Weekly Prayer Guide
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“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” – Psalm 19:1
Adoration: Through Your creation, Lord, we see the work of Your hands. Romans 1:20 declares, “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what was made…” You alone deserve honor and glory as the author of creation.
Confession: Forgive us, Father, for failing to properly humble ourselves and surrender before You, our Creator.
Thanksgiving: Thank you, Lord, for Your plan and purpose. Through Your mercy, humanity’s hope reaches beyond the garden.
Global: Help us, Lord, to value Your creation. Grant us wisdom as we seek to honor and cultivate the world around us.
Local: Give us eyes to see how we can help protect and advocate for the dignity, worth and value of those in our churches and community.
Personal: You, Lord, created me with an opportunity to participate in Your story. Show me how to glorify You in my present circumstances and relationships.
Is there a challenging relationship in your life? Take a moment to pray for those people who seem difficult to love. Ask God to let you see them as He does: with dignity, worth, value and as the part of His creation that He intended them to be.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1
Adoration: With simple words, You spoke and “It was so.” You alone, Lord, are infinitely powerful and creative.
Confession: Forgive us, Father, for trying to limit Your power to human understanding. Help us to rest in Your mysteries and trust Your plans.
Thanksgiving: You, Lord, are deeply personal and all–powerful. Thank you for creating a world full of beauty, purpose and discovery.
Global: Help us, God, to enjoy Your creation. When we see “the water teem with living creatures” and the “birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky,” help us to celebrate Your divine inspiration. (Genesis 1:20)
Local: Too often, Lord, we take Your creation for granted. Give us wisdom to become better stewards of our surroundings.
Personal: There is so much about the universe that is beyond my understanding. Through Genesis 1:1-25, I can see Your sovereignty. Help me to trust You with things that are beyond my control.
Are you struggling with circumstances that feel overwhelming? Through the creation story, we see that God’s power is greater than anything we face. As you pray through your current challenges, repeat the ways God has authority over creation in Genesis 1:1-25.
“Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ ” – Genesis 1:26
Adoration: We praise you, Lord, the intimate God, who uniquely designed every single person in your image and breathed life into our beings. Your image gives each human life dignity, worth and purpose.
Confession: Lord, forgive us when we fail to see Your imprint on one of Your image-bearers and use shallow measurements like economic status or skin color to assign value to someone’s life. Convict us when we rob any human being of their unique status as Your image-bearer. Forgive us when we value our comfort over the welfare of others and choose to remain silent in the face of injustice.
Thanksgiving: Thank you, Father, for stamping Your image on me and every single person You have created. Thank you for making us more alike than we are different – all like God in our being, capacity for worship and divine purpose. Thank you, Jesus, for Your sacrificial death to redeem all people. Thank you for the beauty of the gospel that unites people of all colors and nations.
Global: Acts 17:26 says: “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth …” Father, in light of this truth, help us to love and accept people who look, speak and think differently because of what binds us together as Your image-bearers. Raise our passion as the body of Christ to alleviate the atrocity of racial injustice in the nations.
Local: Lord, help us to remain vigilant against Satan’s hand at work in our local churches and BSF classes, many of which remain divided along ethnic lines. I pray against racism in my community; I pray for unity, peace and justice, starting with my church and my BSF class.
Personal: As my Creator, You know me fully and intimately. Search my heart, O Lord; open my heart’s eyes to my blind spots that I covertly or overtly ignore. Help me to turn from any poisonous root of racism I justify or do not recognize. Show me where I fail to see others as Your image-bearers and instead marginalize others because of the color of their skin. Embolden me to use the influence You’ve blessed me with to affect change that unites Your image-bearers in my church, community and BSF class.
When was the last time you had meal or coffee with an image-bearer of God that was of a different race or nationality? Take time this week to seek out and actively listen to their perspective in an effort to promote interracial communication.
“So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this … I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’ ” – Genesis 3:14 – 15
Adoration: In our darkest moments, You, God, are merciful. In Genesis 3, You tenderly offered Adam and Eve an opportunity to repent. In verse 21, You clothed Your people and covered their nakedness. You alone are holy, and You alone are good.
Confession: Forgive us, Lord, for trading Your truth for lies. In Genesis 3:1, the serpent asked, “Did God really say…?” Forgive us for questioning Your Word, Your goodness and Your plan.
Thanksgiving: You, Father, did not abandon us to our sin. Thank You for protecting us from life apart from You and opening a way to restore the relationship sin corrupted. (Genesis 3:20-24)
Global: The first sin changed the course of humanity. Today, our world is plagued by wars, disease, and disasters. Help us, Lord, to navigate these difficulties and seek You first. Grant our leaders wisdom and draw them near to You.
Local: In Genesis 3:12-13, Adam and Eve used blame to deflect their guilt and shame. Give us the courage to admit our sins and mistakes. Guard our churches and families from the pain caused by blame and accusation.
Personal: In Genesis 3, You provided an opportunity for Adam and Eve to confess their sin. Show me my own sin, Lord, as I seek to confess and repent before You.
Using the notes from Lesson 3, review the “Patterns of Sin and Repentance” on page 3. After identifying a personal struggle, take a moment to walk through the repentance steps that are listed. Begin by asking God to meet you in the process.
“If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” – Genesis 4:7
Adoration: You alone, Lord, are holy and righteous. Your judgment is good and Your mercy is pure.
Confession: Forgive us, Lord, for growing seeds of bitterness. Like Cain, we’re tempted to hide our sin from You, saying, “I don’t know; am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4:9) Forgive us for hard hearts and a desire to deceive.
Thanksgiving: Thank You, Father, for Your endless mercy. Cain’s sin may have impacted generations, but Your sacrifice, Jesus, stretches into eternity. (Genesis 4:17-24)
Global: Many people around the world live apart from Your presence. We ask You, Lord, for revival. We pray that men and women of all nations will join together in repentance, seeking Your glory and to uphold the value of all people, no matter their race or nationality.
Local: Knowing Cain’s sin, You provided an opportunity for repentance in Genesis 4:9-10. Help us, Lord, to seek the lost as You do. Fill Your Church with a passion to pursue those in our community who haven’t experienced Your grace.
Personal: Cain elevated himself above all else. Help me, Father, to value You above my comfort, my pride and my desires. Only You can provide the freedom I often seek on my own.
The Lesson 4 notes share, “Life often takes us to a crossroads – pivotal points where our response determines our way forward. How we respond to what happens matters. The same event that could soften and grow us, could also anger and harden us.” What is a current “crossroads” in your life? Take a moment to pray about that situation. Ask God to soften your heart, reveal your sin and grant wisdom in resolution.
“So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.’ ” – Genesis 6:13
Adoration: You, Lord, are equally just and merciful. You judge the hearts of evil men and redeem those who seek You. Your ways are not our ways, but You are always good and constantly faithful.
Confession: We see the multiplication of sin through the genealogy of Genesis 5. Genesis 6:5 tells us, “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.” We confess, Lord Jesus, that our thoughts and hearts are prone to evil and can only turn to righteousness in You.
Thanksgiving: Thank you, Father, for two truths we see in Genesis 5-7 – You judge sin and extend saving grace. Through Your salvation in Jesus, we don’t have to fear judgment, and we can celebrate Your mercy.
Global: It’s clear, God, that humanity offers no escape from sin. Awaken your Church, Oh Jesus. Give us courage to face our individual and corporate sins. Help us not be silent or indifferent, especially in the face of racism and the pain of others. Compel us to proclaim Your name to all nations and all people.
Local: You, Father, are a God of detail. Your instructions to Noah were complete, down to the materials and measurements. Your plans are perfect, and Your directions are clear. As our BSF and church leaders seek your counsel, clarify Your plans and direct their steps as they lead Your people.
Personal: Help this study to change the way I view those around me. Give me a sense of urgency, Lord, to share the gospel with friends and loved ones who don’t know You.
The story of the Flood forces us to take our sin seriously. In Christ, we have freedom from sin. But confession and repentance are necessary to our relationship with the Lord. When was the last time you professed Your sins to God? Take some time this week to find a quiet place for personal confession. Our Lesson 5 notes tell us, “If these chapters and truths hit you hard, do not run from the truth. Run to Jesus.” Let’s run to Jesus together in humility and gratitude.
“I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” – Genesis 9:11
Adoration: You, Oh Lord, are the author and sustainer of life. In Genesis 8:21 You said, “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans … And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.” You alone hold creation in Your hands.
Confession: Too often, we doubt Your plan. We’re tempted to force our own solutions instead of trusting in Your provision. Give us faith like Noah to endure life’s storms and then patiently wait on You. (Genesis 8:15-19)
Thanksgiving: Thank you, Father, for keeping Your promises. Just as You remembered Noah during the Flood, You remember us. During seasons when we feel adrift, You never leave us and You never forget Your promises.
Global: As natural disasters plague nations around the world, comfort Your people, Oh God. Help us to remember Your sovereignty and Your promise to Noah in Genesis 9. Let all rainbows remind us that Your covenants are binding, and our faith is secure.
Local: In Genesis 9:3-6, You established boundaries and laws. Once again, You upheld the sacredness of human life, which was created in Your image. Give us wisdom when we see people abuse Your creation. Convict us, God, to protect all life, which is precious to You.
Personal: Noah’s faith was a gift from you, God. Give me that same measure of hope and assurance in Your plans. When I struggle to trust You with my present circumstances, please remind me of who You are.
Noah and His family were at God’s mercy during their time in the ark. Apart from trusting Him, there was nothing they could they do. Are you facing circumstances that feel out of your control? As days turned to weeks, Noah waited patiently for God’s rescue. Take a moment to list ways God has been faithful to you in the past. Praise Him for His character and ask for patience to wait as He fulfills His plan.
“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building.” – Genesis 11:5
Adoration: You, Lord, are sovereign. The genealogy of Genesis 10 shows us that You alone hold our past, direct our present and determine our future.
Confession: In the name of “progress,” we often trade our faith in You, Lord, for faith in ourselves. Just as the people of Babel refused to yield to You, forgive us for elevating our thoughts and plans above Yours.
Thanksgiving: Thank you, Father, for overcoming sin again and again. In Your mercy, You “scattered them from there over all the earth…” in Genesis 11:8. Together, we are capable of great evil, but You, Lord, are good and protect Your people.
Global: Help us, Lord, to value your creation. Grant us wisdom as we seek to honor and cultivate the world around us.
Local: On page 5, the Lesson 7 notes state, “The depth of sin in people’s hearts impacts not only individuals, but society.” Show me how to love those who suffer from the pain of sin inflicted by society, others and themselves. Increase my compassion, Lord, and grant me opportunities to share Your truth.
Personal: As I seek to honor You, Lord, direct my steps away from personal gain and glory. As I continue to build my career, relationships, reputation and family, destroy those “towers” that shift my focus from You to self.
The lesson 7 notes ask, “Are you openly aware of things that cause you temptation?” 1 Corinthians 10:12 warns, “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” Take a moment to list some things in your daily life that tempt you to sin. Ask God to reveal ways to avoid or resist those specific temptations. Take some time to write His creative solutions beside each one.
“The Lord had said to Abram, ‘Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you.’ ” – Genesis 12:1-2a
Adoration: You, Lord, determine our years and our lineage. Just as You directed Abram’s genealogy in Genesis 11, You are sovereign over each family and every generation.
Confession: Forgive us, Lord, for twisting Your promises and polluting Your plans. Like Abram, whose faith faltered in Genesis 12:10–20, our own weakness causes sin, self-reliance and destruction. Have mercy on us and deliver us from our sin that quickly multiplies.
Thanksgiving: Thank you, Father, for including us in Your plan. Just as You made Abram into a great nation, You also invite us to participate in Your ultimate design for salvation and restoration.
Global: Like Ur, the land Abram left behind, and Canaan, the land he entered in Genesis 12, our world is full of idolatry and false worship. Give us the wisdom to see through these lies and resist the temptation to conform to the culture.
Local: Make our churches like the Israelites, who modeled faith in You to surrounding people. Let our Christian communities and BSF classes reflect Your priorities to a watching world.
Personal: Help me, Lord, to place Your will above my own comfort and security. Like Abram, teach me to evaluate life’s risks and rewards according to Your standards and not the world’s.
The Lesson 8 notes state, “Abram and every person face the same defining decision – ‘how will I respond to God?’ ” At some point, God calls each of us to leave our comfort zones to serve Him faithfully. How might God be asking you to put your faith in Him? Take a moment to ask God to clarify His desires for your next steps. Ask for faith that will move you forward according to His direction.
“Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” – Genesis 13:17
Adoration: You alone, Lord, build nations and establish kings. All power and authority over heaven and earth is Yours.
Confession: Forgive us, Father, for refusing to pursue peace in difficult relationships. Abram revealed his faith in You by selflessly allowing Lot to choose his land first in Genesis 13. Help us to put others’ desires above our own.
Thanksgiving: Thank you, Lord, for keeping Your promises. Just as You were faithful to Abram in battle, You promise to never leave us or forsake us. (Genesis 14:1-12)
Global: Increase our compassion, God, for those caught in the pain of sin and poor choices. Give us endurance, Lord, to continually share Your promises with those who reject them like Lot and the king of Sodom.
Local: The Lesson 9 notes state, “Mechizedek’s countercultural blessing stands in stark contrast to the king of Sodom’s offer.” As believers, help us to stand in stark contrast to the culture around us. Let our commitment to Your Truth be evident to our friends, family and community.
Personal: You, Lord, are sufficient to meet all of my needs. Give me a heart like Abram, who refused the king of Sodom’s offering, “not even a thread or the strap of a sandal.” Help me to increase Your glory among men. (Genesis 14:22-23)
Instead of seeking God’s plan, Lot chose to return to Sodom. On page 4, the Lesson 9 notes read, “Lot chose to live according to the ways of the world; Abram chose to live by the ways of God. Lot chose immediate physical comforts…” Are you tempted to seek comfort above a right relationship with God? Ask the Lord to reveal any physical comfort that distracts you from finding genuine peace and joy in the Lord. Take a moment to reflect on God as provider, asking for faith like Abram.
“Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” – Genesis 15:6
Adoration: You, Father, are trustworthy. Just as You fulfilled Your promises to Abram, You keep Your promises today.
Confession: Forgive us, Lord, for our impatience. Too often we substitute our plans for Yours. Forgive us for the times we blame You and say, “The Lord has kept me from …” as Sarai did in Genesis 16:2.
Thanksgiving: Just as Hagar said, “You are the God who sees me …” in Genesis 16:13, we trust that You see us, even in shame and despair. Thank You, Lord, for Your endless compassion and mercy.
Global: You, Lord, heard Hagar’s cry of misery in Genesis 16:11. Help us, as the body of Christ, to hear those who are desperate for Your love and mercy. Give us compassion and understanding for pain of others.
Local: In her jealousy, Sarai cast Hagar out of her home while Abram avoided the conflict. Too often, Lord, we’re tempted to deal harshly with those who are closest to us or ignore conflict altogether. Give us the wisdom and courage to focus on Your will when facing conflict. Cultivate peace in our churches, BSF groups, neighborhoods and homes.
Personal: Help me to trust You, Lord, when Your answer is different than the one I want. When You ask me to wait, give me the confidence to rest in You. Just as You told Abram to “… Look up at the sky and count the stars …” in Genesis 15:5, help me to look toward the cross and remember Your promises.
The Lesson 10 notes tell us that “God met Abram’s needs, not with a timeline or dates on a calendar, but with a reminder of two important aspects of His character.” God told Abram, “I am your shield,” and “I am your very great reward.” Are you currently waiting on God to meet a need or answer a prayer? God asked Abram to trust His character and we can too! Take a moment to list of some attributes of God. Pray them back to Him as a reminder of who He is.
“I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” – Genesis 17:7
Adoration: Words cannot adequately capture Your character, God. You alone are God Almighty, El Shaddai. (Genesis 17:1)
Confession: Like Sarah in Genesis 18:12, we are often tempted to doubt Your plans. Forgive us, Father, for demeaning Your power and sovereignty.
Thanksgiving: Thank You, Lord, for building faith in Your children. Your repeated promises to Abraham remind us that You can be trusted in all circumstances and Your promises are true.
Global: In Genesis 18:14, we know that nothing is too hard for You, Lord. As Christians around the world face suffering and persecution, increase our faith and hope in Your provision.
Local: Through circumcision, You set Your people apart in Genesis 17:11. As we build relationships in our neighborhoods, workplaces and communities, make us compellingly different, Lord, as we seek to draw unbelievers to You.
Personal: Help me to walk before You faithfully and be blameless. Make me ever conscious of Your presence, relying on Your persevering power, as You commanded Abraham in Genesis 17:1.
In Genesis 17:5 and 15, God gave Abraham and Sarah new names. On page four, the Lesson 11 notes state, “Their names constantly reminded them God transforms unbelief into joyful faith.” Have you experienced God’s transforming power? Take a moment to reflect on a time when God transformed your unbelief into faith. If you’re currently struggling to trust in His provision, ask Him to increase your confidence and faith.
“So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.” – Psalm 19:29
Adoration: Your judgment is perfect, Lord, and complete. You alone weigh men’s hearts and actions. You conquer evil and right all wrongs.
Confession: Forgive us, Father, for our uncontrolled anger. Your wrath is measured and always deliberate. Even in Your destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19, Your judgment was pure and Your motive was right.
Thanksgiving: You, Lord, are perfectly holy and deeply personal. You called Abraham “a friend” several times in scripture and invite us into friendship with You through Jesus. Thank You, Jesus, for Your redeeming sacrifice that absolves our sin so we can approach the throne of grace freely.
Global: Help us, Lord, to long for Your righteousness. Like Abraham in Genesis 18:22–33, give us compassion for those who live apart from You. Help us to trust in Your holy judgment.
Local: Abraham’s compassion for the people of Sodom compelled Him to intercede on their behalf in Genesis 18:22-33. Reveal the areas where we can intercede for our own communities. We long for Your righteousness to transform our schools, governments and neighborhoods.
Personal: In Genesis 19:15-23, Lot and his family were told to “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back ….” But in verse 26, Lot’s wife couldn’t resist the temptation to turn her eyes toward Sodom. Help me, Lord, to stay focused on You alone. When my thoughts and desires wander, draw me back to You.
2 Peter 2:7-8 describes Lot as “a righteous man, who was distressed by the depraved conduct of the lawless (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard).” Does this feel familiar? We too live in societies plagued by sin and lawless deeds. But just how “distressed” or “tormented” are you? Peter goes on in verses 9 and 10 to assure believers that “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials,” while also warning against “those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh.” Take a moment to ask God to reveal those areas where societal sin may be creeping into your own life. Ask Him for eyes to see the world clearly, in light of His holy standards.
“At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, ‘God is with you in everything you do.’ ” – Genesis 21:22
Adoration: Your name, Lord, is great among the nations. Like Abraham, we call on You, “Lord, the Eternal God.” (Genesis 21:33)
Confession: Forgive us, Father, for allowing fear to overcome our faith. Like Abraham in Genesis 20:1-2, we are guilty of returning to old sin patterns when we lose sight of Your sovereignty.
Thanksgiving: Thank You, Lord, for giving us joy, especially when we see evidence of Your work. Just as Sarah exclaimed in Genesis 21:6, we, too, can rejoice that, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about (His work) will laugh with me.”
Global: Abraham pursued peace with Abimelek in Genesis 21:22–24, even when asked to pay for a well that he already owned. Help Your church to pursue peace with our neighbors, Lord, “as long as that peace does not involve compromise with God and His Word.” (Lesson 13 notes, page 5). Make us willing to yield our rights and opinions to listen and understand the perspective of others.
Local: On page 4, the Lesson 13 notes state, “Not every step of obedience is easy, but obeying God is always right.” In Genesis 21:14-21, God asked Abraham to make a difficult decision to protect His people. Guide our leaders, Lord, and help them to trust Your wisdom in difficult times.
Personal: God, You know that I will fail. Like Abraham and Sarah, I will question Your plan and I will doubt Your provision. But in Your patience, You are faithful. Humble me and help me to grow through Your continued mercy.
On page 6, the Lesson 13 notes tell us that “Everyone leads someone. While we often like to think that our thoughts and actions are entirely personal, everything that we say and do impacts someone … Consider the influence of your character and personal priorities on those who look to you.” Take a moment to reflect on the people in your life who are listening to your words and watching your actions. Make a list of those you are leading. Pray through each name individually, asking God for wisdom to lead with humility and act with integrity.
“Abraham answered, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ And the two of them went on together.” – Genesis 22:8
Adoration: Though You spared Abraham’s son Isaac in Genesis 22:12, You sent Your own son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for all. Your mercy and grace extend into eternity and Your goodness offers true redemption.
Confession:Forgive us, Father, for taking Your sacrifice for granted. Through Genesis 22, Abraham’s faith and anguish become real to us. Help us to remember how precious and costly Your plan for salvation truly is.
Thanksgiving: You, Lord, reveal Your faithfulness day after day. In times of testing, You never leave us. Thank You for granting us the gift of faith so we will obey when You call our name, just as Abraham did in Genesis 22.
Global: Genesis 22:23 gives us a glimpse into Your perfect plans, Lord. While Abraham was being tested with Isaac, You were already preparing Rebekah to be Isaac’s wife. As governments change, wars continue and new threats emerge, help us to cling to You. Renew our confidence in You. Your perfect plans stretch beyond our understanding.
Local: In Genesis 23:7 and 12, Abraham, “bowed down before the people of the land.” Though these weren’t Your people, Abraham approached them with humility and respect, trusting You to fulfill Your promise. As we deal with unbelievers in our communities and workplaces, help us to assume this same attitude. Let our character and faith distinguish us from our neighbors.
Personal: God, grant me a faith like Abraham. Help me to obey quickly and fully, surrendering the things I cling to for security. Help me to trust Your perfect provision in all circumstances. I want to answer, “Here I am, Lord!”.
On page 5, the Lesson 14 notes state, “Abraham’s walk with God offered many opportunities to trust God and prove Him faithful.” We too have opportunities to grow in faith through testing. Reflect on Your own walk with God. Make a list of times when God grew Your faith through difficulty. Remembering those times, ask God to strengthen Your faith today. How might God be asking You to trust Him now?
“Then he prayed, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.’ ” – Genesis 24:12
Adoration: Today, Lord, we bow our heads in worship of You. Like Abraham’s servant in Genesis 24:27, we pray “Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness….”
Confession: Soften our hearts, God, to learn from others’ faith. Too often, we allow our doubts and fears to distract us from seeing You. Abraham’s servant trusted You after experiencing Your provision through his master. Strengthen our own faith, Lord, through those around us.
Thanksgiving: Thank You, Father, for going before us when we seek to follow You. Just as Abraham promised his servant in Genesis 24:7, “(God) will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there,” we also trust You to direct our steps.
Global: As the world around us continues to feel chaotic and out of control, help us to focus on You, Lord. Your ultimate plan stretched beyond Abraham, Isaac and Rebekah. Just as You used a family’s faith to build a nation, use our faith to accomplish Your plans today.
Local: When Rebekah’s family tried to delay their departure, Abraham’s servant responded, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success to my journey.” (Genesis 24:56) Help us to respond to Your calling, Lord, with the same sense of urgency. Let Your will be done in our homes, churches, BSF classes and workplaces.
Personal: On page 3, the Lesson 15 notes tell us, “Isaac trusted God with his personal happiness and future. Isaac expressed his faith by waiting at Beer Lahai Roi to meet his bride.” Help me to wait expectantly for You, Lord. Give me the wisdom to trust Your plan for my happiness and future instead of relying upon myself.
Abraham’s servant relied on prayer to guide him on his journey. God revealed His plan one step at a time, requiring faith and commitment. Is there an area of your life that feels uncertain? Do you struggle to see just how God can resolve Your difficulty? On page 2 of the Lesson 15 notes, we read that the faithful servant’s trust or belief was evident through his prayer. He was honorable, humble, faithful, specific and expectant. Make a list of these words and write ways that you can seek God through these characteristics. In your current uncertainty, how can you honor God? How can you express humility and faithfulness? Though we might not see God’s will clearly, we can trust that He will grow our faith through adversity and prayer.
ACTS Prayer Model
The act of paying honor, as to a divine being; worship
We praise what we love. Over the decades many have written, “we become what we love.” To love God is to praise God. As we praise Him, we experience Him more deeply, we love Him more and become more like Him. That brings Him glory! Adoration of God motivates all other aspects of prayer. When we see God’s holiness, we see our sin, which leads to confession.
A formal acknowledgement or admission of guilt
Confession admits that sin is first and foremost against a holy God. With godly sorrow, the Holy Spirit moves us into repentance. Repentance is the way to spiritual maturity and transformation. True transformation comes from God alone. It’s rooted in the gospel, God’s just payment for our sin. Understanding the depth of the gospel leads us to thanksgiving.
A celebration of divine favor or kindness, gratitude
When we realize all we have is a gift from God, thanksgiving pours from our lips. Even in suffering, the early Church was marked by a spirit of thanksgiving that was fueled by eternal hope in the gospel. When we approach God with a thankful heart, we’re prepared to offer God-centered requests.
An act or instance of humble prayer, entreaty or petition
Rather than seek our own will and self-interest, the practice of adoration, confession and thanksgiving prepare us to seek God’s glory before our own. We root our requests in the knowledge of God and His ways. Offering our supplication to God draws us closer to Him as we intimately reveal the desires of our hearts. Offering supplication on another’s behalf binds us closer to our brothers and sisters in Christ and promotes unity within the Church.