“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Learning to Wait!
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I put my hope.”
Psalm 130:5 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on the oft-dreaded subject of waiting. While many can quote God’s promise that “they who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength”, it seems to only be thought of when we find ourselves forced to wait — such as often has been the case over the past year. As you pray this week, spend time not just talking to God but also deliberately waiting for Him to answer through His Spirit and His Word. Pray that you would learn to value the times when you must wait. Pray that you would find yourself renewed in strength and spirit as you learn to be more deliberate in your waiting. Pray for the wisdom to know when to wait and when to act, and for the courage to do the proper one at all times. 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 learn to wait with a heart that is attentive to the One you serve.
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: Wait With Expectation. Pray that you would find joy in waiting with the expectation that God listens and answers. Pray that you would always be confident in going to God with your requests as you wait with the expectation that He hears and cares. “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
Tuesday: Wait With Courage. Pray that you would learn to grow in strength and courage in the midst of your times of waiting. Pray that you would be an example to others by the way you practice waiting with courage. Pray that your courage would be based on the Lord’s strength rather than your own. “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
Wednesday: Wait With Hope. Pray that you would live life with great hope as you trust God’s help during your times of waiting. Pray that you would have hope because of your relationship with God as you wait for the Lord. Pray that you would be protected by the shield of God as you wait with hope. “We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.” Psalm 33:20 (NIV)
Thursday: Wait With Patience. Pray that you would learn to wait patiently for the help and answers God will provide as you cry out to Him. Pray that patience and waiting would be things you learn to value rather than things you seek to avoid. Pray that you would notice God’s face turned toward you as you wait. “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 (NIV)
Friday: Wait With Obedience. Pray that you would know the salvation of God now even as you learn to wait for its complete fulfillment. Pray that you would live obediently as you wait for the completion of God’s work in you. Pray that your obedience to God would stand out to others as you wait. “I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands.” Psalm 119:166 (NIV)
Saturday: Wait With One Another. Pray that you would grow in your practice of waiting on, and with, one another. Pray for an attitude and practice in your life that seeks the good of others to such an extent that you find it a joy to wait with them and to wait for them. Pray that your patience with one another would grow as you learn to wait. “So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for each other.” 1 Corinthians 11:33 (NIV)