Spiritual Disciplines 2017 Prayer Calendar:

Day 1: Prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:17, Pray without ceasing.

"Dear God, I'm busy. I think I can get more done by rushing to the next item on my agenda. But, God help me to pause for a conversation with You. Let's talk about how busy and distracted I am. Here's what I want You to know ..."

Day 2: Fasting

Matthew 6:17-18, But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

Dear God, "Focus my heart and mind so intently upon You that my hunger for the things of this world fade into its their proper place. May the fullness of Your love fill my emptiness to overflowing. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 3: Study

2 Peter 3:18, But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

"Dear God, apply my mind to that kind of knowledge which is good for me. I would glorify You with my intellect and pursuit of your grace and truth. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 4: Contemplation

Psalm 8:3-4, When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

"Dear God, so much around me is wonderful. Give me the eyes to see and the mind to consider Your Presence everywhere. Give me some quality thinking time with you. Help me to be as mindful of You as You are with me. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 5: Giving

Deuteronomy 15:10, Give generously to them 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.

"Dear God, thank you for all we have. Help us to give to you and to give to those who are in need. Help us to see that our giving makes you happy."

Day 6: Purity

Matthew 5:8, Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.

"Dear God, search my heart and make it pure. Help me to be genuine and pleasing in your sight."

Day 7: Friendship

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

"Dear God, thank you for friends. Help us to treasure this gift that you have given to us and treat others with loving kindness. Help us to be the kind of friend that you would want to have."

Day 8: Integrity

Proverbs 11:3, The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

"Dear God, who I am is rooted in who You are. Help me to keep it that way. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 9: Tongue

James 1:26, If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless.

"Dear God, I invite you to bridle my tongue. So much of my influence and attitude is reflected by my words, so help me honor You and build others up by the way I speak. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 10: Work

Proverbs 16:3, Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.

"Dear God, I commit my work to You. Use me 24/7 as a willing vessel for Your plans and purpose. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 11: Perseverance

Philippians 4:12-13, I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

"Dear God, sometimes I just want to give up, or at least take a break from the pressures I face. These circumstances gang up against my faith and hope for a future. Yet, I know the secret, You are my secret for facing our future together. All things are possible in Your strength. I believe it. Amen.

Day 12: Worship

Psalm 95:6, Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

"Dear God, help us to make a joyful noise unto you. Help us to praise you in all we say and do, in all we think and speak, and in every moment of our lives."

Day 13: Ministry

John 15:12-13, This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.

"Dear God, use me Lord. I open myself as an instrument of Your love, to the benefit others. I embrace my personal ministry in the lives of others. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 14: Confession

1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

"Dear God, I come before you today with all of my baggage. Help me to lay it all down at your feet and walk away. Thank you for loving me enough to send your one and only son to die for me on the cross. Help me to live my life to be pleasing to you. Lord I turn my life over to you. Thank you God for loving me."

Day 15: Praise

Psalm 148:1, Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!

"Dear God, You are everything that's good. You are You and that's enough. Praise Your Holy Name! amen."

Day 16: Service

Philippians 2:7, But made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

"Dear God, the image and character of Christ is what I'm after. Help me to take on the Servant's way as my way. amen."

Day 17: Solitude

Matthew 14:23, And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,

"Dear God, let's get together today by ourselves, just You and I. Help me to carve out enough time to be authentically alone with You. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 18: Simplicity

2 Corinthians 1:12, For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.

"Dear God, strip away the excess in my life. We'd rather boast about Your wisdom and grace than this world's thirst for luxury. You, Lord is what I need. amen."

Day 19: Grace

Ephesians 2:8, For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

"Dear God, I am so blessed to be able to stand on your promises and declare that my life is yours. I pray that You will continue to watch over me as I continue my walk with you."

Day 20: Sacrifice

Romans 12:1-2, I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

"Dear God, teach me about the healing nature of sacrifice. So often I try to soothe my hurts with indulgence. Reverse that, Lord. Help me to find healing through the discipline of sacrifice. amen."

Day 21: Affirmation

Ephesians 4:29, Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you.

"Dear God, may the words I speak and the attitude I show lift those around me who are sinking. I am a beacon, help me to shine brightly for You. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 22: Frugality

Matthew 6:31-33, Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

"Dear God, temper my spending with the assurance that as I seek Your righteousness, my needs will be met with abundance. Add to my life where I need more, and subtract from my life where I need less. Help me to know that oftentimes, 'less is more'. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 23: Fellowship

Galatians 6:2, Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

"Dear God, Thank you so much for all of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Lord your word says "For where two or three gathered in my name, you are there with us". Lord help us to be there in fellowship with each other and most important to always be in fellowship with you."

Day 24: Spiritual Thirst

Psalm 42:2, My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

"Dear God, My soul is thirsty and I know that only you can quench that thirst. Please pour your living water into me so that I may never be thirsty again."

Day 25: Humility

James 4:10, Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

"Dear God, Help us to not boast or be proud but be thankful and kind hearted. Help us to appreciate all we have and see the needs of others and help them as best as we can. We know that all things come from you Lord."

Day 26: Evangelism

1 Peter 3:15, Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you're living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy.

"Dear God, what You've done for me I want others to experience also, so use me to explain well why me life is so different now. Let me hope be contagious. Give me opportunity to lead (name) to faith in you. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 27: Justice

Isaiah 1:17, Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

"Dear God, I would confess to You that I am self-seeking and self-serving and too wrapped up in my own business to notice the hurts and injustice outside of me. Show me today someone or some situation that I can stand with You to proclaim freedom and justice. Help me to be a good student of 'doing good.' Amen."

Day 28: Guidance

Psalm 32:8, The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you."

"Dear God, so many choices and pathways lie ahead. I desperately need You to show me the way, the truth, and the life. I am a willing follower, so guide me. In Jesus' name, amen."

Day 29: Time

Ecclesiastes 3:1, There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth.

"Dear God, I've heard it said that 'timing is everything.' Lord, I know YOU are everything, including my Guide through the seasons and times of life. Help me to make today count. And tomorrow, and the day after that, as I submit to Your guidance and care. amen."

Day 30: Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32, Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

"Dear God, Please give us a heart of forgiveness. Help us to forgive others and help us to forgive ourselves. Help us to remember what you did for us on the cross. Let us love one another and show kindness and compassion just as you did for us then and as you do for us now."

Day 31: Courage

Joshua 1:9, Haven't I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don't be timid; don't get discouraged. GOD, your God, is with you every step you take."

"Dear God, we know not what's around the next corner or bend of our lives ... except to know that You will be there to give us courage. Replace my timidity with Your strength, let's face tomorrow together. In Jesus' name, amen."