“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
Extra Focus: Pray for those in the midst of, and recovering from, storms. As I write this, there is currently a major hurricane headed for the eastern US coast and a major typhoon bearing down on the Philippines and surrounding areas. As you pray for those experiencing disaster, ask God about how He would have you help . . . then do it!
This week’s prayer focus: Wise Words!
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”
James 3:17-18 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on using wise words as we allow God’s Spirit to direct what comes out of our mouth. It seems many expect more purity in the things that go into their mouth than in what they allow to come out in their words. In many ways, our words can either strengthen or destroy the witness for Christ we have in our community. While many would consider the book of James as being all about “actions speak louder than words”, in reality James seems to be saying that our actions and words must be speaking the same thing or they will cancel each other out. This week we will apply to our speech the characteristics that James gives us about wisdom which comes from heaven. As you pray, ask God to help you examine how you use words and how well those words represent Him. Pray for the self-control to manage your words in ways that honor God both in speech and writing. Pray that you would choose wise words that promote peace in all of your surroundings. 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 use wise words in every situation.
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: Words That Are Pure. Pray that you would use words that come from a heart purified by God. Pray that your words would bring honor to God. Pray that your choice of words would reveal God as your friend to those who listen. “He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have the king for his friend.” Proverbs 22:11 (NIV)
Tuesday: Words of Peace. Pray that you would use words that promote peace among people. Pray that your words would help the people around you to find peace with God. “You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” Acts 10:36 (NIV)
Wednesday: Words That Are Considerate. Pray that you would use words that always consider the needs of others. Pray that your words would be beneficial to others — both to those you are speaking to and to those who are also listening. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
Thursday: Words That Are Submissive. Pray that you would use words that are submissive to God and to one another. Pray that your words would seek to honor Christ by your submissive words that look out for the interests of others. Pray that submissive words would be a natural product of your submissive life. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)
Friday: Words That Are Merciful. Pray that you would always use words that are full of mercy. Pray that you would constantly live with an awareness of God’s mercy toward you. Pray for wisdom that leads you to share words of mercy with the people around you. “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:36 (NIV)
Saturday: Words That Are Impartial and Sincere. Pray that you would use words that don’t change depending on who you are talking to. Pray that the thoughts behind your words would lead you to speak with a sincerity that honors God. Pray for the courage to speak with impartiality and sincerity. “My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know.” Job 33:3 (NIV)