Lifestyle of Prayer: The Cross!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: The Cross!

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!”
Philippians 2:5, 8
(NIV)

This week we return to the words of Jesus from the cross to help us focus our prayer time each day!  As the celebration of Resurrection Sunday approaches, it is fitting to not only consider the sacrifice Jesus made, but to apply His very words to how we pray this week.  While not pleasant and joyful like a resurrection, remembering the crucifixion of Jesus is just as important.  As you pray this week, use the topics of this prayer guide to help you pray through difficulties, through weakness, through loneliness, through concern for others, and most importantly through the eyes of Jesus.  Pray about your own attitude when facing opposition.  Pray about the things that were important to Jesus, asking God to help those things become more important to you.  Pray for the humility to consider how the sacrifice of Jesus benefits you . . . and how you ought to sacrifice in ways that benefits others.  Pray for wisdom in sharing the full gospel — the good news of the life, death, burial, and resurrection 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 learn from the words spoken by Jesus from the cross.

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.

MondayFather, forgive them.  Pray that you would continually grow in the attitude and practice of forgiveness as seen in the life of Jesus.  Pray that the people you see today would realize and accept the Father’s forgiveness.  “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”  Luke 23:34

TuesdayYou will be with me.  Pray for a greater desire to deliberately spend time with Jesus as you seek God throughout your day.  Pray for a desire to have others join you as you walk with God.  Pray that the people you interact with today would have a desire to know, and be known, by Jesus.  “Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’”  Luke 23:43

WednesdayBehold, your son.  Pray for an attitude of compassion toward those who are alone in this world.  Pray about how God would have you respond to those with no family.  “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”  John 19:26-27

ThursdayWhy have you forsaken me.  Pray for a heart that breaks with concern for those who feel abandoned by God.  Pray for those who feel forsaken by God; that you would represent Jesus well to them.  “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’–which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”  Matthew 27:46

FridayI thirst.  Pray that you would grow in your thirst and desire  for scripture to be fulfilled as you look to God’s Word for guidance on how to live each day.  Pray that the people you see today would have a real thirst for the things of God.  “Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’”  John 19:28

SaturdayIt is finished.  Pray for the endurance needed to live your life in Christ with a faithfulness to Him that carries you all the way to the finish.  Pray that you would be actively involved in helping people be ready for the time their life on earth is finished.  “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”  John 19:30