“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Practice!
“He replied, ‘My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.’”
Luke 8:21 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about the things we practice — or at least some things we ought to practice. While the old saying, “Practice makes perfect”, may be a bit of an exaggeration, consistent good practice does have a tendency to bring about consistent improvement. Unfortunately, a practice of things which are evil will also make us “better” at doing those things. Like it or not, we are going to be “practicing” something at all times so we would do well to make our practices be what God would want them to be. We are identified by Jesus as part of His family when we put into practice the things given by His Father. As you pray, ask God to help you examine the practices of your life. Pray that you would spend time in God’s Word as you seek to put it into practice every day. Pray that God would help you grow in the things that you ought to practice and to put away the things that you shouldn’t practice. Pray that your practice of the things of God would be done in such a way that others would see Jesus more clearly in you. 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 practice the things that will draw you closer to 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: Practice Obedience. Pray that you would not just know the precepts of God, but that you would make it your practice to obey them. Pray that obedience to God would be something that you would continually grow in as you put it into practice each day. “This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.” Psalm 119:56 (NIV)
Tuesday: Practice the Words of Jesus. Pray that you would daily put into practice the words you hear from Jesus as you spend time in His Word. Pray that others would see the wisdom that comes from practicing the words of Jesus. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” Matthew 7:24 (NIV)
Wednesday: Practice Hospitality. Pray that God would help you learn to share as you practice hospitality. Pray for the courage to share with others as you welcome them into your life. Pray that your practice of hospitality would help others know Jesus more fully. “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 (NIV)
Thursday: Practice What You Learn. Pray that you would pay attention to the good examples set by people of faith, and then put into practice the things you learn. Pray that you would be one who lives life in a way that others would benefit by putting into practice the things they learn from you. “Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:9 (NIV)
Friday: Practice Godliness. Pray that you would know the value of practicing godliness as you see how its benefits exceed even physical training. Pray that you would promote the practice of godliness in all things. “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
Saturday: Practice Your Religion. Pray that you would have a practice of religion that is pleasing to God. Pray that the practice of true religion would care for those whom God has given you responsibility for. “But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.” 1 Timothy 5:4 (NIV)