“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part Four)!
“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 is week four in a series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24. I believe that the best definition I have heard for wisdom is that it is “the practical application of knowledge.” As you read scripture, I pray that you recognize God’s desire has always been that we would not just know what His Word says, but that we would live it! As you pray this week, ask God to help you accept His teachings to the extent that you would put them into practice. Pray for the courage to apply God’s Word to every aspect of your life. Pray that you would live life with the wisdom that comes from God in such a way that others would desire to know Him. Pray for your faith to increase as you trust the ways of God to mold you more into His image each day. Pray that wisdom is more than another word to learn, but that it becomes a way of life for you. 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 Consequences. Pray that you would have the wisdom to see how each of your choices have consequences. Pray that you would apply the wisdom of knowing consequences to yourself first rather than pointing fingers at others. “Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?” Proverbs 23:29 (NIV)
Tuesday: Wisdom of Contentment. Pray that God would fill you with a contentment that gives you wisdom. Pray that you would be able to see beyond the temporary appearances that make wickedness seem desirable. Pray that contentment would guard your desire for the fruits of wickedness. “Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company.” Proverbs 24:1 (NIV)
Wednesday: Wisdom of Foundations. Pray that your desire would be to have a life built on the foundation of godly wisdom. Pray that God would fill you with the understanding of how His wisdom will lead you to the establishment of a house worth living in. “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established.” Proverbs 24:3 (NIV)
Thursday: Wisdom of Power. Pray that you would know the power of godly wisdom that exceeds the strength of men. Pray that you would have the wisdom to live by the strength of God’s Word and His Spirit rather than through your own abilities. “A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.” Proverbs 24:5 (NIV)
Friday: Wisdom of Appropriateness. Pray for a wisdom from God that gives you appropriate words to say when needed. Pray that the words you share with others would reflect the practical application of God’s Word in your life in a way that leads them to seek Him. “Wisdom is too high for a fool; in the assembly at the gate he has nothing to say.” Proverbs 24:7 (NIV)
Saturday: Wisdom of Reputation. Pray for the wisdom to avoid the planning, and acting, of evil which would destroy your reputation among unbelievers. Pray that your “reputation among outsiders” would be one of integrity and godly righteousness. Pray for the wisdom to avoid the schemes used by the enemy in an attempt to distract you from God. “He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.” Proverbs 24:8 (NIV)