“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Remember . . . Again!
“The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”
1 Corinthians 11:23-25 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about our need to remember . . . again. When Jesus ate with His disciples the night before His arrest and crucifixion, He did so in remembrance of the angel of death passing over the children of Israel who had followed God’s instructions. He took that moment of remembrance and used it to ask His followers today to remember His sacrifice which has the power to free us from the penalty of death. This week as we remember the sacrifices made by people on behalf of a nation, we will also spend time praying about remembering some things that God doesn’t want us to forget. Things that we know, or have known, but would be good for us to remember . . . again. As you pray this week, ask God to help you remember. Pray that you would remember the sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf. Pray that you would remember the sacrifices of those whose lives paid for the freedoms you enjoy each day. Pray that you would remember the things God wants you to never forget. 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 remember the things you shouldn’t forget.
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: Remember to Be Generous. Pray that you would remember to be generous with the things you sow into the lives of others. Pray that your generosity would result in an abundance of godly fruit. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)
Tuesday: Remember the Poor. Pray that you would be eager to remember, and care for, the poor. Pray that God would fill you with the wisdom necessary to care for the poor as you ought. “All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Galatians 2:10 (NIV)
Wednesday: Remember To Pray For Others. Ask God to help you remember to pray for the people He has placed in your life. Pray that your prayers would be filled with thanks as you remember others. “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:16 (NIV)
Thursday: Remember Your Victories. Pray that you would remember the victory obtained when God’s light first came upon you. Pray that you would be able to stand firm as you remember the victories God has given you. “Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.” Hebrews 10:32 (NIV)
Friday: Remember Those In Prison. Pray that you would be filled with compassion as you remember those who are in prison — whether in a literal or figurative prison. Pray that you would share in the sufferings of those who are imprisoned and/or being mistreated. “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3 (NIV)
Saturday: Remember Your Leaders. Pray that you would hold fast to the teachings of the leaders who have shared the word of God with you. Pray that you would imitate the way of life of godly leaders so that your life is also worth imitating. “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7 (NIV)