Day 5
 

Call to Prayer

God, I am slow to pray, and yet you call me to come boldly to your throne of grace. Though I often stumble, you receive my prayers, not because of eloquent words, but because of Christ. Help me now. Amen. 

Silence

Psalm 139:7-12

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you. 

Read Acts 2:14-21

Prayer of Response

God, pour out your Spirit in power. Increase our faith, not our cynicism. Increase our hope, not our fear. Show us again that your are the God who works mightily in our midst. We pray boldly for you to move! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

What do you hesitate to pray because it seems impossible for God to do or change? Ask….


Paul Adams
Day 4
 

Call to Prayer

Lord, I am distracted. Help me to listen.
Lord, I am in a hurry. Slow me down. 
Lord, I don’t know what to pray. Give me the words. 
In Christ’s name, Amen.

Silence

Psalm 67

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, 
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. 
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Read Acts 2:1-13

Prayer of Response

Lord, you are calling every tribe, tongue, and nation to you. Your truth flourishes in every culture. Help us to lay down our entitlement and see the beauty of diversity. We pray you tear down the walls of division that exist between us.. We pray that our preferences would not lead to division but would leave room for teachability, even change. Humble us, O God. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For greater diversity in our church. 
For a desire to engage with other cultures.
For the gospel to flourish in our refugee communities.
For a spirit of hospitality that challenges our comfort zones.


Paul Adams
Day 3
 

Call to Prayer

God, you are the Good Shepherd, who is always drawing me in. Help me to surrender. To listen. To know You. Set my affections on Christ. Amen.

Silence

Psalm 51:10-17

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Read Acts 1:12-26

Prayer of Response

Lord, you are patient when we are prone to wander, when we don’t want to follow you. You have chosen us and promise us joy. May we know the depth of this greater joy as we follow you. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For God to raise up leaders in Lexington to lead gospel renewal
For our campus ministries (Campus Outreach, RUF, Cru, Young Life) as they disciple college students
For the artists in our church and city


Paul Adams
Day 2
 

Call to Prayer

Organize my days, I pray, by the working of your Spirit in my midst. Organize my thoughts, I pray, by the working of your Spirit in my mind. Organize my emotions, I pray, by the working of your Spirit in my inmost heart. Organize my desires, I pray, by the working of your Spirit in my will. Organize my relationships, I pray, by the working of your Spirit in my labor, home, and leisure. Illuminate this life, God, illuminate me.

from “Canyon Road: A Book of Prayer” by Kari Kristina Reeves

Silence

Psalm 29:1-4

Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
The voice of the LORD is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the LORD, over many waters.
The voice of the LORD is powerful;
the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. 

Read Acts 1:6-11

Prayer of Response

Lord, we thank you that you have not left us to our own devices but have given us your Holy Spirit. Give us courage to be witnesses in our homes, neighborhoods, work places, and in our city. We pray in the name of Jesus, who has all authority. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For the neighbors on my street.
For opportunities to share the gospel with people. 
For churches in Lexington to faithfully proclaim Christ.


Paul Adams
Day 1
 

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 77:8–15

Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” 
Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph.

Read Acts 1:1-5

Prayer of Response

Lord, as we wait on you, renew our hearts. Renew in us an expectation of Your Holy Spirit in our lives and in our community, that we would see a transformation rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Put to death our cynicism and give us courage to pray boldly for Your Spirit to move. Amen.

Prayers of Supplication

For renewal in my heart and mind.
For God to use me in a new way.
For God to move in our church in a new way in this new season.


Paul Adams
Introduction
 

We need more space for prayer in our lives. 

We want to pray but too often find ourselves in the chaotic rhythms of daily life, restless and distracted and wanting to just get things done. We sense a greater urgency toward stillness, but quickly succumb to the next email or task. We want to listen to God’s voice but struggle to put our phone down for five minutes. God calls us to pray, but we are hurried. God calls us to wait, but we are impatient. God speaks, but we are preoccupied with myriad voices of affection and opinion, of fear and self-hatred. We are at the end of another day, finding that our best intentions to pray have fallen short. And, yet...God continues to invite us to come boldly to his throne--to ask, to seek, to confess, to hope, and even to expect. 

This 50 Days of Prayer is an invitation into new rhythms steeped in grace and mercy. This is not a 50 day “challenge” but a way for you to rest and remember that God is working in and around you. This is a chance for us, as a church, to pray together toward Kingdom ends. What a beautiful thing to know that as you pray through a day, your brothers and sisters in your church are praying the same thing. And, together, we will expect God to surprise us, to reorder our desires, and to restore to us the expectation of his work in the world. 

Each day will be structured the same way but feel free to add to it:

  • Call to Prayer: A starting point. Put away any distractions and focus here. 
  • Silence: Spend at least 5 minutes being still and quiet. No music. No speaking. There is nothing to do here but stop. This is be hard, but God will surprise you in this discipline.
  • Psalm Reading: Each day will have a different Psalm reading, which often connects to the reading in Acts. 
  • Acts Reading: The 50 Days will take you through the entire book of Acts.
  • Prayer of Response: A prayer based on the day’s Acts reading. Also, there may be other things that strike you about a passage, so pray those as well!
  • Prayers of Supplication: Each day will have different things and people for which to pray. Be specific. Write names down. 

We are excited about this season of prayer. May God richly bless us as a community of unceasing prayer.


Paul Adams