“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Desire of the Heart!
“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 a part two look at a verse from last week as we consider the godly desires of our heart that come from delighting ourselves in the Lord. While it can be very easy and tempting to pursue the desires of our own heart, God wants us to first delight in Him in a way that transforms our desires. It is when we allow God to fill every part of our life that we find Him being the center of all our desires. As you learn to delight in the Lord, pray that God would fulfill every desire that He places within you. Pray that God’s Spirit would help you examine the desires that are within you so that He may cleanse you of any that are not of God. Pray that you would faithfully pursue the desires that God does place within you. Pray that you would seek the good of others as you live out the desires that He as put within you for their good. Pray that God would be praised and honored as you find your heart’s desire. 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 follow the desires of your heart that have been placed there by Him.
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: Direction of the Heart. Pray that you would know the direction God has placed within your heart. Pray that you would place your heart in the hands of God to allow Him to direct it at all times. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.” Proverbs 21:1 (NIV)
Tuesday: Expressions of the Heart. Pray that you would fill your heart with the things of God so that the expressions of your heart are good. Pray that your desire would be to honor God with the words that come from your mouth. “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45 (NIV)
Wednesday: Surrender of the Heart. Pray that you would desire to give God complete reign over your heart. Pray that your heart’s desire would be fully surrendered to God as you return to Him whenever your desires stray. “‘Even now,’ declares the LORD, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’” Joel 2:12 (NIV)
Thursday: Inclinations of the Heart. Pray that your heart would always be inclined to the ways of God. Pray that the inclinations of your heart would be a blessing to you and to those around you. “Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!” Deuteronomy 5:29 (NIV)
Friday: Rejoicing of the Heart. Pray that your heart would be filled with the desire to “rejoice in the Lord always.” Pray that your communication with those around you would express the rejoicing of your heart at all times. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19 (NIV)
Saturday: Endurance of the Heart. Pray that you would gain a courageous heart as you consider the endurance of Jesus on your behalf. Pray that you would have the desire to endure to the end as you anticipate the reward God has promised. “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3 (NIV)