Lifestyle of Prayer: Hold On!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Hold On!

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 3:11
(NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about our need to hold on to what we have in Christ.  Throughout life, having something to hold on to is important, but only to the extent that what you are clinging to is solid and secure.  When we hold on to the things of God, we can be confident that we have a grasp on the firmest foundation of all.  Not only is Christ the most solid thing we could ever find to hold on to, our attempts to hold on to Him are always exceeded by the strength and surety of His grasp on us.  As you pray this week, spend time considering what it is you are really holding on to.  Pray that you would live with confidence as you look toward the return of Christ.  Pray that you would hold firmly to the things you have in Christ so that no one, or nothing, can take them from you.  Pray for the courage to let go of the things you shouldn’t be holding on to.  Pray for the wisdom to know the difference between that which is truly solid and that which isn’t.  Pray that you would encourage others to hold on to the things of greatest value as they observe Christ at work 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 give you the wisdom, courage, and strength to hold on to the things that come from 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.

MondayHold On To God.  Pray that above all else you would hold on to the Lord as your God.  Pray that your experience with God in the past would encourage you to hold even more firmly to Him today.  Pray that you would be certain of God’s  hold on you as you hold on to Him.  “But you are to hold fast to the LORD your God, as you have until now.”  Joshua 23:8 (NIV)

TuesdayHold On To God’s Laws.  Pray that you would have a love for God’s commands that cause you to hold fast to them at all times.  Pray that you would avoid shame, both now and at Christ’s return, as you hold on to the statutes of God.  “I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame.”  Psalm 119:31 (NIV)

WednesdayHold On To Instruction.  Pray that you would not only be inclined to receiving instruction, but that you would hold on to it.  Pray that the instruction that you receive from God through His Spirit and His Word would always be guarded as it becomes the foundation for life.  “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”  Proverbs 4:13 (NIV)

ThursdayHold On To What is Good.  Pray that you would have the wisdom to know good from evil so that you can hold on to that which is good.  Pray for the courage to not only avoid evil, but to accurately test all that presents itself as good.  “Test everything.  Hold on to the good.  Avoid every kind of evil.”  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 (NIV)

FridayHold On To Hope & Courage.  Pray that you would know the faithfulness of Christ as you hold on to the hope you have in Him.  Pray that you would know the courage necessary to live as one who belongs to the household of God.  “But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house.  And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.”  Hebrews 3:6 (NIV)

SaturdayHold On To the End.  Pray that you would not become weary in holding on to all that you have in Christ.  Pray that the promise of Christ’s return will strengthen your resolve to hold on to the end.  Pray that the things you are holding on to would be the things that will matter when Jesus returns.  “Only hold on to what you have until I come.”  Revelation 2:25 (NIV)

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