Relationship with God

This prayer guide, inspired by the chapter titled Relationship with God in Strategic Renewal’s resource 21 Days of Prayer for Your Church Leader, is focused on seeking God’s face through the following passage.

Mark 1:35-38

35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.36 And Simon and those who were with him searched for him, 37 and they found him and said to him, “Everyone is looking for you.” 38 And he said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out.”

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers

Relationship with God Prayer Guide


-Identify and celebrate God’s praiseworthy attributes

  • Jesus models a consistent rhythm of prayer and communion with the Father (v. 35)
  • Jesus’s presence is desirable and sought after (vv. 36-37)
  • Jesus is a preacher of truth and desires to reach lost people (v. 38)
  • Jesus has authority over the spiritual realm (v. 39)

Prayer Prompts:

  • Father, we’re grateful that my greatest calling and deepest longing is to be with You, because…
  • Jesus, You are worthy to be sought after because only You…
  • We praise You for…(name specific church leader(s)) and how they have shown the character of Christ by…


Surrender to Him and His ways

  • Jesus, we admit that we allow the agenda and expectations of others to drive us when…
  • Father, we confess that the distraction of…tends to crowd out prioritizing time alone with You.


Ask the Spirit to guide prayer over concerns, resources, and relationships

  • Jesus, we pray that…(church leader) would hear your voice about…
  • Jesus, we ask for the Spirit’s anointing on…(church leader)for…
  • Father, help us to encourage our church leaders’ personal walk with You by…


Encouragement and strength for spiritual battle

  • Father, help us/ (church leaders) to prioritize intimacy with you, especially when…

*this prayer guide is an excerpt from the appendix of 21 Day of Praying for Your Church Leaders, by Strategic Renewal. Click HERE for more information on this resource.