“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Learning to Rejoice!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus will be on God’s command that we rejoice always. While we may not say it out loud, most of us have a problem with this command — we don’t always feel like rejoicing. Right there in the middle of the command to rejoice always, the secret to being able to do that is revealed — “in the Lord”. When we live each day and moment of our life “in the Lord”, we are able to rejoice because of His presence with us and His working in us. As you pray, ask God to help you live with an awareness of His presence each moment of your life. Pray that you would learn to rejoice, even in difficult times, because of His presence that goes with you at all times. Pray for the endurance to overcome feelings that would keep you from rejoicing and to see the eternal joy that God has called you to. 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 rejoice . . . and then to actually do it.
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: Rejoice Always. Pray for God’s help to live in the Lord each day so that you are able to rejoice always. Pray that you would see beyond the temporary difficulties and distractions that the enemy uses to steal your joy. Pray that you would pay attention to God’s reminders which call you to rejoice always. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4 (NIV)
Tuesday: Rejoice With Gentleness. Pray that you would rejoice in ways that make your gentleness obvious to those around you. Pray that you would be mindful of God’s presence as you put aside the pride and boasting that often accompanies the rejoicing of the world. Pray that your rejoicing would represent Jesus well. “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 (NIV)
Wednesday: Rejoice Without Worry. Pray that you would take all of your cares to God as you learn to rejoice without worry. Pray for a growing trust in God that helps you to overcome the things of this world which give cause for great concern. Pray that a life of rejoicing would help you to overcome all sources of worry. “Do not be anxious about anything.” Philippians 4:6a (NIV)
Thursday: Rejoice Prayerfully. Ask God to help you be prayerful at all times. Pray for a heart that desires to communicate with God about your needs and the needs of others. Pray that you would be able to rejoice prayerfully as you watch God work through the many requests that you take to Him. “In everything, by prayer and petition, . . . present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6b (NIV)
Friday: Rejoice With Thankfulness. Ask God to help you rejoice with thankfulness as you talk with Him in prayer. Pray that a life of rejoicing would help you to grow in thankfulness — even in thankfulness as you present your requests to God. Pray about how your thankfulness is representing Jesus. “In everything, . . . with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6b (NIV)
Saturday: Rejoice In Peace. Pray that you would live with the peace of God that helps you to rejoice. Pray that your heart and mind would be guarded by God’s peace in such a way that nothing would be able to steal your joy. Pray that you would rejoice in the mysteries of God’s peace. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (NIV)