Day 1 – It is easy to forget all that God is doing for us, especially the little things in life: coffee with a friend, a good book that we’re reading, an extra-tasty meal. That’s not to mention all the bigger issues in life. Think of something from yesterday that you are thankful for. Give thanks for 1 minute.
- Pray specifically for what it is you are thankful for (what happened?)
- Why are you thankful for it?
- Who was with you or involved in the situation?
- When did it happen (time of day)?
Day 2 – John wrote that if we say we have not sinned, we are liars and the truth is not in us. Jesus said that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Think of one thing from yesterday (or before) that needs to be confessed and spend 1 minute praying a prayer of confession.
- Who did you sin against?
- With whom (if anyone) did you sin?
- When and where was the sin committed?
- Why did you sin?
- What promise of God did you not trust?
Day 3 – There are many ways to characterize God: loving, merciful, gracious, just, faithful, true, immoveable, unchanging, etc. Spend 1 minute giving praise and adoration to God for his one of his character traits or attributes.
- Why is this an important attribute to everyone?
- Why is this an important attribute to you personally?
- How has this affected your life in the past?
- How has it affected someone you know?
- How does this help you to trust God more?
Day 4 – When Jesus’ mother came to him at the wedding in Cana, she informed him of the problem at hand: there was no more wine. At that point, she trusted him to do something. When Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was sick, they simply told him that the one whom he loved was sick. They then trusted him to do as he would. We are allowed to come to Jesus with our requests and trust him to do something. Spend 1 minute just informing Jesus of what you are concerned about, but trust him to do as he desires. This is a great time to pray for those requests for which you told others you’d pray.
- What or whom are you concerned about?
- Why are you concerned? Where does it stem from?
- What does the Bible say about the issue at hand?
- What have you promised to pray about?
Day 5 – Isaiah tells us that God’s ways are not our ways; his thoughts are not our thoughts. That truth will often mean we are unsure what will happen in any given situation. Yet for all believers in Jesus—the Son of God and our Savior—we are promised that all things will turn out for our good. Pray for 1 minute for God’s will to be done in one, two, three, or more areas (of course in all of life itself), but be specific.
- For what concerns do you desire God’s will to be done?
- What situation going on right now are you willing to give to God’s will rather than your own?
Day 6 – One of the greatest fears of many Christians is evangelism. It is therefore a neglect for most Christians. Jesus said though that his kingdom would be like a mustard seed—growing into a tree that could house all birds. He said that the gates of hades would not prevail against it. That means that the growth of God’s kingdom is a guarantee; it’s inevitable. Pray for 1 minute that God would give you eyes to see opportunities to speak the gospel to someone in the very near future.
- Pray for a lost friend
- Pray for a lost family member
- Pray for a “chance” meeting with a stranger
- Pray for missionaries you may know
Day 7 – God has commanded that his name be taken seriously. We are not to use it vainly—as if it means nothing. It should always be seen and presented as a holy name of the Holy God. Pray for 1 minute that you would understand God’s holiness better.
- Pray for understanding of his holiness
- Pray that you would present it naturally in life:
- At home
- At work
- At school
- In the movies and television shows you watch
- In the books you read
- In the discussions you have
Day 8 – Jesus said that we are not to be anxious about clothing or food, but trust God to provide them. Paul wrote that with clothing and food he’d be content. Essential needs—its easy to worry about them. Spend 1 minute praying about your essential needs. Try not to confuse wants with needs. As you pray acknowledge why you trust God to fulfill these requests.
- Praying for food (even if thanksgiving)
- Praying for clothing
- Praying for shelter (home repairs, moving, selling)
- Financial troubles