“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Holding On!
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 3:11 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will examine some additional things that we should hold on to as we hold on to what we have in Christ. I suspect that all of us have let things slip through our hands and out of our possession that ended up having greater value much later. Yes, there are things that we need to let go of, but it is important that we spend time with God examining what He says about holding on and letting go. I pray that you and I would always seek to hold on to the things that God wants us to keep and that we would let go of the things that He would have us not to keep. As you pray this week, ask God to give you wisdom and insight as you listen to Him about some things to hold on to. Pray that you would see so much value in the things of God that no one could talk you out of them. Pray that you would guard against complacency which clouds your vision from seeing both the current value and the future value of the things of God. Pray for a submissive spirit that learns to only hold what God would have you to hold. 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 hold on to what He would want you to have.
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: Hold On To One Another. Pray that you would know the importance of holding on to one another in times of suffering and in times of comfort. Pray that the people around you would know the hope of Christ as you, and they, hold on to one another. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:7 (NIV)
Tuesday: Hold On To What You Have. Pray that you would accurately examine the value of what you have in Christ. Pray that you would not be one who trades the thing of greatest value for the things of lesser value that this world wants to tempt you with. “Only hold on to what you have until I come.” Revelation 2:25 (NIV)
Wednesday: Hold On To Righteousness. Pray that you will always hold on to the righteousness that you are clothed with in Christ. Pray that you would live with a clear conscience as you maintain a righteousness that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus. “I will maintain my righteousness and never let go of it; my conscience will not reproach me as long as I live.” Job 27:6 (NIV)
Thursday: Hold On To Sound Teaching. Pray that you would hold on to the teachings of God’s Word. Pray that you would always use God’s Word as the standard by which you evaluate all of the teachings you hold on to. “So then, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NIV)
Friday: Hold On To the Goal. Pray that you would never lose sight of the goal for which Christ Jesus called you to through His death, burial, and resurrection. Pray that you would always seek to grow as you journey toward your eternal goal. “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” Philippians 3:12 (NIV)
Saturday: Hold On To Good Memories. Pray that you would hold fast to the memories of those who have taught you about Jesus. Pray that you would make every effort to share Jesus in such a way that others would remember the things that you teach about Him. “And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.” 2 Peter 1:15 (NIV)