“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Making Disciples As You Go!
“He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’”
Mark 16:15-16 (NIV)
This week’s prayer guide will focus on the instruction of Jesus following His resurrection for each of His followers to go and make disciples. As we begin the week celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, it is important to remember that the power of the resurrection is meant to be shared . . . and to share it we must take it with us wherever we go. As you pray this week, ask God to help you share the good news wherever you go. Pray that you would look for, and notice, the opportunities that exist to talk about Jesus. Pray that your good news story would be complete and help those who hear it to recognize their need to have their sins washed away. Pray for the gentleness and respect necessary to make your good news story be heard. Please continue to pray for patience and understanding with one another as we all journey through these times of confusion knowing God is not the author of confusion. 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 make disciples everywhere you go.
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: Go to the Street. Pray that you would see all people as valuable. Pray that you would take the message of Jesus to where the people are who still need to hear it. Pray for eyes that see the need for Jesus wherever you are . . . and for the courage to share the good news of Jesus in public. “Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.” Matthew 22:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Go to your Family. Pray that you would talk to your family about all that Jesus has done for you. Pray that your family would know of God’s mercy upon your life as you share with your words and life about the transforming power of Jesus. “Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.’” Mark 5:19 (NIV)
Wednesday: Go and show Mercy. Pray that your understanding of God’s mercy would compel you to be merciful. Pray that you would be willing to extend mercy to the people around you. Pray that your sharing of God’s mercy would lead others to follow Him. “The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’” Luke 10:3 (NIV)
Thursday: Go and Leave Sin. Pray that you would make a deliberate decision to remove yourself from the places of sin in your life. Pray that God’s forgiveness would always be cause to leave sin behind. Pray for the gentleness and respect necessary to challenge others to leave a life of sin and follow Jesus. “‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’” John 8:11 (NIV)
Friday: Go and Bear Fruit. Pray that your life would bear much lasting fruit as you follow the call of Jesus to go and make disciples. Pray that God’s will for you to bear fruit is evident in what you ask for. Pray that being chosen by Jesus would lead you to see the importance of making disciples. “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” John 15:16 (NIV)
Saturday: Go Find the Missing. Pray that you would notice people who are missing, and then actively search for them. Pray that you would have the heart of Jesus in regard to people who are missing. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?” Matthew 18:12 (NIV)