Prayer: Father, I want to be a man/woman who prays with great faith. I want to believe that you hear my prayers and use my prayers to move mountains in my life and in the lives of those I am praying for. Lord, you are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Thank you that you want me to ask you to do extraordinary things in prayer, such as moving mountains. You want me to be free of doubt and to pray with boldness – with deep faith and conviction of your ability to move mountains. Father, I confess that I do have mountains that need to be “thrown into the sea.” Doubt, confusion, fear, pride, control, shame, and trying to earn your approval/acceptance are just some of the mountains. I have sin and struggles that have become mountains in my life. I have problems and pain in my relationships with those I love that feel like mountains. There are mountains in people’s lives whom I love and want desperately to experience freedom.
Father, help me and teach me to pray with faith that moves mountains. Guide me through your word and your Spirit to pray “mountain moving” prayers. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ask God to show you the mountains that need to be moved in your life so that you can pray bold prayers in faith for you, your family, and others.
Prayer: Father, your word tells me that my prayers are powerful. I confess that I don’t always feel righteous because of sin, hurts, and the things that the enemy says about me, so I have a hard time believing that my prayers are powerful. I need you to change the way that I see myself as your son/daughter. You tell us in Romans 5: 1 “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” You made me righteous through my relationship with Christ. I could never be righteous apart from Christ, so thank you for giving me the gift of being righteous. Help me to believe that I am righteous in your sight regardless of how I feel. As your son/daughter who is righteous in your sight, you say that my prayer is powerful in its effect. I confess that I’ve believed lies that my prayers are not powerful. I’ve allowed the enemy to tell me that you hear and answer other people’s prayers but not mine. I’ve even believed the lie that my prayers don’t make a difference. Father, I ask that you set me free from those lies and give me faith to believe that my prayers are powerful, because you chose prayer to accomplish your will on earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.
The word “sick” in verse 15 means “to tire with exertion, labor to weariness; to be discouraged; to labor under disease or sickness”. This word can mean physically sick or emotionally discouraged/weary.
Prayer: Father, thank you that you choose to use prayer to do a powerful work in our lives and in the lives of those we pray for. You use prayer to heal us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank you that you tell us to confess our sins to one another as part of our healing. God, help me to have the courage and humility to ask for prayer from others and to let a trusted friend know where I struggle with sin so they can pray for me. Lord, confessing sin to a trusted friend and asking for prayer is a big step for me, but I want to be healed and free. Please give me wisdom and guidance in this area of my life and direct my steps. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ask God to speak to your heart about confessing sin to a trusted friend (or spouse if you are married). Scripture makes it clear that we receive forgiveness when we confess our sins directly to God (1 John 1:9). However, there are times when we need to tell a trusted friend our sins or struggles so that we can be healed. It takes humility to tell someone our sins, and when a trusted friend prays for us without condemning us, we experience freedom from shame. If you need freedom from a particular sin or struggle, then ask God to direct you to a trusted friend who will pray for you.
Prayer: Lord, I often feel like the father in Mark 9:24 “Immediately the father of the boy cried out, “I do believe; help my unbelief!” You know the areas of my life where I have great faith, and you know the areas of my life where I have very little faith. You even know the areas of my life where I’ve given up and decided to stop asking you to do anything in prayer. However, I am going to ask you something today, because you are the source and perfecter (Hebrews 12:2) of my faith. God, would you increase my faith? Would you increase my faith to believe what you say in your word about you, what you say about me, and what you say about prayer? God, give me faith to believe what you say. Increase my faith to believe you for things that you ask me to pray about through your word and Spirit. The things that I stopped praying about because the enemy told me to give up – give me faith to believe that everything is possible through you. Lord, give me wisdom as I pray in faith and teach me how to pray in faith. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Introduction: Faith to Pray – For the next 8 days, our prayer focus is learning to pray in faith. Scripture tells us in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” We are also told in Hebrews 11: 6 that “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” As we begin this week of prayer let’s start by asking God to increase our faith in Him, His word, and the power of prayer!
Prayer: Jesus, thank you that you give me faith and you perfect my faith. Help me to fix my eyes on you, especially when I have doubts, discouragement, and temptations. Remind me of what you did at the Cross to save me and give me victory over sin, darkness, and death. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Ask God to speak to your heart and bring into the light any hidden fears, doubts, or any other thoughts that are standing in opposition to your faith. Once God reveals these things to you, pray the following prayer:
Lord, I surrender my fears, doubts, and lies I’ve believed to you. I lay them down before you and ask that you release me from them. I choose to believe that you are for me, with me, and that you are above all things. I put my trust in you and worship you as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Prayer: Father, thank you for faithfully instructing me and showing me the way to go. You see everything in my heart and life, and you bless me with wisdom so that I can walk in your ways. Lord, I need wisdom to know what changes I need to make in my life regarding prayer. Show me what adjustments I need to make in my schedule so that I can devote more time seeking you in prayer. Show me when I am worrying or trying to figure things out on my own instead of asking for you to help me. I confess that I don’t have the power to change my heart, my life, or anyone else’s life. I want to give up control and learn to depend on you in a real and powerful way. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Take a few minutes and name the specific things in your life that you need to ask God to help you with. Ask God to give you wisdom and strength. Ask God to help you trust Him with anything that He brings to mind.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your word. Thank you for the promises you give me in your word. I want to be a man/woman who prays to you immediately. When trouble comes, when temptation comes, when the enemy attacks me, give me discernment to quickly recognize his lies and pray to you immediately. Teach me to make you my hiding place and my shelter in whom I find refuge. Remind me that you surround me with songs of deliverance when I feel the weight of fear, temptation, discouragement, and pain.
Lord, I confess that you are my God and I seek refuge in you. You are my hiding place and my deliverer. I give my heart fully to you today, including my struggles, burdens, and fears. Thank you for taking care of my heart and life so that I can walk in freedom today. In Jesus’ name, amen.