“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Living As a Kingdom Worker!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
With Labor Day Weekend arriving here in the United States, I’ve chosen the topic of work for this week’s prayer focus. Working for the Lord is not as much about the specific tasks that we do as it is about the attitude that we do them with. Living as a kingdom worker recognizes both our need to rest and our need to be productive. The American mindset often portrays the hours we spend at a paid job as belonging to our employer while the rest of the hours belong to us. When you live and work as a kingdom citizen, however, all of the hours belong to the King. As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the attitudes you approach work with. Pray that you would find a balance of rest and work that is pleasing to God. Pray about how God would want you to honor Him in your work. Pray for the courage to work for the Lord in whatever you do — paid work, volunteer work, home work. Pray for faithfulness and endurance as you work with an eternal inheritance set before you as your reward. Pray for wisdom in knowing the difference between the good works God has created you to do and the busy work that man may want you to do. 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 worker.
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: Work That Is Established. Pray that you would seek the favor of God in all of the work He sets before you. Pray that your work would be established by God as you choose to do the very work He has created in advance to be done through you. “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us — yes, establish the work of our hands.” Psalm 90:17 (NIV)
Tuesday: Work That Is Shared. Pray that you would look for opportunities to share in the work God is doing through others. Pray for wisdom in partnering with people who will increase the effectiveness of the work you do for the Lord. Pray for humility which allows you to ask for help in the work you do. “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV)
Wednesday: Work That Helps the Weak. Pray that God would purify your motives in the work you do. Pray that you would follow the examples of those who work hard to help others. “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35 (NIV)
Thursday: Work That Bears Fruit. Pray that your work would please the Lord as it bears fruit to His glory. Pray that you would be an example to others as you live a life God would call worthy. “And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10 (NIV)
Friday: Work That Is Remembered. Pray that you would not become weary in helping others through the work you do. Pray that you would be encouraged by knowing God will always remember your work done in love. “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)
Saturday: Work That Is Known By God. Pray that your work would be done in such a way that it brings you peace to have it known by God. Pray that all of your work would be done with an awareness that it doesn’t escape God’s notice. Pray about how you can help others to rejoice in what God knows about their deeds. “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance.” Revelation 2:2 (NIV)