Ten Days of Constant Prayer May 9 - 18
"If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land"(2 Chr. 7:14).
Wait For The Promise Of The Father
"Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of My Father upon you..." (Luke 24:46-49).
The disciples were told to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit before they began to spread the message concerning Jesus as the Christ, the promised Messiah. The promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. In one sense, this fulfillment can never come again in the same way that it came at that first Pentecost. In another sense we need to wait for the Father to fulfill His promise in us in our generation on a daily basis.
It is critical that we remember that the Spirit in us is not merely a power at our disposal. The Spirit is the real living presence and the power of the Father working in and through us. The disciples felt helpless to meet their enemies, or to preach about the Christ, until they were empowered with power from on high! We too can only be witnesses in our generation if we also receive the power of the Holy Spirit that can empower us to do things that are impossible in our own strength.
God promises that those who wait on Him will be filled with the same power to spread the same message to all nations who are alive on earth today. As you spend time in prayer each day reflect on the promises given by Jesus concerning the work of the Holy Spirit. Ask God to demonstrate this power in and through you, and in and through the lives of everyone on this planet who believes that Jesus Christ is Lord.
History can be repeated. As part of our waiting on God to fulfill His promise to us once again, let us read and meditate on the Book of Acts. See how this promise was fulfilled and what effect it had on the early church, on their lifestyle, their conduct towards one another and their mission to reach the whole world with this message of repentance and forgiveness as they experienced it being worked out in their own lives.
Set your heart and mind to wait for the promise of the Father!
The Global Day of Prayer has seen millions of Christians unite in praying for their city and their nation. It is expected that the 2013 Global Day of Prayer, scheduled for May 19, will unite millions of believers, gathered in venues from small village squares to large stadiums, repenting and crying out to God for revival with sincere hearts and united hopes.
Ten Days Preceding May 19
Sponsors of the Global Day of Prayer write that beginning on Ascension Day, Thursday, May 9, and continuing until Saturday, May 18, believers around the world will be organizing ways to pray together night and day. It is expected that the ten days between the time of the ascent of Jesus and the descent of His Spirit will be filled with believers praying around the clock and across all time zones. The prayer guide [beginning in the next column] is being translated into many languages so that millions of people around the world will have the same biblical beginning points to pray through these ten days. What better way to obey our Lord than to give ourselves to ten days of continual prayer, culminating on the Global Day of Prayer on May 19, the Day of Pentecost?
DAY 1 Baptize Us!
Thursday, May 9
WAIT FOR THE PROMISE
[Jesus said:] "You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit!" (Acts 1:5).
For believers to join together in united and persevering prayer to once again wait on God for the fulfillment of His promise.
For a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our generation, on men and women, young and old, rich and poor, literate and illiterate, rulers and servants.
For the church to repent of incidences where we quenched or disobeyed the Spirit through unbelief.
Read and meditate on Acts 1 and 2.
DAY 2 Empower Us!
Friday, May 10
BE MY WITNESSES
[Jesus said:] "You will receive power..." (Acts 1:8).
For believers to become living testimonies of Gods salvation, forgiveness and deliverance in a very troubled and needy world.
For the restoration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church so that every believer can minister Gods power to a hurting, disillusioned and corrupt world.
For the church to repent of dead works and for allowing the world to infiltrate, dictate and intimidate our witness.
Read and meditate on Acts 3, 4 and 5.
DAY 3 Sanctify Us!
Saturday, May 11
BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY
[Jesus said:] "I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you" (John 15:16).
For the church to grow in maturity and be released in ministry through the faithful work of apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists.
For the revival of holiness, humility, simplicity and integrity in the church.
For the world to see the reflection of Christ in the lives of ordinary believers in every aspect of society and in acts of selfless compassion.
Read and meditate on Acts 6, 7 and 8.
DAY 4 Guide Us!
Sunday, May 12
KNOW THE TRUTH
[Jesus said:] "He [the Spirit of Truth] will guide you into all the truth" (John 16:13).
For the church to proclaim the undiluted and uncompromising truth about Jesus Christ and the fact that there is no salvation but in His name.
For Christians to be strengthened in their knowledge of Jesus Christ, for deceptions to be exposed and for ignorance to be removed.
For the veil that the god of this world put on the minds of unbelievers to be removed through the testimony of Christians and the truth of the Gospel message.
Read and meditate on Acts 9, 10 and 11.
DAY 5 Convict Us!
Monday, May 13
REPENT AND BELIEVE
[Jesus said:] "When He [the Holy Spirit] comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment" (John 16:8).
For anointed teaching and preaching to pierce the hearts of unbelievers, hard-hearted sinners and backslidden Christians and bring them to repentance.
For the world to experience Gods kindness through a church who loves unconditionally, without judgment, criticism or arrogance.
For Christians to deny themselves, to submit and obey the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Read and meditate on Acts 12, 13 and 14.
DAY 6 Comfort Us!
Tuesday, May 14
TAKE HEART, I HAVE OVERCOME
[Jesus said:] "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper [Comforter]" (John 14:16).
For strength, perseverance, grace and joy for Christians who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ.
For the salvation of the interrogators, the politicians, religious leaders and the judges who order persecution of believers.
For Christians to persevere when subjected to all kinds of suffering, poverty, oppression, mocking, injustice, sicknesses, etc., for the sake of Christ and His kingdom.
Read and meditate on Acts 15, 16 and 17.
DAY 7 Unite Us!
Wednesday, May 15
BE ONE SO THE WORLD MAY BELIEVE
[Jesus prayed:] "...that they may all be one, just as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me" (John 17:21).
For a deep work of the Spirit to join and reconcile the hearts of believers across races, languages and cultures to become one new man in Christ.
For the church to bear with one another in love, to eagerly maintain unity and to really become one Body, one in Spirit, one in hope, one in faith, with one Father and one Lord.
For the church to unite in finishing the task of world evangelism, to share resources and to appreciate the different callings and gifts God placed in the Body of Christ.
Read and meditate on Acts 18, 19 and 20.
DAY 8 Deliver Us!
Thursday, May 16
OPEN THEIR EYES
[Jesus said:] "I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God; that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me" (Acts 26:17-18).
For Christs victory on the cross over all the power of Satan, demonic principalities and spirits, to be boldly and fearlessly proclaimed to all people groups, languages and nations.
For people to be delivered from bondages, for covenants made with spirits of death and destruction to be annulled and for lies to be exposed.
For divine revelation of the truth concerning Jesus Christ to those who are in any form of idolatry, secularism, atheism or deception.
Read and meditate on Acts 21, 22 and 23.
DAY 9 Teach Us to Pray!
Friday, May 17
BE A HOUSE OF PRAYER
[Jesus said:] "...will not God give justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night?" (Luke 18:7).
For the church to believe that we have a God who answers prayer and persevere in supplication and thanksgiving.
For understanding of how to wait on God for His counsel and how to unite in prayer with the Holy Spirit in His intercession.
For the church to understand the urgency of the times, to lay aside all hindrances and to confidently draw near to the throne of grace to plead for grace and mercy for ourselves, our communities and the nations of our world.
Read and meditate on Acts 24, 25 and 26.
DAY 10 Set Us Apart!
Saturday, May 18
GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PROCLAIM
"While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, Set apart for Me..." (Acts 13:2).
For the church to be obedient to the call of the Holy Spirit to send laborers to the harvest fields.
For the spiritual, emotional, physical and financial provision and support for those who heeded the call and are serving in any cross-cultural setting.
For doors to open in countries hostile to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, for workers to be granted long-term visas and jobs, and for divine appointments to share the Gospel.
Read and meditate on Acts 27 and 28.