“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it”
Psalm 34:14 (NIV)
While many will gather at Christmas time and sing of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men”, for many the stresses of life make this season anything but peaceful. Whether you think you need it or not, we can all use a gentle reminder that God wants His children to pursue peace. It seems nearly everyone loves the idea of peace, but few actually obtain it because we want peace according to our definition and standards rather than God’s. As you pray this week, use the suggestions each day but most of all allow God’s Word to soak into your life and direct how you pray and who you pray for. Pay attention to any changes and/or actions God would be calling you to make that would lead you to a more deliberate pursuit of peace. Pray that the way you pursue peace would help others to have a greater peace with God and with one another. Pray for wisdom in pursuing peace in ways that are good and right without compromising the integrity and truth of God’s Word.
“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 in Christ which pursues peace.
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: Pursuing the Life of a Peacemaker. Pray that you would accept just how “God-like” it is to be a peacemaker and that you would put that quality into practice consistently. Pray that your life as a child of God would lead you to help others be reconciled with Him, and with one another, so they would know true peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
Tuesday: Pursuing Peace With One Another. Pray that you would recognize the importance of being at peace with one another and make the effort to season your surroundings with peace. Pray that you would pursue peace with others in a way that preserves what is good. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.” Mark 9:50 (NIV)
Wednesday: Pursuing Paths of Peace. Pray that you would walk on the paths of peace that are illuminated through your relationship with Jesus. Pray about how your pursuit of peace should change the way you respond to God’s mercy. “Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” Luke 1:78-79 (NIV)
Thursday: Pursuing Peace Through Surrender. Pray for the courage to seek peace in all situations on God’s terms. Pray that you would understand the cost of living in opposition to God and seek peace with Him through total surrender. “If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:32-33 (NIV)
Friday: Pursuing Peace That Overcomes. Pray for peace in the midst of trouble knowing that Jesus has overcome whatever the world throws at you. Pray that Jesus would be your refuge in times of trouble so that you would always find peace in Him. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
Saturday: Pursuing Peace With God. Pray that you would never lose sight of how God has provided the way for things to be right between you and Him. Pray that your faith would be strengthened as you grow in peace with God. Pray that God will help you to share your faith which has brought you into peace with God. “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1 (NIV)