“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: A Godly Portion!
“You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words. I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.”
Psalm 119:57-62 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus will look at how we should respond to God being our portion in life. I suppose our response to many things is a reflection of how satisfied we are with the portion of those things we have received. In a similar manner, our contentment with God is reflected in how we respond to Him being our portion in life. As you pray this week, ask God to help you know Him as your portion — a portion that is completely satisfying and more than enough. Pray that your response to God’s presence would be seen by others in a way that makes Him desirable to them. Pray that your acceptance of God as your portion would result in appropriate responses and praise of God. Pray that God’s generosity to you would be shared by you with others. 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 respond appropriately to Him being your portion in life.
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: Obey God’s Words. Pray that having the Lord as your portion would cause you to keep a promise to obey His words. Pray that your willingness and desire to obey the words of God would help others know the contentment that can be found in Christ. Pray that you would share God out of the abundant portion He has given you. “You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your words.” Psalm 119:57 (NIV)
Tuesday: Seek God’s Face. Pray that God’s graciousness is known by you as you seek His face wholeheartedly. Pray that you would know the fullness of God as your portion as you fully seek Him. Pray that the people around you would know that God will be found when they seek Him as their portion in life. “I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.” Psalm 119:58 (NIV)
Wednesday: Walk In God’s Ways. Pray that an examination of your ways would direct your walk to follow the ways of God. Pray for the courage to change your direction when your walk is not according to God’s laws. Pray that you would be an example to others of God’s power to change the direction of a life that seeks Him as their portion. “I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.” Psalm 119:59 (NIV)
Thursday: Obey God’s Commands. Pray that your life would be emptied of excuses so that you would promptly obey the commands of God. As you obey God’s words, pray that you would not delay in obeying all of His commands. Pray that your eagerness to obey God’s commands would help others to know the fullness of God’s portion in their life. “I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.” Psalm 119:60 (NIV)
Friday: Remember God’s Law. Pray that the distractions of the world we live in would never keep you from remembering the law of God. Pray that the wickedness of others would not cause you to forget and neglect the laws of God. Pray that your steadfast remembering, and keeping, of the laws of God would help others to see God as your portion. “Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.” Psalm 119:61 (NIV)
Saturday: Thankful for God’s Righteousness. Pray that words of thanksgiving would always be on your lips for the righteousness that God has expressed in His laws. Pray that you would always know the goodness of God as you give thanks to Him. Pray that your life of thankfulness with God as your portion would help others look to Him as their portion. “At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws.” Psalm 119:62 (NIV)