“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Called!
“And you also are among those who are
called to belong to Jesus Christ.”
Romans 1:6 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about being called. The Bible has much to say not only about what we are called, but also about what we are called to. If, like me, you grew up with an elementary school environment where “team captains” chose sides for most activities, you probably remember how much you longed to hear your name called. Being called by a team’s captain meant that we not only had a place we belonged, but we had a task to do for the good of the team. Knowing we have been called by God ought to fill us with great joy as we seek to live according to His calling in a kingdom where we belong and where we have work to do. As you pray this week, rejoice in the knowledge that you have been chosen according to God’s calling. Pray that you would listen to Him as you seek to discover the things He has called you to do. Pray for the humility to understand the calling is by God’s grace and is not just for you but for all who would respond to His call. Pray that you would always seek to do your part as God works His calling out in your life. 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 understand more fully who you are called and what you have been called to.
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: Called to Serve. Pray that you would experience the freedom that comes as a result of being called by God. Pray that you would not only know your calling, but that you would understand its purpose in serving others. “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
Tuesday: Called to Peace. Pray that God would help you to see how His calling has made you part of one body — His body. Pray that the unity of being one body would lead you to a thankful pursuit of the peace you have been called to. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
Wednesday: Called Out of Darkness. Pray for an understanding of what you’ve been called out of in order for you to belong to God. Pray that you would give praise to God for bringing you into His light and out of the world’s darkness by His calling. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Thursday: Called to Eternal Glory. Pray that you would be able to see beyond the temporary nature of this life in order to know the eternal glory you have been called to. Pray for the endurance to live up to the calling that leads to eternal glory. “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)
Friday: Called by God’s Goodness. Pray that your knowledge of God would fill you with all that you truly need for life. Pray that you would live with the assurance of being called by God’s goodness rather than by your own merit. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Saturday: Called a Child of God. Pray that you would know the great love of God as one who is called His child. Pray that you would live as one known by God even when the world has no idea who you are. “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1 (NIV)