“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Knowing God’s Compassion!
“Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.”
Isaiah 49:13 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is about knowing God’s compassion so that we can share it with others. Many times we try to substitute pity, instruction, warnings, judgment, or even good deeds for true compassion because we want to help but we don’t want to suffer. Yet godly compassion means to suffer with those who are suffering so that they may receive the same comfort from us that we have received from God. We can learn a lot about the compassion we ought to have by looking at the compassion God has for us. As you pray this week, ask God to open your eyes to the sufferings of others. Pray that you would have the courage to suffer with them — not for the purpose of having a pity party, but in order to find the avenues of comfort that are needed. Please continue to pray for one another in the midst of these confusing and changing times. Pray for discernment and wisdom to see beyond and through the divisiveness of this world so that you would love others as God loves both you and them.
Extra Prayer Focus: Please continue to pray for Brett Mitchell as he and his family prepare to return to the Philippines. Pray for a smooth process and complete provision. Pray for a spirit of peace to lead their way back home.
“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 expresses, the compassion of God.
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 Compassion to Forgive. Pray that you would live with a greater understanding of the ‘suffering with us” that was required in order for God to forgive our sins. Pray that your love for God and people would fill you with the compassion necessary to forgive. “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.” Psalm 51:1 (NIV)
Tuesday: Know God’s Compassion that Gives Life. Pray that you would allow God’s compassion come to you in a way that brings life. Pray that your delight in God’s law would lead you to show compassion to others in a way that leads them to the life God offers. Pray that your live would always reflect God’s compassion. “Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.” Psalm 119:77 (NIV)
Wednesday: Know God’s Compassion that Restores. Pray that you would know the compassion of God that restores you to Himself. Pray that you would deepen your compassion in order to restore those whom you may have abandoned. Pray that the people around you would be restored through God’s compassion. “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.” Isaiah 54:7 (NIV)
Thursday: Know God’s Compassion that Shows Mercy and True Justice. Pray that your willingness to suffer with those who suffer would lead you to seek true justice for those who have been wronged. Pray that this same compassion that seeks justice would be filled with great mercy. “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’” Zechariah 7:9 (NIV)
Friday: Know God’s Compassion for Those Who are Harassed and Helpless. Pray that you would pay attention to the “crowds” and notice when their actions are the result of being harassed and helpless. Pray that your compassion would cause you to suffer together with those being harassed as you help them find the Good Shepherd. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
Saturday: Know God’s Compassion for Those Who Need to Return Home. Pray that you would know the joy of the Father’s compassion as He welcomes you back home. Pray that you would have great compassion for those who are a long way from home and need to return. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 (NIV)