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7 Day Prayer Guide for Growing Closer to God

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

This guide is crafted with love and care to help you draw closer to Christ in a meaningful and personal way. Each day, you'll find a unique theme to guide your prayers, thoughts, and actions, inviting you into a deeper, more intimate relationship with God. Think of this as more than a daily routine; it's a heartfelt invitation to walk hand-in-hand with God, discovering His presence in the ordinary moments of your life. As you start on this path, remember that every step you take is a step towards a deeper connection with Christ. Let's begin this journey together, with open hearts and minds, ready to grow, learn, and embrace the love and wisdom that God has in store for us.

Grow Closer to God - A 7 Day Prayer Guide

Grow Closer to God

Day 1: Embracing Gratitude and Praise

Begin your week in a spirit of thankfulness, immersing yourself in the beauty and blessings that God has placed in your life. Picture yourself walking through a serene path, each step a reminder of the small and significant ways God has touched your life. Today is about opening your heart to the countless gifts you've received, seen and unseen, and praising God for His steadfast love and faithfulness. Let your prayer be a sweet conversation, filled with heartfelt thanks. As you jot down your blessings, feel each word lightening your heart, bringing a smile that stems from a deep sense of gratitude. Sharing a piece of this joy with someone else not only multiplies your gratitude but also spreads the warmth of God's love.

  • Bible Verse: Psalm 100:4 - "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name."

  • Prayer: "Dear Lord, I come before You with a heart full of gratitude. Thank You for Your endless love and mercy. Help me to always recognize Your blessings and to praise Your name in all circumstances."

  • Reflection: Reflect on God's blessings in your life, acknowledging even the smallest gifts.

  • Challenge: Write down three things you are thankful for and share one of these blessings with someone else.

Day 2: Journey Towards Forgiveness

This day is a solemn yet liberating journey towards forgiveness. It's a time to quietly reflect on the times you've fallen short, seeking God's boundless mercy, and also contemplating the freedom that comes with forgiving others. Imagine sitting by a gently flowing stream, each ripple representing the release of grudges and past hurts. Writing a forgiveness letter, even if it's never sent, can be a profound act of releasing pain and embracing peace. Today, you're not just seeking forgiveness; you're learning to offer it, embodying the grace you've so generously been given.

  • Bible Verse: 1 John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."

  • Prayer: "Heavenly Father, I confess my sins and seek Your forgiveness. Help me to forgive others as You have forgiven me, and guide me to walk in Your righteousness."

  • Reflection: Consider areas in your life where you need God’s forgiveness and areas where you need to offer forgiveness to others.

  • Challenge: Reach out and mend a strained relationship, seeking or offering forgiveness.

Day 3: Deepening Trust in God

Trust is the anchor of today. It's about looking at the areas of your life where uncertainty looms and consciously deciding to trust in God’s wisdom and timing. Visualize yourself planting seeds in a garden, each representing an aspect of your life that you’re entrusting to God. As you nurture these seeds with trust and faith, you are reminded that God’s plans unfold in His perfect timing. The Trust Tree activity is a creative expression of this surrender, a tangible reminder that you are not alone in your journey, and that every aspect of your life is under God's loving watch.

  • Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

  • Prayer: "Lord, I place my trust in You. Help me to rely not on my understanding but on Your divine wisdom and guidance in every aspect of my life."

  • Reflection: Identify areas in your life where you struggle to trust God and surrender them to Him.

  • Challenge: Take a step of faith in an area where you’ve been hesitant, trusting God’s guidance.

Day 4: Seeking Wisdom

Today is a pursuit of wisdom—a wisdom that transcends mere knowledge and seeps into the very fabric of your daily decisions and interactions. Imagine yourself as a student sitting at the feet of the greatest Teacher, absorbing lessons that will guide you through life’s complex paths. As you delve into the book of Proverbs, each verse offers a nugget of insight, equipping you to make choices that reflect God’s will. Your prayer today is not just for yourself but also an intercession for others, as you seek to be a vessel of God’s wisdom in their lives.

  • Bible Verse: James 1:5 - "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."

  • Prayer: "Almighty God, grant me Your wisdom to make decisions that honor You. Help me to discern Your will in all situations."

  • Reflection: Think about a decision you are facing and ask God for wisdom in making the right choice.

  • Challenge: Offer to help someone with a decision or problem, seeking God’s wisdom as you do so.

Day 5: The Art of Loving Others

Love is the theme of this day. It's about embracing the challenge of loving unconditionally, just as Jesus did. Envision your heart expanding, reaching out even to those who are difficult to love. Today, love is an active choice, demonstrated through simple yet profound acts of kindness. Whether it’s a warm smile, a helping hand, or a listening ear, each act is a reflection of Jesus’ love. This day is a reminder that love is the greatest testimony of your faith, a light that shines brightly in a world in need of hope and compassion.

  • Bible Verse: John 13:34 - "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

  • Prayer: "Jesus, teach me to love others as You have loved me. Help me to show Your love in my actions and words every day."

  • Reflection: Reflect on how you can show love to those around you, especially those who are difficult to love.

  • Challenge: Perform an act of kindness for someone without expecting anything in return.

Day 6: Pursuit of Peace

In a world often filled with noise and chaos, today is about seeking the peace that surpasses all understanding. Picture yourself in a quiet, serene place—maybe a cozy corner of your home or a bench in a tranquil park. Here, you let go of your worries, handing them over to God and allowing His peace to fill your heart. This peace is not just for you; it's a gift you can share. By offering words of comfort and hope to someone going through a storm, you become a vessel of God’s peace, a beacon of calm in their turbulence.

  • Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6-7 - "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

  • Prayer: "Lord, in the midst of turmoil, I seek Your peace. Calm my anxious heart and remind me of Your presence in all situations."

  • Reflection: Identify what causes anxiety in your life and surrender these areas to God.

  • Challenge: Spend time in a peaceful setting, meditating on God’s Word and His promises.

Day 7: The Joy of Sharing Your Faith

The final day is a celebration of your faith, an opportunity to share the joy and hope you've found in Christ with others. Imagine each encounter as a chance to plant a seed of faith, whether through your words or through the example of your life. Today, your testimony, a story of transformation and hope, becomes a powerful tool in God's hands. As you practice and share it, you’re not just recounting events; you’re witnessing the living, active work of God in your life.

  • Bible Verse: Matthew 28:19-20 - "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

  • Prayer: "Heavenly Father, empower me to be a witness of Your love and salvation. Give me opportunities to share my faith with others."

  • Reflection: Consider ways you can share your faith in your daily life.

  • Challenge: Share a personal testimony of God’s work in your life with someone.

As you conclude this 7-day prayer journey, take a moment to reflect on the experiences, insights, and growth you've encountered. This guide to grow closer to God was intended not just to bring you through a week of structured devotion but to spark a continuous, evolving relationship with Christ. The practices you've engaged in—gratitude, seeking forgiveness, trusting in God, seeking wisdom, loving others, seeking peace, and sharing your faith—are not just for this week; they are pillars for your ongoing walk with God. Carry these lessons forward, and let them guide you as you continue to grow in your faith, love, and understanding of Christ's teachings. Remember, your journey with Christ is a lifelong adventure, filled with continual learning and abundant blessings.

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