“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A God Who Hears!
“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 emphasis will have us praying about knowing a God who hears. It is a great comfort to know God’s promise that no matter where we are, He will be found by us when we seek Him with a whole heart. He can be found by us because He hears us from wherever we are. As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in a confidence that He not only hears you, but that He wants to hear you! Pray that you would live as one who is not only heard by God, but also as one who is listened to. Pray that this awareness of God hearing you would help you to be more consistent in talking with Him and in listening to Him. Pray for the courage to cry out to God no matter what circumstances you find yourself in. Pray that God would help you be one who hears others as you seek to reflect His nature to the people around you.
“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 a growing relationship with the God who hears.
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 God Who Hears My Requests. Pray that your consistency in making your requests known to God would grow as your faith in Him hearing those requests also grows. Pray that you would learn the value of both expecting and waiting as you trust God to hear your requests. “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” Psalm 5:3 (NIV)
Tuesday: A God Who Hears My Integrity. Pray that you would live with an integrity in all things so that no deceit would be found in your conversations with God. Pray that God would purify your life and your prayers as you seek to communicate in all righteousness. “Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer — it does not rise from deceitful lips.” Psalm 17:1 (NIV)
Wednesday: A God Who Hears My Words. Pray for words which would accurately express yourself to God. Pray that God would set a guard over you mouth so the words that He hears would be pleasing to Him and beneficial to others. Pray that your speech would be filled with such purity that you boldly ask God to hear the words of your mouth. “Hear my prayer, O God; listen to the words of my mouth.” Psalm 54:2 (NIV)
Thursday: A God Who Hears My Thoughts. Pray that you would find comfort in knowing that God can hear your thoughts even when you are unsure of how to express them to Him. Pray for God’s help in taking every thought captive as you realize He hears those thoughts. “Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.” Psalm 55:1-2 (NIV)
Friday: A God Who Hears My Promises. Pray that you would live as one whose promises are heard by God. Pray that you would be careful and deliberate about the things you promise to God and to others. Pray that your respect of God would help you to find strength in Him to keep your promises. “For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.” Psalm 61:5 (NIV)
Saturday: A God Who Hears My Need. Pray for the faith that helps you to know that God hears your need. Pray for courage and clarity in expressing your needs to God. Pray that God would help you to be filled in your poverty and need as you turn to Him. Pray for wisdom in recognizing God’s answers to your need . . . and wisdom in being God’s answer to someone else’s need. “Hear, O LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.” Psalm 86:1 (NIV)