“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Learning To Follow!
“It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.”
Deuteronomy 13:4 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will focus on learning to follow. It is easy to get caught up in the following of programs, personalities, a pursuit of information, and even our favorite authors. Each of those can help us in our real pursuit, but only when they are used as tools to assist us in actually following God more closely. While following God requires complete trust and faith, God has given us the tools of His Word, His Spirit, and prayer so that we are not following blindly. As you pray, ask God to help you not only decide to follow Him, but to empower you to remain committed to that pursuit. Pray that you would know the joy and peace that comes from following One who will always lead in the absolute best direction. Pray that the way you follow God would serve as an example to others in their pursuit of His. 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 follow Him in everything.
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: Follow Justice. Pray that you would treat everyone justly and follow the way of justice in all your relationships. Pray that you would know and receive the possession of eternal life that God desires to give you as you follow justice in the place where you live. “Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 16:20 (NIV)
Tuesday: Follow Righteous Judgment. Pray that you would reject favoritism and pursue judgments that are founded on God’s righteousness. Pray that you would know the righteousness of God’s judgment. Pray that you would live with an upright heart that leads you to follow the way of righteous judgment. “Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it.” Psalm 94:15 (NIV)
Wednesday: Follow God’s Decrees. Pray that your desire to be a person of God would lead you to carefully follow His decrees. Pray that you would follow God’s decrees not only as one of “His people”, but also because He is your God. “Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:20 (NIV)
Thursday: Follow Sacrificially. Pray that you would have the courage to deny yourself as you follow God. Pray that you would take on a life of godly sacrifice as you follow Jesus daily. Pray that your sacrificial following of Jesus would lead others to follow Him. “Then he said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’” Luke 9:23 (NIV)
Friday: Follow Godly Examples. Pray that you would look to the wisdom and example of the people around you who are following Christ. Pray for discernment to see what the example of Christ looks like today. Pray that the way you follow Christ would serve as an example to the people around you who need to see what a Christ-follower looks like. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)
Saturday: Follow the Example of Jesus. Pray that you would look to the life, and suffering, of Jesus to be your primary example for how to live this life. Pray that you would pursue a relationship with Jesus that would lead you to daily follow in His steps. Pray for the wisdom to follow the example of Jesus in such a way that others see Him through you. “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)