“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Fully Trained!
“A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.”
Luke 6:40 (NIV)
This week we will focus our prayer emphasis on the subject of living as one who is fully trained . . . or at least as those who are in the process of becoming fully trained. Our lives are changed by the training we receive and we have the opportunity to help others find a transforming change by the training we give. As you pray this week, ask God to help you identify where you are in the process of growing in Christ. Pray that you would look to the life of Jesus and the Word of God as teachers that will instruct you in the way you ought to live. Pray that you would accept, and practice, the full counsel of God’s Word for yourself and for the instruction you share with others. Pray that you would view your training as a continual process in which you always have more to learn. Pray that you would live life in complete humility as you consider others better than yourself even as you share the things you have learned from God. 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 be in prayer for IDES (International Disaster Emergency Service) and the ongoing work of disaster response in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area as well as many other areas around 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 as one who is being fully trained.
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: Trained From Childhood. Pray that you would consider where you began in your walk with Christ and continually build on that solid foundation. Pray for wisdom in living a life that trains children of God in the way they ought to go, no matter what age they happen to be. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
Tuesday: Trained for an Eternal Crown. Pray that you would not lose sight of the results to be had through your spiritual training. Pray that you would help others to keep their eye on the eternal prize which is found in Jesus. “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)
Wednesday: Trained in Godliness. Pray that you would train your mind and body to be godly in all things. Pray for discernment to discard the teachings of this world which are not from God. Pray for a steadfastness in your pursuit to be godly. Pray that your life would teach others the value of godly living. “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.” 1 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)
Thursday: Trained by Scripture. Pray that God’s Word would be the standard for all of your spiritual training. Pray for the commitment needed to be an ongoing student of God’s Word so that you would be fully trained. Pray that your training of others would be based in God’s Word. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
Friday: Trained to Distinguish Good from Evil. Pray that your constant exposure to the things of God would help you to easily know the difference between something that is good and something that is evil. Pray that your spiritual growth would help yourself and others to live as fully trained “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14 (NIV)
Saturday: Trained by Discipline. Pray that you would understand, and welcome, God’s discipline in your life as part of your spiritual training. Pray that your acceptance of discipline would bring growth into your life and help others to see how valuable it is in their training. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)