“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Pray Repentantly!
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
As we continue the #PraySTRONG emphasis, we have focused on praying submissively and praying truthfully. This week our prayer emphasis will focus on praying repentantly. The Bible says all have sinned but the unfortunate truth is that we not only have sinned, we still sin even after coming to Christ. Therefore, repentance is not only for the unsaved, but perhaps more importantly, it is for those of us who seek to walk with Christ daily. Repentance is more than a change of action, although the Bible is clear that it must be visible in our actions. It is a complete change of heart — a change of thinking about that which we are repenting of. As you pray this week, ask God to help you see the need for repentance in your life and that you would learn to see the things you are repenting of from God’s perspective. Pray that you would have a greater understanding of God’s desire that everyone would come to repentance. Pray for the humility needed to repent and to graciously help others recognize their need to repent. 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.
Missions Focus: Pray for the work Tom Lemler is doing with Impact Prayer Ministry. Pray for the effectiveness of the Impact Prayer Ministry resources as they are used around the world. Pray for increased opportunities and support that will allow Impact Prayer Ministry to do all that is within God’s will.
“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 grow in a repentance that leads to a stronger prayer life.
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 me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Repent in Godly Sorrow. Pray that the sorrow you experience when doing wrong would be godly sorrow that leads you to repentance. Pray with thanksgiving that the results of your repentance leaves you with no regrets. “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NIV)
Tuesday: Repent in Obedience. Pray that you would be obedient to God’s command to repent even of acts done in ignorance. Pray for the courage to seek God’s instruction and to follow it in full obedience. Pray that your obedience would help others have a desire to repent. “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30 (NIV)
Wednesday: Repent of Pride. Pray that God would help you to identify and repent of all traces of sinful pride in your life. Pray that God’s grace would be showered upon you and those around you as you repent. “Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD’s wrath did not come upon them during the days of Hezekiah.” 2 Chronicles 32:26 (NIV)
Thursday: Repent of Wickedness. Pray that you would turn to God and repent of all aspects of wickedness — even wickedness that currently only resides in your thoughts. Pray for a clear mind that understands the need to be rid of all wickedness. “Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.” Acts 8:22 (NIV)
Friday: Repent for Refreshment. Pray that your repentance would bring a time of refreshment in your life as you experience the penalty of your sins being wiped away. Pray that the cleansing you receive from God would lead you to be an instrument of God’s refreshing. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.’” Acts 3:19 (NIV)
Saturday: Repent for Restoration. Pray that you would experience God’s restoration in your life as you turn to Him in repentance. Pray that your restoration by God would help you to restore others who also repent. “Therefore this is what the LORD says: ‘If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.” Jeremiah 15:19 (NIV)