“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Open Your Eyes!
“’Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
2 Kings 6:16-17 (NIV)
As we turn the page of the calendar and begin a new year, this week’s prayer focus is about the need to open our eyes. As an amateur photographer, I constantly find things that are “hidden in plain sight” — things that are often missed because no one is looking for them. As we walk with God, it is important that we ask Him to open our eyes to the work He is doing — work that is often unnoticed by us as it takes place in the heavenly realms. When we pray with our eyes wide open, we allow our prayers to align with God’s will and desire so that we join with Him in the work He has called us to do. As you pray this week, ask God to open your eyes to see Him. Pray that you would see God more clearly, others more fully, and yourself more accurately. Pray that you would live with open eyes as you interact with God and with people. Pray that your open eyes would help you to see others as God sees them — and yourself as God sees you. Pray that God’s presence would always be noticed by you and through 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 to open your eyes to the things He would have you see.
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: Open Your Eyes to Your Need. Pray that you would see the nakedness that is brought about by sin. Pray that your eyes would be open to your need for a lasting covering that only God can provide. “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Genesis 3:7 (NIV)
Tuesday: Open Your Eyes to God’s Provision. Pray that your eyes would be opened in order to see God’s provision in your life. Pray that you would see how you could be the instrument of God’s provision in the lives of others. “Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.” Genesis 21:19 (NIV)
Wednesday: Open Your Eyes to God’s Messengers. Pray that God would open your eyes to see the messages that He delivers. Pray that you would respond with appropriate worship to the message of God’s Word. “Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn. So he bowed low and fell facedown.” Numbers 22:31 (NIV)
Thursday: Open Your Eyes to Wonder. Pray that your eyes would be opened in order to see the incredible wonder that God delivers each day through His Word and through creation. Pray that your eyes would be opened in a way that sees God’s law in a whole new light. “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119:18 (NIV)
Friday: Open Your Eyes to God’s Promises. Pray that you would see God’s promises as you meditate on His Word. Pray that you would never tire of looking into the Word of God to consider the incredible promises God makes to His children. “My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.” Psalm 119:148 (NIV)
Saturday: Open Your Eyes to the Harvest. Pray that your eye would be open to the opportunities that exist around you to share the gospel message. Pray that you would see the urgency of sharing Jesus with the people around you. “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35 (NIV)