Pray and fast as you feel led. You can go without something, such as a favourite food or activity. Ask God what He would like you to do. If fasting is not an option, you may decide to set this time aside to pray and seek God.
Day One — Pouring out our hearts to God
I cry out to God Most High.
At night my soul longs for You,
Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently;
For when the earth experiences Your judgments
The inhabitants of the world learn righteousness.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God.
I cry out to God Most High,
to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
There are many passages in the Scriptures where the writer pours out their heart to the Lord, in anguish, in complaints, in sorrow and in a thirst for God.
Do you remember the last time you poured your heart out to the Lord? You may be feeling dry and need a special touch from God. Or you might be in a good place with the Lord. Wherever you are at the moment, at the beginning of 2020, may this be a time when you cry out to God and say, “I give you all of me.”
God, our Father, loves us to talk to Him about everything in our lives, the positive and the negative. Nothing is too small or too big to bring before him. Spend time in prayer asking God to fill you afresh with His Holy Spirit.
Spend time passionately crying out to God for yourself, your family, the Church, Nation and the Nations. Ask God to direct you as you intercede and pray.
Dear Lord, I thank you that you are always longing to hear from me.
I thank you that nothing in my life is too small or too big to talk to you about.
I want to pour out my heart to you especially in the area of ________________________ (pray as you feel led).
Thank you for listening and answering my prayers.
Day Two — Pressing in and going deeper
Nothing l desire more than to know my God and hear from Him.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
I am worn out waiting for your rescue,
but I have put my hope in your word
Again we read of more passages in the Scriptures that encourage us to seek God. There is within us all a longing to connect with our Maker. Read and reread the verses above and ask God to deepen that connection with Him. Ask Him to do a new thing in your life. Spend time writing down what God reveals.
Dear Lord, I thank you that you are always longing to hear from me.
I want to pour out my heart and desire to connect with you in a new way. Teach me and show me what is on your heart.
Reveal to me anything that is holding me back. May l press into You more than l have ever done before.
Day Three — Listening to God’s voice
I will listen and obey.
As the blast of the ram’s horn grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God thundered his reply.
The voice of the Lord echoes above the sea.
The God of glory thunders.
The Lord thunders over the mighty sea.
for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
the flock under his care.
If only you would listen to his voice today!
Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness
for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland
for our God!
Sometimes we think listening and hearing from God is difficult.
It can be so much easier than we think. One of the greatest disciplines we can do is learn how to hear God speak to us personally. Learning to do this is invaluable. Make it a goal today to sit and wait. Get a pen and paper (or your computer) and start to write down what you sense God might be saying. It might be in a form of an image, or it might be a few verses that come to mind. Ask God to impress it on your mind and heart.
God, l choose to hear from you today. I choose to make time to hear your voice.
May it be clear to me what you are saying and doing in me at this moment.
Day Four — What is God saying and what am l going to do about it?
God, l will obey your voice and the prompting of your Spirit.
Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility.
But Samuel replied,
“What is more pleasing to the Lord:
your burnt offerings and sacrifices
or your obedience to his voice?
Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.
1 Samuel 15:22
Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.
This is what I told them: ‘Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!’
We grow up listening to and obeying our parents or carers. We learn from them and often develop our understanding of the world from what we see others do and who they are. As we grow we learn who we should and shouldn’t listen to. As adults, we quickly learn to be independent.
In our relationship with God, let’s learn what it means to obey His voice. To listen to Him first, rather than relying on our own thoughts, ideas and plans. Instead of being independent, may we learn to be dependent on our heavenly Father. May we develop a childlike faith in God.
God, we want to thank you that you are all powerful and dependable.
Thank you that you are worthy of our praise. May we obey and learn to be dependent on you and you alone.
Day Five — The leading of the Holy Spirit in my life
Lead me Lord, by your Holy Spirit, to your words, works and ways.
But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.
At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Holy Spirit is alive and real. Ask God to touch you again and fill you. Pour out your heart to God and ask for the Holy Spirit for His leading, direction and word.
Don’t move from that place until you know that He has powerfully revealed Himself to you.
If you need to confess anything to Him, use this time to do that.
Holy Spirit, l invite you to come and fill me with your touch and presence.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Day Six — The leading of the Holy Spirit in our Church
Move, Holy Spirit, powerfully upon our Church and towards our Nation.
The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.
“So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
There is great opportunity today to reflect and pray for the church and our nation:
• That the church will embrace Matthew 28:19
• For a movement of God to bring revival in our churches
• For churches that are struggling at present
• For pastors, leaders and those who have significant responsibility in the church
• For our national leaders and for our nation of Australia.
• For our Australian, Victorian and local governments.
We surrender the church to your care. We pray for a great outpouring of your Holy Spirit in our churches. We also commit Australia to you. We pray for all those in leadership, for wisdom, strength and grace. We pray that those in leadership will turn to you and acknowledge you as their Lord and Saviour.
Day Seven — What does it mean to love my neighbour?
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery…
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
What does it mean to love your neighbour? What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to serve those around you?
The fruit of the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these characteristics that are found in Christ.
We cannot have them without Christ. If we want the fruit of the Spirit in our life we should:
· Know Him
· Love Him
· Remember Him
· Imitate Him
Which of these qualities do you want produced in you?
Reflect on how being filled with the Holy Spirit affects everything you do – including how you relate to your neighbour and to all who come in contact with you.
Ask Christ to help you love your neighbour as Christ loves.
Help me to live each day controlled and guided by the Holy Spirit. Let the words of Christ be in my mind. Let me have the love of Christ as l relate to others.
Behind all my actions let the power of Christ help me to control my selfish desires that l may serve others around me.
Thank you Lord for helping me to understand the work of the Holy Spirit.
In your name I pray,
Day Eight — What does it mean to look outwardly and see God working in others around me?
So they arrived at the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from the tombs to meet him.
Have a close look at this chapter. You will see God reaches a man who was an outcast, a woman who was sick and a child who was dead. He reaches out in unexpected ways. He touches those people who others reject.
Look at the passage again and ask God to lead you to someone who needs the love, power and grace of God in their life today.
May l be led by your Holy Spirit today. Lead me and guide me to see what you are doing.
May l have the courage to respond to your leading.
Day Nine — Go and reach the nations
Move, Holy Spirit, powerfully upon our Church and towards our Nation.
“For Abraham will certainly become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.
The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.
Psalm 2: 7-8
Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28: 16-20
Ask God to show you how to pray for our nation, covering Australia with the precious blood of Jesus.
Jesus died for Australia and for all nations. He loves all mankind. May this truth be obvious and clear to us.
In John 17, Jesus prays for all of His people, past, present and future, to come into a living relationship with Him, and for none to be lost. Reflect and spend time crying out to God for the nations of this world.
As we fast and pray for your will to be done in this world, may the blood of Jesus avail for all the nations so that His death will not be in vain for this generation.
Day Ten — What now?
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
What does it mean to be a living sacrifice, serving and surrendering to the very purposes and will of God?
Ask God, what now? What are you saying and requiring as l finish this time of prayer and fasting? May my life reflect and radiate the Holy Spirit. May l be everything you desire me to be!
Spend time writing down all that God has been showing you over the last ten days.
Dear Father God,
As I have come to you in the last ten days, pouring out my heart and soul and crying out to you for the nation and nations, l yield my life, my heart, my soul, my all to you!
In Jesus name,