“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Good Neighbors!
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 10:36-37 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be the first of two weeks focused on being a good neighbor. In the fourth chapter of Genesis, Cain asks God, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”. It seems that the implied answer from God is, “Yes, you should have been!”. When Jesus was asked by a man trying to justify his own indifference, “Who is my neighbor?”, Jesus told a story about who we refer to as the “Good Samaritan”. At the end of the story, Jesus turns the question around and asks who the neighbor was in the story. The man rightly replies, “The one who showed mercy.” At this answer, Jesus tells him to “go and do likewise.” As you pray this week, ask God to help you be the neighbor He wants you to be. Pray that all of the “one anothers” that surround you would be treated as neighbors. Pray that you would know the mercy God has shown you so that you can have that same kind of mercy on others. Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole. 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 be a good neighbor to those around 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: Love As A Neighbor. Pray that your love for people would help them to know you as a disciple of Jesus. Pray that your love for people would make you a good neighbor to all those you encounter. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Tuesday: Be Devoted As A Neighbor. Pray that you would show proper devotion and honor to others. Pray that you would value others in a way that makes them believe you are a good neighbor that can be counted on. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 (NIV)
Wednesday: Accept As A Neighbor. Pray that God would be praised because you accept others in the same way Christ accepted you. Pray that you would look for those who feel unaccepted so that you can be a good neighbor to them. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 (NIV)
Thursday: Serve As A Neighbor. Pray that you would be eager to serve others with the freedom you have in Christ. Pray that you would live as one who is free to serve your neighbors with all that God has given you. “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
Friday: Endure As A Neighbor. Pray that you would “put up” with others as they “put up” with you. Pray that you would live with the humility necessary to endure any hardships associated with being a good neighbor. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)
Saturday: Be Kind and Compassionate As A Neighbor. Pray that your words and attitude would show kindness to others. Pray that God would help you remove all things from your life that keep you from being a good neighbor to all. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)