“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: A New Walk!
“We were buried therefore with him through baptism unto death: that like as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.”
Romans 6:4 (ASV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on the new walk God has called us into as His children. Throughout the brief letters we know of as 1, 2, & 3 John, we find some good instruction regarding what this new walk ought to look like. As you pray this week, ask God to help you examine your current walk for its level of “newness”. Pray that you would be both buried and raised with Christ in order to experience His help in living this new walk. Pray that your walk with Christ would help others to see and know how to live in ways that honor Him. Pray that your old way of life would remain buried as you find contentment and joy in the new walk God has called you to. Pray for the courage to live according to this new walk even when it feels like you walk alone. 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 grow in your walk with Christ.
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: Walk In the Light. Pray that the light of Jesus would both fill and guide each step of your life. Pray that your common path with others walking in the light of Jesus would create meaningful fellowship with one another. Pray that your life would be a testimony to others about the light of Jesus. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.” 1 John 1:7a (NIV)
Tuesday: Walk In Purity. Pray that you would allow God’s light to penetrate all parts of your life for the purpose of purifying you from sin. Pray that you would know the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse you from sin. Pray that you would help others to know that they too can walk in purity. “But if we walk in the light . . . the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7b (NIV)
Wednesday: Walk Like Jesus. Pray that your claims to live in Christ would always be backed up with a walk that imitates Jesus. Pray that you would continually study and learn about the life of Jesus from God’s Word so that you would know how to walk like Him. Pray that the people around you would see in you a good representation of Jesus by the way you live. “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” 1 John 2:6 (NIV)
Thursday: Walk In Obedience. Pray that your love of God would abound and lead you into a growing and willing obedience to His commands. Pray that the people around you would know of your love for God and for them by they way you live out a life which is obedient to God. “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.” 2 John 1:6a (NIV)
Friday: Walk In Love. Pray that you would know the message of God’s love as foundational to His commands. Pray that your love for God would grow as you seek to walk with Him each day. Pray that your message to others, through your words and your life, would lead them to know God’s love and your love. “As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 1:6b (NIV)
Saturday: Walk In Truth. Pray that you would always be faithful in pursuing the truth found in God’s Word. Pray that your choice to walk in truth would fill others with great joy. Pray for the wisdom needed to not only know truth, but to walk in it each day. “It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.” 3 John 1:3 (NIV)