“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Answer!
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about the answers we give and how we give them. While many Christians are familiar with the verse which tells us to “be prepared to give an answer”, it is easy to miss the context that this instruction is given in regard to the hope we have in Christ even in the midst of suffering. We all know someone that has to have an answer for everything — we may even be that someone. God wants us to have an answer, and He’s given us an answer, but He desires that we share our answer in ways that are good and proper. As you pray this week, ask God to help you be ready with answers that are from Him. Pray that He would fill you with His Spirit and with wisdom to know when the answers need spoken and when you ought to be silent. Pray that God would purify your heart and mind of any desire to have answers that only come from you. Pray that your answers would be filled with the things God wants them to contain. 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 have answers that come from 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: Answer with Gentleness. Pray that God’s Spirit would produce a gentleness in all of your answers. Pray that you would turn away the wrath of people, and of God, by the way you give answers with gentleness. Pray for a spirit of gentleness to be present in all your conversations. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
Tuesday: Answer with Consideration. Pray that you would give thought to your answers before you speak. Pray that the consideration you give to your answers would show a heart of righteousness to those who hear you. “The heart of the righteous weighs its answers, but the mouth of the wicked gushes evil.” Proverbs 15:28 (NIV)
Wednesday: Answer with Honesty. Pray that you would always give honest answers that show genuine love for God and for people. Pray that you would know the embrace of God through the honesty of the answers you give and receive. Pray that your desire for truth and honesty would always lead you go God. “An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.” Proverbs 24:26 (NIV)
Thursday: Answer with Answers from Jesus. Pray that you would spend time with Jesus on a regular basis so the answers you give are the answers that come from Him. Pray that the answers you give from Jesus would influence others to listen to Him and to obey what He says. “They answered as Jesus had told them to, and the people let them go.” Mark 11:6 (NIV)
Friday: Answer with Kindness. Pray that you would answer with kindness, especially when it seems undeserved. Pray that the answers you give would point people to Jesus even in the midst of extreme opposition. “When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly.” 1 Corinthians 4:12-13 (NIV)
Saturday: Answer with Appropriateness. Pray that the grace God has shown to you would be evident in the answers you give to others. Pray that God would direct your conversations in such a way that your answers are always appropriate. “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6 (NIV)