“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Children of God!
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
1 John 3:1 (NIV)
This week our prayer emphasis will focus on living as children of God. In a summer season filled with Vacation Bible Schools, graduations, and camp weeks, it is good to remember to pray for the children around us and for the child within us. Just as we expect the children around us to grow, God expects us to grow. Praying for the children around us, and even for those far away, is one of the greatest things we can do for them. As you pray this week, ask God to help you know the great value you have as His child. Pray that the children in your life would know the love of God that He lavishes on them. Pray that you would love and value children just as God does. Pray that God would mold your heart and will into that which aligns with His love and care for children. Pray for the courage to be involved in the lives of children in ways that show them the love of God. Pray about how you can serve the needs of children, both in the church gathering and in the community. 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 live as His child as you also lead children to live for 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: Children Who Are Obedient. Pray that you would live in obedience to Christ out of love for Him and as an example to others. Pray that children would be filled with the presence of God as they put away the desires of ignorance and walk in obedience to God. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.” 1 Peter 1:14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Children Who Are Forgiven. Pray that your life would be lived in a way that reflects the forgiveness that you have received in Christ. Pray that children would know the depths of God’s forgiveness as they experience your forgiveness. Pray that God’s forgiveness of you would lead you to forgive others more. “I write to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.” 1 John 2:12 (NIV)
Wednesday: Children Who Live With Confidence. Pray that you would live life with a confidence in the future because of whose child you are. Pray that children would begin, and continue, a life in Christ so they would have a confidence in being unashamed when He returns. “And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.” 1 John 2:28 (NIV)
Thursday: Children Who Have Genuine Love. Pray that your love for others would be reflected in the things you actually do. Pray that children would see and hear in you a consistency that demonstrates through your actions both your love and God’s love for them. Pray that your expressions of love would be truthful. “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:18 (NIV)
Friday: Children Who Worship God Exclusively. Pray that you would be aware of the things which could easily become idols in your life so that you can avoid them. Pray that children would see in you a life that only worships God. Pray for the children who are growing in a world that is filled with people and things wanting to be worshipped. “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21 (NIV)
Saturday: Children Who Walk In Truth. Pray that you would be one that finds, and expresses, joy through walking in the truth of God’s Word. Pray that children would learn from your words and example as they find the greatest of all joys can be discovered through walking with God in truth. “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 1:4 (NIV)