“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: A Better Kingdom (Week Two)!
“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 finish 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 Within You. Pray that you would recognize the kingdom of God within you through the presence of His Spirit. Pray that you would not limit the kingdom of God to what you can observe and understand. “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20b-21 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Kingdom Not of this World. Pray that you would always look outside the structures of this world to see God’s kingdom. Pray that you would live as one who is a citizen of a kingdom which is not like the political structures of this world. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Kingdom of Righteousness, Peace, and Joy. Pray that you would live by the spirit in a kingdom full of righteousness, peace, and joy. Pray that you would live with the kingdom attitudes which come from God’s Spirit. Pray that your heart would be changed even more than your actions as a kingdom citizen. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Romans 14:17 (NIV)
Thursday: A Kingdom of Power Pray that you would be filled with the power of the kingdom of God. Pray that the power of God’s Spirit within you would produce a life of kingdom work that is more than just talk. Pray that the people around you would recognize the power of God’s kingdom as it is made visible in you. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” 1 Corinthians 4:20 (NIV)
Friday: A Kingdom of Light. Praise God that He qualifies you to share in the inheritance of His kingdom of light. Pray that your sharing in the kingdom would lead you to share that light with others. Pray that the people around you would see the light of God’s kingdom through you. “Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:12 (NIV)
Saturday: A Kingdom that Cannot be Shaken. Pray that your faith in God will maintain your trust in an unshakeable kingdom. Pray that your life would reflect a thankfulness which comes from a solid foundation. Pray that this trust will lead you to worship God appropriately. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.'” Hebrews 12:28-29 (NIV)