28 DAYS

A journey toward a deeper experience of God

Day 28: Prayer of Protection

Even though Jesus prayed for His disciples to be protected, almost all of them would eventually be killed. What are we to make of this? Today Pastor Jason explores the idea that God’s idea of protection may be different than ours.

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Day 27: Nothing Can Separate

In our lives, relationships can sometimes become strained or completely cut off. Often it can seem that way in our relationship with God. Pastor Trabelus Whitfield shares a common passage of scripture with dramatic implications for prayer in our lives.


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Day 26: Prayer and Silence

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3

Silence. There it is again. The tug- that familiar tug that seems to follow everywhere I go. It is there from sun-up till I rest my head and lay my things down for the day. Silence, looming over my shoulder. No matter where I go or what I’m doing, its presence remains steady.

Though I may turn and face and speak to others, it stands perpendicular—calmly square and waiting. Silence waits for me.

Admittedly, if you were to ask my preference during my times of prayer to the Lord as of late, I would ask for a voice. A sure voice of direction, of prophecy, vision, or promise. Something, anything, really. But here I am, with silence.

I have questions, I have prayers that have been uttered countless times that are waiting for their match in answers. He evidently knows. He heard me the first time I spoke. I will not fret or fear that He has forgotten.

It’s not that I have never seen His hand move in response to the prayers of His people, I have! Many, many times. It’s why I keep praying. I have seen Him answer, gloriously bringing fruition to prayers. It is mind-blowing, the things He can do and often does when He is asked. The Father, the Everlasting, comes through, triumphant, on behalf of His own. His arm is not short, nor is He blind and deaf to my prayers. Far from it. I know in my mind His reasons and ways are just.

In this season, He has not abandoned me to lonely silence. Rather, He’s gifted me with His silent presence. What is one to do with it? With Him, so near and yet so….quiet?

“God’s silences are His answers.” (Oswald Chambers) He is at work. Oh, Holy Spirit remind me! “Child, watch for me. Wait for my hand to move. Where is your wonder at what I will do?”

Lord, may the desires of my prayers be like incense before You, trusting and selfless. Holy Spirit, rouse my mind and heart to stand and watch for the day. For the day He appoints to show forth His power for all the earth to see. Increase my measure of faith to believe again, to wonder of the marvelous things You have purposed long ago. You have heard me. Now, Lord, I wait to hear from You. I stand and watch for You.


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Day 25: Drop the Label

The titles and labels we carry around change how we see and relate to God. Today, Pastor Jake Hackel explains that there is only one title that matters when we come to God in prayer.


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Day 24: Praying For People We Love

As parents, we began praying for our children from their earliest years. As they became adults, God brought us to a new level of prayer: it’s more intense and raw now than it ever was when they were small. As God intensified our prayers, He has also taught us some significant lessons that apply no matter who we’re praying for.

First, many times “our prayers are more powerful than our presence.” This statement, penned by Jennifer Kennedy Dean in one of her books, is what set our hearts and minds on a very specific shift in our prayer. When children become adults and move into lives, marriages, and parenting of their own, there simply is not the same kind of physical proximity to them as when they were small. God has gently shown us that this is His plan: our presence is not what they need…they need our prayers.

This is often true in other relationships in our lives as well. It’s easy to believe that if we could just spend more time with someone or just speak the right words to them, they would grow, change, or be comforted in the way we think they need. Of course, we want to strive to serve and encourage people through our words and actions. Sometimes, though, we must lean into prayer as our most effective means of ministering to the people we care about.

Second, we have learned to pray in the spirit! This has probably been the toughest lesson as parents of adult children. You see, our natural desire is to pray for our children’s safety and protection, that nothing will hurt them or bring suffering into their lives.

But praying in the Spirit means praying for the things that God says are important rather than what seems most important to us. Over the years, He has shown us that His presence in their hearts and lives is far more important than any of the physical things we tend to focus on.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

Isaiah 43:2

In fact, He promises us in His word that in this world, the people we love will have tribulation! How else could He teach them about His provision, His faithfulness, His healing power?  How else would they find a testimony of their own?

Dear ones, never cease praying for your children and for all those you care about, and never cease letting God mature your prayers as they (and you) mature with them. In fact, take a moment right now and pray Isaiah 43:2 (above) for those you love.


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