ALL NIGHT PRAYER GUIDE
Throughout the centuries when God was about to move in people’s hearts, He first prompted His people to pray. As we embark on the next part of our journey as a church with fresh vision and direction, and as we seek that God would work mightily in our hearts and the hearts of those around us, we want to bathe all that we do in prayer. As Jesus said: He is the vine, we are the branches. Apart from Him we can do nothing. So, during this time of prayer we want express our dependence and let Jesus’ directives in the Lord’s Prayer guide how and what we pray for. Please take these next 15-20 minutes to seek His face and to lay these requests before Him.
1. Begin by taking a minute or two to read the Lord’s prayer.
2. Follow the headings in each section, read the scripture passages, and then pray for those specific needs. Feel free to follow the Spirit’s prompting if something is laid upon your heart during this time.
3. Feel free to finish with a time of personal prayer, listen to/sing a favorite worship song, or just sit in silence before him.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one, for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” (Matthew 6:9-13)
1. WORSHIP HIS NAME
“Our Father in heaven...Hallowed be Your Name...”
You have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15 NLT)
God’s name is a place of protection—the righteous can run there and be safe. (Proverbs 18:10 MSG)
Jesus invites us to begin our prayers by calling God “Father.” We do not come to God as a cold and distant deity or as a harsh and demanding judge. We come to a good and perfect Father. Though once we were His enemies, now we are His sons and daughters. Take time to thank Him for making this relationship possible through Jesus Christ. Worship Him as your Father and the Sovereign God of the universe.
2. PRAY FOR HIS AGENDA NOT OURS
“...Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven...”
He will always give you all that you need from day to day if you will make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. (Luke 12:31 TLB)
Pray for God’s rule and reign to be evident in our lives and our world. Pray that He would lead us to where He wants us as a church and that we would be faithful to that call. Pray for an awakening in our city and nation - that lives would be changed by the Gospel and that justice would be evident in our society. Pray for some of the people in your spheres of influence (oikos) and pray that you would have an opportunity to share the Gospel with them this week.
3. DEPEND ON HIM FOR EVERYTHING
“...Give us this day our daily bread...”
I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! (Psalm 121:1-2 NLT)
Begin by thanking God for how he has directed your life and supplied for your needs. Ask the Lord to provide what you need today. It could be food and shelter, encouragement, friendship, a job opportunity, a change in your workplace, strength to resist temptation, grace to forgive, or a variety of other things. Then pray for any needs in the body of which you are aware.
4. PRAY FOR TENDER, REPENTANT, & FORGIVING HEARTS
“...Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors...”
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Ask God to check your heart and motives. Are there any areas of unconfessed sin that are putting a barrier between you and Him? Repent of those sins that He brings to mind and receive His forgiveness in Jesus Christ. Thank the Lord for his abundant grace and mercy and ask where and how you might extend that grace toward someone else in your life.
5. ENGAGE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE
“...And do not lead us into temptation but deliver us from the evil one...”
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
Pray that God would guard your heart, the heart of our leaders, and the hearts of those around you as we take the next steps toward fresh vision for our church. Our adversary is ruthless and cunning, and He doesn’t want to see any of this happening. Pray that we would be strong, dependent and unified in the days to come.
6. EXPRESS FAITH IN GOD’S ABILITY
“...For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever.”
“Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)
End your prayer time by reminding yourself of God’s ability. Read scripture, sing/listen to a favorite worship song, or say/write down all the ways you see His power and glory evident around you.