28 Days of Love: a Prayer Project
God is love
Sometime in the early 90s, our church was building a new children’s building and all the elementary school students got to write their favorite bible verses on the wooden frames. We felt so scandalous and excited, writing with our thick black markers on what would later be OUR walls (permission to vandalize at church is the coolest).
I wrote, “God is love. 1 John 4:8” in my best handwriting.
From that moment on, that would remain my favorite verse for years and years to come (or excerpt of a verse, for those of you looking it up).
Giving through prayer
A few weeks ago, I had this itch to give back to my community in a tangible way. Except who is my community? I just moved to Southern California from Fresno, I haven’t really made new friends, I don’t have a church yet, there aren’t many nonprofits that I know enough about (I did a search on volunteer.org and nothing stood out), so I was at a bit of a standstill. The deeper I thought about it, I more realized that I wanted to give back to the people I already have some sort of connection with…and that’s when I started to think about love.
I love love. I love God. I also love people. And talking. And talking to God. So, for the month of February, I have decided to give the gift of love to my community — the community I already have — through prayer.
28 Days of Love is my gift to 28 people. Each day in February, I will designate an entire day to pray for one person. From 9am to midnight (though it may actually be 10am, after my coffee kicks in), I will devote any free moment I get to praying for one individual’s needs/requests all day long. I’m even going to set up little alarms to remind myself, since I’ll be working, traveling, and living life (like we all do).
Just as I sharpied my way around those church walls years ago, I’m going to sharpie in a person’s name on each day of my calendar (actual calendar pictured here) and keep the picture of the names with me at all times.
This is the part where you come in
It would be my honor and pleasure to take whatever’s on your heart and partner with you by submitting your requests to God through prayer and gratitude. You are not alone. We are not meant to live life on our own. We are not supposed to worry about anything, but instead give our requests to God. So let’s do this!
Instructions to get prayer
If you are interested in receiving all-day prayer, email me your request(s). It can be detailed or vague, totally up to you (if you want, it can just be a whole day of blessing!). From there, I will email you back with the day in February that will be all yours.
That’s it! First come, first serve. 28 people. If you’re reading this, no matter what your beliefs are, you’re invited!
I’m really excited about this project. It’s going to be fun and challenging and life-giving! God takes so much pleasure in us coming to Him for anything and everything. The bible says that even if we don’t know what to say, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf, so I feel zero pressure to do anything else but grunt on your day (Can you imagine? My phone alarm goes off and I start grunting!? Haha!).
If any of you would like to pray with me for one or all of these 28 people, let me know.
ARE YOU READY? Email your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.