HOW TO USE THIS BOOK:
On your first flip-through of this book, you’ll discover it is generally following the same pattern from one day to the next. This is because human beings are creatures of habit, and God Himself has repeatedly encouraged the creation of healthy habits in Scripture. So each day’s prayer session is following the same outline.
Another observation is the use of Scripture verses for each point throughout the year. It has been this author’s goal to ensure that no two Scriptures will appear twice in this book!
This book can consequently be read in the following ways:
1) Take each day’s outline and pray through the Scriptures and suggested prayer notes. Have a notebook nearby to write down prayer points as they come to you. Remember the challenge offered earlier.
2) Read each day’s Scriptures first, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read, perhaps even opening those verses in your favourite translation as well. Then spend some time praying through the outline and suggested prayer points.
3) For a different adventure, flip through the book only reading one particular point’s Scriptures from Day One to Day 365. (reading all Scriptures shared for “hallowed be thy name” for example) You’ll discover in reading the book this way, that some passages have been quoted, their verses having been interspersed among other verses or sometimes appearing all together, and may be worth your time doing more personal study on.
For the purposes of this book and the author’s own preference, the 1776 Authorized King James Version has been used. Any time you come across a word or phrase that seems archaic to you, use that as a springboard to further Bible study by looking up what those words mean in the Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Interlinears, and by comparing them to 2 or 3 other translations. It’s important to gain an understanding of the word from the Hebrew or Greek before going to the other translations due to the fact that not all translations of the Bible in English, have stayed true to the original language’s intent, and have consequently offered wording that strays from the original languages. Be careful of translations that try so hard to modernize that the original intent and meaning gets brushed to the wayside.
Your personal study and Scriptural prayer will be further enhanced if you are able to take time to look up each verse and read it in the context of several other verses on either side, disregarding chapter breaks. Understanding the context a verse is taken from will help you in a) understanding the verse, and b) applying it to your own life and prayer time.
Each day’s outline will look like the next couple pages.
You’ll find each day’s designation in the top left corner.
Under the day’s number, you’ll find the passage’s reference. Then we get into our prayer outline for the day:
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Exodus 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
Prayer Prompt: Each item in the outline will have a prayer prompt. For this item in our outline, we will focus on who God is and what He’s done, by way of discovering His various names and titles in Scripture, and by mentioning various attributes, characteristics, etc. Feel free to pencil in your own entries as well.
Thy kingdom come. Psalms 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Prayer Prompt: For this item in our outline, we will focus on various nations and people groups around the world. This might be done by nation name, language family, or people group name. Please remember that just because a given nation, language or people group is not mentioned here, does not in any way intimate that they no longer need the gospel preached to them. Feel free to pencil in your own entries as well. Most nations listed will come from the missional area known as the 10-40 Window.
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Psalms 21:7 For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.
Prayer Prompt: For this item in our outline, we will focus on how God asks us to live in the world around us. Many ask, “What is God’s will for my life?” Between the Scriptures shared and the prayer prompts suggested, the reader will gain a feel for how God’s will is to be played out in their everyday life. Feel free to pencil in your own entries as well.
Give us this day our daily bread. Psalms 9:18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
Prayer Prompt: For this item in our outline, we will take a more personal tone and offer suggestions related to the various kinds of petitions mentioned in Scripture. Many of these prompts will be related to various Scripture verses shared across the year but will not necessarily occur in the same day’s outline. It is at this point in the prayer where you are encouraged to bring your petitions before the Lord. If the needs you are facing are represented by that day’s prayer prompt, great. But if not, feel free to pencil in your own entries as well. Remember that many of the prompts are for the needs of others as well. So think over the situations of those you are aware of before overlooking each day’s prayer prompt in this section. It may be that someone else needs this particular focus for your petition.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Psalms 7:8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
Prayer Prompt: For this item in our outline, we will continue the more personal tone, taking our cues from the daily Scripture verses shared for this point, and considering how God’s view of sin should impact why and how we come to Him seeking forgiveness and how and why we should be forgiving others. Keep in mind that that the prayer prompts and their verses may not necessarily occur in the same day’s outline. Feel free to pencil in your own entries as they come to you.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: Psalms 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
Prayer Prompt: For this item in our outline, staying with the more personal tone, we will take our prompts from Scripture while sharing both the many ways in which it is okay to call out to God for protection while also showing God’s willingness to come to our aid. Other prayer prompts will offer challenges to live uprightly and make wise choices so as not to fall into temptation’s trap with no input from the enemy of our souls in the process. As the saying goes, “I am my own worst enemy”. Feel free to pencil in your own entries as well.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Prayer Prompt: Prayer prompts for this last item in the outline will be used to once again thank God for who He is, but also to bow in submission to His authority and awesomeness not only in our lives, but in the world as well. As usual, feel free to pencil in your own entries as well.
You’ll see Scripture from both the Old and New Testament, and quite possibly from areas of both Covenants that you either haven’t visited before, or forgot were there. Everyone has their favourite verse that they like to go to under various circumstances. It is this author’s prayer that as you travel off the beaten path with me, that you’ll discover more of God’s Word that you’ll come to love just as much.
Shall we begin?