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Month of Prayer
Month of Prayer

Join together with thousands of your SBC of Virginia family to pray with one heart starting May 4. During four weeks of concerted prayer, let’s watch God move in power for His glory and our good.

As the world continues to battle COVID-19 and begins the process of finding a “new normal” for the future, spiritual, physical, emotional and financial needs abound. Fear, sickness, financial hardship and isolation have taken a toll on so many. As our world moves into this next phase of difficult decisions and joyful reconnecting, it would be really easy to attempt to do things in our own power, thinking we are through the worst of it.

But the needs are just beginning and our God stands ready to move in power for His people. For the next four weeks, we want to call on all SBC of Virginia churches to unite in prayer, “casting all your cares on Him, because He cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

MONDAYS

Praying for our own hearts

TUESDAYS

Praying for our families

WEDNESDAYS

Praying for our churches

THURSDAYS

Praying for the nations

FRIDAYS

Praying for our community and nation

Pastors, consider sharing these weekly with your congregations through your online and drive up services, praying together. Also consider sharing them through social media and email.

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May 25-29, 2020

Scripture Reading - Psalm 24

The earth and everything in it,
 the world and its inhabitants, 
belong to the Lord; for he laid its foundation on the seas
and established it on the rivers.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? 
Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
 who has not appealed to what is false, 
and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord,
and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who inquire of him,
 who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

Lift up your heads, you gates!
 Rise up, ancient doors!
 Then the King of glory will come in. Who is this King of glory?
 The Lord, strong and mighty, 
the Lord, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, you gates!
 Rise up, ancient doors!
 Then the King of glory will come in. Who is he, this King of glory?
 The Lord of Armies, 
he is the King of glory. Selah

MONDAY, MAY 25

Pray for your own heart to:

  • Remember that the Lord owns the whole earth and the fullness thereof
  • Remember that YOU belong to Him – He has made you and you are His
  • Be pure by grace through faith in Jesus
  • Not be lifted up to false gods or falsehood
  • Rejoice in the blessings of God
  • Rest in the righteousness that comes from God
  • Seek the face of the Lord daily
  • Be lifted up to see and trust the King of Glory

TUESDAY, MAY 26

Pray that our families:

  • Prepare the next and now generation to seek after God
  • Trust the Lord who owns all things to provide for us
  • Trust in the glorious might of God
  • Seek the Lord for His glory and not just for His gifts and blessings
  • Promote and pursue purity before God

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

Pray for our churches to:

  • Be places of pure hearts and pure devotion to God
  • Be places of truth, turning from what is false and deceitful
  • Be places of hope, lifting our heads and seeing God in His glory
  • Be places of power because God is mighty, not us
  • Be places of glory, pointing to God’s glory, not our own

THURSDAY, MAY 28

Pray for the nations:

  • To realize and abandon the falsehoods of false gods and religions
  • To trust in Christ to make them pure and clean before God
  • That this would be the last generation without a witness among many unreached, unengaged people groups.
  • That the King of Glory would make Himself known and come in to the lives of countless people around the globe.

FRIDAY, MAY 29

Pray for our communities and nation:

  • To recognize that God alone has real power and glory
  • To turn from deceit and the lies of the world to trust the God of truth
  • To repent of the unrighteousness of falsehood and the self-righteousness of trying to climb to God on their own
  • To find freedom, deliverance, cleansing, forgiveness and purity in God alone

Past Weeks

Week 1 Scripture Reading - Psalm 16

Confidence in the Lord – A Miktam of David.

Protect me, God, for I take refuge in you.
I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have nothing good besides you.”
As for the holy people who are in the land,
they are the noble ones.
All my delight is in them.
The sorrows of those who take another god
for themselves will multiply;
I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood,
and I will not speak their names with my lips.

Lord, you are my portion
and my cup of blessing;
you hold my future.
The boundary lines have fallen for me
in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.

I will bless the Lord who counsels me—
even at night when my thoughts trouble me.
I always let the Lord guide me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad
and my whole being rejoices;
my body also rests securely.
For you will not abandon me to Sheol;
you will not allow your faithful one to see decay.
You reveal the path of life to me;
in your presence is abundant joy;
at your right hand are eternal pleasures.

Week 1 Prayer Prompts

MONDAY, MAY 4

Pray for your own heart to:

  • Remember that we have no good apart from God
  • Not run to other gods or idols for security
  • Choose to rejoice in the Lord who holds our present and future
  • Remember the strength and wisdom of the Lord is FOR us
  • Rejoice that the Lord gives us life and He is our greatest pleasure

TUESDAY, MAY 5

Pray for our families to:

  • Trust God for our protection and provision
  • Not fear, but stand firm because the Lord is with us
  • Rejoice in what we have, instead of complaining about what we have lost
  • Find our greatest joy in the Lord

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

Pray for our churches to:

  • Remember and rejoice in the good that the Lord has given us
  • Trust the Lord for the present and the future for His people
  • Rest in the presence of the Lord
  • Be people of joy in the midst of trial.
  • Remember and trust Jesus as the fulfillment of every promise of God.

THURSDAY, MAY 7

Pray for the nations:

  • Pray for our missionaries to trust the Lord in His strength and presence
  • Pray for the stillness of this time to be God’s way to spread His Kingdom
  • Pray for unreached peoples who run after other gods to be brought to a place of realizing their need for new life
  • Pray that Jesus, the giver of life, to be known where He is not now known

FRIDAY, MAY 8

Praying for our communities and nation:

  • For leaders to take refuge in the Lord, not in their own strength
  • For our neighbors to not run after other gods or strongholds
  • For leaders to seek the wisdom and strength of the Lord
  • For our neighbors to find eternal life and pleasure in the Lord
Week 2 Scripture Reading - Psalm 116

Thanks to God for Deliverance

I love the Lord because he has heard
my appeal for mercy.
Because he has turned his ear to me,
I will call out to him as long as I live.

The ropes of death were wrapped around me,
and the torments of Sheol overcame me;
I encountered trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“Lord, save me!”

The Lord is gracious and righteous;
our God is compassionate.
The Lord guards the inexperienced;
I was helpless, and he saved me.
Return to your rest, my soul,
for the Lord has been good to you.
For you, Lord, rescued me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.
I will walk before the Lord
in the land of the living.
I believed, even when I said,
“I am severely oppressed.”
In my alarm I said,
“Everyone is a liar.”

How can I repay the Lord
for all the good he has done for me?
I will take the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.

The death of his faithful ones
is valuable in the Lord’s sight.
Lord, I am indeed your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your female servant.
You have loosened my bonds.

I will offer you a thanksgiving sacrifice
and call on the name of the Lord.
I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the Lord’s house—
within you, Jerusalem.
Hallelujah!

Week 2 Prayer Prompts

MONDAY, MAY 11

Pray for your own heart:

  • To continually call on the Lord for help
  • To trust in God’s grace, mercy and righteousness for deliverance
  • To be humbled from striving in your own strength
  • To rest in the abounding love and provision of God
  • To lead you to publicly proclaim God’s greatness
  • To be thankful for God’s eternal work of love and grace

TUESDAY, MAY 12

Pray for your family:

  • To be delivered out of anguish into joy
  • To be delivered out of anxiety into faith
  • To be thankful for God’s good gifts, not focused on things lost
  • To find ways to express to others thanksgiving for the Lord
  • To walk before the Lord in righteousness

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

Pray for our churches to:

  • To display public thankfulness to the Lord
  • To display public trust in the Lord
  • To display public mercy for those greatly afflicted
  • To weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice
  • To display continuous prayer to the gracious, merciful God
  • To worship to God’s glory even while separated
  • To long more than ever to gather, not just for our good, but for His glory

THURSDAY, MAY 14

Pray for the nations:

  • For those surrounded by death every day
  • For persecuted believers who are under oppression all the time
  • For those who pay vows and worship false gods to be brought to repentance and faith
  • For the lies of mankind and evil to be exposed by the truth of the Gospel
  • For the cup of salvation to be extended to unreached, unengaged people groups around the globe
  • For missionaries and global Christians to be bold in their faith and faithfulness amid hardship, anguish, and even death

FRIDAY, MAY 15

Praying for our nation and leaders:

  • To not trust the lies of mankind, but to call upon the Lord
  • To be brought low and humbled to repentance and faith so that God will save them
  • To be comforted in their anguish and death by the presence and grace of the Lord
  • To be impacted by the witness of God’s people
  • To flood Biblical churches in worship to God who hears and delivers us
Week 3 Scripture Reading - Psalm 111

Hallelujah!
I will praise the Lord with all my heart
in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.
The Lord’s works are great,
studied by all who delight in them.
All that he does is splendid and majestic;
his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.

He has provided food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works
by giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are truth and justice;
all his instructions are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever,
enacted in truth and in uprightness.

He has sent redemption to his people.
He has ordained his covenant forever.
His name is holy and awe-inspiring.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his instructions have good insight.
His praise endures forever.

Week 3 Prayer Prompts

MONDAY, MAY 18

Pray for your own heart:

  • To love and praise the Lord with wholehearted devotion
  • To delight in the Word of the Lord
  • To remember the wondrous deeds of the Lord
  • To praise the Lord for His redemption
  • To trust the Word and work of the Lord
  • To fear the Lord and seek His wisdom, not the world’s

TUESDAY, MAY 19

Pray for your family:

  • To praise the Lord for His gracious provision of physical needs
  • To praise the Lord for His redemption
  • To remember the covenant goodness of God from generation to generation
  • To delight in the splendor of the Lord
  • To declare His righteousness and goodness

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

Pray for our churches:

  • To seek the Lord’s wisdom as plans are made to gather
  • To wholeheartedly praise the Lord together
  • To proclaim the redemption of the Lord
  • To trust the precepts and Word of the Lord
  • To fear the Lord and honor Him as King

THURSDAY, MAY 21

Pray for the nations:

  • To see the wondrous works of the Lord and turn to Him
  • To hear of the grace and mercy of the Lord through missionaries
  • To fear the Lord and find wisdom in Him
  • To see the power of the Lord to provide and to redeem
  • To be brought into a covenant relationship with God through faith in Christ

FRIDAY, MAY 22

Praying for our nation and leaders:

  • To fear the Lord and find His wisdom
  • To be humbled by the power and glory of the Lord
  • To have hearts turned to the Lord
  • To exhibit faithfulness and uprightness that comes from God
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