“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Every Effort!
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.”
2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on some things that God says we should make every effort to add to our faith. As you read through the list in the above verses out of 2 Peter, it is good to stop and consider how much effort you are currently putting into adding and developing those things in your life. There are many things that seem to demand our attention and efforts and, unfortunately, those things can easily distract us from giving our best effort to the things that really matter. As you pray this week, ask God to help you focus your efforts on the things that will make an eternal difference. Pray for the wisdom and courage to notice and move away from the distractions that try to steal your efforts away from that which is important. Pray that your desire to grow in faith would compel you to give your best efforts, with God’s help, in adding to your faith the things that make it grow. Pray that the people around you would see God at work in you as you apply your every effort toward the things of God. 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 give every effort to the things that matter.
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: Every Effort to Add Goodness. Pray that you would not only know the goodness of the Lord, but that you would make every effort to add goodness to your faith. Pray that you would live as a child of the light as you seek to please the Lord in the goodness He provides. “Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” Ephesians 5:9-10 (NIV)
Tuesday: Every Effort to Add Knowledge. Pray that you would desire to grow in godly knowledge through the grace given by Jesus. Pray that your faith and goodness would increase as you make every effort to add knowledge to them. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
Wednesday: Every Effort to Add Self-Control. Pray that your life would have the walls of protection that self-control can provide. Pray that you would know the importance of giving effort to adding self-control to the faith, goodness, and knowledge that you possess. “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28 (NIV)
Thursday: Every Effort to Add Perseverance. Pray that you would persevere through the difficulties of life as God completes His work in you. Pray that you would give your best effort into growing in the grace of perseverance as you add godly characteristics to your life. “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 (NIV)
Friday: Every Effort to Add Godliness. Pray that you would know and accept the incredible value that a life of godliness brings. Pray that you would share with others regarding the current and future value of adding godliness to your life. “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
Saturday: Every Effort to Add Kindness and Love. Pray that you would do the work required to add kindness to others into your life. Pray that Jesus would be your prime example and pattern for adding kindness and love to your “every effort” things. “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us.” Titus 3:4 (NIV)