This past year has presented challenges like no other. Some of us have been waiting for change, praying for results we haven’t yet seen. Scripture encourages us to pray without ceasing. We encourage you to commit the month of May to go deep in prayer, finding that quiet time to communicate your physical, financial and spiritual needs before the God who has no limits. Join us here at TLN as we Pray thru May together.
It is our desire at TLN that you live a healthy spirit-filled life centered in Christ, powered by faith, believing that God is MORE than able to meet your needs. He is limitless! We challenge you to build the kind of faith that dares your soul to go beyond what your eyes can see. An enriched spiritually healthy life involves direct communication with Christ our Healer, Comforter, Savior, and Lord.
One definition of prayer is: “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” For an effective, life-changing connection to God we need to be certain that there is NO OTHER “object of worship.” Often, where we spend most of our time CAN become an object of worship. However, God calls us to full devotion to Him backed by the uniquely contagious, overwhelming love He has for us.
During this month of May, seek to center your affection on God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Pray daily, or as often as you can, to connect more completely. Then at the end of these 31 days our hope is that you have established a prayer life that you can sustain, grow, and adapt as part of your regular routine.
No guilt, just success: Whether you start at the first of May or the end, read through these scriptures and suggested prayers whenever you can. Add your own words, too. Find a quiet place to share your thoughts with Jesus.
Some people use a “prayer closet,” (a small room or actual closet where they frequently gather and keep on-hand notes and journals for thoughtful scripture-searches or to capture inspirations for later reference). Others use drive time or office breaks to reflect and pray. The important part is establishing – or re-establishing – a prayerful relationship with Christ. This creates a firm foundation in our “Solid Rock.”
We’ve also included two other elements to strengthen this month’s emphasis. Use the Thought for the Day as a springboard to your own reactions to each scripture and prayer.
Then, whether you journal or not, linger one more moment to consider the question(s) raised under the Journal Entry section. A total life centered in Christ is TOTAL LIVING!
Know that TLN’s CareForce team would love to walk with you thru this series or pray with you at any time. Click here to find out more about TLN’s Careforce prayer ministry and to leave prayer requests. You will find a phone number to call for confidential prayer. If you need to leave a message, we WILL call you back. That is a TLN Commitment! We love to hear from you.
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
A Verse for Today: Jeremiah 29:12 “Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”
A Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, thank you for your promise to listen. I call upon you in this moment. I place all that I am and all that I can be into your potter’s hands. Mold me, forgive me, and change me. Thank you for your gift of Salvation. Thank You for the grace You extend. Thank You that You truly care about the things I care about and all the things I feel. Thank You that You love me just as I am, and that You delight in me. Remove all traces of fear, anxiety, depression, sin. Help me identify those areas that separate me from an impactful relationship with You. Fill me with Your presence, Your Spirit, and the desire to fulfill Your purpose even should Your desires for me contrast with my own human nature. Jesus, You are my protector and my redeemer. I seek to move in the fullness of Your grace, placing Your Will and Your plans in front of my own. Amen.
A Thought for the Day: My Savior listens to me when I call on Him. Anytime. Anywhere. Priceless.
Journal Entry: Write adjectives to describe how this promise makes you feel. Create your list of what you plan to share as He listens. Add to the list as you move through this week.
A Verse for Today: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 : Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
A Prayer for Today, is David’s Psalm 145 edited as a personal reflection of praise: I will extol You, my God, O King; And I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great are You Lord and greatly to be praised; And Your greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise Your works to another. And shall declare Your mighty acts. I WILL meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, And I WILL declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness and shall sing of Your righteousness. You, Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. Lord, you are good to all, and Your tender mercies are over all Your works. All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, And Your saints shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations. You Lord uphold all who fall and raise up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Lord you are righteous in all Your ways, gracious in all Your works. Lord you are near to all who call upon You; to all who call upon You in truth. You will fulfill the desire of those who fear You; You also will hear their cry and save them. You Lord preserve all who love You, but all the wicked You will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of You Lord, and all flesh shall bless Your holy name. Forever and ever.
A Thought for the Day: This amazing, powerful Lord God, delights in me. He rules the universe yet cares about every detail of my next 24 hours and beyond. What are my thoughts about the plans God has for the next 24 hours and am I committed to the greater purpose beyond my own needs?
Journal Entry: Write out practical ways you can schedule time for prayer on a regular basis. Begin to create a list of things you are thankful for and add to the list all month long.
A Verse for Today: Matthew 17:20-21 “I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.’ However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
A Prayer for Today: Christ give me the strength to withstand the problems that I face. Help me stand firm in my faith and trust in the knowledge that You will give me the tools to tackle whatever challenges come my way. I trust that You have a reliable roadmap in place in those overwhelming areas that seem impossible. My prayer today is for Your provision in the areas of my livelihood and finances so that my needs (and that of my family) are met. Teach me then to give back to others through acts of love, sacrifice, and finance as You lead and bless me. As I call upon Your name, You are here. No question. I ask for a blessing for my family, extended family, friends and loved ones who need a special touch at this moment. I ask all these things in Your name, Amen.
A Thought for the Day: When I reach the end of my personal effectiveness in my own life or in the lives of those I love – God is just beginning to move! Therefore, I place my faith in Him, the One with absolutely no limits except those I place on Him through my finite understanding. Can I, or WILL I trust Him today? Will I trust that nothing is impossible for God and that His plans are perfect? If so, then I am best positioned to watch the mountains move.
Journal Entry: Establish a prayer goal for this one-month exercise. When will you pray, how much time will you spend in this life-changing experience each day? Are you able to fast at some point during each week for those mountains you would like to see moved? At the end of the journey, return to this section for reflection. (Feel free to contact TLN’s Careforce to find out more about fasting Click Here.
A Verse for Today: 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
A Prayer for Today: As I call upon Your name dear Lord today, I rest in the knowledge that I can live in the shadow of You, the Almighty. You are my refuge and my fortress. You are my God. Realizing that it IS a choice, I choose to trust You. Remove fear from my existence. It is not from You. Replace it with a huge portion of faith in the knowledge that You will never leave me. I pray Psalm 23 over my life right now. You Lord are my shepherd; I shall not want. You make me to lie down in green pastures; You lead me beside the still waters. You restore my soul. You lead me in the paths of righteousness for Your name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in Your house, dear Lord, forever. Your love, dear Jesus, casts out ALL fear. Thank You for that love and for Your sacrifice.
A Thought for the Day: Fear takes time to water, feed and nurture for what purpose? Fear restricts. I can use that time today to water, feed and nurture joy, purpose, and fulfillment in the areas that are actually productive and fruitful. Through scripture and prayer, I have already made a difference in the area of my spiritual focus. I can use this time to eat healthier, love better, and build strength emotionally and physically. One day at a time. A move forward is a move forward.
Journal Entry: List three things that cause you fear. For each one, add one brief sentence about what faith can do to combat that fear and actions you can take to move forward in strength.
A Verse for Today: 1 Chronicles 16:9-12 Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He pronounced.
A Prayer for Today: Father, hear my prayer. As I think on the world You created. I see Your very handiwork in the creation of man, and the air that we breathe. I realize once again the vastness and limitless nature of Your miracle-working power. When You can speak a universe into being and bring an endless array of living creatures into existence, what is there that You cannot do? Your wonders never cease. You, our judge and Savior will settle all things in Your time. You who conquered death, bring dry bones to life, and heal our hearts stand ready, willing, and MORE than able to meet my needs today. I praise You in this very moment. The moment will pass but this moment of praise will last and strengthen me beyond. Thank You for who You are: the God of promise, the God of our tomorrows and the one who sees deep inside my heart to the core of my existence. Create in me a new heart. Teach me to rejoice today in all situations whether stressful or light-hearted and everything in between. You who have begun a good work in me, move me a multitude of steps forward. Amen.
A Thought for the Day: I praise Him this day and look for those opportunities to share His wonderful kindness with others. When I take a moment to truly reflect on the greatness of God the Creator and the graciousness of God our Forgiver, who better would I choose as my judge? He forgives then chooses to forget. Taking that thought forward and realizing that I am not perfect, should I not at least try to forgive according to the same standard? Is there someone I need to forgive today?
Journal Entry: Write the words to a favorite worship song or chorus. Then, sing it out loud or in your heart. Write down the name of anyone you need to forgive. Pray about how to make that happen and trust God to work out the details. Invite the presence of the Lord into your space through worship as you end today’s session.
A Verse for Today: 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
A Prayer for Today: Dear God, this is an amazing promise. Who else shows their love this deeply? I seek Your will. I pray that my desires will align with Yours. Nudge me towards Your direction when I need it. Here are the things I ask in Your name. (Take a moment to jot down those areas in which you are awaiting an answer. Write down areas where you need direction and help. Share your heart. Keep your list in your Bible or somewhere nearby to review. Bring it to your place of prayer this month and reference it at each setting. Then, trust and wait with expectancy for the move of our limitless God!) Thank You Father that You care for me so completely that You desire to move in my life in ways I may not even imagine. I trust You and will wait upon You.
A Thought for the Day: There is this great sense of ease in approaching God especially as it becomes a regular occurrence. I ask; He listens. When I ask considering His will in my ask, sparks fly because we are in agreement for a specific direction. The synergy in such a pattern of agreement and connectivity of purpose is unstoppable. Why would I sacrifice such collaboration to spend today seeking out my own desires alone - especially those where I am keenly aware do not point towards growth in Christ?
Journal Entry: List at least one thing you desire and would like to ask God for in this moment. Now revise it, if necessary, so that you feel confident that it also aligns with God’s will for your life.
A Verse for Today: Psalm 100 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
A Prayer for Today: I am forever grateful that You do not require beautiful, synchronized harmony or a catchy tune or phrase when I approach You. A shout, a joyful sound, just saying Your name with respect and reverence is more than enough. I do serve You today Lord, with tremendous gratitude, admiration, and devotion. I appreciate Your loving, shepherd-like ways with me. A shepherd does not leave his sheep. A shepherd searches for that one lost lamb to return him to the fold as if he never left. Lead me today dear Shepherd keeping me close to You and away from the briars and entanglements designed to separate me from the path toward greener pastures. Should I stumble, pick me up. Heal deep wounds. Lead, guide and direct me today to the glory of God and for the purpose of fulfilling Your purpose for me. Thank You for Your never-ending mercy and truth that has remained the same throughout generations.
A Thought for the Day: As I go about my schedule today what prevents me from offering a simple phrase of thanks? Such a thing takes less than 5 seconds but connects me with my gracious God. It also shows my gratitude and admiration. The sidebar is that I then may be filled with joy and peace through that one touchpoint. I could also be in a state of readiness to shine that light of Christ to someone else who desperately needs what I have experienced. Could there be someone today needing the help of a good shepherd? Is there someone I’ll see today waiting for a small nudge in the right direction to clear a few briars or large entanglements, too?
Journal Entry: Close your journal today and sing praises to the Lord your Shepherd for who He is and His penchant for not giving up on His sheep until He finds us all.