“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Like a Child!
“‘I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”
Mark 10:15-16 (NIV)
As we continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event. View prayer as your first priority, not as the last resort. With summer being a season of Vacation Bible Schools and summer camp sessions, I have updated a previous prayer guide with a focus not only on children, but on our need to come to God as His child. It is important to pray for our children, the children within our church congregation, and the children within our community. But it is also important to understand the ways that God wants each of us to approach Him as a little child. As you pray this week, ask God to watch over the children around you. Pray that you would learn from them as you seek to approach God like a little child. Pray for the wisdom to know the difference between child-like and childish. Pray for the humility needed to approach God from the perspective of a child. Pray for a unity of spirit among believers in general and among your church family in particular. 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 receive the kingdom of God “like a little child”.
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 Worshipful Child. Pray that you would approach God with a heart and life of worship. Pray that your praise of God would overcome and silence His enemies. Pray that your worship would identify you as a child of God. “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2
Tuesday: A Kingdom Child. Pray that you would understand how you must change in a way that opens the kingdom of heaven to you. Pray for the courage to trust God with the changes He will make in your life when you live as His child. “And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’” Matthew 18:3
Wednesday: A Welcomed Child. Pray that nothing would hinder you from knowing the welcome of Jesus. Pray that you would not be a hindrance to others approaching Jesus to live as His child. Pray that your child-like faith would welcome you into God’s kingdom. “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” Matthew 19:14
Thursday: A Forgiven Child. Pray that you would know and accept the forgiveness God offers to all of His children. Pray that you would live in a way that forgives others just as God has forgiven you. “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off — for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:39
Friday: An Obedient Child. Pray that you would live a life that seeks to honor and obey your parents — no matter your age or theirs. Pray that your obedience to those God has placed over you would follow your obedience to Him. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:1
Saturday: A Faithful Child. Pray that you would bring joy to those who have nurtured your faith. Pray that you would take great joy in hearing that those you have disciple continue to walk in the truth. Pray that your life would help others know, and walk in, truth. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4