“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Press On!
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Philippians 3:10-12 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on our need to keep our eyes on Jesus and press on. As we consider the power of God to raise Jesus from the dead, it is important to stay focused on our faithful pursuit of knowing that power in Christ. As you pray this week, ask God to help you overcome the distractions that keep you from pressing on as you ought. Pray for a greater understanding of the growth you still need. Pray for a willingness to continue pursuing the things of God which help you be more like Jesus each day. Pray that the people around you would see the power of God at work in you in a way that increases their desire to know Christ. 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 press on in your life 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: Press On To Win. Pray for the wisdom and discernment needed to see beyond the temporary treasures of this world as you press on toward victory. Pray that your pursuit of winning would be focused on Jesus and would include an invitation for others to join you. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Press On To Maturity. Pray that you would pursue a mature view of all things. Pray for a spirit of understanding to bring peace in the midst of your relationships as each person presses on toward maturity. “All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.” Philippians 3:15 (NIV)
Wednesday: Press On To Consistency. Pray that your life would consistently display the fruit of all you have learned in Christ. Pray that the distractions of this world would not lead you to giving up on putting into practice the things you know. Pray that your consistency in faith would help others see Jesus through you. “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.” Philippians 3:16 (NIV)
Thursday: Press On According To Instruction. Pray that you would learn from the godly examples found in scripture and the ones around you today. Pray that you would honor those who live according to God’s instructions as you learn from them. “Join with others in following my example and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.” Philippians 3:17 (NIV)
Friday: Press On With Compassion. Pray that your heart would always remain soft when aware of the plight of others. Pray for a growing compassion for all people and especially for those who do not know Christ. Pray that you would press on with compassion. “For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.” Philippians 3:18 (NIV)
Saturday: Press On Toward Heaven. Pray that you would live as one who knows your real citizenship is in heaven. Pray that your would daily press on in a life that lives for, and looks for, the fulfillment of God’s promise. Pray that you would press on in the way you share with others about a heavenly citizenship. “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20 (NIV)