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Pray for Jewish Conversions, Churches Threatened by Islam, and Churches on the Mission Field

Intercession 5.2 | ESV

For the conversion of the Jews.

Let the branches which are broken off not continue in their unbelief, Romans 11:17(ESV) but be grafted in again into their own olive tree. And though a partial hardening has come upon Israel, yet let the fullness of the Gentiles come in, and let all Israel be saved. Romans 11:23-26(ESV)

Let them be made to look on him whom they have pierced; Zechariah 12:10(ESV) and, that they turn to the Lord, let the veil which lies over their hearts be removed. 2 Corinthians 3:15-16(ESV)

For all churches that are groaning under the yoke of Islamic tyranny.

Let the churches of Asia, that were golden lampstands, Revelation 1:11-12(ESV) which the Lord Jesus delighted to walk among, be made so again. Revelation 2:1(ESV)

Restore to them their liberties as at the first, and their privileges as at the beginning; smelt away their dross, and remove all their alloy, Isaiah 1:25-26(ESV) and restore their fortunes, O LORD, like streams in the Negeb! Psalm 126:4(ESV)

For the churches on the mission field.

Be the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas; Psalm 65:5(ESV) and let them have the blessing which came upon the head of Joseph and upon the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers, even to the bounties of the everlasting hills. Genesis 49:26(ESV)

Create peace to the far, as well as to the near. Isaiah 57:19(ESV)

And let those that draw from the abundance of the seas and the hidden treasures of the sand, call the people to the mountain, that they may offer right sacrifices. Deuteronomy 33:19(ESV)

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Pray for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Lands

Intercession 5.1 | ESV

For the propagation of the gospel in foreign parts and the enlargement of the church by the bringing in of many to it.

O let the gospel be proclaimed to the whole creation; Mark 16:15(ESV) for how are men to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? Romans 10:14-15(ESV) And who shall send out laborers but the Lord of the harvest? Matthew 9:38(ESV)

Let the people dwelling in darkness see a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them let a light dawn. Matthew 4:16(ESV)

Add to your church day by day those who are being saved; Acts 2:47(ESV) enlarge the place of its tent, lengthen its cords, and strengthen its stakes. Isaiah 54:2(ESV)

Bring your offspring from the east and gather them from the west; say to the north, “Give up,” and to the south, “Do not withhold; bring your sons from afar and your daughters from the end of the earth.” Isaiah 43:5-6(ESV) Let them come with acceptance to your altar, and beautify your beautiful house; let them fly like a cloud, and like doves to their windows. Isaiah 60:7-8(ESV)

In every place let incense be offered to your name, and pure offerings; and from the rising of the sun to its setting, let your name be great among the nations, Malachi 1:11(ESV) and let the offering of the Gentiles be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:16(ESV)

O let the earth be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:9(ESV)

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Introduction and Exhortation to Pray for the Whole Lost World of Mankind

Intercession 5.0 | ESV

The Lord Jesus has taught us to pray, not only with, but for others; and the apostle has appointed us to make supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:18(ESV) and many of his prayers in his epistles are for his friends. And we must not think that when we are in this part of prayer, we may let fall our fervency and be more indifferent because we ourselves are not immediately concerned in it; but rather, let a holy fire of love, both to God and man, here make our devotion yet more warm and lively.

We must pray for the whole world of mankind, the lost world; and thus, we must honor everyone, 1 Peter 2:17(ESV) and, according to our capacity, do good to everyone. Galatians 6:10(ESV)

I pray, as I am taught, for all people, believing that this is good and pleasing in the sight of God my Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth and of Jesus Christ, 1 Timothy 2:3-4(ESV) who gave himself as a ransom for all. 1 Timothy 2:6(ESV)

O look with compassion upon the world that lies in the power of the evil one, 1 John 5:19(ESV) and let the ruler of this world be cast out, John 12:31(ESV) who has blinded their minds. 2 Corinthians 4:4(ESV)

O let your way be known on earth, Psalm 67:2(ESV) that barbarous nations may be civilized, and those who live without God in the world may be brought to the service of the living God; Ephesians 2:12(ESV) and thus, let your saving power be known among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; yes, let all the peoples praise you: O let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Psalm 67:2-4(ESV)

O let your salvation and your righteousness be revealed in the sight of the nations, and let all the ends of the earth see the salvation of God. Psalm 98:2-3(ESV)

O make the nations your Son’s heritage, and the ends of the earth his possession; Psalm 2:8(ESV) for you have said, “It is too light a thing for him to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel”; but you will make him as a light for the nations. Isaiah 49:6(ESV)

Let all the kingdoms of the world become the kingdom of the Lord and of his Christ. Revelation 11:15(ESV)

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Thank God for the Performance of His Promises

Thanksgiving 4.41 | ESV

For the performance of God’s promises.

You have dealt well with your servants, O LORD, according to your word, Psalm 119:65(ESV) and you have been ever mindful of your covenant, the word that you commanded, for a thousand generations. Psalm 105:8(ESV)

Not one word has failed of all your good promise, 1 Kings 8:56(ESV) which you have promised to David your servant and to Israel your people. 1 Kings 8:66(ESV)

And now, what shall we render to the LORD for all his benefits to us? Psalm 116:12(ESV) Let our souls return to him and repose in him as their rest, for he has dealt bountifully with us: Psalm 116:7(ESV) We will lift up the cup of our salvation and call upon the name of the LORD. Psalm 116:13(ESV) For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5(ESV)

We will bless the LORD at all times; yes, his praise shall continually be in our mouths; Psalm 34:1(ESV) we will sing to the LORD as long as we live; Psalm 104:33(ESV) and we hope to be shortly with those blessed ones who dwell in his house above and are still praising him and who day and night never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty.” Revelation 4:8(ESV)

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Thank God for Support Under your Afflictions

Thanksgiving 4.40 | ESV

For support under our afflictions, and spiritual benefit and advantage by them.

You have comforted me in all my affliction, 2 Corinthians 1:4(ESV) have seen my affliction and known the distress of my soul; Psalm 31:7(ESV) you have wondrously shown your steadfast love to me when I was in a besieged city. Psalm 31:21(ESV)

When afflictions have abounded, comforts have much more abounded. 2 Corinthians 1:5(ESV)

Though for the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, yet later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness and proves to be for my good, that I might share your holiness. Hebrews 12:10-11(ESV)

I have had reason to say that it was good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes; Psalm 119:71(ESV) for before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. Psalm 119:67(ESV)

It has been but for a little while, and when it was necessary, that I was grieved by various trials; and I beg that all the trials of my faith may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom, though I have not seen, I love; though I do not now see him, yet I believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, and am longing to receive the outcome of my faith, the salvation of my soul. 1 Peter 1:6-9(ESV)

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Thank God for Gracious Answers to your Prayers

Thanksgiving 4.39 | ESV

For gracious answers to our prayers.

I have reason to love you, O LORD, because you have heard the voice of my pleas for mercy, Psalm 130:2(ESV) and because you have inclined your ear to me; I will therefore call upon you as long as I live. Psalm 116:1-2(ESV)

Out of the depths I have called to you, O LORD, Psalm 130:1(ESV) and you have heard my vows and given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Psalm 61:5(ESV)

Indeed, before I have called, you have answered; and while I have been yet speaking, you have heard, Isaiah 65:24(ESV) and have said, “Here I am,” Isaiah 58:9(ESV) and have been near to me whenever I call upon you. Deuteronomy 4:7(ESV)

Lord, you have heard the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart, and incline your ear to hear. Psalm 10:17(ESV)

Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me; Psalm 66:20(ESV) for I have prayed and gone away, and my face has been no longer sad. 1 Samuel 1:18(ESV)

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Thank God for Sweet Communion with Him in Holy Ordinances

Thanksgiving 4.38 | ESV

For sweet communion with God in holy ordinances, and the communications of his favor.

I have feasted on the abundance of your house, and you have given me drink from the river of your delights: for with you is the fountain of life; in your light do I see light. Psalm 36:8-9(ESV)

You have brought me to your holy mountain, and made me joyful in your house of prayer; Isaiah 56:7(ESV) and I have found for me it is good to be near God. Psalm 73:28(ESV)

I have reason to say that a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere, and that it is better to be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness; for the LORD God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor, and no good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly: O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you! Psalm 84:10-12(ESV)

I have sat down under your shadow with delight, and your fruit has been sweet to my taste; you have brought me to the banqueting house, and your banner over me has been love. Song of Solomon 2:3-4(ESV)

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Thank God for the Powerful Influences of Divine Grace

Thanksgiving 4.37 | ESV

For the powerful influences of divine grace to sanctify and preserve us, to prevent our falling into sin, and to strengthen us in doing our duty.

You have not quenched the smoldering wick, nor broken the bruised reed, Matthew 12:20(ESV) nor despised the day of small things; Zechariah 4:10(ESV) but having had the help of God, I continue up to this time. Acts 26:22(ESV)

On the day I called, you answered me; and my strength of soul you increased. Psalm 138:3(ESV)

I have been continually with you, you have held my right hand, Psalm 73:23(ESV) when my feet had almost stumbled and my steps had nearly slipped. Psalm 73:2(ESV)

I have reason never to forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life; and if your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction many a time; Psalm 119:92-93(ESV) for your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning. Psalm 119:54(ESV)

If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence: But when I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up; and when the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalm 94:17-19(ESV)

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Thank God for the Remission of Sins and Peace of Conscience

Thanksgiving 4.36 | ESV

We must give thanks for the remission of our sins and the peace of our consciences.

I bless you for the redemption I have through Christ’s blood, the forgiveness of my trespasses, according to the riches of your grace, which you have lavished upon me. Ephesians 1:7-8(ESV)

That you have forgiven all my iniquities and healed all my diseases; Psalm 103:3(ESV) and in love you have delivered my life from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:17(ESV)

When you brought me into the wilderness, there you spoke tenderly to me, and gave me my vineyard from there, and made the Valley of Achor a door of hope. Hosea 2:14-15(ESV)

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Thank God for Every Spirit-Wrought Inward Change

Thanksgiving 4.35 | ESV

We must bless God if there is a saving change wrought in us by his blessed Spirit.

And has God by his grace transferred me out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his dear Son? Colossians 1:13(ESV) Has he called me into the fellowship of Jesus Christ, 1 Corinthians 1:9(ESV) and brought me near by his blood, who by nature was far off? Ephesians 2:13(ESV) Not to myself, O LORD, not to myself, but to your name I give glory. Psalm 115:1(ESV)

I give thanks to God always for those to whom the gospel has come not only in word, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. 1 Thessalonians 1:5(ESV)

You have loved me with an everlasting love; therefore you have continued your faithfulness to me. Jeremiah 31:3(ESV) You have led me with cords of kindness, with the bands of love. Hosea 11:4(ESV)

When the strong man, fully armed, guarded his palace in my heart, and his goods were safe, it was One stronger than he who attacked him and took away his armor in which he trusted and divided the spoil. Luke 11:21-22(ESV)