“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Kingdom Citizen!
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis is about some qualities that we ought to be experiencing in increasing measure as citizens of the kingdom of God! Living as a citizen of a country here on earth usually carries with it a combination of privileges, expectations, and responsibilities. As a child of God, our citizenship is in heaven and it also comes with a set of privileges, expectations, and responsibilities even as we journey through life on this earth. As you pray this week, ask God to help you value the citizenship He has given you in His kingdom. Pray that you would live a life that seeks first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Pray about how you will help others know the joy of living as a kingdom citizen. Pray for the courage to live with an allegiance to God that is greater than that which you pledge to any nation or institution on earth. Pray for the transforming power of God to make you more like Christ each day that you live. 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 a kingdom citizen.
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: Born Again Citizen. Pray that you would understand that Jesus is the only way for anyone to become a kingdom citizen. Pray for the courage to declare the truth of Jesus to all who would desire to be a citizen in the kingdom of God. Pray that a new birth would result in a new life. “In reply Jesus declared, ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’” John 3:3 (NIV)
Tuesday: Powerful Citizen. Pray that your life as a kingdom citizen would know the power of God in a way that goes beyond mere words. Pray for the wisdom to allow God’s power to work through you so that the words you use about your faith would contain the power of salvation for all who would hear. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)
Wednesday: Worthy Citizen. Pray that you would live your life in such a way that it honors the righteous judgments of God. Pray for the humility needed to live as one who is counted worthy of being a citizen of God’s kingdom. “All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.” 2 Thessalonians 1:5 (NIV)
Thursday: Thankful Citizen. Pray that you would live a thankful life as you consider the unshakeable kingdom that God has called you to. Pray that your worship of God would be appropriate and acceptable as you live a life of thanksgiving. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)
Friday: Rich Citizen. Pray that you would value the riches of the kingdom of God more than you value the riches of this world. Pray that your faith would grow in ever-increasing measure as you look forward to the promised inheritance that is yours. “Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” James 2:5 (NIV)
Saturday: Eternal Citizen. Pray for a greater knowledge of the eternal nature of your kingdom citizenship. Pray about how God would have you welcome others into an eternal kingdom which they can belong to for an eternity that has already begun. Pray that your life as a kingdom citizen now would recognize the eternal nature of what God has given. “And you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:11 (NIV)