“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Peace!
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
John 14:27 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis is about peace. As Jesus taught His disciples, He promised to give peace that would be different from what the world could offer. Unfortunately, we have a tendency to pursue peace according to the world’s standards rather than knowing a peace that only God can give. The world says that peace comes by a removal of all conflict while Jesus offers peace in the midst of conflict. The prince of this world is waging a war that has already been won by Jesus. Part of his goal is to disrupt the peace that God gives you so you become fearful and filled with worry. As you pray this week, ask God to help you accept the peace that He gives. Pray that you would do your best to resolve conflict, but also know a peace even when others keep conflict alive. Pray that you would live as a peacemaker as you represent the One who made peace between you and God. 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 living with peace.
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: Peace That Transcends Understanding. Pray that you would accept a peace that comes from God even when it surpasses your understanding. Pray that you would allow God’s peace to guard both your heart and your mind. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
Tuesday: Peace That Rules Your Heart. Pray that your emotions and actions would be ruled by the peace that comes from Christ. Pray that you would live up to your calling in Christ to be at peace with one another. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
Wednesday: Peace That is Just Right. Pray that you would know a peace that is just right in all times and all places. Pray that God’s presence would be evident in your life as He makes His peace known to you in a variety of ways. “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV)
Thursday: Peace That Takes Effort. Pray that you would work in all ways to live at peace with the people around you. Pray that your efforts in pursuing peace would lead you to holiness that prepares you to be in God’s presence. “Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)
Friday: Peace That is Sown. Pray that you would be aware of the seeds of peace which have been sown in your life. Pray that you would live as a peacemaker who sows those same seeds of God’s peace into the lives of others. “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18 (NIV)
Saturday: Peace That is Sought. Pray that you would turn from the evil which is at odds with true peace. Pray for the courage and desire to seek a peace that will overcome evil. Pray that you would pursue peace as you do the good God has created for you to do. “He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:11 (NIV)