20 Days of Prayer #19

A Prayer for Our Country, State, Parish

But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare, you will find your welfare.

Jeremiah 29:7

Sovereign Father who rules over the world, we give you praise and honor. We recognize that you alone are our King, and we give our hearts and allegiance to you. We are grateful for every ruler in the world who seeks peace and allows your people to share the gospel freely. We pray for those who find themselves under the oppressive rule that puts their lives at risk. Thank you for those who spread the gospel anyway. Thank you that in our country we are able to freely spread the Good News of your Son Jesus Christ!  Give us the courage to do so relentlessly! 

We pray for the welfare of our nation, our state, and our parish. We pray for the elected leaders and persons of influence who sway opinion and make law. God give them wisdom and place Christians within their organizations to offer influence such as Daniel had in the Babylonian kingdom of long ago. 

God, we ask you to bless Louisiana and Ouachita Parish. Let the people of our land have open hearts to the gospel. Bless all Christians throughout our state and parish as they seek to reach the lost. Give us strength and wisdom, Father! 

We believe your promise that when things go well in those settings, things will go well for us. Help us to grow in our faith. Amen.

Prayer by John Dobbs

John Dobbs is the minister for the Forsythe Church of Christ in Monroe, LA. He can be found oversharing on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram (@bigpoppa1130).

20 Days of Prayer #18

A Prayer for Financial Wisdom

The wicked borrow, and do not pay back, but the righteous are generous and keep giving

– Psalm 37:21

Father, we are so grateful for the generous way you have blessed us. We would have nothing and be nothing without you. Thank you for providing “our daily bread” – giving us the needs that we have in such a way that it causes us to give praise to you!

We confess we have not often been wise. Many of us are struggling with indebtedness that weighs us down in spirit. Sometimes we wonder if we will ever catch up. Sometimes we have worried too much about money that is either saved or invested, and sometimes we have depended on money more than we have depended on you. Sometimes we have not been giving as we should, because we have not been able to let go. 

You have told us that the love of money is the root of all evil. Today, Lord, focus our hearts on you. We pray to love you more than money or anything it can buy.

Give us wisdom in the area of finances. Help us to be good stewards of the money, time, possessions, and gifts you have given to us. 

We need your help in this area because we so often get distracted.

Thank you for loving us beyond our weakness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer by John Dobbs

John Dobbs is the minister for the Forsythe Church of Christ in Monroe, LA. He can be found oversharing on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram (@bigpoppa1130).

20 Days of Prayer #17

A Prayer for Those who are Homebound

The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of trouble; he protects those who take refuge in him.

Nahum 1:7

Dear Father who never leaves us nor forsakes us, thank you for your presence. To make it through each day we remember that you care, you listen, and you love. 

We remember those in our church who are homebound. We think of their names and faces as we pray right now. We know that the days become so lonely and long. The quietness of the hours can become discouraging. The pain, illness, and aging are troubles that have brought them to this time in life can cause sadness and loneliness. 

Our prayer is that we would be mindful to visit, call, or express care in some way. We pray that each person who struggles with health can remember that you are near. We pray that if there is healing that needs to take place, you would bring that into their lives. We pray for the light of Jesus Christ would bring some brightness into each day. 

Thank you, Father. As we reflect on those we no longer see when we gather as a church family, we also remember their joy, their words, their presence. We remember how much they have blessed us over the years. Would you bless them now, Father? In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer by John Dobbs

John Dobbs is the minister for the Forsythe Church of Christ in Monroe, LA. He can be found oversharing on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram (@bigpoppa1130).

20 Days of Prayer in 2020 #16

A Prayer for Our Families

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Heavenly Father, thank You for showing us what true love is by sending Jesus Christ Who brought us into Your family.

Embrace the single-parent families in our community.  May they feel Your Hand of protection and use us as believers to be the hands and feet of Christ to aid them in their times of struggle.

Be with our families that our broken.  We pray that You will bring comfort to adults and children who have been affected by divorce.  We pray for peace and comfort as they navigate difficult waters.

Intervene in families that are struggling.  Give them clarity of vision and a clear path to resolution before catastrophic decisions are made that affect many.  We are thankful for those who have the gift of counseling and pray that You will continue to give them wisdom as they minister to families that are struggling.  Use them as Your mouthpiece.

We thank You for those who have healthy families.  May we not take these for granted but be intentional in the way in which we live out our faith as a family.  Assist us so that we might not only have strong families but model a Christian family to those around us.

Nudge us all to model the Kingdom now. Thank You again for your grace, mercy, forgiveness, and the privilege to be a part of Your family! Amen

Kent Jobe is preaching minister for the College Avenue Church of Christ in El Dorado, Arkansas. You can find him on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

20 Days of Prayer in 2020 #15

A Prayer for Wisdom in the New Year

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

2 Peter 3:8,9  NRSV

Dear Father and Creator, You exist beyond our concept of time. Even so, you do not ignore the days and seasons in which we live. We are conscious that time is moving swiftly as we enter into another year. 

For the sins of the past year, please forgive. For the missed opportunities and for the times when we simply chose to walk in our own way without You, we repent. 

As we step into the first weeks of this new year please give us wisdom for our journey. We desire for our lives to bring you glory. We desire for our choices to magnify your name. We desire for our words to bring the sweetness of the gospel to the world around us whose lives are embittered in sin. 

We have personal choices to make that are sometimes difficult. There are conflicts we must face and there are decisions that must be made in all of our lives. Father, In all our ways we acknowledge you, and we trust You to make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:6). Amen.

John Dobbs is the minister for the Forsythe Church of Christ in Monroe, LA. He can be found oversharing on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram (@bigpoppa1130).