“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Waiting!
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.”
Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on the oft-dreaded subject of waiting. While many can quote God’s promise that “they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”, it seems to only be thought of when we find ourselves forced to wait. In fact, this week’s prayer guide came together while I was sitting in a waiting room at a local hospital or I may not have even thought to pray about waiting! How different would our life be if we chose to cheerfully wait for the Lord instead of doing so grudgingly? We know that God’s timing is most often different from our timing, but learning to be content with waiting can be a very difficult thing. As you pray this week, spend time not just talking to God but also deliberately waiting for Him to answer through His Spirit and His Word. Pray that you would learn to value the times when you must wait. Pray that you would find yourself renewed in strength and spirit as you learn to be more deliberate in your waiting. Pray for the wisdom to know when to wait and when to act, and for the courage to do the proper one at all times. Pray that God’s Word would fill you with great hope as you grow in your practice of waiting for the Lord. 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 to learn and practice the essence of waiting.
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: Waiting With Expectation. Pray that you would find joy in waiting with the expectation that God listens and answers. Pray that you would always be confident in going to God with your requests as you wait with the expectation that He hears and cares. “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
Tuesday: Waiting With Courage. Pray that you would learn to grow in strength and courage in the midst of your times of waiting. Pray that you would be an example to others by the way you practice waiting with courage. Pray that your courage would be based on the Lord’s strength rather than your own. “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
Wednesday: Waiting With Hope. Pray that you would live life with great hope as you trust God’s help during your times of waiting. Pray that you would have hope as you wait for the Lord. Pray that your waiting would keep you protected by the shield God sets before you. “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20 (NIV)
Thursday: Waiting With Patience. Pray that you would learn to wait patiently for the help and answers God will provide as you cry out to Him. Pray that patience and waiting would be things you learn to value rather than things you seek to avoid. “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 (NIV)
Friday: Waiting With Obedience. Pray that you would know the salvation of God now even as you learn to wait for its complete fulfillment. Pray that you would live obediently as you wait for the completion of God’s work in you. Pray that your obedience to God would stand out to others as you wait. “I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands.” Psalm 119:166 (NIV)
Saturday: Waiting With One Another. Pray that you would grow in your practice of waiting on, and with, one another. Pray for an attitude and practice in your life that seeks the good of others to such an extent that you find it a joy to wait with them and to wait for them. “So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.” 1 Corinthians 11:33 (NIV)