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Now is the time of God’s favour and now is the Day of Salvation

2 Corinthians Chapters 6-13

In this most personal of Paul’s letters, he reveals that following Jesus is not a choice that leads to a life of ease and comfort in this world. We need to get this life in perspective, understanding it is a very brief time when compared to the eternity that awaits us. Any troubles or difficulties we experience in this lifetime pale into total insignificance compared with the glory that is to come for those who are in Christ Jesus. There is nothing more important than pursuing our relationship with Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to help us grow spiritually. Now is the day when we can find, experience and grow in, God’s salvation and his divine favour, if we make the right choices.

In a world where we do not have to go looking for troubles, as they will come to us, there are ways that followers of Jesus can avoid bringing hardships on themselves. So, Paul tells us, do not choose to yoke yourselves together with unbelievers who will pull you down spiritually. Instead separate yourselves from the activities of ungodliness. Do be generous with your earthy possessions and money and ‘... excel in the grace of giving’ out of a willing, generous heart, for this will bring its own rewards and be a blessing to others and to ourselves. We will reap in accordance with the generosity that we sow. Avoid dissensions, quarrelling and sexual immorality and all other activity that is self-defeating and destructive.

We live in a spiritual battle and are surrounded by falsehood, even within the church where false apostles and teachers may appear. Paul had more than his share of problems with such people both in and outside the church in Corinth. He even tells us of his ‘thorn in the flesh’ which he realised was from ‘a messenger of Satan.’ This we need to be aware of, ‘… for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.’           2 Corinthians 11:14-15.

So, he says, we must be aware of and use effectively the spiritual weapons we have. ‘For though we live in the world we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.’ 2 Corinthians 10:3-4. So as we use our spiritual weapon of prayer to pray through these passages this month, we remember that though living in a difficult world, God has placed at our disposal the spiritual resources we need, not only to stand our ground but to advance and overcome, during this present time which is God’s day of salvation and of his favour, to those willing to avail themselves of it.

1st – 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 Now is the day of salvation

  1. Send a new sense of urgency in your church to be obedient to the Great Commission to reach the lost
  2. Pour out your divine favour on every aspect of evangelism as we seek to win non-christians to Christ, we pray
  3. Holy Spirit, pour out your divine favour on every occasion we each seek to individually lead people to salvation in Christ
  4. We pray your favour would bring much fruitfulness in all the evangelism through the discipleship cells, O God
  5. Move in power, Holy Spirit, on all those who witness and pray for people on the streets, bringing them to salvation in Christ and healing the sick

2nd – 2 Corinthians 6:3-13 Overcoming adversity

  1. Lord, help us to see adversity as an the opportunity to grow and to hear you speaking to us, rather than as an obstacle that demoralises us and causes us to be defeated
  2. Cause us to remember that Christ who is in us is greater than the devil who is in the world and as a consequence to stand up to and overcome every attack of the enemy
  3. For all those in the church who are suffering trials at this time for whatever reason, keep them strong and experiencing your joy and peace in the midst of their difficulties
  4. For all those non-christians we know who are experiencing severe trials at this time, help us to come alongside them and show them the Saviour they need
  5. We pray you would sustain and help rise above their trials all believers around the world who are suffering at this time for their faith in Christ

3rd -  2 Corinthians 6:14-18 No ungodly yokes

  1. Give us wisdom and discernment in our dealings with non-believers, so we are the ones who lead and not the ones who are led by those who have totally different values
  2. For all those in the church who are seeking a husband or a wife, give them the wisdom, grace and patience to wait for the person you send
  3. For all those believers who are married to an unbeliever, help them in their spiritual lives and give them favour and grace in their relationship
  4. We pray for wisdom in our dealings in our workplace so that we may be led by our Spirit-anointed consciences and not by what may seem expedient at the time
  5. Help us to live lives that are holy, whether in our homes, church, our workplace or in our neighbourhoods and communities

4th – 2 Corinthians 7:1-7 Encouraging one another

  1. Help us always to see first the good in others before seeing their weaknesses and help us to encourage them to develop their strengths
  2. We pray that you would enable us to be glad at the good fortune of others and not be resentful
  3. Give us the mind that desires to see others built up, even if it is hard work on our part in encouraging them in that way
  4. Teach us O Lord, to be givers first in all we do, rather than merely receivers
  5. Help us to realise the spiritual benefit to ourselves in seeking to build up others, namely that it causes us to grow also as we seek to help others to grow

5th – 2 Corinthians 7:8-10 Godly sorrow leads to repentance

  1. Lord, help us to continually examine our own lives to see what may need to be changed so that we can grow in Christ and not remain stuck in spiritual immaturity
  2. Holy Spirit keep your fire burning within our hearts and forgive us for any times of lukewarmness or apathy in our relationship with you;
  3. Lord, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
  4. For any person to whom we may have been harbouring resentment or anger, we pray for your grace to be able to release them right now and bless them
  5. Bring, O Lord, all the unbelievers we know and are praying for, to the place of godly sorrow, that will lead them to repentance and faith in Christ

6th – 2 Corinthians 7:11-16 Maintaining a good testimony

  1. O Lord, if there is anything in your church that needs changing because it is not pleasing to you, reveal it, bring conviction and cause there to be a change
  2. Let the fire of the Holy Spirit burn ever more brightly amongst us, O God, causing there to be a refining as all ungodliness is burned up
  3. Cause such a high level of integrity to be in your church, Holy Spirit that you feel free to move in power within us as individuals and amongst us as a body
  4. Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer
  5. Light a fire of revival in our midst, O Lord, that will burn so brightly that many will be turned to Christ and be radically changed by the power of the Holy Spirit

7th – 2 Corinthians 8:1-4 Giving motivated by love

  1. Lord, help us to have the priorities of the Kingdom of Heaven rather than the priorities of the world
  2. Lord, teach us to give
  3. We pray that we may not be afraid to give to you and your work, O Lord, being motivated by trust and faith and not by anxiety and fear
  4. Lord, help us to live out the truth that if we seek first your kingdom and righteousness you will provide all we need, no matter how generous we are in our giving
  5. Remembering you gave us your all when you gave us Jesus, heavenly Father, move our hearts to generously return something back to you as we give to your work

8th – 2 Corinthians 8:5-7 Giving to God first

  1. Lord, like the poor widow who gave you all she had, help us to be people who measure what we give by how much we retain after we have given
  2. Give us the grace to bring you a tithe of all we have, O Lord and to enjoy the blessings that accompany our giving
  3. Teach us how to excel in giving just like the Macedonian churches blessed the apostle Paul by excelling in giving
  4. Give us minds that understand the reality of eternity and the temporary nature of the present life, so we can give in a way that leads to eternal consequences
  5. Lord, may we have no other gods before you, including Mammon

9th – 2 Corinthians 8:8-12 Willingness to give

  1. Give us willing hearts to give financially to you, O Lord
  2. Give us willing hearts to give of our time to you and your kingdom, O Lord
  3. Give us willing hearts, O God, to give ourselves in service for others as examples of Christ
  4. Give us willing hearts to give you our best, O Lord, and not our second, third or fourth best or whatever is left over after our own interests have been satisfied
  5. Cause us to wait on you to discover our God-given abilities and then give us willing hearts to use those talents for your glory, O Lord

10th – 2 Corinthians 8:13-15 Mutual blessing

  1. Lord, for those who attend Sunday services but maintain no other form of fellowship with other believers, help them see the mutual benefit of fellowship with others
  2. Bless all our discipleship cells and cause there to be a mutual edification for all those who attend
  3. As our discipleship cells reach out to the lost cause them to be blessed by seeing unbelievers saved, who in turn will be blessed by salvation
  4. As all the men, women and youth discipleship cell leaders sow into the lives of those they lead cause them to be blessed by those they meet together with
  5. Lord, as you bless us in so many ways, may we be a people who continually bring a blessing to you also

11th – 2 Corinthians 8:16-24  Honour

  1. Lord, may we be people of such integrity that we bring honour to the gospel and to our Lord
  2. Cause us to be people who are always trustworthy and who can always be relied upon
  3. Give us wisdom always in our dealings with and handling of money, so that our testimony is never compromised or tarnished
  4. May we be able to say with Paul, “Follow my example as I follow Christ”
  5. Let us be a trustworthy people whose “yes” is “yes and whose “no” is “no

12th – 2 Corinthians 9:1-5 A heart prepared

  1. O God, may we not be people who just talk about what should be done, but rather people who do it
  2. May we not be a people, O Lord, who only pray about what should be done, but also a people who will act as well as pray
  3. Heavenly Father, let our hearts be like the good soil in the parable of the sower, so our lives produce a harvest of righteousness
  4. Help us to make the time daily to spend in your presence, O Lord, so that our hearts are always prepared by all you have to say to us each day
  5. Prepare us, O Lord, for whatever work you have for us and give us willing hearts to do all you desire for us

13th – 2 Corinthians 9:6-9 Sowing and reaping

  1. As we sow in intercessory prayer, may we see the reaping of souls saved, lives changed, the sick healed, and families and communities transformed
  2. Cause us to be a people who generously sow financially into your Kingdom and who see a great spiritual harvest as a result
  3. Lord, as your people sow financially into you Kingdom, cause them to be blessed financially also as well as spiritually
  4. Lord, as we sow into our communities with witnessing and evangelism, bring a great harvest and growth in the church
  5. As we sow love to fellow believers, unbelievers and even to those who oppose us, cause us to reap a harvest of love that blesses us both as individuals and as a church

14th – 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 A harvest of righteousness

  1. Lord, cause us always to be a people who seek to bless others
  2. Lord, cause us not to be trouble makers but peacemakers, who in turn, experience your peace even in times of trial
  3. Lord, as we hunger and thirst after righteousness, cause us to be filled to an overflowing that will also enable us to bless others
  4. As we seek to draw closer to you, cause us to excel in living out the fruit of the Spirit, O Lord
  5. As we seek to draw closer to you, may we produce a harvest of the gifts of the Holy Spirit that we can use for your Kingdom to grow and to be a blessing to others

15th – 2 Corinthians 10:1-4 Demolishing spiritual strongholds

  1. Help us, O Lord, to continually use the spiritual weapons you have given to us, namely the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness and the belt of truth
  2. Help us, O Lord, to use effectively the shield of faith, the sword of your Spirit and shoes ready to run to spread the gospel
  3. Give us insights into the spirit world, O God, that will enable us to foresee demonic plans ahead of time and demolish them through intercession and the weapon of prayer
  4. Help us, O Lord, not to be ignorant and unaware of the devices of Satan
  5. We ask that all our prayer meetings will continue to grow in spiritual power and overcome all spiritual opposition so there is an open heaven over the church

16th – 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 Demolishing arguments

  1. Give us wisdom whenever we are witnessing to unbelievers causing us to remember the relevant parts of your Word to lovingly demolish arguments
  2. Give us a desire to regularly read your Word so that you, Holy Spirit, can bring to our remembrance the words we need at the right time
  3. Give us the grace, O Lord, to be able to talk with all reason about the gospel without being objectionable to those we are speaking to
  4. Give us a heart, O God, which loves the person more than wanting to merely win an argument with them
  5. Help us all to guard your flock, O God, so that none may be convinced by false arguments and so wander off into error

17th – 2 Corinthians 10:7-12 Measuring ourselves

  1. Lord, cause us to measure ourselves not against one another but against your standards, and where we fall short to seek to grow more like you
  2. Holy Spirit, help us to be honest with our shortcomings and to work together with you to put them right
  3. Keep us, O God, from looking down on others but enable us always to see the best in others
  4. Let us be a people who always seek to build others up and not tear them down, we pray
  5. Cause us to be a faithful people, O Lord, whose only concern is to please you in every way

18th – 2 Corinthians 10:13-17 Boasting only in the Lord

  1. O Lord, give us the insight to see ourselves as you see us and not as we would like to see ourselves
  2. As we live out the life of Christ give us testimonies which we can share with others,  to your glory
  3. May the chief goal of our lives be to bring glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
  4. May we always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give a reason for the hope we have
  5. May the joy of the Lord not only be our strength but also a testimony to many around us of the goodness and greatness of the Lord we love to serve

19th – 2 Corinthians 11:1-6 Not being deceived

  1. As we pray for all Hindus we know, let them come to a personal knowledge of Christ
  2. As pray for all the Muslims we know, let them discover Jesus as their Saviour and God
  3. As we pray for all the Sikhs we know, give them a saving knowledge and experience with Christ, O God
  4. As we pray for all the Buddhist we know, reveal yourself to them as the one true way of salvation, O Lord
  5. As we pray for the atheists and agnostics we know, show them the folly of rejecting you and save them, O Lord

20th – 2 Corinthians 11:7-15 Satan masquerading as an angel of light

  1. We pray for the salvation of all those we know who are deceived into believing they can make themselves right with God by following religions
  2. We pray for the salvation of all those we know who are deceived into following cults
  3. Open the eyes to the truth of the gospel of all those we know who are following any aspect of New Age teachings, O God
  4. O Lord, cause all those we know who are involved with spiritualism or seeking to contact the dead, to see they are being deceived by the demonic
  5. As we pray for all those we know who deal with witchcraft and the occult, open their eyes to who their master really is, before it is too late for them, O God

21st – 2 Corinthians 11:16-22 No foolish talk

  1. May we be people who use their tongues to edify others and not to talk foolishly, we pray
  2. When we lack wisdom, give us the wisdom we need in our conversations, O Lord
  3. If we should succumb to coarse talking, convict us, Holy Spirit, so that we may change
  4. Deliver us from using any vulgar talk, Holy Spirit, so that we may not grieve you
  5. May our tongues be constantly in prayer to you, O Lord and give us the words that you want us to speak to you in prayer

22nd – 2 Corinthians 11:23-29 Suffering gladly for Christ

  1. As we remember that the sufferings of this present world are not worthy to be compared to the glory to be revealed, cause us to always rise above our circumstances
  2. Help us to learn whatever lessons you are teaching us through times of suffering, O Lord, so that we may grow stronger through them
  3. Lord Jesus, since you suffered greatly for us, keep us from complaining when we suffer but a little
  4. Help and strengthen through their trials those we know who are suffering in different ways now, O God
  5. Give grace and power in their trials to the suffering church around the world, O Lord

23rd – 2 Corinthians 11:30-33 Telling the truth

  1. Guard our lips from lies, O God
  2. Guard our lips from half-truths and any other ways of concealing dishonesty, O Lord
  3. May we be people of integrity in all that we say, O Lord
  4. Cause us to be a people, O God, who can always be trusted to do what we say we will do and refrain from doing what we say will not do
  5. In speaking the truth may it always be spoken in love, we pray

24th – 2 Corinthians 12:1-6 Revelations from heaven

  1. Knowing that we are just passing through this world and will one day be with you in heaven, may we constantly draw encouragement from such knowledge
  2. Since you are pouring out your Spirit on all flesh in these last days, pour out your spiritual gifts on your church that they may be used for your glory
  3. Send dreams and visions to your people, we pray and also the wisdom to correctly interpret them
  4. Speak to us as individuals and as a church, we pray, and cause us to be obedient to every heavenly vision
  5. Cause us to be a people who are constantly ‘in the Spirit’ and whose ears are open to all you have to say to us, O Lord

25th – 2 Corinthians 12:7-8 A thorn in the flesh

  1. For any of us who are experiencing a ‘thorn in the flesh’ give us the same discernment, faith and grace that the apostle Paul exhibited
  2. Just as some flowers need to be crushed to release the fullness of their fragrance, help us to realise sometimes the severest trials can allow us to produce the fragrance of Christ to those around us
  3. Give us the wisdom to be able to discern a ‘thorn in the flesh’ that is to our benefit, rather than the suffering that is from the devil that requires our act of faith to rebuke it
  4. For all those we know whose faith is under great trial because of their current circumstances, give them the grace to see it through, O Lord
  5. Teach us how to rest in your grace, O God, without us becoming fretful, anxious or angry

26th – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 God’s power made perfect in weakness

  1. Help us not to focus on our weaknesses, O Lord, but on the many possibilities we can achieve through Christ
  2. Help us to learn how to depend on your strength, Lord, and not on our own abilities no matter how competent we believe we are
  3. Since whatever we are able to do, we can do so only because you have given us the ability, O God, teach us to be humble
  4. Cause us to be people of such integrity, O Lord, that you can trust us with your power
  5. Help us to get out of your way when you want to do something through us, O Lord, so you can accomplish all that you want to do without us our hindering you

27th – 2 Corinthians 12:11-13 Signs, wonders and miracles

  1. We pray that you would work among us with every sign, wonder and miracle that can be used to bring glory to Christ and be a blessing to others
  2. We pray for a greater expression amongst us of the gifts of words of knowledge, words of wisdom and discerning of spirits
  3. We pray you would enable us to exercise the gifts of healings, faith and miracles, for your glory and the extension of your kingdom, O Lord
  4. We pray for the greater use of the gifts of speaking in tongues, interpretation of tongues and prophecy to build up your church, O Lord
  5. Move amongst us with every sign that will cause our church, our borough, our city and our nation to be touched by the Holy Spirit in a move of revival, we pray

28th – 2 Corinthians 12:14-18 Not exploiting others

  1. May we always be people who seek to give into the lives of others and not merely seek to get from them, we pray
  2. May we be a giving people who are always quick to give to those who are less fortunate than ourselves
  3. Cause us to be people who have no hesitation to give in order to help others in need whether we deem they are deserving or not
  4. May we be a people who when it comes to helping others our left hand does not know what our right hand is giving
  5. Cause us to be people who are not a burden to others but rather ones who can bear other people’s burdens

29th – 2 Corinthians 12:19-21 Right living

  1. Keep us from things that would grieve you, Holy Spirit, and should we do so, help us to quickly repent
  2. Guard us from quarrelling, jealousy and outbursts of anger, we pray
  3. Keep us from factions, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder, we pray
  4. Help us to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, O Lord
  5. Cause our new spiritual nature to always overcome our old fallen nature, we pray

30th – 2 Corinthians 13:1-6 Examining ourselves

  1. Help us to be careful each day to ensure that we are continuing to walk uprightly in the ways of God
  2. Guard us from backsliding, O Lord, and should we do so, give us the grace to acknowledge our position and receive your help to be restored
  3. For all those we know who are backsliding, restore them and help us be an encouragement to them, O God
  4. Search our hearts this day, Holy Spirit and show us all those areas in our lives you desire to change
  5. Forgive us for all those things we have thought, said and done that have not been pleasing in your sight and enable us to move forward in your grace to greater things

31st – 2 Corinthians 13:7-14 Aim for perfection

  1. Lord, enable us to forget what is behind and to strain forward towards what is ahead of us in Christ
  2. Lord, help us to press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenwards in Christ Jesus
  3. Help us, O God, to live in accordance with the pattern you have revealed for us in your Word
  4. Help us, Lord, to seek to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming like him
  5. Enable us, O God, to stand firm in all situations and to allow you to transform our natures to become more and more like that of Jesus

 


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