“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Sincere Love!
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”
Romans 12:9-14 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus will be about growing in the kind of love that God says is sincere. If God’s love abides in us, it is supposed to show in our words and actions so that others will see Jesus through us. How we live life doesn’t earn us favor with God, but it does reveal our love for God. As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in the way your love for Him is expressed. Pray for the wisdom to make loving choices in all of your interactions with people. Pray for the humility needed to see others as God sees them. Pray for the courage to value people simply because they have been created in the image of God. Pray for a total transformation of your heart and mind in order to love others like Jesus loves you. Pray for a covering of grace for yourself, and others, when the love expressed needs improvement. 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 with sincere love.
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 Loving Righteousness. Pray that you would grow in a righteousness that can distinguish between good and evil. Pray for a sincerity in hating evil in your own life as much as you hate it in the lives of others. Pray for eyes that see and cling to the good that God produces in your life and in the lives of those around you. “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” Romans 12:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Loving Devotion. Pray that you would grow in the way you care about and honor others. Pray for a love that results in a devotion to others that would put their needs above your own. Pray for a willingness and practice of honoring others in ways that lift them above yourself. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Loving Eagerness. Pray for a freshness of spirit that results in an ever-increasing desire to serve God. Pray that you would be eager to serve, knowing that it is the Lord you are serving. Pray for a refreshing from God that overcomes the weariness of your flesh when you serve. “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 (NIV)
Thursday: A Loving Attitude. Pray for a prayerful attitude that helps you to be joyful and patient even when circumstances are less than ideal. Pray that God would fill you with hope that is seen and shared by the joy others see in you. Pray for the ability to live with patient endurance as you experience the many afflictions this life brings with it. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (NIV)
Friday: A Loving Generosity. Pray for eyes that see the needs of others and for a loving heart that overflows with generosity. Pray for a sincere awareness of all that God has given you for the purpose of sharing with others. Pray for God’s help in overcoming all of your excuses that keep you from being hospitable. “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 (NIV)
Saturday: A Loving of Your Enemies. Pray for the humility needed to treat your enemies just as Christ treated you while you were an enemy of His in your own mind. Pray for wisdom in knowing tangible and meaningful ways to bless those who persecute you and those you disagree with. Pray for a sincere love that seeks the best for those who would be considered enemies. “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” Romans 12:14 (NIV)