“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
Messages From the Cross!
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV)
Our “Lifestyle of Prayer” emphasis this week will focus on a return to the words of Jesus from the cross. As we spend the week preparing to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, it is fitting to not only consider the sacrifice Jesus made, but to apply His very words to how we pray. As you pray this week, use the topics to help you pray through difficulties, through weakness, through loneliness, through concern for others, and most importantly through the eyes of Jesus. Pray for a greater awareness of the things Jesus went through to bring salvation to you. Pray about how the words of Jesus will help you know the fullness of His love for you. Pray that you would realize how you are part of the joy that was set before Jesus as He endured the cross. Pray that your life would reflect the message of the cross to the people around you.
“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 understanding and accepting the work done by Jesus on the cross.
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: Father, Forgive Them. Pray for a growing awareness of the fullness of God’s forgiveness extended toward you. Pray that you would learn to forgive others, just as in Christ you are forgiven. Pray that the people you see today would realize and accept the Father’s forgiveness. “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.” Luke 23:34
Tuesday: You Will Be With Me. Pray that you would live each day with a knowledge of God’s presence with you through His Spirit. Pray that your life and words would be an invitation for others to live in the presence of Jesus. Pray that the people you interact with today would have a desire to know, and be known, by Jesus. “Jesus answered him, ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’” Luke 23:43
Wednesday: Behold, Your Son. Pray about how God would have you respond to those with no family. Pray that you would know of God’s care for you when you feel alone. Pray that you would live as God’s family with those who have no other family. “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.” John 19:26-27
Thursday: Why Have You Forsaken Me. Pray for the courage to cry out to God whenever you feel discouraged. Pray for those who feel forsaken by God; that you would represent Jesus well to them. Pray for the humility to love and serve those who feel abandoned. “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’–which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’” Matthew 27:46
Friday: I Thirst. Pray that you would always hunger and thirst for righteousness so that you would be satisfied. Pray that you would know the value of God’s completed work in satisfying your thirst. Pray that the people you see today would have a real thirst for the things of God. “Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I am thirsty.’” John 19:28
Saturday: It Is Finished. Pray for an increasing appreciation for the work completed by Jesus on the cross. Pray that you would be filled with a wisdom from God that helps you live life to the full each day that God gives you. Pray that you would be actively involved in helping people be ready for the time their life on earth is finished. “When he had received the drink, Jesus said, ‘It is finished.’ With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 (NIV)