“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part Three)!
“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.”
Proverbs 22:17-18 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will continue a series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24. As I continue through these “sayings of the wise”, I can’t help but think of the words from James which tell all who lack wisdom to ask God. I wonder how often you and I have read that passage from James, asked God for wisdom, then sat back and wondered why it never appeared to arrive. I also wonder how many of those times the wisdom we were in need of had already been given by God in His Word. Many times I find myself asking God for wisdom and instead of a direct answer that I would want, He points me to places in scripture where the wisdom I need can be found. As you pray this week, ask God to help you really listen to the wisdom He has already provided. Pray for the courage to apply the words of wisdom God has provided. Pray that the wisdom of God’s Word would be familiar to you so that it is always “ready on your lips.” Pray for a spirit of unity among brothers and sisters in Christ as we grow in our love for one another. 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 Heart. Pray to have a heart that would always seek after true wisdom which comes from God. Pray that the desires and direction of your heart would always be filled with godly wisdom. Pray that the wisdom of God that you fill your heart with would gladden those around you. “My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad.” Proverbs 23:15 (NIV)
Tuesday: Wisdom of Zeal. Pray for the wisdom to notice, and correct, the desires of your heart. Pray that you would see beyond the temporary attraction that sin often offers. Pray that your life would be driven by a fear of the Lord which seeks to honor Him. “Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD.” Proverbs 23:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: Wisdom of Advice. Pray for wisdom in choosing where you get the advice you follow. Pray that you would check all advice you receive with God’s Word to make sure it is godly advice. Pray that the advice you give others would help them stay on the right path. “Listen, my son, and be wise, and keep your heart on the right path.” Proverbs 23:19 (NIV)
Thursday: Wisdom of Parents. Pray for the ability to find and accept wisdom from previous generations. Pray for parents to have the courage to live life in a way that shows godly wisdom to their children. Pray that you would live and act with the wisdom of a parent to those who have no parents to look up to. “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” Proverbs 23:22 (NIV)
Friday: Wisdom of Truth. Pray for the wisdom to not only seek truth, but to guard it in your life at all costs. Pray for a discerning spirit that both knows truth and holds on to it. Pray that you would be one that speaks truth in love when you absolutely must speak. “Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding.” Proverbs 23:23 (NIV)
Saturday: Wisdom of Ways. Pray that your heart would be set on God as you seek to keep His ways. Pray that you would have people in your life who show wisdom of ways by their example. Pray that the ways of your life would be a godly example to the people around you. “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways.” Proverbs 23:26 (NIV)