“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Time to Remember!
“And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”
2 Peter 1:15 NIV)
As we prepare to finish another year it is a good time to pause and remember some things that God would have us never forget. While we each have events take place which seem like they will be forever etched in our mind, experience says that without a consistent reminder we will likely forget most of those memorable events. For this reason, God is constantly calling us to remember as He gives us reminders and memorials to help us do so. As you pray this week, ask God to help you understand your own weaknesses and seek His help in remembering the things that are of utmost importance. Pray that you would pass along to others the things that God has done in and through your life. Pray that the reminders of God’s work in the past would give you great confidence and hope regarding His work now and in the future. Pray for the wisdom needed to hold on to that which ought to be remembered and to let go of the things would hinder your life in Christ.
“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 God’s help in remembering the things which have real importance.
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 Time to Remember Through Worship. Pray that all of your times of seeking God would remind you of the need to worship Him for He is worthy. Pray that you would fill your mind with songs that help you remember the things of the Lord. Pray that the people around you would be lifted up by the way you worship God. “I remembered my songs in the night. My heart mused and my spirit inquired.” Psalm 77:6 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Time to Remember God’s Deeds and Miracles. Pray that you would not forget the mighty works of God from days of long ago, nor from your own days. Pray that your remembrance of God’s work would help you grow in faith. Pray that the people around you would hear of the mighty works of God from you. “I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.” Psalm 77:11 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Time to Remember God’s Laws. Pray that you would find comfort in remembering the laws of God. Pray that your path each day would be lived according to the laws of God. Pray that the people around you would know you as one who remembers God’s laws because they see you keeping them. “I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.” Psalm 119:52 (NIV)
Thursday: A Time to Remember God’s Name. Pray that God’s name would always be on your mind as He draws you to follow His ways. Pray that a remembrance of God’s name would lead you to honor that name with your life in everything you do. Pray that the people around you would see you as keeping God’s name holy. “In the night I remember your name, O LORD, and I will keep your law.” Psalm 119:55 (NIV)
Friday: A Time to Remember God’s Warnings. Pray that you would remember the warnings of Jesus when trouble comes so that you are prepared to trust Him. Pray that the people around you would remember both the promises and warnings of God. “I have told you this, so that when the time comes you will remember that I warned you. I did not tell you this at first because I was with you.” John 16:4 (NIV)
Saturday: A Time to Remember The Lord’s Sacrifice. Pray that you would always take the Lord’s Supper seriously as you remember the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Pray that you would value the reminder God has given us about the sacrifice of Jesus. Pray about how your participation in the Lord’s Supper will proclaim His death, and resurrection, until He comes. “And when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’” 1 Corinthians 11:24 (NIV)