Prayer Diary

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Prayer Diary for September 2020

Bible Readings and Prayer Points for Individual and Church Spiritual Growth

Remember your Creator

Ecclesiastes Chapters 7-12

 

By the end of his life, Solomon had experienced everything the world has to offer. Yet what people think will make them happy and bring them a contented life, often misses the essential element. We are designed to be in relationship with the God who created us. And if we are not then nothing, no matter how wonderful it may seem, can bring us lasting contentment.

 

Ecclesiastes catalogues all the things Solomon tried to do to fill the void caused by his backslidden state, but it still left him feeling miserable. He was internationally famous for his intellectual prowess and wisdom; he wrote books on natural science and botany, over 1,000 songs and 3,000 proverbs. He was able to indulge in sensual pleasures with a harem of 1,000 wives and concubines; he made himself drunk with the very best of wines. But none of these things satisfied the emptiness within. He became a workaholic, overseeing all manner of prestigious building projects; he was in receipt of an annual income of gold that was measured in tonnes, but he ended up observing from experience, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” Ecclesiastes 5:10.

 

Everything he tried to bring a meaning and a satisfaction to his life ended by making him more miserable. He experienced what the Holy Spirit later inspired John to write, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world – the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does – comes not from the Father but from the world.” 1 John 2:15

 

At the end of a life of opportunities missed by being distracted by his wives who turned him from a close relationship with his Lord, Solomon’s final conclusion is: “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.” Ecclesiastes 12:1. In other words, “Don’t waste your life like I have wasted mine. Make the most of every opportunity God gives, to do the right thing from the very outset of your life.”

 

Three thousand years later, though technology may have advanced, sinful human nature has not changed at all. Still people seek satisfaction in the hope of fame or wealth, in prestige occupations, in sensual pleasures, binge drinking and drugs – with exactly the same result. Life is empty unless it is filled with the presence of our Creator, found through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God who alone can bring us into a meaningful and lasting relationship with our God and Heavenly Father. It is always time to remember our Creator and develop our intimate relationship with him.

 

 

1st – Ecclesiastes 7:1-4 A godly reputation

  1. O Lord, may our first priority in life be to becomes imitators of Christ, we pray
  2. Lord, may we be known as a church where your presence and power are  manifested because we seek to walk in all your ways
  3. As we wait upon you, O God, may we be known as a church where signs, wonders and miracles are a characteristic of all we do
  4. So move in our midst, O Lord, that people are drawn from far and wide to seek the God whom they have heard manifests himself in our midst
  5. As a church, may we have a godly reputation as a place of revival, where people are convicted of sin, give their lives to Christ and become committed disciples of Jesus

 

 

2nd – Ecclesiastes 7:5-9 Giving and receiving godly wisdom

  1. May we understand that wisdom is better than cleverness and help us to grow daily in the wisdom of God that is revealed through the Bible, we pray
  2. In all our decisions and dealings with people, help us to develop patience as the fruit of the Spirit, O Lord
  3. Give us the wisdom to heed an honest rebuke so that we may not continue in ways that are unhelpful
  4. Make us people who are so dependable and sensible that others seek out our counsel
  5. In all the areas where we currently lack wisdom, O Lord, supply all we need

 

 

3rd – Ecclesiastes 7:10-13 Working and praying for better days ahead

  1. Help us not to dwell on the past which we cannot change, O Lord, but to look forward to the future in faith
  2. If the old days appear to us better than the current ones, O God, may we, with your help, be the ones who bring change for good to our generation
  3. Give us prophetic visions of all that we can achieve through our God and the courage to act on them, we pray
  4. Give us the courage to stand up for change, O Lord, and be society-changers for God
  5. As we see the current sorry state of our nation may it spur us on to work tirelessly for a change for the better, we pray

 

 

4th – Ecclesiastes 7:14-16 Joy as the fruit of the Spirit

  1. Lord, teach us the difference between happiness that depends on circumstances, and joy, the fruit of the Spirit, that comes from our unchanging relationship with you
  2. Develop within us the ability to experience your joy, O Lord, in adversity as well as in times of blessing
  3. Help us develop joy, as we understand that trials are a means you use, O God, to help develop a Christlike character within us
  4. Teach us to be a people who can always rejoice in the Lord at all times
  5. May we always look to you, O Lord, and not to our circumstances, so that we are not blown around by every wind of change in our lives

 

 

5th – Ecclesiastes 7:17-20 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

  1. Give us a clear understanding of your holiness, O God, so that we may always give you the reverence you deserve
  2. May we fear to sin and so remain close to you, O Lord
  3. When we do sin, Holy Spirit convict us immediately, we pray so that we can quickly put things right
  4. As we revere your Word, O God, may we grow in the wisdom it instructs us in
  5. Thank you, O Lord, that your perfect loves casts out all fear of punishment; may we maintain the correct balance between love and reverence for you

 

 

6th – Ecclesiastes 7:21-26 Speaking words of encouragement

  1. Help us to put a guard over our lips, O Lord, to keep us from speaking ungodly words
  2. Give us a mindset that keeps us from running down others, we pray
  3. Keep our ears from listening to gossip and our lips from repeating it, we pray
  4. Give us a heart to always see the potential in each person and to encourage them to realise that potential, we pray
  5. Make us big-hearted, not small-minded people, God

 

 

7th – Ecclesiastes 7:27-29 Being men and women of integrity

  1. May we be honest in every dealing we participate in, O Lord
  2. May our words always be spoken with integrity and without duplicity, we pray
  3. In our places of work, business, schools, colleges and neighbourhoods, may we be known as people who can always be trusted in all things, O God
  4. May we always choose the pathway of integrity even if another course would gain us greater advantage
  5. May our daily lifestyle bring glory to you, Lord Jesus, as our role model

 

 

8th – Ecclesiastes 8:1-6 Do not be in hurry to leave the King’s presence

  1. Teach us to prioritise our time, O Lord, in a way that enables us to engage in daily devotions in your presence, no matter how much we have to do
  2. Teach us to understand and put into practice, O God, the fact that daily time with you in prayer, will help us in our busy lives, not hinder it
  3. Even in all our daily activities, teach us to cultivate a lifestyle of prayer that includes you in all we do, O Lord
  4. Teach us how to make worship a lifestyle, O Lord, that brings glory to you through all we do
  5. May your presence be so strong in our meetings, O Lord, that we regularly see people come to salvation, are baptised in the Holy Spirit and signs and wonders occur

 

 

9th – Ecclesiastes 8:7-10 Servant-heartedness

  1. Cause us to be different from the ways of the world, by seeking to minister out of servanthood not out of bossiness
  2. May all we do be done in the knowledge that your watchful eye is always upon us, so that we do it for you, O Lord
  3. Cause us to be a people who aspire to excellence in all we do, O Lord, inside and outside of church
  4. Make us effective and fruitful in any and every use of our authority, O Lord, by using it in a servant-hearted way
  5. Teach us to grow to become more like you, Lord Jesus in the way you modelled servant-heartedness

 

 

10th – Ecclesiastes 8:11-13 Model citizens

  1. Since your will is that we be model citizens in our society, may we always live up to your expectations, O Lord
  2. May your church always be seen as an influence for a good and stable society, O Lord, so that although they may reject our message, our society recognises our value
  3. May we never be tempted to be dishonest in our dealings with the State, O Lord, but always to be a good witness
  4. Teach us how to seek to challenge ungodliness and to bring change in our society without resorting to the ways of the world
  5. Help us demonstrate to our society that the church is not an out-of-date irrelevance but has the answers to society’s ills

 

 

11th – Ecclesiastes 8:14-17 Suffering for Christ

  1. Since you have said that in this world we will have trouble, help us Lord not to grow spiritually soft in a land of plenty, and unable to cope with problems
  2. May we never take the pathway of compromise to avoid suffering that comes from standing up for Christ, we pray
  3. Teach us to understand when we are suffering as a result of our own mistakes, and when our suffering is permitted by you for your purposes, O Lord
  4. Since suffering for Christ produces character, help us to grow in our trials and not to fall away because of them
  5. In times of trial help us to remember that no suffering we may experience compares to the great glory we shall one enjoy for eternity

 

 

12th – Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 In God’s hands

  1. Lord, help us to grow in our trust for you at all times and in all things
  2. Cause us to remember, O God, that you work all things together for good to those who love you
  3. Enable us to develop a confidence in you, O Lord, that will not be shaken by the storms of life
  4. Keep our eyes at all times fixed on you who are dependable, O God, and not on our circumstances which chop and change
  5. Bring to our remembrance in times of trial, O Lord, that nothing visible or invisible can separate us from your great love

 

 

13th – Ecclesiastes 9:4-6 Making the most of life’s opportunities

  1. Lord, we have one life here on earth, so help us not to squander it but to make the best use of each day you give us
  2. May we diligently seek your will be for every area of our lives, O Lord, and so achieve all you want us to do in this life
  3. Since we are your workmanship, O God, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which you have prepared in advance for us to do, help us know and do those works
  4. May we fulfil every aspect of our God-given destiny in this life, by drawing close to you and allowing you, Holy Spirit, to guide our lives
  5. Teach us to redeem the time by making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil

 

 

14th – Ecclesiastes 9:7-12 Enjoying God’s blessings

  1. Although in this life we may have troubles, we also have many blessings from your hand, O Lord, so may we be a thankful people
  2. Show us how to see the blessings that are ours, O God, so that we do not let our focus rest narrowly on negative things
  3. Make us grateful for every blessing that comes our way, so that we remain a joyful people, secure in our relationship with you, O Lord
  4. Lord may we be people who are always looking to be a blessing to others knowing that, whatever our circumstances, by knowing Christ, we are blessed beyond words
  5. Lord, may we look at what we have with contentment and thanksgiving rather than always striving uncontentedly

 

 

15th – Ecclesiastes 9:13-18 Influencing others through the wisdom of God

  1. Lord, enable us to be a godly influence over every member of our family and we pray for our unsaved family members, that you would save them now
  2. We pray that you would help us to be godly influencers of each other by seeking to spur one another on to good deeds for Christ
  3. Lord, help us walk so close to you that we make a godly influence on those around us each day even when we are unaware of it
  4. We pray for all our discipleship group leaders and all in our discipleship groups that each would seek to build one another up in Christ
  5. We pray for all our pastors, elders, ministry and departmental leaders, teachers of children and youth that you would help each to bring a godly influence on those they minister to

 

 

16th – Ecclesiastes 10:1-3 Faithful in the small things

  1. As a  small, dead fly can make much perfume smell bad,  help us keep our lives from being spoilt by little sins
  2. Lord, since you have said that if we are to be trusted with much we must first be found faithful in small things, help us to be faithful, we pray
  3. May we be as faithful in our responsibilities when no one is looking, as we are when we are being watched
  4. Whatsoever we do, may we always do it as unto you, O Lord, maintaining the highest standards in everything
  5. As you find us faithful in small things, O God, raise us up to places of greater influence, we pray

 

 

17th – Ecclesiastes 10:4-7 Praying for those in authority

  1. We bring before you, O God, our government and all its leaders; give them wisdom to govern well we pray
  2. We pray for all members of Parliament; may they always act for the good of their constituents in all they do
  3. We pray for our police forces; may they act diligently and faithfully in maintaining law and order and be kept from harm
  4. We pray for all those who govern our cities, towns and villages; raise up godly men and women who can bring great influence for good in each place
  5. We pray for all other institutions in our land that exercise authority over us; may they always use they powers honestly and for good, O Lord

 

 

18th – Ecclesiastes 10:8-10 Remaining sharp

  1. As we live and work in this world, may we never grow dull spiritually, we pray
  2. Give us the desire to systematically and diligently read your Word, O Lord, so that our minds remain sharp
  3. Give us the desire to seek you regularly in prayer, O Lord so that we may know the mind of Christ
  4. Keep us always desiring to be growing continually in your grace, never content to remain as we are, O Lord
  5. Holy Spirit, spur us on to do good works for Christ, we ask

 

 

19th – Ecclesiastes 10:11-15 Praying for ‘fools’

  1. Since it is the ‘fool’ who says in his heart, “There is no God”, we pray for all those we know who deny God’s existence; open their eyes to their foolishness, O Lord
  2. Lord, since your intricate creation reveals your existence, we pray for all those we know who believe we are here by chance, that they would no longer believe such foolishness
  3. For those we know who believe in you, O God but who refuse to put their lives right before you, shake them from such foolishness
  4. For all those we know who believe that ‘all paths lead to God’, convict them of sin, of righteousness and of judgment to come, we pray
  5. We pray for all we know who have backslidden that you would restore them to yourself, O Lord

 

 

20th – Ecclesiastes 10:16-18 Praying for the land

  1. Cause your church to rise up with a loud voice across our land declaring the righteous ways of our God, we pray
  2. We pray for our nation, O Lord, that in your mercy you would deliver us from all the ungodly destructive fashions and trends that will be our nation’s downfall
  3. Raise up bold politicians, O Lord, who will not be driven by popularity but by a sense of doing what is right for the nation
  4. We pray that the nation will become tired of the ravages of sin in our land and that you would turn back the tide of ungodliness, O God
  5. Holy Spirit we pray that you would sweep across our land in a mighty revival that brings a deep conviction of sin and a sense of  the need to be saved

 

 

21st – Ecclesiastes 10:19-20 The right attitude towards money

  1. May money only be a good servant for us but never our master, we pray
  2. Give us the wisdom to be good stewards of our finances, O Lord, not wasting our finances foolishly
  3. For those amongst us who are struggling financially, we pray that you would lead them to the job or situation that will bless them in this area, we pray
  4. Lord, we pray you would provide each of us with the finances we need to be able to live and also to give to your work and to others
  5. Teach us to value true riches, O Lord, which are found in our relationship with you

 

 

22nd – Ecclesiastes 11:1-4 Reaping rewards of obedience to God

  1. Lord, teach us how to sow in tears of intercessory prayer for the lost, so that in due time we will reap a harvest
  2. We pray for every tract we have given away to unbelievers; cause them to remember what they read and be burdened to seek you for salvation, O God
  3. Lord, encourage our hearts to be continually witnessing to the lost, believing that you can bring them to salvation as a consequence, even after long time
  4. Give us the faith to persevere in believing for answers to prayer even when those answers seem a long time coming, O Lord
  5. As we continue to pray for revival in our church, borough, city and nation, come in mighty power, Holy Spirit, we pray

 

 

23rd – Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 Trusting when not understanding

  1. Lord, help us to trust you at all times, even when we do not know why you are allowing circumstances we do not understand
  2. Help us to remember in times when we do not understand, that you can clearly see the future that we cannot, so that we continue to trust you, O God
  3. Since faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, help us to walk by faith and not by sight, we pray
  4. Make us like Abraham, O Lord, who obeyed you even when he did not understand what you were doing, but as a consequence was greatly blessed by you
  5. May we be able to say with Job, ‘Though he slay me yet will I trust him’

 

 

24th – Ecclesiastes 11:7-8 Remembering what we have been saved from and to

  1. May we never forget the destiny you saved us from by your atoning sacrifice, Lord Jesus, so that we may maintain the correct perspective in life
  2. May our service for you in this life, Lord Jesus, be motivated by a deep gratitude that keeps us diligently seeking to do your will
  3. Knowing the untold blessings that await us in eternity, help us to live this short life well for you, O Lord
  4. Keep our eyes fixed clearly on the finishing tape of this life’s race, O God,  and may we keep pressing on without stumbling
  5. Knowing the destiny that awaits those who die in their sin, may we be continually motivated to seek to save the lost, O God

 

 

25th – Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 Praying for our youth

  1. Lord, we pray for all the youth in the church; give them a different spirit to their peers that sets them apart from the ungodly practices of the world
  2. We pray for all the non-christian friends of our youth; may our youth influence them for God and not be influenced by the world
  3. We pray that our youth will rise up in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit having a boldness to bring great influence and change in their generation
  4. Distribute your gifts amongst our youth, Holy Spirit, and may they use them to great effect
  5. Send a revival amongst our youth, O Lord that will reverberate far and wide

 

26th – Ecclesiastes 12:1-4 Praying for our children

  1. We pray for all the children in the church that they would receive and understand the teaching from your Word, O God, and come to know Jesus at a young age
  2. In this age of prolific media output, guard the minds of our children and help our parents to keep them from harm
  3. We pray for all the unchurched friends of our children that you would cause them to come to know Christ through the influence of our children, we pray
  4. Cause our children to grow up according to Biblical principles and go on to become adults in places of great influence in our land, we pray
  5. Send a revival amongst our children,Holy Spirit, that will amaze the world

 

 

27th – Ecclesiastes 12:5-11 Praying for unbelieving adults

  1. We pray for all those who attend church but have never given their lives to Christ; convict them and save them now, O Lord
  2. We pray for the unbelieving husbands of the women in the church; save them now, O Lord
  3. We pray for the unbelieving wives of men in the church; save them now, O Lord
  4. We pray for the unbelieving children of parents in the church; save them O God
  5. We pray for the unbelieving parents of those in the church; save them now, O Lord

 

 

28th – Ecclesiastes 12:9-12 Praying for teachers

  1. We pray for all christian teachers in our schools, O Lord; help them be the salt and light that you want them to be, often working in difficult circumstances
  2. We pray for all non-christian teachers in our schools; may they not lead these little ones astray with the fashions of the world
  3. We pray for all the teachers of our children in Sunday classes; help guide and anoint their thoughts as they teach them your Word, O Lord
  4. As our teachers spend time training up our children in church, in turn bless the families of those who teach others, we pray
  5. We pray for all parents in the church, that you would help them to teach their children daily in the ways of God, so when they grow older they will not depart from it

 

 

29th – Ecclesiastes 12:13 Fear God and keep his commandments

  1. Holy Spirit, help us to keep your commandment to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, we pray
  2. Help us to keep your command to love our neighbour as ourselves, whether they deserve it or not, we pray
  3. Help us to keep your command to love one another as Christ loves us, so that your Spirit may be amongst us in great power, we pray
  4. Help us to keep your command to remain in you, Lord Jesus, and to allow your words to remain in us, so that we may bear much fruit for you
  5. Help us to keep your command to go into all the world to preach the gospel, make disciples of all nations, demonstrating the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we pray

 

 

30th – Ecclesiastes 12:14 The Judgment Seat of Christ

  1. May we live in the righteous fear of the Lord, which knows the love of our Heavenly Father but respects his holiness, such that we are careful to live aright
  2. Give us the self-control that enables us to keep firm reign on our thoughts, words and actions, O Lord
  3. May the knowledge that one day we will stand before Christ to give an account of the faithfulness of our christian lives make us careful how we live our lives
  4. Knowing the consequences of unredeemed sin at the final Judgment, may it cause us to seek to persuade unbelievers of their need to know Christ
  5. Have mercy on the unbelievers we know, O Lord, and help us lead them to you before it is too late for them