Day 5: Maranatha

Luke 23:44-46 (NIV)
44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”  When he had said this, he breathed his last.

“Jesus emerged from the blackness before he died. He did not have to wait for an open tomb and a resurrection body. The face of his Father shone lovingly upon him again on this side of the grave. Darkness may still have covered the land. The fearful rending of the ‘veil of the temple’ might intimidate any who saw it. But for Jesus the battle was ended.” [John White. Daring to Draw Near: People in Prayer.]

“With this he ‘breathed his last,’ in control to the very end. The powers of darkness have not won but lost. In his death salvation was secured for humankind, and it came not when earthly or cosmic forces demanded but when God so willed. The greatest act of love humankind will ever know was now complete, and the powers of darkness were once for all conquered.” [Grant Osborne. Luke Verse by Verse.]

Prayer: Jesus, you are our only hope. May your kingdom come. May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. By your Spirit, we commit our lives into your hands for today and the battles ahead. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “You Hold Me Now” by Hillsong Worship (click here).



Day 4: My God, My God

Let us read aloud these passages together,

Matthew 27:45-46 (NIV)
45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

 Psalm 22:1-5 (NIV)
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Doe of the Morning.” A psalm of David.
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me,
    so far from my cries of anguish?
2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
    by night, but I find no rest.
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;
    you are the one Israel praises.
4 In you our ancestors put their trust;
    they trusted and you delivered them.
5 To you they cried out and were saved;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

“The darkness may not immediately lessen, but to cry out is natural and altogether appropriate. He waits tenderly and patiently to hear you cry, ‘O God, where are you?’ He knows then what you still expect of him.” [John White. Daring to Draw Near: People in Prayer.]

“When we are in the Spirit, we are not led to fear, anger, or distraction. We don’t trivialize the pain. Instead, we let the Psalms be our guide through the battle.”  [Adapted from P. Ed’s message.]

Prayer: My God, my God, I cry out to you. By your Spirit, I put my trust in the Holy One who hears and delivers. I put my trust in the Holy One who saves and does not put me to shame.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Is He Worthy” by Chris Tomlin (click here).



Day 3: Forgiven and Forgiveness

Luke 23:34 (NIV)
34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

“Stop grappling with your feelings. Raise the issue to an altogether higher level. Go to the Father and pray that the Father will forgive…God will in fact take you seriously when you pray for the forgiveness of another. The capacity to pray in this way is what makes you a priest. You are to follow in the steps of the High Priest and to plead for mercy for those who need it. In doing so you will transcend that form of forgiveness which merely affects the horizontal relationship between you and a fellow creature, and will be calling for divine forgiveness of sin from the only Source able to provide that forgiveness.” [John White. Daring to Draw Near: People in Prayer.]

“Jesus was described in the gospels as being full of the Holy Spirit and led by the Spirit. How much we need the filling of the Holy Spirit as well. As we go through our own battles, it is only through the Spirit that we are able to live and pray as Jesus did.”  [Adapted from P. Ed message.]

Prayer: Father, thank you for your love and forgiveness. As you have forgiven me, forgive _______.  May you bring your salvation, healing, and reconciliation to our families, to our churches, to our cities, to our campuses, to our friends, classmates, and co-workers. May you receive all the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Endless Alleluia”  by Bethel Music & Cory Asbury (click here).



Day 2: His Will

Matthew 26:37-39 (NIV)

37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

“We are observing the Son of God as he addresses the Father. More importantly we are seeing a man, the Son of man, approaching the Father of us all. And it is as man that I want us to observe him most. We cannot identify with his deity. But in humanity we are bound together with him and he with us.”  [John White. Daring to Draw Near: People in Prayer.]

“We find in Jesus, one who has journeyed through the darkest valleys of the human experience and overcame. This is good news for us. The prayers of Jesus are within the reach of all of us because Jesus lived a life that was fully-human, just like us. We can pray this way because we are united with Christ in his life, death, and resurrection. The Spirit of Christ empowers us to live like Christ.” [Adapted from P. Ed message.]

Prayer: Father, I pour out my soul to you. I am united with Christ. Christ lives in me. By your Spirit, I surrender to you, not my will, but your will be done. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Peace Be Still” by The Belonging Co ft. Lauren Daigle (click here).



Day 1: Into His Hands

Let us read aloud this passage together,

Psalm 31:1-5 (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 In you, LORD, I have taken refuge;
    let me never be put to shame;
    deliver me in your righteousness.
2 Turn your ear to me,
    come quickly to my rescue;
be my rock of refuge,
    a strong fortress to save me.
3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,
    for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
4 Keep me free from the trap that is set for me,
    for you are my refuge.
5 Into your hands I commit my spirit;
    deliver me, LORD, my faithful God.

“It was part of Jewish tradition to include Psalm 31 into the regular evening prayers before going to sleep.  It was upon the cross that Psalm 31:5 had taken a particularly unique and profound application in Jesus’ life, but it was certainly not its first utterance from Jesus’ lips.  Jesus regularly surrendered to God in prayer.  The approach to our last battle is shaped and informed by our first battle and every valley and mountain top in between.” [Adapted from P. Ed’s message.]

“This is a prayer for resurrection, and it is at the heart of everything we are and do.” [Grant Osborne. Luke Verse by Verse.]

Prayer:  Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit today.  Empower me to pray and live as Jesus did.  I put my trust into your faithful hands to rescue me.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “10,000 Reasons (Live In Times Square)” by Matt Redman (click here).



Day 5: Joy of Prayer

Ephesians 1:18-20 NLT
18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. 19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

“People who pray seldom for others show that they care little for them.” [Osborne, Grant, Ephesians Verse by Verse. p.36]

“There is great joy when we pray for others. In these Ephesians passages, especially as you read between the lines, can’t you feel Paul’s joy? Paul can’t contain all that is bubbling forth in his heart for the people he is praying for. From this and other passages like this, we can see that Paul’s life was most fulfilled and satisfied when he is praying for others! Likewise, we are most fulfilled and satisfied when we pray for others. Praying for others is one of the greatest joys and greatest demonstrations of love and care.” [Pastor George]

Prayer: Lord, thank you for inviting us to experience the great joy of loving others through prayer. Overwhelm us with this joy as we pray. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship the Lord to God of Revival by Bethel Music (click here).



Day 4: Fire From Above

Let’s read and pray aloud the following Scripture:

Philippians 3:7-9a NIV
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him.

“Prayer is a fire which needs fuel to burn and a match to light it. If the fire burns low we can fan it so that the flame may burn more fiercely. But all the fanning in the world cannot create a bonfire from a single match nor from a pile of dead, cold fuel. Fire must come from above; indeed he has already come. The Holy Spirit burns quietly within the Christian ready to light the fuel of Scripture’s truth. But the fuel must be there. In Paul’s case it is evident that his mind was so soaked in divine truth that it served as the fuel by which his prayers caught on fire.”  [White, John, Daring to Draw Near. p.129]

Prayer: Lord, thank you that the Holy Spirit burns within us and that your Word is the fuel for our prayers. Ignite our prayers afresh so we can pray in accordance with your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s praise the Lord with Spirit of God by New Life Worship (click here).

– DW



Day 3: Overflowing to Others

Ephesians 1:15-17 NLT
15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.

“We have every spiritual blessing in Christ and how Paul prays is how we are called to pray. How Paul prays for others is how we are to pray for others. The first step in praying for others like Paul is to simply learn how to receive like Paul, to experience God’s love over and over again. In many ways, praying for others is simply a by-product of how much we are experiencing God’s blessing in our own lives. Praying for others will be an overflow of all that God is doing in our lives.” [Pastor George]

Prayer: Lord, we say yes to you today. We open up our hearts and lives to you so that we can receive all that you have for us afresh. As we experience more of you, will you teach us to pray for others with the whole of our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship the Lord to Forever & Amen by Cody Carnes and Kari Jobe (click here).

– DW


Day 2: Love and Power

Ephesians 3:17b-19 NIV
17And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

“Love and power, power and love… And these are the themes that run through the great prayer that Paul prays for the young Christians to whom he is writing… Perhaps the best Christian doctrine is that which emerges from the life of prayer… This, we may suppose, is part of the secret of the extraordinary power that seemed to flow through his preaching, his pastoral work and his writing… Prayer brings together love and power: the relation of love that grows up between God and the person who prays, and the flowing of power from God to, and especially through, that person.” [Wright, N.T., Paul for Everyone – Prison Letters. p.39]

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love and power that has changed our lives. As we continue to experience your love and power, we pray for the people you are placing on our hearts on our campuses, workplaces, families, and cities. We pray that they too will experience this same power and love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship with the song Don’t Ever Stop by Chris Tomlin (click here).

– DW


Day 1: A Life of Prayer

Let’s read and pray aloud the following Scripture:

Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your great love for us. As we continue to experience the fullness of your love and power, help us to position all of our hearts and lives as a life of prayer unto you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to Fall Afresh by Kari Jobe as we sing over our churches, our cities and our campuses (click here).