Awaken Seattle! Everyday on this page we will have a short devotional, a scripture passage to meditate on, and a suggested prayer.
Day 45 Feb 18
In the days of Hosea, Israel had endured great hardship and suffering which they attributed to the LORD’s judgement upon their sin. It was in this context that Hosea made some amazing promises about God’s grace and his willingness to restore his people. In the same way there is suffering in our city that comes from our sin. God is gracious though and desires to restore us if we will return to him.
“Come, let us return to the Lord.
He has torn us to pieces
but he will heal us;
he has injured us
but he will bind up our wounds.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will restore us,
that we may live in his presence.
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:1
Heavenly Father we return to you today as the most important person in our lives. We ask you to restore us to wholeness by your Holy Spirit. Where our city is broken by pride, poverty, strife, and deceit bring restoration we pray.
Day 44 Feb 17
We pray today for reconciliation in our city.
But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation - Colossians 1:22
Prayer: God of mercy we lift you up today. We pray that the effects of the cross will be felt in all our relationships. Give us the power to love people who are different than us and make us a people who are reconciled and reconciling.
Day 43 Feb 16
We pray today for God to stir our hearts and to melt us into new people. The daily routines can become a distraction from gazing into the beauty and the mystery of God’s grace displayed on the cross. But the Holy Spirit has the power to revive us to new life and to make Jesus the number one in our hearts once again.
I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek. Psalm 27:6-8
Prayer: LORD thank you for your grace and your mercies that are new every morning. We ask for you to revive our love for you in such a powerful way that the world around us will be moved. You have loved us to completely in the cross and we pray your love would melt our hearts today.
Day 42 Feb 15
We pray today for the reign of God to be realized here in our city. Jesus taught us to pray ‘your kingdom come, your will be done.’ When we submit to the Father’s authority it allows us to more fully become his beloved creation spending our days loving and serving others.
You, Lord, are my lamp;
the Lord turns my darkness into light.
With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.
“As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
Heavenly Father your reign is the desire of our heart. Come and rule in your power and your might.
Day 41 Feb 14
When Jesus appeared on the scene his message was simple and yet profound. The Kingdom of heaven has come near so it is time for you to repent. When the king is away the people will ignore and dismiss his rule. But when the King returns the people change their ways and turn back to following his ways. Jesus is the King of heaven come to earth and when we see his greatness it leads us to repent and to return to his ways. His ways are clearly on display in his life death and resurrection. Repentance involves prayer for sure but it also involves loving others and restoring others to wholeness rather than living for our own comfort and personal affluence.
Scripture: When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:
“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people living in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.”
From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
Prayer: Jesus you are the light of the world and we praise you for your power and your grace. Your love is better than life and so today we turn to you in repentance. Help us find our satisfaction and our purpose in your loving arms. And help our city experience the light of your glorious face and repent.
Day 40 Feb 13
We pray today for God to grant our city the ability to repent.
The Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,
declares the Lord. Isaiah 59:20
Gracious redeemer and glorious savior we come to you today because of the cross. We can see your heart to redeem the lost and we pray you would give that same heart to us. Give us compassion for our friends and loved ones without faith and move on their hearts to turn to you.
Day 39 Feb 12
We pray today for reconnection between the churches of our region. We praise God that from the very beginning local churches have been united in the mission to spread the gospel and make disciples. The truth is that we need each other and that each church has unique gifts and strengths that are a blessing to the region. The gospel deconstructs our pride and our busyness that keep us isolated, and it replaces them with humility and unity.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. - 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Jesus you are the head of the church and we are your body. Lord thank you for bringing us into a community of faith so that we have others to depend on and others who depend on us. Forgive us for our pride and selfishness that keep us isolated from other churches and other believers. We pray you would knit our hearts together with other gospel believers here in this region so that with one heart and one mouth we may proclaim the good news to our city.
Day 38 Feb 11
We pray today for restoration. A beautiful example of this can be seen from this weekend when A Seattle Church hosted an event to give coats to the homeless. They were practicing restoration and the news caught it on camera. https://twitter.com/NeilKOMOTV/status/1094393336842993665
If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored:
If you remove wickedness far from your tent
and assign your nuggets to the dust,
your gold of Ophir to the rocks in the ravines,
then the Almighty will be your gold,
the choicest silver for you.
Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty - Job 22:23-26
O LORD we praise you for your grace and your mercy! You are more valuable and more precious than everything else. We pray you restore the broken and heal the hurting. Use us as agents of restoration empowered and filled with your Spirit.
Day 37 Feb 10
Martin Luther King Jr. has been quoted as saying, “I've decided to stick with love, hate is too great a burden to bear" Indeed, love is the definitive mark of Jesus and his followers. Even among the 12 disciple, Jesus intentionally included people from completely different backgrounds. Zealots were known for their hatred of Rome and their willingness to use physical violence against their enemy. Tax-collectors on the other hand, were notorious for the way they cozied up to Rome and carried out it’s agenda, even when it meant swindling their brother Israelites. And yet, in the gospels we read, “These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot” (Matthew 10:4). These were the same disciples who he gave authority to and sent out in pairs to heal the sick. I wonder if he paired up Matthew and Simon?
The point is that Jesus reconciled these two men and ever since, his followers have been reconciling people as well.
“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” - Ephesians 2:14
Almighty God we lift up our city and our region to you today. Thank you for your power and your love that breaks down dividing walls and brings men and women together in unity. We pray today that the same power that restructured the hearts of Simon the zealot and Matthew the tax collector would now restructure our hearts and help us live reconciled lives.
Day 36 Feb 9
Announcement: Thank you to everyone who donated to purchase Winter Survival Kits with Union Gospel Mission. With this new storm there is a renewed need. If you want to donate please visit www.ugm.org
We ask the Lord today to send revival here and to fill us with an all consuming love for our Savior. Paul urges Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God that is within him. As we set aside time for private prayer, open our Bibles, and reach out to the lost and hurting, we are positioning ourselves to be moved by the Holy Spirit. It is like raising the sail on a sail boat. But in order for us to move forward, and to experience deeper love and passion for God, the Spirit must blow. We pray the Spirit blows on believers who live in the Seattle region. When Revival happens, the things of earth grow strangely dim to us and we find our hearts enraptured with the beauty of Jesus, our gracious Savior who loved us and gave himself up for us.
“I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,” - 2 Timothy 1:6-9
Revive me Lord. Revive your church. We confess the things of this world have become too important to us and we fall into dead religion going through the motions without true love for you. Holy Spirit set us on fire with love. Jesus our sin was so great you had to die for us, but your love was so great you were glad to die for us. Help us love you in return.
Day 35 Feb 8
The LORD reigns on high and yet he has given us the dangerous freedom to refuse his authority. But when we choose to rule our own lives and to be our own savior and lord, we live for self and the world becomes a twisted place. We pray instead that we can lay down our authority and surrender to Jesus as Lord. When he is on the throne of our hearts we find that love rules over all and that his mercy transforms our selfishness into service to neighbor.
I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory! - Revelation 19:6-7
Prayer: You are a mighty King O Lord and you reign on high. Your rule is righteous and just. We pray you would reign over Seattle. Let your kingdom of grace and mercy expand and gain influence in our hearts and in our relationships and all over this region.
Day 34 Feb 7
We ask the Lord today to grant repentance to our region.
This passage in Isaiah 19 is remarkable because it relates to one of Israel’s oldest enemies - Egypt. Egypt had enslaved the people of Israel for 400 years, and yet God in his mercy is promising that one day they will turn and follow him. God loves his enemies and he offers mercy and forgiveness to anyone who will cry out to him, no matter what they have done or who they have become. As we pray for repentance today we remember that the ability to turn to the LORD and turn away from our idols is a great gift.
Scripture: When they cry out to the LORD because of their oppressors, he will send them a savior and defender, and he will rescue them. Isaiah 19:20
Prayer: Merciful God give us the power to repent. Thank you for your mercy and for your love that you respond to ANYONE who cries out to you. We are oppressed by our selfishness and greed and lust and pride. Help us today to repent and turn to you.
Day 33 Feb 6
Scripture: I know that my redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand on the earth. Job 19:25
Prayer: O Redeemer thank you for loving us to the end. Thank you for laying down your life to set us free from sin and death and guilt and shame. We love you and we pray you redeem the people of this beautiful region of Seattle. We need your freedom to truly set us free. Redeem us Lord we pray! Help us to speak openly about you and your grace with our neighbors and colleagues so that they can taste and see that the LORD is good!
Day 32 Feb 5
We pray today for a reconnection of our churches. One of the clearest ways that God’s people can reconnect is through caring for the poor. When we were spiritually destitute and ruined because of our bad choices, God in his mercy impoverished himself to rescue and restore us. We did not deserve it or qualify for such mercy. In the same way, as God’s people we impoverish ourselves to rescue and restore others who are in need. In this way we let our light shine before a watching world so that they can see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven. PLEASE visit www.ugm.org and donate towards a Winter Rescue Kit to help the homeless in our city survive this storm and hopefully hear about the Gospel in the process.
Scripture: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Luke 6:38
Prayer: Good Father reconnect your church here in Seattle. Overcome our distance and our lack of unity. Help us today to see in the church down the street our brothers and sisters. And give us generous hearts as we reach out to help the homeless during this winter storm. Use this storm to bring them out of homelessness and into community.
Day 31 Feb 4
We pray today for restoration. Considering this heavy snowstorm there will be a lot of people exposed to the cold who will need restoration physically. Praise God for ministries like Union Gospel Mission. PLEASE visit www.ugm.org and donate towards a Winter Rescue Kit. If everyone who receives our AwakenSeattle Texts will donate, we can provide more than 400 winter rescue kits. And as we lay our lives down and intercede for others, like Job, we might actually find ourselves restored as well. We do not give to get. We do not serve to be served. We give because we love others. We serve because there is a need. But God in his mercy has so designed the universe that when we seek the wholeness of others we find that we often receive wholeness ourselves.
Scripture: “My servant Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer and not deal with you according to your folly. You have not spoken the truth about me, as my servant Job has.” So Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite did what the Lord told them; and the Lord accepted Job’s prayer.
After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.”
- Job 42:8-10
Prayer: Heavenly Father thank you for our friends and colleagues. We pray for them today that you would help them. Help them see you in all your amazing greatness and worth. Help them experience your love that knows no bounds. We pray you draw all people here in Seattle to yourself. Give us the courage and the love to let our light shine and not to hide our faith.
Day 30 Feb 3
Join us in prayer today for reconciliation, in marriages, between different ethnic groups, and between the rich and poor.
Scripture: Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. James 5:13-18
Prayer: O Sovereign LORD you made heaven and earth and you reign from on high. But you also dwell with the lowly and the humble in heart. We come to you today in prayer. We pray for reconciliation here. Lord bring the estranged together. Heal the wounds of division and give us the ability to forgive and reconcile.
Day 29 Feb 2
We pray today for revival. I remember early morning swim practices when I was young when the coach watched us do our warm up laps. There were mornings when the fatigue would overtake me and I would start just going through the motions of swimming laps without exerting myself or putting my heart into it. I’m sure it looked to my coach like I was swimming in place. But, if you do that long enough, you start to sink. Living life with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is something that requires putting your heart into it and not just going through the motions. All of us need the Holy Spirit to revive us and to melt our hearts again with the good love of the Father. When we know our Father’s love, it is a new day, and revival can begin.
Scripture: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
Even 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 overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Prayer: Good Shepherd thank you for laying down your life for us. We ask today that you revive our love for you. Your love for us is so glorious and strong, let it be the joy of our hearts today. Fan us into flame! Set us on fire with love for you and love for our neighbors. Resurrect us to new life, and make us agents of revival.
Day 28 Feb 1
We live in a broken world surrounded by situations that are in need of God’s reign. We pray for God to extend his kingdom into our lives and into our city. Jesus is Lord has been the confession of the church for 2000 years and it continues to be ours today. When he brings his rule the sick are healed, the lonely are comforted, the oppressors repent and the lost are found.
Scripture: Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21
Prayer: Jesus you are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You reign on high but there are still areas of our city where your reign is not realized. We pray for your kingdom to come and your will to be done here in us and in our city. You are the perfect ruler.
Day 27 Jan 31
We seek the gift of repentance today. The gift of being able to release our grip on the things of this world and instead surrender to God’s grip on us. In 2 Chronicles God makes some amazing promises to people who will humble themselves and repent.
Scripture: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. - 2 Chronicles 7:14
Prayer: O LORD maker of Heaven and earth we call on your name today. We humble ourselves today. We pray for the gift of repentance. Show us where we are loving the things of this world more than you. And give us grace to let those things go and instead seek your face and your presence. LORD forgive our sin and heal our land.
Day 26 Jan 30
We pray today for the redemption of our friends and colleagues. There is so much freedom that comes from knowing Jesus died in your place to cover your shame and remove your guilt. We want them to experience the confidence and the humility of knowing Jesus had to die for them and at the same time he was glad to die for them.
Scripture: I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Prayer: Heavenly Father we are so busy and distracted. Give us grace today to slow down and meditate on your love. We pray for you to give us power to grasp and be grasped by the immensity of your love displayed on the cross. Lord we especially lift up our friends and colleagues who have not experienced your jaw-dropping, never giving up always and forever love. Open their eyes today. Help us share the truth and not hide it.
Day 25 Jan 29
We consider a sobering passage of Scripture today. God is rebuking Jerusalem for all of the ways they have drifted spiritually and morally. And he says he wants to have mercy on them but that no one is standing in the gap to avert his just judgment. Today we pray for reconnection of our churches. We do this because Jesus prayed for our unity in John 17. We also do it because, by standing in the Gap, we create an opportunity for God to have mercy and not pay us back according to our sins.
Scripture: “officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’—when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice.
“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.” - Ezekiel 22:27-31
Prayer: O Sovereign LORD we do stand in the gap today. We love you and we praise you that you are so just and righteous. You do not let the oppressor get away with it. And we thank you that you also delight to show mercy. We stand in the gap today for your church here in this region. Forgive us for our sins. Forgive us for our pride and disunity. Knit our hearts together, so that with one mouth we may proclaim the gospel.
Day 24 Jan 28
Restoration is the work of God. It begins with the restoration of our relationship with Father and it flows out into all other areas of our city. Because Jesus took our place on the cross, we can trust in him and have a restored relationship with the Father. But this was never intended just for us. As his restored people, we are now his agents of restoration in the world around us. We pray today for God to restore whatever is broken in our closest friendships, our marriages, our workplaces, and our city. At the tomb of Lazarus Jesus wept. He was angry at death and he reversed it, restoring Lazarus to new life. Jesus weeps over our city just as he wept at the tomb. As we pray today we get to be his agents of restoration. We open ourselves up to his compassion.
Scripture: You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.
You set aside all your wrath
and turned from your fierce anger.
Restore us again, God our Savior,
and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, Lord,
and grant us your salvation. - Psalm 85
Prayer: Father restore our city today by the power of your Spirit. Give us, your people, eyes to see what is broken and energy and creativity to be agents of wholeness.
Day 23 Jan 27
We pray today for reconciliation. We live in a broken and estranged world and because of that we often look down on others who are different than us. But in the gospel we discover that we are actually all the same- sinners in need of grace. All over the city today people who are different than each other are worshiping the one risen Savior. We are united under his redeeming blood. What God has brought together, may no man separate.
Scripture: God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. - 1 John 1:16-21
Prayer: Merciful God thank you for reconciling us to you through the death of your Son on the cross. Thank you for not counting our sins against us. Forgive us for looking down on others and thinking we are better than they are. We ask for your Holy Spirit today to fill us up with love for people who are different than us. Help us see we have so much we can learn from each other and that we truly need each other to fully reflect your glory. Make Seattle a fountain of reconciliation!
Day 22 Jan 26
We pray today for God to revive us as his people. Revival happens when sleepy Christians come awake to God and his reality. The things of earth fade away in their ability to distract us from God. And we begin to see again that he loves us he really loves us!
Scripture: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our fles and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. - Ephesians 2:1-5
Prayer: Lord revive your church in your love. We have taken you for granted and our hearts have become cold. But your love is true and real and it is unfailing. Reignite our love for you by the power of your Spirit.
Day 21 Jan 25
Scripture: The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior! - 2 Samuel 22
Prayer: King of Kings and Lord of Lords you are good and you reign on high. Help us now submit to your reign. Make what is broken, whole. Make what is lost, found. Establish your rule here. We pray for all of the things in our city that our broken. We pray that you would come as the King and reign in power and mercy,
Day 20 Jan 24
Today we pray for the gift of repentance. It is a gift to be able to see that the things you are pursuing are actually empty pursuits. It is a gift to be able to put it behind you and to turn around and follow Jesus. Jesus is true satisfaction and everything else will leave you lacking.
Scripture: Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. - Acts 3:19-20
Prayer: O Lord your ways are higher than our ways. We pray today for the gift of repentance to come to our city. Help us see the ways we are looking for love in all the wrong places. Help us turn away from those empty pursuits and find true satisfaction in you.
Day 19 Jan 23
We lift up our voices today and pray for God to redeem our colleagues and friends. We love them, but God loves them more
Scripture: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him - 1 John 5:14-15
Prayer: Lord you loved the people of the world so much that you gave your One and Only Son so that whoever believes in him can have eternal life. We know you are a God who redeems. So we pray you redeem the people in this city, on our streets, in our offices, in our homes.
Day 18 Jan 22
One of our seven key focus areas is Reconnection of our churches. Jesus prayed in John 17 that his followers would be one so that the world would know that Jesus was sent by the Father. Our unity around the gospel is a curious thing to the world around us. It comes when we focus on Jesus and lift him up above all else.
Scripture: Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. - Philippians 2:1-4
Prayer: Lord thank you for the believers in this city and in my workplace. Even though they are part of other churches, thank you Jesus that because of our faith in the gospel we are one in you. Help us live out this reality today. Help the world see that we are not territorial or separated but rather united and loving.
Day 17 Jan 21
We pray today for the restoration of the Seattle region. Lord restore us physically, spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and economically.
Scripture: I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies.
The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me.
In my distress I called to the Lord;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled and quaked,
and the foundations of the mountains shook;
they trembled because he was angry.
Smoke rose from his nostrils;
consuming fire came from his mouth,
burning coals blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet.
He mounted the cherubim and flew;
he soared on the wings of the wind.
He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.
Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced,
with hailstones and bolts of lightning.
The Lord thundered from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.
He shot his arrows and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning he routed them.
The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke, Lord,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.
They confronted me in the day of my disaster,
but the Lord was my support.
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
For I have kept the ways of the Lord;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.
All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.
I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.
The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.
To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
to the pure you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.
You save the humble
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.
With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.
As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he causes me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains me;
your help has made me great.
You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.
I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
You armed me with strength for battle;
you humbled my adversaries before me.
You made my enemies turn their backs in flight,
and I destroyed my foes.
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them—
to the Lord, but he did not answer.
I beat them as fine as windblown dust;
I trampled them like mud in the streets.
You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the head of nations.
People I did not know now serve me,
foreigners cower before me;
as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
They all lose heart;
they come trembling from their strongholds.
The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
Exalted be God my Savior!
He is the God who avenges me,
who subdues nations under me,
who saves me from my enemies.
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man you rescued me.
Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing the praises of your name.
He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing love to his anointed,
to David and to his descendants forever.
Day 16 Jan 20
We pray today for reconciliation. Our enemy wants to divide and conquer. But Jesus wants to unite and redeem. This is a work that only God can accomplish and so we stand in the gap and pray for him to do it. In the past other generations have sown hate and discord in their attempts to elevate one group of people above another. But the message of the gospel is that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and all need forgiveness and a Savior. By our prayers we can smash these old ways and experience God’s reconciliation.
Scripture: “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 22:30-31
Prayer: God we thank you that one day everyone who has trusted in Jesus will encircle your throne and bring you praise. On that day there will be people from every tribe and tongue glorifying you for your mercy and grace displayed on the cross. We stand in the gap today and ask that you help us live that reality now. Help us live reconciled lives in the way we interact with and love people from different cultures and backgrounds. Holy Spirit help us live as one reconciled people.
Day 15 Jan 19
We are praying today for Revival, and specifically for God to give us boldness in sharing our faith. Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth but if the salt loses its saltiness what can be done? Which of your friends needs to meet Jesus? Let’s pray for them today and let’s ask God for open doors in our conversations.
Scripture: And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:18-20
Prayer: Heavenly Father you love this city more than I do. You long to send revival and to bring new life here. We ask today for the compassion and the boldness to share our faith. O God forgive us for not praying more. Thank you that when the Holy Spirit comes on us we receive power to be your witnesses. Open doors today for us to talk about your Son. We pray this in His name!
Day 14 Jan 18
We pray today for the Reign of God over us and over our city. He is a gracious king who has proven his trustworthiness. Every area of our lives that we surrender to him is transformed and made whole by his grace.
Scripture: The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises
and faithful in all he does.
The Lord upholds all who fall
and lifts up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways
and faithful in all he does.
The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
Prayer: Almighty King we thank you for all of the ways you provide for us. We praise you for your mercy that you are King who reigns from a cross. Your humility and your love give us confidence to trust you with every aspect of our lives. Today we give you every area of our lives and every are of our city. Establish your rule and reign in our midst. And teach us to follow your ways.
Day 13 Jan 17
Repentance is changing our mind and turning around. We repent from trusting in our accomplishments to make us right and instead we turn to trusting in Jesus’ accomplishments.
Scripture: In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. - Acts 17:30
Prayer: Lord thank you for the gift of repentance. Today we turn away from trusting other things and we trust you and your love. Lord we pray for our city and our friends and colleagues help them turn to you. Grant repentance to Seattle we pray.
Day 12 Jan 16
Redemption is an old word. It means freedom that comes from a price being paid. Within the idea of redemption is the concept of slavery. But we see ourselves as free people and so redemption can feel antiquated and unnecessary. But we aren’t free. Our city is not free. We are tied in knots by our need to succeed or by the need to prove ourselves to others. Even though there are no physical chains on us, we are enslaved in many unseen ways to guilt, shame, greed or lust and we find ourselves doing what we don’t want to do. Jesus came and paid the price for our freedom. When anyone accepts his gift they are redeemed, the knots are loosened and they become a child of God. This creates a new life free from condemnation.
Scripture: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.- Romans 8:1-4
Prayer: Jesus thank you for redeeming us! Thank you for praying the highest price to set us free! We pray for our friends and our neighbors. We pray for our colleagues and our city. Give them the same freedom you have given us. Redeem them and set them free. We pray they can experience life without condemnation because they see and accept your great love for them.
Day 11 Jan 15
We pray today for God to reconnect churches so that we can work together for the gospel and together avoid getting off track. The world will know we belong to Jesus by the way we love each other.
Scripture: “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:5-8
Prayer: Heavenly Father you are so great and your kingdom is so majestic. We ask today that you would unite us as your people around the good news of the gospel. Forgive us Lord for building our own kingdoms. Remind us today how we need other believers and how we are truly one body
Day 10 Jan 14th
When Jesus walked the dusty streets of Palestine almost 2,000 years ago, he left a wake of restoration. The blind could see, the lame could walk and the deaf could hear. His restoration extended to the social realm when he brought lepers back to their loved ones and restored tax-collectors to the community of faith. Jesus is still restoring lives and we have experienced it first-hand. Pray today for the restoration of Jesus to extend further inside us and also into the people around us. Instead of getting frustrated with someone today who lets you down, instead pray for their full restoration by the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Prayer: Gracious restorer will you come in your might, and in your love, and restore our city to wholeness today? We ask you to restore us in body mind and spirit. Thank you that you have the power to raise the dead and to set the captives free. Come do that here Lord we pray!
Day 9 Jan 13th
Today is Sunday! Resurrection Day! When Jesus rose from the dead he showed the world that he truly is the ruler of heaven and earth. And as the ruler, his fame is honored by all peoples and all nations. As we worship today we should remember that we are joining in with believers all over the globe, in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East. Jesus unites us and reconciles us to be brothers and sisters. We pray today for this reality to emerge here in our hearts and in our city.
Scripture: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. - Revelation 5:9
Prayer: Risen Lord you have conquered the grave and you reign on high. We confess our hearts sometimes think we are better than others who are different than us. We ask Lord for you to tear down that lie. Replace it with your truth that we are brothers and sisters because of our faith in your finished work. Reconcile us to each other and give us courage and power to be agents of reconciliation here in our city!
Day 8 Jan 12th
Revival is a gracious gift of God sent by his love to reignite our passion for him. Revival comes from the Spirit and moves us to seek God for God. He is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to us but sometimes we forget that and drift into spiritual apathy. The good news is that by his grace we can be revived out of apathy and into his presence.
Scripture: "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” - James 4:8
Prayer: Gracious Lord thank you for coming to rescue us. Thank you for making a way for us to be near to you by taking away our sin. We ask you to revive our hearts with a deeper love for you today! Send revival Lord!
Day 7 Jan 11th
Every Friday we hope to pray for the Reign of God over our city. As Americans we have a difficult time in general seeing authority figures in a positive light. But God is so good and so faithful and so loving that we should welcome his authority with open arms. His kingdom is a place of flourishing, wholeness and freedom to become like Christ.
Scripture: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” - Matthew 6:10
Prayer: O King of the Universe we praise you and we worship you. You are the sovereign of our lives. May your kingdom come in us! Reign over the people we see today and in the many homes, families, and workplaces of the Seattle region.
Day 6 Jan 10th
Sin is finding our identity in anything or anyone other than God. It is not just doing wrong or breaking the rules. It is seeking for fulfillment and happiness outside of our Creator and Redeemer
My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:13
Father I confess I have given my heart to other things and I repent and turn to you today. May a spirit of repentance come to us as a city.
Day 5 Jan 9th
Our earnest hope is to see the people in our neighborhoods and workplaces experience freedom from the power and penalty of sin. One of our seven key areas of prayer is redemption and today we pray for that!
Scripture: “everyone who practices sins is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.” - John 8:34-36
Prayer: O Jesus our great redeemer we pray for the people in our great city, we pray for our neighbors and co-workers. You have blessed them in many ways, now bless them with the joy and freedom that comes from knowing their sins have been paid for and their souls have been redeemed by faith in you. Lord bring redemption to every man, woman and child.
Day 4 Jan 8th
We pray today for the Reconnecting of the churches in our great region. Do you know of another church? Do you know of another pastor? Lift them up in prayer today
Scripture: My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. - John 17:20-21
O Father make us one body here in Seattle. Unite us around the gospel! Unite us so that the world may see your amazing grace displayed!
Day 3 Jan 7th
When Jesus shows up there is restoration. This is one of the seven key focus areas we are praying for. Our city has people who are loved by God and yet suffering from brokenness loneliness sickness and shame. We have economic brokenness, relational brokenness, physical brokenness, spiritual brokenness, mental brokenness but Jesus has the power to restore us in all of these areas. And he has the power by his Spirit to empower us to restore others.Sometime the first step is being able to see our own brokenness, or being willing to ask for restoration. Today is the day to ask God to restore us and to pray for all the needs we see around us. Open your eyes and look for places and people that need restoration today and pray for God to move.
Scripture: “Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30 Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31 The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.” - Matthew 15:29-31
Prayer: Jesus we thank you for being the restorer of our souls. Through your resurrection power, we can be made whole and so can our city. Will you please restore us? We bring to you all the areas of our lives and all the areas of our city that need to be restored and we ask you to do a mighty work. Restore us in your mercy in body mind and spirit.
DAY 2 Jan 6th
Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. When God moves in our midst he gives us a deeper love and unity with each other than we have ever known before. We ask him today for an outpouring of love in our hearts. We ask him to reconcile estranged marriages, estranged people groups and those who are distant. When we see the cross we see how far God was willing to go to reconcile a rebellious world to himself. He did it because he loves us. And now he has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Who do you need to be reconciled to? Pray for them today and ask the Spirit for power to come together once again.
1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Jesus thank you for reconciling us to the Father by substituting yourself. Thank you that we are no longer God’s enemies, but that through believing in you, we are his beloved and adopted sons and daughters. Give us your power today to live as reconciled and reconciling.
DAY 1 Jan 5th
People from over a dozen churches gathered last night in the shadow of the Space Needle at A Seattle church to pray for these seven key things and to worship Jesus. It was a beautiful kick off!
We begin today January 5th by meditating on God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and restore their land.” God loves this city and he knows what we need before we ask him.
Prayer - Father we come boldly to your throne of grace because of Jesus and his finished work. He has torn the veil and we can enter into your presence cleansed by his atoning blood. Give us grace now to do what your word calls us to do. Give us grace to humble ourselves, to pray to seek your face and to turn from our wicked ways
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