“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: The Power of One!
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 4:3-6 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide is focused on praying about some things we ought to have in common. The above verses list some of the “one” things that are foundational elements that we should build on as we pray this week. As we pray each day about the power of one, our prayers will focus not so much on one person as on some things that ought to unite us as we pursue the same One. As you pray this week, ask God to help you do your part in making “every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Pray that you would not lose focus in pursuing things which unite rather than divide. Pray for the courage to live with God as the One who unites you to Himself and to one another. Pray for the wisdom and discernment needed to avoid the distractions and schemes of the enemy which are designed to create confusion and discord. Pray for a singleness of mind and heart that allows you to see how the “one things” of scripture will draw you closer to Him. As you pray, be sure to listen for what God would have you to do . . . and then do it. Pray for a growing spirit of unity to exist as people call out to the one God. 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 throughout the world.
“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 in unity with Him and with one another.
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: One Request. Pray that your requests of God would be refined to that which is most important. Pray that your request to dwell in God’s presence would be a result of His presence dwelling within you and that you would see His beauty in response to your request. “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4 (NIV)
Tuesday: One Reputation. Pray that your work as an ambassador of Jesus Christ would uphold the reputation of God. Pray that your actions would make it a good thing to be rewarded according to what you have done. “One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done.” Psalm 62:11-12 (NIV)
Wednesday: One Need. Pray that you would hear, and listen to, God — asking Him to reveal any “one thing” that stands between you and Him. Pray that you would respond with obedience to God when He calls you to follow Him in all things. “When Jesus heard this, he said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” Luke 6:9 (NIV)
Thursday: One Admission. Pray that you would have the courage to admit any areas of blindness so that Jesus can bring sight to you. Pray that you would recognize and proclaim the mighty works of God in your life even when you do not fully understand how He has accomplished that work. “He replied, ‘Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!’” John 9:25 (NIV)
Friday: One Goal. Pray that you would not be distracted by your past, or the present, as you press on to reach the goal of eternal life. Pray that you would always be mindful of the heavenward calling God has issued to each person. “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
Saturday: One Reminder. Pray that God would help you to not judge His timetable but to learn His patience for those who are lost. Pray that you would make the most of every opportunity as you are reminded that God works on a timetable much different than yours. Pray that you would see each day as an opportunity to make God known. “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)