“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: What Kind of Person?
“Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.”
2 Peter 3:11-14 (NIV)
After writing about God’s patience, Peter reminds us that the day of the Lord will indeed happen — on God’s timetable, not ours. With that reminder, he asks the question, “What kind of people ought you to be?”. To avoid speculation, he goes on to answer the question and those answers will be the basis for our prayer focus this week. When we live life in Christ, He expects it to be a new life — meaning that we ought to be a different kind of person that what we once were. As you pray this week, ask God to help you identify specific areas of your life in which you may need additional work to be the kind of person you ought to be. Pray for the courage to set aside your old way of life in order to be a new kind of person. Pray for God’s help to make the changes you need to make. Pray for the humility and grace needed to walk in unison with brothers and sisters who, like you, are at different stages of becoming the kind of person they ought to be. 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 the kind of person you ought to be by being the kind of person He created you to be.
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: A Holy Person. Pray that you would choose to live a life dedicated to God. Pray for the humility to allow God’s holiness to transform your life into a holy one. Pray that you would look to Jesus as both the One who calls you to holiness and the One who makes you holy. “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.” 1 Peter 1:15 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Godly Person. Pray that you would seek God with a desire to reflect His nature in your life. Pray for the courage to live a godly life that is known by the Lord. Pray to be the kind of person who is known as one that the Lord hears. “Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.” Psalm 4:3 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Watchful Person. Pray that you would make the most of the opportunities that exist because of God’s patience. Ask God to help you be devoted to prayer as you watch how He is working around you. Pray that you would be the kind of person who others look to as being both watchful and thankful. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Thursday: A Spotless Person. Pray that you would allow God’s refining to purify you when you stumble. Pray that you would be the kind of person who seeks God’s help in being cleansed to the point of being spotless. “Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.” Daniel 11:35 (NIV)
Friday: A Blameless Person. Pray that you would have a heart of discernment that would keep you both pure and blameless. Pray for the wisdom to seek and know what is best and to pursue it in a blameless way in a world that wants you to settle for less. “So that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:10 (NIV)
Saturday: A Peaceful Person. Pray that you would be the kind of person who finds peace with God and shares that peace with others. Pray that your faith in God would lead you to seek peace in all areas of your life and in your relationships with others. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 (NIV)