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7:14 – A Call to Prayer
June 14 – July 14, 7:14 AM & PM
Dear Portland Christian Center Family,
I need your help. As you know our country is in turmoil with the pandemic lockdown, fear, grief, and the horrible effects of persistent racism in America. We’re in trouble in ways most of us haven’t seen in our lifetime. As I have talked about prayer over the last few weeks, so many of you say we need a call to prayer! Well, this is that call. We need to pray like never before. In Ezekiel 22:30 it says: “I looked for someone among the people who would build up the broken wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” I need you to watch the attached video in its entirety, to see how you can be a part of standing in the gap – you and me – to be the change our nation desperately needs!
Pastor Ray Noah
7:14 Prayer Guide
Jesus gave a simple yet powerful way that anyone could access his Father through prayer. Jesus, the most powerful prayer ever, modeled how to pray for anything in what we call the Lord’s Prayer.
Use this guide to pray each night at 7:14 PM for the healing and restoration of our nation.
Week 3 | June 28 – July 4 | The Best Result of Prayer
“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’” Matthew 6:9-13
It is typical in our culture to think of prayer as something we do in order to get God to produce the results that we believe are needed. This turns many prayers into nothing more than, as Robert Mulholland calls them, “shopping lists of things to be accomplished, an attempt to manipulate the symptoms of our lives without really entering into a deep, vital, transforming relationship with God in the midst of what we think we need.” (from Invitation to a Journey: A Roadmap for Spiritual Formation)
But Jesus taught us in this model prayer to be “Your kingdom come, your will be done.” If we are to be effective in prayer, if we are to enjoy a fraction of the prayer life that Jesus did, our prayers have to get beyond my will, my wish list, my desire for God to make me happy, comfortable and wealthy, and instead begin to pray for the Father’s will to be done on earth—in the world outside me as well as the world inside me.
The great preacher E. Stanley Jones said, “Prayer is surrender—surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.”
Remember, as you pray, you are not pulling God closer to you, you are being pulled closer to Him. You are being changed. You are being drawn near to Him. And that, my faithful friend, is the best answer to prayer: Being in the presence of the One who longs to have your company.
Week 3 | June 28 – July 4
Prayers of Acknowledgement
- Prayer of Praise
- Prayer of Gratitude
- Prayer of Repentance
Prayer For Your City
- Pray for a spiritual awakening
- Pray against the strongholds over your community
- Pray for wisdom and open doors to preach the Gospel
- Pray for your local government leaders
Prayer for the Worldwide Church
- For awakening, purity, boldness and power
- For church leadership around the world—for pastors, elders and denominational leaders
- For the unity of local churches
- For wisdom and clear direction for what God is calling His church to do to impact the world
- Pray that God would empower the Church with a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit
- Prayer for the persecuted church
Prayer for the Youth of Your City
- Pray for your Children’s and Youth ministries
- Pray for local schools
- Pray for the needs of the youth of your community
- Pray for the strengthening of families in your community
- Pray for a city-wide spiritual awakening of the youth
Prayers for Your Church
- Pray for individual needs within your church
- Pray for breakthroughs at your church—spiritual (salvations, healings, signs and wonders)
- Pray for financial blessing upon your church (for a more than adequate supply of resources to complete God’s work)
- Pray for numerical growth (for an increase in church attendance and workers)
- Pray for fresh vision
Prayer for Personal Needs
- Pray for your family—your spouse, children and grandchildren
- Pray for your family’s health
- Pray that your children will draw closer to the Lord
- Pray that God enable your family to be living proof of his love to your neighbors
Prayer for Liberty and Justice for All
- Pray for those who are in still in the bondage of poverty, addiction and oppression in our nation
- Pray for a revival of justice for one and all
- Pray for racial reconciliation and national harmony
- Pray that American would truly be one nation under God
Week 2 | June 21 – 27
Declare His Name – “If my people, who are called by my name…”
Read John 14:13-14. Thank Him for the power that is in His name, and declare His authority over our nation and our world.
Come in Humility – “…will humble themselves…”
Read Matthew 23:12, 1 Peter 5:6 and John 3:30. Confess His lordship over your life, that you will decrease, that He may increase, and that He will be exalted through your life and personal witness. Pray that our nation will once again put their trust in Him.
Engage in Prayer – “…and pray…”
Read Ephesians 6:18, Psalm 4:1 and Psalm 17:6. Thank God that we can come boldly before His throne of Grace in prayer, and that the weapons of our warfare are mighty in God.
Turn Your Eyes to Jesus – “…and seek my face…”
Read 1 Chronicles 16:11, Psalm 24:6, Proverbs 8:17, and Hebrews 11:6. Take time to thank Him that He can be found by those who earnestly seek Him. Thank Him that He gives wisdom and strength to those who seek His face.
Confess Sin – “…and turn from their wicked ways…”
Read Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9, James 5:16, and Romans 10:9. Ask the Holy Spirit to search your heart and reveal personal sins, and the sins of our nation. Ask Him for forgiveness and mercy.
Stand in Confidence – “…then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins…”
Read 1 John 5:14-15, Jeremiah 29:12, 1 Peter 3:12. Boldly thank Him that as we ask anything in His name He has promised to hear our prayers and will respond in accordance with His will. Praise Him for the grace and forgiveness of sins for those who confess.
Praise Him as our Restorer – “…and will heal their land.”
Read Exodus 15:26, Malachi 4:2, Matthew 4:15-16. Rejoice that He is the great restorer of those who humble themselves and pray, and seek His face. Praise Him that He is the redeemer of those who turn from their wicked ways, that He hears and forgives, and the He is the healer of our broken nation and world.
Week 1 | June 14 – 20
Praise — “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
Read Psalm 103. Recognize God as your Father and give him adoration simply for Who he is.
Alignment — “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Read John 15:1-11. Reflect on what God’s kingdom would look like here and now, in your life, family, church, city and nation. Ask God to bring about His will in each of the above-mentioned areas.
Petition — “Give us today our daily bread.”
Read Matthew 6:33 and 7:7-11. What do you need today? What are the needs of your family, church, nation? Ask the Lord for his generous supply.
Soul-searching — “Forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven our debtors.”
Read Psalm 139:23-24. Confess any sins the Holy Spirit reveals, and forgive anyone who has offended you.
Divine Protection — “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
Identify those things that Satan often tempts you with and pray over them. Pray for protection for our church, our pastors and our families.
Thanksgiving — “For yours is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
Read Philippians 4:6-7. Express your gratitude to God for his sovereign control over this world and your life.