21 DAYS OF PRAYER

A COMPANION TO THE "A BETTER STORY" MESSAGE SERIES

DAY ONE

PRAYING IN COMMUNITY

In Luke 11:1, Jesus’ disciples see Him praying. When Jesus finishes they ask Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Jesus complies, and the instructions He gives have been used as both a word-for-word guide and a model to be followed. Either way, a distinction that can be overlooked while reading the prayer is the use of pronouns used by the Lord. Each aspect of the Lord’s Prayer uses the term “us:” “give us,” “let us,” “forgive us,” etc.

There are two prayers we are asking everyone to pray today and for the next 20 days. Luke 10:2 is Jesus’s instructions to the 72 when they are sent out on the limited commission. Seventy-two people praying together for God to send more workers into the proverbial harvest field.

Colossians 4:2–6 has aspects of community and prayer as well. The Apostle Paul is calling the whole Colossian church to pray, and the request is, “pray for us, too.”

As you pray this month, consider these things. Pray for yourself—but pray for “us” too. Pray by yourself, but also find times to pray with others in your family, your small group, your church, or with whomever God puts you.

If you haven’t already, ask a couple of people to partner with you in this time of praying and fasting. Pray especially for one another, and go the extra mile to lift up and encourage one another in your efforts.

PRAYER

Lord, as we enter into this time of praying and fasting as a church, may it be an exercise of community. Help us to be one, as you and your son are one. May we be in you as you are in us. May our unity may be made complete so the world will know Jesus as Christ.