21 Days of Prayer
July 6 – July 26
21 Days of Prayer Guide
Day 8 - Monday, July 13 - DISCIPLINE
Thank you for helping me apply discipline to my life today.
When we pray, God answers and speaks to us. When we read His word, God gives us the instructions we need to live life to the fullest. Unfortunately, we can get so wrapped up in our day-to-day routines that we neglect the very disciplines needed to grow daily in our relationship with God. God wants us to say “no” to the wrong things so that we can position ourselves to experience the great things God has in store. In what areas do we need to be more disciplined today? Maybe it’s turning off the TV so we can spend time reading His word and praying. Maybe it’s getting to work on time so we can position ourselves well in the eyes of our employer. Maybe it’s making safe and healthy choices about our bodies. Maybe it’s staying home instead of going out to the places we know could be harmful to us.
Prayer - God, I confess to you that I have not always been disciplined. I thank you for the grace and mercy that you give to me, even when I fall short. Help me today to make better decisions. Help me to say “no” in my weak moments. Stir up in me a passion for your Word. Help me to grow deeper in my relationship with you. Give me the desire to pursue you more than the things that only satisfy me temporarily. I love you and I ask this In Jesus’ name, Amen!
And please continue to pray in your own words as you ask God’s blessing for:
COVID-19 global pandemic
Racial equality and harmony
School starting: administrators, teachers, students, parents
Our local, state, and national leaders
Northview’s leadership and pastors
Northview’s August regathering
The Church in America and around the world
A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. Proverbs 25:28
Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.1 Corinthians 9:24-27
For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. Titus 2:11-14
No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:11
Are you new to prayer?
It’s not complicated. Be real. Be yourself. God knows who you are and how you are.
"And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace."
Matthew 6:5-6 (The Message)
This is how Jesus told his followers to pray:
"Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are. (to me)
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above (in heaven), so below (on earth).
Keep us alive with three square meals. (provide for us)
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. (We live in a spiritual reality that’s unseen.)
You’re in charge! (Give God control)
You (God) can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part." Matthew 6:9-15 (The Message)
How it works
To engage in our 21 Days of prayer, read the simple daily prayer devotional. Read the Scripture verses. Pray through the written prayer. Then, pray in your own words, through the items listed.
And keep in mind that prayer is personal; it’s a conversation between you and God. So, don’t feel confined to just what is on the daily prompts. This is a time to share the unique praises and concerns that are on your heart with your heavenly Father. And don’t feel that you have to do all the talking. Take time to pause, to ask God what He has for you today. Listening is also part of prayer.
It will begin Monday, July 6, and continue through Sunday, July 26.
Each campus will be open 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. seven days a week and will have a designated area where you can come and pray on your own. The daily prayer prompts will be available there as well as digitally by clicking here.
If you aren’t able to go to your campus, we hope you’ll still join us in praying daily through the process with us. Everything you need is here.