“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: The Power of One!
“Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.”
Psalm 24:3-4 (NIV)
In keeping with this year’s theme of washing hands and disinfecting, this week’s prayer guide will focus on clean living. While we spend much time emphasizing the cleansing of our bodies and the things we can touch, God is even more concerned about our living as those who are fully cleansed from the inside out. As you pray this week, ask God to increase your desire to “ascend the hill of the Lord”. Pray that your life would be fully open to God as you look for areas that may need some extra cleansing this week. Pray that you would worship God only and would always reject the idols of this world. Pray for the courage to reject that which is false and to resist the temptation to compromise with the enemy. Pray that your life would be a shining example of one who walks with God each day. Pray for the wisdom to know what needs to be cleansed from your life . . . and for the humility to be one who is fully cleansed by God. Pray that you would always speak words of healing and cleansing to the people around you. 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 with clean hands and a pure heart.
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: Cleansed of All Sin. Pray that you would be aware of the sin in your life that needs the cleansing only God can give. Pray for the humility to reject all seeds of rebellion that the enemy tries to plant in your life. Pray that your life would share a message of forgiveness of sins made possible by the cleansing power of Jesus. “I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me.” Jeremiah 33:8 (NIV)
Tuesday: Cleansed Through Compassion. Pray that you would experience and be aware of the compassion of Jesus as He reaches out to you. Pray that your desire for a complete cleansing would be met by an openness to receive that which God offers through His great compassion. “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’” Mark 1:41 (NIV)
Wednesday: Cleansed By the Word. Pray that you would be a student of God’s Word as you allow it’s message and it’s Author to cleanse you completely. Pray that you would live as one who has been cleansed by the Word of God. Pray that you would “accurately divide the Word of Truth” as you share it with others. “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.” John 15:3 (NIV)
Thursday: Cleansed To Be Useful. Pray that you would live as one useful to God as you allow Him to cleanse you fully. Pray for eyes that see, and a willingness to do, the good works God has prepared in advance for you to do. Thank God for making you useful to Him, and to others, through His cleansing. “If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” 2 Timothy 2:21 (NIV)
Friday: Cleansed By the Blood of Jesus. Pray that you would know the completeness of God’s forgiveness as you are cleansed by the blood of Jesus. Pray that your obedience to Christ would fill you with the assurance of being fully cleansed by His blood in accordance with His laws. “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” Hebrews 9:22 (NIV)
Saturday: Cleansed Conscience. Pray that you would live life seeking to be near to God each day. Pray that God’s cleansing of your life would include a cleansing of your conscience through your faith in His accomplished work. Pray that you be cleansed completely by the washing that God offers to you. “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)