“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Living As Wise!
“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Ephesians 5:15-21 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on living as one who is wise. Whenever the Bible talks about wisdom, it generally addresses our application of God’s Word rather than an accumulation of knowledge about it. This week we will be praying about some areas that we ought to look at in our life as we desire to live as one who is wise. Most people know of many of the “thou shalt not” parts of the Bible, and living as wise requires that we pay attention to those, but wisdom demands that we learn from God what to do in place of the things that we should not do. As you pray this week, ask God to help you see what wisdom would look like in your life each day. Pray for the courage to put aside every hint of evil as you seek to live as one who is wise. Pray that you would make yourself available to God in order for Him to transform you from the inside out. Pray that your life would be so filled with God’s wisdom that there would be no room for any of the evil the world wants you to accept. 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 live as one who is wise according to His standard.
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: Be Wise In Every Opportunity. Pray that you would use God’s wisdom to see every opportunity that He places before you. Pray that you would not let the evil around you keep you from using every opportunity to represent Jesus well to the people around you that need to know of His love. “Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16 (NIV)
Tuesday: Be Wise In Understanding God’s Will. Pray that God’s Spirit would lead you in understanding His will through His Word. Pray that you would set aside the foolishness of this world as you seek to know and practice the will of God. Pray that your understanding of God’s will would lead you to do it. “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: Be Wise In What Fills You. Pray that you would recognize God’s Spirit living within you a part of His gift that He has promised to you. Pray that you would be mindful to not fill your life with things that control you as you make room for God’s Spirit to fill you. “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18 (NIV)
Thursday: Be Wise In Your Worship. Pray that you would be wise in both the way you worship God with others and the way you worship Him when you are alone. Pray that your worship of God would overflow into your interactions with the people around you. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.” Ephesians 5:19 (NIV)
Friday: Be Wise In Your Thankfulness. Pray for the wisdom to see all things through a heart of gratitude as you thank God for what He has done, is doing, and will do. Pray that God would help you find ways to be thankful even when you are not feeling very grateful about a given circumstance. “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20 (NIV)
Saturday: Be Wise In Your Submission. Pray that you would have the wisdom to know Jesus as the source and example of all godly submission. Pray for the humility and submission necessary to submit to others because of your reverence for Christ. Pray that you would never view your submission, or the submission of others, as an excuse for people to be treated poorly. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)