Following Jesus Together in Prayer
Welcome to our daily prayer prompts and weekly online prayer gatherings for October. As we continue our I AM series on Jesus in His own words, we sense God calling us into a special month of prayer. In the midst of a global pandemic, when so many are stressed or even feeling their lives turned upside down, not to mention the upcoming elections, let’s be people of prayer.
We’ll provide daily prompts, and welcome you to Monday prayer gatherings via Zoom, on this page. We trust these daily prompts will help us to pray more intentionally and be an encouragement as we collectively commit to prayer as a church in this month.
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Daily Prayer Guide
We’ve organized the prayer focus for each week around Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love – themes we’ll revisit during Advent.
- October 1-4: Praise and Thanksgiving
- Week 1 | October 5-11: Hope
- Week 2 | October 12-18: Peace
- Week 3 | October 19-25: Joy
- Week 4 | October 26-31: Love
MONDAY, OCTOBER 26
[Prayer gathering via Zoom at noon]
God’s Love is Unfailing
“The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” – Psalm 147:11
Though our own love or the love of others may fall short, God’s love is unfailing.
- Many of us know the limits and shortcomings of our ability to love others as well as what it feels like when others’ love for us falls short. Take time to thank God for his unfailing love toward you.
- Pray that God’s love toward you would impact your ability to love others in your life, even those who may have disappointed you or you find hard to love.
God, even though our ability to love may fail, your love never fails. May your love toward us be the source of our loving others—our hope is in your unfailing love.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27
Nothing Can Separate Us From God’s Love
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all of creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
In uncertain times, we may feel alone or abandoned, but nothing can separate us from God’s love.
- In these challenging times where we may be isolated or feeling lonely, ask God to remind and show us that nothing can separate us from his love.
- Are there people you know of who are particularly struggling during these times—perhaps due to being isolated or feeling abandoned? Pray for those you know and those in our church and community, that they would know God’s presence and love.
God, there are many ways in which we can feel separated from your love: loneliness, isolation, challenges in the present, and fear of an unknown future. Remind us and those who are struggling that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28
Love Each Other as God Has Loved Us
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12
God has loved us with a sacrificial love; this is how we should love others.
- God wants us to know how much he loves us—that we might love one another. Pray that God would grow your love for others in your life so that your love reflects his love.
- Ask God to show you how to love the people in your life—including those who may not know the love of Christ. Pray for them by name as they come to mind.
God, grow in us a love for those around us, starting with those closest to us. May the love you have graciously and generously shown us be the source and the model for how we love others.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
Love Our Enemies
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” – Matthew 5:43-44
Jesus wants us to love and pray for everyone—even our enemies.
- Not only does God want us to love those we find easy to love, but he calls us to love our enemies as well. Who are your enemies (may even be a “type” or a “group” of people)? Pray that God would grow your love for them.
- How might we pray for our enemies or those who offend or persecute us? Often we need to begin with confession and repentance. Pray for God to change and grow your heart for those you find hardest to love.
It might not take much effort to love those we find easy to love, but loving our enemies is hard work.
Lord, change our hearts; grow our hearts; we pray for greater love for our enemies with the grace-filled love
you have shown to us.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
God Loves the Whole World
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
There is no part of the world where God does not want his love to be known.
- Our creator, sustainer, redeemer God loves the whole world and all within it. Let’s pray for his will to be done not just in our own lives or community, but in the world—that all might hear and know of his love.
- As you pause and think about the world, what locations or people groups come to mind who might be suffering injustice or oppression? Pray for God to be present, his love through Jesus Christ to be known, and his will to be done.
God, you are a global God who has responded to our need through your sacrificial love in Jesus Christ. Grow in us hearts that care not only about our own lives, but also about people and needs around the world. Give us your love for all you have created.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
Love Not Just with Words, but Actions
“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech, but with actions and in truth.” – 1 John 3:17-18
Love is more than feelings and words—it has to be acted upon in tangible ways.
- Who is in need in your own life, our church, and our community? Let’s pray not only for these needs but also for the ways that God might want us (individually and collectively) to reach out and meet those needs.
- Pray for a next step of involvement and engagement with those who are facing poverty or other needs. Ask God to show you how he wants you to love through your actions.
God, grow our hearts to see and have compassion for those around us who are facing real hardship and need.
May you grow your love in us, not merely in word, but with real action and engagement.