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As we approach one of the most impactful community outreach missions our church has ever embarked upon, we must pray. Be the church! Join us for a season of prayer as we seek to impact the Kingdom for Christ in our community. Sign up to receive an email blast each day or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Each day this prayer guide will follow the same format. You will:

  • Read a portion of Scripture
  • Remember who God is and reply with praise
  • Respond to God’s holiness and realign your heart
  • Reflect God’s faithfulness and give thanks
  • Renew your commitment to God and ask for His help in making adjustments

Day 40 – Friday, March 14

Read How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” Isaiah 52:7

Remember … Jesus, You are beautiful. The things You endured for my sake, the price You paid was far too much. You are to be praised on occasions, at all times, and in all circumstances. I love You, Lord!

Respond … Sometimes I don’t take the time to stop and give out the Good News of Jesus to the one You place in my path. Often it is because of fear; forgive this lack of faith in You.

Reflect … I am blessed to call You my Savior. I am blessed to have the Good News of the Gospel to share. I am blessed to know that You rule and reign. Thank You, Jesus!

Renew … Make the feet of Your people – the church – beautiful! Help us bring the Good News of Jesus to our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others You bring to us. Give us boldness to proclaim peace and salvation. Make us zealous for Your Kingdom. Help us to always point others to You and not ourselves or our church. Make our motto be: soli deo Gloria (Glory to God alone). In Jesus’ most precious name, amen.

Oh, God, to know You is life. To serve You is freedom. To praise You is the soul’s joy and delight. Guard me with the power of Your grace here and in all places. Now and at all times, forever. Amen. — Augustine of Hippo

Continue to pray! Warren Grovetown launch day is in two days – Sunday, March 16!

Pray for the staff, the core group of volunteers, the preschool and children’s ministries, the sermon feed,

the greeters, and the worship team. Pray that God will bring many unbelievers to the

Grovetown campus on March 16 and that many will be saved.

Day 39 – Thursday, March 13

Read What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17

Remember … You are steadfast, Jesus. You labored for Your bride. You never gave up, and You fought until the end. Then in the tomb You continued Your great work and conquered death. All praise, honor, and glory go to You!

Respond … I give up at times. When things get tough, I throw in the towel and quit. I am sorry that I don’t see things through. I don’t access Your power as I should through prayer and the reading of Your Word.

Reflect … Thank You for the enabling power of Your Spirit. Thank You for equipping me for every good work. Thank You for helping me finish well and not give up. Thank You for opportunities to live out my faith. Thank You for allowing me to help and encourage others.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – continue our work for You. Help us live out our faith as we love, serve, and encourage others with the hope of the Gospel. Specifically, as we serve the people of Augusta and Grovetown, give us eyes to see needs and courage to take action. Do not allow Your church to become deadened. And never allow us to see a need You place in front of us and not respond. In Jesus’ name, amen.

God is calling us to live for the sake of Christ and to do that through suffering. Christ chose suffering; it didn’t just happen to Him. He chose it as the way to create and perfect the church. Now He calls us to choose suffering. That is, He calls us to take up our cross and follow Him on the Calvary road and deny ourselves and make sacrifices for the sake of ministering to the church and presenting His sufferings to the world. – John Piper

Day 38 – Wednesday, March 12

Read … And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” Isaiah 6:8

Remember … Jesus, You received the call from Your Father, and You obeyed. You came to Earth, lived a sinless life, then suffered and died a cruel death. But You did not stay dead; You conquered death, and now You rule and reign at the right hand of God the Father. You are magnificent!

Respond … It was because of my sins that you suffered and died on the cross. Forgive me, Jesus. I am so sorry that my sins caused You such great pain.

Reflect … I am thankful for the cross of Jesus. I am thankful for His loving sacrifice. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me from death.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – hear the call and respond with, “Here I am! Send me.” Grow us to be like Your Son Jesus, who gave His all for His church. In His name we pray, amen.

Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you´re alive, it isn’t. — Richard Bach

Day 37 – Tuesday, March 11

Read For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 1 Thessalonians 1:8

Remember … Lord, You are a resounding voice of truth, a beacon of light, and a valiant warrior. I praise You today as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Respond … My mouth often resounds with pride, anger, bitterness, and sarcasm. These kinds of words are not of You. Forgive me and cleanse me from my unrighteousness.

Reflect … I thank You today for Your Word that sounds forth and instructs and for the Holy Spirit who convicts and changes me from the inside out.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – live in such a way that we need not say a word to bring glory to You. Make our lives authentic and real. Keep our minds on truth and our hearts full of love and compassion. Make our lives testimonies that sound forth into Augusta, Grovetown, Evans, Martinez, and their surrounding areas for Your name, amen. 

Don’t complain to yourselves that you can’t go to the mission field! Thank God for bringing the mission field to you!

 — Brother Andrews

Day 36 – Monday, March 10

Read … We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

RememberYou are a faithful God of never-ending love and constant hope. Your ways are perfect because You are perfect. All praise is Yours, my God and Savior!

Respond … I am sometimes unfaithful to you, my love falls short and is based on conditions at times, and I often put my hopes in things other than You. This is wrong, and I am sorry. Please forgive me for sinning against You in these ways.

Reflect … I am so blessed to call You my God and Father. You bless me through Your Word as You instruct me to live faithfully for You. I am blessed by Your love which is unconditional and gives me great security. I am blessed by the hope I have in You. Thank You.

Renew … Empower Your people – the church – to live as faithful servants for You. Help us love everyone, especially those we do not know, and help us place our hope in You and You alone. Give us grace to diligently labor for You so that others may know Your great name and come to know the hope we have in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Don’t wait for a feeling of love in order to share Christ with a stranger. You already love your heavenly Father,

and you know that this stranger is created by Him, but separated from Him, so take those first steps in evangelism because you love God. It is not primarily out of compassion for humanity that we share our faith or pray for the lost;

it is first of all, love for God. — John Piper

Day 35 – Sunday, March 9

Read Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10

Remember As I remember who You are today, Lord, I am reminded of the way You gave Your best gift for Your people through Jesus. You are the sacrificial giver, the one-and-only selfless, all-sufficient, Almighty God who gives with love and never regrets it!

Respond When my heart wants to hold a grudge, please forgive me. I know I fall short of Your glory sometimes. I am so sorry.

Reflect As I reflect on Your generosity toward people, I am thankful for Your example. Thank You for teaching me how to give. Thank You for the resources You’ve given me and for the command to give back to You with a happy heart.

Renew Help Your people – the church – let go of what we have with open hands and open hearts. Will You give us the desire to be as generous with the resources we have as You were as You gave Your all for Your church through Jesus? Make us more like You in our offerings and sacrifices. For Your renown I pray, amen.

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … Every step toward the goal of justice requires

sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Day 34 – Saturday, March 8

Read There is one who scatters, and yet increases all the more, and there is one who withholds what is justly due, and yet it results only in want. The generous man will be prosperous, and he who waters will himself be watered.  Proverbs 11:24-25

Remember Jesus, You are the living water. You pour Yourself out for others and provide refreshment that lasts and lasts. Generous in all Your ways, You are a humble servant, the King of Glory!

Respond Forgive me for withholding from You what is rightly Yours. I often am guilty of closing my fists rather than opening my hands.

 

Reflect I am grateful that as You increase in my life and become greater, I decrease and become less. Thank You for teaching me to scatter and disperse what I have been blessed with. Thank You for continuing to give me opportunities to see Your faithfulness as I learn to trust You more completely in all areas of my life.

Renew Keep Your people – the church – from withholding from You what is justly due. Everything is Yours, and I desire to use Your resources to bless others and honor You. Help me become like You, Jesus, one who gives and gives and gives. Increase my desire to give from a generous heart, remembering that You will provide for all my needs over and above all I ask or think. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’    But … the good Samaritan reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’

– Martin Luther King Jr.

Day 33 – Friday, March 7

Read In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 

Respond Forgive me for wanting rather giving. I am so selfish at times and so untrusting of Your faithfulness. I am so sorry for this weak type of faith. 

Remember Abundantly kind, generous in all Your ways, sovereign over all, the great gift-giver – that is You, Lord Jesus. I praise You today as the once-for-all, perfect, sacrificial offering.

Reflect Words do not convey the depth of my gratitude for the precious gift of Your life for me. Thank You, Jesus, for blessing me with Your love, Your presence, Your Spirit, Your peace, and Your joy.

Renew Help Your people – the church – to be a blessing to others by giving. Help us work diligently to bless others and to find joy as we live in Your presence, daily giving in Your name. Make giving a way of life for Your church. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

For it is in giving that we receive. 
– St. Francis of Assisi

Day 32 – Thursday, March 6

Read But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:35-38

Remember You are the God Most High. You are infinite, all-wise, all-knowing, ever-faithful, eternal, steadfast, and true. You are a just judge, full of forgiveness and mercy. You are unchanging and You are holy. I praise You today, Father, for the abundance of who You are.

Respond … Father, I am so sorry for being ungrateful, judgmental, condemning, and unforgiving at times.

Reflect Thank You for Your unfailing love, Your compassion and grace. Thank You for expecting better of me than I am able to offer on my own. Thank You for pushing me to be more like Jesus. As I reflect on who You are, I am reminded of who I am in You. Thanks be to God for “spilling over” onto me. 

Renew Help Your people – the church – love and do good for others, expecting nothing in return. Help me to be kind and merciful, careful not to judge or condemn others. Help me to forgive as I have been forgiven by You. Train me to give a good measure, pressed down, shaken and running over as a way of life. I pray this to the God Most High, amen.

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  – John Bunyan

Day 31 – Wednesday, March 5

Read … I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.  2 Corinthians 8:8-9

Remember … Jesus, You are rich in mercy, love, and forgiveness. We worship You today as the perfect, sinless sacrifice for Your church.

Respond … Forgive the depravity of my heart that causes me to grumble about giving back to You what is rightfully Yours. You gave Your life for me, and sometimes I find myself upset when You ask me to give back a portion of the blessings I’ve received for Your Kingdom.

Reflect … Thank You for not leaving me the way I am but for continually transforming me into Your likeness in every way, Jesus.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – see the riches of Your life and love as You hung on the tree at Calvary for all who would believe. Because of Your extravagant love, cause us to be extravagant in our love for You by giving generously to Your church this week so others can know You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations

whose words of thanks will not be heard.”  – Gaylord Nelson

Day 30 – Tuesday, March 4

Read For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints—and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 2 Corinthians 8:3-5

Remember … Jesus, You gave Your all at the cross, and Your loving sacrifice continues to bless and draw others to salvation. I praise You today as the God of my salvation!

Respond … Forgive me for my sins, Father. I make mistakes every day. I’m so sorry for sinning against you, Jesus. I’m sorry that my sins – past, present, and future – cause You to hang on a tree.

Reflect … Thank You for my salvation! I am grateful for this extravagant gift of grace.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – understand the depth of Your sacrifice. Give us a glimpse of what it truly means, and cause us to want to obey You and give ourselves to You completely as a church for Your honor. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

Sacrifice is a part of life. It’s supposed to be. It’s not something to regret. It’s something to aspire to.  – Mitch Albom

Day 29 – Monday, March 3

Read … We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 2 Corinthians 8:1-2

Remember … God of grace, You are great and greatly to be praised. You are generous in all Your dealings with Your people. Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Respond … I often take Your grace for granted. Sometimes I treat it flippantly and carelessly. Forgive my reaction to Your generous response of love to me.

Reflect … Thank You for the evidence of grace in my life. Thank You for times of affliction that test me and cause Your graced to be proved in my life.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – live lives of abundant giving. Allow Your grace to so overtake me that I become a person of undeniable generosity. In the midst of plenty or poverty, cause me to give generously to Your Kingdom for Your glory, Jesus, amen!

Obeying is easy when it makes sense and when milk and honey are flowing all around us, but the true test of our commitment is best seen when there is no refreshment in sight, just plain after plain of dry wasteland.
Will we obey God even then?  – Priscilla Shirer

Day 28 – Sunday, March 2

Read … Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3

Remember … You, Oh Lord, are my delight. You are a refreshing stream of living water that gives life.

Respond … Forgive me when I delight more in walking with the wicked than I do in communing with You.

Reflect … I am grateful that You delight in me and that in You I can yield good fruit that lasts for eternity.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – continue to bear fruit that lasts. As we walk this journey of multiple campuses, help us look to You for guidance and cling to Your hand of provision, not our own. Make Your church like a tree planted by streams of water – a prosperous church that seeks to bring the lost to You and disciple them to be used in the Kingdom for Your glory, amen!

The church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.  – A. W. Tozer

Day 27 – Saturday, March 1

Read … For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Remember … Lord, You are the God who sees. You see deep into the crevices of hearts and minds. You are all-knowing and all-discerning.

Respond … I don’t always see the condition of my heart. I am blinded by the false teachings of the world, and my mind often becomes desensitized to the sins that surround me. Please forgive me for this.

Reflect … Thank You for piercing my soul with Your spirit and with Your truth. I am grateful that You shine the light of Your Word into my sometimes darkened mind.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – make Your Word living and active in everyday life. Take Your Word and put it into the DNA of Your church so it becomes as much a part of our lifeline as the air we breathe and the food we eat. In Jesus’ name, amen.

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.  – John R.W. Stott

Day 26 – Friday, February 28

Read … Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:15-16

Remember … God, You are truth and Your Word is true. You are the same yesterday, today, and forever – the unchanging and eternal God of all creation!

Respond … I admit that I sometimes speak words that destroy rather than build up. I exaggerate at times and speak only what is partially true. This is a form of lying, and it is unholy in Your sight. Forgive me, Father.

Reflect … Thank You for the truth of Your Word, for the fact that You cannot tell a lie or deceive in any way. In a world that is dark and perishing with dishonor and deception, You are a beacon of light and hope.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – make much of the truth. Cause Your church to stand together for the truth and not shy away from proclaiming all that is good, honorable, pure, and just. As we are given opportunities to share truth, help us do so with a heart of love and not judgment. Help us also serve You as a church fully equipped so we can grow together and build the body of Christ for Your name’s sake, amen.

It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth.  – C.S. Lewis

Day 25 – Thursday, February 27

ReadNow may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Remember … God of peace, sanctifier, faithful One, that is You, oh Lord. Blessed be Your name!

Respond … I wince at Your refining at times. It is uncomfortable and difficult. I so want to grow but I don’t cling and commune with You as I should.

Reflect … I am grateful for the faithfulness You lavish on Your church. Thank You for keeping us on track and for making Your bride like Jesus.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – shine as a radiant bride for Your Kingdom. As we become more and more like Your Son, help us love, serve, think, act, talk, and live as sons and daughters of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, in Whose name we pray, amen.

The one marvelous secret of a holy life lies not in imitating Jesus, but in letting the perfections of Jesus manifest themselves  in my mortal flesh. Sanctification is “Christ in you.”… Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy; it is drawing from Jesus the holiness that was manifested in Him, and He manifests it in me. – Oswald Chambers

Day 24 – Wednesday, February 26

Read … And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

Remember … You, Oh Lord abound in love, knowledge, and discernment. Jesus, You are excellent and blameless, filled with righteousness.

Respond … Forgive me, Father, for depending on my own knowledge and discernment at times. You are the One I should be depending on for all things. Cleanse me from this kind of pride and unrighteousness.

Reflect … I am blessed to be filled with the righteousness of Christ because of His sacrifice for my unrighteousness. Thank You, Jesus, for carrying my weight of sin.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – abound in love each day. Help us turn to You for wisdom and discernment. Give us eyes to see what is excellent as a body and as individuals so we can be pure vessels used for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Day by day we should weigh what we have granted to the spirit of the world against what we have denied to the spirit of Jesus, in thought and especially in deed.  – Albert Schweitzer

Day 23 – Tuesday, February 25

Read … And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Remember … God, You are good and Your goodness flows from Your grace and mercy. I praise You today as the One who is excellent and perfect in all His ways.

Respond … I regret that I often doubt Your goodness. I get so caught up in my own little world that I fail to see things through the lens of a gracious and mighty God. Forgive me for this kind of selfish perspective.

Reflect … Thank You for promising to finish what You started in me. Thank You for not throwing in the towel when I mess up. Thank You for using the struggles in my life to bring me to full completion in Christ Jesus.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – be pliable in Your capable hands. Help us see struggles and conflict as an opportunity for Your power and greatness to bring Your church to completion. Help us surrender to Your refinement, and give us the grace to make adjustments where necessary. Help us be the church for Your glory, Jesus, amen!

Adversity is not simply a tool. It is God’s most effective tool for the advancement of our spiritual lives.   –CharlesStanley

Day 22 – Monday, February 24

Read … I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:3-5

Remember … God, You are from everlasting. You bring joy to Your people, and Your name is greater and higher than all other names in heaven and on earth.

Respond … Forgive me, Father, for forgetting the greatness of who You are in my life and in the life of Your church. You are to be remembered at all times and in all circumstances.

Reflect … Thank You for never forgetting Your people – the church. I am grateful for Your continued presence, provision, and protection daily.

Renew … Help Your people – the church – partner with You in sharing the Gospel. Give us unified hearts as we become one church with two locations. Help us keep a Gospel-centered perspective as we continue to be the church for You. Give us one mind and spirit as we serve You and those You entrust to us, amen.

If we are together nothing is impossible. If we are divided all will fail. – Winston Churchill

Day 21 – Sunday, February 23

Read Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26

Remember … Father, I praise You today as the strength of my heart and my good portion. All things that come from Your hand are good. I honor You today with my life.

Respond … Forgive me when I fail You. I try, but so many times I’m trying in my own strength and not Yours.

Reflect … Thank You that You are enough. I don’t have to desire anything or anyone like I desire You, because You are completely sufficient

Renew … Help Your people – the church – understand that nothing should be desired more than You. Break us, Father. Get us to the end of ourselves and align us properly with You. When we are correctly aligned, nothing can touch us and Your work can and will be accomplished. Help us make You our portion forever. We love You, Lord, amen.

True brokenness is a lifestyle – a moment-by-moment lifestyle of agreeing with God about the true condition of my heart and life – not as everyone else thinks it is but as He knows it to be. – Nancy Leigh DeMoss