“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Delight!
“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is about the delight we ought to have as God’s children. The Bible teaches that God delights in us and rejoices over us with singing! Since God shows such delight in us, and we are created in His image, perhaps we should be more delightful than what we sometimes are. Since God commands us to delight in various things, the act of doing so is a choice He wants us to make. Many times we tend to view delight as our response to good circumstances rather than as our response to a good God. We find ourselves filled with delight when God acts the way we want Him to and not so delightful when things don’t go our way. As we pray this week, we will be looking at some things that scripture says should bring us delight or that we should delight in. As you pray, ask God to be the delight of your life in all circumstances. Pray that your delight in the Lord would be contagious and attractive to those around you. Pray that you would know God’s delight in you as you consider how He desires to fill you with delight. 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 find delight in Him and in the life He calls you to live.
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: Delight in God’s Salvation. Pray that you would give serious consideration to just how delightful God’s salvation is. Pray that you would rejoice with delight as you consider both what God has saved you from and what He has saved you to. “Then my soul will rejoice in the LORD and delight in his salvation.” Psalm 35:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Delight in the Works of God. Pray that God would help you to see His mighty works in ways that bring you great delight. Pray that you would find delight in considering the mighty works of God in creation and in the lives of people, including you. “Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.” Psalm 111:2 (NIV)
Wednesday: Delight in the Counsel of God’s Word. Pray that you would know God’s laws as a delight to your life. Pray that you would find delight in seeking out and applying the counsel of God’s Word. Pray that you would be a delight to others as you share the counsel received from God’s Word. “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.” Psalm 119:24 (NIV)
Thursday: Delight Through Discipline. Pray that you would know the delight that God desires as a result of discipline. Pray that your willingness to accept discipline would make you a delight to God and to others. “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” Proverbs 29:17 (NIV)
Friday: Delight in the Teachings of Jesus. Pray that you would gaze deeply into the teachings of Jesus and find great delight as you listen to Him. Pray that you would allow God’s Spirit to make the words of Jesus a delight in your life. “David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?” The large crowd listened to him with delight.” Mark 12:37 (NIV)
Saturday: Delight in Weaknesses. Pray that you would see the work of God displayed in your weaknesses so that you may delight in them. Pray that your delight in what God is doing in the midst of unpleasant circumstances would fill you with great endurance as you live for Him. “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)