“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Living With Joy!
“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
John 15:10-11 (NIV)
As we continue in this Christmas season, my thoughts return to the words of the angel to the shepherds long ago, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” This week’s prayer focus will be about how we live with the presence of that great joy and how we let the joy of Christ be seen in us each day that we live. The joy that comes from a relationship with Christ should supersede the circumstances that we face each day. In fact, one day this week we will pray specifically about considering it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. As you pray this week, ask God to reveal His joy in you so that you would reveal His joy to the people around you. Pray that you would live with a joy produced by God’s Spirit that doesn’t depend on circumstances. Pray that your joy would be made complete through your obedience to the commands of 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 joy.
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: Joy That Produces Generosity. Pray that you would have a joy that is not dependent on your possessions. Pray that the joy you have in Christ would result in great generosity toward others. “Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2 (NIV)
Tuesday: Joy That Comes From God’s Spirit. Pray that you would allow God’s Spirit to produce a joy in you such that nothing could stand against it. Pray that your joy would be expressed to others in ways that reveal God’s Spirit in you. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
Wednesday: Joy That Is Complete. Pray that you would know a joy that is complete by being united with others in Christ. Pray that God would help you to live with the attitude of Christ in order to have a joy that is complete. “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.” Philippians 2:2 (NIV)
Thursday: Joy In the Midst of Trials. Pray that you would look beyond the hardships of various trials and be able to see the joy God wants you to have. Pray that your joy would grow as you see how God uses trials in your life to increase your faith. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” James 1:2 (NIV)
Friday: Joy From a Faith in Christ. Pray that your faith in Christ would produce joy that is beyond words. Pray that your love of Jesus would be expressed with such joy that others would seek Him. “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” 1 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
Saturday: Joy In Seeing Others Walk in Truth. Pray that you would know the joy of instructing others in how to walk in the truth of God’s Word. Pray that your children — whether physical, spiritual, or both — would always walk in the truth and bring you great joy. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4 (NIV)