Praise the Lord for your desire to get in His presence and spend at least one hour praying for yourself or others not to lose heart in 2023. Time spent in God’s presence is never wasted! When life is challenging, praying can be hard because we may be worried, depressed, scared, confused, angry,
bitter, or even numb. Prayer, on the surface, sounds like an easy thing because it may seem that all you have to do is open your mouth (or mentally think about what you want to say) and talk to God. However, prayer is not that easy. It takes work because we have to position our hearts and minds to listen and not just rattle off a wish list to our Heavenly Father. Sometimes, we find ourselves in desperate situations, so our prayers become desperate, and we want others to be just as desperate as we are when they say they will pray for us. During this series in January, will you get desperate with your prayers for:
1) Salvation of family and friends, January 8
2) Baptism in the Spirit (for you, a family member and/or a friend), January 15
3) Revival, January 22
4) Healings/Miracles, January 29
Jesus was desperate with his prayer in Gethsemane, and it saddened him that the disciples could not keep watch, stay alert, and pray for ONE HOUR. Read the passage below and pray for the Lord to keep you alert and desperate as you pray for the specific prayer interests during this series.
Mathew 26:36-46 (NIV):
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” 40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41 “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Below is a suggested outline to guide you during your one-hour prayer. As well as specific things to lift up in prayer, and scriptures to focus on for each week. The outline can help you focus your mind and heart, but you are free to pray however the Lord leads you.
0-10 minutes after the hour: Focus on quieting your mind to hear from God
– Meditate on Mathew 26:36-46
– Pray for the Lord to strengthen you to stay focused for the next hour
11-59 minutes after the hour: Focus on God’s truth found in Scripture taken from the Old Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament.
January 8: Pray for the salvation of family and friends by meditating on and praying these scriptures
back to God. Insert the person’s name whenever you see the words “them,” “their,” “they,” “my,”
“me,” or “we.”
Ezekiel 11: 19-20 (NLT): 19 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within
them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, 20 so
they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their
– Psalm 119: 105 (NLT): 105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
– Proverbs 30:8 (NIV): 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me.
– Acts 4:11-12 (NIV): 11 Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the
cornerstone. 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to
mankind by which we must be saved.”
January 15: Pray for baptism in the Spirit (for you, a family member and/or a friend) by meditating on
and believing in your heart these scriptures.
– Joel 2:28-29 (NIV): 28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and
daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
– Psalm 51:10 (NIV): 10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
– Proverbs 4:23 (NIV): 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
– Acts 19:2-6 (NIV): 2 “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No,
we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you
receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of
repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On
hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on
them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
Pray for Revival! Pray for God’s presence to be restored in the lives of those who attend Manhattan first regularly. Make this prayer personal, and pray for the Lord to reveal anything in your life that is hindering you from receiving the fullness of His Spirit. Pray for His Spirit to be reawakened in you. Meditate and pray these verses back to God.
-Lamentations 5:19-22 (NIV): 19 You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. 20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? 21 Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old.
–Psalm 85:4-6 (NIV): 4 Restore us again, God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. 5 Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
–Act 3:19 (NIV): 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
January 29: Pray for healings and miracles! You may need or know someone who needs physical, emotional, or spiritual healing. Pour your heart out to the LORD. Meditate on these scriptures and pray with an expectant heart these scriptures back to God.
–Psalm 147:3 (AMP): He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].
–Proverbs 3:7-8 (NLT): 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 8 Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.
–Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV): Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise.
–Mark 10:27 (NLT): Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.”
Thank you for spending an hour or more in God’s presence with us! We pray that you experience the Lord Almighty in new and intimate ways during 2023. “Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord.” —J. I. Packer