“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Salvation!
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth;
proclaim his salvation day after day.”
1 Chronicles 16:23 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about salvation. The Bible talks about salvation being both something the believer already has and something that is yet to be received. In context, its use has a lot to do with what we’re being saved from and what we’re being saved to. I suspect that differing uses of the word adds to some of the confusion about what it takes to be saved, what it means to be saved, and how a person can stay saved. I view the differences somewhat like a person lost in the midst of a vast ocean and bobbing around in shark-infested waters. When the Coast Guard comes along and snatches us out of those waters, we are saved. As we ride with them across the open waters, our eyes are looking ahead to our arrival home — the culmination of our salvation. Yet that journey often requires work and self-discipline to stay on the boat so that we don’t make the foolish choice of jumping off or allowing the storms of the world to wash us overboard. As you pray this week, ask God to give you a greater appreciation for the salvation you have through Jesus. Pray that you would hold fast to that salvation as you look forward to its fulfillment with Christ. 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 know the fullness of His salvation.
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: The Knowledge of Salvation. Pray that you would have a knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of sins that you have in Jesus. Pray that you would freely share the knowledge of salvation to others who need to experience the forgiveness of their sins. “To give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins.” Luke 1:77 (NIV)
Tuesday: The Name of Salvation. Pray that you would always look to Jesus as the only One who can bring salvation to you and to others. Pray that your sharing the message of salvation with others would always be done in the name of Jesus. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 (NIV)
Wednesday: The Power of Salvation. Pray that you would know the power of God that brings salvation. Pray that you would not be ashamed to share the message of the gospel as the power of salvation for all who believe. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 (NIV)
Thursday: The Time of Salvation. Pray that you would know today as a day of God’s favor toward you. Pray that you would share with others the urgency of realizing the time of salvation is now. “For he says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)
Friday: The Protection of Salvation. Pray that you would daily live in the salvation of God as protection to your mind. Pray that you would help others know the protection that the salvation of God brings to a person, both now and into eternity. “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
Saturday: The Growth of Salvation. Pray that you would crave the spiritual food of God’s Word so that you would grow up in your salvation. Pray that you would share God’s Word with others so that they could grow in salvation according to the goodness of the Lord. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)