“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
“In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
From the depths of the grave I called for help,
and you listened to my cry.”
Jonah 2:2 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus is about receiving help when we cry out to God. When you find yourself in times of distress, it is comforting to know that God listens when we cry out. Even when our distress is of our own doing, God hears and responds to our calls for help. As you pray this week, ask God to increase your faith so that you would call out to Him in times of trouble. Pray that you would grow in your awareness of all God does to provide the help you need. Pray for wisdom to see how God would use the help you receive from Him to provide help to others. Pray for the humility needed to admit when you are in over your head and in need of help. As schools get underway for the new school year, please continue praying for all students, parents, teachers, school staff, and board members of all the various schools in your community.
“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 received His help.
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: Receiving Help From God. Pray for a growing awareness of how God is an ever-present help. Pray that God’s help in your life would lead you to testify about Him to all who would listen. Pray that you would seek help from God in all circumstances that you face. “But I have had God’s help to this very day, and so I stand here and testify to small and great alike.” Acts 26:22 (NIV)
Tuesday: Receiving Help From Those You Help. Pray that you would receive help when needed as a response to the help you give others. Pray that you would honor those you receive help from by helping others. “I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.” Romans 16:2 (NIV)
Wednesday: Receiving Help Through Prayer. Ask God to help you learn to pray continually when you find yourself in need and feel all alone. Pray about how God would have you be an answer to the prayers of those who are really in need. “The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.” 1 Timothy 5:5 (NIV)
Thursday: Receiving Help By the Spirit. Pray that you would value all that God has entrusted to you. Pray for the help of God’s Spirit to guard the good news which He has made grow in your life. Pray that God’s Spirit would help you to live with great wisdom and discernment. “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you — guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” 2 Timothy 1:14 (NIV)
Friday: Receiving Help When Tempted. Pray that you would know, and use, the help that is found in Jesus to overcome temptation. Pray that your life would share the value of having One who understands temptation to help when you are tempted. Pray that God’s help would be made known to all who face temptation. “Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” Hebrews 2:18 (NIV)
Saturday: Receiving Help With Mercy and Grace. Pray for the confidence to approach God’s throne of grace to find the help you need. Pray for the humility needed to receive the mercy and grace offered to those who approach God in their time of need. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)