JAN 07  / Sunday – Ephesians 3:20

Overview: Why go through life under our own power when the dynamic Holy Spirit power of God is already in our toolbox, waiting to be unleashed?

08 / Mon – Prayer  |  Read Ephesians 6:18

Prayer is how we talk to God. In both the Old and New Testaments, there are examples of many different kinds of prayers. They are as varied as the people who prayed them and the situations that prompted each person to pray. What do you talk to God about? Are there requests you have been asking for yourself or others? What assures you your prayers are being heard? How do you handle times when He seems silent?

09 / Tue – Daniel’s prayers  |  Read Daniel 6:10 / Daniel 9:1-12,17-19

Israel experienced the consequences of their sin. Daniel and his people were captured and taken into exile but it did not stop him from praying daily. He made no excuses but confessed the sins of his people and asked for mercy. Are there things happening in your nation that could be a result of sin, of people turning away from God and ignoring His commands? How can you be like Daniel and pray for your own nation? What confessions and petitions will you make on behalf of your people?

10 / Wed – Nehemiah’s prayers  |  Read Nehemiah 1:1-11 / Nehemiah 2:1-5

Nehemiah was part of God’s answer to Daniel’s prayer. Even in Nehemiah’s position of influence with the king, he needed to be wise. How did his prayers in 1:4 prepare him for action when the opportunity arose? Wisdom prompted him to pray again before answering the king’s question. Has there been a time for you when praying beforehand eventually opened the door for God to work? What might have been different if you had not prayed?

11 / Thu – Elijah’s prayer  |  Read 1 Kings 18:1-2 and 16-39

Elijah faced a seemingly impossible situation. His life was in danger but he was obedient to what God told him to do. Analyze Elijah’s prayer in v 36-37. What important elements do you notice? God’s answer in v 38-39 was like dynamite, literally blowing up the physical space, as well as the spiritual. What challenges do you face right now for which you have no answers? Will you come boldly to the Lord with humility as Heb 4:19 suggests? He is not offended when you do so.

12 / Fri – Insurmountable obstacles  |  Read Ephesians 3:20

In 1866, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. More powerful than black powder, and less dangerous than nitroglycerin, he named it after the Greek word dunamis which means power. In the past, dynamite was used to build the railroad system. It is used in transportation projects and building bridges. Do you have obstacles in your life that seem insurmountable? Consider how dynamite prayer can break through those obstacles. How does this verse give you hope?

13 / Sat – When you don’t know what to do  |  Read Romans 8:26-27

Like most people, you probably have times when you don’t know what to do or even how to pray. Unlike the world, which despises those who admit weakness, God loves your honesty. He already knows you are weak. He already knows you face situations beyond your ability to handle. Only He can make the difference. And He wants you to know you are not praying alone. Let the promises in these verses strengthen your heart. Will you apply them to something you are going through right now? There is great power in admitting your weakness. Do not be afraid to do so

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