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21 Days of Prayer
Week 1 (Mar 26–April 1)
Over the next three weeks, we are going to use the book of Ephesians to guide our praying. Paul’s first prayer for the church at Ephesus is recorded in Ephesians 1:17. He asked continually that God would give them the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation” so that they could know God better. As we begin this season of prayer, let’s focus our hearts on the wonder of who God is. It’s absolutely essential that our prayers are rooted in the knowledge of God and that we take time to delight in him, rejoicing in his goodness and finding our satisfaction in him.
This week, use these prayer points and verses to lead your heart to adoration for the beauty and wonder of our God.
- S: Praise him—he has not withheld a single spiritual blessing from us (Ephesians 1:3).
- M: Rejoice in this: He chose us to be holy and blameless sons and daughters (Ephesians 1:4-5).
- T: Give thanks for the abundant grace that he has lavished on you (Ephesians 1:7-8).
- W: Be glad! He is working everything together to accomplish his purposes (Ephesians 1:11).
- T: Give praise, for he is a God of incomparably great power, and that power is for you (Ephesians 1:19).
- F: Rejoice, because in love and mercy he brought you from death to life (Ephesians 2:4-5).
- S: Give thanks for the incredible gift of your salvation; it is all his work (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Week 2 (April 2–8)
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians reminds us that before Christ, we all shared the same predicament. We were all on the outside, all alienated and separated from God, all without hope. None of us was better off than the others. Ephesians 2:13 says, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ” (NIV). And the God who has brought us near is actively working to build us together into a holy temple. We are “being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit” (Ephesians 2:22).
This week, we want to pray for our church, that we would experience the unity of the Spirit that Christ died to create.
- S: Pray that we would guard our hearts, giving the Spirit free reign over our lives (Ephesians 2:16-17).
- M: Pray that, in community with other believers, we would know and experience the surpassing love of Christ (Ephesians 2:18-19).
- T: Ask God to help us to respond with humility, being gentle and patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2).
- W: Pray that we would actively seek to protect the unity that Christ died to create (Ephesians 4:3).
- T: Ask God to lead each of us to use his or her gifts to build up the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12).
- F: Pray that God would help us act in a way that shows love to one another just as Christ has actively shown his love to us (Ephesians 5:2).
- S: Pray that all of us would live godly lives, free from impurity and greed (Ephesians 5:3).
Week 3 (April 9–15)
Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus ends with a call to stand firm and pray. He didn’t ask for better circumstances or for greater prosperity. He wasn’t seeking comfort or relief or prosperity. He had one thing in mind: the advance of the kingdom of God. He was seeking faithfulness and fearless proclamation of the gospel.
This week, we want to pray for those we are seeking to reach with the life-giving Word. Pray specifically for those with whom you share the gospel. Ask God to use you and our church in bringing them to faith. Ask God to make us exceptional at leading people to faith in Jesus. Pray for a wave of salvation this Easter.
- S: Ask God to awaken them to know what he has done for them in Christ (Ephesians 1:8).
- M: Pray that they would hear the message of Christ and believe (Ephesians 1:13).
- T: Ask God to give them the gift of faith and a heart to trust him (Ephesians 2:8).
- W: As you share with them, ask God to do the work of saving them (Ephesians 2:10).
- T: Pray that God would help you define yourself as a servant of the gospel (Ephesians 3:7-8).
- F: Pray that God would expose the futility of their thinking and that he would grant them understanding and sensitivity (Ephesians 4:17-19).
- S: Pray that many would come and hear and that by hearing they would receive the truth of Christ and believe unto salvation (Ephesians 4:21).