February 27 – Prayer

God calls us to take part in His transforming work and promises that we will be transformed in the process. As a praying church, we believe the Gospel changes our lives. Spend some time today in prayer and use the following as a guide.

Praise God for who He is: Prayers of praise are focused entirely on God. It is our expression of adoration for all that God is – His holiness, greatness, love, and majesty (Isaiah 12:4). Take a few minutes to focus on God and praise Him for who He is.

Thanksgiving for what He has done: Prayers of thanksgiving acknowledge what God has done and is doing in our lives, homes, job, community, bodies, and the church (Colossians 3:15-17). Spend some time thanking God for what He has done in your life. Write down three things you are thankful for and keep this list somewhere where you can see it daily.

Confession of our sins: An awareness of God’s presence reveals our own unworthiness. In confession we acknowledge our sin and ask God for forgiveness (Psalm 32:5). Take a few minutes to confess your sin to God.

Ask (Life, Community, Campus, Church): Prayers of petition include asking God specific things for our lives, our community, our campuses, and the local and global church (Colossians 1:9-14). Take a few minutes to ask God for specific things.