“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Others!
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
Philippians 2:3-4 (NIV)
This week our prayer emphasis will focus on how God would have us relate to others. Interestingly enough, it is how we view ourselves that often has the greatest influence in how we look at others. We have such a tendency to serve ourselves that it takes a supernatural work of God in our life to help us truly look to the needs of others above our own. Many times it takes having our life shaken to the core before we realize what we are willing to do for others and where they align in our priorities compared to our self. As I visited recently with people in hurricane recovery mode, I was humbled by so many stories of people insisting that their neighbor, friend, fellow church member, or even strangers were taken care of before they would accept any help for themselves. As you pray this week, ask God to help increase your ability to see others as He does. Pray for a humble heart that considers their needs even above your own. Pray that you would see the actual needs of others rather than simply projecting your likes and desires onto them as being their needs. 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 interact with others in ways that would honor 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: Build Up Others. Pray that you would always be mindful of both the content and tone of your words. Pray that God would help you to see the actual needs of others so your words would help to build them up appropriately. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
Tuesday: Join With Others. Pray that you would notice those who follow the example of scripture and join with them in that pursuit. Pray that you would be open and welcoming to people who are also seeking to live according to God’s instructions. “Join with others in following my example and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.” Philippians 3:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: Teach Others. Pray that you would humbly receive instruction not only for the purpose of your growth, but to be qualified to teach others. Pray that you would take the truth of the gospel entrusted to you and share it with people who will teach others. “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV)
Thursday: Encourage Others. Pray that you would encourage others by the power and hope found in sound doctrine. Pray that your encouragement of others would always be grounded in the truth of God’s Word. “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” Titus 1:9 (NIV)
Friday: Share With Others. Pray that your willingness to share with others would not be thwarted by the unseen thief of forgetfulness. Pray for the courage to learn to share sacrificially in a way that pleases God. Pray that you would share with others in such a way that they recognize the hand of God working. “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
Saturday: Serve Others. Pray that God would help you to do an accurate inventory of how He has gifted you. Pray for the wisdom to find ways to serve others with the gifts God has given you. Pray for the humility needed to serve others with impartiality in such a way that God gets the credit for the results. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)