“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Be Encouraged (Week One)!
“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)
This week we begin a two week focus on being encouraged for the purpose of encouraging one another. The distractions of this world are more than enough to bring discouragement to anyone, so it is important that we keep our eyes focused on the power of God to encourage us so that we can encourage others. As you pray this week, ask God to help you be encouraged through your relationship with Him. Pray that you would know God as the source of courage in the midst of any and all discouragement. Pray that you would be open to the encouragement God sends your way through the people around you. Pray about how God would use you to be a more effective encourager to the people in your life. 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 to be encouraged so that you can encourage others.
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: Be Encouraged by the Lord. Pray that you, and the people around you, would be encouraged by a God that listens to your cries. Pray for the courage to cry out to God when you are in distress. Pray that God’s presence in you would make you a better listener to those who cry out. “You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry.” Psalm 10:17 (NIV)
Tuesday: Be Encouraged by the Holy Spirit. Pray that the encouragement received from the Holy Spirit would bring godly strength and spiritual growth into your life. Pray that you would allow the Spirit to work through you in encouraging others. “Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord.” Acts 9:31 (NIV)
Wednesday: Be Encouraged to Remain True. Pray that God’s grace would be an encouragement to you to remain true to the Lord. Pray that you would grow in being a minister of God’s grace. Pray about how you will encourage others to remain true to God. “When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” Acts 11:23 (NIV)
Thursday: Be Encouraged by Words. Pray that you would hear encouraging words from the people you learn from. Pray that the words you speak would be an encouragement to those who hear. Pray that God’s Word would be at the heart of the words you are encouraged by and that you encourage others with. “He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece.” Acts 20:2 (NIV)
Friday: Be Encouraged by the Faith of Others. Pray that you would take notice of those around you who live by faith and be encouraged by their examples. Pray that your faith in God would be an encouragement to others as their faith is an encouragement to you. “That you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12 (NIV)
Saturday: Be Encouraged by Scripture. Pray that you would consistently spend time in God’s Word to find the encouragement it contains for you. Pray that you would use the truth of Scripture to encourage others with a hope in Christ. “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 (NIV)