Lifestyle of Prayer: Thinking About Whatever!

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“A Lifestyle of Prayer”

This week’s prayer focus: Thinking About Whatever!

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

This week’s prayer emphasis will be about some things that God says we ought to think about.  How’s your thought life?  Do you realize how important and powerful your thoughts are?  Thoughts become ideas, ideas become actions, actions become habits, and the sum of your habits become your character — who you really are!  This week’s prayer focus is on the “Whatever” kind of things that ought to fill your thought life so that they become your character!  As you pray, ask God to help you take every thought captive as you make each one obedient to Him.  Pray that God’s Spirit would empower you to train your mind so it would think upon the things of God.  Pray that you would be quick to put away any thoughts that would not be beneficial for you or others.  Pray for the courage and humility needed to seek help from God and others when your thoughts are not what they should be.  As you continue to grow in A Lifestyle of Prayer, it is important to remember prayer should be a lifestyle, not an event.  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 submit your thought life to Him.

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: Whatever is True.  Pray that your thoughts would constantly run through the filter of God’s Word as the standard for truth.  Pray that your life would be set apart by truth and then pray for the courage to consistently live that life.  Pray for the wisdom to know truth as revealed by God rather than accepting the world’s version of truth.  “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17  (NIV)

Tuesday: Whatever is Noble.  Pray that your thoughts would be productive as you think on things that will bear a great kingdom harvest.  Pray that you would always seek the “higher things” to set your mind on.  “But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”  Luke 8:15 (NIV)

Wednesday: Whatever is Right.  Pray that your thoughts would consistently be trained on doing what is right no matter what.  Pray for the courage to reject sin as you fill your mind, and actions, with the things which are right.  “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”  Genesis 4:7 (NIV)

Thursday: Whatever is Pure.  Pray that your thoughts would always be pure as you draw near to God for His cleansing.  Pray for the humility needed to consistently draw near to God for the cleansing of your thoughts so they would not waver between good and evil.  “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  James 4:8 (NIV)

Friday: Whatever is Lovely.  Pray that your mind would be filled with the loveliness of God’s dwelling as you long for your eternal home.  Pray that you would look for that which is lovely in the people and scenes around you.  “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”  Psalm 84:1-2 (NIV)

SaturdayWhatever is Admirable.  Pray that your thoughts would be focused on an admiration of the work of Jesus in your life and in the lives of others.  Pray that your life would present a believable testimony of Jesus as you actions follow thoughts which are admirable.  “When He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed.”  2 Thessalonians 1:10 (NKJV)