Why Pray 30?

Jesus’ death on the Cross purchased for us an eternity-long relationship with God, our Father. By the blood of Christ, we have been brought to God and have him as our Father in a relationship of intimacy and awe. Milton Vincent, in his book A Gospel-Primer for Christians, put it this way:

God is radically committed to my life of prayer. He shed the blood of His Son so that I might be cleansed and rendered fit to stand before Him in love. He also permitted the brutal rending of His Son so that I might now have a way to enter into the Holy Place through the torn flesh of Jesus. ‘Draw near,’ he says… How can I not feel the infinite sincerity of these invitations, especially when considering the painful lengths that God endured so that I might enter his presence in prayer. Indeed the Gospel serves as the sweetest of invitation to pray.” – Milton Vincent.

We pray because God invites us to come to him and enjoy him as our Father, delighting in all that he is for us because of Jesus. But we also pray because we believe he is our Father in heaven with all power and authority. He is omnipotent and with him, all things are possible (Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37). As we look out at the sinfulness around us and even inside of us, we are daily, even hourly, forced to face our need for the grace and renewing power of God. Prayer is how we express that need.

That is why we are launching Pray 30. We are encouraging you to commit 30 minutes every day to the Lord, both in prayer and in Scripture. If you are a night owl, make the 30 minute slot in your evening. If you are an early riser, schedule your 30 minute slot in the morning. The goal is to indulge ourselves in the Lord on a daily basis, enjoying Him as our Father who loves us (1 John 4:10), who cares for us (1 Peter 5:6-7), who only gives us good things (Romans 8:28, 33), and who is faithful in all of his precious and great promises. (2 Peter 1:4).

 

Prayer Prompts

If we are going to experience God renewing our lives and relationships as well as using us as instruments of renewal in the world, we must become a praying people. We want to encourage you to use the following prayer prompts to guide you as you pray.  You need not limit your prayers to this specific language, but use these prompts to lead you into more specific and robust prayers. These prompts are informed by the mission of Portico and will serve us as we pray for our leaders, our community groups, our families, and for our own personal lives. We encourage you to use these prompts in your prayer times as well as in times of corporate prayer.

 

Know Christ.

- Pray that we may know Christ’s love for us which surpasses knowledge.

Scripture: (Ephesians 3:14-19 ESV) For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

Pray that we may know the surpassing worth of Christ.

Scripture: (Philippians 3:7-11 ESV) But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

 

- Pray that we may daily experience God’s power towards us.

Scripture: (Ephesians 1:16-21 ESV) I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

 

Build the Church. 

 

- Pray that our community may be unified in Christ.

Scripture: (Ephesians 4:1-6 ESV) I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

 

- Pray that we may be disciples of Christ and make disciples of Christ.

Scripture: (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

- Pray for the effectiveness and faithfulness of our leaders.

Scripture:  (Ephesians 6:18-20 ESV) To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
 

 

Tell the Story.

 

- Pray that God would work through us to spread the Gospel.

Scripture:  (Luke 10:2 ESV) And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
 

- Pray for boldness and willingness to share your faith.

Scripture:  (Philippians 1:12-14 ESV) I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

 

- Pray for successful and fruitful missions throughout the world.

Scripture:  (Malachi 1:11 ESV) For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nation, says the Lord of hosts.

 

As You Pray

  • Schedule it in or everything else will schedule it out.
  • Pray with confidence that Jesus has given you access to the Father (Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 2:18).
  • Do not be afraid to ask for God’s help to pray
  • Pray using promises you read in the Bible.
  • Prayer prayers of praise, confession, and gratitude.
  • Pray for specific needs: yours, others’, and the world’s.
  • Pray for those who do not know Jesus.
  • Pray for our Church’s maturity, mission, and leaders.