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Preparing Our Hearts

Psalm 10:17, 2 Chronicles 19:3

The word “prepare” means to establish, fix, or apply. It conveys the idea of deliberate effort over a prolonged period of time. God must be involved in preparing our hearts.

Psalm 10:17 says, “The Lord has heard the desires of the humble and will prepare their heart.” Ask the Lord for strength to make our hearts not change or vary during this time but to let Jesus live His life in and through us.

2 Chronicles 19:3, “Nevertheless, there are good things found in you. Thou has taken away the groves out of the land and has prepared thy heart to seek God.”

Use this time over the next 40 days to make space for what He has for you. In doing so, ask Him to create in you a humble and obedient heart in your life, family, church, and neighborhood. You were appointed to believe, called to repent, and empowered by the Lord to open your heart.

Don’t forget to share your stories with us! We’re eager to hear how God is moving in your life during this sacred season of prayer.

Wednesday, 2/14, Prayer Prompt: 

Humble Heart 
Philippians 2:3-4 

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” The humble of heart are cognizant of the needs of others, and they are willing to sacrifice, so that others can be ministered to.

As you meditate on this Scripture, ask God to show you how He may be calling you to sacrifice for the needs of others.

Obedient Heart 
John 14:15

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
Ask God to reveal areas in your life that you might be holding back from obedience to Him.  

Thursday, 3/15, Prayer Prompt:

Family 
1 Timothy 1:8

“But if someone doesn’t provide for their own family, and especially for a member of their household, they have denied the faith. They are worse than those who have no faith.” 

Church
Colossians 4:3 

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

Spend some time praying for the larger church body around the world.  How is God asking you to partner with Him?

Friday, 2/16, Prayer Prompt:

Neighborhood
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

How is God calling you to be in community with others?  Are you following through on what He is asking you?  If not, ask Him to embolden you with the power from His Holy Spirit to fulfill what He is asking you to do.

Saturday, 2/17, Prayer Prompt:

Self 
2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Spend time thanking God for all the good gifts He has given you.  Are you using them to “abound in every good work?”  If not, ask Him to show you what you might do instead in order to use His gifts as intended, rather than keeping them to yourself.  Praise Him for His faithfulness in using you for His glory. 

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