“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Seek!
“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”
Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be on some things that God says we ought to seek. In the middle of a chapter describing the sin and rebellion of the people of Israel against God, the above verse stands out like a ray of sunshine giving hope in the midst of an intensely dark time. We rarely seek something until we realize it is missing and/or we have a great desire for it. In the midst of our brokenness, God calls for each of us to prepare for a harvest of righteousness as we seek Him. As you pray this week, spend some time examining how you relate to God through your actions. Pray about what it would look like to sow righteousness as you seek God. Pray for a greater understanding of how your actions determine both what you seek and what you find. Pray for a shower of righteousness to fall upon you and upon others as you seek 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 to help you seek first His kingdom and righteousness.
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: Seek God’s Face. Pray that your heart would be inclined to seek God’s face in all you do. Pray that such an inclination of your heart would result in a continual seeking of God’s face each day that you live. Pray that nothing would hinder you from fully seeking God’s face. “My heart says of you, ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, LORD, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8 (NIV)
Tuesday: Seek Justice. Pray that you would examine your attitudes and actions as you seek God’s view of justice. Pray that you would be involved in seeking godly justice for those who need someone to stand for them. Pray for the wisdom to speak and act appropriately on the behalf of others. “Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: Seek Wholeheartedly. Pray that your desire to know God would be greater than any other desire. Pray that you would seek God with your whole heart as you trust Him to keep His promise to be found. Pray for the courage to wholeheartedly seek God in every situation. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
Thursday: Seek the Good of Others. Pray that you would look to the needs of others as you determine your actions. Pray that selfishness would have no part in your life as you seek the good of others in a way that honors God. Pray for the wisdom that would know the good that others need. “Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NIV)
Friday: Seek Earnestly. Pray that God would fill you with the faith necessary to earnestly seek Him. Pray that you would know the eternal reward that comes to those who earnestly seek God in faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
Saturday: Seek Peace. Pray that you would recognize the things that hinder peace and turn away from them. Pray that you would live a life that seeks and pursues peace. Pray that you would not be the cause of a lack of peace among people, as far as it depends upon you. “He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:11 (NIV)