“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Learning to Serve!
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
Mark 10:43-44 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will focus on learning to serve. God makes it clear in His Word that we serve Him when we serve people. While the world often defines greatness based on power and who you have serving you, God says that to be great you must become servant of all. As you pray this week, ask God to help you to not only see opportunities to serve but to give you the courage to actually serve. Pray for a spirit of humility to guide you as you serve people wherever you are. Pray that God’s love would be seen and felt through you as you serve. Pray that your commitment to serving would be an example for others. Pray about how God would use your service to teach and train others to join in a lifestyle that serves. 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 serve . . . and then to actually 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: Serve In The Spirit. Pray that you would know the freedom in Christ that enables you to serve in the way of the Spirit. Pray that each believer would experience the freedom found by serving in the Spirit. “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” Romans 7:6 (NIV)
Tuesday: Serve With Power. Pray for the courage to serve in God’s power even when you feel weak. Pray that your eyes would be opened to how God desires show His power through your weaknesses. “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him to serve you.” 2 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
Wednesday: Serve One Another. Pray that you would look for opportunities to use you freedom to serve others rather than yourself. Pray for the compassion needed to serve one another even when you think you are free not to. “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
Thursday: Serve Wholeheartedly. Pray that you would serve others with a whole heart, just as you would if it were Jesus being served. Pray that you would keep your eyes fixed on Jesus as you serve. Pray that you would know the joy and contentment that comes from serving wholeheartedly. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” Ephesians 6:7 (NIV)
Friday: Serve Faithfully. Pray that you would be faithful in using God’s gifting in your life to serve others. Pray that your faithfulness in serving would be based on God’s faithfulness to you. Pray that God would help you to know His grace more fully. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Saturday: Serve Eagerly. Pray that you would eagerly desire, and look for, opportunities to serve. Pray not only for elders who serve eagerly, but to be one who eagerly serves all those who might look to you as an example. “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers — not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve.” 1 Peter 5:2 (NIV)