“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: God’s Presence!
“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)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on living in God’s presence as a current reality, not just a distant dream. It may be is easy to think of being in God’s presence in eternity when we reach heaven, but God has promised to be with us now — “to the very end of the age.” When we look for God’s presence in this life, we soon find that He really is with us at all times! Choosing to live in God’s presence is not so much about changing our location as it is about changing our attitude and awareness. While God can surely speak in thunderous tones and with powerful volume, more often He chooses to make His presence known in the gentle whispers of a still, small voice. As you pray this week, ask God to help you be more aware of His presence. Pray that you would learn to “be still and know” that He is God. Pray for the ability to see beyond the spectacular works of man in order to see the supernatural work of God. Pray that your daily life would reflect the presence of God dwelling in you and around you. Pray that you would always seek to live in a way that both acknowledges and honors God’s presence with you. 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 walk, and live, with an awareness of His presence.
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: Dwell In God’s Presence. Pray that you would live with an integrity that both honors God and is honored by Him. Pray that you would be upheld by God as you dwell in His presence each day that you live. “In my integrity you uphold me and set me in your presence forever.” Psalm 41:12 (NIV)
Tuesday: Walk In God’s Presence. Pray that you would learn to praise God as you walk in His presence. Pray that you would always reflect the light of God to the people around you as you walk in the light of His presence daily. “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O LORD.” Psalm 89:15 (NIV)
Wednesday: Listen In God’s Presence. Pray that you would not only enjoy the presence of God, but that His presence within you would influence how you listen to Him. Pray that you would listen intently as you seek to hear, and share, the things of God. “Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.” Acts 10:33 (NIV)
Thursday: Joy In God’s Presence. Pray that you would be filled with joy in God’s presence because of the people around you who pursue Him. Pray that your live would fill others with joy in God’s presence as you honor Him. “How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?” 1 Thessalonians 3:9 (NIV)
Friday: No Condemnation In God’s Presence. Pray that you would live by the love of God which gives your heart rest. Pray that you would trust the forgiveness of God that helps you rest in His presence. “This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us.” 1 John 3:19 (NIV)
Saturday: Without Fault In God’s Presence. Pray that you would trust God to keep you in His presence both now and forever more. Pray that you would walk by faith as you continue to live now, and be prepared to live forever, without fault in His presence. “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy.” Jude 1:24 (NIV)