“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Generosity!
“Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
1 Chronicles 29:12-14 (NIV)
As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event. As we consider the words of David, this week we will focus our prayer emphasis on the subject of generosity. As Christians, we ought to be generous because it is a part of God’s nature that He has put within us. Our generosity to others is a reflection of the generosity we receive from God — at least it ought to be. Pray that you would experience, and share, the true generosity that is found in Christ.
“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 each day praying about, and writing down, how God would have you live out that day’s aspect of prayer. 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: Your Attitude in Generosity. Pray that you would have a right attitude in sharing and giving. Pray that any traces of a “grudging heart” would be removed from you. “Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV)
Tuesday: Goodness and Justice in Generosity. Pray that your generosity would bring about goodness and justice in your life and in the lives of those around you. “Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.” Psalm 112:5 (NIV)
Wednesday: Prosperity and Refreshing in Generosity. Pray that you would know God’s version of “prosper” as your generosity refreshes yourself and others. Pray for an increased generosity as you experience an increased prosperity. “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
Thursday: Extreme Circumstances in Generosity. Pray that you would not allow your circumstances to rob you of the joy of generosity. Pray that you would have both a spirit and practice of generosity in all circumstances. “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2 (NIV)
Friday: Sowing and Reaping in Generosity. Pray that you would reap an abundant harvest of God’s blessings because you have sown generously. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)
Saturday: Thanksgiving and Praise in Generosity. Pray that your generosity would always be done in ways that result in praise and thanksgiving to God. Praise God for a spirit of generosity. “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV)