“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Pure Conduct!
“Even a child is known by his actions,
by whether his conduct is pure and right.”
Proverbs 20:11 (NIV)
This week we will focus our prayer emphasis on the subject of living with pure and right conduct. While it seems that most conversations and teaching about purity center around the topic of sexual purity, I believe the Bible teaches that it is often the impurities in other aspects of our life that leads to sexual impurity. The door of impure actions is often opened by having an impure heart, attitude, thought, or speech. Pure conduct doesn’t just happen on its own, so this week we will be praying about transforming some areas of our life in order to produce conduct which is pure and right. As you pray each day this week, pray for a greater desire for, and practice of, the purity that God desires for you to have. Pray that you would be known by your actions as a follower and pursuer of Christ. Pray for the courage to walk each day by the Spirit’s leading and conviction. Pray that your representation of Jesus would reflect His purity. 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 life with pure and right conduct.
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: Pure Wisdom. Ask God to fill you with a wisdom that comes from above and is far greater than human wisdom. Pray that your life would show to those around you the conduct which comes from pure wisdom. “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 (NIV)
Tuesday: Pure Heart. Pray that you would seek and allow God to create a pure heart within you. Pray that the people around you would see your persistence in allowing God’s Spirit to purify your heart. Pray that your pure and right conduct would flow from a heart which has been transformed by God. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Wednesday: Pure Way. Pray that you would be a faithful student of God’s Word for the purpose of keeping your way pure. Pray that the people around you would come to know God’s Word as a protection to keep their life pure. Pray that purity would be an identifying mark of your conduct in this world. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.” Psalm 119:9 (NIV)
Thursday: Pure Speech. Pray that God’s guard over your mouth would keep your speech pure in all situations. Pray that the people around you would hear a consistent message of your faith as you ask God to watch what comes from your lips. Pray that the purity of your speech would be reflected in the things you do. “Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3 (NIV)
Friday: Pure Thoughts. Pray that your thoughts would only be of things that are pleasing to God. Pray that the people around you would understand how important their thought life is and that nothing you do would cause them to have impure thoughts. Pray that your actions would reflect a thought life which is pure. “The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but those of the pure are pleasing to him.” Proverbs 15:26 (NIV)
Saturday: Pure Offering. Pray that the greatness of God’s name would cause you to examine the purity of your offerings to Him. Pray that your offerings to God would be pure in every way. Pray that your life would be an offering of purity to God. “‘My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name,’ says the LORD Almighty.” Malachi 1:11 (NIV)