“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: The Church!
“To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ — their Lord and ours.”
1 Corinthians 1:2 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will be focused on praying for the church. As Paul writes to the Corinthians, he defines the church as being the people who have been set apart in Christ Jesus for a life of holiness. When the New Testament writers mention the church it is done in both the context of a local gathering of believers and also as the bride of Christ encompassing all who are in Christ world-wide. How we live as the church locally will generally determine how we see the church globally. As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in a desire to see the church become what He wants. Pray that you would understand that He is the one that adds each member to the body, meaning they all have value and belong. Pray for the courage and humility needed to set aside your plans for the church in order to hear and follow God’s plans. Pray about how you represent Christ to others within the church so that together your witness to the world would be untarnished. Pray that “your church” would become Christ’s church and in doing so would consider the needs of all generations, races, income levels, and any other groups the world wants to divide us into, as being equal. 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 functioning part of His body, the church.
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: A Church Which Prays Earnestly. Pray that God would help you examine accurately just how earnestly you pray for others. Ask God to help you to grow in a lifestyle of prayer that turns to Him in the midst of problems experienced by yourself and by others. Ask God to put people in your life that pray earnestly for you. “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Church Which Sends From Within. Pray that you would be involved in helping the church send people out to share the good news of Jesus. Pray for an openness to God’s Spirit should you be one whom He is preparing to be sent out. “Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.” Acts 15:21 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Church Which Makes Known the Wisdom of God. Pray that you would live life with the wisdom that God promises to give freely to all who ask. Pray that your relationships with other believers would be such that God’s wisdom would be proclaimed throughout the heavenly realms. “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 3:10 (NIV)
Thursday: A Church With Jesus As the Head. Pray for the humility to accept Jesus as the head of all things. Pray that all decisions made, both individually and with others, would be done so in submission to the headship of Christ. “And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” Colossians 1:18 (NIV)
Friday: A Church With Proper Conduct. Pray for the wisdom to know how a person of God ought to live — both individually and in relationship with others. Pray that the conduct within the church would be built upon a foundation of truth. “If I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15 (NIV)
Saturday: A Church That Helps People With Real Needs. Ask God to help you care for those who are your responsibility. Pray for wisdom to understand, and help, those who are really in need. “If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.” 1 Timothy 5:16 (NIV)