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I received permission from Jon Graf to post the daily Connection! prayer devotions on Pray.Network.  These devotions are available as a free e-mail subscription from the Harvest Prayer Ministries website at

I have found these devotionals to be not only inspirational but also great equipping for my own prayer life.  There aren't many devotionals that are actually about prayer - most have a quick prayer at the end and that's about it.  But this one has prayer as its focus.  I thought others on the Network might be interested in it.  I will attempt to post each one daily - although I'll inevitably miss here and there. 

I have previously written a Spotlight blog post on the Connection! devotional; if you're interested, check it out here:

I hope you enjoy and benefit from this devotional as much as I have.


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May 31: The Nature of Forgiveness

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love…Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me…Save me from my bloodguilt, O God, the God who saves me” (Psalm 51:1a, 11, 14a).

David’s ability to ask for forgiveness is rooted in the very nature of God.  It is because of the Lord’s “unfailing love” and His “great compassion” that those of us who follow Christ today can, as David did, boldly ask the Lord for forgiveness.  It is in the nature of God to forgive.  Because we are made in His image, it is important that we too have the nature of forgiveness: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12).

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The prerequisite to being forgiven in the kingdom of Jesus is to forgive others!  “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).

God of Forgiveness, give me the grace to love others as You love them so that I will forgive those who sin against me.  Help me to have the courage to ask others for their forgiveness when I sin against them. Give us unity in love as we minister together for the sake of Your kingdom! 

Prayer Points

Praise your Father for his perfect will (Mt. 6:10). Give thanks that nothing occurs in life that God does not cause to happen. Confess those times when you’ve doubted that his will was best for you. Commit yourself to living by Ps. 40:8: “I desire to do your will, O my God.” Ask that God’s perfect will may be accomplished in your life.

Take a global perspective. Pray for God’s will to be done on earth even as it is in heaven. Ask that Satan’s dark dominion will be exposed by the pure light of the gospel.

–Adapted from Pray like the King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.

June 01: We Are Not Our Own

“Christ in us, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

I believe there are two foundations for lifelong service. The first is our desire for God Himself. This desire must be cultivated. It is not automatic. Without this desire, everything else becomes mechanics…merely “how-to” courses in the spiritual life.  Psalm 63 is a great example of a leader (David) who had cultivated desire in his life. One of the most helpful things we can do is to pray Psalm 63 as a way of developing this desire for God. The second foundation to a consistent life of service is an awareness of Christ living in you. As we go through the day, whatever the tasks ahead of us, we must always keep before us this amazing truth: The Lord of the universe has come to take up residence within us. We are not on our own. Jesus lives within.

Father, I long for all that You are to be part of all that I am.  Develop a deep desire within me for greater intimacy with You so that serving others will be a natural result of our relationship. 

Prayer Points

Praise the God who supplies all your needs. Give thanks for the many material blessings you enjoy in this life. Confess any dissatisfaction or jealousy you have felt about God’s provision for you. Commit yourself to living a truly thankful life. Ask God to give you today your daily bread (Mt. 6:11).

Pray for those who lack the necessities of life. Ask God to provide for specific needs of which you are aware.

–Adapted from The Life of Prayer for the Life of Service by Dave Butts, written by Forgotten Power: A Simple Theology of a Praying Church available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.

June 02: Seek Unity in Prayer

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6).

Because of our love for God and our desire to see the kingdom advance, we must passionately pursue unity in our prayer lives.  The testimony of many Christians around the world today is that prayer has brought them into a greater unity with other believers than they ever thought possible.  It begins by simply asking the Lord to give you a desire for unity.  But it will not end there.  He will hear and answer your prayer.  Opportunities will begin to open up for you to pray with other Christians.  It requires no compromise on doctrinal issues to pray with someone else.  Let God be God!  Seek unity in prayer and see what He might do in and with you.

Lord, would you give me the passion for unity in Your body that You have?  Help me to lay aside anything in me that hinders unity.  I pray, Lord, for the complete unity in the church that will allow the world to see You more clearly.

Prayer Points

Praise God for the forgiveness of sins. Give thanks for God’s marvelous promise that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. 1:9). Confess your sins to God. Commit yourself to living in the joyous assurance that your sins are, indeed, forgiven (Ps. 103:3). Ask God to help you sincerely forgive others who have wronged you (Mt. 6:12).

Ask God to ease the tension of racial conflict in our cities and on some campuses. Pray for repentance and forgiveness to heal neighborhoods and communities. Ask God to protect and empower believers who are working for reconciliation.

–Adapted from Pray like the King: Lessons from the Prayers of Israel’s Kings by David and Kim Butts. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount on the book.

–Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend.


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