“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Needing One Another
“As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’”
1 Corinthians 12:20-21 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will bring back one of the first topical scripture-based prayer guides I published back in the year 2013. In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic it is good to be reminded to pray for one another and to pray about our need for one another. The Bible has much to say about our need for one another, so this will be week one of a two week series on this topic. As you pray this week, ask God to help you consider your need for others and their need for you. As you pray each day, ask God to help the individual qualities to be ever-increasing in your life and in your interactions with others. Pray for a greater sense of value for all parts of the body of Christ. Pray about how you view others, especially those who are different from you in personality, responsibility, and gifting. Pray that even as we value one another based on God’s instructions, that we would never forget that our real value comes from God rather than from people. Pray about how you can be the “one another” that others need — particularly in these times of great uncertainty. Pray for the humility to accept and serve one another according to their need and according to God’s gifting in your life. Pray for a spirit of unity within your church congregation and within the body of Christ as a whole. Pray each day for the individuals of your church family as well as 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 understand how much you need others and how much they need you.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff and leadership as they navigate the many complexities of leading and shepherding in these uncertain times. Pray for the spiritual and financial health of the congregation to remain strong during this time of not being able to meet together physically. Pray that God would work through you in a mighty way to encourage others this week.
Monday: Love one another. Pray that your love for people would help them to know you as a disciple of Jesus. Pray that God would increase your love for others in response to knowing His love for you. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)
Tuesday: Be devoted to and honor one another. Pray that you would show proper devotion and honor to others. Pray that you would see beyond your own needs to know how to properly honor others. Pray for a confidence in being cared for and honored by others, and by God, as you devote yourself to others. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 (NIV)
Wednesday: Accept one another. Pray that God would be praised because you accept others in the same way Christ accepted you. Pray for a greater understanding of how God has accepted you even as He transforms you into the likeness of Christ. Pray for a better reflection of Jesus in the way you accept others. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 (NIV)
Thursday: Serve one another. Pray that you would be eager to serve others with the freedom you have in Christ. Pray that you would reject the temptation to sin as you exercise the freedoms you have in Christ. Pray that love would always guide you in the way you serve. “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
Friday: Bear with one another. Pray that you would “put up” with others as they “put up” with you. Pray that you would grow in humility and gentleness as you live by God’s Spirit. Pray for patience with one another as you pray that they would have patience with you. “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3 (NIV)
Saturday: Be kind and compassionate to one another. Pray that your words and attitude would show kindness to others. Pray that God would show you the things in your life that need to be gone so that you can be kind and compassionate to one another. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)