We want to challenge SCC to commit to 60 minutes of prayer between 8am Friday, May 8th & 8am Saturday, May 9th. You can divide this hour into sections throughout the 24 hour period in whatever way that suits you but please contact Ken Leonard with the time you plan to set aside for prayer.
Text - (760) 574-6861
PURPOSE: We want to engage the global and local circumstances we're facing by coming before the Lord in united prayer.
This page contains scripture to read, prayer starters (if needed), music lists, (YouTube and Spotify), prayer topics to focus on, and other ways you can incorporate the Lord into your time of prayer.
Set aside 60 minutes with your household. (please sign up with Ken L.)
Select some Music to play in the background to help focus during a time of prayer.
Read some Scripture out loud to set your heart and mind on the Lord.
Spend some time reflecting on God’s goodness as we "Enter his gates with thanksgiving".
- Yourself, house and family
- Your community
- The local church and your role in it
- Local, State and Federal government
- The global church
- Physical illness, mental health, and spiritual wellness
- (see Prayer below for more)
Songs to sing
Music: Music helps focus, and often aids in connecting with your purpose for prayer. Here are some options if you don’t already have your own playlist to have playing in the background while you pray.
Youtube links here
Spotify links here (Spotify links will not work in a Safari browser)
Scripture: Using scripture helps us tap into God’s design for prayer using his word to us as a starting place. Scripture can be used as a starting place but can also be used as our prayers themselves. You can use any scripture that connects you to the Lord. If you aren’t sure which scriptures to use here are some suggestions.
What mighty praise, O God, belongs to you in Zion. We will fulfill our vows to you, for you answer our prayers. All of us must come to you.
2 Chronicles 32:7
Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side!
Enter: Scripture sets the tone for prayer by inviting us to enter into his presence with thanksgiving. As we set the tone for our time in prayer with the Lord we are practicing gratitude and firstly looking at the value of the one we are speaking with which prepares us mentally and spiritually in the way we are going to be speaking with him. You can do this any way you see fit but if you aren’t sure where to start read through all of Psalm 100 and/or Psalm 116 out loud
Prayer: *** We would like to ask that prayers during this day of prayer be specifically oriented toward the current affairs of our world, the impact Saybrook Christian Church can have during this time, and your (your families) role in continued Kingdom work now and in the weeks/months to come.
Pray as the Lord leads you OR you can read through the prayers and topics below. Spend more time on the ones that interest and speak to your heart. Follow the Lord’s direction and don’t forget to listen. Listen to what the Lord wants you to pray about and teach you.
If you read and pray through the material here and still have time left, start over or repeat the prayers that resound in your spirit.
Scripted prayers & Topics to help if needed-
Opening Prayer (sample)
Father, I stand in awe of the many ways You provided for us to come before Your throne. I readily admit that I haven’t been using all the resources available to me, and I want that to change today.
With this prayer, I open my entire spiritual life and being to new and better ways by which I can approach you. Lord, I ask you to show me the various instruments and weapons You want me to utilize in my relationship with You.
Most of all, Father, I want to be Your instrument, doing Your will by my prayers. Please show me how Lord. I open myself now in Jesus’ Name. Amen. (Dick Leggatt, President, DPM-USA)
Pray they will grow together, follow the Lord, learn to pray and worship.
Pray they will learn disciplines and habits of prayer, devotions and worship they will continue throughout their lives.
Pray they practice repentance and forgiveness.
Pray their love for each other grows and deepens as they experience more of God’s love, mercy and grace.
News Media and Arts -
Pray they will be communicators of the truth without bias and prejudice.
Pray they will share inspirational stories reflecting hope and encouragement.
Pray they show respect equally to all.
Small Businesses -
Pray they will be leaders of honesty and integrity.
Pray they will be creators of economic blessing by God’s Spirit and direction.
Pray they will continue to be helpers and givers to their local communities and that they will experience God’s blessings as they give.
The Church -
Pray that the church will awake and arise to God’s call and purpose.
Pray that the church will look and listen to His voice and direction.
Pray for a Christ centered revival to sweep our nation, and ultimately around the world. May it start in our hearts and homes.
Pray for your ministry if you know what it is. If not pray for God to show you and release you to use the gifts He has given you. “Fan into flames the gifts God has given you”
Pray for pastors and church leaders to have Godly wisdom and follow the Holy Spirit’s leadership and guidance through these unchartered waters.
Pray for the church to awake, arise to stand strong and tall for righteousness. That the church would see this as an opportunity to allow the Lord to reveal new and relevant ways to minster and operate under His leadership and direction.
Pray that you and the church would be producing the fruits of the Spirit providing peace, comfort and encouragement to those around us.
The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. - Galatians 5:22-25 NKJV
The Lord’s model prayer;
Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. - Matthew 6:9-13 NKJV
The medical field -
Pray for the Lord to give them strength and wisdom. May they rise up with the strength to soar like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.
Pray for the Lord to continue to heal.
Praise the Lord that the recovery rate is growing, and the number of positive cases and the death rate is decreasing.
Pray for those affected by the pandemic:
Pray for the families that are mourning the loss of family members and friends, those that have died from the virus or other causes have all been unable to grieve and pay their respects with regular services and gatherings.
Pray they will experience the presence and comfort of the Lord.
-Where there is despair, Lord bring Hope.
-Where there is a deficiency, Lord bring provision.
-Where there is sorrow, Lord bring Joy.
-Where there is defeat, Lord bring victory.
Pray for our Nation -
Pray for those in leadership from our President down to our local officials:
Pray for President Trump,
-his cabinet and advisors,
-the vice president Pierce, the COVID 19 task force,
- the senate and house of representatives. Pray for Godly wisdom, pray that they would hear the voice of the Lord.
Pray that the Lord would direct their hearts to make the right decisions for the good of our country.
Pray for the judicial system to maintain and interpret laws that are just and righteous.
Pray for governors to use wisdom, and work for the good of their states.
Pray that they would not be consumed or empowered by fear but act justly in the best interest of their states. Pray specifically for our governor, Pritzker.
Sample prayer (based on the prayer of Jehoshaphat)
2 Chron. 20:6-12, 21 “O Lord, God of our ancestors, you alone are the God who is in heaven. You are ruler of all the kingdoms of the earth. You are powerful and mighty; no one can stand against you! O our God, did you not drive out and displace those who lived in this land when your people arrived? And did you not give this land forever to the descendants of your friend Abraham, that You grafted in by Your great love and mercy? Your people say, ‘Whenever we have faced any calamity such as war, plague, or famine, we have come and stood in your presence as your people, living temples of the Holy Spirit where your name is honored. We can cry out to you to save us, and you will hear us and rescue us.’ “And now see what the armies of evil and unrighteousness are doing. You would not let our ancestors invade those nations when Israel left Egypt, so they went around them and did not destroy them. Now see how they reward us! For they have come to throw us out of your land, they are rising up to enslave Your people, exalting unrighteousness and sin. O Lord our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help. And just “As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. May Your Spirit come upon us, speak to us and guide us. You told them; This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. We believe the battle raging in and over us is not ours but Yours! Tell us, show us where to take our positions and then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. We believe You are with us. We do not need to be afraid or discouraged. We can go out against them, for the Lord is with us as You were with the nation of Israel! “On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in his prophets, and you will succeed. “After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising him for his holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; his faithful love endures forever!” Father we lift our voices and Thanks be to God for Your faithful love endures forever Praise be to the God of heaven!!
Sample Prayer (for our nation)
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we come to You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, redeemed by His blood, committed to serve and follow Him. We come to You as Your believing people; Your representatives in this earth, the agents of Your government in the earth. We lift up to You this nation of ours, the United States. We thank You for many centuries of special grace and mercy that You have granted to this nation. We thank You for the godly seeds that have been sown over the centuries by men and women of faith who have followed in Your footsteps—labored, sacrificed, prayed and given for Your kingdom.
Lord, we desire that these godly seeds develop into a harvest that shall be reaped for Your purposes. We ask You to extend Your grace and mercy to this nation. We ask You to send a mighty visitation of the Holy Spirit that will overthrow the strongholds of satan and uplift and glorify the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We ask You for a mighty floodgate of spiritual revival that will sweep across this nation, casting down everything that opposes itself against the knowledge of God.
We commit to You now specifically the forthcoming elections and all of the political processes involved. We take our stand in Jesus’ name against every satanic principality and power that would seek to exercise control in these elections. We break their power; we release the elective and the governmental processes from their control, and we put them in your hands. We pray that You will guide. That You will raise up the men and women of Your choice; put down those who will oppose and stand against Your purposes, and bring Your purposes to fulfillment in this nation.
We also pray, Lord, for the relationship of the United States to Israel. That You will keep Your hand upon it and that You will also guide to the benefit of Israel. That this nation will not turn against Israel or take its stand among the enemies of Israel. That You will graciously use this nation continually to support and uphold Your people, Israel, and their state.
Lord, we ask all these things, believing them to be your will and believing them to be for Your glory, in the precious all-prevailing name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Savior. Amen. (adapted from Derek Prince, 1980)
Our Military -
*Pray the military will have courageous and wise leaders
*Pray God’s protection over our troops. Pray they would guard and protect us from our enemies.
*Pray they would have a continual dependence on God as their strength and defender.
Pray for our Education system -
*Pray for administrators, teachers, faculty and staff that know the Lord.
-Pray for opportunities for them to share the gospel.
-Pray the have boldness to live for Christ and let His light, love and fruits show in and through their lives.
*Pray that our education system will highly value truth, morals and righteousness.
*Pray they will encourage and expect excellence.
*Pray they will prepare students to win. Teach them to apply themselves by building self-confidence. Teach students they matter, and they can make a difference, a positive impact on the future.
Songs: Set aside some time to enter into an attitude of worship reflecting on God’s faithfulness and goodness during this time of uncertainty. You can do this by singing by yourself, to your personal playlists, or following along with videos online.
For this activity you can use the worship playlist options above (music section) or if you'd like some options that offer you lyrics to follow along with here are some options you can select from.
YouTube Sing-Along Worship Playlists links here