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Week 3: The Second Circle – Pray Hard and Pray Through (Chapters 8-11)

Song of the Week: ““The Voice of Truth” By Casting Crowns


Mon. Oct. 14, 2013 – Persistence and Perseverance

Quote: “It (parable of the persistent widow) shows us what praying hard looks like: knocking until your knuckles are raw, crying out until your voice is lost, pleading until your tears run dry. Praying hard is praying through. And if you pray through, God will come through. But it will be God’s will, God’s way.”

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, you told your disciples that they should always pray and not give up. You promised that God will bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night. Therefore, I will focus on you, Lord Jesus, who endured so much, so that I will not grow weary and lose heart. I will not become weary in doing good, because I believe your promise that at the proper time I will reap a harvest if I do not give up.”

(See Luke 18:1-8, Hebrews 12:3, Galatians 6:9)

Tues. Oct. 15, 2013 – Promises to Claim

Quote: “Reading is the way you get through the Bible; prayer is the way you get the Bible through you. As you pray, the Holy Spirit will quicken certain promises to your spirit.”

Prayer: “It is written, ‘Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.’ And also, ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.’ Therefore, I will not waver through unbelief regarding your promises, my God, but will be strengthened in my faith and will give you glory. I am fully persuaded that you have the power to do what you have promised! I praise you, my Lord and my God, for your faithfulness to your promises!”

(See Joshua 21:45, 2 Corinthians 1:20, Romans 4:20-24)

Wed. Oct. 16, 2013 – Dependence on God

Quote: “The hard thing about praying hard is letting God do the heavy lifting. You have to trust the favor of God to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.”

Prayer: “Lord Jesus, you have told me that you are able to do immeasurably more than all I can ask or imagine, according to your power that is at work within me. You are the vine and I am a branch. If I remain in you and you in me, I will bear much fruit, but apart from you I know that I can do nothing. I want to glorify my Father by bearing much fruit and showing myself to be your disciple. So I will come to you when I am weary and burdened, so that you can give me rest. I will take your yoke upon me and learn from you, because you are gentle and humble in heart, and I will find rest for my soul. Your yoke is easy and your burden is light because you do the heavy lifting!”

(See Ephesians 3:20-21, John 15:5-8, Matthew 11:28-30)


Thurs. Oct. 17, 2013 – Taking the First Step

Quote: “The key to getting out of the boat is hearing the voice of God. If you’re going to get out of the boat in the middle of a lake in the middle of the night, you better make sure that Jesus said, ‘Come.’ But if Jesus says, ‘Come,’ you better not stay in the boat.”

Prayer: “Lord, I see in your Word that the Jordan River parted as soon as the feet of the priests who carried the ark touched the water’s edge. They stood on dry ground while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. I ask you to give me courage to take the first step according to your command. I know that when you call to me, that the same creative word, ‘Come!’ that enabled Peter to walk on the water will also create in me the ability to walk on the water of my life. So give me the courage to take the first step.”

(See Joshua 3:7-8, 14-17, Matthew 14:27-31)

Fri. Oct. 18, 2013 – Unanswered Prayers

Quote: “I’m so grateful that God doesn’t answer all of my prayers. Who knows where I would be? But part of praying hard is persisting in prayer even when we don’t get the answer we want. It’s choosing to believe that God has a better plan. And He always does!”

Prayer: “Lord, you know the plans that you have for me, plans to prosper me and not to harm me; plans to give me hope and a future. I know that your ways are higher than my ways and your thoughts higher than my thoughts. You work all things for the good of those who love you and have been called according to your purpose. In fact, many of the saints of old did not receive what had been promised because you had something better planned for them. Regardless of circumstances, I know that I am more than a conqueror through you who loves me. I bow to your purposes and your will because I know that you are for me.”

(See Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 55:8-9, Hebrews 11:39-40, Romans 8:28, 37)