Lifestyle of Prayer: Service!


“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Service!

“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on our call to service.  While it can be easy to look to those with specific gifts as the ones who ought to be involved in serving others, God says their role is to prepare each of us for works of service.  Granted, their responsibility to prepare others doesn’t exclude them from serving as well, but their service ought to be alongside those they are preparing — not in place of it.  Whoever you are, if you are God’s child, He has service for you to do in His kingdom.  You are most like Jesus when you choose to “be servant of all” rather than seeking to be served.  As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in your desire to serve.  Pray that you would listen to those God has sent to prepare you more fully.  Pray that you would faithfully serve those whom God has sent you to for the purpose of helping to prepare them.  Pray for the courage and humility to serve others as one serving 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 choose to serve others as you serve Him.

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: Service That You Are Ready For.  Pray that you would make the preparations necessary to be ready for service.  Pray that you would shine brightly with the love of Jesus as you make the most of every opportunity to serve people.  “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning.”  Luke 12:35 (NIV)

Tuesday: Service Which Is a Privilege.  Pray that you would be able to see service to others as  “get to” rather than a “have to”.  Pray that you would eagerly look for opportunities to help others who are involved in serving people.  “They urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.”  2 Corinthians 8:4 (NIV)

Wednesday: Service Which Supplies Needs.  Pray that you would notice opportunities to serve that actually supplies the needs of people.  Pray for service which is meaningful in supplying the needs of one another.  “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.”  2 Corinthians 9:12 (NIV)

Thursday: Service Which Brings Praise to God.  Pray that your character would be proved by your works of service.  Pray that your heart and attitude displayed through your service would lead people to give praise to God.  “Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God.”  2 Corinthians 9:13 (NIV)

Friday: Service Appointed By God.  Pray that you would serve according to the strength of Christ within you.  Pray that you would serve faithfully as you acknowledge God’s calling in your life and His appointment of you as one who serves.  “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.”  1 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)

SaturdayService That Is Known By God.  Pray that you would not become weary in serving others as you remember that God knows everything about the service you give on His behalf.  Pray that you would continually grow in both the depth and quantity of the service you do for God.  “I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.”  Revelation 2:19 (NIV)

Bonus Prayer Focus:  Pray for Impact Prayer Ministry as I have a display set up at the International Conference on Missions this week.

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