“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Living the Good Life!
“As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. ‘Good teacher,’ he asked, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’”
Mark 10:17 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will have us praying about living the good life according to God’s perspective. Many times we think of goodness according to our own definitions of who or what is good. When we seek eternal life through Christ, His goodness becomes the standard we must use to evaluate our life. As you pray this week, ask God to open your eyes to see the attractiveness of His goodness. Pray that His goodness in you would help others to see Jesus more clearly. Pray that the good life you seek would come from a transformed life and be more than just a whitewashed surface. Pray for a growing trust in a God who specializes in things thought impossible. Pray about how God would have you share with others about living a good life in Christ. 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 know Him as the true source of goodness.
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: Know God’s Goodness. Pray that your acknowledgement of Jesus as good would always recognize Him as God. Pray that you would know, and share, the goodness of God as you find Him to be the source of all that is truly good. Pray that you would seek to imitate God’s goodness. “’Why do you call me good?’ Jesus answered. ‘No one is good — except God alone.’” Mark 10:18 (NIV)
Tuesday: Know God’s Commands. Pray that you would be a willing student of God’s Word. Pray for a growing knowledge and understanding of the commands of God. Pray that you would know God’s laws as good. “You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’” Mark 10:19 (NIV)
Wednesday: Keep God’s Commands. Pray for a conviction and desire to obey God’s Word. Pray that you would accurately evaluate how well you keep the commands of God. Pray about how God would have you to know His goodness through your willing obedience to His commands. “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” Mark 10:20 (NIV)
Thursday: Know God’s Love. Pray that you would never forget God’s love for you. Pray that you would see people through the eyes of Jesus as He looks upon them with love. Pray that you would find the goodness of life as you grow in your practice of knowing and sharing the love of God. Pray about how God would have you share His love with others. “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” Mark 10:21a (NIV)
Friday: Be Sacrificially Generous. Pray that you would seek God’s help in discovering the things you lack. Pray for the courage to live with the generosity toward others that God has shown to you. Pray that the treasures you seek would be found in God. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21b (NIV)
Saturday: Trust God With the Impossible. Pray that your limitations would never cause you to give up pursuing the good life. Pray for a growing faith that trusts God’s ability to do the impossible. Pray that your pursuit of the good life would trust in what God will do rather than in what you are capable of. “Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:27 (NIV)