“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Living With Power!
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
2 Corinthians 4:7 (NIV)
This week our prayer emphasis will focus on living with power. As I arrived at the building Monday morning to write this next prayer guide, I found that half the building had no electric power. While I was able to begin the work I wanted to do, the pace was much slower and far less productive than it is when the power is on. Fortunately, by mid morning, the power was back on and I’m back to working as I’m accustomed to. Many times, I fear, we try to live the Christian life without being fully connected to the power God offers to us through His Spirit. When we choose to live with power, we become more effective . . . not by our own strength, but by the power that dwells within. As you pray this week, ask God to help you realize when you are trying to live life in your own strength. Pray for the humility to admit your weaknesses so that God’s power can be displayed through them. Pray that your example of living in God’s power would help others turn to Him as their source of living power. Pray that you would be diligent in your practice of pointing people to Jesus when they notice the work God does through you. 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 by His power and His might.
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: Living With Power In Weakness. Pray that you would look to God in the midst of your weaknesses so that His power can be revealed in you. Pray that you would know the grace of God, and share the grace of God with others, as His power is made perfect in you. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Living With the Power of the Spirit. Pray that you would continually become more attuned to the Spirit of God dwelling within you. Pray for a greater understanding of just how glorious the riches of God are in your life as they are displayed through the power of His Spirit. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” Ephesians 3:16 (NIV)
Wednesday: Living With Mighty Power. Pray that you would know a strength in living a godly life that will only be available to you through the mighty power of God. Pray that you would be filled with courage in regard to living a Christ-like life in the midst of a world that is increasingly evil. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)
Thursday: Living With Resurrection Power. Pray that you would willingly die to self in order to know the power of living a life resurrected in Christ. Pray that the power of the resurrection would remove the fear of death from you as you claim a life in Christ that will never end. “I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” Philippians 3:10 (NIV)
Friday: Living With Power to Suffer. Pray that you would have the courage to let Jesus be seen in you and heard from you. Pray that you would live with the power necessary to endure whatever suffering you experience because of your faith in Christ. “So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.” 2 Timothy 1:8 (NIV)
Saturday: Living With Divine Power. Pray that you would always look to God for a lasting power that comes from a divine source. Pray that you would find in God the power needed to live a life of godliness and knowledge that shows you to be His own. “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)