“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Sharing Hope!
“But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.”
This week we will focus our prayer emphasis on living with hope in such a way that we share it with others. The hope we have in Christ ought to fill us with a praise of Him that grows each day. As you pray, ask God to fill you with reminders of His steadfast goodness and love. Pray that nothing would move you from the hope you have in Christ. Pray that the boundless nature of God would fill you with a hope that knows no end. Pray about how the hope that you are filled with can be shared with others. Pray for the courage to both live with hope and to share that hope 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: Shut-Ins. Please spend time again this week praying for individuals that you know that are not able to get out and be around other people. The isolation of being “shut-in” can be great at any time, but it has been amplified over the past six months so your prayers, cards, and calls can be a great encouragement.
“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 hope that is found in Jesus.
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: Sharing Hope With the Nations. Pray that your hope remains in the name of Jesus. Pray that the people of the nations would know the hope of Jesus. Pray about how God would have you to be involved in sharing the hope that you know with the nations of the world. Pray that a pursuit of hope would bring the people of the nations to Jesus. “In his name the nations will put their hope.” Matthew 12:21 (NIV)
Tuesday: Sharing the Hope of the Resurrection. Pray that you would always hold fast to the hope that you have because of the resurrection of Jesus. Pray that the resurrection of Jesus would fill you with great hope even in the midst of loss. Pray that nothing would shake you from the hope obtained through the resurrection. “I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.” Acts 23:6 (NIV)
Wednesday: Sharing Hope that Doesn’t Disappoint. Pray that all disappointment would be dispelled because of the hope that you have through the love of God poured into your life. Pray that the hope you share with others would guide them through life’s disappointments. “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:5 (NIV)
Thursday: Sharing an Overflowing Hope. Pray that your life would overflow with joy and peace because of the hope of God’s Spirit within you. Pray that the hope you share with others would overflow from the abundance of hope God has filled you with. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
Friday: Sharing the Hope of an Inheritance. Pray that you would clearly see the incredible hope that is yours through your inheritance as a child of God. Pray that your life would help others to see the inheritance that can be theirs. “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.” Ephesians 1:18 (NIV)
Saturday: Sharing a Professed Hope. Pray that you would be steadfast in holding on to the hope you have in Christ. Pray that you would always make the most of every opportunity to profess to others the hope you have In Jesus. Pray that the faithfulness of Jesus would fill you with a desire to share with others about the hope He has given you. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)