“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Dressed For a New Life!
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.”
Colossians 3:1, 12-13(NIV)
As we begin the week celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, it is a good time to pray about how we should live as those who have been raised with Christ. God says that because we have been raised with Christ, it is important that we dress appropriately each day. Just as clothing is important to our physical life, being dressed spiritually is critical as we seek to represent Jesus to the people around us. We wouldn’t think of going about daily life undressed and being clothed daily with the things of Christ is a necessary part of our walk as a Christ-follower. As you pray this week, ask God to help you go out into the world each day fully dressed. Pray that you would be dressed fully in Christ as you live a new life each day. 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 be dressed for the new life He has given to you.
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: Dressed With Compassion. Pray that you would know the compassion of your heavenly Father in a way that leads you to a greater compassion for others. Pray that you would daily dress yourself with compassion as you represent Jesus to others. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
Tuesday: Dressed With Kindness. Pray for a greater awareness of how God’s kindness came to earth in the human form of Jesus. Pray that God’s love would fill you in a way that both experiences His kindness and leads you to put on kindness every day as you interact in a world that can be very unkind. “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love.” Hosea 11:4 (NIV)
Wednesday: Dressed With Humility. Pray that you would have the wisdom to see yourself and others according to God’s view rather than man’s view. Pray that you would put on humility daily as you consider the needs of others to be more important than your own. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
Thursday: Dressed With Gentleness. Pray for God’s help in dressing with a gentleness that is evident to others each day. Pray that the nearness of God to you would be a daily reminder to clothe yourself with gentleness. Pray that your gentleness would be a reflection of God’s gentleness toward you. “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 (NIV)
Friday: Dressed With Patience. Pray that you would constantly be aware of God’s patience with you as He continually draws you to Himself. Pray that you would choose to wear the cloak of patience each day as you look for the Lord’s coming. Pray that your patience would help others to know of God’s patience. “You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.” James 5:8 (NIV)
Saturday: Dressed With Forgiveness. Pray that you would wear God’s forgiveness each day as you agree with Him about your great need. Pray that you would wear the forgiveness of God in such a way that you choose to forgive others just as fully and unconditionally as God forgives you. “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.” Luke 11:4 (NIV)