“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Knowing Christ!
“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ”
Philippians 3:8 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis is a selection of things we ought to know in greater measure as we seek to know Christ. The daily topics are part of a 31-day devotional book I am currently writing, “The Heart Of a Child”, with each day focused on something different to pray about for a child of any age . . . including your age! As we seek to know Christ in a greater way, we not only learn from Him, we also look to the One he is an exact representation of — His Father. As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a greater desire to know Him. Pray that you would be faithful in your representation of Jesus so others would also know Him. Pray for all who would come to God as little children seeking to know the love of a good Father. Pray that your desire would be to really know Christ, not just know about Him. Pray that your life as a child of God would compel you to share that life with the children around 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 know Christ more fully.
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: Know the Fear of the Lord. Pray that you would listen to the Word of God with the intent of understanding and pursuing a healthy fear of the Lord. Pray that you would be involved in teaching others about how a fear of the Lord can dispel all unhealthy fears from your life. “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” Psalm 34:11 (NIV)
Tuesday: Know the Compassion of the Lord. Pray that you would recognize the compassion of God toward you in the midst of your suffering. Pray that your compassion toward others would serve as an example for them to seek and know the compassion of God. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
Wednesday: Know the Faithfulness of God. Pray that you would recognize the faithfulness of God in your life and be consistent in praising Him for it. Pray for boldness in sharing with others about God’s faithfulness in your life. Pray that you would use your example to help others know of God’s faithfulness. “The living, the living — they praise you, as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about your faithfulness.” Isaiah 38:19 (NIV)
Thursday: Know the Peace of God. Pray that you would spend time in God’s Word seeking instruction to guide all aspects of your life into peace with Him. Pray that God’s instruction would fill you with a peace that you are able to share with the people around you each day. “All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children’s peace.” Isaiah 54:13 (NIV)
Friday: Know the Goodness of God. Pray that your desire to give good things to others would represent God’s desire to give good gifts to His children. Pray for the humility to ask God to supply your needs out of the abundance of His goodness. “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11 (NIV)
Saturday: Know the Victory of God. Pray for a spirit of submission to God that recognizes the power within you is not you. Pray that you would live as one who is victorious as you accept the victory God has given. Pray about how you exemplify the greatness of God in you. “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4 (NIV)