“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
Acceptable In God’s Sight!
“All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.”
Proverbs 21:2-3 (NIV)
This week’s prayer focus will be about some things that God says are acceptable to Him and should be acceptable ways for His children. Compromise has become a way of life as we determine what we can get by with. We adjust our behavior based on what is acceptable wherever we might be. Unfortunately, we often carry that over into our relationship with God but rather than find out what is acceptable to Him, we attempt to relate to God based on what is acceptable to the people around us. This week we will be praying about our response, our gift, our saying, our worship, our religion, and our testimony as we consider what would make them acceptable to God. As you pray, ask God to help you to know what is good and right in His sight. Pray that you would seek to live a life that is acceptable to Him regardless of how others may view it. Pray for the courage to do the right things so you don’t have to try in vain to make up for doing the wrong things. As schools are 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 in ways that are acceptable in His sight.
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: Acceptable Response. Pray that your response to God would be based on His Word and instruction so that it is acceptable to Him. Pray that you would call people to an acceptable response when they consider the work of God in their lives. “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” Acts 2:41 (NIV)
Tuesday: Acceptable Gift. Pray that your giving would be done with a cheerful heart according to what you have received. Pray that your gift to God would be accepted as generous because you have given to Him according to all He has given you. “For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.” 2 Corinthians 8:12 (NIV)
Wednesday: Acceptable Saying. Pray that the statement of your life would be a saying that is acceptable to God. Pray that you would acknowledge your need of God. Pray that your words would clearly communicate the good news of Jesus to all. “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV)
Thursday: Acceptable Worship. Pray that you would offer to God worship which is acceptable to Him in every way. Pray that your worship would be consumed by God as a feast which is pleasing to Him. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)
Friday: Acceptable Religion. Pray that your religious practices would be accepted by God because you look after those who are in need. Pray that you would seek God’s help in remaining pure and unpolluted. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 (NIV)
Saturday: Acceptable Testimony. Pray that the testimony you give about God would be found acceptable to Him, and to others, because it is true. Pray that God’s testimony about Jesus would always be greater to you than what people may say. “We accept man’s testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son.” 1 John 5:9 (NIV)