March 1 – Worshiping
As we begin this 31 Days of Prayer, spend a moment today in a prayer of thankfulness for all He has done and continues to do in your life. (Psalm 95:1-6)
March 2 – Embracing
Pray for those in the church who are experiencing doubts and struggles with their faith. (Romans 8:38,39)
March 3 – Reaching
Pray that each of our faith family will all be part of a Mission Trip sometime in the next 5 years. (Acts 1:8)
March 4 – Maturing
Pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to renew your mind and help you conform to the likeness of Christ. (Romans 12:2)
March 5 – Worshiping
Pray that we will be a church that exalts Christ above all things including our desires, preferences, and ideals. (Exodus 15:2)
March 6 – Embracing
Pray for the church staff and their families. (1 Cor. 1:4-9)
March 7 – Reaching
Pray that God will so fill us with His love that it will overflow to those in our relationship circles. Pray that God will draw people to Jesus because of the love they see in our lives. (John 15:9-17)
March 8 – Maturing
Pray that God will reveal to you anything in your life that might hinder others from seeing Christ in you. (Titus 2:9,10)
March 9 – Worshiping
Pray that you would understand that worship is not merely singing songs to God but rather worship is a lifestyle of selfless surrender to Him. (Romans 12:1,2)
March 10 – Embracing
Pray for the finances of the church. Pray specifically that those who are not trusting God with their giving will grow to trust and believe in the power of God’s promises and faithfulness (2 Cor. 2:6-8)
March 11 – Reaching
Pray for the city of Memphis and surrounding areas. Pray that we will we will be a unified city that, empowered by the Holy Spirit, yearns to see our world a better and more peaceful place. (Colossians 3:15)
March 12 – Maturing
Pray that you would remain or become disciplined to pursue Godliness through Bible reading, prayer, fasting, service, and giving. (1 Tim 4:8)
March 13 – Embracing
Pray that parents in our church will own the call to be the lead disciple-makers in their families. (Deut. 6:4-9)
March 14 – Embracing
Pray for your Connect Group and/or Life Group leader. Pray for their continued spiritual maturity and strengthened familial relationships, and thank God for their commitment to be disciple-makers in a small group setting. (Isaiah 52:7)
March 15 – Reaching
Pray for Bartlett City Schools and the surrounding school systems. (Psalm 90:16,17)
March 16 – Maturing
Pray for our Small Groups Ministry (Connect and Life Groups). Pray specifically that those who are not involved in a group will understand the immense value in Bible study, accountability, and Christ-centered relationships. (Acts 2:42-47)
March 17 – Maturing
Pray that Bartlett Baptist will make more and greater disciples for Jesus in the community and throughout all nations. (Matthew 28:18-20)
March 18 – Embracing
Pray for the people who will be in our worship services on Easter Sunday. (Ephesians 3:16-19)
March 19 – Reaching
Pray for those in the community who do not have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. (John 4:23,24)
March 20 – Maturing
Pray that Easter will remind us of all that Christ has done to reconcile us back to God and that we will be compelled to give our all to Him because of this truth. (1 Cor. 6:14)
March 21 – Worshiping
Pray for Brother Michael as he prepares to preach God’s Word on Easter Sunday. (2 Tim. 1:8-14)
March 22 – Reaching
Pray for churches in our community. Pray specifically for their leaders, outreach, and discipleship programs. (John 13:35)
March 23 – Worshiping
Pray that the worship services at Bartlett Baptist will glorify God in spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)
March 24 – Worshiping
Pray for the worship leaders, band, instrumentalists, and choir that will lead us in worship through song on Easter. (Psalm 98)
Palm Sunday is the day in the church year when traditionally we mark the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. As he rode into town on the colt, Jesus was not oblivious to what was about to happen to Him. What was a glorious entry would turn into a less than glorious death. Pray today that you would recognize Jesus for who He really is and fully surrender your life to Him.
The Monday of Holy Week records Jesus entering the temple courts and driving out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. “It is written,” He said to them, “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.” Pray for Bartlett Baptist as we strive to continue to make our church a place where Jesus is honored and glorified by our words, actions, love, and missional efforts.
Holy Tuesday finds Jesus and His disciples walking towards Jerusalem once again. On the way they came across the withered fig tree that Jesus had cursed the previous day. Jesus uses this time to remind them of the importance of faith and belief in their prayers. One aspect of prayer that He reminds them of is our need to be a forgiving people. Mark 11:26 records Jesus encouraging them by saying “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions”. Take this time today to forgive those from whom you may be withholding your forgiveness. Pray that God would grant you the ability to forgive in your heart so that He would continue to forgive you.
This day of Holy Week is commonly called a silent day. While there are no scriptures describing the events of this day, we can imagine that this was a day of preparation as Jesus undoubtedly knew what was to come. Pray today that God would prepare your heart as we move into the somber story of the death of our Lord on Friday and await the joyous resurrection just 3 days later.
Thursday of Holy Week, commonly called Maundy Thursday, saw Jesus administer the Last Supper with His disciples which was quickly followed by the betrayal of Judas leading to the arrest of our Lord. Read Luke 22:47-53 today and mediate on this story. More importantly, see how Christ reacts when one of the arresting officers is struck with the sword of a disciple. Christ was loving to everyone, even to those who deemed Him an enemy. Pray that you will show compassion and kindness toward others even when we are treated wrongly.
Today is Good Friday. Death is imminent for King Jesus. He was flogged, beaten, and mocked by soldiers as they fashioned a crown of thorns and put a robe on him to mock Him. The people were not satisfied; they wanted Jesus crucified. Jesus was forced to carry His cross-beam up the hill at Golgotha where He was nailed to the cross and hung there until His death. Crucifixion was a brutal punishment. Sadly, what led to the death of Jesus was not a crime worth dying for but rather it was God’s way of atoning for the sin of man, our sin. Today, pray a prayer of thankfulness that Christ took the death that we deserve so that we can be reconciled back to God through Him.
Jesus is in the tomb. God has apparently been silenced. But, Sunday is coming. Just one day from today Christ will rise from the dead, roll the stone away, and walk out of the tomb. Today, pray a prayer of expectation. Pray that we will eagerly expect and celebrate the hope that Easter brings. Pray also for our worship services tomorrow and that those who do not know Him will see the truth of His deep love for them.