“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: A Heart of Worship!
“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”
Luke 2:20 (NIV)
As we celebrate Christmas this week, our prayer focus will be on living with a heart of worship. It seems nearly everyone has an idea of what worship ought to be, but what does God say about it? Real worship comes when I decide it’s all about God and what He says, wants, and desires — and not about me! As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine the level of worship which comes from your heart. Pray that you would continually offer yourself to God as your act of worship. Pray that you would pay attention to any changes and/or actions God would be calling you to make in the how and when you worship. Pray that every encounter you have with God through His Word, His Spirit, and prayer would give you reason to praise and glorify 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.
December Prayer Focus: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:9-13 (NIV)
“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 with a heart of worship.
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: Exclusive Worship. Pray that you would reject every temptation to worship anyone, or anything, but God. Pray that the hiding of God’s Word in your heart would prepare you to turn away from the enemy as you worship God. Pray that your worship of God would be seen in the way you serve. “Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.‘” Matthew 4:10 (NIV)
Tuesday: Heart Involved Worship. Pray that your worship of God would always come from a heart that seeks God and not just be following the motions of tradition — old or new. Pray that you would honor God with your words, actions, and worship. “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.” Matthew 15:8-9 (NIV)
Wednesday: True Worship. Pray that your worship of God would be done in both spirit and truth as a lifestyle, not confined to a specific place and time. Pray that your heart of worship would help to make God known to others who seek Him. “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23 (NIV)
Thursday: Informed Worship. Pray that your worship of God would draw you into a greater knowledge and intimacy with Him. Pray that you would be prepared to introduce others to the very real God that you worship. “For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.” Acts 17:23 (NIV)
Friday: Sacrificial Worship. Pray that your worship of God would be done in such a way as to “cost you something”. Pray that you would always view your worship of God as a right and fitting response to His mercy. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1 (NIV)
Saturday: Acceptable Worship. Pray that your worship of God never forgets who He is compared to who you are. Pray that you would always be filled with gratitude as you worship God. Pray that your worship would honor the glory of God in ways that are acceptable to Him. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.” Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)