“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Win, Lose, and Draw!
“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.”
Mark 8:35 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will have us praying about priorities — how we win, what we must lose, and where we draw strength from in order to choose wisely. In a world that defines success by how much of its goods you can accumulate, following Jesus redefines our priorities when it comes to how we can really win by losing. As you pray this week, ask God to help you draw from His well the gifts that lead to eternal life. Pray that you would live a life that is fully surrendered to God. Pray that you would value all that you gain through a life that is given to God. Pray that your life would help others to see all that can be gained by giving themselves fully to God. Pray for a life of faithfulness that consistently draws near to God in all things. Pray that you would always allow God to set your priorities in all things. 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 draw near to Him as you win by losing.
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: Win the Heavenly Prize. Pray for the discernment needed to stay focused on the heavenward calling God has extended to all who would accept it. Pray that winning the heavenly prize found in Christ would be your greatest priority in life . . . worth more to you than anything else. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Lose Control of Your Life. Pray that you would willingly surrender control of your life so that it would be found in Christ. Pray that you would help others know the value of losing as a way to truly find what is most important. Pray that you would always allow God to have control in your life. “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” Matthew 16:25 (NIV)
Wednesday: Draw From the Well of Living Water. Pray that your thirst would be satisfied as you turn to Jesus as your source of living water. Pray for the humility needed to share with others about the only source of life-giving water — the deep well of living water that is Jesus. “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” John 4:11 (NIV)
Thursday: Win People to Jesus. Pray that your idea of winning would lead you to consider the needs of others above your own. Pray that your life would be lived in a freedom that shares Jesus with others. Pray that many people would be won to Christ through your witness. “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.” 1 Corinthians 9:19 (NIV)
Friday: Lose Your Trust In Things. Pray that you would have the courage to lose your trust in the things this world tends to value the most. Pray that your priorities would be realigned toward the things of God. Pray that your life would help others to see how knowing Christ far exceeds the value of any loss of worldly things. “I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.” Philippians 3:8 (NIV)
Saturday: Draw Near to God. Pray that your definitions of winning and losing would be defined clearly by God as you draw near to Him with a whole heart. Pray that your priorities would be purified and that your life would be washed clean as you experience God drawing near to you in response to your desire for Him. “Draw near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8 (NIV)