10 DAYS OF PRAYER: Day 3 & 4 : May 3rd & 4th

Prayer May 2, 2008

Day 3: Saturday, May 3: Preparing to meet God in brokenness.

Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior, we humble ourselves before You.

You humbled Yourself as the Son of God to become the Son of Man.

You even humbled Yourself to die a shameful death on the cross! Let this mind also be in us, for You, o Lord, require a broken and a contrite heart in those who seek You.

Soften our hardened hearts.

Melt our cold and distant hearts before the fire of your love.

We confess that inherently we are arrogant and full of pride.

Let arrogance and pride be removed from within us.

Teach us to make ourselves as nothing, so that we too can take the nature of a servant and value others more than ourselves.

Make us small in our own eyes so that we can see You and exclaim with John the Baptist: “You must increase and we must decrease!”

Help us to become honest with ourselves, honest with our struggles, and open to your discipline in our lives.

As we humble ourselves under your mighty hand, please have mercy on us.

Come and guide us in what is right. Show each one of us your love, acceptance, forgiveness and salvation.

Meet with us face-to-face. Teach us the ways of humility and servant hood, and lead us to walk in your footsteps.

Come, lay your gentle and humble heart within us, and give us rest for our souls.

Amen

Day 4: Sunday, May 4: Preparing to pray beyond ourselves.

Holy Spirit, our Comforter, help us in our weakness.

We do not know what we ought to pray for, but You intercede for us with groans that words cannot express.

Reveal to us what You are praying for.

Teach us to become intercessors and to pray for others.

Open our eyes to see the need of the world around us.

Move and break our hearts with the things that break the heart of God.

Let us see the world through your eyes.

We are selfish by nature, but Jesus commanded us to love others as we love ourselves.

We submit to You our emotions and thoughts.

You are abounding in love and kindness.

You let the sun rise on both good and evil and let it rain on both just and unjust.

Teach us to pray without judging, to love without prejudice, to give without expecting anything back and to honor and respect every person because You value each one of them.

Fill our hearts with compassion for saints and sinners alike.

Help us to look beyond the surface to see the needs and suffering in our communities.

Help us to carry the burden of others before You in prayer and in practical ways. Let us understand the significance of standing in the gap before You, on behalf of our peoples and nations.

Amen