Week 4: Revive and Refresh

Day 22: Draw Near to God

Read Jeremiah 29:12-13
There is a consistent theme in Scripture which tells believers that intimacy with God is what sustains a powerful relationship with Him. Oftentimes, when our faith seems dry or boring, we look away from God and search for new things to add to our relationship with Him to try to bring back excitement and refreshment. While this may seem to work for a time, it is not a true solution.

The key to sustaining a powerful relationship with God is being near Him. So, today, focus your prayers on drawing near to God. Remember that prayer is a conversation with Him! Invite the Holy Spirit (which is the Spirit of Truth, according to 1 John 5:6) to open the eyes of your heart. Ask God to give you an understanding of your inner thoughts, motives, and desires so that you are more able to place your focus on Him alone.

Jeremiah 29:12-13, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

James 4:8, “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

Day 23: Seeing as God Sees

Read Hebrews 4:12
God alone can show us the thoughts, words, and actions which have grieved His heart, and not been in obedience to His clear teaching. There are times where we have failed to do what would have furthered the ministry of the Gospel that He has entrusted to us. Today, humbly invite God to show you your heart as He sees it and ask Him to help you receive what He shows you.

Hosea 10:12:  “Break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.”

Day 24: God Convicts Us

Read Psalm 51 and Psalm 32
Psalm 51 and Psalm 32 paint a vivid picture of the enormous burden our sins, when seen through God’s perspective, place upon our hearts and minds. We call this burden "conviction." Viewing our sins in the same way God views them should cause us to desire to make things right again, between ourselves and our Holy God. Thankfully, God has shown us how to do this in the gospel!

Psalm 51:17, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.”

2 Corinthians 7:10, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.”

Let your prayers today come from a place of conviction and also thankfulness to God for Jesus' actions, which have made it possible for us to be reconciled with Him

Day 25: Turn Your Face to the Lord God

Read Daniel 9:3-19
Daniel 9:3-19 contains a detailed and eloquent plea from Daniel to God. In his prayer, Daniel pours out before God his conviction and burden for his sin and the sins of Israel. Daniel expresses his strong desire to turn from his wicked ways, and back to a right relationship with God. We too are commanded to turn away from our sinful paths and return fully to God.

Acts 3:19, “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,"

Joel 2:12-13, “‘Yet even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘Return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, with weeping and with mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.’ Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster."

Day 26: O My God, Incline Your Ear and Hear

Reread Daniel 9:3-19
In the second half of Daniel's prayer, Daniel spends time meditating on God's mercy. Today as you pray, remember that we don't pray because we are righteous, but because God is merciful! We pray because He has promised to listen to us. He has promised to draw near to those who draw near to Him. He has promised that He will be found by those who earnestly seek Him.

1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
Pray today, believing that God is listening to you."

Day 27: Scriptural Meditations

Read Jeremiah 29:12-23
Use the Scripture passages listed below to focus your prayers today. Use the particular words and phrases to help you express yourself; ask God to help you live out the truths proclaimed here; explore what it looks like to talk to God about His Word.

Ezekiel 36: 25-27, “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules."

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it."

Ephesians 3:14-21: “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith - that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen."

Day 28: Praise Him and Reflect on the Week