“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
Lessons From a Walk!
“As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’”
Luke 24:15-17 (NIV)
Our “Lifestyle of Prayer” emphasis this week will focus on some lessons from a walk with Jesus. While we tend to gather and celebrate resurrection morning with gladness, that first resurrection morning was filled with much confusion and uncertainty. It is in that confusion that Jesus joins two disciples for a walk and helps them to understand all that had happened. As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in understanding as you walk with Him each day. Pray for the courage to be honest with Jesus about your questions and the times you lack understanding. Pray that the lessons you learn would be lessons that you willingly share with others. Pray for the humility needed to listen to others in their times of confusion. Pray that you would share the good news of Jesus with others as you join them in their walk. Pray that the resurrection of Jesus would fill you with a message of hope that you carry with you everywhere you go.
“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: Powerful Prophet. Pray for a growing knowledge of how Jesus fulfilled the prophecies concerning the Messiah. Pray that you would accept the power of God’s Word as represented in the life of Jesus. Pray that you would always trust the promises of Jesus. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.” Luke 24:19 (NIV)
Tuesday: Crucified By Leaders. Pray that you would grasp the extent of God’s love for you as He allowed Jesus to be crucified. Pray for an awareness of how your sin required a penalty you couldn’t afford. Pray for a heart that is not hardened by the deceitfulness of the enemy. “The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him.” Luke 24:20 (NIV)
Wednesday: Hope of Redemption. Pray that you would live with a confident hope as one who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus. Pray that you would trust God’s timing in everything, especially when you feel like too much time has passed for anything good to come out of tragic circumstances. “We had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place.” Luke 24:21 (NIV)
Thursday: Amazing Faith. Pray for a faith that anticipates being amazed by God. Pray that the practice of your faith would amaze those who see your faith in action. Pray about how God would have you share the amazing things you have found in your pursuit of Jesus. “In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body.” Luke 24:22 (NIV)
Friday: Confirming Discovery. Pray for an openness in checking out what others have found in their search for Jesus. Pray that your life would confirm to others that Jesus is exactly who He claims to be. Pray that your confirmed faith in Jesus would help you share Him with others. “Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” Luke 24:24 (NIV)
Saturday: Glorious Explanation. Pray that you would be a student of God’s Word so that you would know what it says about Jesus. Pray for God’s Spirit to help you understand the presence and prophecies of Jesus throughout the entire Bible. Pray that you would be faithful in using God’s Word to share Jesus with others. “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 (NIV)