“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.”
2 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)
Our “Lifestyle of Prayer” emphasis this week will focus on living as those who are becoming different. Different than what we were, different from one another, and different from the world. The Bible uses the words unique and peculiar to describe the children of God, yet how often to we seek to blend in rather than become who God wants us to be? As you pray this week, ask God to help you grow in maturity as you allow Him to transform every aspect of your life. Pray that you would use God’s Word and the example of His Son as your standard in all things. Pray that you would not only avoid the trap of comparing yourself to others, but that you would also not use yourself as the standard you measure with. Pray that by living life differently, you would represent Jesus more effectively. Pray for wisdom in how you see others and in how you see yourself.
“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 being transformed into one who is becoming different.
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: Live Differently. Pray that you would look at all aspects of life differently because of God’s presence in you. Pray for the courage to live in this world as a visitor. Pray that the way you interact with others would show a wisdom that comes from above. Pray that your mind and heart would be protected in this world. “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.” 2 Corinthians 10:3 (NIV)
Tuesday: Fight Differently. Pray that you would view your response to conflict differently as you live by the Spirit. Pray for an awareness of the spiritual battle we are in. Pray for a growing trust in God’s ability to demolish the strongholds in your life. “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV)
Wednesday: Think Differently. Pray for a renewing of your mind that causes you to think differently. Pray that even your thoughts would be submissive to Christ. Pray that the knowledge found in God’s Word would be the foundation for a different way of thinking. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
Thursday: Obey Differently. Pray that you would focus on your own obedience to God rather than becoming distracted by the disobedience of others. Pray that your obedience to God would be complete and that its source would be love. Pray for grace and mercy to guide your view of obedience. “And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:6 (NIV)
Friday: Accept Differently. Pray that you would grow in understanding how fully Christ has accepted you. Pray that your confidence in belonging to Christ would direct how you accept one another. Pray that the walls of division would crumble as you learn to accept differently. “If anyone is confident that he belongs to Christ, he should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as he.” 2 Corinthians 10:7 (NIV)
Saturday: Boast Differently. Pray that your freedom in Christ would lead you to boast differently compared to the boasting of the world. Pray that the highlights of your life would be about how you build up others. Pray that the things you boast about would lift up others, and Christ, rather than yourself. “For even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than pulling you down, I will not be ashamed of it.” 2 Corinthians 10:8 (NIV)