“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Thankful Life (Week Four)!
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)
As we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday this week and move toward the celebration of Christ’s birth, our thankfulness should not only remain but should grow each day as we consider the gift of Jesus. Giving thanks really ought to be a lifestyle for God’s children every day that we live. Our level of thankfulness will say a lot to the people around us who need to know of the hope that is found in Jesus. This week we will focus on being thankful for the various aspects of the church family. Each day will emphasize a category of people to pray for that are, or could be, a part of your church family. Pray specifically for the people you know in each category. As you pray, listen for what God would have you to do. Pray each day for the individuals of the congregation you attend as well as for the gathering of believers throughout your area and around the world.
“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 expresses genuine thankfulness.
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: Thankful For Visitors That Come. Pray that you would notice visitors and be welcoming. Pray that visitors would be encouraged to pursue Jesus and grow in connections. “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ.” Colossians 2:2 (NIV)
Tuesday: Thankful For Members. Pray that each member would be growing in faith and equipped to share their faith. Pray that your involvement in the body of Christ would be an encouragement to others. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
Wednesday: Thankful For Deacons. Spend time thanking God for deacons who serve with diligence and faithfulness. Pray that they would receive the respect due them. Pray for a heart of service to be found in each person whether in a leadership position or not. “Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.” 1 Timothy 3:8 (NIV)
Thursday: Thankful For Elders. Thank God for elders who desire a noble task. Pray that their task is made easier by a congregation that lives out a connection with God. Pray that God would continually raise up and make known those He is preparing to shepherd His flock. “Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.” 1 Timothy 3:1 (NIV)
Friday: Thankful For Teachers. Pray for God’s wisdom and protection for those who teach. Pray that all teaching would remain true to God’s Word. Pray for a spirit of humility to continually grow in the lives of all who teach whether they do so formally or informally. “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” James 3:1 (NIV)
Saturday: Thankful For Visitors To Invite. Pray for those God would have you share your faith with. Pray for the courage to invite people to attend church with you. Pray that those you invite would be moved by God to come. Pray that they would find a welcoming atmosphere that helps them to grow in connection and worship of God. “Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.” Matthew 22:9 (NIV)