“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Renewed!
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about being renewed. Even after we have received new life in Christ, we have times when we “grow tired and weary”. It is in these times we have God’s promise that we can be renewed as we put our hope in Him. As we live our life in Christ, He desires to renew us in every way possible. When we stumble and fall, we can be picked up by God and set on the right path again. Our hope in God is not in vain when we allow Him to renew us through all of our weaknesses into His strength. As you pray this week, ask God to help you recognize and admit where you are weak. Pray that you would fully place your hope in Him so that you would be renewed. Pray that even your faith would be renewed in times when it becomes weak. Pray that God’s renewal in your life would lead you to greater endurance as you live each day for Him. 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 continually renew you through all the times you grow weary and/or stumble and fall.
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: Renewed After Death. Pray that you would live this life with an eye toward an eternal renewal that is to come. Pray that the promise of being renewed after death would give you great hope in the midst of the difficult days of life. “If a man dies, will he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come.” Job 14:14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Renewed In Spirit. Pray that the pure heart God creates in you would renew you spirit each day. Pray for a patient endurance that comes from a renewed spirit within. Pray that the people around you would see a purity in you that comes from a renewed spirit. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Wednesday: Renewed In Mind. Pray that your mind would be guarded from conforming to the patterns of this world. Pray for a submissive spirit that allows a renewed mind to transform your thoughts and actions. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Thursday: Renewed Each Day. Pray that the things God is renewing within you each day would be enough to help you through any circumstances. Pray that this daily renewal would keep you from losing heart and giving up. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)
Friday: Renewed In Truth. Pray that your speaking, and listening, to truth would renew within you a knowledge that is from God. Pray that you would know the truth of God’s renewal in your life even as you live as a new creation. “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)
Saturday: Renewed By the Holy Spirit. Pray that you would know the true source of God’s Spirit in any lasting renewal. Pray that you would experience a renewal by the Holy Spirit because of God’s mercy in your life. “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” Titus 3:5 (NIV)