- Cahuga Lake Service Oct. 10 at 10 AM Lunch Following - Fall Jumpy Things Festival
- Cahuga Lake Service Oct. 10 at 10 AM Lunch Following - Fall Jumpy Things Festival
Prayer is at the center of every great evangelistic movement, and every movement is made up of people.
Use this guide over the next 30 days to pray
for someone you know who needs the hope of
the GOSPEL. PRAY Everyday
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to
the Father except through me.” JOHN 14:6, CSB
God, I know there is only one way to salvation. Jesus is
clear; He is the only hope for a lost and dying world,
and that includes (My One). His/Her salvation
depends on acknowledging Jesus is who He says He is,
and He alone is the source of salvation. Use the people
and circumstances in (My One)’s life today to
point him/her to the reality of Jesus. Give me courage
and boldness to call to faith in Jesus
when the opportunity arises, and help me make it clear
there is no other way to be saved
I will give them integrity of heart and put a new spirit within them; I will
remove their heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart
of flesh, so that they will follow my statutes, keep my ordinances, and
practice them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
EZEKIEL 11:19–20, CSB
Father, (My One) needs a new heart. You are
the only One who can change a heart that is living in
rebellion to You and submitting to the slavery of sin.
Apart from Your grace, (My One) has no hope to
know You and follow Your ways. I long for (My One)
to know You as his/her God and to experience the grace
You so freely give. In Your rich love, give him/her a
new heart, and put a new Spirit in place of his/her heart
Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give
you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly 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, CSB
Lord, this world is filled with burdens. I know (My One)
experiences the reality of suffering
in a broken, sinful world. People look to everything
but Jesus to find hope and peace, and I know (My One)
is no exception. He/she runs to things
other than You to relieve the pain of life and achieve
some sense of comfort. Father, I know You are the only
one who can provide true rest. Cause (My One)
to recognize the futility of looking to anything in this
world for the rest he/she seeks, and let this reality to
drive him/her to You in repentance and saving faith.
A God-fearing woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the
city of Thyatira, was listening. The Lord opened her heart to respond to
what Paul was saying. ACTS 16:14, CSB
God, Lydia’s story gives me hope for the salvation of (My One).
Give me the boldness of Paul. Make me
courageous to share the gospel message with (My One)
in a way that is clear and compelling.
Help me reject the fear that causes me to shy away
from speaking the Truth in love. Do for (My One)
what You did for Lydia. Open his/her heart to believe
the gospel. Align the circumstances of life to soften
his/her heart to the truth of the gospel, and cause
him/her to listen intentionally and respond humbly to
Jesus’ offer of salvation.
Don’t you know that if you offer yourselves to someone as obedient
slaves, you are slaves of that one you obey—either of sin leading to
death or of obedience leading to righteousness? But thank God that,
although you used to be slaves of sin, you obeyed from the heart that
pattern of teaching to which you were handed over, and having been
set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. ROMANS 6:16–18, CSB
Father, I know what it is like to live enslaved to sin.
The inability to stop. The crushing guilt and shame.
The longing for something more. It breaks my heart
to consider (My One) experiences life apart
from You. I know all people are enslaved to sin and
live in willing defiance to Your good and perfect Word.
Help (My One) understand that he/she is actually enslaved to sin.
Use the pain and consequences
of sin to cause (My One) to sense a need for
something more. Cause him/her to obey from the heart
and submit to You as a far greater Master.
In their case, the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers
to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,
who is the image of God. For we are not proclaiming ourselves but
Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’s sake.
For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our
hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of
Jesus Christ. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:4–6, CSB
Lord, cause the light of Your glory to shine in the life of
(My One). I know the clearest reflection of that
glory is seen in Jesus Christ. Help (My One)
see Jesus clearly. For this to happen, I ask for boldness
to speak of Jesus and help him/her understand who
Jesus is and what He came to do. Bring to my mind
Scripture and stories of Jesus that will help me talk
about Him in a way that puts Your glory on display.
Remove the blinders Satan has created to blind
him/her to the beauty of Jesus. Use other people and
circumstances to cause (My One) to consider
the truth of Jesus. I trust that You will cause light to
shine into his/her darkness as a result.
Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge
of the truth. Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of
the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 TIMOTHY 2:25–26, CSB
Father, Your opponents can only know You when they
experience true repentance. I know most people do not
consider themselves opponents, or even enemies, of God.
But that’s exactly what they are. They are held captive
by Satan to do his will rather than Yours. (My One)
is a classic example of this reality. He/she will only
recognize that captivity when he/she repents of
his/her sin. Cause (My One) to see his/her sin
for what it is—rebellion against his/her Creator and
disobedience to Your perfect law. Grant him/her true
repentance, not just sorrow for sin’s consequences.
Help to admit his/her sin and turn from it toward You.
He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.
Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his
harvest. LUKE 10:2, CSB
God, raise up other Christians who have a relationship
with (My One) who can partner with me in
sharing the gospel with him/her. In particular, cause his/her
believing friends, family or coworkers to take every
opportunity to speak Truth into his/her life. Allow the
words we all share to reinforce the truth of the gospel to
and prompt him/her to consider the
claims we are all making. Save (My One) ,
and turn him/her into another laborer who will share
the gospel to his/her circle of relationships as well.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see
your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
MATTHEW 5:16, CSB
Father, give me the faith to obey You in all things, so
(My One) can experience firsthand a life that
has been transformed by your Spirit. I pray for humility,
so I will not merely do what is right to feel good about
myself or in order to flaunt my morality in front of others.
Give me wisdom to know how to leverage the obedience
that You’ve called me to pursue in order to have
opportunities to speak about why my life is different.
Use the distinctive life Your Spirit produces in me and
the good works You lead me to perform to cause
(My One) to long for the hope, peace, joy and
meaning that only comes to those who have experienced
Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God concerning
them is for their salvation. I can testify about them that they have zeal
for God, but not according to knowledge. Since they are ignorant
of the righteousness of God and attempted to establish their own
righteousness, they have not submitted to God’s righteousness.
ROMANS 10:1–3, CSB
Lord, I know it is possible for people to pursue
meaningful things in this life in the vain hope that their
zeal for what is perceived as good will somehow work
to their eternal benefit. Far too often, those who are
far from You assume things will work out in the end
because they have been fairly good people in this
life and given their time and energy to do what they
consider good. Sadly, many are like those Paul prays for
in this passage. They have zeal but lack knowledge
of God’s righteousness seen in Jesus Christ. Awaken
(My One) to Your offer of salvation, and help
him/her see the futility of anything other than You as
a hope for eternal salvation.
Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open
my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For
this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough to
speak about it as I should.
EPHESIANS 6:19–20, CSB
God, I need boldness in order to share the gospel with
(My One). I know the message of the gospel
is a mystery to those who are lost in their trespasses
and sins. At one time, the gospel was a mystery to me
as well. Your plan is that people would see and hear of
Jesus through the witness of those who have experienced
His grace and now see the gospel for the treasure it is.
Grant me boldness to speak to (My One) of the
hope of the gospel. I need unwavering confidence that
You will use my frail words to speak of You as I should.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay,
but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to
repentance. 2 PETER 3:9, CSB
Father, You have been patient with (My One)
up to this point in his/her life. Every day he/she lives is
a testimony to the fact that You long for all people to
hear the gospel and come to saving faith. Continue to
show mercy and extend (My One)’s life. In your
kindness, allow him/her to experience the beautiful
things You’ve created and that display Your glory.
Protect him/her from the full extent of the consequences
of his/her sin, and allow the consequences that he/she
does experience to point him/her to the need for
salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your
father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a
great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will
be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse anyone who
treats you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed
through you. GENESIS 12:1–3, CSB
Father, when I read the story of the call of Abram, I’m
reminded that Your heart has always been for all the
people and nations of the earth. You blessed Abram
and gave him Your great promises so he could serve
as a blessing to the nations. The same is true for all
those who are heirs of these promises through salvation
in Christ Jesus. We are all blessed to be a blessing to
others—most importantly, to bless them by pointing
them to their only hope in life and death. Make me a
blessing to (My One). Cause me to make Your
name great as I declare and demonstrate the blessing
of salvation in such a way that (My One) will see
The Lord—the Lord is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger
and abounding in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a
thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
EXODUS 34:6–7, CSB
God, I know You as One who is compassionate, gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. You have
shown these characteristics to me time and time again.
My heart breaks for the countless number of men and
women who haven’t experienced Your character as I have.
In particular, I pray for (My One). I know he/she
has some concepts of who You are—many of them
probably inadequate or altogether faulty. I want him/her
to know You as You truly are. Cause (My One)
to see You as the great God You are, and use me to
reflect your attributes.
Sing a new song to the Lord; let the whole earth sing to the Lord. Sing to
the Lord, bless his name; proclaim his salvation from day to day. Declare
his glory among the nations, his wondrous works among all peoples.
PSALM 96:1–3, CSB
God, the psalmist calls me to sing to the Lord and
declare His salvation among all people. Cause my life
to overflow with Your joy. Make me sing Your praises
day-to-day. Bring to mind consistent evidence of Your
grace in my life. As You do, make these realities spill
over into the words I speak to (My One) .
Allow me to testify to the wondrous works You’ve
performed in my life. When I experience Your blessings,
compel me to testify to the fact that God alone is the
source of my joy and the only basis for my hope.
For when there are many words, they increase futility. What is the
advantage for mankind? For who knows what is good for anyone in life,
in the few days of his futile life that he spends like a shadow? Who can
tell anyone what will happen after him under the sun?
ECCLESIASTES 6:11–12, CSB
Lord, the wisdom of Ecclesiastes points out consistently
that life in this world is futile apart from You. No wisdom,
wealth or pleasure will satisfy. People like (My One)
pursue these very things with their lives, only to find
that they overpromise and under-deliver. Nothing on
this earth provides lasting meaning. Only You can do that.
In Your mercy, allow (My One) to see the futility
of life without You. When he/she does, don’t allow
him/her to despair, but cause him/her to direct his/her
desperation to You. Make the futility of this life cause
him/her to see that the only hope is You. Your salvation
and the hope that comes from Jesus is the only thing
that will never let him/her down.
So the Lord said, “You cared about the plant, which you did not labor
over and did not grow. It appeared in a night and perished in a night.
But may I not care about the great city of Nineveh, which has more
than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot distinguish
between their right and their left, as well as many animals?”
JONAH 4:10–11, CSB
Father, I know You are a kind God who cares about the
lost and those destined for destruction. Like Nineveh
of old, our world is filled with people who don’t know
their right from their left. People like (My One)
live in sinful rebellion to You. You’ve appointed men and
women to be your mouthpiece to a dying world, just as
Jonah was. Spare (My One) from destruction,
and use my words as a tool to call him/her to repentance.
Allow me to speak clearly and boldly about the realities
of hell and Your eternal wrath and call (My One)
to repent before it is too late.
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord’s glory, as the
water covers the sea. HABAKKUK 2:14, CSB
God, You have promised there will be a day when
Your glory is seen and known throughout the earth.
Right now, (My One) does not have knowledge
of Your glory. He/she is lost. I know Your glory already
fills the earth. It’s seen in amazing sunrises, powerful
thunderstorms and the laughter of children. Everywhere
I look, I see things that cause me to praise You!
(My One) is blind to Your glory. He/she sees
beauty and does not attribute it to You. He/she
experiences joy and fails to understand You created it.
Change his/her heart so he/she can know the Source
of all that is great in this life.
So he got into a boat, crossed over, and came to his own town. Just
then some men brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. Seeing
their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are
forgiven.” MATTHEW 9:1–2, CSB
Father, the Bible tells many stories of unnamed men
and women who brought their friends to Jesus. I long
to bring (My One) to You as well. Like the
paralytic in this story, I know You are capable of doing
far more than merely addressing his/her external needs.
You know his/her heart, and You are the only One who is
able to forgive his/her sins. (My One) may not
even sense his/her need for forgiveness at this time,
but I understand all people are dead in their sins and
are hopeless and helpless apart from the forgiveness
You offer. As I strive to bring (My One) to You,
do what only You are capable of doing and save
He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us
into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him we have redemption, the
forgiveness of sins. COLOSSIANS 1:13–14, CSB
Lord, it is amazing to think of the great work You have
done in my life. As Paul says, You have rescued me
from the domain of darkness and transferred me into
the kingdom of Your Son. I did not deserve this type
of grace. No one does. You have done for Your people
what they could not do for themselves, and now I
boldly ask You to do the same for (My One).
Right now, he/she is in the domain of darkness, though
he/she may not recognize it. Because of Your great
love, grant (My One) salvation and transfer
him/her into Your kingdom of light.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.
1 CHRONICLES 16:34, CSB
Father, I give thanks to You for Your goodness in my life.
I know Your faithful love endures forever. You have never
abandoned me, and You continue to demonstrate grace
in my life, though I’m so prone to forget Your kindness
or rebel against Your authority. (My One) needs
to know Your love. He/she needs more than an
intellectual understanding of Your existence; rather he/she
needs to experience the love You have demonstrated
in my life. Break through his/her hard heart, and cause
him/her to truly experience Your life-transforming love
and to be able to join with me in giving You thanks for
all You are and all You have done.
In him you also were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit when you heard
the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed.
EPHESIANS 1:13, CSB
God, I know You give Your promised Holy Spirit to all
those whom You have saved. Your Spirit is a defining
mark of Your people. I pray (My One) would
experience Your salvation and receive the gift of Your
Spirit. I know it is Your Spirit who works in the hearts
of people like (My One) to convince them of
their sin and their need for Jesus. I ask that Your Spirit
do this work in (My One)’s life and that Your
Spirit will fill and seal him/her when he/she hears Your
Word and believes the truth of Your gospel.
“Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow. As he sowed, some seed
fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell
on rocky ground where it didn’t have much soil, and it grew up quickly,
since the soil wasn’t deep. When the sun came up, it was scorched, and
since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and
the thorns came up and choked it, and it didn’t produce fruit. Still other
seed fell on good ground and it grew up, producing fruit that increased
thirty, sixty, and a hundred times.” Then he said, “Let anyone who has
ears to hear listen.” MARK 4:3–9, CSB
Father, cause the seed being sown in (My One)’s
life to produce fruit. I know the enemy likes nothing more
than to see the sun or thorns destroy the seed of the
gospel in his/her life. Do the work of tilling the soil in
his/her heart, so the message of the gospel is received.
I know You are able to transform even the hardest heart,
as You demonstrated in the transformation of the
apostle Paul. Nothing is impossible for You. I ask You to
show Your power once again and cause (My One)
to produce exponential fruit.
Looking at him, Jesus loved him and said to him, “You lack one thing: Go, sell
all you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.” But he was dismayed by this demand, and he went
away grieving, because he had many possessions.
MARK 10:21–22, CSB
God, there is so much in this world that wars against
people coming to faith in You and giving their lives to
follow You as a disciple. There is perhaps no greater
obstacle than possessions and money. I know You have
said it is difficult for the rich to enter Your kingdom.
Though (My One) may not consider himself/
herself rich in this life, I know it is possible for possessions,
or the pursuit of those possessions, to cause a person
to reject You. Show (My One) the futility of
pursuing things of this world that can be destroyed in
a moment, and cause him/her to consider the reality
of eternity. As he/she does, show him/her You are a
greater treasure than anything this life could provide.
When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter
and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied,
“Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the
forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
ACTS 2:37–38, CSB
Father, I long for (My One) to ask this question:
What must I do to be saved? Right now he/she is content
to live apart from Your love, but I know all of that can
change in a moment. Awaken him/her to his/her need
for the gospel. Give me the courage to call (My One)
to repentance, and grant me the joy of seeing him/her
baptized as a public testimony of his/her faith in
Jesus Christ. I know You forgive sins and give Your
Holy Spirit to all those who are saved. I pray he/she
would connect to Your Church and be discipled to
maturity following his/her conversion.
When this corruptible body is clothed with incorruptibility, and this mortal
body is clothed with immortality, then the saying that is written will take
place: Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, death, is your victory?
Where, death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of
sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ! 1 CORINTHIANS 15:54-57, CSB
God, the resurrection is my hope. I believe Jesus rose
victorious over Satan, sin and death, and His resurrection
was the first fruits of all those who have faith in His work.
We, too, will rise again one day! (My One) does not know
this same hope. Remind him/her of his/her own mortality,
and create an awareness of his/her need for eternal hope.
Use the reality of the brokenness of this life and the
reality of death to jar (My One) from his/her complacency,
and position those who know You to testify
to the hope of the resurrection.
Therefore, we don’t need to say anything, for they themselves report what
kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to
serve the living and true God and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom
he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
1 THESSALONIANS 1:8–10, CSB
Lord, Paul gives thanks for those in the Church who
turned from idols to serve You, the true and living God.
This is exactly what (My One) needs to do.
Though he/she would likely not admit he/she is serving
idols, that’s exactly what’s happening. Money. Power.
Possessions. Fame. Anything other than You! Cause
(My One) to see these things for what they are—
frail and flimsy sources of hope and ultimately not worthy
of worship. I pray for a time when I will be able to look
back on (My One)’s life and testify that he/she
turned from idols to trust in You—the only true God.
Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like
a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not
delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you,
not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.
2 PETER 3:8–9, CSB
Father, thank You for being patient with (My One).
I know every day You extend his/her life is testimony
to Your longsuffering and desire for all people to know
and personally experience the hope that comes through
faith in Jesus Christ. I also understand You could return
at any moment and, when You do, it will be too late for
those who have never repented of their sins and
trusted You. I pray this reality will create a sense of
urgency in my life and cause me to share with boldness.
I ask that Your kindness will lead (My One)
to repent of his/her sins and experience life with You
now and forever.
And they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open
its seals, because you were slaughtered, and you purchased people for
God by your blood from every tribe and language and people and nation.
REVELATION 5:9, CSB
God, You are worthy of the worship of all people.
You created all things for Your glory and made every
person who has ever lived to proclaim Your excellence.
This is true of (My One), as well. When I read
John’s picture of the worship of every tribe, tongue and
nation in heaven, I picture (My One) among
that group. Save him/her, so he/she would join in the
chorus of those who praise You as worthy. As I seek
to share with (My One) , burden my heart for
all people around the world who do not know You.
Save (My One) , and use him/her to declare
Your glory among the nations as well.
Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look, God’s dwelling is with
humanity, and he will live with them. They will be his peoples, and God
himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every
tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; grief, crying, and pain will be
no more, because the previous things have passed away. Then the one
seated on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new.” He also
said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Then he said to
me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the
end. I will freely give to the thirsty from the spring of the water of life.
REVELATION 21:3–6, CSB
Lord, I long for the day when You will make all things new.
This world is broken, and I know You will come and
recreate all things. I know You have set a day when
Christ will return and do just that. I ask You to save
(My One) before that great day. Make him/her
thirsty for the water of life You freely give. Use the
witness of Your people to point him/her to salvation
through Jesus Christ. I know You are the Beginning
and the End—the only hope for salvation for all people.
So, I ask You to give (My One) new life in Christ.