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January 9 – January 30

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Matthew 8:19-20

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Bold Prayers:

ARE SPECIFIC   &   REQUIRE GOD TO SHOW UP
Look at the short, powerful prayer Peter prayed in Acts 3:6:
“In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”.
It doesn’t get more specific than that. They are asking God to help this man walk again. Does God have to show up for that to happen? He sure does, and He sure did!
BIG DREAMS START WITH BOLD PRAYERS
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“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

Matthew 1:35

HAVE A CERTAIN TIME

Jesus got up early in the morning to spend time with His Heavenly Father. Make a daily appointment with God — whether it’s first thing in the morning, at lunch, or in the evening — and faithfully keep it.

HAVE A CERTAIN PLACE

Jesus had a specific place He went to pray. Having a designated place to pray helps us remove distractions and frees us to worship and pray out loud.

HAVE A CERTAIN PLAN

When Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, He gave them a prayer outline. We call it “The Lord’s Prayer.” Each day, our plans for our prayer time can vary, maybe including worship music, Bible reading, and quiet time to listen to God. It doesn’t always have to look the same; it just helps when we have a plan for connecting regularly with God.

ACTS Prayer

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ADORATION – This is giving God praise (adoring Him). Glorify Him.

“O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God.
You do such wonderful things!   You planned them long ago, and now you have accomplished them” Isaiah 25:1

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CONFESSION – This is where we confess our wrongdoings to God.

“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:9

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THANKSGIVING – This is where we thank God. After all, we have so much to be thankful for.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;  go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4

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SUPPLICATION – This simply means to ask God. This is where you pray for yourself and others.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God” Philippians 4:6

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The Lord’s Prayer is often recited in churches or at religious events, but there’s so much more to this prayer. Jesus provided this model as an outline to teach us how to pray in a way that connects us to God, aligns our priorities with His, and helps us live dependently on Him. This model takes us through each part of The Lord’s Prayer, showing us how to pray the way Jesus instructed. One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” (LUKE 11:1)

“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”

Matthew 6:9-13 KJV

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The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives.

Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

“And he said unto them, “This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.””

Matthew 9:29

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