“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: The Greatest Gift!
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13 (NIV)
The greatest gift of Christmas is the one God gave to mankind when His love was expressed in the sending of Jesus to save people from their sins. This week our prayer focus will be about our expression of that greatest gift as we experience and share God’s love with others. The world has tried to define and explain love in a lot of ways, but nothing comes close to matching Jesus as the definition and 1 Corinthians 13 as the explanation. As you pray this week, ask God to help you experience the greatest gift ever given. Pray that you would learn to love in the way that God has loved. Pray for the courage to grow in the attributes of true love. Pray that you would live with the Christmas spirit all year as you love others as Christ has loved you. 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 receiving and giving the greatest gift of love.
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: Love That is Patient and Kind. Pray that God’s kindness would be expressed to others as you patiently show them His love. Pray that you would experience, and show to others, a love that longs for people to be right with God. “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Love That is Humble. Pray that you would experience the grace of God as you humbly love the people around you. Pray that God would remove the pride from your life that causes love to not be expressed. “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” 1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)
Wednesday: Love That Cares About Others. Pray that you would take the time to learn about the true needs of the people around you. Pray that your desire would be to express love that truly cares about the needs of others above your own. “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4 (NIV)
Thursday: Love That is Truthful. Pray that you would always be mindful about how your words and actions match . . . or don’t match. Pray that the love you have received from Christ would be shared with others in ways that are practical and in words that are truthful. “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (NIV)
Friday: Love That Overcomes. Pray that you would be filled with a love from God that helps you to overcome the trials of life. Pray that the love you share with others would help them to persevere through difficulties. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 (NIV)
Saturday: Love That Never Fails. Pray that you would fully know the love of God that never fails. Pray that you would grow in compassion as you express your love for others in ways that do not fail. “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” Lamentations 3:22 (NIV)