“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Faithful!
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’”
Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about being faithful. I know of no greater pursuit in life than to live in such a way that when my time on earth is complete I hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” It seems as if every day we are faced with one test or another regarding our decision to be faithful. Being faithful requires a commitment beyond all others because it demands that we don’t give up. As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine how faithful you are even in the “little things” of life. Pray that you would grow each day as you seek to be faithful in the things that matter to God. Pray that you would look forward to the happiness that comes from being faithful, even if the journey toward that happiness seems long and difficult. Pray that you would pay attention to the areas in your life that where faithfulness often seems elusive. Pray for the courage to be faithful in all things — whether large or small. Pray that you would know the joy of hearing Jesus say, “Well done!” 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 be faithful in all things.
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: Faithful in Prayer. Ask God to help you develop a lifestyle of prayer that keeps you from giving up. Ask God to help you know how to pray in times of hope and in times of affliction — and in all times in between. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:11 (NIV)
Tuesday: Faithful in Trust. Pray that you would live in such a way that others trust you because you have been proven faithful. Pray that you would remain steadfast in your trust of God because He has been proven faithful. Pray that you would be faithful with the trust God has shown to you. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:2 (NIV)
Wednesday: Faithful in Service. Pray that you would seek God for the strength required to be faithful in serving. Pray that you would grasp the importance of being chosen by God to be one of His faithful servants. Pray that you would serve faithfully. “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.” 1 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)
Thursday: Faithful in Testimony. Pray that you would be faithful regarding your testimony of God’s work in your life. Pray that you would faithfully speak not only of the things God has done in your life, but also of the things He has promised to do. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future.” Hebrews 3:5 (NIV)
Friday: Faithful to Strangers. Pray that you would be faithful in doing what God has called you to do for others regardless of how well you know them. Pray that you would know the joy of doing good for strangers — perhaps even “entertaining angels unaware”. “Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.” 3 John 1:5 (NIV)
Saturday: Faithful to Jesus. Pray that you would patiently endure all of the trouble that comes in this life as you remain faithful to Jesus. Pray that you would not follow the path of those who are headed for eternal torment. Pray that God would give you the courage needed each day to remain faithful to Jesus. “This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” Revelation 14:12 (NIV)