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FCFI Prayer Guide - June 2024
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 Sing, O Daughter of Zion, shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem, (Zephaniah 3:14). A glimmer of hope after all the doom, gloom, and warnings. We pray to offer hope in forgiveness and redemption. 1-2 Vermont Dairy Festival, Enosburg Falls, VT, Bill Brown, Flemming
2.   You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why? Declares the Lord Almighty. Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house, (Haggai 1:9). It is good for us to look out after our property and family…but not at the exception of God’s House. We pray to be good stewards of our time, talents and money. 1-2 Antique Tractor Show, Madrid, NY, Dave Porter  

 3.    Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel, (Zechariah 4:10). Many of the older Jews were disheartened when they saw the new temple would be much smaller than the original. Just as what we do for the Lord may seem small and insignificant at the time. But God can give an increase that we cannot imagine. We pray to be faithful to all opportunities to bless the Lord. 3-6 Louisiana FFA State Convention Alexandria, LA, Jeff Goss
4.    Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king, Says the Lord Almighty, and My name is to be feared among the nations, (Malachi 1:14). Some see sacrifice and worship a burden. They have stopped loving God. We pray to be so in love with God that our lives reflect His glory. 4-6 Kentucky FFA Convention, Lexington, Mike Weaver, Bill Reynolds
5.    When Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John, John tried to deter Him, saying, I need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me? Jesus replied, let it be so now, it is proper for us to do this to fulfi ll all righteousness, then John consented, (Matthew 3:13-15). Jesus came to John to be baptized to show us as Believers what we are to do. And to establish His public ministry. We pray to follow the guidelines of the Bible. 4-7 Alabama FFA State Convention, Montgomery, AL, Jeff Goss
6.    At once the Spirit sent Him out into the desert, and He was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals and angels attended Him, (Mark 1:12,13). Being fully human as well as divine, Jesus faced the same temptations as we do so He is able to be an example to us and a helper in our times of distress. We pray to lean into Jesus in our times of temptations. Please pray for our High School and College graduates as they embark on a whole new set of rules for their futures.
7.    In the sixth month, (of Elizabeth’s pregnancy), God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you, (Luke 1:26-27). Mary wasn’t a woman we likely would have chosen for the task of being the mother of Christ, but she is exactly who God chose. We pray not to limit God’s choices. He can use us if we trust Him. 8-9 Antique Tractor Show, Sharol Springs, NY, Bill Brown
8.    You (Nicodemus) are Israel’s teacher, said Jesus, and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still, you people do not accept our testimony, (John 3:10,11). Knowledge does not mean Salvation. Nicodemus would have known the Scripture well yet he was confused about who Jesus was. We pray for wisdom to understand and apply Scripture to our lives. 8-9 Meredith Dairy Festival, Meredith, NY, Bill Brown
9.    Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: Rulers and elders of the people. If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed, (Acts 4:8 10). Peter’s words were either accepted as fact or rejected as blasphemy…that day and today. We pray to speak out boldly for God and further the Gospel to those around us. 8-9 Violet Festival, Dolgeville, NY, Bill Brown

10. So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God, (Romans 7:4). As Believers our old man is dead and we have been raised as a new man in order that we may proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We pray to serve a Risen Savior, not a set of rules. 8-13Wisconsin FFA State Convention, Pastor Dave

11. I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you, as my dear children. Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the Gospel, (1Corinthisan 4:15). A guardian was a servant assigned to be a teacher and caretaker of a child. Paul was saying he was more than a caretaker of the Believers, he was their Spiritual Father. We pray to put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to trust in Him. 10-14 Florida State FFA Convention, Orlando, FL, Jeff Goss

12. Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. He has made us competent as ministers of a New Covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit, for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life, (2 Corinthians 3: 4, 6). We can be confident of our Salvation as we believe in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Law points out our sin but the New Covenant, Jesus, brings us forgiveness through His mercy and grace. We pray for forgiveness of our sins and for those of the world to come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.  11-13 Mississippi State FFA Convention, Starkville, MS, Mike Weaver

13. I saw none of the other apostles, (at that time) only James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie, (Galatians 1:19-20). After his conversion, Paul spent many years preparing for the ministry to which God had called him. He spent time alone with God and met privately with Peter and others. We pray to take time to prepare for whatever ministry God lays on our hearts. 11-13 Illinois FFA State Convention, Springfi eld, IL, Jeff Goss, Bill Nichols

14. As a prisoner of the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love, (Ephesians 4:1-2). Paul was a prisoner of love for Christ. And he urged us to live a live that will glorify Christ in working out our calling. We pray to be in love with the people who need to know Jesus. 13-15 Red Power Showdown, Bloomsburg, PA, Doc Devoe

15. Welcome him (Epaphroditus) in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me, (Philippians 2:29). Many say missionaries are not necessary because those same people could be reaching the lost in their own home areas. Paul teaches differently. We can ourselves reach others in our area. Missionaries go where we are not able to go. We pray for our missionaries. 14-15 Strawberry Festival, Owego, NY, Bill Brown….14-15 Old Home Days Centennial Celebration, Ames, NY, Bill Brown…Branford Festival, Branford, CT, Bill Brown

16. We, (Paul and Timothy) always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints, (Colossians 1: 3-4). Paul was reminding his readers of his call by God and of his blessings because of their faithfulness. We pray to be spreaders of peace and blessing to others. 17-20 Indiana State FFA Convention, Purdue University, Dennis Schlagel

17. Brothers we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope, (1Thessalonians 4:13). Paul was reminding the Thessalonians that death is not the end. We Believers know that heaven is for real and we will live forever in the presence of the Father and the Son. We pray to not live as those with no hope. 18-20 South Carolina State FFA Convention, Clemson University, Jeff Goss, Thomas Herlong

18. God is just, He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with His powerful angels, (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7). We sometimes think that God has forgotten us. We tend to believe He doesn’t see injustice in the world. All things will be made new again on that great day of reckoning. We pray to trust that God will right all wrongs. Please pray for Dick, a retired dairy farmer, who is in declining health.

19. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe, (1Timothy 4:9-10). Christ is the Savior of all, but His salvation becomes affective only for those who trust in Him for that salvation. We pray to be affective in leading others to Christ for their Salvation. Please pray for workers and consider being a part of the clean up and restoration of the devastated areas after the tornadoes ripped through our country.

20. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, (2Timothy 4:6). Life of a Believer is not always easy…Paul’s especially. Paul was confident as he poured his life out in ministry for Christ that it was a sweet smelling aroma like a drink offering poured on the alter as a sacrifice. We pray to use our lives in ministry with the calling God has for us. Please continue to pray for Chris and all the decisions she has to make in the coming days as she settles in to her new life without Steve.

21. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for, (Hebrews 11:1-2). “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”. We pray to remember who we are and Who’s we are. Please pray for our farmers as they begin preparing and planting for the coming year. Please pray for safety and for commodity prices to be high enough to support their efforts.

22. Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective, (James 5:17). Prayer is communion with God and His great power. Our part is to pray and God’s part is to work His will in our lives and of those around us. We pray, confessing and believing in god’s ability to heal. Farmer’s Market, Syracuse, NY, Bill Brown…Nutmeg Truck Show, Brooklyn CT, Bill Brown

23. Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another, be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble, (1 Peter 3:8). The Holy Spirit changed ole ruff-necked, strong personality Peter into a more tender and humble man. He is urging us to be changed in the same manner.  We pray for the Holy Spirit to mold us into usable beings who are able to live in harmony with one another. Please pray for our country. We are in a spiritual battle as never before in this country. 
24. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning, (2 Peter 2:20). Turning back to a former lifestyle before we were saved and rejecting the truth we know as a Believer puts us in further jeopardy and makes it harder to overcome. We pray to be vigilant in keeping our hearts turned toward God. 24-28 Virginia FFA State Convention, Blacksburg, VA, Michael Steele

25. Our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make your joy complete, (1John 1:3). John was encouraging people that he and others had seen Jesus up close and personal. He and others knew what they were talking about. They were eager to share God’s love of Salvation through Christ Jesus. We pray to share with JOY. 24-25 North Carolina FFA State Convention, Raleigh, NC, Mike Weaver

26. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches, (Revelation 3:6). Spiritual ears are needed to hear and understand what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. We can see and read and hear with our physical eyes and ears but can only comprehend and grow spiritually with our spiritual eyes and ears. We pray to ask the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and guidance. Please pray the generation with young children will have a spiritual awakening…many of them were not raised in church…please pray for a hungering in them for God’s awareness and for their salvation.

27. Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So, Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide and to this day it is said, On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided, (Genesis 22:13-14). God makes provision even before we know there is a need. The ram was in place for such a time as this. We pray to look for opportunities to be the provision in someone’s life. Please pray that God will raise up a remnant of His people to work in and financially support FCFI as it continues to share the Good News of Salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

28. The Lord said to him (Moses), Who gave man his mouth? Who make him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, I will help you speak and will teach you what to say, (Exodus 4:11-12). We tend to focus on our weaknesses. God knows our abilities and will provide what we need if we answer His call to ministry. We pray for the ability to trust God for our mission work. 6/28-7/6 Millville Carnival, Millville, PA, Doc Devoe

29. Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them. And having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down, (Leviticus 9: 22). God had given Moses clear and concise instructions about the specifics of the sacrifices for the people of Israel. He carried these out in front of the people and then stepped down from the altar. We pray to follow protocol when serving in areas of clear instructions. Please pray God will strengthen our FCFI leaders and workers and give them visions and goals for the year ahead they had not even imagined earlier.

30. Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you, (Deuteronomy 5:16). God has given us rules for our protection and our benefit. Honoring our parents is a command. We pray to remember that parents are in a learn as you go environment and give them honor and forgiveness when they don’t use the best judgment. Please pray for Christians worldwide…please ask God to place them and us in places of healing, hope and help throughout the world.

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