“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
“He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.”
1 Peter 3:11 (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 Peace With Everyone. Pray for a desire to pursue peace with everyone to the best of your ability. Pray for the wisdom needed to know how to pursue peace with everyone. Pray for courage to choose peace whenever possible. Pray that the peace you choose would be contagious. “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18 (NIV)
Tuesday: Pursuing Peace With Effort. Pray that peace would be a priority in your life that is worthy of your effort. Pray that your pursuit of peace would build up everyone you encounter. Pray for the strength to continually work at peace. Pray that your efforts would lead to peace for yourself and others. “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19 (NIV)
Wednesday: Pursuing the Peace of God’s Presence. Pray for a unity among believers that will help each one to live in peace. Pray that God’s peace would be evident to others. Pray that a growing awareness of God’s presence would help you pursue a peace that reflects His love. “Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV)
Thursday: Pursuing Spirit Produced Peace. Pray that peace would be an obvious part of the fruit God’s Spirit is producing in you. Pray that you would not be a hindrance to peace. Pray for an abundant harvest of peace as God’s Spirit works in you. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
Friday: Pursuing Peace Beyond Understanding. Pray for a growing faith that helps you pursue peace even when it seems impossible. Pray for the courage needed to pursue peace in times when the world would say peace makes no sense. Pray that this peace will guard your heart and mind during times of struggle and difficulty. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
Saturday: Pursuing Peace Through Discipline. Pray that your pursuit of peace would help you to endure the unpleasantness of discipline. Pray that you would allow God’s discipline in your life to produce a harvest of peace. Pray that the training you receive at God’s hand would spread peace to others. “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)