a Daily Prayer

The Daily Prayer is a guided prayer experience (skip to the Prayer) to help you connect with the heart of Jesus as you seek Him (skip to bible for study).  We encourage you to try starting your day for a week with the prayer and see how it helps you center your life on Jesus.

 

Guided Video Version of the Prayer

Let Kent lead you through the prayer.  Take control of your experience and pause the video to focus on any specific part of the prayer at any time.

 

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The Prayer

“Dear Jesus,

{PRAYER PRACTICE: Die to Self} I come before you today to die again to myself (Matthew 16:26).  I crucify my old way of doing life (Galatians 2:20-21). I nail it to the cross. I crucify my anger (Ephesians 4:26-27) and how it betrays my lack of trust that you are good and over all things, even the things I cannot control. I crucify my fear/anxiety (Matthew 6:25-34). I trust that you are good, that it’s ok for me to not have all the answers because you do. I crucify my arrogant heart that can so quickly abandon a relationship with you and rely solely on my own capabilities (Matthew 20:25-27). I die to my sins and those things that tempt me (1 Corinthians 10:12-13, James 1:13-18). 

[Confess sins, ask for strength in temptation, die to your old self]

I desire you more than anything, replace my corrupted desires with your righteous desires. Reveal in me any ways that are contrary to your ways (Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 51:10-12, Isaiah 55:8-9, Psalm 139:23-24).

{PRAYER PRACTICE: Live by Faith} I come to you for life today. I embrace and choose to live in the abundant life offered by Jesus on the cross (John 10:10). I pray that today you would open my eyes to see the world the way you see it (Ephesians 1:18), my coworkers the way you see them, my family and friends the way you see them. Help me to be slow to speak and quick to listen.  I want to be slow to anger Jesus, and reflect your heart of grace (James 1:19). 

{PRAYER PRACTICE: Learn the heart of Jesus} Jesus, help me today to learn from you, to learn your unforced rhythms of grace (Matthew 11:28-20). When I open your word today (2 Timothy 2:15, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105), reveal your heart to me, shape me in your image (Genesis 1:27), renew and refresh my mind (Romans 12:1-2). Remove any thoughts that are contrary to your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). Help my heart to beat in time with your heart (Acts 13:22, Ezekiel 36:26). I am here ready to embrace your invitation to come to you, I have been weary and heavy burdened. I want your rest, I want your yoke of teaching, I want to learn from you (Matthew 11:28-20). 

[Give anything to God that has been burdening you]

Holy Spirit (John 14:16), I give you my mind, my every decision (Romans 12:1-2), my waking and sleeping (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ) and invite you to guide and speak to me your will (John 16:13).

I love you Jesus and am ready to go deeper (1 Corinthians 2:6-16)…

Amen”

Worship Music to Help You Draw Near to Jesus

The “Why”

At Harmony we don’t just talk about living out the mission, we take it serious!  The Daily Prayer is an effort to give you a “boots on the ground” way of implementing the 3 discipleship paths we believe every follower of Jesus needs to take:

 

3 Discileship Paths

to live out the mission everyday! Do these things and you’ll grow deep in Jesus!

1. Die to Self
Gal 2:20, Lk 9:23, Jn 12:24-26

Let’s be honest, part of the reason we spiritually stay where we are is that something about our way of life is working for us. Maybe the sin you find yourself trapped in makes you feel good for a little while but always ends with guilt, or you are nervous you’ll fail if you try so it’s easier to stay where you are.

Jesus knew it would take something pretty radical to shake us out of our current state, that’s why He called for us to Die to Ourselves.  Listen to how the Apostle Paul described this for Himself:

“All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.”

Philippians 3:7-9 (The Message Version)

2. Live byFaith
Gal. 5:22-23, Rom. 12:2, Col 2:20-3:2, Heb. 11

A lot of people get “following Jesus” wrong by trying to be “good” people, Jesus didn’t come and die JUST to make you “good.” He wants something so much better for you! He wants you to be “God’s” person. That means changing the way you think about life, and learning to, as Paul would say, “Live by faith.” This means bringing God into your decision-making processes. It means actively pursuing God moment by moment. Listen again as Paul describes this for us:

“Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him.”

Romans 8: 5-9 (The Message Version)

3. Learn the Heart of Jesus
Mt 11:28-30, Rom. 12:2, Phil. 2:5-11

Most of us have spent the entirety of our life learning a way of life that is about power, manipulation, and greed. Jesus’ heart is different. His way is about community, serving, loving, and giving. The path of learning the heart of Jesus is about transforming your way of thinking and living into something that reflects the heart of Jesus. Here’s Paul again:

“But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.”

Ephesians 4:20-24 (The Message Version)

Listen to Kent Talk about the Paths 

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The Scriptures

Matthew 16:26
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Galatians 2:20-21
20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

Ephesians 4:26-27
“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Matthew 6:25-34
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 20:25-27
25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave

1 Corinthians 10:12-13
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

James 1:13-18
13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Psalm 51:10-12
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Isaiah 55:8-9
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Psalm 139:23-24
23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

John 10:10
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Ephesians 1:18
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people

James 1:19
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry

Matthew 11:28-20
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

2 Timothy 2:15
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Psalm 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:105
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Acts 13:22
22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

John 14:16
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

John 16:13
But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?” 

But we have the mind of Christ.

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