“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Examples!
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
1 Corinthians 10:11-13 (NIV)
As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event. Throughout scripture we are told to view various things as examples of God’s mercy, His judgment, His patience, His love, and the list goes on. This week our focus will be on praying about the examples we learn from and the example we ought to be. 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: The Example to Serve Others. Pray that you would have eyes that notice the needs of others and have a willingness to serve them. “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:14-15 (NIV)
Tuesday: The Example of Faithfully Following Christ. Pray that you would follow the example of faithful people and be an example of one who faithfully lives the teachings of scripture. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, just as I passed them on to you.” 1 Corinthians 11:1-2 (NIV)
Wednesday: The Example of Diligent Work. Pray that your example as a worker would help others see Christ more clearly. “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:7-8 (NIV)
Thursday: The Example of God’s Mercy and Patience. Pray that your life would be an expression to others of God’s mercy. “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV)
Friday: The Example of Integrity. Pray that you would learn to live a life that is above reproach. “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8 (NIV)
Saturday: The Example of Christ-like Suffering. Pray for courage to respond with humility when you suffer for the sake of Christ. “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)