“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Sanctuary!
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”
Ephesians 3:16-17 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis is on being the sanctuary (dwelling) of God. One of my favorite songs says, “Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary. Pure and holy, tried and true. With thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for you.” The Bible teaches that we are built up individually, and as the body of Christ, to be the dwelling of God. As we pray this week, we will be praying about being the sanctuary God desires us to be. Pray that you would desire God to dwell within you at all times. Pray that you would allow God to do the necessary “remodeling” in your life to make you into a suitable dwelling for Him. Pray that you would live in a way that helps the entire body of Christ be the dwelling of God’s Spirit. Pray that your life choices would always help others see the presence of God living in you. Pray for eyes that can see all others as also being the dwelling, or at least the potential dwelling, of God’s presence. 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 dwelling place for 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: A Prepared Sanctuary. Pray that you would submit fully to God as He prepares you to be the dwelling place of His Spirit. Pray that you would be an active part of the body of Christ as allow God to build you together into His dwelling. “And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Pure Sanctuary. Pray that you would seek God’s help in “cleaning house” daily so that you would be a pure dwelling for God. Pray that you would live with a reverence for God that gives you the desire to live in purity. “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Holy Sanctuary. Pray that you would live a life set apart for God’s exclusive use because of the purchase price Jesus paid with His own body. Pray that God’s Spirit would be the only one you allow to have residence in your body. “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10 (NIV)
Thursday: A Tried Sanctuary. Pray for the courage to examine yourself for the purpose of confirming God’s dwelling within you. Pray that the testing of your faith would always produce affirmation of God’s presence with you. “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)
Friday: A True Sanctuary. Pray that you would live as a true sanctuary created by God to be His dwelling. Pray that you would not settle for an attempt to contain God within some man-made structure. “We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by man.” Hebrews 8:1-2 (NIV)
Saturday: A Living Sanctuary. Pray that you would live in such a way that it is apparent that you are a child of God. Pray that you would make your life a living sanctuary for God as He moves and breathes through you in your community. “’For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’” Acts 17:28 (NIV)