“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A God Of Compassion!
“I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.”
Jonah 4:2 (NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis returns to a focus on compassion as we take another look at God through the book of Jonah. Sometimes we are like Jonah who seemed to be okay with God’s compassion toward him but wasn’t too fond of God having compassion toward his enemies. God’s desire is that we would grow in compassion not just toward those “on our side”, but toward all people everywhere. As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in your understanding and appreciation for His compassion. Pray that you would not only know the compassion of God, but that you would represent that compassion to others in the way you treat them. Pray for God’s help in reflecting His characteristics more fully as you practice being “slow to anger and abounding in love”. Pray that the people around you would experience the compassion of God from Him . . . and from 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 life that reflects the compassion God has extended to you.
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: Compassion Through True Justice. Pray for a greater understanding of how God’s compassion has made it possible for you to be made right with Him. Pray that you would see justice through the eyes of mercy and compassion. Pray that you would learn to see justice as the process of making things right rather than a desire for revenge. “This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.’” Zechariah 7:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Compassion for the Helpless. Pray that you would know the compassion of God as the Good Shepherd of all who know and follow His voice. Pray that you would have a heart of compassion for the people around you who have no spiritual leader. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” Matthew 9:36 (NIV)
Wednesday: Compassion for the Sick. Pray for eyes that see people who are hurting and for a heart that is moved to compassion for them. Pray that you would find ways to minister to and serve the sick. Pray that your compassion for them would be genuine and helpful. “When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Matthew 14:14 (NIV)
Thursday: Compassion for the Hungry. Pray that you would recognize the ways God has satisfied your hunger. Pray for eyes that see the true hunger experienced by the people around you. Pray for the compassion to share both physical and spiritual food with the people who hunger. “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.” Mark 8:2 (NIV)
Friday: Compassion for the Lost/Missing. Pray that you would be filled with a tender compassion for the people you know who are lost and/or missing from the fellowship of believers. “So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20 (NIV)
Saturday: Clothed with Compassion. Pray that you would daily put on the clothing of compassion and the characteristics that are fitting for God’s chosen people. Pray that people would recognize you as belonging to God as they experience the way you treat them. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NIV)