“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part One)!
“Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.”
This week’s prayer emphasis will begin a series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24. God’s Word is meant to be “powerful and active” in our life, but for it to become most effective we must put it into practice. Wisdom from God’s perspective always involves a practical application of the instruction He gives. Rather than a focus on acquiring information, godly wisdom is something God expects us to put into practice in every aspect of our life. As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a wisdom that is practical in nature. Pray that you would consider these “sayings of the wise” God has given us for our good. Pray each day about how you will put this practical wisdom into practice. Pray that your relationship with God would continually lead you into greater wisdom in your interactions with others. Pray that the way you apply the wisdom you receive from God would lead others in seeking practical wisdom from Him. Pray for understanding as you, and others, grow in the practice of wisdom. 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 apply the practical wisdom that He gives.
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: Wisdom of Compassion. Pray for the wisdom to have compassion toward those you may have some level of power over. Pray that godly wisdom would lead you to care for those who the world would say are “less fortunate”. “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court.” Proverbs 22:22 (NIV)
Tuesday: Wisdom of Association. Pray for the wisdom to carefully consider the temperament of those you choose to most closely associate with. Pray that you would submit your temper and anger to God so that association with you would be beneficial to others. “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered man, do not associate with one easily angered.” Proverbs 22:24 (NIV)
Wednesday: Wisdom of Responsibility. Pray for the wisdom to know the responsibility of the financial obligations you consider before you would commit to them. Pray that your promises, whether in finances or other areas of life, would not be give lightly. “Do not be a man who strikes hands in pledge or puts up security for debts.” Proverbs 22:26 (NIV)
Thursday: Wisdom of Boundaries. Pray for the wisdom to respect the boundaries marked out by those before you who have listened to God. Pray that God would lead you to understand the purpose of boundaries and that you would not attempt to cheat Him, or others, by moving those boundaries. “Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your forefathers.” Proverbs 22:28 (NIV)
Friday: Wisdom of Learning Skills. Pray for the wisdom to know, and improve, the skills God has given you. Pray that you would help others to improve their skills. Pray that God would make Himself known to others through the skills He has entrusted you with. “Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.” Proverbs 22:29 (NIV)
Saturday: Wisdom of Moderation. Pray for the wisdom to consider how your actions will appear to others. Pray that you would apply the wisdom God gives as you represent Him before others. Pray that godly wisdom would lead you to a life of moderation in all things. “When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.” Proverbs 23:1-2 (NIV)