Saturday Prayer Guide – November 29, 2020
This is a suggested guide you may find useful during the open time of prayer (there will be an opening and closing to our prayer time, and the middle is for prayer over the items below or what God has laid on your heart)
Lord’s Prayer: Jesus provided this model as an outline to teach us how to pray in a way that connects us to God and empowers us to accomplish great things through Him.
What is Advent?
At Christmas time we rejoice in the First Advent – the coming of Jesus to earth as a baby just as it had been foretold 600 years before. Christmas is the perfect time to reflect more deeply on His birth, His life, ministry, death and resurrection as we spend time in prayer, scripture reading and repentance. The Bible also tells us of another Advent (Second coming) when Christ will return to earth for His children. So as followers of Jesus we live our lives between two Advents—like two bookends on a shelf. The first we look back with joy and thankfulness, the second we look forward to with eager expectation.
We offer this prayer and scripture reading guide to help you as you prepare your heart and mind for the gift of God’s presence in your life this season and into the New Year.
Advent Week 1: HOPE
- We celebrate the hope we have in Christ.
- Thank God for the Hope of our salvation.
But I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me – Micah 7:7
Prayer: Father God, I am so thankful for Jesus. Thank You for sharing Your Son with us and for Your plan of salvation. I can have true hope even during crazy and disappointing times, and I am so glad You hear my prayers!
- Jesus is our Hope and brings light to a world in darkness
- Pray for friends, family, and coworkers who do not know Jesus, the Light of the World.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. — John 1:1-9
Prayer: Jesus You are the light of the world and I praise Your name – which is above all names! Lord, I pray that you would push the darkness away so that (person’s name) can see You and experience light and life with You. I stand in the gap for them now, and ask for chains to be broken and freedom to reign because they come to know You, Jesus!
- Jesus as our Hope came to bless the nations
- Pray a blessing upon those around you (your neighborhood, Nexus Church, our State of Oregon, Our Nation)
Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. – Galatians 3:7-14
Prayer: Jesus, You took the curse for us and I thank You! As those redeemed by Your blood, You want us to be Your hands and feet in the world. Show me where You desire me to be that. I also want to speak blessing over (person/ organization/nation’s name) in the area of (health, relationship, policies, emotions, work, etc.). May they see You and hear Your voice in the midst of receiving this blessing and be drawn closer to You, Jesus.
- Jesus is our Hope as our High Priest
- Thank Jesus for being our High Priest and bring your needs/requests to Him.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – Hebrews 4:14-16
Prayer: Jesus, You are the true and holy High Priest. Thank You for interceding on our behalf. I bring to You the following burdens on my heart …. Thank You for Your mercy and grace.
- We have Hope in Jesus coming again to renew the heavens and the earth.
- Praise Jesus because we have Hope (sure and certain) in a renewed heaven and earth
So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that’s coming when Jesus arrives. Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God’s life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, “I am holy; you be holy.” – 1 Peter 1:13 – (MSG)
Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that day—but we’ll hardly notice. We’ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness. – 2 Peter 3:11 (MSG)