This past year has presented challenges like no other. Some of us have been waiting for change, praying for results we haven’t yet seen. Scripture encourages us to pray without ceasing. We encourage you to commit the month of May to go deep in prayer, finding that quiet time to communicate your physical, financial and spiritual needs before the God who has no limits. Join us here at TLN as we Pray thru May together.
It is our desire at TLN that you live a healthy spirit-filled life centered in Christ, powered by faith, believing that God is MORE than able to meet your needs. He is limitless! We challenge you to build the kind of faith that dares your soul to go beyond what your eyes can see. An enriched spiritually healthy life involves direct communication with Christ our Healer, Comforter, Savior, and Lord.
One definition of prayer is: “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” For an effective, life-changing connection to God we need to be certain that there is NO OTHER “object of worship.” Often, where we spend most of our time CAN become an object of worship. However, God calls us to full devotion to Him backed by the uniquely contagious, overwhelming love He has for us.
During this month of May, seek to center your affection on God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Pray daily, or as often as you can, to connect more completely. Then at the end of these 31 days our hope is that you have established a prayer life that you can sustain, grow, and adapt as part of your regular routine.
No guilt, just success: Whether you start at the first of May or the end, read through these scriptures and suggested prayers whenever you can. Add your own words, too. Find a quiet place to share your thoughts with Jesus.
Some people use a “prayer closet,” (a small room or actual closet where they frequently gather and keep on-hand notes and journals for thoughtful scripture-searches or to capture inspirations for later reference). Others use drive time or office breaks to reflect and pray. The important part is establishing – or re-establishing – a prayerful relationship with Christ. This creates a firm foundation in our “Solid Rock.”
We’ve also included two other elements to strengthen this month’s emphasis. Use the Thought for the Day as a springboard to your own reactions to each scripture and prayer.
Then, whether you journal or not, linger one more moment to consider the question(s) raised under the Journal Entry section. A total life centered in Christ is TOTAL LIVING!
Know that TLN’s CareForce team would love to walk with you thru this series or pray with you at any time. Click here to find out more about TLN’s Careforce prayer ministry and to leave prayer requests. You will find a phone number to call for confidential prayer. If you need to leave a message, we WILL call you back. That is a TLN Commitment! We love to hear from you.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
A Verse for Today: Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
A Prayer for Today: Thank You for Your promises which are new and fresh every morning. I arise to see Your glory and rest in Your arms as I sleep because You never slumber. You are always with me. ALWAYS. Today I wait upon You Lord to renew my strength. I bask in Your goodness and mercies. I take this moment in Your presence to breathe in deeply, knowing that You created the atmosphere for that very purpose. I think about the strength found in the wings of eagles and the steady, graceful movements as those wings confidently extend. Dear Lord, it is my desire to run not walk toward You today. Do help me to stay strong and focused. Provide both spiritual and physical stamina to withstand weariness or a faintness in purpose. Protect me from anxiety that can so devastate when left unattended. May I be a testimony of Your greatness so that others are encouraged towards their own eagles’ flight.
A Thought for the Day: There is a measure of faith associated with taking a breath. We trust when we do so that there will be oxygen to sustain that breath. This analogy plays out all day long. We trust our feet to walk, and gravity to perform our usual functions. The Creator of all of this, as well as the universe, sustains. If these actions become second nature without thought of faith, could regularity in prayer become second nature? Could an expectancy of answered prayer become natural? Could faith itself become as effortless as a breath? As I take moments to breathe in God’s goodness, I can draw my strength from Him.
Journal Entry: Write down what it means to you to “wait” on the Lord. Also, make notes on where you need to develop strength to resist the enemy of your soul. TLN’s CareForce can pray with you for those strengths. Click here for Prayer
A Verse for Today: Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
A Prayer for Today: Dearest most cherished God, I know that You are always at work in this world. I want to establish and grow Your work WITHIN and THROUGH me. You sent Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to the earth to do that very thing. I acknowledge that through His suffering and deliverance, I am free. I am changed. I am whole and I am called to Your purpose. As You move to recreate humanity, recreate me. Transform me in Christ. Renew me and engage me as a member of Your cherished ambassadors to transform the church and those who do not yet believe. Thank You for moving in the background for my greater good as I am called to a desire to serve You.
A Thought for the Day: Motives, thoughts, and actions align for the good of those who align with God’s purpose. As I exist in this “me” oriented society my focus could naturally lean that direction where my desires are at the center of my universe rather than God’s. We are seeing this in our world today. Things are off kilter. How can I detach, realign, or move away from the focus on me into a focus on God’s greater purpose?
Journal Entry: Write down at least two things you want to see changed in your life that could lean you into God’s greater purpose. Also, linger a moment longer to think of someone else. Who could you help this week in your neighborhood or at work? Is there someone who needs a touch from God, too? Believe for them as often as you believe for yourself this week.
A Verse for Today: Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
A Prayer for Today: Father God, I stand in for my family with open hands turned toward You in an attitude of faith-filled prayer. I pray for the health of our children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews. I pray for their spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. God protect our loved ones as they navigate isolation, changes in their learning experiences, and all else facing young minds. Nothing is impossible with You, God. I pray right now for future generations that they will come to faith and know You. Allow me to be a living example of Your grace and joy. Use me to lead them to You.
A Thought for the Day: If I am an example to my family and friends of Christ’s love, what am I communicating today through my actions and prayer life? Can I be more impactful, and can I demonstrate a healthy prayer life and relationship with Christ that lingers way beyond Sunday services?
Journal Entry: Take a moment to list the names of family members and friends and commit to pray for them from time to time this month. Pray for the impossible in their lives. Pray for protection and direction as they move through these unusual times into a mature relationship with Christ.
A Verse for Today: Psalm 4:1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
A Prayer for Today: Dear God my Father, You are wholly aware of all that goes on in this world as well as the details that circle around me. Nothing escapes Your gaze. You are cognizant of the principalities of darkness wandering like a hungry lion. Regardless, You are the Conqueror, our Lion of Judah. You did not create in us the spirit of fear. When fear or distress comes my way, I recognize that it is how I handle these feelings that garner my victory. I call out to You now as I stand on Your promises and ask for complete deliverance from distress, fear, anxiety, and/or the depression that often follows. Align my thoughts and actions with Your purpose. Even uttering the very name of Jesus speaks power and deliverance. Jesus, Jesus, hear my prayer and move in ways I cannot even imagine today. Fill me with Your presence and Spirit as I take in the mercies of your abundant portions of grace.
A Thought for the Day: Distress is real. Pandemic anxiety is real. God’s power is more than sufficient to bring peace and purpose. Should these feelings begin to take root, I will reject them at the onset with the knowledge that God is still in the miracle-working business. He does not sleep, and He will see me through. The more I face head-on, the stronger I become. The stronger I become, the more I can be used of God to fulfill my goals and in order to help others.
Journal Entry: Reflect on moments where you have been in distress and God has rescued you. Think on those times when you feared something that never happened, or you allowed anxiety to take over in circumstances that never came to fruition. Distress distracts. List areas that currently create stress or anxiety. Pray for God’s deliverance and begin to think about the source of these emotions and what you humanly can do to eradicate them.
A Verse for Today: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
A Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, make me a new creation. Create in me a new heart. Refresh and renew my mind. Fill me up with thoughts of You. Forgive me of my sins – those I am aware of and those that may be hidden. Thank You that You choose to forget and instead cheer me upward and onward to a greater purpose. Restore me and make me new in You. Old things, old ways that point away from You are now gone. Behold all things become new. Thank You Lord, that Your forgiveness is endless.
A Thought for the Day: When Christ forgives, He chooses to forget. Scripture indicates that our sins are washed as white as snow. We may allow the memory of our past to haunt us and hold us back. As we forgive ourselves and move forward in the “new,” there is joy, a new sense of purpose, and a restoration. Breathe in a breath of fresh air and find peace in this moment of restoration. Now move beyond yourself and reach out to share this message of hope to others.
Journal Entry: Write some adjectives to describe how you feel knowing that you are freshly renewed and restored through a relationship with Christ. How do you feel knowing that He holds no grudges? How do you plan to move forward differently to support a positive fulfilling relationship with Christ?
A Verse for Today: 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
A Prayer for Today: (Based on Ephesians 6:19-18): Today I put on the whole armor of God, that I may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For I do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age. Father God, I take up Your entire armor that I may withstand the enemy. And having done all, I will stand firmly in Your shadow. I gird my waist with truth and with the breastplate of righteousness. I cover my feet with the gospel of peace, take up the shield of faith to quench all the fiery darts, and finally I wardrobe myself with the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is Your Word. No weapon formed against me will prosper. In the precious name of Jesus. Amen.
A Thought for the Day: Taking on the armor of God is about protection and preparation FOR battle should it come. Prepared in knowledge and strength, I can go about my activities with confidence and purpose and move forward knowing that I am not alone. Since I am prepared for all that might come my way, I am positioned to be there for others, too. Should I stumble on difficult circumstances at work (or when looking for a job for so many who have lost theirs during the pandemic) I can deal with adversarial conditions with confidence outfitted in the armor of God.
Journal Entry: Think for a moment on a huge problem or task in front of you that is causing stress or grief. Think about tackling it in your own strength. Now write down some thoughts about taking it on in the armor of God while standing on His promises. Pray for strength to tackle those areas of concerns from this heightened perspective.
A Verse for Today: Psalm 34:17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
A Prayer for Today: As I walk in strength of purpose today, help me be mindful of the pitfalls and traps set before me by the enemy of my soul. It is not my intention to dwell on them, or linger in anxiety that I should face them, but to walk boldly and confidently in You my Lord, my firm foundation, and my defender. You hear my cry this moment. Deliver me when necessary and place my feet on solid rock.
A Thought for the Day: When I am aligned with Christ and have a sense of purpose, I am in a better place to help others. Helping others is a key focus for Christ followers. The very act of God sending His son for us, and Jesus’ experience at the cross for us is a clear indication that the sacrifice is in setting aside our own desires for the greater purpose of serving others. And the greatest act of service is directing others to Christ.
Journal Entry: Enter in your journal at least two times when the Lord delivered you from difficult circumstances. Give Him thanks. Now list at least two friends who need help in their own difficult lives. Make a point to pray for them this week and perhaps lead them to Christ. Knowing what He’s done for you, would He not do the same for others?