“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Filled!
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on being filled with the things that God would have us to hunger and thirst for. In the United States culture where I live, while there is a growing number of people who experience a genuine physical hunger and thirst, more of us find we are never truly filled because we have never had a real hunger or thirst for anything. We tend to eat and drink not to satisfy a hunger or thirst, but as a form of recreation, or even just a habit, to occupy our time without acknowledging what it is we need to truly be filled. Even in our spiritual life, it is easy to go through the motions of what is expected from a child of God without really longing for Him to fill us. As you pray this week, ask God to help you honestly hunger and thirst for the things He would want to provide. Pray that you would grow in depth of understanding and insight as you long for the things of God. Pray for times of true spiritual hunger and thirst that would force you to seek God to fulfill those needs. Pray that you would live life filled by God in such a way that the people around you would take notice and want what you have. Pray for the courage to share out of the fullness of righteousness which Christ has filled you with. 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 be filled with the things He would want you to be filled with.
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: Filled With Good Things. Pray that you would seek first the things of God and allow Him to fill you with that which is good. Pray for a humility that recognizes your need to be filled by God to satisfy a hunger that only He can meet. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.” Luke 1:53 (NIV)
Tuesday: Filled With Awe. Pray that you would be filled with awe as you pay attention to the work God does in the lives of people. Pray that your response to the work of God in and around you would be a life that praise God for the truly awesome deeds that He has done. “They were all filled with awe and praised God. ‘A great prophet has appeared among us,’ they said. ‘God has come to help his people.'” Luke 7:16 (NIV)
Wednesday: Filled With the Holy Spirit. Pray that you would live with an awareness of God’s Spirit dwelling within you. Pray that you would have courage in sharing the Word of God because of the Holy Spirit filling you. “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” Acts 4:27 (NIV)
Thursday: Filled With Joy. Pray that your life lived together with fellow Spirit-filled believers would fill you with great joy. Pray that your life in Christ would spread joy to all those around you. Pray for the wisdom needed to be filled with joy in the midst of any circumstance. “And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52 (NIV)
Friday: Filled With the Fullness of God. Pray that you would constantly be aware of the greatness of the love of God which fills you with His fullness. Pray that God’s love would pour out of your life into those around you as you live in the fullness of Him. “To know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:19 (NIV)
Saturday: Filled With Righteousness. Pray that your life would produce the fruit of righteousness that brings glory to God. Pray that you would be filled with the righteousness of Christ that produces good fruit that brings praise to God. “Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:11 (NIV)