“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: A Better Kingdom (Week One)!
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:9b-10 (NIV)
As we approach election day here in the United States, we will begin a two-week focus on praying about being citizens of a better kingdom — the Kingdom of God! We will be looking at various scriptures about the kingdom and praying about the characteristics we find. Jesus taught us to pray that God’s kingdom would come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Pray that your pursuit of God would lead you to a better understanding of God’s kingdom and your part in it. Pray that you would seek God’s help in living as a kingdom citizen while you journey through this life. Pray for the courage to pursue God’s will above that of your own or of those around you. Pray about how you can best represent God’s kingdom to the people you encounter each day. Pray that God’s kingdom would come in your life each day as you live in obedience to His will. 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.
“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 whose citizenship is in a better kingdom.
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: A Kingdom of Justice. Pray that you would have a better understanding of God’s view of justice. Pray that your life as a kingdom citizen would be marked by a growing practice of godly justice. Pray that the people around you would turn to a kingdom that is just. “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.” Psalm 45:6 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Kingdom that Rules All. Pray that you would not rebel against the rule of God’s kingdom. Pray for the humility to allow God and the principles He has established for His kingdom to rule over every aspect of your life. Pray that the people around you would willingly put themselves under the rule of God’s kingdom. “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” Psalm 103:19 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Kingdom of Glory. Pray that you would tell of God’s glory as you live in His kingdom. Pray that you would see yourself and others as part of the glory of this better kingdom. Pray that the people around you would see the glory of God’s kingdom. “They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.” Psalm 145:11-12 (NIV)
Thursday: An Advancing Kingdom. Pray that you would be involved in advancing the kingdom of God. Pray that your life would help others know how obtainable the kingdom is. Pray that the people around you would take hold of the kingdom of God. “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” Matthew 11:12 (NIV)
Friday: A Prepared Kingdom. Pray that you would be found ready for the kingdom prepared for your inheritance. Pray that the people around you would accept the inheritance of a prepared kingdom. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.'” Matthew 25:34 (NIV)
Saturday: A Kingdom that is Near. Pray that you would have a greater understanding of the present kingdom of God. Pray that you would live each day as one who believes the good news about God’s kingdom having come near. Pray that the people around you would repent and believe the good news that the kingdom is near. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15 (NIV)