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  • Volume 1 February/March 2014

    Dr. Eric Thomas

  • Contents

    DAY 1 The Love of God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

    DAY 2 Tremble Before God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

    DAY 3 Praise Our Rescuing God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

    DAY 4 Holy, Holy, Holy! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

    DAY 5 God is Near . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    DAY 6 Great is Our God! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

    DAY 7 Our Refuge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    DAY 8 The Faithful One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    DAY 9 God’s Purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

    DAY 10 Rejoice in Hope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

    DAY 11 The Hiding Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    DAY 12 Saturated and Satisfied . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    DAY 13 Shaken and Awakened . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

    DAY 14 One Supreme Affection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

    DAY 15 Hope for the Future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    DAY 16 Awestruck! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

    DAY 17 Joyful Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

    DAY 18 Restoring the Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    DAY 19 Our Desperate Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

    DAY 20 God is Patient . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

    DAY 21 Absolute Commitment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

    DAY 22 Our Constant Guardian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

    DAY 23 Prayer of Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

    DAY 24 Out of the Darkness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

    DAY 25 God Speaks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

    DAY 26 The Tune and Tempo of Satisfaction . . . . . . 51

    DAY 27 Shape Our Heart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

    DAY 28 Captured . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

    DAY 29 Open Our Eyes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

    DAY 30 Supreme Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

    First Baptist Church of Norfolk exists to glorify God by winning and leading all the people within our reach to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

    Digital versions of both this prayer guide and the endnotes are available for download at firstnorfolk.org/prayer.

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    DAY 1 The Love of God

    The nature of God cannot be fully understood apart from His love. The God who loves gives Himself to others in order to bless them.1 Because He is God, He acts with goodness and for the good of all His creatures.2 God does not remain in icy isolation from those who are perishing.3 God gave His one and only Son to be a missionary to people perishing in their sin.4

    Adoration The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth. (Exodus 34:6)

    Take time to think about His goodness, mercy, kindness, faithfulness, patience, compassion, and grace supremely through Jesus Christ and praise Him.5

    Response I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live. (Psalm 116:1-2)

    Because God is active in His love for us, because He has displayed His love in the public forum of history and humanity, we declare resoundingly our love to Him.

    Renewal The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

    God gives us peace and rest.6 In the embrace of God’s self-giving love, we find the fullest measure of pleasure.7 Commit to depend upon God’s rescuing love, being clothed in His love-song over us so that we might live for His fame.

    Thanksgiving I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.” (Psalm 89:1-2)

    Thank God for the ways in which He has loved you.

    Supplication Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13)

    Ask God to make you to grow and overflow in love toward those within the church (to one another) and toward those who are not connected to Christ or His church (to all). Ask God to make His love an abounding characteristic of our church.

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    Thanksgiving I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)

    Rejoice and celebrate the glorious provision of God’s grace through Christ that dispels the darkness of our sin and clothes us in rescue and righteousness.

    Supplication Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

    Pray that Christ would be glorified in you, and that you might find your greatest pleasure in Christ.

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    DAY 2 Tremble Before God

    God is sovereign and supreme, yet He delights in making Himself available to His people in powerful and intimate ways.8 His delight is not in religious duties performed to curry favor with Him.9 To taste God’s intimate presence is to be humble and broken before Him and to obey His Word.10 The key to our intimacy with God is through a heart that is humble and obedient toward Him.11

    Adoration For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. (Deuteronomy 32:3-4)

    We are undeniably imperfect in our relationships with others, but God is holy and His holiness demands perfection in His relationships with others.12 What He does is always right, and where He leads us is always right. Praise God today according to His righteous work. He works according to His goodness and greatness, and He moves with mercy toward those who are unable to know Him (Psalm 145:17).13

    Response Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (Psalm 95:1-2)

    Singing is for believers. The question is not “Do you have a voice?” The question is “Do you have a song?” Let us respond to God’s goodness and greatness with the song of joy to the Father, Son, and Spirit.

    Renewal Thus says the Lord: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exist,” Says the Lord. “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.” (Isaiah 66:1-2)

    God draws near to those who are humble and contrite.14 He sets His gaze upon those who see themselves properly in the light of God’s holiness.15 Pray that God would lead you to humility and brokenness.

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    Thanksgiving I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:14)

    God is powerful to create us and make our lives intricately beautiful. As the One who created me, He knows precisely how to weave my life together for the greatest beauty.19 We must therefore praise the King and Creator.

    Supplication For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:8-11)

    Ask God to show you what is acceptable to Him. Ask God

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