Many individuals, groups and churches begin the year with a season of prayer. I think it is a great idea. Our church begins a 14 day period of prayer beginning today. We are encouraging everyone to take some additional time aside to pray - personally, with their family or in their small group.
We are also having 30 minutes of prayer before each weekend church gathering during the month of February and we are opening a room at the church each midweek day for people to drop by and have some prayer.
Why not engage in something similar yourself, if you aren't already doing so.
Attached is an outline of a simple prayer guide we have put together.
Here are a few Scriptures to encourage you in your prayer:
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again. [James 5:16-18]
Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. [Matt 7:7-8]
Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me and you will find rest for your souls. [Matt.11:28-30]
Even the young men will become weary and faint. But those who wait on the Lord will renew (exchange) their strength. They will mount up on wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary. They will walk and not faint. [Isaiah 40:30-31]
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct (make straight) your paths. [Prov.3:5-6]