“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Draw Near!
“The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
Psalm 145:17-18 (NIV)
This week we will focus our prayer emphasis on drawing near to God. God’s desire is that each of His children would know His love and embrace His presence in their lives. As in all relationships, while physical proximity can help, it is the connecting of our heart with God’s that will create a bond that draws us completely into His love. As you pray this week, ask God to help you desire the closeness He wants with you. Pray that your response to His righteousness and love would be a growing desire to call out to Him with full sincerity. Pray that God would help you to evaluate just how closely you walk with Him each day so you can find ways to draw even nearer. Pray about how your nearness to God can be seen by others in a way that causes them to also desire a closeness with 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: Unity. Pray that your nearness to God would bring you into greater unity with all of your brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of differences.
“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 a nearness with 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: Draw Near Through God’s Word. Pray that you would know the nearness of God through time spent in His Word. Pray that God’s Word in your mouth and heart would help others to see how to draw near to God through His Word. “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming.” Romans 10:8 (NIV)
Tuesday: Draw Near Through the Blood of Jesus. Praise God for providing a way to Himself through Jesus no matter how far away you are or have been. Pray that you would be a messenger of hope to those who find themselves distant from God, that they too may be brought near. “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13 (NIV)
Wednesday: Draw Near In Hope. Pray that your faith would fill you with a hope that accomplishes what the law by itself could not. Pray that the people around you would find hope in Jesus that allows them to draw near to God. “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (for the law made nothing perfect), and a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:18-19 (NIV)
Thursday: Draw Near To Worship. Pray that you would look beyond the forms we use to worship so that you would actually draw near to God in worship of Him. Pray that your ability and desire to draw near in worship would be based solely on God’s ability to make you perfect. “For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.” Hebrews 10:1 (NIV)
Friday: Draw Near With a Sincere Heart. Pray that the cleansing you have received from God would give you the assurance to draw near to Him fully. Pray for a heart of sincerity that has no doubt in drawing near to God. “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)
Saturday: Draw Near As Cleansed. Pray that your approach to God would be as one who has been cleansed of all sin and unrighteousness. Pray that you would be purified from all second-guessing and doubts that come between you and God. “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 (NIV)