“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Seek God!
“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.”
Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
Because I enjoy photographing wildlife, I am often asked where I find the various subjects of my photos. The basic answer is really quite simple — “Where I look.” The more complex answer involves knowing both where to look and where not to look but also in not being surprised at the occasional appearance somewhere unexpected. For me, the process of seeking God is similar — I find Him where I look but if I’m not looking with an expectation of finding, I will probably walk away thinking He’s not there. As you pray this week, ask God to increase your desire to seek Him at all times. Pray that you would look for Him, and find Him, in all the details of the life He would have you live. Pray that the seeds of righteousness being planted would bear great fruit in your life and the lives of others as you seek God. Pray that a life of seeking God would help you to find Him in both expected and unexpected places. 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 a wholehearted pursuer of Him.
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: Seek Earnestly. Pray that God would help you evaluate just how earnestly you seek Him. Pray that your seeking of God would constantly be moving from casual desire to a greater longing for His presence. “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
Tuesday: Seek Humbly. Pray that your pursuit of God would be filled with a humility that leads to obedience. Pray for the courage to seek God from a position of humility that recognizes His great love for you. Pray for the wisdom to help others see themselves as God sees them. “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands.” Zephaniah 2:3 (NIV)
Wednesday: Seek Wholeheartedly. Pray that God would cleanse your heart of anything that would get in the way of your seeking Him fully. Pray that your desire to seek God would lead you to do so with all your heart. Pray that you would be an example to others who need to find God. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)
Thursday: Seek While You Can. Pray that you would know God’s willingness and desire to be found by you. Pray for a greater recognition of God’s nearness to you. Pray that the people around you would seek God while the opportunity exists and that they would find Him to be very near. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6 (NIV)
Friday: Seek Joyfully. Pray that you would find joy in the process of seeking God, as well as in finding Him. Pray for a spirit that is turned toward God so you have reason to rejoice when you encounter Him. Pray that the people around you would see the joy that you have in the Lord and seek Him. “Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.” Psalm 105:3 (NIV)
Saturday: Seek From Wherever You Are. Pray that you would always seek God no matter where you are. Pray that the people around you would know that God can be found from wherever they are if they would only seek Him fully. “But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV)