“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Living With Discernment!
“Who is wise? He will realize these things.
Who is discerning? He will understand them.
The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them,
but the rebellious stumble in them.”
Hosea 14:9 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is a return to a prayer guide I had written a few years ago about living with godly discernment. Discernment is the quality necessary to live in the world between “everything is permissible” and “not everything is beneficial”. Without discernment we will often find our self drifting to one extreme or the other. We either latch onto the “everything is permissible” mantra and begin to live as if anything goes, or we focus almost exclusively on the “thou shalt not” mindset and limit what we approve only to the things we deem beneficial. Discernment is a gift from God that helps us to live in the freedom of doing what benefits others according to their need. As you pray this week, ask God to fill you with a discernment that gives you a greater understanding of His righteous ways. Pray that discernment would help you to choose the best — not only over what is bad, but perhaps more importantly, over what is simply “good enough”. Pray for discernment in the midst of a flood of information that is often confusing and conflicting. Pray for discernment in what you say and share, whether in person or on social media. Pray for grace in how you deal with others, knowing that only God can be fully accurate in discerning the heart of someone else. 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 live with discernment.
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: Discernment to Understand God’s Laws. Pray that you would serve God with discernment in order to understand how He works through His laws. Pray for the discernment needed to accurately share the beauty of God’s laws with others. Pray that your understanding would lead you to live according to the commands of God. “I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.” Psalm 119:125 (NIV)
Tuesday: Discernment to Guide Your Understanding. Pray for discernment to find God’s guidance in understanding the proverbs and parables of the Bible. Pray that God’s Spirit would be the voice of discernment in your life. Pray that your discernment would lead to knowing the truth found in the sayings of the wise. “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance — for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.” Proverbs 1:5-6 (NIV)
Wednesday: Discernment that Leads to Life. Pray that you would hold on to the discernment that comes from sound judgment. Pray that godly discernment would keep you from the paths that lead to destruction. Pray that you would wear discernment in a way that brings life to you and to those around you. “My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.” Proverbs 3:21-22 (NIV)
Thursday: Discernment that Leads to Wise Instruction. Pray for a heart of wisdom that would lead to you being known as discerning. Pray that God would grant you wisdom that reflects Him to each person you meet. Pray for the discernment needed to share pleasant words that lead to the instruction of those who hear. “The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction.” Proverbs 16:21 (NIV)
Friday: Discernment that Seeks True Knowledge. Pray that the discernment you seek from God would lead to actual knowledge. Pray that you would have “wise ears” that seek out the knowledge that comes through godly discernment. Pray that the knowledge you find would accurately reflect the nature of God. “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.” Proverbs 18:15 (NIV)
Saturday: Discernment that Leads to What is Best. Pray that you would live with a discernment that comes from an abundance of love. Pray that you would allow godly discernment to lead you in doing what is best, according to God, in all things. “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:9-10 (NIV)