“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A New Commitment!
“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”
Revelation 3:2-3 NIV)
This week’s prayer emphasis will be about living with a new, or renewed, commitment. In the parable of the sower, we read of people who receive the Word of God and it grows in their life only to be choked out by the cares of the world. In a time filled with many distractions and cares, it is critical that we examine our deeds and cry out to God with a new commitment. As you pray this week, ask God to help you notice when you become distracted. Pray that your commitment to God and to the fellowship of believers would be made new each day. Pray that you would live in such a way that others would know the value of crying out to God with a new commitment. Pray that your new commitment would result in deeds which are complete in the sight of God.
“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 crying out to Him with a new commitment.
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 New Commitment During Suffering. Pray that you would choose to turn to God when life turns difficult. Pray that your commitment to a faithful God would lead you to continue doing good in the midst of suffering. Pray that God’s faithfulness would sustain you when times are good and when times are not so good. “So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” 1 Peter 4:19 (NIV)
Tuesday: A New Commitment To Obedience. Pray that your commitment to God would be seen in the way you choose to obey His Word. Pray for the courage to live with a heart fully committed to God. Pray that the people around you would know you as one who obeys God in all things. “But your hearts must be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands.” 1 Kings 8:61 (NIV)
Wednesday: A New Commitment To God’s Word. Pray that your commitment to God and His Word would be based on the grace that He freely offers. Pray that you would grow in extending grace to others as you are built up by the grace of God’s Word. “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32 (NIV)
Thursday: A New Commitment That Leads To Righteousness. Pray that you would live with a commitment that results in God’s righteousness shining through you. Pray that the righteousness found in Christ would lead you in paths of true justice. “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV)
Friday: A New Commitment To the God of Truth. Pray that your commitment to God would always be based on truth. Pray that your pursuit of truth would always be based on God as the source of truth. Pray that you would know and share the redemption that is available to all through the truth of God. “Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth.” Psalm 31:5 (NIV)
Saturday: A New Commitment In All Your Ways. Pray that you would seek God’s help in examining your motives. Pray that your commitment to God in all of your ways would result in plans which are successful by His standards. Pray for a heart which is committed to keeping God at the center of everything you do. “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 16:2-3 (NIV)