“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Things To Consider!
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and consider the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’”
Luke 14:28-30 (NIV)
This week our prayer emphasis will focus on some things that God says we ought to consider as we seek to follow Him. Considering the cost doesn’t mean that we make our decisions based solely on what a particular action will cost, in money or anything else, but rather it is a matter of determining if we have what it takes to finish. Jesus addresses this type of consideration in physical matters to instruct us about our even greater need to consider the cost of being His disciple. As you pray this week, ask God to help you consider the things He would want you to think through. Pray that you would give careful thought to all aspects of your decisions as you seek to base your actions around the things that would please God. Pray that you would have a godly approach, rather than a humanistic one, to the way you consider the things you would do. Pray for the courage to move beyond consideration when the things you have considered call for action. 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 consider, and accept, the costs of being a disciple.
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: Consider Carefully. Pray that you would consider carefully the things you hear. Pray for a spirit of discernment to help you understand correctly. Pray that you would carefully consider how you would want to be treated when you interact with others. “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you — and even more.” Mark 4:24 (NIV)
Tuesday: Consider Your Worth. Pray that you would pay attention to the way that God cares not only for creation, but for His children. Pray that you, and the people around you, would know the great value that each of you have to God. “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12:24 (NIV)
Wednesday: Consider The Future. Pray that you would always be mindful of the future glory that will be revealed to you, and in you, when Christ returns. Pray for the courage to endure hardship for a season as you consider what is to come for those who are in Christ. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 (NIV)
Thursday: Consider Others. Pray that God would help you examine the motives behind your interactions with those around you. Pray that you would have the courage to put aside all selfish thoughts and actions as you consider the needs of others ahead of your own. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
Friday: Consider the Consequences. Pray that you would carefully consider the consequences of your words and actions. Pray that you would be careful, even in the small things of life, as you consider the consequences of what you say and do. “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.” James 3:5 (NIV)
Saturday: Consider Jesus! Pray that you would always consider the example of Jesus as the pattern for your life. Pray that you would learn from Jesus at all times, but especially when you feel weary and disheartened. Pray that your consideration of Jesus would keep you faithful to Him. “Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3 (NIV)