“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Knowing God’s Commands!
“But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.”
James 1:25 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on knowing God’s commands in such a way that we put them into practice. God’s desire is that we would gaze intently into His perfect law and find freedom. We are promised God’s blessings when we put into practice the things we learn from obedience to God’s commands. As you pray this week, ask God to help you know His commands in such a way that you eagerly put them into practice. Pray that you would see His commands as a gateway to the freedom He desires you to have in Christ. Pray that you would continually be perfected as you look into God’s laws and put them into practice. Pray that your life would be a blessing to others as you walk in the path of God’s command each day. Pray for a growing unity among believers as we each pursue greater obedience to God and love for one another. Pray each day for the individuals of your church congregation as well as 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 a life that knows and follows His commands.
Sunday: Pray for your church staff, the preaching and teaching that takes place, the church leadership, the volunteers that are helping in so many areas, the spiritual and financial health of the congregation, and the work of the missions ministry of the church. Pray for me (Tom Lemler) and the work of Impact Prayer Ministry.
Monday: Know God’s Command To Love Him. Pray that you would know the importance of loving God with every aspect of who you are. Pray that you would love God in such a way that others would know that He is the center of your life and the source of your love. “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV)
Tuesday: Know God’s Command To Love One Another. Pray that you would know the joy found in loving others as God has loved you. Pray that your witness to the world would be bright because of the love you have for people. “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 13:35 (NIV)
Wednesday: Know God’s Command To Repent. Pray that you would see in God’s law the changes that you need to make . . . and then allow God to make those changes in you. Pray that you would not take sin lightly, whether it is in the life of someone else or in yours. “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.” Acts 17:30 (NIV)
Thursday: Know God’s Command To Believe In Jesus. Pray that your love for God and obedience to Him would lead you to fully believe in His Son, Jesus. Pray that your belief in Jesus would free you to love others according to His command and His example. “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.” 1 John 3:23 (NIV)
Friday: Know God’s Commands Through His Spirit. Pray that you would pay attention to the presence of God’s Spirit within you. Pray that the Spirit’s presence in you would guide you into greater obedience to God’s commands. “Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.” 1 John 3:24 (NIV)
Saturday: Know God’s Command To Walk In Obedience. Pray that your daily walk would be done in obedience to God. Pray that your love for God would be expressed to Him, and to others, through your obedience to His commands. Pray that God’s love would be seen in you by the way you walk in love. “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 1:6 (NIV)