Day 50

Call to Prayer

God,
When I hide, speak tenderly.
When I turn away, lead me in a better way. When I fear, restore to me joy. When I am tempted, provide a way out.
When I want to give up, restore to me hope. Lead me, gracious Father, For the sake of Christ and His Kingdom. Amen.

Silence

Psalm 107:17–22

Some were fools through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from their destruction.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wondrous works to the children of man!
And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!

Read Acts 28

Prayer of Response

God, remind us now that your Spirit is in us, and that we are full of grace and power. When we are mocked, your favor remains. When falsely accused, our justification is sure. Christ is our confidence and hope. Today, because of him, we can go into the world. We can speak. We can know that our security rests, not in the work of our hands or in our fame but in the reality that we are your children. Grant us grace today, O God. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

Give thanks to God for what he has done these 50 days.
What burdens your heart today? Pray toward that...

Paul Adams
Day 49

Call to Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the Kingdom and the power and glory forever. Amen.

from Matthew 6:9-13

Silence

Psalm 119:89–96

Forever, O LORD, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

Read Acts 27

Prayer of Response

God, we are so quick to lose hope. To question your goodness. To run to something or someone else to satisfy us. Use our shipwrecks to lead us to you. Fill our hearts with a desperation that disarms our independence. God, help us, and lead us safely to land. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For hope.
For God to create new opportunities to serve and speak.

Paul Adams
Day 48

Call to Prayer

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

from “The Book of Common Prayer”

Silence

Psalm 25:16–22

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.
Consider how many are my foes,
and with what violent hatred they hate me.
Oh, guard my soul, and deliver me!
Let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
May integrity and uprightness preserve me,
for I wait for you.
Redeem Israel, O God,
out of all his troubles.

Read Acts 26

Prayer of Response

God, we long for the lost to open their eyes and turn from darkness to light. We long for them to joyfully receive forgiveness of sins and stand righteous in Christ. Help us to stand firm and faithfully proclaim Christ. Holy Spirit, send us. Help us. In Christ’s name, amen.

Prayers of Supplication

Is there someone in your life that you think could never become a Christian? Pray for him or her. Pray boldly.

Paul Adams
Day 47

Call to Prayer

God, we are humbled that you would call us into your redemptive story. In your patience and kindness, draw us again to Yourself, that we would see that all the other things we cling to will not satisfy us. Help us put our hope in you. Help us in our unbelief. Speak O Lord, for your servant is listening. Amen.

Silence

Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Read Acts 25

Prayer of Response

God, give me courage today to testify to your truth and goodness. Give me conviction that rests in the hope of the resurrection. Give me a Spirit-filled faith. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For our elders and deacons.
For Common Good (non-profit in North Lex).
For Lighthouse.
For The Nest

Paul Adams
Day 46

Call to Prayer

Father,
I don’t know what to say. Give me the words. I am distracted by worry. Give me rest.
I feel like a failure. Give me Jesus.
He is sufficient, and even now,
Is seated with you, interceding on my behalf. Give me ears to hear. Amen.

Silence

Psalm 32:8–11

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Read Acts 24

Prayer of Response

Lord, remind us that the resurrection is true. If Christ was not raised, we are to be greatly pitied, but we know that he was raised! We know that Christ is still moving and drawing people to himself. Let us not grow weary in proclaiming Him. Give us wisdom, hope, and boldness. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For those who have given up on the church.
For unity of churches in Lexington.

Paul Adams
Day 45

Call to Prayer

God, we believe that prayer is important as we express our thankfulness to you. We believe now that you give us grace and your Holy Spirit to pray continually and groan inwardly. God, we ask you for these gifts and for the strength to pray. In Christ’s name. Amen.

from Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 116

Silence

Psalm 31:21–24

Blessed be the LORD,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love
to me when I was in a besieged city.
I had said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.
Love the LORD, all you his saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD!

Read Acts 23

Prayer of Response

God, give me courage today to testify to your truth and goodness. Give me conviction that rests in the hope of the resurrection. Give me a Spirit-filled faith. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For your coworkers and their families.
For the children in our church to know Christ.

Paul Adams
Day 44

Call to Prayer

Generous God, who became poor so that we would become rich, give us a gracious posture in all things before us today. In our hurry, slow us down that we would see as you see. In our self- protection, give us a love rooted in sacrifice. Help us to listen and to walk by your Spirit. In Christ’s name, amen.

Silence

Psalm 6

O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O LORD—how long?
Turn, O LORD, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
The LORD has heard my plea;
the LORD accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Read Acts 22

Prayer of Response

God, remind us now that your Spirit is in us, and that we are full of grace and power. When we are mocked, your favor remains. When falsely accused, our justification is sure. Christ is our confidence and hope. Today, because of him, we can go into the world. We can speak. We can know that our security rests, not in the work of our hands or in our fame but in the reality that we are your children. Grant us grace today, O God. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For your neighbors.
For diversity in our church.
For the persecuted church around the world.

Paul Adams