“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 is the second of two weeks focused on being a good neighbor. As we looked at this topic last week, we found that God not only expects us to treat our neighbors well, He expects us to be a neighbor to all we meet. How we treat others says much more about us than it ever will about them. Being a good neighbor means we look at everyone as God looks at them and we seek to serve them just as Christ has served us — sacrificially. As you pray this week, ask God to help you broaden your view of who your neighbor really is. Pray that you would be more concerned about being a good neighbor to all than about limiting the list of people who are your neighbor. Pray that Jesus would be visible in the way you treat everyone — from those you consider least to those you consider great. 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: Submit As a Neighbor. Pray for the humility needed to not always have to be right in matters of opinion. Pray that God would help you to consider the needs of others above your own. Pray that your relationship with Jesus would help you to submit to others. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)
Tuesday: Teach and Admonish As a Neighbor. Pray that both the teaching and admonishing you do would be done with the attitude of a good neighbor. Pray that you would receive teaching and admonishment so that you can live as a better neighbor. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
Wednesday: Forgive As a Neighbor. Pray that the forgiveness you have received from God would help you to forgive others. Pray that you would not hold your neighbor’s sins against them anymore than God has held yours against you. “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Thursday: Encourage As a Neighbor. Pray that you would gather with fellow believers for the purpose of encouraging one another. Pray that your heart would not be hardened by sin as you live in harmony with those who are your neighbors. “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
Friday: Spur On As a Neighbor. Pray that your faith would challenge others to love and good deeds just as their faith challenges you to be more Christ-like. Pray for purity in the things you spur others on to. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:23-24 (NIV)
Saturday: Fellowship As a Neighbor. Pray that you would seek out fellowship with others who are walking in the light of Jesus. Pray that your fellowship with others, and with Christ, would help them to know you as a good neighbor. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 (NIV)