“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Purified!
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure.”
1 John 3:2-3 (NIV)
This week our prayer emphasis will focus on living a purified life. It saddens me to live in a society that often places so little value on purity. Even as Christians, it is so easy to adopt the patterns of this world rather than allow God to transform our minds. We expose ourselves to impure words, images, experiences, and thoughts for so long that we don’t even notice the impurity spilling forth from our life. While God offers grace in abundance to cover our multitude of sins, He still calls us to deliberately pursue a life of purity. As you pray this week, ask God to examine and reveal to you the impurity that exists in your life. Pray for the courage to repent and reject all impure input that you’ve allowed into your mind. Pray that your desire for purity in all things would come from a heart that wants to obey God out of the great love you have for Him. Pray that your example of purity would be lived in a humility that draws others to Christ. 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 a purified life.
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: Purified To Work Together. Pray for a growing purity in the way you speak to people and in the ways you speak about people. Pray for a common purity among people that would lead each one to call upon the Lord and learn to work together for Him. “Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the LORD and serve him shoulder to shoulder.” Zephaniah 3:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Purified By Faith. Pray for an increasing faith that continually purifies your heart. Pray that God would help you to see others in the way that He sees them. Pray that God would remove all traces of partiality from your life as you consider He purifies the hearts of others in the same way He purifies yours. “He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.” Acts 15:9 (NIV)
Wednesday: Purified Out Of Reverence For God. Pray that your genuine regard for God would lead you to a greater desire to purify yourself from all evil. Pray for the courage to remove all sources of spiritual contamination from your life. “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 (NIV)
Thursday: Purified Through Godly Discernment. Pray that God would fill you with a level of discernment that can only come from Him. Pray that you would discern what is best and then use that discernment to actually do the things that lead to a pure and blameless life. “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)
Friday: Purified By Obedience To the Truth. Pray for a desire to be obedient to the truth in all things. Pray that your love for God, and for one another, would be a pure love that results from your obedience to God. “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)
Saturday: Purified From All Unrighteousness. Pray for the courage to agree with God about the things in your life He calls sin. Pray that you would trust in God’s faithfulness to forgive all who come to Him in repentance as you look to Him to purify you from all unrighteousness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV)