Growing in His Grace
July 21st – July 27th
The Prayer Focus of Week 1:
Personal Renewal and Refreshing.
Key Verse for Week 1: So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:19 (Amplified)
Things to Pray:
- Ask God to help you change.
- Ask God to change your heart.
- Ask God to show you His plan and purpose, for your life.
- Ask God to reveal any hidden sin.
- Ask God to forgive you.
- Ask God to empower you to make the change that is necessary.
- Ask God to help you recover.
- Ask God to refresh your spirit, your soul and your body.
- Ask God to renew your love and zeal for Him.
- Ask God to fill you with His presence and peace!
Wait in God’s presence this week and allow the Holy Spirit to do a thorough deep and work on the inside of you. Be still and just say these simple words: Holy Spirit I desire change, real change, that I know only You can do! So as I wait on you, do in me what needs to be done. I ask this in Jesus Name, Amen. Purpose to spend daily time in prayer and in the Word over the next 40 days! Find a quiet place, be still, be real, and be willing to listen.
Therefore, change your hearts and stop being stubborn. Deuteronomy 10:16 (NLT)
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar. Psalm 19:11-14 (Msg)
I acknowledged my sin to You,?and my iniquity I have not hidden.?I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”?And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah Psalm 32:5 (NKJV)
May He grant you according to your heart’s desire,?And fulfill all your purpose. Psalm 20:4 (NKJV)
“I know that You can do everything,?And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. Job 42:2 (NKJV)
But if we confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away. 1 John 1:9 (CEV)
Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Growth
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21 (NLT)