“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Still Together . . . Again!
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)
As churches continue to find their own processes and timing of reopening their buildings, this week’s prayer emphasis will again focus on God’s desire that we do life together . . . both “here” and “out there”. When the first century church gained the reputation of “turning the world upside down”, we find that the early believers met together daily in “the temple courts” as well as in their homes. The nature of their coming together was such that they enjoyed “favor with all the people.” The result of such favor was that “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” As you pray this week, ask God to help you know the value of one another as we live this Christian life together. Pray that you would interact with others in ways that promote favor and goodwill among people. Pray that God would help you to see how your interactions with other believers can be a fruitful witness for the cause of Christ. Pray that you would find joy in the coming together of the body of Christ whenever you have the opportunity to be together. 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 life together with your brothers and sisters in Christ . . . and with those who still need to know Christ.
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 finding processes and procedures of joining together in person again. Pray that God would work through you in a mighty way to encourage others this week.
Monday: Together In Prayer. Ask God to help you give greater value to the practice of praying together. Pray that your church would be known as a “house of prayer” because its members are known as people of prayer. Pray that you would be faithful in joining in prayer with others even when you are not able to be with them in person. “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.” Acts 1:14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Together With Joy. Pray that you would bring joy to others when you are together. Pray that you would know the refreshing from God that can come through joining together with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray that you would find ways to spread the joy of Christ with others whenever and wherever you meet. “By God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.” Romans 15:32 (NIV)
Wednesday: Together As God’s Dwelling. Pray that you would see yourself not only as an individual dwelling of God’s Spirit, but also as a part of something larger as a member of His body. Pray for eyes which see the household of God being built together of those who are in Christ. “And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:22 (NIV)
Thursday: Together In Unity. Pray that you would clothe yourself in the love necessary to grow in unity. Pray for a heart of love that would bind together all of the good things that Christ has put within you. Pray for a spirit of understanding among people of differing opinions. “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:14 (NIV)
Friday: Together For Perfection. Pray that your life in Christ would follow in the footsteps of those who have lived by faith so that together each would be made perfect. Pray that your walk of faith would be perfected by those who follow in your footsteps. “God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” Hebrews 11:40 (NIV)
Saturday: Together For Truth. Pray that you would be welcoming and supportive of those who risk much to take the good news of Jesus to people both near and far. Pray that you would be deliberate about working together with others to share the truth of Jesus wherever you go. “We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.” 3 John 1:8 (NIV)