Weekly Prayer Prompts

As we take time over the next 40 days to be intentional in seeking God through prayer and fasting, we will provide prayer prompts each week that will help us to be joined in our efforts together. 


Week 1 (September 12th - September 17th)

Here are some prompts to jumpstart your prayer time this week. You can use any or all of the suggestions below throughout the week, or you can make your own. We recommend spending time on just one of these prompts per day; don’t try to blitz through the whole list in one sitting. 
 

  • An idol is anything or anyone we give our attention, affection, and allegiance to in place of God. Ask the Lord: what idols do I need to confess?  

  • Spend time examining where the idol of Self keeps appearing in your life. Where does this preference for Self cause the most damage relationally? How does it affect your relationship with God?  

  • Meditate on this statement: God is not asking to be first among other gods; He’s asking to be ALL. What is getting in the way of God being your ALL?  

  • Read Matthew 6:16-18 out loud, slowly, at least three times. The reward for true fasting is God Himself; He is our greatest reward. Spend time thanking God for His presence in your life.  


Week 2 (September 18th - September 25th)

Here are some prompts to jumpstart your prayer time this week. You can use any or all of the suggestions below throughout the week, or you can make your own. We recommend spending time on just one of these prompts per day; don’t try to blitz through the whole list in one sitting. 

 

  • Consecration means “to set aside something as holy and sacred.” The first step the Israelites took to consecrate the Temple was taking out the trash. What toxic behaviors or mindsets need to be cleaned out? Where have you been allowing sin to fester and grow in your life? Take time asking God to shine a bright light on the dark corners of your heart. 

  • The dedication of the Temple involved three different sacrificial offerings, one of which was the burnt offering. Nothing would be left from a burnt offering, because it was totally consumed by the flames in offering to God. We live as “revived” people when we offer all we are to God and hold nothing back. Look over this list and consider where you might be holding back in one or more areas: assets/possessions, relationships, time, giftedness. How can you bring all of this before the Lord without holding back from Him?  

  • Celebration is the appropriate response to consecration and dedication. Take time to celebrate God’s goodness to you through Jesus. Play a favorite song of worship during your time alone with God, and then rest in the joy that comes from knowing Jesus personally. Write out a prayer of thanksgiving because you have been rescued from sin and revived in the life that God offers.   

Week 3 (September 25th - October 1st)

  • Read Nehemiah 8:1, noting that the people requested the Word of God to be read. How much do you long for the Word of God? Ask God to increase your appetite for His Word.
  • Read Nehemiah 8:2-3a. How much do you value reading God’s Word? What priority does His Word have in your life? Ask God to guide you in prioritizing time with Him. Take out your calendar and carve out time this week when you will read God’s Word. 
  • Read Nehemiah 8:3b-5. Do you respect the Word of God in your life? What is your heart posture towards the Word? When the Word of God is opened do you have other things to do? What attention do you give to the Word? Ask God to give you clarity and focus on His Word. Before you read your Bible, pray for undivided attention. 
  • Read Nehemiah 8:6. When you read the Word, is it a chore - or do you come ready to worship God while you read? Do you view the Word as an opportunity to connect with the Author? Ask God to reveal Himself as you read His Word. 
  • Read Nehemiah 8:7-8. The point of understanding the Word of God is so that we obey. Do you come to the Bible ready to obey? Is your heart receptive to how God may correct you through the Word? Ask God to soften your hearts and to give you a spirit of humility. 
  • Read Nehemiah 8:10-12. The Word of God will revive your joy because God has given us His word on paper, in the Spirit, and in the flesh. Would you say your relationship with God would be described with joy? If not, why not? Ask God to revive your joy through His Word.