“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Pray Noticeably!
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
As we continue the #PraySTRONG emphasis, we have focused on praying submissively, praying truthfully, praying repentantly, and praying observantly. This week our prayer emphasis will focus on praying noticeably. If the topic of praying noticeably sounds strange, I should probably point out that praying to be noticed and praying that is noticed aren’t the same thing. A lifestyle of prayer isn’t designed to draw attention to yourself, but it ought to produce fruit in your life that helps others to see God more clearly. As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the motives behind your prayers. Pray that the things you talk to God about would result in others noticing the work of God in your life. Ask God to help your prayer life be an example that would lead people to seek greater depth in their relationship with God. Ask God to help your practice of these daily prayer points help others to know they too can have meaningful conversations with 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 your prayer life be such that it draws attention to 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 me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Pray Earnestly. Ask God to help you pray earnestly for those whose situations may seem hopeless. Pray that the earnestness of your prayers would help others notice how important prayer is to you. Ask God to help you always keep on praying without giving up. “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5 (NIV)
Tuesday: Pray With Joy. Ask God to fill you with joy about Him and about those you pray for. Pray that your joy would be expressed, and even increased, because of the way you pray for all of those around you. Pray that the joy in your prayers would be noticed by the people around you who need to experience God’s joy. “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.” Philippians 1:4 (NIV)
Wednesday: Pray For Restoration. Ask God to help you notice those who are distant and need to be restored. Pray that you would not only be restored to God, but that you would seek God’s help in seeing people restored to one another. Pray that the restoration you have experienced would fill others with hope. “I particularly urge you to pray so that I may be restored to you soon.” Hebrews 13:19 (NIV)
Thursday: Pray During Times of Trouble. Ask God to help you look to Him in times of trouble — whether it is trouble you face or trouble those around you experience. Pray that you would know the praise of peace that comes to those who seek God in times of trouble. Pray that others would notice the peace that is found in prayer. “Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.” James 5:13 (NIV)
Friday: Pray With a Clear Mind. Ask God to help you overcome distractions that keep you from praying as you ought. Pray that you would recognize in the brevity of life the importance of praying with a clear mind and with self control. Pray that others would notice the clarity that comes from a lifestyle of prayer. “The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.” 1 Peter 4:7 (NIV)
Saturday: Pray In the Holy Spirit. Ask God to make you more aware of His Spirit’s presence in your life as you pray. Pray that your faith would be built up as you allow God’s Spirit to intercede for you when it seems your words of prayer are inadequate. Pray that your faith would be noticed as you choose to walk by the power of the Spirit each day. “But you, dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 1:20 (NIV)