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1 WELCOME TO A 40 DAY PRAYER ADVENTURE! WEEK 2 FAMILY & FRIENDS 40D Lord, teach us to pray Luke 11 v1 During the 40 days of prayer, we are looking at different areas of our lives and placing them in God s hands as we move into Last week, the focus was on ourselves and our relationship with God. Week two is about our family and close friends. A good starting point for our prayers this week is to remember that family relationships are God s idea. The bible has many verses about these relationships and the best ways for them to be worked out. During this week, you could also spend longer praying for the three friends you have chosen to pray for throughout the 40 days. It s great to have people close to us as we journey through life, to share the good times and the tough times with each other. We want the best for these people and praying for them is a really good way to show our commitment and love for them. Prayer makes a difference. Intercessory prayer is bringing the needs of others before God. We also know that some relationships are not easy after all, we don t choose our family! There may even be some relationships with family members or former friends that have been broken. This week is an opportunity to bring any difficult or broken relationships before God and to pray for healing and reconciliation. When we spend time in God s presence, we are more likely to know what is on his heart, to see people as he sees them and to share his love and compassion for them. That s a good place from which to pray for them.

2 God has adopted us into his family. If we build our relationship with him, it will spill over into our relationship with our own families and friends. When we know we are praying in line with what God wants, we can pray with faith, confidence and authority. Praying for our family and friends Spend some time in God s presence. In turn, bring to mind each family member and friend. Ask God to show you how best to pray for them and their particular needs. If it helps, make notes and use these to remind you so as you pray throughout the week. Thank God for the different relationships in your life. Ask God to bless, strengthen and protect these relationships. Spend time praying for marriages in your family, for parents and older relatives, for young children and older children. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide your prayers. Pray for any difficult or broken relationships. Difficult relationships may be affecting others that are close to you even if your own relationships are strong and secure. Challenge: Tell someone you have been praying for them! 2

3 Day 1 PRAYING FROM THE BIBLE Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Ephesians 1: 4-5 NLT Day 2 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3: 1 NIV Day 3 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 NIV Day 4 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one s life for one s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit fruit that will last and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other. John 15:12-15 NIV Day 5 But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 NIV Day 6 22 Have faith in God, Jesus answered. 23 Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, Go, throw yourself into the sea, and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark NIV Day 7 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26 ESV 3

4 PRAYER OF BLESSING Try this prayer of blessing from the bible for your family and friends May the LORD bless you and protect you. May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you. May the LORD show you his favour and give you his peace.' Numbers 6: NLT My friends If you have not started already why not pray for three friends, during these 40 Days of Prayer. These could be people who do not know God, or who are not walking with him at this time in their lives. They could be members of your family, friends, neighbours, colleagues or contacts. Commit to: Pray for each person; for their needs and things that are important in their lives. Pray for their spiritual life; what are the things that are keeping them away from God? Pray that God would soften their hearts so that they can come to know him. Pray for opportunities to share God s love with them. Believe that they will change during these 40 days of prayer. My big issue Is there something significant that you would like God to do during these 40 Days? This is an opportunity for you to bring this to God every day. The presence of the Lord Pray that God will be known more closely, deeply and powerfully; in your own life, in the life of the church and in this town. It is his presence that changes everything. 4

5 Bill Johnson, The Essence of Prayer LORD TEACH US HOW TO PRAY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrx87jb6fzk God s yes together with our yes is what brings about breakthrough in prayer. I m continually amazed that God would choose to partner with us. But, at the same time, it makes all the sense in the world that he would want us to join with Him in making history. We are, after all, His children. He is a great and all-powerful God and also a loving and caring father who, I believe, wants to be involved in our lives. Incredibly, He also wants us to be involved in His Kingdom. He wants us to help build His Kingdom here on earth. The Happy Intercessor, Beni Johnson Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God's Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. 2 Corinthians 1: 20 The Message When you know who you are praying to, you can pray with faith God is interested in our lives. He cares and he heals. Watch this clip to see God at work in a grocery store! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwglkox7qsw 5

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