“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: A House of Prayer!
“And as he taught them, he said, ‘Is it not written: My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.'”
Mark 11:17 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will have us praying about what it looks like to live as the house of God — a HOUSE of prayer! When we read of Jesus clearing the temple and proclaiming it to be a house of prayer, we would do well to look beyond a physical building and consider the cleansing He wants, and needs, to do in our life. As you pray this week, ask God to help you live with a greater awareness of His presence each day. Pray that you would not only allow Jesus to fully cleanse your life, but that He would fill your cleansed house with His Spirit. Ask God to help you grow in a lifestyle of prayer as He longs for His dwelling within you to be a house of prayer. Pray that your life would be an example to others of what living as the temple of God can look like. 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 to be a house of prayer for all nations.
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: Living As God’s House. Pray that your decisions in life would be a reflection of God’s Spirit living within you. Pray that being God’s temple would help you to live with a greater awareness of the purity that He demands. Pray that the people around you would know the transforming power of God taking up residence within us. “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Home of Prayer. Ask God to help you be committed to making your home a place of prayer. Pray that becoming a house of prayer would begin in the place where you live. “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed.” Daniel 6:10 (NIV)
Wednesday: An Occupation of Prayer. Ask God to help you be occupied with the practice of prayer at all times. Pray that nothing would distract you from making your conversations with God be a part of everything you do. “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)
Thursday: An Understanding of Prayer. Ask God to give you a greater understanding of prayer through His Word and His Spirit as you learn from Jesus. Pray that your understanding of prayer would lead others to a greater desire to pray. “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’” Luke 11:1 (NIV)
Friday: A Submission of Prayer. Ask God to give you a submissive spirit within your prayer life. Pray that you would be fully open to God’s will in the midst of everything you pray about. “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Hebrews 5:7 (NIV)
Saturday: An Encouragement of Prayer. Ask God to encourage you through your times of prayer. Pray that you would know the protection of God that comes with living as a house of prayer. Pray that God’s Spirit within you would help you to overcome the weakness of your flesh. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:38 (NIV)