“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Acceptable Offerings!
“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 2:5 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about offerings which are acceptable to God. For most people, the mind automatically turns to thoughts of money when someone mentions an offering. Yet God’s view of an acceptable offering, while including money and possessions, goes way beyond financial giving. Because God examines the heart, every offering we make is seen by Him according to our motives rather than by its appearance alone. When we first offer ourselves fully to God, the rest of the offerings we make can become spiritual sacrifices which are acceptable to Him. As you pray this week, examine both the motives and actions of your offerings to God and to others. Pray that your offerings would always honor Jesus and be acceptable to God. Pray that your acceptable offerings would be expressed in all of the ways you give. Pray that your priorities in life would be seen in the offerings you make. Pray that you would always allow God to define that which is acceptable. 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 offer to Him, and others, what is acceptable.
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: An Offering of Trust. Pray that a trust of God would allow you to offer sacrifices that are acceptable to Him. Pray that your offering of trust would begin with God and extend to the people He brings into your life. “Offer right sacrifices and trust in the LORD.” Psalm 4:5 (NIV)
Tuesday: An Offering of Yourself. Pray that you would offer yourself to God as an act of worship. Pray that God’s mercy shown to you would lead you to be a living sacrifice. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1 (NIV)
Wednesday: An Offering of Sacrificial Gifts. Pray for a willingness to sacrifice of yourself in order to meet the needs of others. Pray that your giving to others would be done in a way that pleases God. “I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” Philippians 4:18 (NIV)
Thursday: An Offering of Praise. Pray that you would live a life that fully expresses the praise that God deserves. Pray that your praise of God would flow from a heart that continually confesses the name of Jesus in all you do. “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise — the fruit of lips that confess his name.” Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)
Friday: An Offering of Prayer. Ask God to help you view even your prayers for others as an offering that is acceptable to Him. Pray that you would be ready, willing, and diligent in offering prayers to God on behalf of others. “And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.” James 5:15 (NIV)
Saturday: An Offering of Hospitality. Pray that you would be hospitable to others as you care for their needs above your own. Pray that God would give you a proper attitude in your acts of hospitality. Pray that your caring for others would be an acceptable offering to God. “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)