“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Teach!
“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!”
Hebrews 5:12 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis is on our responsibility to teach. After a week focused on praying about what we need to learn, it is time to pray about how we teach what we have learned. While some people have special roles of teaching, all of us are teachers of someone who is watching. So the question isn’t if you teach, but rather what are you teaching? God’s desire is that we learn and put into practice the truths of His Word so we would move beyond infancy and be able to teach accurately. As you pray this week, ask God to help you realize how He would have you teach. Pray that you would live with humility as you learn so that you would teach others the value of putting the things of God into practice. Pray for those who teach by the way they live — both those who teach professionally and those who teach more informally. Pray that you would be a teacher of the things you learn from God. 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 teach the things you have learned from Him.
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 the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Teach As a Disciple-Maker. Pray that you would know the things commanded by God well enough that you are able to teach them. Pray that you would be involved not only in introducing people to Christ, but also in teaching them the things of Christ. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
Tuesday: Teach Without Stopping. Pray that you would always be aware of the teaching opportunities God gives you each day. Pray that you would never give up teaching about the good news of Jesus. “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.” Acts 5:42 (NIV)
Wednesday: Teach With Godly Wisdom. Pray that you would always look to God for the wisdom necessary to teach perfection in Christ. Pray that your teaching would not only be lived by you, but would lead others to become more like Christ. “We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” Colossians 1:28 (NIV)
Thursday: Teach the Usefulness of Scripture. Pray that you would know the necessity of Scripture in teaching that will bring about positive change. Pray that you would use scripture accurately in teaching that leads to a righteousness in your life and in those who learn from you. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
Friday: Teach Sound Doctrine. Pray that you would pay careful attention to sound doctrine as you teach with both your words and your life. Pray that you would continually seek God for His help in keeping your life and teaching in line with sound doctrine. “You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.” Titus 2:1 (NIV)
Saturday: Teach With Integrity. Pray that you would be careful to make your lifestyle be a positive example of the godly teaching you share. Pray that your teaching would be filled with an integrity that can be seen in the good works that you do. “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity and seriousness.” Titus 2:7 (NIV)