“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Chosen By God!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
Colossians 3:12-13 (NIV)
Our prayer emphasis this week will focus on living as one chosen by God. If you are wondering if that is you, the answer is yes! God has chosen all as He issues the invitation to come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is up to each one of us to decide if we will accept His choosing, or reject it. While we do nothing to earn being chosen by God, our response to God’s choosing ought to result in a transformed life that exhibits growing characteristics that represent Jesus well. As you pray this week, be thankful that you have been chosen by God. Pray that you would grow in your desire and practice of “being dressed” like Christ. Pray that your practice of putting on the things of Christ would help you get along with others. Pray for the courage to live as one called by God as you represent Jesus in a world that desperately needs to see and know Him. 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 one who has been chosen by 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: Chosen To Be Compassionate. Pray that God’s compassion toward you would lead you to have compassion for others. Pray that you would live as one chosen by God to be compassionate to everyone who chooses to return home to God. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 (NIV)
Tuesday: Chosen To Be Kind. Pray that the Lord’s kindness to you would be your example in how you treat others. Pray for the courage to treat others with kindness, especially when you disagree. Pray that a practice of kindness would guide how you instruct others. “And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.” 2 Timothy 2:24 (NIV)
Wednesday: Chosen To Be Humble. Pray that God would help you to accurately examine your motives. Pray for the humility that considers others to be better than yourself. Pray that you would represent God well as you reflect the humility that has been shown to us by Jesus. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
Thursday: Chosen To Be Gentle. Pray that being chosen by God would lead you to a life of gentleness. Pray that you would grow in gentleness as you grow in your relationship with God. Pray that the people around you would see God at work in your life as you live with a gentleness that is obvious to all. “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 (NIV)
Friday: Chosen To Be Patient. Pray for God’s help in overcoming the human frustrations that accompany dealing with people . . .including yourself. Pray that you would learn to be patient with everyone, especially those who are struggling in their life. “And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NIV)
Saturday: Chosen To Be Forgiving. Pray that you would live each day with an awareness of the forgiveness you have in Christ. Pray that God’s grace extended toward you would lead you to be a person who forgives others. Pray that you would know the freedom that comes through forgiving and being forgiven. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)