“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Things to Remember!
“And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”
2 Peter 1:15 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is about some things God wants us to remember. Five years ago, I began writing these weekly prayer guides with a series called “A November to Remember”, where each day was focused on praying for specific people by name. The idea was that when God’s people commit to praying for one another as we ought, the starting point would become a point of remembrance as we looked back and saw what God had begun. Our forgetfulness doesn’t surprise God — throughout scripture we see Him instituting memorials and means for His people to remember the important things He has done for them. This prayer guide is written with that in mind, to help you pray about some things to remember. As you pray, ask God to help you use the reminders and memorials He has established so that you do not forget Him, nor the work He has called you to do. Pray that your life would be lived in a way that shows that you not only remember the work of God, but that others would be able to remember His work by observing you. Pray for the wisdom to correctly use the things God calls you to remember. Pray each day for the individuals of your congregation and for the body of Christ as a whole.
“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 pray each day for God’s help in remembering the things He doesn’t want you to forget.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Remember the Mighty Works of God. Pray that you would have a greater remembrance and understanding of the work God has already done in your life. Pray that this remembrance would fill you will a greater boldness in your trust of Him. “Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?” Matthew 16:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Remember to Be Generous. Pray that you would remember that the “laws of nature” are really the way God has established things to be. Pray that you would remember to be generous as you expect and desire a great harvest of righteousness. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)
Wednesday: Remember to Pray for One Another. Pray that your awareness of the faith of others would lead you to remember to pray for them. Pray that God would help you remember to lift up the needs of others with joy and thankfulness in your prayers. “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.” Philemon 1:4-5 (NIV)
Thursday: Remember a Life Worth Imitating. Pray that you would remember those whose way of life produced godly results. Pray that you would live life in a way that would be worthy of being remembered. “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 (NIV)
Friday: Remember the Height God Has Lifted You To. Pray that you would remember how high God has lifted you before you are tempted to fall. Pray that when you do fall, you would remember the goodness of the height God can restore you to. “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Revelation 2:5 (NIV)
Saturday: Remember Godly Instruction. Pray that God would help you to not only remember His instructions, but obey them. Pray that your obedience to God would prepare you for the return of Jesus. “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” Revelation 3:3 (NIV)