“A Lifestyle of Prayer”
A Godly Example!
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
1 Corinthians 10:11-12 (NIV)
Throughout scripture we are told to view various things as examples of God’s mercy, His judgment, His patience, His love, and the list goes on. This week our focus will be on praying about the examples we learn from and the example we ought to be. As we celebrate Father’s Day, it is important to realize we have a perfect loving Father to follow regardless of our relationship with our own father. Not only does God set the example through His nature and the life of His Son, He gives us godly examples throughout His Word for us to follow and learn from. As you pray this week, ask God to help you learn from the examples found in scripture. Pray that you would always have people in your life that serve as spiritual fathers and mentors. Pray that you would live in such a way that you are a godly example to others.
“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 following and being a godly example.
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 Godly Example To Serve Others. Pray that you would have eyes that notice the needs of others and have a willingness to serve them. Pray that you would be a godly example to others as you serve in every way possible. “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:14-15 (NIV)
Tuesday: A Godly Example Of Following Christ. Pray that God would surround you with people who are faithfully following Jesus. Pray that you would learn to be a godly example as you grow in following the example of Christ. Pray that your life would be a consistent example. Pray that Jesus would be seen clearly in the way you live. “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)
Wednesday: A Godly Example Of Diligent Work. Pray that you would follow godly examples of those who work faithfully for the cause of Christ. Pray that your example as a worker would help others see Christ more clearly. Pray that your diligent work would serve as an example to others in providing for yourself and for those in need. “For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:7 (NIV)
Thursday: A Godly Example Of God’s Mercy and Patience. Pray that you would take courage from the examples of God’s mercy that you see. Pray that your life would be an expression to others of God’s mercy. “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16 (NIV)
Friday: A Godly Example Of Integrity. Pray that you would learn to live a life that is above reproach. Pray that your teaching would always have a consistency that is in agreement with God’s Word. Pray about how God would use your example to help others see the value of doing everything with integrity. “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity.” Titus 2:7 (NIV)
Saturday: A Godly Example Of Suffering. Pray for courage to respond with humility when you suffer for the sake of Christ. Pray that you would learn from the examples of those who suffer for the cause of Christ. Pray that your life would be an example to others of how God can be glorified even in suffering. “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)