live this way, in submission and obedience to Your indwelling Spirit, allow me to bring praise and glory to Your name. 

Amen.

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This prayer is based on the truths found in Ephesians 1:11-14. Some of the words and phrases are taken directly from the English Standard Version, The Message, the New Life Version, and the New Living Translation.