“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: New Life!
“Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.”
Acts 5:20 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about the new life we have available to us because of the resurrected Christ. When Jesus said he came to give us life — life to the full, He called us to a life that is new in every way. After the apostles had been jailed for teaching and healing in the name of Jesus, an angel freed them and gave them the command to tell the full message of the new life found in Christ. This new life is more than just an eventual life with Christ in heaven, it is a life that is meant to be lived new each day. While it is important to have our sins washed away by the blood of Jesus, it is also important to die to the old life so the new life can be lived to the full. As you pray this week, ask God to help you accurately examine yourself for any traces of the old life you may be holding on to. Pray that you would see each day as another opportunity to live a new life that represents Christ to the world. Pray that you would live fully surrendered to Christ so that He can make all things new within you. Pray for the courage to tell others the full message of the new life you have been given. 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 live the new life you have in Christ.
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: A New Birth. Pray that you would live with great hope because of your new birth in Christ. Pray that you would use every opportunity available to share with others about the mercy of God which brings about new birth. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
Tuesday: A New Way. Pray that you would recognize Jesus as not only a new way, but as the only way to enter this new life made possible by His resurrection. Pray that you would proclaim Jesus as the only way to enter God’s presence. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.” Hebrews 10:19-20 (NIV)
Wednesday: A New Self. Pray that you would put away the old ways of dealing with one another. Pray that you would live a changed life as you put on this new self each day. “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:9-10 (NIV)
Thursday: A New Attitude. Pray that you would allow God to transform your mind as you live this new life in Christ. Pray that you would take on the attitude of Christ Jesus in everything. Pray that your actions would follow the new attitude that come from Christ. “To be made new in the attitude of your minds.” Ephesians 4:23 (NIV)
Friday: A New Creation. Pray that you would surrender to God all of the things that represent the old you without Christ. Pray that you would view yourself as a new creation, just as God views you through Jesus. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:16 (NIV)
Saturday: A New Life. Pray that you would allow your old self to die so that Christ can raise you to a new life. Pray that you would live a new life each day through the same power that raised Christ from the dead. “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” Romans 6:4 (NIV)