Lifestyle of Prayer: A Prayer Lesson From Jesus

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

 This week’s prayer focus: Prayer Lesson From Jesus!

Week of March 31, 2013

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

A Lifestyle of Prayer should be just that — a lifestyle, not simply an event.  View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort.  It is my prayer that these weeks of “topical” prayer guides have been training and equipping you in the practice of prayer.  This week we will be using the teaching of Jesus on prayer found in Matthew 6 as the basis for our daily prayer emphasis.  We will break down the model prayer of Jesus as a guide on how to pray each day for our friends, family, co-workers, classmates, neighbors, strangers, church family, self, and anyone else that God brings across our path.  Pray each day for the individuals of Deer Run as well as the body of Deer Run.  Continue to use the prayer guides/lists from the past weeks.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)

Please spend time praying each day focused around the words of Jesus spoken in the model prayer.  With that focus in mind, pray for yourself, your family, your friends, neighbors, and all the other “one anothers” we’ve been praying for over the past weeks.  Thank you!

Sunday, March 31: David Honeycutt, Paul Stearns, Kristen Nicks,  volunteers, the preaching & teaching at DRCC, and the DRCC finances.

Monday, April 1: Start with proper focus.  Pray that your focus would be on pursuing and knowing God.  Ask God to help you pray from a pure heart and motive.  “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”  Matthew 6:7-8

Tuesday, April 2: Honor God.  Pray that God’s name would be honored and respected — not only in your prayers, but in your life.  Pray for the people you meet today, that they would respect the name of God.   “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.'”  Matthew 6:9

Wednesday, April 3: Seek God’s will in everything.  Pray that God’s will would be seen and done in your life.  Pray God’s will for the people you interact with today — that none should perish but all would come to repentance.  “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10 

Thursday, April 4: Ask, and trust, God for your daily needs.  Pray for your specific daily needs.  Pray that God would fill you with the bread of life — His son, Jesus.  Pray for the needs of the people in your life today.  “Give us today our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11

Friday, April 5: Seek forgiveness and seek to forgive.  Agree with God about your sin and ask for His forgiveness.  Pray for those who have sinned against you and for those you have sinned against — that forgiveness would be both extended and accepted  “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”  Matthew 6:12

Saturday, April 6Protection from the attacks of satan.  Pray for the courage to resist temptation.  Pray for the wisdom to take the “way of escape” when necessary.  “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”  Matthew 6:13

Sunday, April 7: David Honeycutt, Paul Stearns, Kristen Nicks, volunteers, the preaching & teaching at DRCC, and the DRCC finances.