“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: A Disciplined Life!
“My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”
Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV)
This week we will focus our prayer emphasis on the subject of living a life which accepts and values discipline from God. While many like the idea of discipline when it applies to others, we are often reluctant to see our own need for it. God makes it clear that we ought to both expect and value His discipline because it comes from a Father who loves us. As you pray this week, ask God to give you a greater understanding of His love through His discipline. Pray that you would look for the opportunities to grow when you experience discipline. Pray that the discipline you experience from God would shape the way you discipline those in your circles of responsibility and authority. Pray that you would know the delight of the Lord and share that delight with others. 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: Tom Lemler (director of Impact Prayer Ministry) will be working in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area doing disaster cleanup, prayer, and relief work with IDES (International Disaster Emergency Service) this week. Pray for effectiveness in making the most of the opportunities to share God’s love with people in the midst of their chaos.
“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 accepts the discipline 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: Disciplined For Blessings. Pray that you would know and embrace the blessings of God which result from His discipline. Pray that you would constantly be a student of God’s Word as you learn the value of obedience. Pray that you would help others to see the blessing of God’s discipline. “Blessed is the man you discipline, O LORD, the man you teach from your law.” Psalm 94:12 (NIV)
Tuesday: Disciplined For Peace. Pray that the discipline you experience from God would lead you to peace with Him and with others. Pray that your role in disciplining others would lead to peace rather than conflict. Pray that you would find delight as you learn to give and receive discipline according to God’s instructions. “Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.” Proverbs 29:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: Disciplined To Avoid Condemnation. Pray that you would know the value of being judged rightly by God so that you would allow His transforming power to make you right with Him. Pray that you would help others know how to escape the condemnation the world will receive. “When we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:32 (NIV)
Thursday: Disciplined Through Hardship. Pray that you would look for the discipline and lessons God would teach you through hardship. Pray that you would not despise the hardships you experience, but would more fully know God’s presence through them. Pray that the way you respond to hardship would help others to know the love of the Father. “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father?” Hebrews 12:7 (NIV)
Friday: Disciplined For Our Good. Pray that you would know the perfection of God’s discipline regardless of your experiences with discipline in your family. Pray that the goodness of God’s discipline would lead you to holiness. “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.” Hebrews 12:10 (NIV)
Saturday: Disciplined For Righteousness. Pray that the pain of discipline would do its work in your life to produce righteousness. Pray for the wisdom to accept the training of discipline as God continues to form you into the image of Christ. “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)