“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Set Free!
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
John 8:36 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus will be about living as those who have been set free. God wants each one of us to live free in ways that build up and encourage one another. In God’s kingdom, our freedom comes through complete surrender to Him and an acknowledgement of our total dependence on the work Christ has done on our behalf. Our freedom in Christ allows us to serve people in ways that benefit them according to their need. As you pray this week, ask God to help you understand how the freedom that He offers is different from the world’s view of freedom. Pray that you would be careful how you use your freedom. Pray that you would know true freedom that is found through gazing into the perfect law of God’s Word and doing what it says. 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 live as one who has been set free.
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: Set Free to Proclaim Freedom to Others. Pray that you would proclaim freedom to others because it is the right thing to do. Pray that you would repent of any attitudes that would hold others captive in your thoughts. “Recently you repented and did what is right in my sight: Each of you proclaimed freedom to his countrymen. You even made a covenant before me in the house that bears my Name.” Jeremiah 34:15 (NIV)
Tuesday: Set Free by God’s Spirit. Pray that you would walk by the Spirit as you live in the freedom He gives. Pray that you would know the presence of God dwelling within you through His Spirit. Pray that your interactions with others would be guided by the freedom found in being united by God’s Spirit. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
Wednesday: Set Free to Serve One Another. Pray that you would be careful in how you use your freedom. Pray that all selfishness would be banished from your life as you serve others. Pray that you would grow in the joy of being set free to serve others. “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: Set Free to Approach God. Pray that you would live with the confidence to approach God in perfect freedom. Praise God for setting you free to approach Him through Christ. Pray that your freedom would be used to help others know that they can also approach God with confidence through Jesus Christ. “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)
Friday: Set Free by God’s Perfect Law. Pray that you would be more than a casual observer of God’s Word, that you would gaze into it intently. Pray that you would not only look intently into God’s Word, but that you would live as one set free to do what it says. “But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25 (NIV)
Saturday: Set Free to Serve God. Pray that your life would be lived as a servant of God. Pray that you would not use your freedom to hide sin in your life. Pray that God would help you to share the good news of being set free to serve God. Pray for the courage and wisdom needed to freely serve God. “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)