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Praying for our Global Church

Romans 14:11, “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

It has been expressed over and over that prayer must be a core component for our global Church. As we think about every knee bowing and every tongue confessing Christ, we realize that Holy Spirit is our prayer partner (Romans 8:26), and He desires for prayer to be in every tribe and tongue as an expression of His Body among the nations (Luke 18:1,7). I believe that it is important for us to search the Word and understand that prayer must be a persistent, hope filled expression of our faith as it is one of His goals for us to reach the finish line successfully.

Prayer is talked about a lot. There are many guides and books which have been written about it. You can even attend seminars and workshops on prayer. The challenge for us is making time to pray regularly. After all, it is our direct line of communication to the Father through our Intercessor, Jesus Christ. Prayer brings us into His presence. Prayer changes people. Prayer changes the world.

Jeremiah 33:2,3 reminds us to call upon Him, “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it—the LORD is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’“

Prayer Directives:
Join us in praying for our global Church in the following ways:

  • Pray for an awakening in our movement and societies (Ephesians 5:14; Romans 13:11; Zechariah 2:10, 11).
  • Pray for your local church leadership, as well as our global leadership network (2Timothy 2:1–4; Ephesians 6:10; 2 Timothy 1:13; 2 Corinthians 11:23–28), i.e. pastors, ministry leaders, national/regional/state overseers, general presbyters, and general overseer.
  • Pray for protection of those serving in hostile and closed cultures (Psalm 145:18, 19; Psalm 34:15, 17; Psalm 91:14–16).
  • Pray for abundant provision for our ministers and missionaries (Matthew 6:6–8; 7:7–11; 1John 5:14, 15).
  • Pray for transformation of the lost (Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:6,7).
  • Pray for an outpouring ofthe Holy Spirit on our members and local churches (Isaiah 60:1, 2; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17).
  • Pray for Hiskingdom to come, His will to be done (Luke 11:2–4; Matthew 6:1–15).
  • Pray for endurance for those serving in ministry (Ephesians 6:10–18; 4:14; Galatians1:16; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Hebrews 4:12).

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Contributor: Annette Taylor, Cleveland, TN

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Praying Purposeful Prayers

When we pray specifically and expect to hear from the Father, we are praying purposeful prayers. The word purpose can be looked at two different ways. There is purpose that is meaning, the reason of existence, and there is purpose that is intent, the reason of action. Purposeful prayer should have both meaning and intent. When we pray, we should know what we are praying for and with the intention to receive an answer.  

Hebrews 11:6 puts it this way, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” You do not diligently do anything by accident; if you do something diligent, it is with purpose. You do not do anything in faith just out of curiosity, it is always with purpose. Therefore, if we come to Him for an exact cause with the realization we are, in fact, speaking with the Creator of all the universe in person, and that is why we called out to Him, our prayers will always be purposeful. 

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive (Matthew 21:22). So, as we pray, let us not undermine the very nature of prayer by lacking purpose. When we ask, it should be intentional, and when we say we believe, we must be sincere. After all, we do not want to insult the Lord by halfheartedly requesting something we don’t really expect to get in the first place.  

When you pray, let your requests be made known unto God. Prayer is to be continual, never ending. The best way to add more purpose, more intent, and more meaning to your prayers is to start praying, and pray the best you know how to, right now, and keep on praying. God rewards those who diligently seek Him. He intends for prayer to be for your good and the good of the Church.  

Prayer Directives: 

  • Pray for certainty of mind and clarity of requests over your future prayer times. 
  • Pray for a strong grasp of how God views the prayers of His people. 
  • Pray for the anointing of prayer, that it may be passionate and full of faith. 
  • Pray for all doubt and other hinderances to your prayers to be removed. 
  • Pray for God to provide you with partners in prayer. 
  • Pray that all your prayers will be prayed with the intent to hear from God. 
  • Pray that God’s will above all others will be done in all things. 
  • Pray for strength and resolve to pray through. 
  • Pray for the Word to be opened to you for instruction and growth in prayer. 
  • Pray that your prayers would never be just rehearsed lines that mean little to you. 
  • Pray for a heart that is thoughtful to intercede for others. 
  • Pray for your prayer life to be victorious in tearing down strongholds of the enemy in your life and those you are praying for.  
  • Pray because God receives glory from it. 
  • Pray because it’s the best way for the Church to partner with God, and see the Great Commission fulfilled His way, and not ours. 

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Contributor: Jonathan Lovvorn, Cleveland, TN

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Prayers for Overcoming

“When my heart is overwhelmed…lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:1, 2). 

David, the writer of Psalm 61, is exiled from Jerusalem, the place where he worshipped. He is overcome with a myriad of emotions and uncertainty. Banished, alone, whether by the hand of Saul or his own son Absalom is uncertain. His state, his peace is disturbed. Making sense of it all is seemingly futile. He must somehow overcome this unjustified assault.

David remembers his God, recalling his journey in the wilderness, when it was only God and himself. He recites the Word of God to himself. 

The tool the enemy uses to overwhelm can come via any source. However, his objective is to divert one’s attention from worshipping God and to invoke anxiety. He hopes to isolate us from our familiar place of worship.

Life sometimes strikes a hard blow. Some things you cannot control. What do you do? You utter a prayer of overcoming and trust God to deliver. A prayer of overcoming can free you from that state of devastation!

Prayer Directives

  • Lord, grant us the ability to override all mental attacks that come to derail our faith (Philippians 4:8; 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5).
  • Teach us to overcome depression and anxiety as we wait on you (Deuteronomy 31:8; Psalm 42:11; Isaiah 41:10).
  • Grant us a settled peace that comes with the knowledge of your promise to never leave us alone (Hebrews 13:5).
  • Give us the confidence that as we pursue your will, you will take care of us (Luke 10:19).
  • Produce unity within the family so that conflicts may be resolved (Colossians 3:13; Ephesians 4:32).
  • Instill in us joy in serving you and your church (Nehemiah 8:10; Hebrews 6:10).

Additional Prayer Resources

  • Guide to Spiritual Warfare by E.M. Bounds
  • Blessing or Curse by Derek Prince
  • The Three Battle Grounds by Francis Frangipane

Work Cited: Matthew Henry Commentary

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Contributor: Pastor Janice Roseboro, NC

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Praying Spirit Empowered Prayers

“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27 NASB).

As we read this passage with a desire to pray spirit empowered prayers, we find many valuable ideals:

  • The Spirit is the most effective prayer partner we could ever have.
  • The Spirit helps us pray for things that go far beyond our understanding.
  • The Spirit prays through us for things at times that we do not even fully know.
  • The Spirit inspires prayers in us when we may not even feel like praying.
  • The Spirit lifts faith, brings compassionate tears, and ignites joy in our praying.
  • The Spirit reveals things to us so we can pray with more focus.
  • The Spirit often brings the Scriptures to us so that we can stand on them claiming victory.
  • The Spirit literally joins us as a real tangible partner in our prayer times.
  • The Spirit, who joins Christ in the Trinity with Father God, lifts us into this fellowship as we pray.
  • Spirit partnership in prayer is far more than a new prayer language. It is a real prayer partner!

Keep these thoughts in mind as you pray and watch as the Spirit partners with you to empower and lead your prayers. Many of these ideas are taught by that wonderful teacher of prayer, Andrew Murray in his work “With Christ in the School of Prayer.”  

Additional Resources:

Consider also these classic prayer sources:

  • M. Bounds, “Power Through Prayer”
  • Jack Hayford, “The Beauty of Spiritual Language”
  • David Yong-gi Cho, “Prayer: Key to Revival”
  • A. Torrey, “The Power of Prayer”
  • Richard Foster, “Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home”
  • Peter Wagner, “Prayer Shield”

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Contributor: Bishop Randall E. Howard

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Praying to Know Him More Intimately

In his letter to the Romans, Paul speaks of having peace with God through Jesus Christ and having been introduced or gained access by faith to a position of grace with the hope of glorifying God (Romans 5:1–2).

The challenge for many is moving beyond the introduction or from mere acquaintance to a true intimacy with the One who is beyond full comprehension.

This month, we invite you to join us daily as we move from our complacency, press in to know God personally, and commune with Him intimately.

Prayer Directives

  • Praise God as the all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful, most-high God who brought the universe into existence with the word of His mouth, yet He invites us to know and experience a deepening relationship with Him (Isaiah 43:10–12; Romans 11:33–36).
  • Thank the Lord Jesus Christ that by His Holy Spirit, He has introduced you to the Father’s grace, mercy, and peace that become the platform for knowing Him more deeply (John 1:16–18; Romans 5:8; Hebrews 10:19–22; 2 Peter 1:3–8).
  • Confess your desire (or lack thereof) to move beyond the restraints of time, personal agenda, and cultural pressures to know Him (Philippians 1:9–10; 3:7–11).
  • Ask God to teach and empower you to imitate the worship atmosphere of heaven when you commune with Him (Psalm 100:4; 103:1; Isaiah 6:1–3; Revelation 4:8–11; 5:11–14).
  • Acknowledge your longing to listen to and obey His voice, reaping the promised blessings from doing so (1 Samuel 3:8–9; Luke 10:38–42; John 14:21, 23).
  • Assume a posture of meditating and listening for the voice of the Lord through His Holy Spirit and Word (Psalm 1:1–3; 119:15; John14:26–27; 16:12–15).
  • Pray and intercede according to what you sense the Lord speaking to you—not only for yourself but for others (Romans 8:26; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:1).
  • Express gratitude for the joy of intimate communion with Christ and a willingness to continue walking in obedience to His directives as you love Him and live your life on mission with Him (Matthew 22:37–40; John 17:13–23).

Additional Prayer Resources



About Our Contributor 

Kay Horner is executive director of Awakening America Alliance and The Helper Connection. Kay has served in a variety of ministry roles including executive director of New Hope Pregnancy Care Center and administrator for Voice of Salvation Ministries. While Christian education minister for World Impact national television program, she provided insight segments for the agency, and she has been ministry projects coordinator for the Center for Spiritual Renewal.

Kay currently serves as executive director for Awakening America Alliance and a newly established initiative, The Helper Connection. She is the author of “The Christmas Dance” and is a member of the National Prayer Committee and Mission America Coalition/U.S. Lausanne Committee.

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Praying for the Nations

The heart of God, as revealed to John in Revelation, is that people from all nations will stand before the throne of God. “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands (Revelations 7:90.  

The whole world is in dire need of the Savior, now more than ever before. For the kingdoms of this world to become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15) we must pray “Thy Kingdom come, thy will to be done on earth as it is in Heavenover the nations and believe God will save them, for “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord” (Psalm 33:12). 

As we await the imminent return of Our Lord, our goal should be that all the nations will hear, serve, and know Him, so that the salvation he offers will be received by all. 

We invite you to join us in praying that the nations will embrace the Lordship and love of the Almighty God.   

Prayer Directives: 

  • Praise God that He rules over all the nations and they belong to Him (Psalm 22:28; Psalm 24:1). 
  • Ask God to forgive us for any way we have failed in proclaiming His love and rule to the nations (Mark 16:15). 
  • Pray for God to open the eyes of all the nations to His redemptive will for each of them (Luke 1:68). 
  • Pray for the leaders of all nations, especially all presidents, prime ministers and the parliaments/congress, that they will acknowledge and seek God (Isaiah 11:3-4); Rev 1:5). 
  • Ask that He give us the heathen for our inheritance and the ends of the earth for our possession (Psalm 2:8). 
  • Pray that the Lord will open the doors to the “closed nations” so that they will embrace the love of God (Psalm 24:9).
  • Ask the Lord to send laborers into the harvest, for the fields are white unto harvest (Luke 10:2). 
  • Pray for the Lord to use you to go, send, or pray for world evangelization (Matthew 28:19-20). 
  • Pray for peace, righteousness, and salvation to saturate all nations (Proverbs 14:34). 
  • Pray for the Body of Christ to rise up and make an impact in all spheres of your nation and help bring the Lordship of Jesus in every nation (Revelation 19:16). 

Additional Prayer Resources 

  • Operation World  by  Jason Mandryk and Patrick Johnstone, Gabriel Resources 21st Century Edition; Revised edition, ISBN-10: 1850783578 

About Our Contributor 

Pastor Michael Obi is the National Coordinator of the African Strategic Leadership Prayer Network, (ASLPN) and a cabinet member of the Awakening America Alliance, representing the African continent. He is also the Pastor of Mount Zion Prayer Center Church in Cleveland, Tennessee, and serves in many other organizations, mostly on the area of prayer.  

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Fasting Prayer Guide

Fasting was an expectation of Christ for His disciples. In Matthew 6:16, He said, “When you fast” not “If you fast.” He modelled fasting as an effective and necessary part of His prayer life with the Father.  

Although many Christians participate in fasting for dietary and physical reasons, there are benefits reserved for those participating in fasting as a spiritual discipline. All too often Christians approach fasting as a strength of determination, a sacrifice, or an overcoming of self-will. Fasting, however, is ultimately an emptying of one’s self to be filled with God achieved not by our own strength but from God’s work in us (Philippians 2:12, 13) through the strength he provides (1 Peter 4:11). 

Fasting serves as a compliment to the prayers we pray. In many ways it adds an extra dimension of intensity and earnest desire than our routine, normal prayers. It also moves us beyond a simple tool for seeking those things we desire and moves us toward something greater than provision, protection, or guidance—God Himself.  

As you empty yourself through fasting, God promises “open wide your mouth and I will fill it.” Through fasting, God promises to reward us by aligning our hearts with His purposes and desires, as “He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things” (Psalm 107:9). 

Prayer Directives 

  • Thank the Father that as you fast and earnestly seek after His purposes, He hears your prayers and responds (Ezra 8:23). 
  • Ask the Father to reveal His purposes to you, naming specific areas where your need His guidance (Judges 20:26). 
  • Tell the Father about situations in which you or your loved ones need deliverance or protection (2 Chronicles 20:3–4; Ezra 8:21–23). 
  • Ask the Father reveals areas of your life that are not pleasing to Him. “Pour out” your heart to Him and repent (1 Samuel 7:6; Jonah 3:5–8).
  • Surrender yourself entirely to the Father’s will asking that He use you for His glory (Matthew 4:1–11).  
  • Spend time in worship, expressing your love and devotion to the Father (Luke 2:37, Psalm 107:9).
  • Ask the Father reveals areas of your life that are not pleasing to Him. “Pour out” your heart to Him and repent (1 Samuel 7:6; Jonah 3:5–8).
  • Surrender yourself entirely to the Father’s will asking that He use you for His glory (Matthew 4:1–11).  
  • Spend time in worship, expressing your love and devotion to the Father (Luke 2:37, Psalm 107:9).

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Christmastime Prayers

The Christmas and New Year holidays present us with limitless opportunities to pray. In addition to the hustle and bustle of the season that can often distract us from what matters most, many people experience an array of emotions as the holidays bring feelings of loneliness, loss, anxiety, and depression. 

This month, we invite you to think about those around you who may be suffering this holiday season. Consider those who might need extra prayer covering and support. Pray with us in remembering those who are far from loved ones this holiday season. Below are prayer directives to help you engage in prayers of hope, help, and healing for those in desperate need this season.  

Prayer Directives 

  • Pray for God’s protection upon all who are traveling throughout the Christmas holidays. 
  • Pray for a sense of God’s presence and mutual love as families and friends gather. 
  • Pray for healing and harmony for strained family relationships. 
  • Pray that those unable to be with family will enjoy the fellowship of friends. Remember missionaries, pastors, students, and those serving in their nation’s military to name a few. 
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit’s comfort upon family and friends who have lost loved ones this year. 
  • Pray for families and friends who have loved ones in the military and pray for divine protection and comfort upon military personnel separated from family. 
  • Pray for missionary parents and children who are apart during the holidays. 
  • Pray for those struggling financially who cannot afford gifts and special holiday meals.  
  • Pray that people who do not yet know Christ as Savior will accept His gift of salvation. 

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A Call to Prayer 

“Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.” Oswald Chambers  

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; it shall yet come to pass that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also” (Zechariah 8:20, 21). 

“Your mission, if you choose to accept it…” was a pivotal line in every episode of the old television show, Mission Impossible. Jim Phelps was given the specifics of that week’s top secret undertaking and the recorded voice gave him an implied choice in the matter.  

The Church of God of Prophecy has a mission. Do you know what it is? “Empowered by the Holy Spirit, through prayer, we will plant churches and equip leaders to carry out the biblical mandate to make genuine disciples of all the people of the world, to the glory of Christ our Lord, head of the church.” That is our mission statement. We each have a part to play in carrying it out. Some are planting churches and making disciples, but all are called to prayer. 

Jesus said, “Men ought to keep on praying and not give up” (Luke 18:1). We ought to pray. But too often we don’t. F. B Meyer said, “The greatest tragedy of life is not unanswered prayer, but unoffered prayer.” And those who do pray, often give up too soon. Jesus knows we are prone to discouragement when the answers to our prayers are not immediate. He followed His “don’t give up” instruction in Luke with this story: 

Jesus said, “In a certain city lived a judge who didn’t respect God or worry about what men thought. There was a widow in that city who repeatedly came to him, saying, ‘I have been treated unfairly by someone and I want you to make it right.’ He did nothing for a while; but later on, he said to himself, ‘I don’t care what God or anybody else thinks, but this widow keeps on bothering me so I will punish the guy who mistreated her. Otherwise, she will nag and nag me until it wears me out.’ Then the Lord said, “Did you hear what that crooked judge said? Don’t you think a good and loving God will intervene for His own children when they are crying out day and night to Him? You think He takes too long? I assure you, He will help them quickly.” 

Charles Spurgeon had something to say about that kind of persistent prayer: “Faith uses pleas. Those who merely say a prayer, do not to pray at all, for they forget to argue with God; but those who prevail bring forth their reasons and their strong arguments.” We must keep on praying and not give up.

How important is it that we pray? Think about this: The Temple, God’s house in the Old Testament, was built following extremely specific instructions. In verse after verse, chapter after chapter, God communicated the exact dimensions, furnishings, colors, and fabrics to be used in the Temple. God’s house was important to Him. And constructing God’s house precisely as He directed was important to David and Solomon and all of Israel. In the New Testament, Jesus gives the only instructions describing His house. He said, “My house is the house of prayer.” More than purple drapes and gold chords, pillars and candlesticks, God’s house must be adorned with the beauty and splendor of fervent prayer. Prayer is important to God. Prayer must be important to us. 

“Teach us to pray, Lord,” the disciples requested. Oh, that we would passionately desire to effectively pray for the rule of God in our lives and in the world! Let us provoke each other to the good work of prayer. Zechariah 8:21 prophesies that people will one day say to each other, “Come on! Let’s all go now to pray. I’m going!” Let us all commit ourselves to a lifestyle of unceasing, fervent, militant intercession; praying in agreement with Jesus. “To pray in Jesus’ name means to pray in His spirit, in His compassion, in His love, in His outrage, in His concern. In other words, it means to pray a prayer Jesus would pray” (Kenneth L. Wilson). Jesus prayed, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.” Are we praying in Jesus’ name? Nineteenth century clergyman and poet, Richard C. Trench said, “Prayer is not getting man’s will done in heaven, but getting God’s will done on earth. It is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of God’s willingness.”  

And so, we commit ourselves to a revival of prayer. We must avail ourselves of as much instruction as possible and find many opportunities to pray, until our churches are known as houses of prayer and all of us, people of prayer. We will pray until the work of the Holy Spirit is evident in salvations, miracles, healings, and deliverances; where supernatural ministry is manifested so that it spills over into the community. We will pray until the signs follow us (see Mark 16:17, 18). 

Miracles happen when God’s people pray. A woman I know very well shared this story with me: “When the children were little, my husband started a new job. It was days before he would get paid and there was no food in the house. I did the only thing I knew to do. I prayed. ‘These babies need milk, Lord. We’re depending on You.’ Before I got up from praying, there was a knock at the door. Standing there was Eunice Moore from church. ‘I don’t even know if you need these, but the Lord told me to bring you groceries and a gallon of milk.’ God heard me and sent her to help us!”  

I know personally about the miracle-working power of prayer. Prayer saved my life. In January 2010, I was dying. Doctors called my family in and told them I had no chance living through the night. My husband, mother, and friends who were in the room immediately began praying. Then each of them got busy calling other people—some knew me, some did not—to pray. I lived! I was healed by God and have worked, preached, and lived a happy life since that miracle. Thank God people prayed. 

We must pray! For ourselves, for others, and for revival in the nations. Throughout history, when God was up to something, He preceded it with a call to prayer. D.L Moody said, “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.” The Welsh Revival, the campaigns of Jonathan Edwards, Azusa Street, the Shearer Schoolhouse revival and many momentous outpourings interspersed through the centuries came about because earnest people gathered for concerts of prayer. A world-wide prayer movement is, once again, saturating Christianity. We must move where God is moving. We must communicate a sense of urgency and charge into this end-time prayer movement. Bible prophecy has already told us a great harvest is to come. We will only be ready if we are praying. 

James 5:16 tells us “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instructs, “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Timothy 2:8 is clear. “Everyone, everywhere should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.”  

We have a mission. And we have a choice. We must choose to accept it. 

-Marsha Robinson, Cleveland, Tennessee

As published in the January 2018 issue of the White Wing Messenger

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Seeking the Lord Together 

As printed in the January 2016 issue of the White Wing Messenger.

This month Church of God of Prophecy congregations on every continent will join together to seek God in prayer and fasting.  People will seek God by denying themselves of food or other things that are important in their lives.  They will come together to pray for their families, their congregation, their communities, and the world.  But my question is—“Will the children be included?” 

Children were included in significant times of prayer and fasting in the Old Testament.  When the Ammonites and Moabites joined forces to make war against Judah, Jehoshaphat called the nation together to seek the Lord with prayer and fasting.  2 Chronicles 20:13 says, “And all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.”  The Message paraphrase says simply, “Everyone in Judah was there—little children, wives, sons—all present and attentive to God.” 

During this time of seeking let’s invite everyone to participate—even the children.  Let’s provide age-appropriate opportunities for them to be present and attentive to God. 


Prepare the children to join in fasting during the season of seeking. Share what fasting is using the Bible story of Jesus fasting.  Just as Jesus was led by God’s Spirit to fast, God calls us to times of fasting as well.  Why? 

  • Fasting helps us to focus on Him.  Sometimes we are distracted by all that we have—food and drink, media, sports, and more.  When we willingly give up something, it causes us to consider God and what His desires are for us. 
  • Fasting also helps us to focus on particular needs or issues.  During this time of seeking we will focus on seeking God for His plans for our congregation, our families, our communities, and the world.   

Help the children consider ways they could join the congregation in fasting.  While most people give up food, encourage children to think about the following things:  

  • What habit or activity might I give up so that I can better focus on God?  Children might consider TV viewing, social media, video games, sporting events, etc. 
  • What is a specific meal, food, or drink that I enjoy that I am willing to give up?   
  • Could I give up my allowance, gifts of money, or money I earn doing chores to provide for someone in need?  

Include children in a congregational pledge to fast during this season of seeking.  For example, pass out notecards to everyone.  Have children as well as adults write or draw their fasting pledge and place it in a designated place.  


During this season of seeking plan interactive prayer times so that everyone—including children—can participate. Some suggestions are: 

  • Prayers for the world.  Place pictures on the wall of countries that you will focus on in prayer.  Include a list (pictures too) of the specific prayer needs of that country and our church leaders there.  Invite your congregation to move around the room praying for each nation. 
  • Prayers for personal needs.  Create a wall of mesh wire.  Provide strips of colored cloth.  Create a chart that shows what prayer need each color represents. For example:  white might represent salvation, brown might represent physical needs, yellow might represent health needs, green might represent financial needs, etc.  Participants take a strip that represents their personal prayer need and tie it on the wire.  They then pray for the prayer needs represented by each of the strips already tied on the wire. 
  • Prayers for Christians who are being persecuted.  Set up a cross.  Prepare a brief written statement or audio or video recording to challenge people to pray for persecuted Christians around the world.  Provide pushpins.  Participants push a pin into the cross then pray for those who are suffering around the world because they are Christians. 
  • Prayers for our communities.  Have a large sheet of bulletin board paper with the name of your church community written at the top and the words, “I will pray and I will serve.”  Ask each participant to draw their hand on a sheet of construction paper, cut it out, and write their name on it. After praying for the needs of the community, they may tape their hand on the paper as a commitment to pray and serve. 

When Moses petitioned Pharaoh to take the people of Israel into the wilderness, Pharaoh asked, “Tell me who will be going.”  Moses answered without hesitation, “We will go with our young and our old, with our sons and our daughters, and with our flocks and herds, because we are to celebrate a festival to the Lord” (Genesis 10:8, 9).   

Who will be invited to participate in this season of seeking?  I hope you will answer without hesitation, “Our young and our old will seek the Lord together.” 

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