“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
An Ever-Present God!
“But Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the LORD.”
Jonah 1:3 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will have us praying about God’s presence being everywhere — even in those places we go to try to hide from Him. While God promises to be “an ever-present help in time of need”, there are times we either try to run from God or feel we have somehow escaped His notice and are no longer able to be helped. As you pray this week, ask God to help you live with a greater awareness of His presence — both in the times you want to be in His presence and in the times you think you are hidden. Pray that you would learn to pay attention to God’s presence and find comfort in it. Pray for greater courage to live life in obedience to God as you acknowledge His presence. Pray about how you can more effectively represent God’s presence to others.
“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 grow in your awareness of His presence.
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: Ever-Present In Spirit. Pray that you would live with a greater awareness of God’s Spirit dwelling within you. Pray for the courage to live by the Spirit in ways that help others to know God is ever-present. Pray that you would experience God’s presence even in the times you attempt to hide from Him. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” Psalm 139:7 (NIV)
Tuesday: Ever-Present In Heights or Depths. Pray that you would seek God and know His presence in all the high points of your life. Pray that you would find comfort and encouragement in God’s presence even in the deepest woes of life. Pray that you would share God’s presence with others wherever they are. “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Psalm 139:8 (NIV)
Wednesday: Ever-Present From Horizon to Horizon. Pray that you would know the presence of God in every place that you go. Pray about how God would have you to share in His presence everywhere you go. Pray that you would be guided by God’s presence. “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:9-10 (NIV)
Thursday: Ever-Present In Darkness and Light. Pray that the light of God’s presence would illuminate your path in the darkness of this world. Pray that your life would be a light to others because of God’s presence in you. “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Psalm 139:11-12 (NIV)
Friday: Ever-Present As You Were Formed. Pray that you would always know the great value you have as one knit together by God. Pray that you would value life because of God’s presence in its creation. Pray about how God would have you live in ways that acknowledge His presence as you were being formed. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 (NIV)
Saturday: Ever-Present In Your Thoughts. Pray that God’s thoughts would fill your thoughts as you spend time with Him in prayer and His Word. Pray that you would live with eyes that see just how precious the thoughts of God are. Pray for an increasing awareness of how vast the knowledge of God is as you contemplate the goodness of His presence. “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” Psalm 139:17 (NIV)