“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Greater Things!
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
John 14:12 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus will be about seeking, and doing, greater things. It is easy to walk through life each day settling for “good enough” when God wants us to look to Him for “greater things”. In fact, we are so used to settling that we generally find it unbelievable that Jesus would say we can do even greater things than He had done during His ministry on earth. These words were spoken before His ultimate “great thing” of the death, burial, and resurrection so I believe being able to share that gospel news is a big part of the greater things in store for us to share with others. As you pray this week, ask God to help you seek the greater things He offers. Pray that your relationship with Jesus would equip you to do greater things as you serve people in His name. Pray that you would not be one that settles for lesser things when God wants to amply supply you with greater things. 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 seek, and do, the greater things He has for you.
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 Greater Love. Pray that you would always be aware of the great love God has shown you through the laying down of the life of Jesus. Pray that you would love people like Jesus loves you. Pray for a willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of others. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Greater Gift. Pray that you would use all of the gifts God has given to you, but always within the context of the “greater gift” of love. Pray that God’s love would be expressed through you in ways that are “most excellent”. Pray that you would always desire the things God calls “greater gifts”. “But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you the most excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:31 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Greater Glory. Pray that you would seek the things of God which will endure. Pray that your appreciation for the things of glory that fade would lead you to discover the things of greater glory. Pray that your life would share with others about the glory yet to come. “And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!” 2 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV)
Thursday: A Greater Value. Pray that you would accurately evaluate the value you place on the “treasures” of this world. Pray that you would learn to consider the cost of following Jesus to be of greater value than the things of the world. Pray that you would keep your eyes focused on the reward that has eternal value. “He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Hebrews 11:26 (NIV)
Friday: A Greater Testimony. Pray that you would view the testimony of God to be greater than the testimony of man. Pray that you would listen for truthful testimony and find that its source is from God. Pray that your life would be about sharing the greater testimony of God’s work in you. “We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.” 1 John 5:9 (NIV)
Saturday: A Greater Joy. Pray that you would find a greater joy than what the world can offer. Pray that you would receive joy from having children in the faith. Pray that you would bring greater joy to others by walking in truth. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4 (NIV)