Note: This is a copy of the prayer guide that we asked our people to use in preparation for participation in our called sacred assembly.
Prayer Guide | Wednesday, January 13
Proverbs 6:16–19 lists seven sins the Lord hates. Hate is strong language but is the best word in the context of these verses. God hates the things that Satan loves and Satan loves the things that God hates. The sins listed in these verses are among the things Satan uses to distance us from God. They are the building blocks of strongholds or fortifications designed to rebuff God’s truth. Satan uses the seven sins listed in these verses to destroy people, families, churches, communities, and cultures.
The Apostle Paul affirmed that Christ-followers must “demolish strongholds” and “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor. 10:3-5). If we desire to experience personal revival, we must identify and ask God to destroy any strongholds that keep us from loving and serving Him. We must be willing to humble ourselves before Him and give Him complete access to every area of our lives. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is reassuring to those who do so: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
This week, please ask God to reveal sins and strongholds in your life that are causing your love for Him to grow cold and that make you ineffective in His kingdom. Cooperate with God as He dismantles and destroys each stronghold that has given the enemy influence over your life.
Thursday, January 14 | Haughty Eyes
Read | Please read and meditate on these verses today: Proverbs, 6:17, Psalm 18:27, Proverbs 11:2, Proverbs 21:4, Matthew 6:1.
Pray | Lord, please examine my eyes. Reveal to me the things that obscure my vision and cause me to exalt myself and to diminish others. Please heal my eyes with the salve of humility. Remind me daily that “everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled, but he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 18:14).
Friday, January 15 | Lying Tongue
Read | Please read and meditate on these verses today: Proverbs 6:17, Psalm 5:6, Psalm 120:2, Proverbs 12:19, Proverbs 26:28, John 8:44, Revelation 21:8.
Pray | Lord, please reveal to me all of the ways in which I am less than truthful. Confront me with the ways in which I exaggerate, bend or edit the truth, and lie. Please heal my tongue and help me to be like Jesus, “full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Saturday, January 16 | Hands that Shed Innocent Blood
Read | Please read and meditate on these verses today: Proverbs 6:17, Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 19:10, Isaiah 59:7, Jeremiah 22:3.
Pray | Lord, please show me how I have shed innocent blood and how I have violated the spirit of the Sixth Commandment by being a party to character assassination, harboring hate, nursing grudges, and seeking revenge. Please heal any attitudes of hate that reside in my heart and govern my thoughts. Remind me that Jesus came that we might have and promote life (John 10:10).
Sunday, January 17 | Heart that Devises Wicked Plans
Read | Please read and meditate on these verses today: Proverbs 6:18, Proverbs 6:14, Proverbs 12:20, Matthew 15:18-20.
Pray | Lord, please expose the wicked schemes of my heart — schemes that diminish my integrity, damage others, and lead to division. Please frustrate any plans I devise to sin against you or to harm others. Help me to invite others to hold me accountable for my thoughts and plans. Remind me to keep my heart with all vigilance because from it flow the springs of life (Prov. 4:23).
Monday, January 18 | Feet that Run to Evil
Read | Please read and meditate on these verses today: Proverbs 6:18, Psalm 52:3, Psalm 97:10, Amos 5:15, Zechariah 8:17, John 3:19, Romans 12:9, 1 Corinthians 6:18, 2 Timothy 2:22.
Pray | Lord, please cause me to stumble when I foolishly run to evil. Please help me to have the sense to run away from evil and all that will cause my love for you to grow cold. Help me to follow your steps and to never lose sight of you. Thank you that you welcome me back when I repent and that you cleanse me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
Tuesday, January 19 | False Witness Who Lies
Read | Please read and meditate on these verses today: Proverbs 6:19, Exodus 20:16, Exodus 23:1, Proverbs 19:5, Proverbs 21:28.
Pray | Lord, please reveal to me any way in which I have given false testimony based on inadequate, wrong, or baseless information. Give me the courage to seek forgiveness from those I have wronged with lies I have told and to rectify any damage I have caused. Please remind me that what I say matters. “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips” (Ps. 141:3).
Wednesday, January 20 | One Who Stirs Up Discord
Read | Please read and meditate on these verses today: Proverbs 6:19, Proverbs 16:28, Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Timothy 5:13, Titus 3:10.
Pray | Lord, please show me every way in which I have been divisive and have frustrated your desire for unity in my home and in your church. Please give me the courage to seek the forgiveness of those I have harmed and those I have divided by stirring sowing discord. Please help me to be a peacemaker (Matt. 5:9) and to “be at peace with all men” (Rom. 12:18).