Prayer is such an important part of a Christian’s life. It is through prayer where we communicate and connect with the One who loves us more than anyone else – our Father God. As parents, we want our children to have intimate relationships with Jesus Christ. We want them to read their Bibles and we want them to learn to pray. However, prayer can be difficult for children. They struggle with knowing what to pray for, what words to say, and even how to pray in the first place.
To be honest, prayer can also be difficult for adults. Even the disciples, the very ones who spent all their waking moments with Jesus, asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. In response, Jesus gave them an example – a scripture we know as “The Lord’s Prayer”.
I want to help my children learn how to pray . . . and that they can pray for anything . . . and that they can be creative in their prayers. . . and that they can pray BIG . . . you get the idea . . . so I made these prayer calendars. The prayer calendars follow the guide set forth in the Lord’s Prayer, and give children (and maybe even adults) a different item to pray for on each day of the month. The prayer calendars follow this schedule:
Sundays: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name” – discovering and praising God for His Names/attributes
Mondays: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” – praying for God’s will to be done in different areas such as missions, the body of Christ, the persecuted church, the local church, and governments.
Tuesdays: A continuation of Monday
Wednesdays: “Give us this day our daily bread” – Praying for people who are close to us (ourselves, family members, neighbors, friends) and their individual needs.
Thursdays: “And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors” – Praying for forgiveness.
Fridays: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” – Praying for areas/industries that can lead to temptations.
Saturdays: The week ends with a suggested prayer activity.
Disclaimer: these prayer calendars are not meant to dictate your prayer life . . . they are just to be used as a guide. Pray for whoever, whatever, and however you want . . . just pray! And if you need a little guide to help you or some ideas to get you going, use these calendars!
If you find this helpful, be sure to check back in August for calendars for September and October!
NOTE: If for some reason you are unable to open the pdf files, scroll down and you will see each day’s item in this post.
JULY 2014 PRAYER CALENDAR
1 Pray for God’s will to be done in your local church. Pray for the Sunday School teachers and students at your church.
2 Pray for your parents by name. Pray for God to meet their needs and to give them strength each day.
3 Ask God to forgive you for the sins you committed this past week. Be specific.
4 Pray for your mind to always think God-honoring thoughts. Ask God to help you control the thoughts that you have.
5 Make a collage representing the power of God.
6 El Elyon – Most High God/ Praise God that He is over all.
7 Pray for God’s will to be done on the mission field in South America. If you know any missionaries there, pray for them personally.
8 Pray for God’s will to be done in your local church. Pray for new families to begin attending your church and for your church to grow.
9 Pray for someone you know who is sick and has been sick for a long time. Pray for God to heal and encourage them.
10 Do you need to forgive anyone? Pray for that person and then ask God to help you forgive.
11 Pray for the ability to stand up for what is right even when your friends are doing the wrong things.
12 Make cards to deliver or send to people you know who have been sick. Pray for them as you make the cards.
13 Jehovah Nissi – Our Banner/ Praise God that He is the one who fights for us/ He’s got our backs!
14 Pray for God’s will to be done on the mission field in the United States. Pray for the people you know who are serving there.
15 Pray for God’s will to be done in your local church. Pray for the worship leaders and music at your church to glorify God.
16 Pray for someone you know who is struggling financially. Pray that God will meet every need.
17 Does anyone need to forgive you? Pray for that person and then go seek their forgiveness.
18 Pray that you will not lead anyone to do the wrong thing. Pray that you will be an example and witness for Christ.
19 Make a power point presentation on the power of prayer. Share it with your family or friends.
20 Adonai – God is Majestic/ Praise God that He is more wonderful than anything or anyone else! He is Majestic!
21Pray for the persecuted church in China. Pray for the Christians there to be strengthened and that the Christian church there will grow.
22 Pray for your local government officials. Pray that they will seek God’s will in all they do. Pray that Christians will serve in government.
23 Pray for someone you know who is not a Christian. Pray for an opportunity to talk to them about Jesus.
24 Pray for the strength to be a forgiving person always.
25 Pray for your area of greatest temptation. Ask God to help you resist that temptation the next time it comes up.
26 Listen to, play, or sing your favorite worship songs as an act of praise. Get others to join you and have your own praise party!
27 God is our Father – Praise God that He loves us, that we are His children and can have a personal relationship with Him.
28 Pray for the body of Christ throughout the world. Pray that our influence will grow and that we will act with love towards all people.
29 Pray for the public school in your community. Pray for the teachers and administrators to teach truth.
30 Pray for your own personal needs.
31 Ask God to show you any area where you need help with forgiveness. Pray for that area.
AUGUST 2014 PRAYER CALENDAR
1 Pray for God to help you in the movies you watch. Pray for the people who make movies to make God-honoring movies.
2 Take a prayer walk around your neighborhood. Pray for everyone who lives in the houses around you.
3 El Shaddai – God Almighty/ Praise God that He is in control of all things!
4 Pray for God’s will to be done on the Mission field in Islamic countries. If you know of any missionaries serving there, pray for them personally.
5 Pray for God’s will to be done in the body of Christ here on earth. Pray for Christians of every background to unite for the sake of Christ!
6 Pray for your parents and any needs they may have this week. Pray for each of your siblings by name as well.
7 Spend time today asking God to forgive you for the sins you have committed this past week. Be specific.
8 Pray for God to help you in the language you use. Pray that you will only say things that build others up, and that your language will always glorify God.
9 Make a praise collage. Gather items that make you praise God. Glue these items on a piece of paper as an act of worship.
10 Jehovah Jireh – God as Provider/ Praise God that He always provides for His people! How has He provided for you this past week?
11 Pray for God’s will to be done on the Mission field in Africa. If you know of any missionaries serving there, pray for them personally.
12 Pray for God’s will to be done in your local church body. Pray for the ministers who serve at your church and their families.
13 Pray for your extended family – grandmas and grandpas, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
14 Spend time today asking God to forgive you for the sins you have committed this past week. Be specific.
15 Pray for God to help you in the music you listen to. Pray that you will only listen to music that glorifies God. Pray for the music industry.
16 Open the newspaper (or check an online newspaper) and pray for the first headline you see. Pray for everyone involved.
17 Jehovah Shalom – God who gives us rest/ Spend time today being still before God. Reflect on who He is and how He will always take care of you.
18 Pray for God’s will to be done on the Mission field in Russia. If you know of any missionaries serving there, pray for them personally.
19 Pray for God’s will to be done in your local church body. Pray for the members to grow in faith and service to the Lord.
20 Pray for your neighbors and the people you see on a regular basis. Find out some of their needs and pray specifically.
21 Is there anyone you need to forgive? Spend time today asking God to help you forgive that person.
22 Pray for the video game industry. Pray for a revival among the makers of video games.
23 Take a prayer drive with your parents. Drive around your town and stop to pray in front of certain locations such as the school, city hall, etc.
24 Jehovah Sabbaoth – Lord of Hosts/ God is the commander of the armies of heaven. Praise Him for His supreme power!
25 Pray for God’s will to be done in the persecuted church in North Korea. Pray for the Christians there to be encouraged today.
26 Pray for God’s will to be done in your government. Pray for the leaders of your government and for revival in your land.
27 Pray for your closest friends and their families.
28 Is there anyone you who you need to seek out to ask them to forgive you? Do that today!
29 Pray for the television industry. Pray for God-honoring television shows. Pray for actors and actresses to find Jesus!
30 Look back at the past month and spend time praising God for how He has answered your prayers.
31 Jehovah Ro’i – God is our shepherd/ Praise Him that He leads us and loves us. We are His sheep!
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