“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Wise Choices!
“To [those] who keep my Sabbaths, who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant — to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off.”
Isaiah 56:4-5 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on our need to make wise choices. We live in a culture that wants us to believe that our choices should always reflect whatever benefits us the most or what we want the most — regardless of whether such a choice honors God and reflects the character of Jesus in our life. Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to make a name for our self that we miss out on the name that God wants us to have. Our choices ought to be the ones that please God as we hold fast to Him even in the midst of our shortcomings and insecurities. As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the choices you make. Pray that you would seek to honor God in all of your choices. Pray for the courage to make choices that please God and pray for wisdom to know what pleases Him. Pray for a focus in your choices that looks beyond the temporary satisfaction offered in this world and can gaze into the eternal reward that God gives. 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 make wise choices.
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: Choose Life. Pray that you would understand the choice of life and death which stands before you each day. Pray for the courage to choose the life offered by God. Pray that you would honor the choice of life for those who need someone to stand for them. “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)
Tuesday: Choose to Serve the Lord. Pray that you would recognize that serving is mandatory, who you serve is your choice. Pray that serving the Lord would be most desirable to you. Pray that you would daily choose to serve the Lord. “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 (NIV)
Wednesday: Choose Instruction & Knowledge. Pray that you would learn to choose the things of true value. Pray that you would be teachable as you choose instruction. Pray that God would help you to apply the instruction you receive so that you would grow in knowledge. “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold.” Proverbs 8:10 (NIV)
Thursday: Choose Wisdom & Understanding. Pray that you would not weary yourself pursuing things that the world values. Pray that God would give you the wisdom you need for every situation. Pray that you would choose a life of understanding as you apply the wisdom God provides. “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!” Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)
Friday: Choose What Is Right. Pray that you would look to God in order to know the difference between what is right and wrong. Pray that you would have the courage to reject the things which are wrong. Pray for the strength to choose what God says is right. “He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right.” Isaiah 7:15 (NIV)
Saturday: Choose Spirit-Filled Leaders & Workers. Pray that you would look for a God-given Spirit and wisdom in the leaders you help choose. Pray that you would be both a leader and worker who values wisdom and God’s Spirit more than the things of the world. “Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them.” Acts 6:3 (NIV)