What would happen if we each spent just 60 seconds a day praying for the SAME issue, at the SAME time, using the SAME scripture? That’s the mission of 12:12 Prayer - to live out the exhortation of Romans 12:12 to “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”.
Set an alarm or other reminder for 12:12 PM daily, review the prayer themes and suggestions below, and get ready to pray for 60 seconds daily!
What Should I Pray About? - 12:12 Prayer monthly themes (scroll down for detailed monthly and weekly content):
May - Marriages
June - Men and male leadership
July - Missions
August - Service to the Kingdom (church and parachurch volunteering)
September - Children and parenting
October - Government and leadership
November - Purity
December - Drawing friends and family closer to Christ
January - Financial responsibility
February - Women and human trafficking
March - Evangelism
April - Identity in Christ
May 2018 Mission: Focusing on MARRIAGE
No matter your marital status - the health and holiness of marriage affects all of us. The war on God's design for marriage is evident. Society has changed all the definitions of sex, gender and marriage and the problem of divorce and its aftermath continues. Whether you use this month to pray for your current marriage, the marriages of loved ones or pray to become the spouse you will someday be–PLEASE PRAY.
God IS able! Join us in the battle.
Set your alarms for 12:12 PM and join us as we pray for a revival in our hearts and the world around us!
May 1st...Genesis 2:22-24
“Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Jesus, this is a mystery! We know that when we marry we become “one” - but figuring out how to act like that is so problematic! Jesus give us wisdom to see the ways our heart and mind and actions are working against your plan for unity in our marriage. Give us knowledge to know how to live as one. Overwhelm us with a fresh desire to make our marriages what you desire as we know this is only for our good and for your Glory! In your mighty name, Amen.
May 2nd…Ecclesiastes 4:12
“Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
Father, your word tells us - it is not good for man to be alone. Whether for a season or for a lifetime, some are to be single and live as married to you; yet, the majority of us are to wed. Lord, give us a new understanding of the power of living as a strand of 3 - husband, wife and YOU. Show us the protection and comfort which come from entwining our lives with yours! In Jesus name, Amen.
May 3rd…..Romans 13:8
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law."
Jesus, we praise you for your love! There is no greater love than laying down your life for someone and that is what you have done for us on the cross. Teach us to love as you have. Open our eyes so we may see where we fall short in this area. Quicken our spirit to hear your voice and soften our hearts to do your will. Grow us into people who truly love others with supernatural, sacrificial love as we know love covers a multitude of sins! Amen.
May 4th…..Isaiah 41:13
For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
Precious Father, in Isaiah 41:13 you promised that you are the Lord our God who takes hold of our right hand and says to us: Do not fear; I will help you. Lord, I need help! I’m not up to the task of this marriage thing and neither is my spouse. We need you O God. Only you are sufficient for our needs. Please take these vessels of cracked clay and mold them into useful vessels fit for your service. May our lives and our home be places where your power and goodness and love are displayed for all to see. Please do what only you can do that your glory and mighty named be proclaimed.Thank you dear Lord. Amen
May 5th…..John 15: 5-6
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned
Lord, You are the Vine and we are the branches. We are unable to produce fruit apart from You. Help us stay connected to You throughout each day that we might honor You and our marriage. Amen.
May 6th…..Galatians 5:13b-15
…rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
Heavenly Father, Forgive me. How many times have I failed to do these things as I let my self-centered nature take control? Convict me when I carry a scorecard around and track every wrong done or irritation endured. Help me extend the grace I want for myself and my failures. Remind me that my husband and I are one and if I bite at him, I am destroying us. Renew in me a servant heart for my husband.
May 7th…..Philippians 2:3-8
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Dear Jesus, Please help me to do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but, in humility, help me consider others, especially my husband, better than myself. Help me to think of his needs and not only my own needs. Help me, Lord, to not only look to my own interests, jobs, activities and ministries, but also to look to my husband’s interests and responsibilities. Help me to help him succeed in those areas by encouraging him and praying for him. Help my attitude to be like yours, Jesus. Even though you are God, you made yourself nothing, taking on the very nature of a servant and allowed yourself to become a human and suffer the hardships we endure here on earth. You humbled yourself and became obedient to death, death on a cross even, so that you could save us from our sins. You did this because of your love for us! We thank you and praise You for that! Help me to be a humble, unselfish servant, like you were, and think of my husband’s needs and serve and love him, even when I don’t feel like it. Help me to listen to the Holy Spirit encouraging me in this! In your precious name, Amen!
May 8th…..1 Peter 5:5
in the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’
Heavenly Father, As we stand before You, clothe us with humility toward one another since humility softens hearts and invites grace. Turn us away from pride, for it pits us against one another and invites opposition. Give us the humble heart of Jesus (1 Peter 5:5, Philippians 2:5-11) Fill our hearts with praise for Your wondrous love and mercy. In Jesus name, Amen.
May 9th…..Ephesians 2:10 NLT
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Heavenly Father, as we see how You have created us uniquely and intimately, we seek Your guidance in all relationships in our lives, especially the relationship of marriage. You created marriage and made us to devote ourselves to one another in a way that honors You. May we not succumb to the pressures and worries of this world and allow them to come between us. May those who seek a partner for marriage seek You first and allow You to guide their hearts and not emotion. May the enemy be held back as he prowls looking for prey amongst those devoted to You and to their spouse. May the temptations lose their appeal when compared to the glory that can be brought to You through the way we honor our marriage vows. We commend our marriages to You, Lord, and ask for Your grace and mercy to be lived out in the everyday lives that You have ordained for us. As we seek Your wisdom in these matters, bless us with Your peace and joy. In Jesus’ powerful name. Amen
May 10th….. Ephesians 4 31-32
All bitterness, anger and wrath, shouting and slander must be removed from you along with all malice. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Dear Lord, you are a mighty God who created and designed us to live in harmony with each other. So often, Lord we allow anger to fester and destroy our relationships when we should be nurturing them with kindness and compassion. Lord forgive us, when we allow our own feelings, self-centeredness and need to be right, to destroy what you have ordained. Lord, we thank you for the blessings of marriage and we lift up to you those who are married. We ask you to fill them with kindness and compassion for each other, help them to forgive each other as you forgive them. In Jesus precious name. Amen.
May 11th…..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.
Father God, we are a people prone to sin! Forgive the many times we have failed to trust you by allowing anxiety to propel our feelings and actions. We want to have happy and holy marriages! Remind us to take concerns about our spouse to YOU. With thankful hearts let us appeal to you through prayer for wisdom. In Jesus name, Amen.
May 12th…..Colossians 3:14
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Jesus, it is so hard to love my spouse sometimes! Why are we so easily frustrated or irritated with each other? Jesus, you are the perfect example of perfect love. Fill us with your love, so we can live in unity as you intended. Amen
May 13th…..Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone
Thank you Jesus for marriage! You desire humanity to live in community with each other and with you. Sanctify us, so our marriages will be the oasis of warmth and comfort as you intended. Amen.
May 14th…..Ephesians 5:25:
For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.
Heavenly Father, sometimes I do not feel loved by my husband. Help me Jesus to be forgiving of my husband. Give me eyes to see they ways he is expressing his love for me. Examine my heart. Remove any bitterness or unforgiveness from me. Teach me how to love with your sacrificial love. In Jesus name, amen.
May 15th…..1 Corinthians 16:14
Do everything in love
Father, we can only love others because you first loved us. Fill us with your love and let your love overflow so we can show that love to our spouses, families and the world. May everything we do be done in love. Amen.
May 16th…..1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Jesus, help me remember how much you love me. Teach me how to love my spouse from the love you pour into me. Let me be a mirror reflecting your love to my spouse and let our marriage be the beautiful union you desire. Amen.
May 17th…..Song of Solomon 4:9
You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.
Jesus, I want my husband to be captivated by me. Renew my mind so I will not be deluded by the worlds definition of beauty. Give me wisdom to recognize the value of Godly beauty and femininity which does not come from about outer adornment, but comes within. Amen
May 18th…..James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Father, teach me to trust you when things are not working in my marriage. Forgive me for the times I have allowed fear to drive me to attempt control. Help me to trust you and seek you when hard times come. You, Father have allowed any trouble I face for the purpose of testing me and making me steadfast and mature. Help me yield my will to yours. In Jesus name, Amen.
May 19th…..1 John 4:12
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us
Heavenly Father, help me to die to myself daily, so you may be visible to my spouse. I want to love like you. Make your love for my spouse shine through me so our marriage be holy and glorifying to you. In Jesus precious name.
May 20th…..Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Jesus, we know the union of a man and woman is a faint glimpse into what our relationship with you will be for all eternity. Marriage is hard. Help us to seek you when we are frustrated and tired of trying to fix what is not working in our marriages. Fill us with your supernatural endurance to continue loving our spouse when they are hard to love. Let our marriages be the joyful thing you designed them to be, so the world can look at them and proclaim the goodness and glory of you. Amen.
May 21st…..Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Jesus, many marriages have been destroyed by the enemy’s work of division and separation. Move our hearts. Fill us with understanding of the importance of living in community with other believers. Give us hearts to lovingly and bravely encourage one another to live as you command. Amen.
May 22nd…..Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Jesus, I am so thankful for my marriage. Help me to be loving and forgiving of my husband. When I am tempted to become angry, remind me of my many sins you have forgiven. Amen
May 23rd…..Psalm 27:14
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
Jesus, so many people feel hopeless in their marriage. I lift them up to you now. Give them endurance and patience to wait for you to act. Give them joy and hope in the middle of what is broken. You are an awesome God able to do more than we can even imagine. Restore and heal these marriages for the glory of your name. Amen
May 24th…..Ephesians 5:22-23
A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Heavenly Father, I want to make you and my husband proud of me. I want to have a noble character and be the helpmate my husband needs and desires. Show me how to live in a way that makes me more valuable than rubies! In Jesus Name. Amen.
May 25th…..1 Peter 4:8
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Jesus, thank you for the blessing of a spouse. I need your Holy Spirit to fill me with your I’ve so I can love my husband deeply, as I should. Let my many sins be overwhelmed by the love I pour out to others.
May 26th…..1 Peter 3:7
In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God's gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.
Jesus, teach me how to forgive my spouse. Teach me to live in a sacrificial way, worthy of the honor my husband is commanded to give to me. Thank you Jesus for the value you give women. Close my mouth when I am tempted to be critical of my husband. Let the Holy Spirit convict my spouse when he is not treating me in the way he should. Jesus guide my husband so his prayers will not be hindered. Amen.
May 27th…..Ephesians 4:2-3 2
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Lord, marriage is hard and humbling. Help us to consider our partner as more important than ourselves! Help us to love the other person with an endless forgiving spirit. Remind me to pray for my partner and lift him up to you on all occasions. Help me to remember who my real enemy is, Satan, NOT my partner. Satan would seek to devour this marriage, but you intend for this marriage to be light to the world, a Holy reminder of your love for us!! Use me to strengthen and encourage my partner to seek a relationship with you. Help me Father to be more like you!!"
May 28th…..Matthew 7:5
First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Jesus forgive us! We are a people prone to criticize! Show us the destruction this causes our marriages! Give us humble hearts, quick to forgive the faults of our spouses. Show us the wickedness of a critical spirit. Do not allow us to sin in this way any longer! Amen.
May 29th…..1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Lord, teach us how to love like you. Open our eyes and soften our hearts. We need your love to have joyful God glorifying marriages. Teach us how to love our spouse with the love you have shown us by dying for us when we did not deserve such a priceless gift. In Jesus name, Amen.
May 30th…..Ephesians 5:21
Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Jesus, you gave us the perfect example of godly submission. In the garden, you expressed your desire and then laid it aside saying to the Father,thy will be done. This is the heart of so many marital problems. We want OUR way more than we wish to please our spouse or you, Lord. Convict us when we are displeasing you and harming our marriage by selfishly pushing to have our way. Teach us to honor you by placing our spouse”s desires above our own. For the Glory of your name, Amen.
May 31st…..Genesis 1:27
So God created mankind in his own image; in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
Dear Lord strengthen our marriages. Help us obey You God. You are the creator. Help us obey the laws You put in place for marriage and help children honor their parents that we may be a blessed people. In Jesus name, Amen !