“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Living With Contentment!
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)
This week our prayer emphasis will be on learning to live with contentment. Contentment is a very godly character quality but one that is difficult to live — especially in a culture that is so focused on convincing people that they need what others have and they need more than what others have. When Paul writes about learning contentment, the focus is on discovering that God is enough in the midst of any circumstance. As you pray this week, ask God to help you rejoice in the happiness of others. Pray that you would learn a spirit of contentment that comes from a complete trust in God. Pray that the things of this world, and the things that others have, would not become a snare to you. Ask God to teach you how to be content with what He has given and strive to make the most of it for His glory. Pray that your lifestyle of contentment would lead others to know the abundance of God can be found in a relationship with Jesus. 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 with contentment.
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: Contentment from a Fear of the Lord. Pray that you would have contentment through a life lived with a fear of the Lord. Pray that you would experience times of contented rest as you live with a healthy fear of the Lord. Pray that others would know a rest that can only come from godly contentment. “The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” Proverbs 19:23 (NIV)
Tuesday: Contentment with Your Income. Pray that you would learn to live within your means and be content with the pay you have agreed to. Pray that a contentment with your income would lead you to a heart of generosity. “Then some soldiers asked him, ‘And what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely — be content with your pay.’” Luke 3:14 (NIV)
Wednesday: Contentment in All Circumstances. Pray that your relationship with Christ would teach you the secret of being content in all circumstances. Pray that the people around you would see your contentment and give glory to God. “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12 (NIV)
Thursday: Contentment with Godliness. Pray that you would seek to live a life of godliness and experience great gain as you become content with God being the center of your life. Pray that the people around you would be amazed at the attitude of abundance that God wants to fill you with. Pray that your contentment would be contagious. “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV)
Friday: Contentment with Basic Needs. Pray that you would have God’s view of necessities and learn to be content even if that is all you have. Pray that your contentment with what you need would lead you to a life of joy that helps others to see Jesus in you. Pray that your life of contentment would lead you to a desire to share “But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:8 (NIV)
Saturday: Contentment with God’s Presence. Pray that you would know the contentment of God’s abiding presence. Pray that the allure of money would not distract you from finding contentment in simply having God with you. “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)