“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Better Things!
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)
Our prayer emphasis this week will focus on pursuing better things. For me, this story of Mary and Martha serves as a consistent reminder to choose what is better when life has me “worried and upset about many things”. It doesn’t necessarily take bad things to distract us from that which is better — it just takes busy things. The better things God desires for you will always revolve around knowing Christ and making Him known. As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine how distracted you are. Pray that you would be accurate in your evaluation of what keeps you from the better things. Pray for the courage to set aside unnecessary good things that have become a distraction from the better things. Pray for wisdom in doing the good things God has called you to while not losing your pursuit of the better things. Pray that you would be one who encourages others in their pursuit of God. 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 pursue the better things He has for those who are His.
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: Better Knowledge. Pray for the wisdom to pursue God in a way that gives you a better knowledge of Him, not just a knowledge about Him. Pray that knowing Christ more fully would be a daily “better thing” that you pursue. “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.” Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)
Tuesday: Better Attitude. Pray that God would help you examine your attitude toward others — all others. Pray for the courage to look out for the needs of others above your own as you choose to live with a better attitude — the attitude of Christ. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
Wednesday: Better Hope. Pray for God’s help in seeing and understanding the various things that drive the hope that you live with. Pray that you would exchange all of the lesser things of hope for the better hope found by drawing near to God. “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:18-19 (NIV)
Thursday: Better Promises. Pray that your life would always be built on the better promises which come from Jesus. Pray that your reliance on the better promises of Jesus would result in better promises by you to others. “But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.” Hebrews 8:5 (NIV)
Friday: Better Country. Pray that you would never lose sight of the better country to which you have been called. Pray that your life would help others see, and know, a country better than any on earth awaits those who belong to God. “They were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:16 (NIV)
Saturday: Better Suffering. In a world full of trouble, pray that the suffering you experience would not be the result of evil done by you. Pray that you would learn a “better suffering” that comes from doing the good God has called you to even when the world around you disapproves. “It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:17 (NIV)