“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Something For Everyone!
“If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
Romans 12:7-8 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on the work God has called us to do as individuals within a body — the body of Christ. When I was studying computer coding in the early ‘80’s, so much of the work involved “if/then” statements. If a certain thing was true, then the code specified what the result needed to be. Through the apostle Paul, God provides a series of “if/then” statements regarding the importance each member of the body has in doing the work God has gifted them to do. If God has gifted a person in a specific way, he expects them to not only desire to use it but that others would “let them” put that gift into practice in ways that benefit the entire body. God’s gifting is generally given according to the need and will often even vary or change as God needs you to do differing works throughout your life. As you pray, ask God to help you understand how He has gifted you to benefit others. Pray that you would use your gifting for the good of the body and not as an excuse to avoid things that you decide “are not your gift”. Pray that you would be an encourager of the gifts God has place in the lives of 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 put into use the gifting He has placed in your life.
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: Serving. Pray that you would learn to take on the characteristic of Jesus as being a servant of all. Pray that God would help you see, and do, your part in serving the physical and spiritual needs within the church family and beyond. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NIV)
Tuesday: Teaching. Pray that you would recognize your responsibility from the Great Commission to teach the things of Christ. Pray that the teaching you do with your words and your life would always be in line with the commands of Jesus. “And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
Wednesday: Encouraging. Pray that the encouragement you receive from God would fill you with the desire and ability to encourage others through your life. Pray that your attitude, words, and actions would be an encouragement to the people around you as you help them see Jesus in you. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Thursday: Giving. Pray that you would give deliberate thought to your giving so it would be a cheerful decision to honor God. Pray that your giving of time, money, and ability would be done cheerfully and in response to God’s great gift of everything through His Son. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
Friday: Leading. Pray for those among you who serve as shepherds of the flock of God. Pray that you would lead well as people watch and listen to your life. Pray that all areas that you would lead in would be lead from the very heart of God. “Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.” Jeremiah 3:15 (NIV)
Saturday: Mercy/Visiting. Pray that your understanding of God’s mercy extended to you would cause you to extend mercy to others. Pray for the ability to see Jesus in the lives of people as you extend mercy to them through your acts of visiting, sharing, and kindness. “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40 (NIV)