“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: A Productive Life!
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus will be about some of the qualities which God says are necessary for an effective and productive life. I suspect that nearly everyone wants to live a life that matter — a life that makes a difference to others. As we pray this week, we will talk with God about some attributes He says are key in making our knowledge of Jesus useful. As you pray, ask God to help you start with a foundation of faith that will help these qualities grow and build upon each other. Pray that you would lead a productive life because of God’s presence in you. Pray for an increasing humility which will allow the necessary character traits to grow more fully in your life. Pray about how God would have you share with others in ways that encourage and build them up for greater effectiveness. 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 an effective and productive life.
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: A Productive Goodness. Pray that your faith would produce a goodness that can instruct others in the things of God. Pray that your eyes would be opened to the goodness of God in others. Pray about how God would want His goodness to be seen in you. “I myself am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” Romans 15:14 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Productive Knowledge. Pray that God’s grace would produce within you a knowledge of Jesus that will transform every part of your life. Pray for a knowledge that glorifies God rather than self. Pray for the humility needed to give God the credit for all your knowledge. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!” 2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Productive Self-Control. Pray for ever-increasing self-control to provide the protection God designed it for. Pray for God’s Spirit to be evident in your life through the self-control which you possess as His gift. Pray that the people around you would see a clearer image of Jesus through your self-control. “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” Proverbs 25:28 (NIV)
Thursday: A Productive Perseverance. Pray that your growth in Christ would help you to persevere in faith. Pray that you would grow to maturity as you learn perseverance through the faithfulness of God. Pray that your example of faithfulness in all things would help others know Jesus. “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4 (NIV)
Friday: A Productive Godliness. Pray that your training and growth in godliness would fill you with hope for today and for eternity. Pray that the presence of God within you would produce a godliness that others can know and pursue for themselves. “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)
Saturday: A Productive Kindness and Love. Pray that God’s kindness and love would be reflected in the way you show kindness and love to the people around you. Pray for the wisdom to live as one set free . . . and as one who shares the freedom of God with others. Pray for God’s help in doing all things with love. “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.” Hosea 11:4 (NIV)