30-Day Prayer Challenge: Day 15

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

Day 9 – Who among us has not sinned more than once a day? John wrote that if we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just (right) to forgive us of them. As before, take 1 minute to pray 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 10 – Jesus said that if we go to offer a sacrifice and remember our brother has something against us, we are to leave the gift and reconcile ourselves to our brother (if possible). He also said the same to those who had been sinned against. Pray for 1 minute about reconciliation with others.

  • Is there someone in your life you haven’t forgiven? Pray for a forgiving heart.
  • Is there someone in your life estranged from you because of something you did? Pray that reconciliation would come soon.
  • Ask God to reveal anything that may be buried deeply from long ago.
  • Pray that God works it to his glory

Day 11 – The writer of Hebrews told us to lay aside every weight—every sin—that easily entangles us. Most Christians tend to see one glaring sin in their lives (though there are others). It may be anger, lust, pride, contentiousness, covetousness, etc. Spend 1 minute in prayer about the sin that you so easily fall into. This will probably be an ongoing prayer throughout the challenge.

  • Are there specific times when you’re more susceptible to falling?
  • Are there specific people that help (directly or indirectly) to falling?
  • What temptations are there that you face?
  • Pray to see a way out when tempted.
  • Pray for strength and willingness to take the way out.

Day 12 – God’s Word is mainly about God. That God is a wonderful God who reveals himself in his wonderful Word. Take 1 minute to pray that God would reveal wonderful things from his word to you today.

  • What are you planning on reading?
  • Ask to see something you’ve not seen before
  • As to see something afresh…something you’ve taken for granted
  • (Don’t forget to actually read His word)

Day 13 – God created humanity to have dominion over the created earth. That means we were created to have control over certain things. We like being in control. But the fall marred everything, including our desire for control. We take it too far, wanting it for circumstances that we cannot and are not supposed to control—leading to anxiety. Spend 1 minute praying about this kind of anxiety: the anxiety from a lack of control.

  • What do you want control of?
  • Why do you want control of it?
  • What is driving your anxiety?
  • What is it about this situation that causes you to lack trust in God?
  • Are you willing to trust God’s will and plan?

Day 14 – Paul tells us that when we pray for those things we are anxious about, it should be done with thanksgiving. This is perhaps due to the fact that when we focus on what God has done, it reminds us of how he is in control so we need not worry. Pray for 1 minute giving thanks for what he has done.

  • Has there been a similar situation in your life that God showed himself to be in control?
  • Has there been a biblical example similar to your situation in which God has shown himself to be in control?

Day 15 – You’re halfway done with the prayer challenge! That means you are up to 15 minutes of prayer today! Way to be faithful in prayer! That’s devotion right there! That’s exactly what Paul calls us to in Romans 12:12. It’s probably been difficult at times to keep going (maybe every time). Take 1 minute to pray for strength and grace to finish strong.

  • What do you find difficult about prayer?
  • Are you concerned you won’t make the thirty days? Why?
  • Do you need to confess anything about your prayer life?
  • Give praise to God for bringing you this far!

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