“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Living With WISDOM!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
James 1:5 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will focus on some of the ways we can live with the wisdom that comes from above. As we take our celebration of Jesus into a new year, we would do well to hold on to Jesus as the source and fullness of all wisdom. As you pray this week, ask God to help you live with the wisdom He gives. Pray that you would see how keeping Jesus at the center of your life will fill you with a wisdom which is beyond this world’s comprehension. Pray that each day would lead you further into the awareness of wisdom as one of those “good and perfect gifts” which come from God. Ask God to help the elements of wisdom you are praying about to fill you in such a way that His wisdom is made known to the people around you. 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.
January Prayer Focus: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ.” Philippians 1:9-10 (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 wisdom.
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: The Wonder In Wisdom. Pray that you would be filled with wonder as you recognize the wisdom of God dwelling within you. Pray that your life of godly wisdom would display the wonder of God to others. Pray that you would never lose the wonder that comes from an encounter with Jesus. “As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.” Mark 9:15 (NIV)
Tuesday: The Insight In Wisdom. Pray that your pursuit of godly wisdom would fill you with insight beyond your training. Pray that the people around you would know Jesus as the source of the insightful wisdom you live with. “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13 (NIV)
Wednesday: The Service In Wisdom. As you consider Jesus as the source of all lasting wisdom, pray that you would apply that wisdom in service to others. Pray for the humility to use your wisdom in such a way that God is glorified and the people around you are served. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NIV)
Thursday: The Delight In Wisdom. Pray that wisdom would fill you with delight because of Jesus. Pray that you would know the delight God has in you because of your relationship with His Son. Pray that you would delight in proclaiming justice and good news. “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.” Matthew 12:18 (NIV)
Friday: The Obedience In Wisdom. Pray that you would always know the wisdom of obedience to God. Pray that the wisdom which God freely provides would lead you to a greater desire and practice of obedience. Pray for the wisdom to always see Jesus as your example. “If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” John 15:10 (NIV)
Saturday: The More In Wisdom. Pray for the wisdom to know what you can handle with God’s help at any given time. Pray that you would constantly be aware of the “more” that God would have for you. Pray that you would always seek to grow and learn as you allow God to fill you with His wisdom. Pray that you would always listen to God’s wisdom, even when it seems too much for the time. “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.” John 16:12 (NIV)