“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Keeping Watch!
“Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back — whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!'”
Mark 13:35-37 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will focus on the instruction of Jesus for us to keep watch. As Jesus taught during the week leading up to His crucifixion, He spent time instructing His followers to keep watch. His teaching found in the thirteenth chapter of Mark is a good reminder for all of us to live life keeping watch. As you pray this week, ask God to open your eyes to the things He would have you see. Pray for a heart, mind, and spirit that keep watch and are not distracted by the noise of the world. Pray that you would be an active participant in keeping watch rather than a passive bystander to what goes on around you. Pray that keeping watch would help you to be found ready when Christ returns. 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 keep watch as you serve Him.
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: Keep Watch For Deception. Pray that you would be one who knows the voice of your Shepherd so that you would not be deceived by imposters. Pray that you would keep watch with eyes that are fixed on Jesus so that you would notice the deceit of the enemy and avoid falling into its trap. Pray for protection from deception. “Jesus said to them: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.’” Mark 13:5 (NIV)
Tuesday: Keep Watch For the Beginning of the End. Pray that you would not be frightened by the news of the day which reveals the battle of evil against all that is good. Pray that you would keep watch of all divisive news as a reminder that the end is yet to come. “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.” Mark 13:7 (NIV)
Wednesday: Keep Watch For Opportunities. Pray that you would keep watch for the opportunities God gives you to be His witness. Pray that circumstances would not determine your availability to God. “You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them.” Mark 13:9 (NIV)
Thursday: Keep Watch For Opposition. Pray that you would not be swayed by the opposition of the world. Pray that your desire to know the love of God would overcome all of the hatred the enemy would hurl at you. Pray for the courage to stand firm in the midst of any opposition. “All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Mark 13:13 (NIV)
Friday: Keep Watch For the Lord’s Mercy. Pray that you would notice how God’s mercy has been extended to you so that you would survive. Pray that you would be a messenger of God’s mercy as you share His invitation for all to come to Him. “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.” Mark 13:20 (NIV)
Saturday: Keep Watch For Your Master’s Return. Pray that you would keep watch for the return of your Master. Pray that you would be faithful in doing your assigned task as you serve Christ and watch for His return. Pray that your life would be an encouragement to others as you serve with the gifts God has given. “It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.” Mark 13:34 (NIV)