On this, the National Day of Prayer, may our personal prayer life be like our church’s prayer life, being a people – a house – of prayer.
The LORD, God, says, “For My house shall be called a House of Prayer for all peoples.” Isaiah 56:7
Therefore, let us turn our face towards the Lord God, and begin seeking Him in steadfast prayer, with confession, petition, and desperation …
O Lord, I call upon You; hasten to me! Give ear to my voice when I call to You! Let my prayer be counted as incense before You, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! Psalm 141:1-2
Oh God, You are my God; earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh faints for You, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary, beholding Your power and glory. Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; in Your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips, when I remember You upon my bed, and meditate on You in the watches of the night; for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:1-8
I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD – His Face – and to inquire in His temple – forever. Psalm 27:4
Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Amen! Psalm 150
Rejoice in the Lord always, church; again, I will say, Rejoice … do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7
Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:7-10
As Jesus sat down with His disciples, He taught them about prayer, “Therefore, when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6-7
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart, I have overcome this world.” John 16:33
“And so, Holy Father, keep My disciples in Your name, that they may be one, even as We are one. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth, Your word is truth. As You sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word. Amen.” John 17:11, 15-20
Therefore, Church, Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 4:6-7
Pray in the Spirit at all times, will all prayer, pressing in to God with eagerness. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, bringing before God all the saints, that our words may be given to us when we open our mouths to boldly proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, and that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:18-20
Likewise, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for world leaders and all who are in high positions that salvation and knowledge of the truth may come to them. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Since we have a great high priest – a mediator on our behalf – Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For He is not a mediator who is unable to sympathizes with our weakness, but One who in every aspect was tempted as we are, yet was without sin. Just as Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears to God the Father, let us with confidence draw near to the Throne of Grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-5:10
Just the same, the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus Christ from the dead, the One that lives inside of us now, He helps us in our weakness. For we do not always know what to pray, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning and prayers too deep for words. And God, who searches hearts knows what is the mind and voice of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. For we know, Church, that those who love God, all things work together for good. Romans 8:11-28
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Therefore, call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will hear you. Seek Me and find Me; for when you seek Me with all of your heart, I will be found by you,” declares the LORD. “Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 29:11-14, 33:3
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine. I will be with you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior, because you are precious in My eyes, and honored, and because I love you. Fear not, for I am with you.” Isaiah 43:1-5
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of Your truth, we wait eagerly for Your return, for Your Name and Fame are the desire of our souls. Isaiah 26:8
Therefore, Your house – this Church – shall be a House of Prayer for all peoples. Isaiah 56:7
And the Body of Christ said, “AMEN”