How to use this guide
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat learns three armies have conspired against him, and an invasion is imminent. Overwhelmed by this news, he declares a fast and calls the nation together to pray. He offers a prayer that has been repeated throughout the ages when God’s people find themselves in seemingly helpless situations:
“We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
–2 Chronicles 20:12
The anxiety in our nation is palpable as we enter the final quarter of 2020. We remain mired in a pandemic. Voices demand we take sides in a divisive election. Tensions over justice and safety fill our streets, particularly in Louisville.
How are God’s people to respond to such uncertain, anxious times? We begin where King Jehoshaphat began: “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”
Your pastors strongly urge you to be the Church now more than ever. We are called to be a people of healing, reconciliation, and righteousness—to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. Now we have an opportunity to do just that.
Each of us has a part to play, and though each of our parts may look different, we have the chance now to unite in prayer. Your pastors call you, people of God, to commit the next two weeks to praying together.
The mission of God always results in the hearts of his people being transformed, which leads to deep renewal in our neighborhoods and cities. This prayer guide is intended to help you seek your personal transformation and renewal in the places God has placed you. Each day, this guide will lead you through a portion of Scripture to help you pray for some of the greatest needs of our time: unity, justice, and wisdom.
When you pray, pray in a posture of:
- Curiosity: Pay attention as you read God’s word. If a phrase or image stands out to you, take a posture of curiosity and ask the Lord to speak to you. Enter these weeks seeking to learn more of who you are and who God is. (Psalm 139:23-24)
- Humility: Honor the complexities of our moment and accept your own limitations by taking a posture of humility. Trust that God is in control and knows more than you do. We may be overwhelmed and underprepared, but he isn’t. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
- Willingness: Join the mission of God, the renewal of all things, by taking a posture of willingness. We won’t attempt to figure everything out, but rather open our hands and trust God’s Spirit to lead. (Psalm 51:12)
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever