“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: God’s Faithfulness!
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them — the LORD, who remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. The LORD watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.”
Psalm 146:5-9 (NIV)
This week we will focus our prayer emphasis on knowing the faithfulness of God and living in such a way that you reflect that faithfulness to others. In a world filled with the results of the unfaithfulness of people, it is important to look to God as our example and standard to live by. As you pray, ask God to remind you of His faithfulness throughout all time. Pray that a history of seeing God’s faithfulness would help you to see His future faithfulness as well. Pray that you would grow in an understanding of God’s faithfulness as you learn to practice faithfulness in all you do. Pray that God would equip and help you to show His faithfulness to the oppressed, the hungry, and all who are broken-hearted and feel cast down. 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 experiences and reflects the faithfulness 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: Faithful In Love. Pray that you would always acknowledge the faithfulness of God’s love for you. Pray that you would be faithful in communicating God’s love to all generations. “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Faithful In Compassion. Pray that your experience with God’s compassion and patience would lead you to know the abundance of God’s faithfulness. Pray that you would grow in your reflection of God’s nature as you view and treat others with compassion. “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15 (NIV)
Wednesday: Faithful In Mercy. Pray that you would know the relief and rescue that has come to you because of God’s faithful mercy. Pray that God’s faithfulness in mercy to you would lead you to open your ears to the cries of others for mercy so that you can share with them about God’s relief. “O LORD, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.” Psalm 143:1 (NIV)
Thursday: Faithful To Protect. Pray that you would live with the confidence of knowing God’s faithfulness to protect you from the evil one. Pray that your life would be an example to others of how God can protect and deliver from the temptations that seek to destroy. “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)
Friday: Faithful To Forgive. Pray that you would know the faithfulness, and completeness, of God’s forgiveness. Pray that your agreement with God about the nature of sin — of your sin — would be met with His faithfulness. Pray that you would practice the nature of God’s faithfulness as you forgive those who sin against you. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NIV)
Saturday: Faithful Every Day. Pray that you would live with the reminder every day of God’s faithfulness throughout all time. Pray that your daily experience of the faithfulness of God would increase the love and faithfulness you live with. “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23 (NIV)