“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Protected!
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:13 (NIV)
As we pause to remember and honor the sacrifices made by so many to secure and protect the freedoms we enjoy, our prayer focus this week will be on the protection available to us by putting on the full armor of God. As you pray this week, thank God for those who have given their life in service to their country. Pray that you would give value to their sacrifice by living with the protection of God’s armor. Pray that you would live a life of thankfulness for the freedoms you have while not allowing those freedoms to become your God. Pray that you would resist evil by using the protective armor God has provided. Pray that you would be willing to sacrifice whatever is needed so that other would know of real freedom in 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 daily put on the full armor of God.
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: Protected By Truth. Pray that God would help you to speak truth in love. Pray that He would lead you in removing any elements of falsehood from your life. Pray that truth, God’s truth, would be central in the lives of each person you pray for today. “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.” Ephesians 6:14a (NIV)
Tuesday: Protected By Righteousness. Pray that you would be confident that the righteousness you have in Christ will protect your heart and soul. Pray that righteousness, God’s righteousness, would be found in the life of each person you pray for today. “Stand firm then, . . . with the breastplate of righteousness in place.” Ephesians 6:14b (NIV)
Wednesday: Protected By the Gospel of Peace. Pray that you would be filled with a peace that passes all understanding because of the gospel of Jesus. Pray that God would help you to be a peacemaker as you live and share the gospel. Pray that peace, God’s peace would fill each person you pray for today. “Stand firm then, with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6:15 (NIV)
Thursday: Protected By Faith. Pray that you would have an unwavering faith that will protect you from the accusations of Satan. Pray that God will help you to deal with, and dismiss, any doubts that the enemy tries to plant in your mind. Pray that faith, faith in God, will encourage each person you pray for today. “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” Ephesians 6:16 (NIV)
Friday: Protected By Salvation. Pray that the salvation you have in Christ will protect your mind from the deceitfulness of Satan. Pray that God would remind you that you are His when the enemy tries to convince you that God couldn’t save you. Pray that salvation, God’s salvation, would be known by each person you pray for today. “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
Saturday: Protected By Prayer. Pray that you would be an active listener of God’s Spirit as you pray for others. Pray that you would allow His Spirit to instruct your understanding so that you would pray as you ought. Pray that the Word of God would illuminate the life of each person you pray for today. “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Ephesians 6:18 (NIV)