“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
This week’s prayer focus: Clothed With Christ!
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:12-14 (NIV)
This week our Lifestyle of Prayer emphasis will focus on some characteristics that God says we should clothe ourselves with. As students begin returning to school over the next few weeks, it would be good to pray about how they are clothed. In fact, MCA will be using the above passage throughout the year to teach and encourage the students here to live as those clothed with Christ. Like it or not, people often make assumptions about us based on what they see us wearing. As a Christian, what are you wearing that would help people see Jesus? As you pray this week, ask God to help you live as one chosen by God, holy and dearly loved! Pray that you would be clothed with Christ in such a way that you represent Jesus well in everything you do. Pray that your life would be an encouragement to others in the way they let Christ be seen through them. Pray for all students, teachers, and school staff as schools begin a new year.
“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 those who are chosen and dearly loved.
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: Clothed With Compassion. Pray for a growing awareness of God’s compassion on you as one who is dearly loved. Pray that your understanding of your own weaknesses would fill you with a compassion for others. “As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:13-14 (NIV)
Tuesday: Clothed With Kindness. Pray for courage to show kindness to others in ways that reflect the unusual kindness of God which He extends to you as one He has chosen. Pray that you would be observant to the needs of others so that you would show meaningful kindness. “The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.” Acts 28:2 (NIV)
Wednesday: Clothed With Humility. Pray that the example of Jesus would help you to live with humility in growing measure. Pray that you would see the value and importance of others as being greater than your own. Pray that God would work in your life to remove all traces of selfishness. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3 (NIV)
Thursday: Clothed With Gentleness. Pray for a desire, and practice, to be gentle with others in the way you represent Jesus. Pray that God’s presence in your life would clothe you with a gentleness that is obvious to all. Pray for wisdom to know what godly gentleness looks like in every situation you encounter. “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” Philippians 4:5 (NIV)
Friday: Clothed With Patience. Pray that your patience would grow as you learn to be still and experience the presence of God in times of uncertainty. Pray for the courage to have patience with people as you wait upon the Lord. “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7 (NIV)
Saturday: Clothed With Forgiveness. Pray for a growing awareness of God’s forgiveness that is offered through Jesus. Pray that the forgiveness you receive from God would overflow into forgiveness that you extend to others. Pray that being chosen by God would give you a desire to forgive as He has forgiven you. “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25 (NIV)