“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Practical Wisdom (Part Five)!
“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 wraps up a five week series based on “thirty sayings for you, sayings of counsel and knowledge” found in Proverbs 22 – 24. It is my prayer that these weeks focused in Proverbs have been helpful to both your prayer life and your interactions with others as a child of God. To me, that is the heart of the practical wisdom God desires for us to obtain from Him — we use it to grow in connection to Him and we use it to grow in our relationships with others. As you pray this week, ask God to help you evaluate how much of His wisdom you are tapping into when you seek Him in prayer. Pray that you would apply the principles and teachings of scripture in a way that makes Jesus both known and desirable among the people around you. Pray for the courage to forsake the wisdom of the world in order to pursue a greater wisdom. Pray for the humility necessary to live as one who is wise in a way that the people around you would see the love of Jesus. 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 Urgency. Pray that God would help you recognize the urgency of sharing the love of the gospel with those facing a physical death and, even more importantly, with those facing spiritual death. Pray that you would know the urgency of staying on the path that leads to eternal life. “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.” Proverbs 24:11 (NIV)
Tuesday: Wisdom of the Soul. Pray that your soul would be filled with a wisdom that is confirmed by the presence of God’s Spirit. Pray for an ever-increasing faith that comes from a godly wisdom of an assured hope in Christ. “Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)
Wednesday: Wisdom of Impartiality. Pray for the wisdom to not show favoritism toward others based on what they can do for you. Pray that you would know the impartiality of God as He judges you not as your sins deserve, but according to your faith in His Son. “These also are sayings of the wise: To show partiality in judging is not good.” Proverbs 24:23 (NIV)
Thursday: Wisdom of Priorities. Pray that God would grant you the wisdom to know the order of importance of the tasks that are before you. Pray for the wisdom to be a faithful servant in the kingdom of God even as you trust him to build your eternal home. “Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.” Proverbs 24:27 (NIV)
Friday: Wisdom of Being a Good Neighbor. Pray that you would live with the wisdom of being a good neighbor as you treat others as you would want to be treated. Pray for the wisdom of integrity as you speak to, and about, your neighbors wherever they may live. “Do not testify against your neighbor without cause, or use your lips to deceive.” Proverbs 24:28 (NIV)
Saturday: Wisdom of Observation. Pray that you would pay attention to the lessons that God wants you to observe in your surroundings. Pray for the courage to apply the wisdom which God provides to each one of us through the lessons of life. “I applied my heart to what I observed and learned a lesson from what I saw.” Proverbs 24:32 (NIV)