“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: What Do You Have?
“For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?”
1 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event. This week our focus will be on praying about what you have. Sometimes we need to stop and examine just what it is we have, that God has given us, so we can better understand how to use it more effectively in the purpose for which it was given. As you pray this week, spend time allowing God to examine and reveal more fully what it is you have and how He wants you to use it. Continue to pray for the work of our supported missions. Continue to pray for the family. View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort. 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 about what you have and about how God wants you to use it. Thank you!
Sunday: Pray for your church, its staff and leadership, and for all of the preaching and teaching that takes place. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Where Did You Get What You Have? Pray that you would always recognize the source of what you have is God and be thankful to Him. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 (NIV)
Tuesday: What is In Your Hand? Pray that God would help you see the value and usefulness of what you hold. “Moses answered, ‘What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?’ Then the LORD said to him, ‘What is that in your hand?’ ‘A staff,’ he replied. Exodus 4:1-2 (NIV)
Wednesday: What Do You Have Available? Pray that God would open your eyes to the resources He has made available. “Elisha replied to her, ‘How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?’ ‘Your servant has nothing there at all,’ she said, ‘except a little oil.’ Elisha said, ‘Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few.’” 2 Kings 4:2-3 (NIV)
Thursday: What Have You Verified? Pray that you would spread the news of Jesus because of all you have verified Him doing in your life. “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see.” Matthew 11:3-4 (NIV)
Friday: Do You Have Enough? Pray that you would trust God to be enough for all circumstances. “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
Saturday: What Will You Do With What You Have? Pray that you would be faithful in using what you have for the benefit of others for the purpose of building up the kingdom of God. “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)